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About the Israeli Occupation Archive

The Israeli Occupation Archive was founded by the International Committee to End the Israeli Occupation, a loosely organized group with members on five continents contributing to its operation. The group is supported by an Advisory Board consisting of like-minded people who are committed to the same beliefs and principles.

The Israeli Occupation Archive was founded on the belief that any occupation is morally wrong and must be opposed. The takeover of a land, the denial of equal rights to its inhabitants, and their forcible eviction, are all fundamentally unacceptable and must be rejected.

It is also our conviction that punitive actions carried out by the state of Israel against native Palestinians over the years, such as the bombing of civilian population centers, cannot be justified under any circumstances. Such actions are in direct violation of international laws and conventions set out after World War II, and fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

The Israeli Occupation Archive is grateful to the members of its Advisory Board for their invaluable support and guidance.

Members of the Advisory Board

Bashir Abu-Manneh

Bashir Abu-Manneh is a professor of English at Barnard College specializing in global literature, Palestinian and Israeli literature, Marxism, and postcolonialism. He is a Palestinian born in Haifa and is active in Middle Eastern affairs.

Mustafa Barghouthi

Mustafa Barghouthi is the Secretary General of Al-Mubadara (the Palestinian National Initiative), MP of Palestinian Parliament, and former information minister in the Palestinian National Unity Government. He was a candidate in the 2005 Palestinian presidential elections.

Anat Biletzki

Anat Biletzki is a professor of philosophy at Tel Aviv University, and an Israeli peace and human rights activist for many years. She was the chairperson of the board of B'Tselem - the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (2001-2006).

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is a linguist, philosopher, and a life-long anti-war and human rights activist with extensive involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Occupation. He is a prolific author, and an Institute Professor emeritus at MIT.

Irene Gendzier

Irene Gendzier is a professor of political science at Boston University specializing in international political economy and Middle Eastern Studies. She is an activist and prolific author, writing about US foreign policy in the Middle East and problems of development.

Assaf Kfoury

Assaf Kfoury is a mathematician, computer scientist, and a professor of computer science at Boston University. An Arab American who grew up in Beirut and Cairo, he is a political activist, focused on the Middle East.

Stephen R. Shalom

Stephen Shalom is a professor of political science at William Paterson University. He is a frequent lecturer and is the author of numerous publications, including extensive coverage of the Middle East.

Salim Tamari

Salim Tamari is the Director of the Institute of Jerusalem Studies, a professor of sociology at Birzeit University, and editor of Hawliyyat al Quds and the Jerusalem Quarterly. His most recent book is The Intimate Life of an Ottoman Soldier.

Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn is a historian, social critic, life-long civil-rights and anti-war activist, prolific author and lecturer. His best known work is “A People's History of the United States.” He is a professor emeritus of political science at Boston University.

Part II: More on the founding of the IOA