BDS: Letter of Support to Prof. Jake Lynch Delivered to the Australian Embassy
TMS PEACE JOURNALISM, 2 Dec 2013
4, rue Jean Rey
Paris, 27 November 2013
Attention of His Excellency, the Australian Ambassador
We, French teachers, academics, researchers and intellectuals, wish to inform you of our support for Prof. Jake Lynch (of Sydney University), who has been subjected to legal proceedings by Israel, for refusing to collaborate with the Israeli occupier.
The lack of sanctions against Israel at government level to enforce international law and stop the Israeli occupation and colonisation, leads responsible citizens of every country to support the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) campaign, demanded by the Palestinian civil society.
Any self-respecting intellectual has even more moral duties in this domain, inasmuch as she/he has the potential for knowledge and reflection, allowing her/him to act for the defence of Human Rights and against barbarism.
We are pleased that no Australian organisation or institution joined in these slanderous attacks launched by Israel against Prof. Jake Lynch, Director of Sydney University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS).
Incidentally, these attacks deny the freedom of expression and opinion to an academic all the more respected because he has been acting as did before him the men and women who made possible the abolition of segregation in the United States, during the African American struggle for black civil rights, and in South Africa during Apartheid.
Reminder : In 2009, Professor Lynch wrote to the Australian university authorities, asking them to stop collaborating with the Technion University of Haifa and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, because of the systematic oppression of the Palestinian people, against which these universities have never protested, despite the fact that the Palestinian academics are the direct victims.
In 2012, Professor Lynch refused the permission to use his name on an application under the Sir Zelman Cowan fellowship program. He refused to sponsor Professor Don Avon of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem which is heavily involved in occupation and colonisation.
For example, this university did not hesitate to extend its campus on Mount Scopius, by stealing Palestinian lands. Furthermore, it supported the students who took part in the massacre of the Gaza population during the 2008-2009 “Cast Lead” operation. It is also involved with the Army Command College and collaborates widely with Israeli arms industries.
It is therefore clear that Prof. Jake Lynch who is perfectly entitled to choose whom he should sponsor, is not guilty of any “discrimination” (one must cease to reverse roles), and that the complaint lodged by the Israeli law firm Shurat HaDin at the Australian Federal Tribunal, is simply an attempt at intimidation. It is to be noted that Prof. Dan Avnon is not a complainant in this case !
Jake Lynch has already received the support of nearly 2,000 intellectuals and academics throughout the world.
As French intellectuals, teachers and researchers, we too were anxious to tell you about our support and our respect for Prof. Jake Lynch.
Anne ABBES, Professeur en classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles
Mohamed ABBES, ingénieur CBRS retraité
Marie-Christine ABOUPHELE, Anthropologue
Simone AL BAYATI, directrice du CIO (Centre d’Information et d’Orientation)
Emmanuelle ANGRAND FAURE, Médecin
Margot ARNAUD, Journaliste.
Abdellah AZIZI, Enseignant
Jean-Louis BALLAIS, Professeur émérite Université d’Aix-Marseille
Paul BALTA, Ecrivain
Marguerite BALLEVRE, Bibliothécaire
Cesira BATINI, MD, PhD, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, CNRS
Mimoun BENAMAR, Cadre paramédical
Rudolf BKOUCHE, Professeur émérite, université de Lille 1
Isabelle BLOCH, Professeur émérite, Université Bordeaux IV
Alima BOUMEDIENE-THIERY, Avocate, ex-sénatrice
Jacques-Marie BOURGET, Journaliste
Jean-Pierre BOUTONNET, Chercheur INRA honoraire
Livia E. BOVE, Chargée de Recherche 1re classe. CNRS Université P.& M. Curie
Barbara BRUNER, Chargée de Recherche au CNRS, retraitée
Jan BRUNER, Professeur d’Université, retraité
Alice BSERENI, Universitaire retraitée
Philippe CHEMALY, Médecin
Christine CHEVALIER, Conseillère municipale, enseignante retraitée
Acacia CONDES, Agrégée de l’université – Paris 4 Sorbonne
Pierre COURS-SALIES, Professeur université Paris 8
Jean-Jacques DELAVAUX, Enseignant-chercheur ISTOM
René de MAXIMY, Directeur de recherche honoraire, IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement).
