Warning: New Boycott Call Against Tel Aviv University

23.06.21

Editorial Note

Last Sunday, the Rector’s office at Tel Aviv University circulated a letter to all faculty by Prof. Zvi Ziegler, the Chairman of the Inter-University Forum for Combating Academic Boycott, within the Committee of University Heads (VERA).  Ziegler noted that some distinguished academic bodies took a solid anti-BDS stand, dealing a blow to the movement.  However, he warned that covert boycotts still exist and asked the universities to be on the lookout.   He provided some examples: “Discrimination can be manifested in rejecting an article for wrong reasons; Un-invitation or cancellation of an invitation to attend, or lecture, at a conference; Refusal to attend a conference held in Israel, or under the auspices of an Israeli institution when the reason is that the event is Israeli. Organizations which are deciding to call for academic boycotts act contrary to the principle of the universality of science.”  The Rector’s office announced the names of faculty in charge of dealing with the academic boycott of Tel Aviv University.

As it happens, Ziegler’s concerns about the academic boycott have coincided with a new boycott initiative against Tel Aviv University.  

The Middle East Eye (MEE), an Arab-owned British media outlet founded in 2014, has promoted the new boycott call.  The American Enterprise Institute reported that MEE is an English-language front for Qatari-supported groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Jamal Awn Jamal Bessasso, a former official for both Al Jazeera in Qatar and the Hamas-affiliated al-Quds TV in Lebanon, owns and operates MEE through the London-based M.E.E. Ltd. Bessasso was previously employed by Al Jazeera satellite network in Qatar and the Samalink Television Production Company in Lebanon, an agent for Al Quds TV’s website.

The MEE published a petition signed by hundreds of the University of Manchester staff and postgraduate students.  The petition addressed Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, and the Senate of the University of Manchester, asking the University of Manchester to end its research partnership with Tel Aviv University. 

Among the petition’s signatories are the Israeli Dr. Eyal Clyne and his Ph.D. supervisor Professor Erica Burman.

The petitioners state that the partnership between the Universities of Manchester and Tel Aviv “contravenes the University’s [Manchester] ethical commitment to oppose racist violence and oppression.” The petition states that Tel Aviv University is a “university deeply implicated in Israel’s premeditated bombing of civilians and civilian infrastructure in Gaza.”  

The petitioners argue that Tel Aviv University is home to the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) because it “takes credit for developing the ‘Dahiya Doctrine.’ This is a military doctrine of disproportionate force, adopted by the Israeli army, which privileges civilian over and above military targets and advocates, as one of its designers at TAU put it, ‘the destruction of homes and infrastructure, and the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people.’ This implicates Tel Aviv University in the deliberate and premeditated bombing of civilians and civilian infrastructure in Gaza.” 

The accusations against Tel Aviv University and the INSS are scurrilous on many levels.   The Dahiya incident occurred during the Second Lebanon War in 2006 when the Israeli Air Force bombed the Dahiya neighborhood where the Hezbollah command had sheltered.  Under the tutelage of its Iranian master, the Revolutionary Guards, Hezbollah adopted a doctrine of embedding among the civilian population.  

The IDF has developed many tactics and platforms to limit the number of non-combatant victims, effectively human shields of Hezbollah and Hamas. Precision bombing, tunnel detection capabilities, FireFly to monitor the presence of civilians in buildings, and the “knock on the roof” to let them know about an impending bombing.  As a result, the number of deaths among Gazan people in the current Guardian of the Walls operation stood at 312, as opposed to more than 2000 during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge.  The IDF estimates that more than 40 percent of the recorded death were Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives.  

The statement “the destruction of homes and infrastructure, and the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people” was written by Giora Eiland, who advised on how to prevent the “Third Lebanon War:” He wrote that a warning message should be given to Hezbollah, a message that “has to be clear and unequivocal” to Lebanon’s allies, the Lebanese government, and people. It “must be stated clearly, starting now. If Israel waits until the day the war starts, it will be too late.”

It is hardly surprising that pro-Palestinian activists at the University of Manchester would use false and twisted information to delegitimize Tel Aviv University and the State of Israel. 

