Urgent update: Professor Noam Chomsky, scheduled to speak at BZU, denied entry by Israel|
update, Right to Education Campaign, 16 May 2010
Professor Noam Chomsky has been denied entry by Israel at Allenby Bridge, which is a border crossing between Jordan and the occupied West Bank. The Professor of Linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was due to speak at Birzeit University on Monday.
Prof. Chomsky, is an American linguist, philosopher, and political activist rose to fame in the 1970s though his opposition to the war in Vietnam.
Updates on Professor Chomsky's progress will be available on this website.
Gazan Student Achieves Dream to Study for Peace
Steve Amsel, Desertpeace, 13 February 2010
Ayman Talal E. Quader is a Palestinian living from Gaza who overcame Israel's siege and is now working for his Masters Degree in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies.
Israel's newest 'university' to ensure illegal settlement "will forever remain part of the state of Israel."
Report, Right to Education Campaign, 25 January 2010
On Wednesday, Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, announced the implementation of a five year old government decision that upgrades Ariel College to university status. Now known as "Ariel University Centre of Samaria", the facility is located in a West Bank settlement which is considered illegal under international law.
A student's story: Offered a scholarhsip in Spain but trapped in Gaza
Ayman Quader,, Featured in the Palestinian Telegraph, 24 January 2010
An appeal from Ayman Quader, a student from Gaza who has been offered a scholarship Universitat Jaume I (UJI) in Castellón, Spain for the International Masters in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies but worries he will not be able to cross through Rafah to leave Gaza.
Meet a young Palestinian man who cannot leave Gaza to accept his scholarships
Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 8 July 2009
Meet Hazem Abukash, a 24 year old Palestinian who wishes to get his PhD in Communications and Computer engineering by the time he is 30. He is highly intelligent, having received scholarships from universities in China, Malaysia, Jordan and Europe. He has been stopped at the border or in Egypt or Israel four times. His story begins with his winning a Chinese scholarship, then it akes 3 months for him to get permission to travel, and when he gets to the border he learns the Chinese have cancelled the scholarship. The ongoing Israeli blockade of the Gaza strip has left hundreds of Palestinian students trapped inside Gaza unable to take up their places at universities abroad.
Meet a young Palestinian woman who cannot leave Gaza to accept her scholarship
Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 8 July 2009
Meet Summer Abu Zayd, a 23 year old graduate of Al-Aqsa University is trapped Gaza, unable to accept any of the scholarships she has won to study at universities abroad, due to the ongoing Israeli blockade on the Gaza strip.
American teacher at Birzeit denied academic freedom
R2E Campaign, Birzeit University , 5 May 2009
Julie Dylan is one of the many international teachers working at universities throughout the oPt who are reliant on three-month tourist visas in order to continue teaching here. Israel controls the borders and population register of the oPt and therefore has de facto control over who has access to teach, study or work at Birzeit University. Cases of deportations, denials of entry and denials of visa renewals for international passport holders have increased dramatically since 2006. Julie was once deported in 2008, and constantly runs the risk of being deported again, putting her in a very stressful situation.
Palestinian Student's Heartfelt Letter to Obama
Meryll Ann Butler, OpEd News, 3 May 2009
An instructor at Birzeit University - the most prestigious university in Palestine - recently gave a class of English students an intriguing assignment: after they had researched President Obama's foreign policy on the Middle East, they were to compose a letter to him.