Marie-Christine de MAXIMY, GEPALM (Groupe d’Études des Pathologies d’Apprentissage Logico-Mathématique)
Michèle DAYRAS, Ex-Médecin chef en radiologie
Martine DEJEAN, Pharmacienne
Christine DELPHY, Sociologue CNRS
Christophe DENANTES, Médecin Anesthésiste
Sylvie DEPLUS-PONSIN, Professeur d’ophtalmologie
Alain DUPHIL, Ingénieur agronome
Ivar EKELAND, Ancien Président de l’Université Paris-Dauphine – Président de l’AURDIP
Nabil, ENNASRI, Doctorant–écrivain
Georges FEDERMANN, Psychiatre
Jérôme FAYNEL, Responsable logement social
Michel FLAMENT, Consultant en relations internationales
Claire GAILLARD, Chercheur CNRS
Monseigneur Jacques GAILLOT, Evêque de Partenia
Jean-Luc GAUTERO, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis
Aline GRISARD, Psychologue
Yves GUERMOND, Professeur émérite Université de Rouen
Isabelle GUILLAUMIN, Enseignante-Responsable de la vie étudiante ISTOM
Hubert GUILLON, Professeur honoraire, directeur de la publication « le Citoyen », president du Cercle Condorcet.
Luisa HIRSCHBEIN, Docteur ès Sciences, Directeur de Recherche honoraire, CNRS
Rachid ID YASSINE, Sociologue, anthropologue
Marumi KADO, Directeur de Recherche au CNRS
François KONIECZNY, Animateur territorial.
Claude LABADIE, retraité cadre supérieur
Jacqueline LE CORRE, Médecin
Marko LOPARIC, Chercheur- mathématicien
Roger MARTELLI, Historien
Roland MELO, Contrôleur aérien, pilote d’avion, médaillé de l’Aéronautique
Paul MONMAUR, Universitaire, retraité
François NICOLAS, compositeur, chercheur Ens-Ulm
Dominique NOLY, ingénieur EDF retraité
Christophe OBERLIN, Professeur de chirurgie
Josiane OLFF-NATHAN, IRIST, Université de Strasbourg
Bernard PESANT, Artiste
Christian PETITJEAN, Professeur agrégé
Roland PFEFFERKORN, Professeur de sociologie Université de Strasbourg
Ghislain POISSONIER, Magistrat
François René QUERCI, Astrophysicien émérite observatoire Midi-Pyrénées.
Xavier RENOU, Directeur de la collection Désobeir du Passager clandestin
Roger SALAMON, Professeur d’épidémiologie, Bordeaux
Josselyne SALAÜN, Directeur de Recherche (CNRS)
Mohamed SALEM, Médecin hospitalier
Martine SEVEGRAND, Historienne CNRS
Nicolas SHAHSHAHANI, Journaliste retraité
Jacque STINNAKRE, Directeur de recherche au CNRS
François STRAUSS, Directeur de recherches au CNRS
Jean-Paul SUBLON, Ecrivain, Strasbourg
Danièle TOUATI, Directeur de recherches au CNRS
Jeanne VACHER-MANUELLAN, Enseignante
Cécile WINTER, Médecin hospitalier
Olivia ZEMOR, journaliste retraitée
Catherine ZILLER, chercheur CNRS
Claude ZURBACH, Ingénieur de recherche
You can still sign the petition launched by Australian for BDS : http://www.change.org/petitions/def…
Jake Lynch is Associate Professor of Peace Journalism and Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment, and the chief advisor for TRANSCEND Media Service-TMS. He is the co-author, with Annabel McGoldrick, of Peace Journalism (Hawthorn Press, 2005), and his new book, Debates in Peace Journalism, has just been published by Sydney University Press and TUP – TRANSCEND University Press. He also co-authored with Johan Galtung and Annabel McGoldrick ‘Reporting Conflict-An Introduction to Peace Journalism.’
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