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In a message dated Wednesda y 04 Ma y 2005 4:29 PM , Dr. Ed Beck, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East writes AUT:
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East Condemns British Academic Boycott. Organizes World Wide Faculty Effort To Support Israeli Scholars
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East www.spme.net , a grass-roots faculty organization of 600 faculty members at 200 campuses worldwide has declared that it condemns the Association of University Teacher Boycott of Israeli scholars at Bar-Ilan and Haifa Universities . In an effort of solidarity , SPME is soliciting resumes of scholars in the United Kingdom , United States and around the world to stand united behind their colleagues in Israeli by apply ing for affiliate faculty status through a program launched by SPME with the affected universities.
" With scholars from around the world seeking affiliation with Haifa University and Bar-Ilan University , the academic world will see that the AUT action is a blow against academic freedom and is based solely on a political agenda filled with , fabrications, falsification and an undercurrent of anti-Semitism," explained Dr. Edward S. Beck, President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and now a Fellow in the Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies of Bar-Ilan University and Corresponding Academic Secretary for Bar-Ilan's newly formed International Advisory Committee on Academic Freedom. Beck went on to say , " The very action of a boycott against scholars is a violation of academic freedom, academic integrity and allows the boycotters to engage in the very negative and unproductive behaviors they are try ing to protest. Academic boycotts serve no useful purposes and only perpetuate bigotry , prejudice and hostility ...."
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East is also encouraging faculty members to go to their academic societies and representative unions to draw resolutions to convey to the AUT to condemn their actions. Scholars are also encouraged to share their condemnation of this action individually with the AUT.
" The fact that the AUT is 'reconsidering' this action at a later date is not a sign that they will rescind this egregious action. The world must let the AUT that they have separated themselves from the honorable academic community with this boycott action. They must learn from peers as individuals, members of collective bargaining unites and members of academic societies, that this behavior is a complete violation of any standard of academic freedom and integrity . We must keep the pressure on."
For further information contact, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East www.spme.net ScholarsforPeace@aol.com Dr. Edward S. Beck 717.576.5038
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