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Date
26/10/2013
1:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Location
WellingtonChurch
University Avenue, G12 9LE
Glasgow


Opposite GlasgowUniversity’s main building, access to the venue (Woodlands Hall) is from Southpark Avenue at the side of the Church.

Public transport: use underground to Hillhead Station. Please note there is restricted parking.

 

Speakers:

Prof Ilan Pappe will argue the case for the academic boycott of Israel

[Ilan Pappe was born in Haifa in 1954. Graduated from the HebrewUniversity in 1979 and completed his doctorate studies in the university of Oxford in 1984. Pappe taught in University of Haifa between 1984 and 2006 in the department of Middle Eastern History and Political Science. Due to his support of the academic boycott of Israel and his insistence of teaching the 1948 Nakbah he was forced to resign in 2007.

            In 2007, Pappe joined the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter and founded the European Centre for Palestine Studies there.

He is the author of fifteen books most notably The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006)]

Our second speaker will discuss the academic boycott with reference to recent litigation concerning the boycott’s legality in relation to issues of discrimination.

Lecturer in law at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London.

Prof Jonathan Rosenhead has been asked to discuss the nature of any bonus for those academics who choose to collaborate with Israel.

Jonathan Rosenhead is Professor Emeritus of Operations Research at the London School of Economics. He is Chair of BRICUP, the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine, an organisation of UK based academics which supports the Palestinian Call for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. It has been active in promoting the boycott in Britain and world wide. He is the principal author of BRICUP’s pamphlet Why Boycott Israel’s Universities?

Chair: Douglas Chalmers, Vice President, UCU Scotland

On 4th February 2011, the Jewish Chronicle Online reported that GlasgowUniversity professor Adam Tomkins was the year’s recipient of the Hailsham Scholarship by the British Friends of the HebrewUniversity for work promoting understanding between Israel and the UK.

            The previous year he had been a visiting professor at the Jerusalem university, where he ran a course on national security. It was reported that the Scholarship would facilitate the next stage of what Prof Tomkins hoped would be “a lifelong series of collaborations with colleagues at the HebrewUniversity”. In addition the comment “If, as a result, links between GlasgowLawSchool and legal scholars in Israel are strengthened, this will be an added bonus.” was attributed to Prof Tomkins. It should be noted that Prof Tomkins neither confirmed nor denied the statements attributed to him.

For over two years, Scottish Friends of Palestine questioned the nature of this bonus with Professor Tomkins and the head of the School of Law, Professor Rosa Greaves. We questioned the apparent mandate which Prof Tomkins had to speak on behalf of the School of Law at GlasgowUniversity. While Professor Tomkins was prepared to enter into dialogue, Professor Greaves adopted the mantra of academic freedom and the need to protect free exchange of ideas.

For over two years we supplied information to every single member of the School of Law in relation to the denial of educational opportunity and academic freedom by Israel to the Palestinian under occupation. On this subject the whole School remained mute. The question as to why the sacrosanct nature of academic freedom with a state which consistently denies it to others remains unanswered.

This Seminar is open to the public. There is no charge for entry. Please make every effort to attend and publicise as widely as possible.

To assist with the planning of the event, you are invited to register by contacting info@scottish-friends-of-palestine.org