Jerusalem â€“ Maâ€™an â€“ Al-Quds University will cease all forms of academic cooperation with Israeli academic institutions soon, the schoolâ€™s board determined on Sunday.
â€œIn cooperation with all sides and under an accepted timetable,â€ the university will phase out programs and cooperation, the university board said in a statement.
It added that, â€œIf the two-state solution is as far away today as it was ten years ago, there is no justification for continued academic cooperation based on reaching that solution.â€
â€œAnd there is no justification for continued official and non-official cooperation in other fields, foremost security coordination between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel,â€ the board noted.
â€œEnding academic cooperation is aimed at, first of all, pressuring Israel to abide by a solution that ends the occupation, a solution that has been needed for far too long and that the international community has stopped demanding,â€ the board said.
It also noted that the decision came â€œin response to the prior Israeli onslaught [on Gaza]; the acts and policies of Israeli governments over the past ten years, including settlement construction in East Jerusalem, the tightening of the siege on the occupied territories and thwarting any negotiated peace process that will lead to an independent Palestinian state living in peace alongside Israel.â€
It also affirmed the necessity for all those involved, including government organizations, civil society groups, domestic and international, to focus on a just and prompt solution for the Palestinian cause. The statement insisted that all parties involved press for a solution according to â€œinternational legitimacy and Arab and international efforts.â€
The board called for the international community to pressure the Israeli government to comply with international legitimacy and call for taking legal and political action for Israelâ€™s â€œdangerous crimes and violations in Gaza,â€ as well as Israelâ€™s â€œillegal acts in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.â€