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October 16 Statement
The AnthroBoycott Collective stands for safety, justice, equality, and freedom for all people and calls on the US government to stop the imminent genocide of Palestinians.
We mourn the many Palestinian and Israeli lives already taken. At this critical moment, we call for the protection of life from further devastating violence. We call on members of the AAA and all scholars to pressure their elected representatives to end Israel's war on Palestinians in Gaza.
Israel is currently enacting brutal collective punishment of 2.3 million Palestinians in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip, cutting off electricity and denying people access to food, drinking water, electricity, fuel, and communication with the world. Israel is bombarding Gaza amidst open calls for war crimes and genocide coming from the Israeli state and military leaders. Lethal violence against Palestinians and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian villages in the West Bank are also escalating. Politicians around the world, including many of our own representatives, are enabling this brutality through statements of unconditional support of Israel and through massive shipments of weapons.
As faculty and students based in North America and Europe, it is imperative that we raise our voices and urge our universities and academic associations to speak out for full Palestinian rights and demand that our governments cease arming Israel and sanctioning its genocidal violence against Palestinians in Gaza.
This is above all a time to act against an impending genocide, as well as a time for us as anthropologists, students, and educators to teach and learn. Corporate media in the U.S. and Europe overwhelmingly supports its own colonial and settler-colonial perspectives, and participates in the racialized dehumanization of Palestinians.
It is critical to pay attention to the history and context of what is happening in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel. No one can be safe until occupation, siege, and injustice end. Below are some links to credible sources to help you understand:
1- Palestine, Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Israel’s 75-year settler-colonial system across historic Palestine
2- Israel’s Apartheid Regime: Israel’s apartheid regime that numerous legal scholars and human rights organizations have documented and named as such
3- Settler Violence: the rising levels of violence that Israeli settlers, emboldened by their far-right government, use to terrorize Palestinians forcing them to leave their homes and lands
4- Calls for Ethnic Cleansing: the increasingly bold calls and actions on the ground by Israel’s fascistic government for the ethnic cleansing of the rest of Palestine
5- Israel's Permit Regime: the system of military dictatorship that controls every aspect of Palestinian movement in the occupied territory
6- Israel’s Permanent Siege of Gaza and Humanitarian Impact: the stifling 16-year siege of the Gaza Strip that has drastically reduced Palestinians’ life chances on every measure;
7- Hamas, Armed Struggle, and Resistance in Gaza: the history of Palestinian resistance in Gaza and the emergence of Hamas
8- Prisoners: Israel’s arbitrary deprivation of Palestinians’ liberty, and the steadily deteriorating conditions of Palestinian political prisoners held in Israel jails
9- Refugees and The Great March of Return: refugees’ inability to return to their homes, noting that a large majority of people in Gaza are refugees dispossessed of their lands in 1948
10- International Law: the unwillingness of the international community to hold Israel to account or uphold internationally agreed norms and law
11- Jewish organizations, media outlets, and experts on genocide calling to stop the genocide
12- Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS): what you can do to support Palestinian freedom, justice, and equality through BDS
This statement has been endorsed by the boards of the Middle East Section (MES) of the American Anthropological Association, the Association for Middle East Anthropologists (AMEA) of the Middle East Studies Association, the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA), the Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW), and the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges. If other organizations would like to endorse our statement, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org