Hogwarts joins academic boycott of Israel
Famed magical educational institute withdraws from all cooperative initiatives with country
EDINBURGH: Scotland’s famed Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry yesterday announced that it was backing the global academic boycott of Israel and pulling out of a number of cooperative initiatives it had with the country.
In a statement from the headmistress’ office, Minerva McGonagall said the new resolution was “in solidarity with sorcerers, scholars and students of magic deprived of their academic freedom in the Occupied Territories”, citing “Israel’s violation of international law and UN resolutions and its impact on young Palestinian witches and wizards”.
The new directive will see Hogwarts cancel summer student exchange programmes it has in place with several Israeli magical institutes, and withdraw from a Quidditch tournament arranged by the Israeli Tourism Ministry due to be held at Eilat by the Red Sea next Spring. The school will also terminate with immediate effect a research partnership it has with Ariel University looking into the development of dishwasher-friendly wands.
Hogwarts’ decision follows a number of similar moves made by educational organisations around the world. Other noted supporters of the academic boycott include Australia’s Erinsborough High, Grange Hill in the UK and the US’ California University, US Sunnydale and Sweet Valley High.
December 18, 2013 at 10:37 am
As a parent who sends his children to Sweet Valley High, I welcome the decision by Hogwarts in joining our school in protesting this human rights violation.
December 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm
This is an outrage! Surely we should respect wizardly independence! There’s no reason witchcraft should suffer as a result of any government’s actions. It’s absurd to expect them to have all their broomsticks and cauldrons through the tunnels with Egypt.
December 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm
Palestinian Witches and Wizards appreciate your stand with justice at hogwarts!
Driving Man (@TaxiSukh)
December 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm
I am afraid that the House of Slitherin will jeopardize this courageous and necessary move by Minerva McGonnagall and the Administrative Board of Hogwarts. It is well known that the late Lord Voldemort – he-who-can-now-be-mentioned even in the occupied territories – was a fervent agent of cruel and inhuman lines of action, including violence against children, illegal settlements, demoltion of opponents´housings etc., measures which the Israeli apartheid regime has keenly adopted.
December 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm
Happy to welcome another entity to the long line of those who choose to stand against oppression and violation of human rights. Israel needs to see that their influence is waning and must work toward viable and long-lasting change in their treatment of the Palestinians. More evidence that the whole world is watching, and now acting.
Abu utz li
December 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm
Watching or witching?
December 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm
It’s sad to see Hogwarts adopt this attitude. Compared to the enslavement of house elves by America’s Wal-Mart, the free use of the Cruciatus Curse by the Chinese and the insufferable discrimination by billions of ignorant warlocks in keeping their witches from attending school, having wands, and then KILLING them when they feel a witches’ action somehow shamed their family’s honor.
December 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm
The sad thing is that Frederick US is actually serious. Oh well, who ever said anti-Israel loonies were the brightest?
December 18, 2013 at 11:26 pm
Guess Stephen Hawking is a loony then and many other respected institutions and individuals.
December 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm
Merely because a man understands concepts of physics doesn’t mean he has any sense of politics or even has common sense in general for that matter. It also doesn’t mean that he isn’t a racist and an antisemite either.
December 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm
We are sick of the same story : criticize Israel’s barbarism and you are anti Semite …. If this is the case then I will not stop telling the truth about the barbaric acts of Israeli occupation of Palestine … Who cares
December 24, 2013 at 10:57 pm
If you will also criticism other barbarism that are much more evident and dangerous like in China, Iran, many countries of Africa, Siria, and manu others, so you will be not an anti semite. But if from all the world, you just protest against the Israeli barbaries (withouth knowing nothing about the real situation) that means that your opinion is very very specific and you are not worried about the barbaries in the world but just in the barbaries of Israel!!!!
January 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm
So I assume by your concerns for Palestinians that you have been busy protesting the starvation of Palestinians in Syria? Have you done anything to help them? Have you even posted on a message board about their plight? Should your answer be “no”, then you aren’t concerned about Palestinians and you are merely a Jew hater.
