Catherine Hall Photo:UCL

In a significant boost to the campaign to support
Palestinian rights and Palestinian academics, Professor Catherine
Hall of University College London, the widely respected cultural
historian, has withdrawn her acceptance of the Israeli Dan David

Catherine told BRICUP, “I have withdrawn from the prize
– this was an independent political choice, undertaken after
many discussions with those who are deeply involved with the politics
of Israel-Palestine, but with differing views as to how best to

Catherine Hall has renounced her share
of $1million, placing principle above financial gain.

Catherine’s stance ws reinforced by the decision of Professor
David Shulman, Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at the
Hebrew University in Jerusalem, to donate his prize to to Ta’ayush,
an Israeli group that assists Palestinian residents of the South
Hebron Hills. He also released a video
documenting the attacks on Hebron Palestinians by settlers and
the IDF.

Read BRICUP’s statement
on Catherine’s decision

BRICUP Press release: Academics
take the shine off Israel’s tarnished prizes

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