British academics take a stand against the Israeli occupation

The massacres in Gaza are the latest phase of a war that Israel has been waging against the people of Palestine for more than 60 years. The goal of this war has never changed: to use overwhelming military power to eradicate the Palestinians as a political force, one capable of resisting Israel’s ongoing appropriation of their land and resources. Israel’s war against the Palestinians has turned Gaza and the West Bank into a pair of gigantic political prisons. There is nothing symmetrical about this war in terms of principles, tactics or consequences. Israel is responsible for launching and intensifying it, and for ending the most recent lull in hostilities.

Israel must lose. It is not enough to call for another ceasefire, or more humanitarian assistance. It is not enough to urge the renewal of dialogue and to acknowledge the concerns and suffering of both sides. If we believe in the principle of democratic self-determination, if we affirm the right to resist military aggression and colonial occupation, then we are obliged to take sides… against Israel, and with the people of Gaza and the West Bank.

We must do what we can to stop Israel from winning its war. Israel must accept that its security depends on justice and peaceful coexistence with its neighbours, and not upon the criminal use of force.

We believe Israel should immediately and unconditionally end its assault on Gaza, end the occupation of the West Bank, and abandon all claims to possess or control territory beyond its 1967 borders. We call on the British government and the British people to take all feasible steps to oblige Israel to comply with these demands, starting with a programme of boycott, divestment and sanctions. [See the over 300 academic signatories]

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  1. R Fantelli

    YOU ARE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE !!! Israel is NOT the one economic sanctions should be taken. They were within their right to defend themselves. It the radical Islamics, now Hamas, that wants to eradicatge Israel and have held that view for the past 50 years. Evan as I write, they are planning to regroup and subsequently attempt to oblerate Israel again.

    It is indeed unfortunate that so many innocent Palestinan civilians were killed. But was it not the Hamas that was using them as shields, directly or indirectly?
    Was this article I am responding to written by a radical Islamic?
    Come on, England. Get real.
    R Fantelli
    Paxton MA

  2. Maryam Medina

    I like the tree he is barking up actually. In the words of Barack Obama, you Mr. Fantelli are on the wrong side of history. Stop watching the American/Israeli Propoganda media machine and educate yourself on the facts. You won’t hear the truth on your TV in Massachusetts, but you can find the truth online. So take your head out of the sand, because intelligent people know the truth.

    Israel will implode, it is only a matter of time, and I welcome that day.

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