SOAS condemns Israeli government after lecturer ban

The director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, or SOAS, has condemned a move by the Israeli government to detain a senior lecturer and ban him from entering the country for 10 years, write Rachael Pells and James Smith for the Independent.

In a letter to the Israeli Embassy, former UN official Baroness Valerie Amos called the decision to deport Dr Adam Hanieh “an arbitrary breach of academic freedom”.

Hanieh travelled to Israel in September in order to give a lecture on social sciences at Birzeit University in Palestine. He was due to deliver three classes to PhD students at the university, but was detained upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. According to the university, he was questioned for 10 hours and taken overnight to a detention centre before he was returned back to London the following day. A representative of the Israeli Ministry of Interior informed him that he was banned from entering the country for 10 years.
Full report on the Independent site