Motion 25: Palestine and the occupation: University of Brighton - Eastbourne, University of Brighton - Grand Parade, University of East London Docklands, National Executive Committee
Congress notes the
1. continuation of illegal settlement, killing of civilians and the impossibility of civil life, including education;
2. humanitarian catastrophe imposed on Gaza by Israel and the EU;
No mention, of course, of the role of Hamas in making it nearly impossible even to bring humanitarian aid into Gaza - for example, the bombing of the crossing points by Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza.
3. apparent complicity of most of the Israeli academy;
This is the part of the resolution that is a demonstrable lie. Most of the Israelis whom I know who work against the occupation are, in fact, academics, teaching at a variety of colleges and universities in Israel. I would think that if one were calling for a boycott of Israeli academics that one should ascertain whether in fact they support the occupation.
4. legal attempts to prevent UCU debating boycott of Israeli academic institutions; and legal advice that such debates are lawful
Legal attempts to prevent the UCU from taking a step that is illegal under British law! Whose legal advice is it that such debates are lawful? The legal advice that was given last year, and which stopped discussion of the boycott, stated that even in discussing such a boycott the union was coming close to violation of the Race Relations Act.
Congress affirms that
5. criticism of Israel or Israeli policy are not, as such, anti-semitic;
6. pursuit and dissemination of knowledge are not uniquely immune from their moral and political consequences;
Congress resolves that
7. colleagues be asked to consider the moral and political implications of educational links with Israeli institutions, and to discuss the occupation with individuals and institutions concerned, including Israeli colleagues with whom they are collaborating;
8. UCU widely disseminate the personal testimonies of UCU and PFUUPE delegations to Palestine and the UK, respectively;
9. the testimonies will be used to promote a wide discussion by colleagues of the appropriateness of continued educational links with Israeli academic institutions;
10. UCU facilitate and encourage twinning arrangements and other direct solidarity with Palestinian institutions;
11. Ariel College, an explicitly colonising institution in the West Bank, be investigated under the formal Greylisting Procedure.