Onderschrijving en solidariteit voor Palestina – Statement van Gender Studies Utrecht

Onderschrijving en solidariteit. 

Casco Art Institute is solidair met Palestina en vraagt de samenleving en regering om zich uit te spreken en op te treden tegen de aanhoudende oorlogsmisdaden, mensenrechtenschendingen en toenemende koloniale acties door de regering van Israël. 

Lees het statement van onze collega’s van het Graduate Gender Programme & Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies Universiteit Utrecht, Nederland.

Lifting our voices for Palestinian freedom will never be anything but an embracement of love and justice for all – Angela Davis

If the olive trees knew the hands that planted them, their oil would become tears – Mahmoud Darwish

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor – Desmond Tutu

We, the Graduate Gender Programme at Utrecht University together with the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies, condemn the brutal Israeli assaults against the Palestinians and stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people who are rising up against seven decades of Israeli settler colonial violence. The last week, yet again, witnessed further Palestinian death and dispossession at the hands of the Israeli state; from violent attempts to force out Palestinian inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah, to the brutal suppression and arrest of protestors, and the horrifying aerial assault over Gaza. As we write, Gaza, the most densely populated besieged Palestinian enclave, is being heavily bombarded by Israeli military from the air and the sea. So far, over 120 Palestinians, including 31 children, were killed and hundreds injured by Israel. The death-toll is increasing by the second, as the world watches and reports on the events in the language of “conflict” and “clashes”. Decades of Palestinian dispossession from land and life, ethnic cleansing, and ecological devastation committed by the Israeli settler colonial state cannot be reduced to ‘a conflict’. We reject this supposedly objective and neutral terminology used in describing these practices of ethnic cleansing.

As Gender Studies scholars and activists committed to decolonial, anti-racist, lgbtq, and feminist politics, we cannot and refuse to look away from Palestine. 

We prijzen de bevolking van Palestina, in Gaza, de Westelijke Jordaanoever en Palestina, voor hun standvastigheid en vastberadenheid om te bevestigen dat ze leven ondanks dergelijk zinloos geweld.
We dringen er bij andere academische programma’s en afdelingen in Nederland en in heel Europa, evenals culturele organisaties, musea en activistische collectieven, op aan om samen met ons verklaringen af te geven waarin ze dit aanhoudende Israëlische staatsgeweld veroordelen en collectieve actie ondernemen om solidariteit te betuigen met de Palestijnse strijd voor leven in waardigheid.

Organisations and associations willing to endorse the statement could send an email to: palestinesolidarity_genderstudiesuu@protonmail.com

In solidarity – Graduate Gender Programme Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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