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Hamas welcomes Italian academics’ call for BDS

Ma’an – January 30, 2016

336233CBETHLEHEM – The Hamas movement hailed on Saturday the announcement that academics from 50 Italian universities had signed a petition calling to boycott Israeli universities and research institutes.

According to prominent Italian publication L’Espresso, more than 160 Italian academics came out in support of the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign.

The petition, reportedly the first large-scale BDS effort from Italian academia, said it was “a response to the known and well-documented complicity of Israeli academic institutions with Israeli state violence and the total lack of serious condemnation on their part since the foundation of the State of Israel.”

The BDS campaign specifically targeted Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology in Haifa, for its prominent role in the Israeli military-industrial complex, and called on Italian universities to sever ties with the institution.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri welcomed the move on Saturday, saying the petition “illustrates the increasing state of isolation the occupation suffers as a result of its crimes.”

Israel has been struggling to tackle a growing Palestinian-led boycott campaign which has had a number of high-profile successes abroad in both academic and artistic fields.

The BDS movement aims to exert political and economic pressure over Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories in a bid to repeat the success of the campaign which ended apartheid in South Africa.

In recent years, some 1,200 academics in Spain, 343 British professors and lecturers and more than 200 South African academics have publicly come out in support of BDS.

January 30, 2016 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation, Solidarity and Activism | , , , ,


  1. It’s good to see people around the world acknowledging Israel’s pitiless treatment of the Palestinians, and calling for them to conduct themselves as if they were decent human beings, instead of ‘tramping on the face of humanity'(the Palestinians) like Barbarians.
    Not much hope of anything coming out of the USA though. Their ‘Media’ would ruthlessly crush any move to solve the “Israeli problem”……………..


    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 30, 2016 | Reply

  2. Good report, and I’m glad (esp. for PR purposes) that Hamas supports this non-violent resistance to the hated occupier of its land. May there be an accelerating groundswell and a critical mass that becomes the tipping point for calling the satanic Zionist project to full account.

    You’re right, Brian. The US is lost to Zionism: wordfare, lawfare, of course always warfare…the psychotics wage, in myriad ways, their agenda-driven quest to divide and conquer, dominate and control….

    Viva Palestine!


    Comment by roberthstiver | January 31, 2016 | Reply

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