  On Jun 20, 2021, at 1:21 PM, Office of TAU Rector <officerec@tauex.tau.ac.il> wrote:  

שלום לכולכם,

נושא החרם על מוסדות אקדמיים עלה לכותרות בתקופה האחרונה.

מצורף מכתבו של פרופ’ צבי זיגלר יו”ר הפורום הבין- אוניברסיטאי של ור”ה למאבק בחרם האקדמי.

נציגי אוני’ ת”א לנושא זה הם:

פרופ’ מרק קרלינר – הפקולטה למדעים מדויקים, לפניות מאנשי סגל בצד המזרחי

פרופ’ מאיר ליטבק – הפקולטה למדעי הרוח, לפניות מאנשי סגל בצד המערבי

 שלום לחברות /חברי הסגל,נושא החרם האקדמי על אוניברסיטאות וחוקרות/חוקרים בישראל חזר לסדר היום בשבועות האחרונים.
ההתנגדות לחרם אקדמי זכתה בתמיכה רחבה ממוסדות אקדמיים בכירים כגון האקדמיה הלאומית למדעים של ארה”ב, החברה המלכותית הבריטית, וראשי האוניברסיטאות במדינות אלה. כולם התנגדו לחרם אקדמי, שמשמעותו היא אפליה של חוקרים על בסיס השתייכות אתנית, לאומית או דתית .
כתוצאה מהתגייסות כללית זו, יוזמות החרם המוסדי, של אגודות מקצועיות או של אוניברסיטאות ספציפיות, נכשלו.
עם זאת, יש עדויות לתופעה של חרם סמוי מן העין, אשר קשה יותר לאתרו, אבל הוא עלול להיות מסוכן. לאחרונה, עם התחדשות הגלים של פעילויות הקוראות להחרמת ישראל, יש חשש מהתגברות התופעה של חרם אקדמי מסוג זה.
חשוב שכל חבר/ת סגל היודע /ת, מידיעה אישית, על מקרה של אפליה מטעמים פסולים, ידווח/תדווח על כך לאחד מחברי הסגל שהתמנו לרכז את הפעילות בנושא באוניברסיטת תל אביב.
האפליה יכולה להתבטא בדחיית מאמר משיקולים פסולים; אי-הזמנה או ביטול הזמנה להשתתף או להרצות בכינוס; סירוב להשתתף בכינוס הנערך בישראל, או בחסות מוסד ישראלי ,
כשהנימוק הוא היותו של האירוע ישראלי, וכדו’.
ארגונים, המקבלים החלטות הקוראות לחרם אקדמי על מדינה, פועלים בניגוד לעקרון האוניברסליות של המדע. חבר/ת סגל היוד ע/ת על יוזמה לגבש החלטה כזו בארגון אקדמי
מתבקש/ת להודיע על כך, כדי שניתן יהיה לפעול לסיכול היוזמה בטרם תבשיל .
אודה לך על שיתוף פעולה.
בברכה ,
פרופ’ צבי ציגלר
יו”ר הפורום הבין- אוניברסיטאי של ור”ה למאבק בחרם האקדמי

בברכה, 

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Staff at University of Manchester demand end to Tel Aviv University tiesIn an open letter, 224 members of staff at the British university say the Israeli institution has helped develop Israel’s policy of disproportionate violence against Arab neighbours

By Shafik Mandhai
Published date: 16 June 2021 11:44 UTC |   

More than 200 members of staff and researchers at the University of Manchester are calling on the institution to cut its ties with Tel Aviv University in the wake of Israel’s recent bombing campaign in the besieged Gaza Strip.

An open letter addressed to the university’s vice-chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell said the Israeli university was “deeply implicated” in the May bombardment, which killed 248 Palestinians, including 66 children.

The authors of the letter, signed by 224 people as of Wednesday, said the University of Manchester’s continued relationship with Tel Aviv University is in violation of its commitment to oppose racist violence and oppression.

“Not only does the University of Manchester fail to speak up for Palestinians and heed their call for material support, but we also forge a strategic partnership with Tel Aviv University, an institution deeply implicated in their violent oppression,” the letter said.

Around 1,900 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli bombings in May and close to 60,000 were displaced in the violence.

The attacks on Gaza came amid police and far-right violence against Palestinian citizens of Israel, as well as a deadly crackdown on protesters in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Tensions came to a head in early May after Israeli settler attempts to appropriate Palestinian property in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah and an Israeli assault against Palestinian worshippers protesting evictions at Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holiest night of the Islamic calendar.

