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Neve Gordon: Boycott Israel

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 24, 2009

It is indeed not a simple matter for me as an Israeli citizen to call on foreign governments, regional authorities, international social movements, faith-based organizations, unions and citizens to suspend cooperation with Israel. But today, as I watch my two boys playing in the yard, I am convinced that it is the only way that Israel can be saved from itself.

I say this because Israel has reached a historic crossroads, and times of crisis call for dramatic measures. I say this as a Jew who has chosen to raise his children in Israel, who has been a member of the Israeli peace camp for almost 30 years and who is deeply anxious about the country’s future.

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BGU students prepare peers to make case for Israel overseas

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 24, 2009

Doron Dvir took a class last semester with Prof. Neve Gordon, the head of Ben-Gurion University’s department of politics and government, who last week called Israel an “apartheid state” in the Los Angeles Times and expressed support for an anti-Israel boycott.

But politics major Dvir and other BGU students have been working on the FYI Israel project, to prepare fellow students to make the case for Israel when they travel abroad.

“[Gordon] is the antithesis of our project,” he told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. “We are trying to show Israel as something that [doesn’t only connect with] apartheid, terror and war.”

“I think that Gordon is an extremist,” Dvir said.

However, he said Gordon was fairly representative of the department of politics and government.

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MKs Demand Sacking of Professor Who Called for Israel Boycott

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 23, 2009

“Dr. Gordon’s article is repugnant and should be scorned,” Education Minister Gidon Saar said. He spoke by phone with BGU President Rivka Carmi and indicated that Gordon should be dismissed from his post.

Earlier in the day, Carmi had already made it clear that Gordon should seek work elsewhere. “We are shocked by Dr. Gordon’s irresponsible words which we absolutely condemn,” she said in a statement. “Academic personalities who feel this way are invited to look for an academic and personal home elsewhere.”

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L.A. Jews mull boycott of Israel university over ‘apartheid’ op-ed

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 23, 2009

Members of the Los Angeles Jewish community have threatened to withhold donations to an Israeli university in protest of an op-ed published by a prominent Israeli academic in the Los Angeles Times on Friday, in which he called to boycott Israel economically, culturally and politically.

Dr. Neve Gordon of Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva, a veteran peace activist, branded Israel as an apartheid state and said that a boycott was “the only way to save it from itself.”

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