FFIPP: Internationals Palestinians and Israelis Working in Solidarity for a Complete End of Occupation and Just Peace

Who is FFIPP?

FFIPP is an Educational Network for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel.

It a is a network of Palestinian, Israeli, and International faculty, and students, working in solidarity for a complete end of occupation and just peace.

FFIPP-International Board |FFIPP-USA Board|

Guiding Principles |Statement on Academia|

Our Objectives

To build an effective faculty and students network that educates the academic community about the situation in Israel/Palestine and the region and advocates policies conducive to reaching a just peace;

To cooperate with those who work for a just peace and assist conscientious Palestinian and Israeli faculty and students.

Statement of Purpose

Peaceful coexistence between Israel and Palestine is the resolution to the conflict supported by virtually all interested parties. Future cooperation between the two peoples and the enormous resulting regional benefits expected, make the pursuit of such a goal imperative.

We have no doubt that it is possible to reach such a brighter future, and we strongly believe that actions and policies moving in that direction are not only crucially needed, but that they can and must be pursued NOW.

We strongly believe that no justice and no peace can be achieved without Israeli withdrawal from all occupied territories, and that anybody truly and honestly favoring peaceful coexistence must support such withdrawal.

Furthermore, we are certain that any delay in beginning this process will result in increasing suffering and loss of human life. We, therefore, urge all faculty, and others, who care about the two peoples and the Middle East to support such efforts.

Guiding Principles

FFIPP- I Guiding Principles

Israelis, Palestinians and Internationals Working in Solidarity for a Complete End of Occupation and Just Peace

1. FFIPP-I recognizes and insists on the potential of peace and cooperation to transform the future of Israelis and Palestinians

2. Universal humanistic values, mutual respect and recognizing the humanity in each other are the starting points of FFIPP-I work. These key values include freedom, equality, justice and compassion for those who suffer.

3. FFIPP-I regards academic freedom for Palestinians as a key issue, focusing on the human right of the Palestinians to study free of hardships. This entails a struggle for the immediate alleviation of the conditions of the vast majority of the Palestinians, i.e., an end to checkpoints, dismantling of the Wall, and a complete end of occupation.

4. FFIPP-I's work is rooted in Academia/Universities. It focuses on faculty, and incorporates students, thus magnifying the objective significance of academia/campuses.

5. The end of the occupation is FFIPP-I's focal issue, but this does not preclude support and involvement with other issues.

6. FFIPP-I's decisions are (and have always been) made jointly by Palestinians, Israelis and internationals.

7. FFIPP-I advocates an international effort, which cannot and must not wait for policy makers to 'change their mind'.

8. FFIPP-I is a main arena for FFIPP's activities. The relation between local and international FFIPP work must be understood as dialectical: Internationals reinforce-and-reinforced by Palestinians and Israelis.

9. FFIPP-I views the struggle for justice and the support of Palestinian rights as simultaneously a struggle for the security and moral status of Israelis and world Jewry.

10. While FFIPP-I's major efforts are aimed to end the occupation in Palestine, it recognizes the suffering under occupation of the Iraqi people and supports an end to all occupations in the region.

11. FFIPP-I's actions and words reflect a commitment to humanism, non-aggression and non-violence.

Statement on Academia

Israeli Academia, Palestinian Higher Education and the International Community

FFIPPI is an international network of academics and students that support a complete end to the illegal Israeli occupation of lands seized in the 1967 war and removal of all the settlements and the separation wall built on occupied land.

We call on Israeli, Palestinian and international academics everywhere to take a stand in support of ending the occupation, as well as against the extreme violence to which it has subjected both Palestinians and Israelis. Academics worldwide must also stand firm in support of the basic human right for free education in both Palestine and Israel, a right that has been compromised, continually in Palestine, due to the continued occupation.

  1. We call upon international academics visiting Israeli institutions of higher education, and Israeli academics visiting foreign institutions, to make clear their support of ending the Israeli occupation and the removal of the separation wall built on occupied land.
  2. Academics invited to speak at Israeli educational institutions should try to visit and speak at equivalent Palestinian institutions.
  3. FFIPPI supports the call to sanction faculty and institutions, which clearly support the occupation.
  4. FFIPPI calls on professional associations of academics, in Israel and internationally, to take a stand against the occupation and to issue guidelines regarding the use of academic connections to promote the end of Israeli occupation.
  5. FFIPPI expresses its strong support for and encouragement of individuals in the Israeli and Palestinian academy whose actions against the occupation and in support of peace and justice have resulted in personal hardship. Notable cases include Israelis refusing IDF military service in the occupied territories; those publicly condemning the violation of civil and human rights in the occupied territories; and those Palestinians who have called for an end to suicide bombing and the use of arms against Civilian targets. FFIPPI will act to publicize their actions.
  6. FFIPPI views the College of Judea and Samaria in the West Bank as a part of the machinery of Israeli occupation and calls upon academics worldwide to refuse to collaborate with it in any way.
  7. FFIPPI calls for all possible assistance for Palestinian institution of higher education. It urges international academics