Dahiya doctrine

Tel Aviv University is home to the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), a think-tank close to the Israeli military establishment, which has helped define the state’s military philosophy when it comes to Palestinians and neighbouring Arab states.

The Dahiya doctrine, named after a Beirut neighbourhood nearly destroyed by Israel during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, encourages the destruction of civilian infrastructure as a supposed deterrence to groups taking up arms against Israel.

In a paper no longer hosted by the INSS website but cited by the Institute for Middle East Understanding, Gabi Siboni, director of the Military and Strategic Affairs programme at INSS says: “[Israel] will have to respond disproportionately in order to make it abundantly clear that the State of Israel will accept no attempt to disrupt the calm currently prevailing along its borders.”

Alongside other Israeli universities, Tel Aviv University is also heavily involved in arms research, in collaboration with Israeli arms manufacturers and the Israeli military.

A 2009 publication issued by the university’s marketing department lauds the institution’s role in developing technology used by the Israeli army.

Isaac Ben-Israel, a former general who heads the Israeli Space Agency and Tel Aviv University’s Security Studies programme, is quoted as saying: “Military [research and development] in Israel would not exist without the universities. They carry out all the basic scientific investigation, which is then developed either by defence industries or the army.”

Manchester ties

The University of Manchester’s website currently lists collaborative research projects with Tel Aviv University involving the schools of Natural Sciences, Medicine and Environment, Education and Development.

Officials at the university have previously been criticised after technology developed by the institution ended up being shared with Israeli arms manufacturers and the Israeli military.

Nanene, a graphene-based material developed by Manchester researchers, which has uses in aircraft production, is being purchased by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

IAI produces missiles and drones used by the Israeli military, as well as the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

One signatory told MEE that while they were proud of the university’s stated commitment to anti-racism and inclusion, officials had to match words with action. By not taking a stand on Israel’s policies against Palestinians, the university’s “opposition to racism becomes merely an empty phrase to use for public relations and marketing”, they said.

Another signatory to the letter said: “In our climate of renewed attention to racial oppression, it is glaring when an institution claims anti-racism in word but not in deed.”

The signatories did not wish to share their names as they wished to speak as a group and not as any one individual.

Middle East Eye reached out to the University of Manchester for its reaction to the open letter and to ask whether it had any plans to end its ties with Israeli institutions. 

A spokesperson said the university would like to reassure its staff and students that “the partnership has nothing whatsoever to do with military matters or any political endorsement.

“We value our connections with universities in Israel as an important part of our international strategy for engagement with higher education institutes. All such interactions are based on UK government guidance and regulation.”=========================================
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Solidarity with Palestinians against University of Manchester’s partnership with Tel Aviv University – open letterDear Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell and the Senate of the University of Manchester,

We, the undersigned, call on the University of Manchester to end its research partnership with Tel Aviv University, a university deeply implicated in Israel’s premeditated bombing of civilians and civilian infrastructure in Gaza. This partnership contravenes the University’s ethical commitment to oppose racist violence and oppression, a commitment we request you uphold.

On May 18, Palestinians across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories called a general strike. They demanded an end to Israel’s indiscriminate bombing of Gaza, which has killed 254 Palestinians, including 66 children, wounded more than 1,900, and displaced at least 58,000. They protested the ethnic cleansing of residents of Sheikh Jarrah from their homes in Occupied East Jerusalem, the military attack on Al-Aqsa mosque, and the Israeli mobs attacking Palestinians in the streets and in their homes as police stand by. Fundamentally, the strike called for an end to 73 years of settler colonialism, not a conflict between two equal sides but a brutal regime of expulsion, military occupation, and apartheid, armed and supported by Western nations.

These are the words with which Palestinians have long named their oppression by the Israeli state. They are now also the words of Israel’s largest human-rights organisation, B’Tselem (1), and the words of the international human-rights organisation Human Rights Watch (2). They are the words of the letter of Palestinian solidarity endorsed by 221 international architecture and planning organizations (3), and another signed by an astonishing 129 gender-studies departments in the United States alone (4). We could go on. Declarations and practical measures of solidarity with Palestinians are growing by the day, part of a global movement against all racial and intersecting forms of oppression.

