An open Letter to Israeli academics

Dear Friends,

These are desperately bad times. The government of Israel, having provoked the firing of rockets by its rampage through the West Bank, is now using that response as the pretext for an aerial assault on Gaza which has already cost scores of lives. An atmosphere of hysteria is being deliberately provoked in Israel, and whole communities are being subject to collective punishment, a war crime.

People are dying, and for what? To prevent a unity government of Fatah and Hamas?

We have been asked by our academic colleagues in Gaza – whose universities have been destroyed a number of times in the last six years, who are unable to teach or study, and who are also in growing need of food and medicines, like the rest of the almost two million Palestinians living in Gaza – to urge you to act urgently, to make your voice heard in Israel and abroad against what the Israeli government is inflicting on the Gaza population. More than 123 people have been killed already in Gaza by the IDF since the start of the Israeli operation on Monday, and the number will be bigger by the time you read this message. Most of these people are children, women and the elderly. There could be no credible claim made that these people were involved in any military activity whatsoever. The Gaza infrastructure, already in tatters, is now further undermined, and the population is in the worst situation it has ever been, and this is getting worse by the minute. These atrocities, committed by Israel will bring neither peace nor security to the region, and can only lead to further deterioration of the already dangerous situation in Palestine/Israel.

We invite you, as fellow academics and intellectuals, to join your voices in an open and resounding protest about these war crimes by the Israeli government – your government. We urge you to stand up and be counted, to answer the call of your Gazan colleagues and make your voice heard. We hope that you will be able and willing to come together and voice your total opposition to the war crimes committed in your name!

If you are an Israeli academic and agree with us on the urgent need to bring an immediate end to those atrocities, and to act to end the illegal occupation in Palestine, please sign the statement at the bottom of this letter by sending us a mail with your name, title and affiliation.


