NORWAY: Call for an academic and cultural boycott of the state of Israel October 15, 2010

The state of Israel occupies Palestinian territory, and denies the Palestinian inhabitants basic human rights. The attacks on Gaza in 2009, and the brutal and illegal siege has shocked a whole world . Being in control of all of historic Palestine, Israel subjects the Palestinian population to daily harassment, forces them to abandon more and more areas and treats them as second-class citizens.. The situation has rightly been compared to the apartheid era in South Africa.

Israel refuses to comply with United Nation decisions and with international law, but is still not met with international sanctions. It is therefore imperative that ordinary people take up the challenge and put pressure on Israel. Israeli universities, research communities and cultural institutions play a key role in the continued occupation. Extensive cultural and research cooperation between Israel and the West has contributed to legitimize the Israeli policy of oppression.

We do not want to end the dialogue, but we want to resume responsibility and explain to our colleagues why we hold the position that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is unacceptable. The future for both Palestinians and Israelis depends on ending the occupation and on securing basic human rights for everybody living in the area. We do not believe this will happen without external pressure. There are also scientists, students, artists and cultural workers within Israel, who are publicly opposing the occupation. These groups are in need of international support.

Palestinian academics and intellectuals have repeatedly called upon their colleagues abroad to boycott academic and cultural institutions in Israel in order to end occupation and oppression.

We who sign this call – cultural workers and employees at universities, colleges, research institutions and cultural institutions in Norway – are heeding their call. We ask all cultural workers and artists, employees and students at Norwegian universities and colleges, as well as employees at research institutions and cultural institutions, to join us in this, by refraining from:

  • Research and cultural cooperation with the state of Israel’s universities, research institutions, art and cultural institutions, and representatives of these institutions.
  • Exchange of guest researchers, lecturers, exhibitors and artists with these institutions.
  • Awarding scholarships and research funds to such institutions and their representatives.
  • Participation at scientific conferences and cultural events in Israel with representatives of such institutions.

At the same time we call for cooperation with and support for organizations and individuals in Israel, including research workers, students, artists and cultural workers who are working to end the occupation and the denial of human rights for Palestinians.

We finally call on the boards of Norwegian academic and cultural institutions, and on the associations and unions of artists and of employees at universities, colleges and research institutions, as well as on student organizations in Norway, to support this boycott.

Sign the petition here

100 persons from the Norwegian cultural and academic field support the boycott at launching:

Fritz Albregtsen, professor UiO
Vanja Alling, PhD-student UiO
Paal Bjelke Andersen, forfatter/forlegger
Bürd Berg, førsteaman. UiT
Sissel Mutale Bergh,billedkunstner/skribent
Bjørn Bjarre, billedkunstner
Aud Karin Bjørn, forsker
Mari Boine, musiker
Agnes Bolsø, førsteaman. NTNU
Aslak Borgersrud, musiker
Ole Jacob Bull, rĂĽdgiver
Bjørgulf Claussen, professor UiO
Torstein Dahle, høgskolelektor HiB
Ingegjerd Dillan, billedkunstner
Anneli Drecker, musiker
Hans Ebbing, magister UiB
Lasse Efskind, ortoped/forfatter
Anders Eiebakke, billedkunstner
Arild Eriksen, sivilarkitekt
Åshild Fause, førsteaman. UiT
Gro Finne, billedkunstner
Jan Terje Faarlund, professor UiO
Mads Gilbert, professor/overlege UiT
Roger Gjerstad, billedkunstner
Espen Goffeng, stud.samf.geo.
Toril Goksøyr, billedkunstner
Nadir Guendouz, Nordic Black Theatre
Øystein Grønning, arkitekt
Willy Guneriussen, professor UiT
Line Halvorsen, filmskaper
Hannah Helseth, sosiolog/forfatter
Kirsti Henriksen, univ. lektor UiT
Erik Hillestad, musikkprodusent KKV
Ingvild Holm, scenekunstner
Ketil Hylland, professor UiO
Marianne Hølmebakk, billedkunstner
Arnold Johansen, billedkunstner
Svein Flygari Johansen, billedkunstner
Morten Krogh, billedkunstner/prof. emer.
Sonja Krohn, billedkunstner
Andrea Lange, billedkunstner
Benjamin EndrĂŠ Larsen, stipendiat UiO
Søren Larsen, dr. philos. UiO
Morten Levin, professor NTNU
Sonja Lid, forfatter
Truls Lie, redaktør/filmskaper
Arild Linneberg, professor UiB
Mass Soldal Lund, forsker
Liv Lundberg, professor UiT/poet
Peder Martin Lysestøl, førstelektor HiST
Ketil Magnussen, leder, Oslo Dokumentarkino
Anna Lange Malmanger, kunsthistoriker
Camilla Martens, billedkunstner
Pierre Matte, billedkunstner
Elisabeth Medbøe, billedkunstner
Georges MidrĂŠ, professor UiT
Trond Peter Stamsøe Munch, skuespiller
Brit MĂŚhlum, professor NTNU
Trond Nordby, professor UiO
Torill Nustad, leder NTL v UiT
Gert NygĂĽrdshaug, forfatter
Egil Drillo Olsen, landslagstrener
Ole Johnny Olsen, førsteaman. UiB
Ragnar Olsen, musiker/dramatiker
Tommy Olsson, kunstkritiker/kunstner
Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen, forfatter/dramatiker
Beate Petersen, billedkunstner/skribent
Henrik Placht, billedkunstner
Per Platou, kunstner/kurator
Brita Pollan, religionsforsker/forfatter
Hege Ramson, skribent
Jan Åge Riseth, seniorforsker NORUT
Ingvild H Rishøi, forfatter
Arne Ruste, forfatter
Per Rygvold, kurator
Kjetil Røed, kunstkritiker
Knut H Røed, professor NVH
Gerdi Schjelderup, skuespiller
Tore Sivertsen, førsteaman. NVH
Rune Skarstein, førsteaman. NTNU
Tom Skauge, førsteaman. HiB.
Eystein Skjerve, professor NVH
Ánde Somby, førsteaman. UiT
Bente Sommerfeldt-Colberg, billedkunstner
Willibald Storn, billedkunstner
Morten Strøksnes, forfatter/journalist
Jørn H SvÌren, forfatter/musiker
Ann Rudinow SĂŚtnan, professor NTNU
Pia Tellefsen, skuespiller
Kjell Underlid, professor HiB
Jan Vardøen, musiker/restaurantør
PĂĽl Vigeland, billedkunstner
Edvard Vogt, prof. emer. UiB
Tor Øystein Vaaland, journalist/teolog
Bo K. WallstrĂśm, kunstner/rĂĽdgiver KORO
Ebba Wergeland, dr. med.
Lene Westerüs, redaktør/forfatter
Snorre Ytterstad, billedkunstner
Audun Øfsti, prof. emer. NTNU
Nils AarsĂŚther, professor UiT

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