it is very often a good idea to know who your opponents are, it gives you the tools required to face them and defeat them.
The battleground in Norway against anti-Israelism, anti-Zionism (which is a synonym for anti-Semitism) is now clearly defined: It is mainly the Church of Norway and its affiliated organizations such as YMCA/YWCA, Norwegian Church Aid, to mention but a few, academia, fairly much limited to disciplines where fantasy is a better tool than actual facts (the “humaniora” – which for the time being is basically preparing graduates for a jobless future, since there is a limit to how many art masters and sociologists we need in society), and the Labor affiliated unions. Now all of these belong to tightly knit networks where they mainly sing from the same hymn sheet and give an impression of being many, diverse and generally representative of society at large.
Well, they are plainly not, since the majority of Norwegians have either signed out of the Church of Norway, are not members of any union and hold generally a scornful view of academia, whom they charge are completely separated from ordinary people’s lives.
But it certainly helps to know where efforts must be concentrated and confront the many and vile lies they so habitually fabricate or replicate without critical thought.
lifted from nrk.no poor google translate
(as an after thought, MIFF, With Israel for peace have more than 6000 paying members and over 13000 likes of FB, whereas the Palcom try to remain interesting for the scarce 3000 who care to pay their membership fee, while the number of likes they attract on FB does not reach 4000, despite all the support they get from media)
Academic boycott is sensible tactic
As students at the University of Oslo , we do not accept establishing cooperation with the University of Tel Aviv.
Jonas Iversen, Student at University and deputy chairman of the Palestine Committee of Norway
Robert Wood, Student at University and chairman of the Palestine Committee Blindern
In Aftenposten 4 April defend religion professor Torkel Brekke their desire to institutionalize the relationship between the University of Oslo and the University of Tel Aviv, from criticism from colleagues both at the University and at other institutions . Voices for academic boycott of Israeli research and educational institutions , according to Brekke “lost our sense .” He argues along two lines.
The first argument is that boycotting Israel without also boycott other states that violate human rights is inconsistent. It is therefore hypocritical focus on Israel. The second argument is that academic boycott of Israeli universities puts the principle of academic freedom in danger. As students at the University of Oslo , we take the issue of academic boycotts seriously. The more one puts into question, the clearer it is that the academic boycott is a reasonable tactic , and that it is precisely the tactics in question . Professor Brekke seems to have misunderstood this when he claims that those who support the boycott are inconsistent.
Good reasons to boycott
Israel’s continuing violation of international law , for example by building on occupied Palestinian land , torture of detainees and detention of children, adds the moral basis for a boycott . On the basis of these considerations , it is entirely appropriate that other countries should be criticized . But it is obvious that, when considering a boycott as a political leverage , one must consider both the moral basis , but also the likelihood of success. It is precisely this aspect which in our judgment puts Israel in a unique position . Western boycott of Israeli institutions will have a major positive impact .
We believe that academic institutional boycott could stimulate more political dialogue.
We are talking about a state that already has close cooperation with the United States and Europe , and is dependent on such a good relationship is maintained. There are also a number of other reasons that there is hope for success by just boycotting Israel. Several of these reasons are discussed in the promotional booklet for academic and cultural boycott.
If it were now to be other states that also hit a sufficient number of criteria that a boycott can be a wise tactic , so do not get what boycott of Israel unless properly . What about the argument that academic boycotts are a danger to academic freedom? Well , firstly , there are several important values in society , and it is totalitarian thinking that one social value trumps all other values. Therefore, the value of academic freedom against other important values.
Will send clear signal
Looking at the Palestinians ‘ freedom in general, and their academic freedom in particular , it is clear that it is the Palestinians’ rights that are truly threatened. Israel collects taxes in the West Bank , but gives no support to the eleven Palestinian universities. They are therefore dependent on international aid . Israel’s control of movement in Palestine enables them to prevent students and academics to undertake study and research. Academic freedom for Israelis must therefore be balanced against other values you consider important , including as economic, legal and political rights for all. Both Israelis and Palestinians .
There is reason to believe that an academic boycott of Israeli universities could help change destructive Israeli occupation policies. Breaking institutional collaboration will send a clear signal to Israel that we do not accept what is being done. If we work together there must real change to . University Environments conducive with weapons technology research can be said to be active contributors to the oppression of Palestinians . But all Israeli universities fail to take critical stance to the treatment of the Palestinians. All legitimizes thus violation of international law , on a sliding scale from passive to active.
Can not accept cooperation
Another common argument against the academic boycott is that this is consistent with dialogue. We believe it is important to consider the type of dialogue you are looking for . Nelson Mandela and other dialog advocates have been concerned dialogue about politics .
The technical dialogue absent as a result of academic boycott , but such a boycott does not prevent , in principle, more political dialogue between Israeli and Norwegian academics.
We believe that academic institutional boycott , which indicates that the occupation and oppression is not acceptable, could stimulate more political dialogue , both among scholars and in the public debate . The danger is that academics like Professor Brekke does not get enough into what the boycott campaign is about and ends up being actively against it by relying on misconceptions or ill-considered arguments. If the University of Oslo establish cooperation with the University of Tel Aviv , this helps both to recognize Israeli politics and undermining the international boycott campaign. As students at the University , we do not accept this.