Academic cooperation:
Joint statement by Hebrew University and Al-Quds University

Published: 19 May 2005
Briefing Number 141

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In April 2005, the Association of University Teachers in the UK resolved to boycott two Israeli universities, Bar-Ilan and Haifa. In response to this, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Palestinian Al Quds University of Jerusalem, issued a joint statement calling for continued academic cooperation. The statement was signed at the Royal Society in London on 19 May 2005, by the Presidents of both institutions.

The joint statement:

“Cognizant of the moral leadership universities should provide, especially in already turbulent political contexts, we, the President of Al-Quds University and the President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, have agreed to insist on continuing to work together in the pursuit of knowledge, for the benefit of our peoples and the promotion of peace and justice in the Middle East.

Our position is based upon the belief that it is through cooperation based on mutual respect, rather than through boycotts or discrimination, that our common goals can be achieved. Bridging political gulfs – rather than widening them further apart – between nations and individuals thus becomes an educational duty as well as a functional necessity, requiring exchange and dialogue rather than confrontation and antagonism.

Our disaffection with, and condemnation of acts of academic boycotts and discrimination against scholars and institutions, is predicated on the principles of academic freedom, human rights, and equality between nations and among individuals.

We therefore call upon academics here [in the UK] and worldwide to act in support of our mission, as one which might allow for ending our shared tragedy rather than prolonging it.”

Prof Sari Nusseibeh
President of Al Quds University

Prof Menachem Magidor
President of Hebrew University

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