350 plus faculty members from more than 19 colleges and universities across North Carolina have signed a statement condemning Israel’s actions against Palestinians and US support for Israel, and standing in solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle.
The list of signatures include North Carolina faculty from both public and private institutions of higher education, including research universities, liberal arts colleges, HBCU’s, community colleges, and Christian institutions. A press release that accompanied the statement said, “This is an unprecedented coalition in the history of this state, and points to widespread U.S. opposition to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and Biden’s Middle East policy.”
You can follow the most recent list of signatories here.
Statement on Palestine from North Carolina Academics
May 19, 2021
We, faculty from 19 colleges and universities across North Carolina, are writing to strongly condemn Israeli attacks on historic Palestine, from the bombing of the Gaza Strip to the forced evictions in East Jerusalem, and to express our solidarity with the Palestinian people in their just struggle for liberation. We condemn all violence against civilians and mourn all loss of life, but reject the prevalent “two-sides” narrative that ignores differences between one of the most heavily militarized states in the world and a stateless population resisting oppression.
We view the Palestinian struggle for liberation as closely entwined with many struggles for racial and Indigenous justice in America, from Ferguson to Standing Rock.
As academics based in the United States, we acknowledge our complicity in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians, made possible through the unconditional political and material support of the U.S., continuing with the current administration. We view the Palestinian struggle for liberation as closely entwined with many struggles for racial and Indigenous justice in America, from Ferguson to Standing Rock. In joining our voices to those of the people of Palestine, we reaffirm our commitment to combating racism in all its forms, including anti-Blackness, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Asian racism.
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