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A Letter on Gaza

The World Cannot Stand by as Palestine is Battered to Death


We the undersigned watch with horror yet another ruthless and criminal Israeli  assault on the defenceless people of the Gaza Strip. The assassination of the  Hamas’ military commander, Ahmad al-Jabari, by Israel was intended to disrupt any chance for a permanent cease fire between the two sides and caused the current cycle of  violence. For the last five years al-Jabari had been responsible for limiting rocket attacks on Israel.

The inaction of the Western governments is further proof of their indifference to their electorates’ wish to stop Israel from perpetrating yet another massacre against the Palestinian people.

We call upon our governments, which have stood aloof and indifferent, in the face of Palestine’s  dispossession and colonization since 1948 to take immediate and effective action. No other people in the world has been subjected, for more than sixty years, to such relentless acts of collective punishment and military brutality as have the Palestinian people.

We call for the removal of the blockade on the Gaza Strip, the free movement of people and goods in and out of the region and a total cessation of lethal attack from the air, land and sea, against a helpless civilian population in one of the most densely-populated areas in the world.

The world cannot stand by when Palestine is once more battered to death.

1.            Professor Judith Butler (California, US)
2.            Professor Etienne Balibar (London and Paris)
3.            Ms Ahdaf Sueif (London and Cairo)
4.            Mr Moris Farhi MBE (London, UK)
5.            Professor Ilan Pappe (Exeter, UK)
6.            Professor Nur Masalha (London, UK)
7.            Professor Haim Bresheeth (London, UK)
8.            Professor Yehuda Shenhav (Tel Aviv, Israel)
9.            Mr Tariq Ali (London, UK)
10.        Professor Yosefa Loshitzky (London, UK)
11.        Professor Daniel Boyarin (Berkeley, US)
12.        Prof Alison Phipps (Glasgow, Scotland)
13.        Professor Nahla Abdo (Ottawa, Canada)
14.        Ms Josephine W. Finn (Maynooth, Ireland)
15.        Professor Peter Mayo (Malta)
16.        Professor Rebecca Kay (Glasgow, Scotland)
17.        Professor Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv, Israel)
18.        Professor Gabi Piterberg (Los Angeles, US)
19.        Professor Raid Zaghal (Al-Quds/Jerusalem, Palestine)
20.        Mr Michael Rosen (London, UK)
21.        Professor Steven Rose (London, UK)
22.        Professor Hilary Rose (London, UK)
23.        Professor Oren Ben-Dor (Southampton, UK)
24.        Dr Karma Nabulsi (Oxford, UK)
25.        Dr Yonat Nitzan-Green (Israel)
26.        Mr Ali Abunimah (Chicago, US)
27.        Dr Terri Ginsberg (New York, US)
28.        Dr Ghada Karmi (London, UK)
29.        Professor Peter McLaren (Los Angeles, US)
30.        Professor Yousef Najajreh (Al-Quds/Jerusalem, Palestine)
31.        Ms Najwa Silwadi (Al-Quds/Jerusalem, Palestine)
32.        Dr Ibrahim Makkawi (Birzeit, Palestine)
33.        Professor Rashmi Luther (Ottawa, Canada)
34.        Professor Antonia Darder (Los Angeles, US)
35.        Professor Anne Ryan (Maynooth, Ireland)
36.        Dr Michelle Attard Tonna (Floriana, Malta)
37.        Dr. Maria Pisani (Malta)
38.        Professor Nurith Peled-Elhanan (Jerusalem, Israel)
39.        Keith Hammond (Glasgow, Scotland)
40.        Dr. Claudia Secci (Cagliari, Italy)
41.        Dr Adrian Grima (Malta)
42.      Jeffrey St. Clair (Oregon, US)
43.        Dr Maud Anne Bracke (Glasgow, Scotland)
44.        Dr Tom Hickey (Brighton, UK)

