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For Academic Freedom

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The International Advisory Board for Academic Freedom has pledged this: To undertake actions and steps to guarantee the academic freedom of worldwide higher education institutions. The IAB refrains from politics and addresses only matters of academic freedom and additional academic principles. Academic boycotts represent selective political posturing which seems to reflect anti democratic and at times overt anti-national sentiments, both having no place in the academic community. As required from any academic institution, Universities should not be subject to government interference. The university system must be based upon the premise of academic freedom, research and critical thinking, in which staff and students enjoy a platform that not only enables, but systematically encourages freedom of thought and expression. These values have a place in Universities. Boycotts do not.


I am a mature student in UCC and while I do hold strong views on the Middle East and conflict in other areas of the world I do not believe that trying to take away funding from fellow students, lecturers and universities will accomplish anything except to cause further division and hostility. The signing of an open letter to the EU calling on a moratorium of EU funding to Israeli universities was signed by several UCC members of staff and I would like to show our fellow academics in Israel that not everyone in UCC supports this desired boycott.

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