Palestine http://wfpl.org en Presidents Of Kentucky's Two Largest Universities Oppose Israeli Academic Boycott http://wfpl.org/post/presidents-kentuckys-two-largest-universities-oppose-israeli-academic-boycott <p>The presidents of Kentucky’s two largest universities have joined opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">American Studies Association.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The ASA National Council&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theasa.net/">recommended its members pass a resolution to boycott Israeli colleges and universities</a>, which they did last month. &nbsp;The resolution takes an "ethical stance" on</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Israel’s policies against Palestine.</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:47:50 +0000 Devin Katayama 8252 at http://wfpl.org Presidents Of Kentucky's Two Largest Universities Oppose Israeli Academic Boycott Local Activists React to Israel-Gaza Conflict http://wfpl.org/post/local-activists-react-israel-gaza-conflict <p>The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/11/19/israel-gaza-and-the-patterns-of-the-past/">escalating violence in the Middle East</a> and has sparked a series of pro-Palestinian protests in Louisville.</p><p>Last week, the Israeli government&nbsp;launched airstrikes that killed top Hamas military leaders in response to rocket launches that killed three civilians, and the conflict has approached full-scale war.</p><p>Several local peace groups, such as Students for Justice in Palestine and Louisville Committee for Peace in the Middle East, have pointed out that <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323353204578128553409185788.html">over 90 Palestinian civilians have been killed</a> thus far and that densely populated areas are being targeted by the Israeli military.</p><p>At least two protests have been held in Louisville, including one Monday at the University of Louisville.</p><p>Pro-Palestinian activist Ibrahim Imam has helped organize the local demonstrations. He says residents should be aware that the U.S. gives Israel $3 billion in foreign aid, and are therefore complicit in the country's military actions.</p><p>"I want people to realize that the crimes that are being committed are being committed against Palestinians," he says. "The Palestinians are the victims in this, and I want people to look deeply into this and not buy the cliche that are being fed to them. And Israel should not be rewarded for its aggression at the tune of $15 million a day."</p><p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:03:19 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2559 at http://wfpl.org