Omar Barghouti is an independent researcher. Lisa Taraki teaches sociology at Birzeit University. They are founding members of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. This article originally appeared in al-Ahram. For more information on PACBI visit, www.boycottisrael.ps.
The Palestinian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel was launched in Ramallah in April 2004 by a group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals to join the growing international boycott movement. On April 22 the British Association of University Teachers (AUT) decided to boycott Haifa and Bar Ilan Universities because of their “complicity in the racist and colonial” policies of Israel. On May 26 the Zionist lobby in Britain succeeded to reverse the AUT motions on the basis of misleading arguments.