I am very pleased to learn about your courageous and honorable actions, particularly significant because of the crucial British contribution to the savage onslaught on Gaza, second only to the decisive role of the United States — a disgrace for all of us. I hope you have the greatest success in arousing public opinion and bringing these monstrous crimes to an end.
Professor Avi Shlaim
I am aware of the wave of student occupations, especially the one in Oxford which I have actively supported and which has now ended with a large measure of success. I have also sent messages of solidarity to the students of Sussex, Warwick, KCL and others. You might like to know that I was myself a graduate student at the LSE in 1969-1970; I did the M.Sc. In International Relations. Below is my message to the students of the LSE.
To the Students of the LSE
These are very dark days for the long-suffering Palestinians. Israel’s savage assault on the defenceless people of Gaza pushed them to the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. The one-sided carnage has temporarily stopped but the economic blockade, the oppression, and the occupation continue. Only sustained international pressure, including trade sanctions and an arms embargo, can put an end to Israel’s criminal conduct.
But there is no leadership worthy of the name. Our government is morally bankrupt. It is pusillanimous and feeble and completely out of touch with public opinion. If there was ever a time for direct action, this is the time. And if there was ever an issue that called for a firm moral stand, Gaza is that issue.
I salute you on the brave and altruistic stand that you have taken on behalf of the people of Gaza. I admire your courage and your commitment. You have my unqualified sympathy and support in your struggle for justice for the Palestinian people.
Avi Shlaim, Oxford
Professor Uri Davis
As former political prisoner, an academic and a human rights defender of Jewish origins and of dual citizenship of the apartheid State of Israel and the alleged democratic monarchy of the UK I write to salute the LSE and occupying universities in the UK for their splendid contribution to Palestine solidarity and to the defence of the rights of the Palestinian people.
As the successes of the LSE “Occupation Group” and the School suggest, the Israeli war criminal massacres in Gaza in December 2008/January 2009 may represent a turning point for our anti-apartheid international BDS campaign against apartheid Israel similar to the turning point that materialized world-wide in the wake of the the South African war criminal massacre in Sharpeville in March 1960 with reference to the anti-apartheid international BDS campaign against apartheid South Africa. We shall overcome apartheid!
Uri Davis (PhD)
Institute of Area Studies (IAS)
AL-QUDS University, Abu Dis, Jerusalem
Hon Research Fellow
Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies (IAIS)
University of Exeter