The Dirty Dozen seem not to be able to get enough unwanted attention for their university, ever since the beginning of this controversy which the Tundra Tabloids has been following, the rector of the NTNU university has been digging in his heels. It will of course come at a price, as the university becomes associated with the words “disgraced” and “hate university”, because he, Disgernes, believes it’s great to build a coalition of speakers who have a proven record of anti-Israel bias, to speak about Israel. They are sinking fast, and it wouldn’t surprise if donors from outside of Norway refuse to contribute to the university under Disgernes’ tutelage. KGS
NOTE: The number of Nobel Prize winners who have signed the SPME petition which says “If you boycott Israel, boycott us as well” has gone up to 13 including the two living Norwegian prize winners , the physicist, Ivar Giaever and the economist Finn Kydland.
Norway’s second-largest university to vote on Israel boycott
[J’lem Post: The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for international relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, has already sent a letter to the president of NTNU’s Board of Directors, in which he decried Digernes’s support for the campaign. “Never since [Vidkun] Quisling [A Norwegian army officer and politician who collaborated with Nazi forces in Norway] has there been such academic prejudice in Norway, and never since Hitler has any University rector in Europe granted it his personal blessing,” he wrote. Digernes could not be reached for comment.] NOTE: Digernes does not react again, (only to Dagbladet he commented.)
Petition raps Norwegian university vote on Israel boycott
BERLIN (JTA) — A European-based pro-Israel group is circulating a petition condemning plans for an Israel academic boycott initiated in Norway.
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, which includes several Nobel laureates, is objecting to the possible boycott of Israeli scholars and academic institutions by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.
The university’s board is to vote on the recommended boycott on Nov. 12 following a lecture on Israel’s alleged use of anti-Semitism as a political tool. The lecture is part of a six-session seminar on Israel that has been given by Norwegians and Israelis known for highly critical attitudes toward Israel.
Critics called on “academic colleagues from around the world … to refute and condemn the campaign” at the university, according to a statement released Saturday.
“We stand in solidarity with Israeli academics and academic institutions; if you boycott them, boycott us as well,” the online petition reads in part.
In addition, academic and other employees at the university, Norway’s second largest, stated their opposition in a letter to the boards of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Sor-Trondelag University College.
“Even we who sign this petition have different views as to how the conflict should be solved,” wrote Professor Bjorn Alsberg and colleagues.
They argued that adopting such a boycott would harm the university’s international reputation as an educational institution, would cause internal rifts among staff and would force the university to take a stand on “other nations who perform far worse human rights violations.”
As of Monday, the petition had more than 1,000 signers, including Nobel laureates Kenneth Arrow, economics, Stanford University; Roald Hoffmann, chemistry, Cornell University; Steven Weinberg, physics, the University of Texas; and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, physics, Ecole Normale Superieure.