SOAS University of London

SOAS statement on the deportation of SOAS academic Dr Adam Hanieh from Israel

16 September 2016

Earlier this year the Director of SOAS Baroness Valerie Amos met with the Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom to express strong concerns about the detention and deportation of a SOAS research student at Ben Gurion airport in 2015. It is deeply worrying that Dr Adam Hanieh another of our members of academic staff has been prevented on 12 September legitimately accessing the country and deported on 13 September. We are writing to the Israeli Embassy to raise our serious concerns and ask for further information.

SOAS has a large number of academics actively engaged in research on the Middle East across a broad range of disciplines. Ensuring our researchers have appropriate access to the regions in which we specialise - Asia, Africa and the Middle East - is of critical importance to our work.