45.        Dr Michele  Marseglia (Italy)
46.        Mr Michael Kenny (Maynooth, Ireland)
47.        Professor Asma Imam (Al-Quds/Jerusalem, Palestine)
48.        Professor Lorene Figueiredo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
49.        Professor Malcolm H. Levitt (Southampton, UK)
50.        Dr Suleiman Sharkh (Southampton, UK)
51.        Dr David Cromwell (Southampton, Uk)
52.        Mr Tariq Goddard (Wiltshire, UK)
53.        Professor Marcos Del Roio (Marilia, Brazil)
54.        Prof. Hasan H. Aksoy (Ankara, Turkey)
55.        Ms. Carmen Freitas  (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
56.        Professor Walber Meirelles (Ladeira, Brazil)
57.        Dr Dorit Naaman (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
58.        Dr Annie Pfingst (London, UK)
59.        Professor Socrates Stratis (Nicosia, Cyprus)
60.        Professor Brian Winston (Lincoln, UK)
61.        Ms Anna Sherbany (London UK)
62.        Professor Moshe Machover (London, UK)
63.        Dr Roger van Zwanenberg (London, UK)
64.        Mr Mike Cushman (London, UK)
65.        Dr. Julian Vigo (London, UK)
66.        Professor Jonathan Rosenhead (London, UK)
67.        Professor Daya Thussu (London, UK)
68.        Dr Brian Robinson (Milton Keynes, UK)
69.        Mr Abe Hayeem (London, UK)
70.        Ms Rosamine Hayeem (London, UK)
71.        Professor Ronit Lentin (Dublin, Ireland)
72.        Ms Deborah Maccoby (London, UK)
73.        Professor James Bowen (Cork, Ireland)
74.        The Hon. Dr Jocelynne A. Scutt (Cambridge/Melbourne, UK and Australia)
75.        Dr Brid Connolly (Maynooth, Ireland))
76.        Dr Yana Bland Mintoff (Malta)
77.        Dr Andre Mazawi (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
78.        Professor Emilios Christodoulidis (Glasgow, Scotland)
79.        Professor Daiva Stasiulis (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
80.        Dr Claudia Prestel (Leicester, UK)
81.        Professor Nadje Al-Ali (London, UK)
82.        Dr Michael Murray (Maynooth, Ireland)
83.        Professor Margaret Ledwith (Lancaster, UK)
84.        Professor Gary Craig (Durham, UK)
85.        Mr Tony Walsh (Maynooth, Ireland)
86.        Dr Nicoletta Vallorani (Milan, Italy)
87.        Dr Lizzie Eldridge (Malta)
88.        Mr Roger Gordon (North Tyneside. UK)
89.        Dr Bernie Grummell (Maynooth)
90.        Dr Sue Blackwell (Birmingham, UK)
91.        Dr Willem Meijs (Hoorn, The Netherlands)
92.        Ms Aisha Phoenix, London (UK)
93.        Ms Enid Gordon (North Tyneside, UK)
94.        Professor Peter Gose (Ottawa, Canada)
95.        Ms Pragna Patel (London, UK)
96.        Professor Derek Boothman (Bologna (Italy)
97.        Mr Eyal Sivan (Paris, France)
98.        Dr Adania Shibli (Palestine)
99.        Professor Eyal Weizman (London, UK)
100.    Dr Fatieh Saudi (London, UK)
101.    Professor Jeffrey Skoller (Berkley, US)
102.    Professor Stephen Deutsch (Bournemouth, UK)
103.    Mr Firas Asidy (London, UK)
104.    Professor Ali Nobil Ahmad (Lahore, Pakistan)
105.    Professor Corinne Squire (London, UK)
106.    Ms Zahraa Tatari London, UK)
107.    Professor Annabelle Sreberny (London, UK)
108.     Dr Marta Rabikowska (London, UK)
109.    Professor Nira Yuval-Davis (London, UK)
110.    Ms Ruth Tenne (London, UK)
111.    Dr Azzam Tamimi (London, UK)
112.    Ms Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi (London, UK)
113.    Mr Keith Piper (London, UK)
114.    Professor Maurizio S. Viano (Boston, US)
115.    Professor Anne Phoenix (London, UK)
116.    Professor Michael Chanan (London, UK)
117.    Dr Agnieszka Piotrowska (London, UK)
118.    Professor Chris Berry (London, UK)
119.    Mr Bisan Abu Eisheh (London, UK)
120.    Professor  Abby Lippman (Montreal Quebec, Canada)
121.    Mr Sid Shniad (Canada)
122.    Dr Stephanie Cronin (Oxford, UK)
123.    Mr Richard Kuper (London, UK)
124.    Professor Flavia Laviosa (Wellesley, US)
125.    Ms Mira Khazzam (Montreal, Canada)
126.    Dr May Jayyusi (Ramallah, Palestine)
127.    Professor Sarah Bracke (Leuven, Belgium)
128.    Dr Nadia Fadil (Leuven, Belgium)
129.    Dr Seda Gurses (Leuven, Belgium)
130.    Professor Laura Mulvey (London UK)
131.    Mr Ronnie Barkan (Tel-Aviv, Israel)
132.    Mr Bob Reckman (Northampton, MA US)
133.    Professor Hagit Borer (London, UK)
134.    Professor Joan Braderman (Northampton, MA, US)
135.    Professor Laura Marks (Vancouver, Canada)
136.    Professor Elizabeth Bishop, Ph.D. (Texas State University)
137.    Dr Nadira Omarjee (Johannesburg, South Africa)
138. David Lloyd (UC Davis)
139. Jonathan Beller (Pratt Institute)
140. Dr. Máire Nic Ghiolla Phádraig (Dublin)
141. Neferti Tadiar (New York)
142. Lana Turner (Malta)
143. J. Kehaulani Kauanui (Wesleyan)
144. Bill V. Mullen  (Purdue University)
145. Sunaina Maira (UC Davis)
146. Sean Cubitt (University of London)
147. Dina Iordanova (St. Andrews)
148. Sondra Hale (UCLA)
149. David Klein (Los Angeles, USA)
150. Eugene Schulman (Geneva, Switzerland)
151. Professor Richard Falk (Santa Barbara, CA, US)
153. Harry Hartoonian (NYC, USA)
154. Rick Waswo (Geneva, Switzerland)
155. Francoise Meltzer
156. Susan E. Schreiber (Univ. of Chicago)
157. Professor Bill Skidmore (Ottawa)
158. Dr. Dr. Dennis Kortheuer (California US)