February 3, 2014
President Wim Wiewel
RE: Objections to your statement on the ASA boycott of Israeli institutions
Dear President Wiewel,
As members of Portland State University’s Oregon community we are deeply disturbed by your recent statement on January 14th against the American Studies Association's boycott of Israeli academic institutions. We oppose a number of declarations made in your statement.
First, the ASA resolution does nothing to curb academic freedom or the free exchange of ideas because it is not directed at individual Israeli academics but at institutions complicit in Israel's denial of fundamental human rights to Palestinians living in Israel, under occupation in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, and in the diaspora. Israeli academics are free to attend ASA-sponsored conferences as long as they are not being paid to attend by Israeli institutions. Your letter misrepresents the ASA's position and willfully ignores Israel's ongoing denial of academic freedom to Palestinians.
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"Checkpoint" is based on the oppression and discrimination Jasiri X witnessed firsthand during his recent trip to Palestine and Israel "Checkpoint" is produced by Agent of Change, and directed by Haute Muslim. Download "Checkpoint" at https://jasirix.bandcamp.com/track/checkpoint
pogrom: Mob attack, condoned by authorities, against persons and property of a religious, racial, or national minority. (Merriam Webster Concise Encyclopedia)
[Photo: An image grab showing a settler throwing stones next to an israeli soldier.(B'Tselem)]
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli human rights group B'Tselem on Wednesday released video footage which shows Israeli soldiers standing among settlers while they attack a Palestinian school with stones in the Nablus village of Urif.
The incident took place on Monday when a group of settlers raided the village and started throwing stones at the Safadi family home, adjacent to the site of a USAID funded water reservoir project.
The settlers then threw stones at a village school.
The video footage, which was filmed by local resident Usama Safadi, clearly shows settlers throwing rocks in the presence of Israeli soldiers.
"The soldiers took no measures to arrest the settlers, to remove them from the area, or at the very least to put an end to the stone-throwing. Several students at the school threw stones back at the settlers and the soldiers fired teargas at the students," B'Tselem said.
The settlers appeared to also be accompanied by a security guard from a settlement.
Read more: In video: Israeli military accompanies settler attack
The ever creeping dispossession of Palestinians in the guise of comedy by the BBC Three.
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