The agreement betweem University of Vic and Rambam Health Care Campus involves working with Technion

The agreement that the University of Vic has signed with the Rambam Health Care Campus involves working with the Faculty of Medicine  of the Israel Institute of Technology, Technion. Today we are publishing this document about the relations that Technion has with the Israeli army and two of the country’s most powerful arms companies.

Israel Institute of Technology (Technion):

  • TECHNION has taken part in the militarisation of the “IDF Caterpillar D9” excavator and in the development of its remote control device.
  • TECHNION has taken part in the development of a system for detecting underground tunnels. The tunnels are the only way the population of the Gaza Strip has to break the blockage to which it has been subjected since 2005.
  • TECHNION has opened a centre for the development of electro-optical technology together with the Elbit Systems company, one of the main Israeli manufacturing companies of electronic defence materials.
  • TECHNION provides specific training for engineers to work in ELBIT SYSTEMS and RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS.
  • Both RAFAEL and ELBIT SYSTEMS, in order to sell their products abroad, promote themselves arguing that their products have been “tested in combat”. What interest do these two companies have in ending the conflict and Occupation of the Palestinian territories?
    • TECHNION participates in ATIDIM, a special academic programme for young Israelis who postpone their enlistment into the army and do so with academic training.
    • In comparison with other Israeli academic institutions, TECHNION is the centre with the highest percentage of students who serve in the army reserve.
    • Many students from TECHNION have worked directly in questions relating to the development of complex arms in the research process of their thesis.
    • As well as the usual benefits for reservists, TECHNION awarded grants to students who, during the bombing of Gaza at the end of 2008 and early 2009 (Operation Cast Lead), enlisted as reservists and served in the army.

In light of what we have explained here, we call on the authorities of the UVic and the FUB to reconsider their decision and annul the collaborative agreements signed with this institution. Establishing complicities with TECHNION is establishing COMPLICITIES THAT KILL.

We also call on everyone who reads this document to share it and sign the manifesto of the campaign. Many thanks.

Vic, January 2014

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The Complicitats que maten (Complicities that kill) campaign presented on the 20th November in Vic (20/11/2013)

The “Complicitats que maten” (Complicities that kill) campaign was presented at the Espai ETC in Vic on the 20th of November: it is a campaign against the collaboration between the University of Vic (UVic) and Israeli universities. The act was held to present the manifesto that explains the reasons to boycott these agreements made public the week before. Presenting the manifesto were Meritxell Verdaguer, representative of the campaign; Sami Abdul-Jawad, Palestinian doctor and resident of Vic; Steve Cedar, political activist and Jew; and Pau Muñoz, member of the Sindicat d’Estudiants dels Països Catalans (SEPC – Catalan nations student union) in the university of Vic.

The contributions began with an explanation about what the campaign would involve. “It is an informative campaign that is not seen as an attack on the UVic or its governing body, but a demands that it breaks off the agreements with the Israeli universities, which are not disconnected to the institutionalised control and territorial fragmentation to which the Palestinian people are subjected”, stated Verdaguer. The Israeli university system and research institutions are heavily involved in military research and the arms development projects.

The Palestinian doctor Sami Abdul-Jawad wished to emphasise the Boycott, Disinvest and Sanctions campaign (BDS), which also supports “Complicitats que maten”, and insisted that “it is not a violent campaign” Steve Cedar, political activist and Jew, named Jewish figures who oppose Israeli oppression in the Palestinian territories and clearly emphasised that the campaign had nothing whatsoever to do with anti-Semitism, and condemned the politics of occupation and apartheid of Israel in the Palestinian territories. The contributions were closed by Pau Muñoz, of the SEPC-UVic, with the reading of a communique that announced the student union’s support for the manifesto.

The campaign was launched with more than one hundred signatures among which feature students of the UVic, organisations and people from the county of Osona such as the Casal Claret Association, Antoni Iborra and Isa Basset; and other signatories such as Arcadi Oliveres, Julià de Jòdar, Txarango and Cesk Freixas. As from the 20th November signatures can be added in the campaign blog, where you can also find information about the abovementioned agreements.

The campaign continues with a series of photographic exhibitions about Palestine in Vic. “Palestinian women under Israeli occupation”, an exhibition by the photographer Patricia can be seen until the 2nd December in the Espai ETC. Another exhibition is the “Everyday journey of a conflict”, which can be seen at La Nyàmera social tavern and “Palestinian Itinerary”, which is on show in the Cafè de l’Orfeó. Over the next few months there will be talks, film showings of documentaries and more exhibitions.