December 19, 2013 at 1:14 am
Hey guys Giles was totally in Slitherin, and he turned out okay. (What, you think it was a COINCIDENCE, pointy-turrety-place suddenly tags along on Sunnydale’s coat-tails? C’mon.)
Anyway. I want this Israel business finished, Mama needs a mocha.
December 19, 2013 at 8:57 am
Hermione supporting Hamas lol NEVER!
December 19, 2013 at 10:31 am
Yes, Stephen Hawking is a loony. Just ask his many ex-wives.
December 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm
This is a welcome move but not enough. We need to add the name of Palestine to the list of countries and states to all universities applications, formal communications and record systems.. This is in line with the recent UN decision to recognise the state of Palestine over the occupied land. As Palestinians we can not find the name of our country when making study applications to British Universities.
December 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm
Buddy, how about you focus on actually building an accountable system of governance that can unifiedly negotiate on behalf of your people and then we can take another look at your “we’re a country” delusion.
December 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm
We have always been a unified state and historic country for all Arabs from all religions. we are as old as history … The only people who breaks all agreements are the Israelies . Give one single YN decision that Israel has fulfilled for the last 50 years… There is no need for negotiations, UN DECISIONS are super clear and your occupation is denying them but trust me not for long… The world has woken up a new generation will fight this apart hide and discrimination of Israelies… Personally I think Israelis have to seize the chance and sign a peace deal with the Palestinians the original owners of Palestine … the history direction is clearly against your dreams …a Matter of time and all the settlers will have to pack their luggage and leave to where they came from !
December 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm
Remind us please how time is on your side? You can start from 1917 for all I care…
someone who sees the truth
December 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm
Hey! Minerva isn’t a Death Eater! she would never support Terrorists…
If you want to compare: Israel captures terrorist (Killers), then allow them to be released, just like the Light side, captured Death Eaters just for the Dark Lord (Hamas) to release them. the Light side (IDF) is forbidden to kill them 🙁
the Death Eaters (Palestinian) kill Muggleborn (Jews) children because they believe it’s right.
I just wished that at least Israeli prison was like Azkaban! instead Israel pay for the terrorists to learn in Universitys (which yo boycott :)).
December 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm
It’s the Israelis who killed the Palestinians and continues to kill them every day. It’s the Israelis who build the illegal settlements on Palestinian lands. It’s the Israelis who discriminates against their own Israeli citizens based on religions and call for a Jewish state free from Arabs, Christians and Muslims the original owners of the land along with their fellow Palestinian Jews. It’s Israel who attacked Gazza with white phosphor and chemical weapons in 2008… It’s Israel that brought hundreds of thousands of Jews from all over the world and made them settlers in Palestinan lands… Israel is a mere occupation supported by zionists … But the truth cannot be hidden forever …
December 24, 2013 at 11:08 pm
Its clear that you dont know a lot about history. Do you know when was the first time the name Palestine was heard? Was before 2000 years by the romans that explused the jews people from the land of Israel. Jews people are returning to the country from they were expulsed. Anyway, Israel would like to be good neighbours and live in peace with the palestinians. Are people like you that are not ready to recognize the right of the jews people to return to the land from where were expulsed. You can not understand that is the same land. Do you know that in this land had already the kindom of Israel but NEVER had exist any Palestinian country? Anyway I hope you could be ready to tell that you want a Palestinian country together with a Israeli country as almost every jewish israeli wants. Could you tell this? Are you ready for a Palestinian and a Israel country, leaving in peace side by side?
December 25, 2013 at 2:57 am
So you agree that if red indians are backed by Russia, they should come and occupy 70% usa, call upall races that emnated from the red indians in last 20 centuries from across the world, kill American children and adults coz their forefathers killed theirs and ask the entire us population to live in detroit coz they, the red indians, were there first?
