Israeli professor slams university crackdowns on students

Amir Hetsroni, a professor of communication at Ariel University in the occupied West Bank, dismissed claims that academic boycotts were merely 'anti-Semitic.'

Israeli professor slams university crackdowns on students

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Israeli university professor has lashed out at university's in Israel and occupied territories in the West Bank for curbing students' right to freedom of speech by punishing those who criticize the offensive on the Gaz Strip.

Accusing the behaviour of Israeli universities of providing pro-boycott movements with the ideological right to enforce academic boycotts of Israeli educational institutions, Amir Hetsroni, a professor of communication at Ariel University in the occupied West Bank, dismissed claims that boycotts were merely 'anti-Semitic.'

Professor Hetsroni, whose Ariel University has been subject to boycott campaigns due to its active contribution to the occupation of a Palestinian homeland, criticized his own university for warning students that statements contradicting Zionist tenets violates the university's disciplinary code.

Writing in the Israeli daily Haaretz, Hetsroni also pointed out curbs in freedom of expression in other universities.

'At the Technion, a medical student of Arab origin is about to stand trial for writing a joke on his Facebook page regarding the three teenagers kidnapped and murdered near Hebron,' he said.

'Hadassah College in Jerusalem and Western Galilee College in Acre suspended students or their scholarships who wrote that Israel's activities in the Gaza Strip are war crimes. Hadassah College added a NIS 6,000 fine to the outright punishment,' he added.

Hetsroni also mentioned that the presidents of Tel Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University had urged their students and faculty to show restraint regarding the latest attacks on the Gaza Strip which has left over 2,000 Palestinians dead since July 7.

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