Palestinians also have good reason to expect support from the University of Manchester. Our University publicly states, “We at the University of Manchester condemn all racist violence and oppression.” We assert “a role in removing systemic inequities and speaking up for those without a voice” (5). However, not only does the University of Manchester fail to speak up for Palestinians and heed their call for material support, but we also forge a strategic partnership with Tel Aviv University, an institution deeply implicated in their violent oppression.

Israeli universities have played a key role in planning, implementing, and justifying Israel’s occupation, and Tel Aviv is no exception. Across a range of disciplines from mechanical engineering to philosophy, Tel Aviv University is heavily and openly involved in research and development in weapons and surveillance technologies, and in military strategy and operational theory (6). It has described itself thus: “In the rough and tumble reality of the Middle East, Tel Aviv University is at the front line of the critical work to maintain Israel’s military and technological edge,” noting “much of that research remains classified” (7). To give only one example, Tel Aviv University is home to the Institute for National Security Studies which takes credit for developing the “Dahiya Doctrine.” This is a military doctrine of disproportionate force, adopted by the Israeli army, which privileges civilian over and above military targets and advocates, as one of its designers at TAU put it, “the destruction of homes and infrastructure, and the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people” (8).

This implicates Tel Aviv University in the deliberate and premeditated bombing of civilians and civilian infrastructure in Gaza – war crimes, in other words, as the UN has described previous military assaults on the people of Gaza. “If there is a hell on earth, it is the lives of children in Gaza,” the UN Secretary-General said against the Israeli onslaught (9). Israel should be held to account “for the atrocities it has committed over the last 12 days,” is the view of the head of Oxfam in Israel and the Palestinian Territories (10).

But the atrocities don’t end with the fragile ceasefire. After 14 years of devastating blockade by one of the most powerful militaries in the world, the two million people of Gaza effectively live in an open-air prison, where 80% rely on international aid to survive, 90% of the water is undrinkable, and electricity supply is intermittent, with crippling effects on economic activity and health and sanitation services. Amidst a global pandemic, 50% of essential medicines were at zero stock even before Israel’s latest onslaught. The military assault and blockade of Gaza also has appalling psychological consequences, inflicting untold trauma on a population where over 50% are under 18 (11). Meanwhile, in a deliberate act of aggression, Israeli police have launched a wave of arrests targeting Israeli Palestinians who rallied in support of Sheikh Jarrah, Al-Aqsa, and Gaza, thus far totalling 1,550 since May 9 (12).

For these reasons, we cannot, in all conscience, allow the research partnership with Tel Aviv University to continue. It brings our University into disrepute to publicly claim anti-racism while forging a partnership with an institution deeply implicated in racial violence and suffering. It’s also dangerous, for it discredits and hence weakens the claim to anti-racism, turning opposition to racism into empty phrases to use for public relations and marketing, when we should on the contrary be speaking out and taking principled and practical measures against racial oppression. Above all, this partnership makes our University complicit in the brutalisation, blockade, maiming, and killing of Palestinians who have suffered at the hands of the Israeli state for 73 years.

We request that you uphold the University’s own anti-racist ethical principles by ending the strategic partnership with Tel Aviv University.

**Scroll down to the bottom to sign – the letter is still open for signatures. Strictly for University of Manchester staff (academic/teaching, PS, Emeritus) and postgraduate research students. The list of signatories will be updated daily**

Signed by:

1. Dr Nick Thoburn, Reader in Sociology
2. Dr Simin Fadaee, Senior Lecturer in Sociology
3. Dr Meghan Tinsley, Presidential Fellow in Sociology
4. Dr Elisa Pieri, Lecturer in Sociology
5. Professor Peter Wade, Professor of Social Anthropology
6. Dr Chika Watanabe, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
7. Dr. Seth Schindler, Senior Lecturer, Global Development Institute
8. Dr Pritish Behuria, Lecturer, Global Development Institute
9. Dr Kevin Gillan, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of Sociology
10. Dr Ümit Kemal Yildiz, Senior Tutor in Education
11. Dr Peter McMylor, Senior Lecturer in Sociology
12. Dr Petra Nordqvist, Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives
13. Professor Mandy Turner, Professor of Conflict, Peace and Humanitarian Affairs, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
14. Professor Bridget Byrne, Department of Sociology
15. Dr Luke Yates, Lecturer in Sociology and SCI
16. Caitlin Schmid, PhD candidate
17. Caroline Martin, IT Services
18. Stian Soiland-Reyes, Department of Computer Science
19. Dr David Alderson, Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature
20. Dr Jonathan Shapiro, Reader, Computer Science
21. Prof Khalid Nadvi, Professor of International Development, Global Development Institute
22. Judy Thorne, PhD candidate, Social Anthropology
23. Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury, Presidential Fellow, Ethnicity and Inequalities
24. Vlad Schüler-Costa, PhD candidate, Social Anthropology
25. Claudia Eggart, PGR, Social Anthropology
26. Marie Kerguelen , PhD student
27. Aleksandra Szymczyk, PhD researcher, Department of Social Anthropology
28. Mariela Sánchez-Belmont Montiel , PhD student, Social Anthropology
29. Morgan Rhys Powell, PhD candidate, School of Social Sciences
30. Dr Amy Zhang, Lecturer in Urban Planning
31. Dr Michelle Obeid , Lecturer in Social Anthropology
32. ElSayed ElSehamy, PGR, Social Anthropology
33. Pedro Silva Rocha Lima, PhD candidate
34. Prof Julian Williams, Manchester Institute of Education, SEED
35. Sara Pozzi, PhD candidate, Social Anthropology
36. Santiago Irribarra, PGR, Social Anthropology
37. Dr Sophina Choudry, Presidential Fellow, Manchester Institute of Education, SEED
38. Dr Tom Gillespie, Hallsworth Research Fellow, Global Development Institute
39. Tim Jacoby, GDI
40. Professor Erica Burman, Manchester Institute of Education
41. Phil Reed, Library
42. Professor Ian Parker, Honorary Professorial Research Fellow, SEED
43. Dr. Luke Bhatia, Lecturer in International Politics
44. Dr Gail Davidge, Research Associate: School of Health Sciences
45. Dr Eyal Clyne, PhD in Israel Studies
46. Franco Galdini, Politics
47. Dr Tanja Bastia, Reader, Global Development Institute
48. Prof Graeme Kirkpatrick, Department of Sociology
49. Dr Deborah Ralls, Leverhulme EC Research Fellow Manchester Institute of Education
50. Artemis Christinaki, PhD student and Teaching Assistant in SEED and HCRI
51. Alexandra Ciocanel, PhD student, Social Anthropology
52. Tom Boyd, PhD student, Social Anthropology
53. Dr Blaise Nkwenti-Azeh, Humanities eLearning Team
54. Dr Andrew Howes, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Institute of Education
55. Rohi Jehan, PhD researcher
56. Dr Piyush Pushkar, PhD candidate, Department of Social Anthropology, and liaison psychiatry doctor, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust
57. Dr Laura Swift, Research Administrator, School of Social Sciences
58. Dr Anna Strowe, Lecturer in Translation and Interpreting Studies
59. Dr Sadia Habib, Research Associate, Centre of Dynamic Ethnicity
60. Dr Nadim Mirshak, Lecturer in Sociology
61. Manuela Latchoumaya, PhD candidate, Department of Sociology
62. Dr Kerry Pimblott, Lecturer in International History
63. Dr Neema Begum, Research Associate in Politics
64. Dr Charlotte Branchu, Lecturer, Department of Sociology
65. Manish Sen, PhD candidate, Department of Sociology
66. Madiha Khan, PhD candidate, Department of Sociology
67. Dr Chris Lyon, Senior Tutor, GDI
68. Dr David Swanson, Lecturer, Manchester Institute of Education
69. Dr Nick Jepson, Research Fellow, Global Development Institute
70. Dr Caroline Parker, Presidential Fellow of Medical Anthropology at the Department of Social Anthropology
71. Tiba Bonyad, PhD Candidate
72. Dr Graham Smith, Senior Lecturer, Law
73. Tania Payá Ramírez, PhD candidate, SEED
74. Prof Sam Hickey , Global Development Institute
75. Chris Millson, Library
76. Professor Chris Roberts, Emeritus Professor of Biostatistic, School of Health Sciences
77. Malte Skov, PhD student, Global Development Unit
78. Therese Kelly, PhD candidate, Social Anthropology