January 3, 2014 at 3:30 am
No. The thing is, according to the way the world works, war is a legitimate method of getting land. Israel won the war, and agreed to let the Palestinians in. They refused to come (or their leaders refused to let them go). Either way, Israel comes out on top as the only legitimate democracy in the Middle East and the historical inhabitants of the land.
proud isralian Jew
December 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm
searesly’when I read this I just leath. but when I saw the commets I understood that there are very stupid peaple in this world. You searesly take a article wreaten as a joke to prove yours wrong theory? The blind world searesly think that terorists(hamas) are the victmes, while isralians, who give peaple who mordered 6 monthes old babies, and all their famalies, just beacase thay are isralians, 5 stars hotel in preason, with TV, best food, university studies, things thay mostly just dosn’t have back home… so please, don’t speak about things you dosn’t anderstand about!!!!
December 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm
Let Israel declare the recognition of the Palestinian state on the 1967 boarders as confirmed by UN resolutions. Who build the apart hide fence on the Palestinian land ?
Who killed the 9 humanitarian peaceful activist and Turks when they came to end Gazza siege… Were Turks terrorists… Who killed the 7 Egyptian soldiers on the boarder in 2010 with. Who killed and besieged Yasser Arafat … Who killed the child Mohd Durra in front of all media … We certainly know the truth of all zionists in Israel …
December 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm
All I see is Israel helping and further building up Palestinian infrastructures on the Gaza Strip.
On the other hand all Is Hamas ruining it. Israel are the good guys her
December 25, 2013 at 3:00 am
Yes, when by infrastructure you mean the great dividing wall and the military checkposts and by help you mean making their lives so miserable that even children say they don’t want to live
December 19, 2013 at 6:54 pm
BBC TODAY: Two Palestinians killed in West Bank raids
Israelis are Killers and terrorists if all times …
December 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm
This happened because a palestinian killed a israeli civil citizen that was working in the border!!!!!!!!!!! Why Hamas dont make a state in the Gaza land. Israel is not there. But Hamas dont make schols. Is only intrested in making bombs!!!! and killed israelis. This is the only interest of Hamas. Becasue this is the only way to receive more and more money for their leaders!!!! How you can not see this???
December 25, 2013 at 10:21 am
by the way the israeli civil who was killed by Hammas was a Muslim,just saying because apparently when Hamas kills Jews you dont hate them, maybe if you will know they also kill Muslims you will start hating them and realize they are terrorists!!
December 26, 2013 at 9:52 am
Please, don’t try to speak speak in a language you don’t understand.
December 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm
Why don’t you idiots protest Syria? They’re responsible for the deaths of thousands of Palestinians?
Little Miss Infidel
December 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm
Makes sense. Hogwarts is as real as palestine, as in NOT AT ALL.
December 20, 2013 at 4:55 am
Israel is a myth … Lives on oxygen provided by super powers. It will be gone soon once oxygen runs out!
December 20, 2013 at 9:05 am
Not one, especially not here. As noble as your intentions might be, this is the wrong place. So happy Holidays and DEATH TO AMERICA
December 20, 2013 at 10:34 am
Fortunately this articke was written by mistake by some anti semite. Ignore it H. P. fans. Hogwarts would never be so pathetic!
Minerva McGonagall, Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Witchcraft
December 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm
To the authors of this publication,
I must inform you that you have sorely been mistaken. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has never boycotted the Israel Academy of Arcane Arts and there are no plans to do so. Hogwarts is a school that strives for academic diversity and cooperation between all magical people. We treasure our ties with the Israeli Magical community, fine witches and wizards who are noble allies against the Dark Forces. From Sayeret Magictakal to the Wiztechnion, Israel has always stood firm against the forces of evil, be they death eaters, vampires, werewolves or terrorists.
The message you have posted sent was written under the Imperius curse, a dastardly and vengeful trick by Lord Voldemort in order to spread hatred and bigotry against our friends in Jerusalem.
