500 academic expats back anti-overhaul protests in petition

Over 500 Israeli academics working at universities around the world signed a petition on Sunday 3 September backing protests against the government’s plans to overhaul the judiciary, warning that the upheaval around the issue will sap Israel of its brain power unless the legislation is halted, reports The Times of Israel.

The petition, signed by figures hailing from universities in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and elsewhere, expresses support for the ongoing protests “including strikes and disruption initiatives”, while labelling Israel’s independent judiciary a “vital safeguard against tyranny”.

“Israeli academic institutions are already experiencing a loss of funding and a ‘brain drain’ due to the government’s assault on democracy and the politicisation of research and education. These destructive processes will eventually lead to the decline of science and the higher education system in Israel,” it read. The signatories said they are “appalled and alarmed by the grave crisis instigated by the Israeli government”.
Full report on The Times of Israel site