79. Sidra Iftikhar, Research Assistant, School of Environment, Education and Development
80. Dr Susan Hogan, PM FSE
81. Jared Davis, PhD candidate, Department of Social Anthropology
82. Dr Jillian McCarthy, Senior Lecturer AMBS
83. Dr Omar Bouamra, Medical Statistician, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
84. Dr Lina Khraise, Global Development Institute
85. Dr Jasmin Ramovic, Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies
86. Jose Gustavo Gongora Goloubintseff , PhD candidate, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
87. Dr Ali Bhagat, Department of Politics
88. Theresa O Bradaigh Bean, Research Associate, Politics/IR
89. Dr Ahmed Bhayat, Research Assistant, Computer Science
90. Dr Molly Geidel, Lecturer, EAC
91. Dr Carl Death, Senior Lecturer, Politics
92. Linzi Stirrup, Project Manager, Physics
93. Prof Kevin Malone, Social and Autoethnographic Composition, Music
94. Dr Roaa Ali, Research Associate, Sociology
95. Dr Jessica Hawkins, Lecturer, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
96. Siham Al Hadhrami, PhD student, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
97. Professor Liam Hart, Department of English, American Studies and Creative Writing
98. Dr Scott Midso, Lecturer in Liberal Arts (SALC)
99. Dr Dharmi Kapadia, Lecturer in Sociology
100. Dr Eithne Quinn, Senior Lecturer in English, American Studies and Creative Writing
101. Dr Samuel Couth, Lecturer, Division of Human Communication, Development and Hearing
102. Dr David Calder, Lecturer, Drama
103. Dr. Lauren Banko, Research Associate, History
104. Dr Peter Cave, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies
105. Katie Fannin, PhD Researcher, SEED
106. Dr Raphael THURET, FBMH, Research Associate
107. Geoff Blunt, Technical Operations Manager, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
108. Dr Christine Rowland, Research Fellow, School of Health Sciences
109. Dr Emilia Terracciano, Lecturer, History of Art
110. Linda Irish, Assistant eLearning Manager
111. Dr John Piprani, Archaeology Technician
112. Dr Jasmin Ramovic, Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies
113. Dr George Taylor, Experimental Officer, FBMH
114. Dr Alison Jeffers, Senior Lecturer, Drama
115. Dr Jennet Gummadova, Senior Experimental Officer, FSE
116. Professor Erik Swyngedouw, Geography, School of Education, Environment and Development
117. Roxanne Taylor, PhD candidate, Linguistics and English Language
118. Matthew Burns, Division of Health Sciences, LCTM / Business Support Manager
119. Professor Kieran Walshe, Manchester Business School
120. Zulaikha Alharthi, PhD researcher in chemistry
121. Dr Dave Harris, Mathematics, reader (retired)
122. Joe Lake Rees, SEED
123. Kirsty Watkinson, PhD candidate, SEED
124. James Dougherty, PhD student, Condensed Matter Physics
125. Dr Hamied Haroon, Division of Neuroscience & Experimental Psychology, SBS, FBMH
126. Dr Laura Caradonna, Collection care in the University of Manchester libraries
127. Barbara Waters, Lecturer, Department of Materials
128. Prof. Helen Beebee, Samuel Hall Professor of Philosophy, SoSS
129. Dr Dayo Eseonu
130. Dr James Pattison, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology
131. Dr Leanne Green, Curator (Modern and Contemporary Art), The Whitworth
132. David Hobbs, PhD candidate
133. Stephanie Barrientos Emeritus Professor, Global Development Institute
134. Christopher Page, Technical Operations Manager, FSE
135. Dr Emma Shuttleworth, Lecturer, SEED
136. Alex Wharton, PhD Candidate, School of the Environment, Education and Development
137. Dr Emma Patchwood, Research Fellow. FBMH, SBS, DNEP
138. George Odysseos, History, SALC, GTA
139. Eoin Maguire, PhD candidate, Department of Mathematics
140. Miss Camilla Woodrow-Hill, PhD Student
141. Darius Samadian, PhD candidate, Religion and Theology
142. Dr Annie Dickinson, Library
143. Dr Prasenjit Banerjee, Economics
144. Ms Ruth Daniel, In Place of War
145. Dr Simeon Gill, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Technology
146. Dr Matthew Tyce, Postdoctoral researcher, Global Development Institute
147. Dr Veronique Pin-Fat, Senior Lecturer in International Politics, Dept of Politics
148. C. Iain Sturges, PhD Student, CHSTM
149. Dr Jonathan Crosier, Senior Research Fellow, DEES
150. Dr. Lauren Banko, Research Associate, History
151. Professor Claire Alexander, Department of Sociology
152. Adam Peirce, Industrial Liaison Officer, Henry Royce Institute
153. Alan Nesbitt, Quality Manager in Department of Materials
154. Dr. Monisha Renganathan, Mathematics
155. Morgan Hale, PhD researcher
156. Gabriel Cambraia Neiva, PhD Candidate, Latin American Cultural Studies
157. Dr Scarlet Harris, Research Associate, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity
