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Prominent British professor turns down Israeli prize

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British Professor Catherine Hall
Press TV – May 22, 2016

A prominent British academic and historian has refused to accept a $330,000 prize by an Israeli university.

Professor Catherine Hall of University College London was slated to receive the Dan David Prize by Tel Aviv University on Sunday, but withdrew her acceptance citing political reasons.

“This was an independent political choice, undertaken after many discussions with those who are deeply involved with the politics of Israel-Palestine, but with differing views as to how best to act,” Hall said in a statement.

The annual academic award includes a series of $1 million prizes which are handed out in three fields.

As a historian, Hall was due to receive the prize for her “impact on social history, as a pioneer in gender history, race and slavery.”

Hall’s work on women’s history in the 1970s has helped her become known as a major feminist.

The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine described Hall’s decision as “a significant endorsement of the campaign to end ties with Israeli institutions.”

Hall’s share of the million dollar prize will now be given to three economists involved in the fight against poverty, three nano-science researchers, and two historians of social history.

The news comes amid tensions between Tel Aviv and London over remarks by several key British political figures who have condemned the Israeli regime’s crimes against the Palestinian people.

Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of London, was suspended from the Labor Party in late April after bringing up the issue of Israeli war crimes and stating that Adolf Hitler was a supporter of Zionism.

Before him, Naz Shah, a member of the British Parliament resigned as an aide to the party’s shadow chancellor after being forced to apologize for backing calls for Israel to “relocate” to the United States.

In early July 2014, Israel waged a devastating war on the Gaza Strip. The 50-day offensive claimed the lives of nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children.

The British government has banned all public bodies from joining the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel which demands the end of Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestinian land particularly through illegal settlement constructions in the occupied territories.

May 22, 2016 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Solidarity and Activism | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Bless, bless, triple bless this lady professor of eminence and human-rights inclinations! It’s so difficult to find anyone with principle these days in which the Zionists avidly push to control the narrative, the debate, the discourse, all of our lives in ways small and large….

    Viva Palestine!

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    Comment by roberthstiver | May 22, 2016 | Reply

  2. God Bless her. That too more courage the a lot of our so called leaders show

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    Comment by Louisa Mccutcheon | May 26, 2016 | Reply


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