160 academics urge EU to ban Israeli universities complicit in Tel Aviv crimes
One hundred and sixty academics from 21 countries demand that the European Union exclude all Israeli academic institutions complicit in the regime’s violation of international law and the rights of Palestinians from the EU’s taxpayer-funded research programs.
This is according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa quoting a press statement issued by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on Friday.
The academics include the past and current recipients of some of the most prestigious EU research funding programs, including the European Research Council and the Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship.
Israel’s latest round of violence, the statement said, was part of its “decades-long campaign of repression” against “Palestinians who are an occupied, stateless people under a settler-colonial and apartheid regime.”
The statement commended an existing policy of the EU which bans the allocation of research funds to Israeli entities located in the Occupied territories.
The European Commission recently announced that research and innovation activities funded by the union must comply with ethical principles and be in conformity with international law. This, however, has not been the case on several occasions.
The EU should extend “the prohibition of European research funds to include Israeli institutions complicit in Israel's violations of Palestinian human rights, regardless of where they are situated,” the statement read.