Dr. Ahdaf Sueif, Cairo and London
Michael Rosen, UK
Dr. (Baroness) Jenny Tonge, House of Lords, UK
Prof. Richard Falk, Princeton, USA
Prof. Haim Bresheeth, SOAS, UK
Prof. Moshé Machover, KCL, UK
Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky, SOAS, UK
Prof. Hagit Borer, QMU, UK
Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis, UEL, UK
Prof. Etienne Balibar, Paris-Nanterre, France and Kingston U, UK
Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead, LSE, UK
Prof. Ronit Lentin, TCD, Ireland
Prof. Nur Masalha, UK
Prof. Yigal Arens, USA
Prof. Terri Ginsberg, USA
Prof. Hamid Dabashi, USA
Prof. Stephen Deutsch, BU, UK
Prof. Robert Lang, USA
Dr. Dina Matar, SOAS, UK
Prof. Florence Martin, USA
Prof. Michael Chanan, Roehampton, UK
Prof. Susan Hayward, Exeter, UK
Prof. Des Freeman, Goldsmiths, UK
Prof. Barbara Harrell-Bond, Oxford, UK
Dr. Julian Vigo, UK
Prof. Karma Nabulsi, UK
Dr. Carlos Prieto del Campo, Spain
Prof. Noha Mellor, Bedfordshire, UK
Prof. Ghazi-Walid Falah, Akron, USA
Prof. David Palumbo-Liu, Stanford, USA
Prof. Bill V. Mullen, Perdue, USA
Prof. Sherna Berger-Gluck,
Prof. Rosalyn Baxandall, CUNY, USA
Prof. Emmanuel Farjoun, HUJ, Israel
Dr. Staughton Lynd, independent scholar, USA
Prof. David Klein, USA
Prof. Stephen Rose, OU, UK
Prof. Hilary Rose, OU, UK
Dr. Michael Witt, Roehamption, UK
Prof. Jeffrey Skoller, UC Berkeley, USA
Prof. Yvonne Haddad, Georgetown U, USA
Prof. William Robinson, UCSB, USA
Prof. Cynthia Franklin, USA
Prof. Ammiel Alcalay, CUNY, USA
Prof, Sarah Schulman, CUNY, USA
Prof. Maurizio Viano, Wellesley College, USA
Dr. Jonathan Hardy, UEL, UK
Dr. Valentina Anastasi, Italy
Prof. Nicoletta Vallorani Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Prof. William Messing, Minnesota U, USA
Prof. Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun,Université Paris, France
Prof. Michael Rosen, UK
Dr. Les Levidow, UK
Dr. Yerach Gover, USA
Prof. Ahmed Abbes, CNRS, France
Prof. George Bisharat, UC Hastings College of the Law, USA
Asst. Prof Russell Pickford, Cornell U, USA
Prof. John L. Esposito, Georgetown U, USA
Prof. Anton Shammas, U of Michigan, USA
Prof. Johnny E. Williams, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, USA
Prof. David Comedi, UNT, Argentina
Prof. Maria-Jose Lera, USA
Prof. Manzar Foroohar, Cal Poly, USA
Assoc. Prof. Leslie Salzinger, UC Berkeley, USA
Michael Harris, University Paris-Diderot, France
Ass. Prof. Deborah Gould, UCSC, USA
Hector Grad, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Patricia CAILLE, Université de Strasbourg, France
Prof. Paige Sarlin, SUNY-Buffalo, USA
Prof. Gary Kinsman, Laurentian U
Prof. Evelyne Accad, U of Illinois, USA
Prof. Willie van Peer, Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany
Dr. Leonardo Schiocchet, CAPES, Brazil
Prof. David Kelly, UCLA, USA
Prof. Sondra hale, UCLA, USA
Prof. Miriam David, UK
Prof. Jeff G. Duckett, UK
Ass. Prof. Chuck Kleinhans, Northwestern U, USA
Prof. Maurice L. Wade, Trinity College Hartford, USA
Prof Nadia Yaqub, U of Noty Carolina, USA
Dr. Dennis Kortheuer, California State university, Long Beach, USA
Dr. Karima Laachir, SOAS, UK
Prof. Dina Iordanova, St. Andrews U, UK
Dr. Grace Kyungwon Hong, UCLA, USA
Prof. Nicholas Knouf, Wellesley College, USA
Ass. Prof. John Gianvito, Emerson College, USA
Prof. Susan Slyomovics, UCLA, USA
Prof. Nancy Gallagher, UCSB, USA
Patricia CAILLE, Maîtresse de Conférences, Université de Strasbourg, FRANCE
Prof. Targol Mesbah, CIIS, USA
Prof. Norma Michi  Universidad Nacional de Luján, Argentina
Dr Gérard Toulouse, ENS, Paris, France
Prof. Professor Andrew Ross, NYU, USA
Dr. Agnieszka Piotrowska, UK
Assoc. Prof. J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University, USA
Dr Fatou Sow, Senegal
Dr. Ghada Ageel, Canada
Dr, Kate Hodgkin, UEL, UK
Prof. Gabriel Piterberg, G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near East Studies, USA
Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, HUJ, Israel
Dr Yves Chilliard, INRA, France
Dr. Anat Matar, TAU, Israel
Prof. Margaret Power, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Prof. Rachel Giora, TAU, Israel
Prof. Javier Barreda Sureda, U of Alicante, Spain
Prof. Miriam Cooke, Duke University, USA
Dr. Anat Matar, TAU, Israel
Prof. Giorgio Forti, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Prof. Luz Gomez García, UAM, Spain
Assoc. Prof. Deborah Elise White, Emory University, USA
Dr. Carol Mann, Women in War, Paris, France
Prof. Karen Brodkin, UCLA, USA
Assoc. Prof. Devra Weber, UC Riverside, USA
Carlos Taibo, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid, Spain
Prof. Annabelle Shreberny, SOAS, UK
Prof. Giorgio Gallo, Università di Pisa, Italy
Prof. Thomas C. Patterson, UC Riverside, USA
Prof. Nadje Al-Ali, SOAS, UK
Prof. Vida Samiian, CSU, USA
Dr. Patrick Wolfe, La Trobe U, USA
Dr. Gary Grossman, Arizona State U, USA
Prof. Rochelle Davis, Georgetown University, USA
Dr. Adam Hanieh, SOAS, UK
Dr. Adrian Grima, U of Malta, Malta
Assoc. Prof. Judith Stevenson, CSU, USA
Assis. Prof. Irene Siegel, Hofstra U, USA
Prof. Jalal Quinn, USA
Jennifer Heath, independent scholar, USA
Dr. Babacar Camara, Independent Scholar, USA
Prof. Yali Amit, U of Chicago, USA
Prof. Musa Budeiri, Jerusalem
Prof. Salem Nasser, Fundação getulio Vargas, Brazil
Dr. Hilla Dayan, Amsterdam University College, Holland
Prof. Melvin H King, MIT, USA
Prof. Mona Baker, U of Manchester, UK
Prof. Ariella Azoulay, Brown U, USA
Prof. David Lloyd, UC Riverside, USA
Prof. Elia Zureik, Queens U, Canada


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