SPME Statement on The Action of the University of Johannesburg Faculty Senate to Ben Gurion University

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On behalf of the nearly 60,000 faculty network participants in Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, the SPME Board of Directors and its Task Force on Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions applauds the decision of the Faculty Senate of the University of Johannesburg to reject calls for boycotting Ben Gurion University.

Realizing that Ben Gurion University Faculty are engaged with Palestinian colleagues on some projects already we urge the University of Johannesburg to move forward to honor the original memorandum of understanding between the two institutions for now while accepting Ben Gurion University’s bona fide invitation to facilitate further collaborations with Palestinian colleagues and academic institutions on other proposals in the future.

With this declaration, the SPME Board of Directors and Task Force on Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions supports recommendations that collaboration and ties be pursued among Israeli, Palestinian, South African and colleagues and universities worldwide as a path to mutual understanding, acceptance and peace.

Adopted by the SPME Board of Directors and the SPME Task Force on Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions, October 25, 2010

Members of SPME Board of Directors

Judith S. Jacobson, Columbia University, SPME Vice President for Internal Relations
Leila Beckwith, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)
Jonathan Adelman, University of Denver
Steven Albert, University of Pittsburgh
Stanley Dubinsky, University of South Carolina
Awi Federgruen, Columbia University
Rev. India E. Garnett, United Church of Christ
Efraim Karsh, Kings College, University of London
Matthias Kuentzel, Hamburg, Germany
Richard Landes, Boston University
Kenneth L. Marcus, Baruch College of the City University of New York
David Menashri, Tel Aviv University
G.S. Don Morris, Wingate Institute and California Polytechnic Institute-Pomona
Donna Robinson Divine, Smith College
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, University of California-Santa Cruz
Barry Rubin, Interdisciplinary Center and GLORIA Center
Phillip Carl Salzman, McGill University
Ernest Sternberg University of Buffalo, State University of New York

Members of the SPME BDS Task Force

John R.Cohn, Thomas Jefferson University, SPME Board of Directors
Ruth Contreras, University of Vienna and Vienna Natural History Museum, SPME Secretary and Board of Directors
Adam de la Zerda, Stanford University
Alan Dershowitz, Harvard University
Ronnie Fraser, Academics for Israel (UK)
Guy Kornberg, Stanford University
Roger Kornberg, Stanford University, Nobel Laureate
Gary Leisman, F. R. Carrick Institute for Clinical Ergonomics, Rehabilitation, and Applied Neuroscience
Judea Pearl, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Ilan Troen, Brandeis University and Ben Gurion University, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
Steven Weinberg, University of Texas at Austin, Nobel Laureate

SPME Statement on The Action of the University of Johannesburg Faculty Senate to Ben Gurion University

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AUTHOR

Edward S. Beck

Co-Founder and President Emeritus, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

Contributing Faculty Member, Walden University

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