Southampton Students for Palestine would like to thank Grassroots Muslims Southampton, Southampton PSC, and all the independent activists who gathered today in support of the picket to say no to our university’s cooperation with Israeli institutions. Also, special thanks to the Southampton academics who supported the picket.
An open seminar that was scheduled to take place on 27 August 2014 at the Mountbatten Building, Highfield Campus from 14:00 – 15:00 was cancelled due to pressure from the picket that took place outside the building. The seminar was supposed to be delivered by a professor from the Israeli institution Ben-Gurion University (BGU) and the picket is thereby a manifestation of our rejection of University of Southampton’s academic collaboration and cooperation with an Israeli institution in line with the Palestinian civil society’s call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions and the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) which is supported by numerous Palestinian and non-Palestinian academics and intellectuals.
We urge our university take the lead of Johannesburg University, South Africa in acting upon the call for academic boycott. In the words of Desmond Tutu “It can never be business as usual. Israeli Universities are an intimate part of the Israeli regime, by active choice. While Palestinians are not able to access universities and schools, Israeli universities produce the research, technology, arguments and leaders for maintaining the occupation. [Ben Gurion University] is no exception. By maintaining links to both the Israeli defense forces and the arms industry, BGU structurally supports and facilitates the Israeli occupation.”
Southampton Students for Palestine (SFP).