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UPDATE FROM THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA 25 May 2005
By Topic ACADEMIC BOYCOTT
In the wake of the British Association of University Teachers’ 22 April 2005 decision to boycott Haifa and Bar-Ilan Universities and to disseminate to all its chapters a Palestinian “Call for Boycott of Israeli academic institutions”, debate has been heating up about the campaign. Track coverage of this issue in EI’s new section, where many articles have been added today alone.
Human Rights THE CLASH OF DEMOCRATIC IDEALS Omar Yousef Shehabi, The Electronic Intifada, 25 May 2005
Two years ago a US magistrate judge pronounced Sami al-Arian “a model of civic involvement” but denied him bail, substituting a nationalistic play for a real assessment of flight risk. The problem, evidently lost on the judge, is that Palestine cannot offer al-Arian or any other of its refugees safe haven; the Israeli military has occupied the Palestinian areas for 38 years and prohibits their return. Under US Supreme Court precedent, this flight risk makes al-Arian’s two-year pretrial stay in a Florida maximum-security prison, with 23 hours a day in solitary confinement, a constitutional administrative measure, not punishment.
Human Rights ISRAELI DISCRIMINATORY LAW TEARS APART THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES Report, HRW/AI/ICJ, 24 May 2005
The Knesset should not extend a discriminatory law, due to expire on May 31, which prevents Israeli citizens and residents from living with their spouses from the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists said today in a joint letter to Knesset members. On May 15, the Israeli Cabinet endorsed a continuation of the law with limited exceptions based on the age and sex of the Palestinian spouse. The three human rights organizations called on Knesset members to reject this amendment, which is currently before the Knesset for a first reading, as insufficient.
Human Rights AMNESTY LAUNCHES ANNUAL ASSESSMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS Report, Amnesty International, 24 May 2005
Governments are betraying their promise of a world order based on human rights and are pursuing a dangerous new agenda, said Amnesty International today as it launched its annual assessment of global human rights. Speaking at the launch of the Amnesty International Report 2005, the organization’s Secretary General Irene Khan said that governments had failed to show principled leadership and must be held to account. The Israeli army killed more than 700 Palestinians, including some 150 children. Most were killed unlawfully ˜ in reckless shooting, shelling and air strikes in civilian residential areas; in extrajudicial executions; and as a result of excessive use of force.
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