Sunday, January 31, 2016

Italy: Dozens of academics call for boycott of Israeli universities

Last week the president of Iran, one of the world's most antisemitic regimes, visited Italy.  He talked about the 'Zionist lobby' while Iran's Supreme Leader Kamenei published a Holocaust-denying video.

I did not see any Italian academics condemn, let alone criticize, their country's support of antisemitism and threats of genocide against Jews.

Via Times of Israel:
Italian academics have signed a petition calling for a boycott of Israeli universities due to their “notorious complicity” with the country’s “state violence.”

The petition, which was published Wednesday, is signed by 168 Italian academics from more than 50 institutes, including the universities of Rome, Turin and Florence, as well as the European University Institute. The campaign stresses its support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, calling the petition an act of solidarity.

In the statement accompanying the signatures, the campaign denounces “the utter lack of any serious condemnation” of government policy by the Israeli institutes since the creation of the state in 1948.

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