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Statement by Harvard Faculty in Support of Palestinian Liberation
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Statement by Harvard Faculty in Support of Palestinian Liberation

As US-based scholars who oppose racism and colonial violence in all its forms, we write to express solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom and self-determination. Israeli state violence has devastated Palestinian life through a combination of warfare, territorial theft, and violent displacement. Unwavering US financial, military, and political support has fueled an apartheid system that institutionalizes the domination and repression of Palestinians. The recent reports by Human Rights Watch and the Israeli human rights organization B’tselem are only the latest to document this reality. The current effort to expel Palestinians from Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood; the violence in Israeli cities like Lydda and Haifa, in which Israeli police stand by and facilitate right-wing extremist attacks on Palestinians; and the military attack on the Gaza Strip are only the most recent events in a decades-long process of dispossession.

 

Palestinians are not only denied freedom and self-determination, they are even denied the right to resist. Palestinian resistance in all its forms is criminalized by Israel and the US. Every measure of self-defense by a people without a state or an army against a nuclear power backed by the US is subject to immediate censure while Israel continues its violent aggressions with impunity.

 

Suppression of support for Palestinian liberation extends into the US academy where even scholarly criticism of Israeli human rights violations is increasingly equated with antisemitism and forbidden by law. The situation in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank is far worse. Academic freedom and basic educational rights are unavailable for students and faculty at Palestinian universities, and the rights of Palestinians at Israeli universities are severely curtailed. The Israeli government and academic institutions routinely punish scholars – both Jews and Palestinians – who criticize the state’s policies.

In this moment when Israeli ethnonationalist violence is at an all-time high, US military support remains steadfast, and solidarity with Palestine is criminalized, US-based scholars cannot be silent. We demand an end to US support for Israel’s apartheid regime, condemn Israeli state aggression, and affirm our support for the Palestinian liberation struggle.

Signatories

  1. Ajantha Subramanian, Anthropology and South Asian Studies
  2. Steven Caton, Anthropology
  3. Vijay Iyer, Music and African and African American Studies
  4. Walter Johnson, History and African and African American Studies
  5. Kirsten Weld, History
  6. Rosie Bsheer, History
  7. Diane L. Moore, Religion and Public Life
  8. Evelynn M. Hammonds, History of Science and African an African American Studies
  9. Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and African and African American Studies
  10. Arunabh Ghosh, History
  11. Ju Yon Kim, English
  12. Sidney Chalhoub, History and African and African American Studies
  13. Teju Cole, English
  14. Cemal Kafadar, History
  15. Soha Bayoumi, History of Science
  16. Caroline Light, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  17. Bram Wispelwey, Medicine
  18. Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Anthropology and Art, Film, and Visual Studies
  19. Susanna Siegel, Philosophy
  20. Michael Herzfeld, Anthropology
  21. Ned Hall, Philosophy
  22. Glenda Carpio, English and African and African American Studies
  23. Ernst Karel, Anthropology and Art, Film, and Visual Studies
  24. Joyce E. Chaplin, History
  25. Adaner Usmani, Sociology and Social Studies
  26. Tara K Menon, English
  27. Bernhard Nickel, Philosophy
  28. Ali Asani, Study of Religion and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  29. Michael Bronski, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  30. Robin Bernstein, African and African American Studies and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  31. Alice Jardine, Romance Languages and Literatures and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  32. Jean Comaroff, African and African American Studies and Anthropology
  33. Nicholas Harkness, Anthropology
  34. Musa Syeed, English
  35. Ingrid Monson, Music and African and African American Studies
  36. Sarah S. Richardson, History of Science and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  37. Alex Rehding, Music
  38. Lucie White, Harvard Law School
  39. Suzanne Preston Blier, History of Art and Architecture; African and African American Studies
  40. Katrina Forrester, Government and Social Studies
  41. Christopher Hasty, Music
  42. Robb Moss, Art, Film, and Visual Studies
  43. Gabriela Soto Laveaga, History of Science
  44. Ana Isabel Keilson, Social Studies
  45. Sugata Bose, History and South Asian Studies
  46. Peter E. Gordon, History
  47. Jesse McCarthy, English and African and African American Studies
  48. Jeffrey Schnapp, metaLAB (at) Harvard; Romance Languages and Literatures
  49. Vincent Brown, History and African and African American Studies
  50. Sylvaine Guyot, Romance Languages and Literatures and Theater, Dance & Media
  51. Tracey Rosen, Social Studies
  52. Tom Conley, Romance Languages and Art, Film & Visual Studies
  53. Glory Liu, Social Studies
  54. Linda Schlossberg, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  55. András Riedlmayer, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
  56. Andrea Wright, Anthropology
  57. Mary D. Lewis, History
  58. Namwali Serpell, English
  59. Malavika Reddy, Anthropology
  60. Philip Deloria, History
  61. Peter Der Manuelian, NELC and Anthropology
  62. George Paul Meiu, Anthropology and AAAS
  63. Matthew Liebmann, Anthropology
  64. Byron Good, Global Health and Social Medicine, and Anthropology
  65. Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Global Health and Social Medicine
  66. Claire Messud, English
  67. Claire Chase, Music
  68. Karthik Pandian, Art, Film, and Visual Studies
  69. Carissa Rodriguez, Art, Film and Visual Studies
  70. Salma Waheedi, Harvard Law School
  71. Rebecca Williams, Harvard Kennedy School
  72. Samuel Dolbee, History and Literature
  73. Hannah Perls, Harvard Law School
  74. Ousmane Kane, Harvard Divinity School
  75. Hilary Rantisi, Religion and Public Life
  76. Virginie Greene, Romance Languages and Literatures
  77. Eman Khadra Ansari, Harvard Medical School
  78. Hassan Khalil, Harvard Medical School
  79. Maha Farhat, Harvard Medical School
  80. Marshall Ganz, Harvard Kennedy School