158. Zulaikha Alharthi, PhD researcher in chemistry
159. Shahd Hammouri, Phd Candidate, School of Law
160. Amy Cortvriend, PhD candidate, SoSS
161. Luan Cassal, PhD candidate and GTA, Manchester Institute of Education
162. Pat Devine, Honorary Research Fellow, School Social Sciences
163. Ameur Bayar, Research Support Officer, FBMH
164. Professor John Gledhill, Emeritus Professor, Social Anthropology
165. Anne-Marie McCallion, PhD candidate, Philosophy
166. Dr Jenna C. Ashton, Lecturer in Heritage Studies, AHCP
167. Ana Martínez Fernández, PhD candidate, Department of Politics
168. Dr Jenna Mittelmeier, Lecturer in International Education, Manchester Institute of Education
169. Rahima Siddique, PhD Candidate, Politics
170. Dr Emma Martin, Lecturer, Institute for Cultural Practices
171. Professor Diana Mitlin, Global Development Institute
172. Dylan Bradbury, PGR, Latin American Cultural Studies
173. Lynsey Alexander, Professional services
174. Mr. Ahmad Alam, PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant
175. Dr Arjan Keizer, Senior Lecturer, Alliance Manchester Business School
176. Manasij Pal Chowdhury, PhD researcher, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
177. Dr Jérémie Voirol, Research fellow, Department of Social Anthropology
178. Dr Trevor Marshall, Mathematics, retired
179. Dr Gary Motteram, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Institute of Education
180. Dr. Richard Banach, Senior Lecturer, Computer Science
181. Lucy Lernelius, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Widening Participation
182. Alex Webb, Division of Communications, Marketing and Student Recruitment
183. Gloria Elvira Muñoz Romero, PhD student, Faculty of Humanities
184. Rosie Staff, SRWP Intern, Division of Communications, Marketing and Student Recruitment
185. Peninah Wangari-Jones, PhD researcher, Politics
186. Asha Shariff, SRWP Graduate Intern
187. Dr Eloise Moss, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History
188. Dr Sundhya Walther, Presidential Fellow, EAC
189. Serena Robinson, Faculty of Humanities, Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Assistant
190. Dr Monika Kukolova, Honorary Fellow in Drama and Film Studies
191. Professor Vanessa May, Sociology
192. Ivan Paul, PhD candidate, Department of Chemistry
193. Jake Gandy, PhD candidate, History
194. Sophie Hoyle, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Co-ordinator
195. Dylan Wilby, eLearning Support Administrator
196. Prof Steven Jones, Manchester Institute of Education
197. Dr. Lauren Banko, Research Associate, History
198. Dr. Soumhya Venkatesan, Social Anthropology, Academic staff
199. Anne Stokes, PhD Student and Teaching Assistant in SALC
200. Dr Peter Taylor, Senior Clinical Lecture, School of Health Sciences
201. Dr Wendy Bottero, Sociology
202. Dr. Tine Buffel, Senior lecturer in Sociology
203. Charlie Allen, Project Accountant, Finance
204. Dr Rohini Rai, Research Associate in Sociology
205. Martin Greenwood, PhD Candidate, Sociology
206. Dr Christopher Foster, Presidential Fellow, Global Development Institute
207. Professor Aneez Esmail, School of Health Sciences
208. Sofia Doyle, PhD Student in Politics
209. Dr. Fatema Abdoolcarim, Department of English, American Studies and Creative Writing
210. Dr Antoine Burgard, HCRI, lecturer in history of humanitarianism
211. Joseph Chambers, PhD Student, Geography
213. Humairaa Dudhwala, Manchester University Press
214. Sawyer Phinney, PhD Student, Department of Geography
215. Dr Aoileann Ní Mhurchú, lecturer in international politics
216. Dr Vladimir Jankovic, SMS, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health 217. Gabriel Hawkins-Pottier, PhD Researcher, Physics and Astronomy
218. Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio, Alliance Manchester Business School
219. Roosa Rytkönen, PhD student, Social Anthropology
220. Dr Michaela Barnard, Lecturer, SHS, Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health
221. Dr. Cristina Temenos, Lecturer, Geography
222. Ros Bell, eLearning Support Officer, UoM Library
223. Shafi Ahmed, Senior Research Technician Versus Arthritis
224. Dr Matthew Walsham, Research Associate, Global Development Institute
225. Ajinkya Deshmukh, PhD candidate, Department of Philosophy
226. Dr Hannah Wadle, Teaching Associate, School of Architecture
227. Amin Hussain, Systems Support Analyst, UoM Library
228. Joshua Winter, PhD Candidate, Department of Physics and Astronomy
229. Saba Mirshafiei, Widening Participation Officer, Law School
230. Dr Leah Gilman, Honorary Research Associate in Sociology
231. Jack Kelly, Research Associate, Division of Population Health

