In light of news that Cornell University has engaged in a joint bid with Israel's Technion Israel Institute of Technology to build a campus of applied science and technology on New York's Roosevelt Island, we, the students and volunteers at Birzeit University's Right to Education campaign, support the initiative of New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (NYACT).To give a flavor of how moral the students at Birzeit are, here is a pro-Hamas march there only a week ago:
Cornell University's students, professors and partners alike will be implicated in Israel's colonial project in Palestine through the University's decision to work in collaboration with the Technion, an institution that has long been, and remains deeply complicit in the design, implementation and justification of Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
Here's part of an "art exhibit" shown there this month:
At the end of 2003, elections were held [at Birzeit] for the student government council. The campaign featured models of exploding Israeli buses. In the debate, the Hamas candidate asked the Fatah candidate: "Hamas activists in this university killed 135 Zionists. How many did Fatah activists from Bir Zeit kill?"
Here's a photo from last month of a Birzeit student quietly going about his studies:
Moral indignation from Birzeit students towards Israel? Now, that's funny.