In fact, Lord Voldemort is a well known supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, sharing their goals of mayhem and murder.Recently, the Israeli Ministry of Magic under zombie Minister of Magic Ovadia Yosef released information, showing the foiling of a joint plot between Death Eaters and Hezbollah terrorists to smuggle weapons to kill innocents, Muggle and Magical alike. Only the efforts of the Kasumaglan brigade, under the leadership of Commander Eli-Kai Wise averted what could have become a massacre.
We in Hogwarts vow here and now to increase academic and financial ties to the Israeli magical community. In fact, BroomWaze, a new Israeli High Tech spell will be appearing on the market and we look forward to more joint collaborations. We will be attending the Shamayim Quidditch tournament next Spring and look forward to our match with the Jerusalem Eagles, the Haifa Harduffim and the previous years champion, the Safad High.
We will continue our research partnership with the Mermaid academy of Princess Ariel University, and we look forward to a world where hard working witches and wizards can use dishwasher-friendly wands instead of polishing them for hours.
I hope this letter sets these lies and rumors to rest.
Minerva McGonagall, Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Witchcraft
December 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm
I’m a bit lost. I’ve never read a Harry Potter book / seen a film. It seems the analogies help others describe the dynamics of Palestinian contexts. Should I pick up a book?
December 23, 2013 at 7:22 am
Why people hate another people? why anti-Semite even a word? what do you call someone who hate Christians? Muslims? Hindus? Sikhs? The whole anti-semitism shit is created only to shut up anyone who questions the mysterious appearance and then growth of the cancer called Israel.
To an extent, I do agree with whats said above by Israel supporters that Israel doesnt kill children and rather protect them. What they kill is Goyems and Gentiles, the creatures that only “look” human but are fair game just like a chicken or a cow. The protect the Israeli children, the actual human beings. We should be glad Israel gets enough to eat from USA and the Europeans or we would see Palestenian children butchered and packaged as meat in the Israeli markets.
December 25, 2013 at 3:50 am
I find this initial ‘story’ absolutely false and morally offensive! The good wizards & witches of Hogwarts and the other schools of magic would NEVER do this!!! Anyone who would believe this drivel is one with the negativity and evil. This is exceptionally unacceptable!!!
Finally, thebigaA is an absolute idiot! What kind of crap are you spreading bud? Jews NEVER butchered children and packaged the meat!!!! This is absolutely nuts and no sane person could possibly believe this! You are a sad, sick individual… prejudiced beyond belief!!
December 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm
Susan s, u need to improve your comprehension of english language if you intend to participate in forums like these or keep your mouth shut.
December 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm
December 25, 2013 at 10:06 am
guess he who is not be named is back to Hogwarts and gathered the terrorists to his side….
December 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm
Definitely suppressed was the fact that for seven years, the people of Gaza have been held captive by the illegal Israeli siege and in the last two months Israel’s blockade of fuel has caused a disastrous humanitarian crisis with severe shortages of critical supplies and electricity for health services. In freezing temperatures blasted by a winter storm of unprecedented proportions, vulnerable Gazan families and their children have had no electricity, heat or light, and when the waste water pumping system collapsed pouring sewerage into the streets, shockingly, Israel opened two dams close-by causing the flooding, devastation and misery to soar.So why did the Herods of Israel truly attack Gaza?
January 3, 2014 at 10:31 am
Has to read the above comments twice – are they part of the satire ?
January 27, 2014 at 4:06 am
There sure are a lot of death eaters on this exchange. Where is Harry Potter when we need him? Too bad the death eaters have no sense of history. What about all the Jewish Palestinians in the Arab countries such as Iraq and Iran who were driven from their homes after living there for centuries so those countries would be judenrein? That time Lord Voldemort won. He resurfaced in Germany to cause the holocaust. But I believe Harry and Hermione and the good wizards of Hogwart will win out because both history and good spiritual forces are on their side.. Incidentally and ironically, Hawkins is being kept alive by technology that Israel developed, so is Hawkins stupid? He certainly isn’t grateful. Also Israel recently saved the life of a grandchild of one of Hamas’s leaders. These are the so-called “child-killers.”