Israeli actions 1

May 28, 2004

We at Brighton, Sussex and other universities feel we cannot remain silent about the Israeli aggression against Rafah in the Gaza Strip.

This has continued unabated for three and a half years and caused the ruination of hundreds of Palestinian families. The situation is now at crisis point. In the past week, tanks and bulldozers have gone deep into the city demolishing houses and killing 25 people.

As academics, we have a responsibility to help fellow academics and students everywhere and to defend academic freedom. At present, education of any kind is impossible in Rafah. We call on the Israeli government to put an immediate halt to the killings and demolitions in Gaza, and we ask people everywhere in the world to join us in calling for an end to the war crimes in Rafah.

Andrew Chitty
Sussex University

Judith Watson
Brighton University

On behalf of more than 340 academics

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