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BDS Boycott of Arab-Israeli Hebrew U Dean?

By TTN Blog

Prof. Steven Lubet of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, has just posted the following at The Faculty Lounge legal academic blog:

New Law Dean at Hebrew University

As announced today, Michael (Mousa) Karayanni has been named the “first-ever Arab Israeli . . . appointed as the dean of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.”  Karayanni, a specialist in civil law, private international law and issues of law and multiculturalism, studied at Bar-Ilan University, George Washington University, the Hebrew University and the University of Pennsylvania.  He is well known in the United States, having visited at Yale, Princeton, and Stanford.

Dean Karayanni lives with his wife and children in Neve Shalom/Wahat el-Salam, which describes itself as “an intentional community jointly established by Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel.” (It means “Oasis of Peace” in English.)

The American Studies Association will now have to impose a special ban on Dean Karayanni pursuant to its boycott resolution, which includes:

. . . refusal on the part of the ASA in its official capacities to enter into formal collaborations with Israeli academic institutions, or with scholars who are expressly serving as representatives or ambassadors of those institutions (such as deans, rectors, presidents and others). [Emphasis added]

The BDS movement itself stands for “anti-normalization,” which includes opposition to

. . . events, projects, publications, films, or exhibitions that are designed to bring together Palestinians/Arabs and Israelis so they can present their respective narratives or perspectives, or to work toward reconciliation, “overcoming barriers,” etc., without addressing the root causes of injustice and the requirements of justice.

Projects such as Neve Shalom/Wahat el-Salam would seem to be prohibited because they do not promote “’co-resistance’ rather than co-existence.” [In other words, the international BDS leadership explicitly values “co-resistance” over “co-existence.”]

Dean Karayanni was previously the director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights.

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