References for the letter:

1. B’Tselem, “We are Israel’s largest human rights group – and we are calling this apartheid,” January 2021, The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/12/israel-largest-human-rights-group-apartheid

2. Human Rights Watch, “A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution”, April 2021, https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/04/27/threshold-crossed/israeli-authorities-and-crimes-apartheid-and-persecution

3. 221 Architecture and urban planning organisations sign solidarity letter: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xIoEAZ3Hln1dUspnhZ9Eii5OIRlfk_ZRaLVZICbeF7Q/viewform?ts=60a4abb3&fbclid=IwAR0AtRFJt9Hd0QVG7jxqAm8h2lJD-KoYuQVnnOjSokdDe-P-ihedvg_bFcg&edit_requested=true

4. 129 gender studies departments in the US sign Palestinian solidarity letter: http://genderstudiespalestinesolidarity.weebly.com

5. “Black Lives Matter – Letter from Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice President for Social Responsibility,” 8 June 2020: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/black-lives-matter–letter-from-professor-nalin-thakkar-vice-president-for-social-responsibility/

6. “Tel Aviv University – A Leading Israeli Military Research Centre,” briefing paper by SOAS Palestine Society, February 2009, https://pacbi.org/pics/file/SOAS-Palestine-Society-Paper-TAU-Military-Complicity-Feb-2009.pdf

7. “Tel Aviv University Review,” 2008/9, https://english.tau.ac.il/sites/default/files/media_server/TAU%20Review%202008-09.pdf

8. Giora Eiland, ex-Chair of the National Security Council, writing as a senior research fellow at INSS at TAU, “The Third Lebanon War: Target Lebanon,” INSS Strategic Assessment, 11(2), Nov. 2008: 9‐17, p. 16, https://www.inss.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/FILE1226472866-1.pdf See note 6 for further information about the Dahiya Doctrine.

9 and 10. “We don’t recognise our own city: Israeli barrage redraws the map of Gaza,” the Guardian, 22 May 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/22/we-dont-recognise-our-own-city-israeli-barrage-redraws-the-map-of-gaza

11. “Fifty years of occupation have driven the Palestinian economy into de-development and poverty,” https://unctad.org/news/fifty-years-occupation-have-driven-palestinian-economy-de-development-and-poverty ; OCHA, “Humanitarian Needs Overview – Occupied Palestinian Territories,” 2020, https://www.ochaopt.org/sites/default/files/hno_2020-final.pdf

12. “‘A War Declaration’: Palestinians in Israel decry mass arrests”, Al Jazeera, 24 May 2021, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/24/a-war-declaration-palestinians-in-israel-decry-mass-arrests

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