Since the narrow defeat of the AAA Resolution 100 days ago, the Israeli state has intensified its flagrant violations of Palestinians’ basic human rights, including attacks on academic freedom. These routine violations include:
- Attacks on the basic functioning of Palestinian universities
- Banning Dr. Adam Hanieh, Senior Lecturer at the School of Oriental & African Studies in London, from traveling to Birzeit University in the occupied West Bank to deliver a series of lectures to students.
- Preventing Birzeit University from hosting an international Taekwondo tournament.
- Attacking students on the campus of Al Quds University with tear gas and stun grenades.
- Firing live bullets at students during a raid on Birzeit University
- Refusing to recognize nursing degrees granted by Al Quds University in East Jerusalem.
- Abuse of archaeology as a tool of colonization, including:
- Intensified university collaboration with state authorities to repress local and international solidarity:
- Launching a McCarthyist witch hunt against Israeli scholars suspected of supporting the boycott,
- Israel’s Association of University Heads lobbied administrators at the University of California, Berkeley to cancel a student-organized, faculty-approved course on Palestine: A Settler-Colonial Analysis (the class was reinstated only after a national outcry).
- The Technion Institute and Israeli army held a joint “hackathon” to design more effective tools for suppressing international human rights work.
- Bar Ilan University attempted to discipline a scholar for criticizing the occupation.
- Administrators at Ben Gurion University canceled a faculty award to a local human rights group working against the occupation.