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Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Princeton University Community Solidarity with Palestine
Princeton University Community Statement of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
May 18, 2021
We, members of the Princeton University community, condemn the ongoing attacks on the Palestinian people in Gaza by the Israeli armed forces, which represent the latest chapter of a nearly-fifteen-year blockade that has transformed the territory into a prison for its two million inhabitants, most of whom descend from refugees expelled and driven from their homes during the Nakba (1947-1949) that accompanied the creation of the state of Israel.
We condemn the displacement of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem—part of a decades long campaign of warfare, expulsion, unequal residency rights, and discriminatory planning policies that advances the ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem.
We mourn all loss of life. We also refuse the “two-sides” and “evenhandedness” narrative that ignores and conceals the meaningful differences between Israel—one of the most heavily militarized states in the world that receives $3.8 billion of military aid annually from the U.S.—and a Palestinian population resisting occupation and oppression.
We stand by Human Rights Watch (
) and the Israeli human rights organization B’tselem (
) in calling Israel’s systemic discrimination and violence by its proper name: Apartheid. The brutal system that controls Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is ideologically founded upon Jewish supremacism, rules over the lives of Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel alike, and is practically committed to territorial theft from Palestinians who continue to resist physical removal and existential erasure.
We salute the bravery and will-to-survival of Palestinians—in the Occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and within Israel—as they resist the violence of the Israeli military, settler militias, and lynch mobs. We recognize as they do that peace with justice in Palestine/Israel is not possible under conditions of military occupation and unending settler-colonial expansionism.
We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their indigenous liberation struggle against forced dispossession by the Israeli settler colonial state. For decades the ostensible peace process has perpetuated Israel’s land grabs and the violent displacement of Palestinians under the fictions of military necessity and a perpetually postponed “final status” negotiation.
We stand squarely in support of inalienable Palestinian rights that are enshrined in international law. Palestinians have the right to live in freedom. Palestinians have the right to remain in their residences. Palestinians dispossessed by the State of Israel have the right to return home.
We wholeheartedly endorse the Palestine and Praxis open letter and call to action (
), affirming our own commitments to speaking out in defense of the rights and dignity of the Palestinian people as well as foundational principles of scholarly integrity and academic freedom.
We stand in solidarity with Palestinians and their Jewish Israeli allies, understanding that their struggle is fundamentally entwined with many other movements for equality, justice and liberation both within the United States and around the world. We join together in rededicating ourselves to working against all forms of racism, colonialism, and injustice at Princeton, in the classroom, on campus, and beyond.
See the full list of signatories here:
Max Weiss, History and Near Eastern Studies
Joshua B. Guild, African American Studies and History
Julia Elyachar, Anthropology and Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
Zia Mian, Program on Science and Global Security
Harshini Abbaraju '22, South Asian Progressive Alliance
Abdelhamid Arbab '23, Muslim Students' Association
Benjamin Conisbee Baer, Comparative Literature
Ruha Benjamin, African-American Studies
Eduardo Cadava, English
Vera Candiani, History
Zahid Chaudhary, English
Andrew Cole, English
Mohamed El-Dirany 18’ 19*
Hal Foster, Art & Archaelogy
Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Near Eastern Studies
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., African American Studies
Lara Harb, Near Eastern Studies
Satyel Larson, Near Eastern Studies
Mariam Mashaal *21, School of Public and International Affairs
Anne McClintock, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Naomi Murakawa, African American Studies
Rob Nixon, English and Princeton Environmental Institute
John Oakes '83
Chika Okeke-Agulu, African American Studies and Art & Archaelogy
Dan-El Padilla Peralta, Classics
Gyan Prakash, History
Rachel Price, Spanish and Portugese
Benjamin Roberts '22, Princeton Committee on Palestine
Sarah Sakha '18
Irene Small, Art & Archaeology
Alex Smith '13
Tracy K. Smith, Lewis Center for the Arts
Hrishi Somayji GS, Princeton Mutual Aid
Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor, African-American Studies
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