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News | Wednesday, 1 November 2023, Updated on 23 May 2024

The Leopoldina reaffirms its support for Israel

The Leopoldina reaffirms its support for Israel

The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina supports the appeal of the Council of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and endorses its call to the international scientific community to take a firm stand against anti-Semitic statements and academic boycotts of Israeli science and research. It thus follows up on its statement with the Alliance of Science Organizations in Germany.

In a joint statement on 12 October 2023, the Leopoldina and its partners from the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany commented on the current situation in Israel:

“The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany expresses its deepest condo­lences for the victims of the terrorist attacks on Israel. In particular, our sympathy is with our friends and colleagues in the Israeli sci­entific community. Israel has been and will always be a prime partner for the German research and innovation community. Our thoughts are with all victims and all those taken hostage, their families and friends.

We are shocked and appalled by the atrocious violence that has been per­petrated by the terrorists and strongly condemn these barbaric acts. They cause unspeakable suffering for all civilians. We stand in solidarity with Israel.

The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany is an association of the most important German research organisations. It regularly publishes statements on central issues of research policy. The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina is a member of the Alliance and has taken the chair for 2023. Further members of the Alliance are the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, the German Rectors‘ Conference (HRK), the Leibniz Association, the Max Planck Society, and the German Science and Humanities Council (WR).