CAF response to Hebrew University letter regarding Issawiyah neighborhood

Professor Asher Cohen
President Hebrew University of Jerusalem
hupres@savion.huji.ac.il

Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson
Chancellor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
huchancellor@savion.huji.ac.il

Professor Barak Medina
Rector, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Barak.Medina@mail.huji.ac.il

Dear President Cohen, Chancellor Ben-Sasson, and Rector Medina,

Thank you for your 23 January 2020 response to our letter dated 22 January 2020

In your letter you stated that Hebrew University “is not involved in any decisions about police activity in Issawiya or any other area.”  Like our colleagues who are members of Academia for Equality, we are disturbed that such a position disregards the university administration’s duty to maintain the autonomy of the university campus as a free space.

In addition, your letter failed to address the question of the closure of the southern entrance to Issawiyah, which renders the university a de facto partner in the collective punishment of the neighborhood’s residents.

Along with the members of Academia for Equality, we repeat our call for the administration of the University to declare its solidarity with Issawiyah and to act immediately to demilitarize the campus.

We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Dina Rizk Khoury
MESA President
Professor, George Washington University

Laurie Brand
Chair, Committee on Academic Freedom
Professor, University of Southern California

cc:  Academia for Equality

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