Campus Watch Org, a new pro-Israeli colonialist website created to, in effect, if not stated intent, intimidate American college professors, that are among our Middle East experts, from expounding the truth as they best see it. If this is the case, I submit that they should add 381 Israeli professors. Please see the link to their petition online in Israel, below.
We, faculty members from a number of Israeli universities, wish to express our appreciation and support for those of our students and lecturers who refuse to serve as soldiers in the occupied territories. Such service too often involves carrying out orders that have no place in a democratic society founded on the sanctity of human life.
For thirty five years an entire people, some three and a half million in number, have been held without basic human rights. The occupation and oppression of another people have brought the State of Israel to where it is today.
Without an Israeli declaration of an end to the occupation, accompanied by appropriate action--unilateral, if necessary--the present war is not being fought for our home but for the settlements beyond the green line and for the continued oppression of another people.
We hereby express our readiness to do our best to help students who encounter academic, administrative or economic difficulties as a result of their refusal to serve in the territories. We call on the University community at large to support them.
Faculty members who wish to join are welcome to contact Anat Biletzki.
This letter is being updated. So far, 318 faculty members have signed it.