Friday, February 10, 2012

Israeli war machine enjoys UK backing

Source: Press TV

British students at the London School of Economics (LSE) have censured their university’s collaboration with the Israeli regime’s war machine.

The LSE students said the university was cooperating with an Israeli university, which has developed remote-controlled bulldozers to destroy Palestinian homes illegally.

The project is an EU-funded scheme dubbed PICK-ME (Policy Incentives for the Creation of Knowledge: Methods and Evidence), which has a budget of €2.4 million ($3.1 million) and runs from 2011 to 2014.

It connects universities and research institutes from Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland with the Israeli Institute of Technology in Haifa, known as the Technion.

More than two-thirds of the project’s financing comes directly from the European Union’s multi-annual scientific research program.

Supporters of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel expressed dismay that their university should be collaborating with an institution like the Technion, which is deeply complicit in the oppression of Palestinians.

The Technion makes technology to detect tunnels, developed the remote-controlled “D9” bulldozer and works with arms companies including Elbit Systems, who created the notorious electronic surveillance system explicitly for Israel’s apartheid wall in the occupied West Bank, ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004.

LSE’s cooperation with the Technion is by no means the first case in which the renowned London University has been involved in unethical practices, according to the students.

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