Hebrew University of Jerusalem will remove Judge Goldstone from its Board of Governors, for the “technical” reason that he has not attended Board meetings. So reports the Hebrew-language news site nrg.co.il.
Substantial political pressure has been exerted by American and European donors on Hebrew University President Professor Menachem Ben Sasson and the university administration to remove Judge Goldstone following the report issued by the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, a mission which Goldstone led. The report, which outlined grave human rights violations by Israel in its December 2008-January 2009 military attack on the Gaza Strip, in addition to possible war crimes and crimes against humanity, was categorically rejected by the Israeli government, which commenced a campaign of vilification against Judge Goldstone.
The Hebrew University did not respond to a request by the Alternative Information Center (AIC) for clarification of why Judge Goldstone will be removed by its Board of Governors.
The Hebrew University has a long history of directly and indirectly supporting the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and dispossession of the Palestinian people. This support includes the confiscation of Palestinian lands; the hiring of former military and intelligence officials, including the former head of the General Security Services, Carmi Gilon, as Vice President for External Relations; financial support to student-soldiers who served during Israel’s military attacks on Gaza about which Judge Goldstone wrote; and demanding police-issued ‘character references” from Palestinian but not Jewish non-student visitors to its campuses.
The Alternative Information Center (AIC) calls on international solidarity activists to contact Hebrew University and express your support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, including an academic boycott, due to actions such as the removal of Judge Goldstone from the Board of Governors.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem media department may be contacted here: www.huji.ac.il/cgi-bin/dovrut/dovrut_search_eng.pl?conct