Ariel U. Denounces Treatment of Its Scholars

October 3, 2014

Ariel University, a controversial Israeli institution located on the West Bank, on Thursday denounced the European Association of Israel Studies for telling Ariel professors that they were welcome at the group's conference, but only if they do not refer to their institutional affiliation. The university is seen by many academics -- including many in Israel -- as a tool of of the country's occupation of Palestinian territories. Times Higher Education first reported on the association's action against Ariel scholars, and their decision to withdraw as a result from an academic conference in London. The Jerusalem Post reported on this statement issued by Ariel: "The event described is an extreme manifestation of hypocrisy and absurdity. While the conference organizers are interested in research and researchers of Ariel University, they are trying to ignore the existence of the institution where these studies have emerged."


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