    -to collaborate with and teach in Palestinian institutions of higher education

    -to invite Palestinian staff to conferences abroad and to work to secure their invitation to conferences within Israel

    -to sponsor the exchange of students from and to Palestinian campuses

    -to maximize the sharing of research, and the exchange of books and other resources with such Palestinian institutions
  8. FFIPPI will publicize infringements of academic freedom, urging action against Israeli violations of freedom of movement of academics and students at checkpoints, for example, and any related harassment that routinely obstructs the free functioning of Palestinian academic institutions

This statement is appended to the FFIPP-International statement of purpose and is understood in its context.


Board of Directors

Judith Butler, Yoav ElinevskyArnon Hadar,  and John Womack

FFIPP-USA Advisory Board

Pranab Bardhan, UC Berkeley

Khalil Barhoum ,Stanford

Joel Beinin , Stanford

Judith Butler, UC Berkeley

Joshua Cohen, MIT

Ahmad Dallal, Stanford

Beshara Doumani, UC Berkeley

Richard Falk , UCSB & Princeton

Gordon Fellman , Brandeis

Stanley Katz , Princeton

Evelyn Fox Keller , MIT

Jeffry Frieden, Harvard

Dimitri Gutas, Yale

Mary Katzenstein Cornell

Herbert Kelman ,Harvard

Clovis Maksoud, American University

Seymour Melman, Columbia

Everett Mendelsohn, Harvard

Zia Mian, Princeton

Sidney Mintz, Johns Hopkins University

Michael Nagler, UC Berkeley

Peter Singer, Princeton

Susan Slyomovics, MIT

Catherine Snow, Harvard

Sidney Tarrow, Cornell

Richard Thomas , Harvard

Robert Tignor ,Princeton

Elise G. Young, Westfield State College

Michael Watts, UC Berkeley

John Womack ,Harvard 


Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace-International, FFIPP-I

Board of Directors:

Dr. Eyad Sarraj, President, Palestine

Prof. Arnon Hadar, Chair of the Executive Board, USA

Board of Directors:

Anat Biletzki, Israel *

Yoav Elinevsky, USA

Lily Feidy, Palestine *

Arnon Hadar, USA *

Bassma Kodmani, France

Eyad Sarraj, Palestine *

Lynne Segal, UK

Simone Susskind, Belgium

Salim Tamari, Palestine *

Oren Yiftachel, Israel *

* Member of the Executive Board

FFIPP-I Advisory Board

Hanan Ashrawi*

MIFTAH, Jerusalem

Zygmunt Bauman

Leeds University

Sydney Brenner

Kings College, Cambridge University, UK

Nobel Prize, Physiology/Medicine, 2002

Harvey Cox

Harvard University

Jacques Derrida (Deceased)

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Freeman Dyson

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Yehuda Elkana*

President and Rector, Central European University, Budapest

Arun Gandhi

Founder, President, M.K.Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

Stuart Hall

Birmingham University

The Open University

Albert Hirschman

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Eric Hobsbawm

University of London

Stanley Hoffmann

Harvard University

Edvard Hauff

University of Oslo

Tony Judt

New York University

Robert Jay Lifton

Yale University

City University of New York, John Jay College

Abdelwahab Mahjoub

Université Tunis El Manar

Institut Supérieur des Sciences Humaines de Tunis

Ahmed Okasha

President, World Psychiatric Association

Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Training and Research

Institute of Psychiatry, Ain Shams University - Cairo

Frances Fox Piven

City University of New York

Hilary Putnam

Harvard University

Jacqueline Rose

University of London

Joseph Rotblat (Deceased)

University of London

Founder, President, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

Nobel Prize, Peace, 1995

Jack Steinberger

Centre Européen de Recherche Nucléaire

Nobel Prize, Physics, 1988

Edriss Titi

Weizmann Institute of Science

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

South Africa

Nobel Prize, Peace, 1984

* Co-Chairs of the Advisory Board

guiding principles |statement on academia