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German academics asked the education minister to resign over Palestine sanctions

More than 2,000 German academics have signed a letter demanding the resignation of the country’s education minister over her attempt to punish scholars who supported pro-Palestinian students.
News ID: 84662
Publish Date: 15June 2024 - 13:45

TEHRAN (defapress) - “Academics in Germany are experiencing an unprecedented attack on their fundamental rights, on the 75th anniversary of the Basic Law,” the scholars said in a statement on Friday.

German academics asked the education minister to resign over Palestine sanctions

They underlined that recent actions carried out by Germany’s education ministry have rendered Bettina Stark-Watzinger’s position as minister untenable.

“The withdrawal of funding aid personnel based on political statements made by researchers is contrary to the Basic Law: teaching and research are free. The internal order to examine such political sanctions is a sign of constitutional ignorance and political abuse of power,” the scholars said.

“It illustrates an increasing rift between decision-makers in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and those who support the academic system through their research and teaching. Through its intimidating effect alone, the Minister’s actions risk permanently damaging the hard-won right of academic freedom against political and state interference,” they added.

The German education minister has faced increasing criticism following media reports that revealed her ministry’s decision to conduct a legal review last month. The review aimed to examine the open letter released by the scholars and assess the potential withdrawal of funding for their studies.

Back on May 8, more than 300 academics from Berlin universities showed solidarity with pro-Palestine protest camps at the Free University of Berlin campus, advocating for the students’ right to demonstrate.

“Regardless of whether we agree with the specific demands of the protest camp, we stand up for our students, and defend their right to peaceful protest, which also includes the occupation of university grounds,” they said.

The academics lambasted the university’s management for subjecting the demonstrators to “police violence.”

Israel unleashed the Gaza onslaught on October 7 after Hamas-led Palestinian resistance groups carried out Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

The Tel Aviv regime has so far killed about 37,300 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured 85,102 others, according to the Gaza-based health ministry.

The occupying entity has also imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, cutting off fuel, electricity, food, and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.

 

Source: PressTV

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