Friday, January 17, 2014

“Politicians are cowards” on Israel, says prominent Australian scholar

Stuart Rees (Neerav Bhatt/Flickr)

 Samah Sabawi
 The prominent Australian academic and ethicist Stuart Rees has been targeted by Zionist lobby groups over his calls for a boycott of Israel.
Rees, professor emeritus at the University of Sydney, was awarded the Order of Australia in 2005 for his services to international relations, among other awards recognizing his work.
During 2013, Shurat HaDin, a group of lawyers with close ties to the Israeli government and security services, threatened to sue him.
In a formal complaint, the group alleged that calls for a boycott of Israel made by Rees and Jake Lynch, his colleague at the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney, violated the Australian Racial Discrimination Act.
Although Shurat HaDin does not appear to have acted on its threats against Rees, it has gone ahead with legal action against Lynch.
Refusing to be silenced, Rees has remained active in supporting Palestinian human rights.

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