BRICUP has written
to Professor Giacomo Pignataro
, Rector of Catania University, to
protest that a panel on the implications of academic and cultural boycott
campaigns against Israel, meant to take place during the conference
of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies  has been removed
from the official programme.

This follows on the banning or cancellation of events around Palestine
at a number of Italian Universities in recent months. These multiple
occurrences suggest a worrying pattern of an organised campaign to disrupt
and prevent the open discussion of key human rights issues – exactly
the sort of liberty which should be second nature to universities. Complicity
in this campaign of censorship threatens to bring the whole Italian
university system into disrepute.

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