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URPE Assertion on Gaza – J. W. Mason

I’ve been struggling to seek out one thing to say concerning the unfolding horror in Gaza. What is going on there’s not struggle, however homicide on an industrial scale. It’s a aware effort to convey concerning the deaths of tens or a whole bunch of hundreds of human beings, and to completely drive thousands and thousands from their properties. It’s the deliberate destruction of an entire society. And it’s occurring in full view of the world, with the enthusiastic assist of the governments of america and most of Europe. We will’t look away from this. We have now to say one thing, whether or not or not our phrases have any impact.

However I feel they will have an impact. Israel is dependent upon assist — materials and ethical — from the US, and from different international locations whose governments are kind of weak to public stress. (Maybe it’s much less dependent than it was once, however much less doesn’t imply in no way.) Proper now they’ve a free hand, however they received’t without end. Public opinion is clearly shifting, and the prices to different governments of their complicity are rising. There’s a restricted window inside which the killing and displacement can proceed, a window whose measurement is dependent upon world opinion. Anybody with a public platform, nonetheless small, can attempt to assist shut it. A very powerful factor now could be to demand a right away ceasefire by Israel. In the event you can say that wherever the place individuals will hear you, then, in my view, that’s what you need to say.

So I used to be very glad to see the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) put out a press release on Gaza that begins by expressing solidarity with the Palestinian individuals, and requires a right away ceasefire as its first demand. URPE is so far as you may get from being an essential geopolitical participant. However it’s my very own skilled residence, so it issues to me, and I’m certain to plenty of readers of this. It’s additionally a company based on the precept that economists and social scientists can’t be dispassionate technicians and observers, however have a accountability to take sides within the struggles of our occasions. It’s good to see that, after some preliminary hesitation, they lived up that dedication right here.

The assertion is beneath. It’s assertion. I endorse all of it.


We stand in unwavering solidarity with the Palestinian individuals. Since October seventh, 2023, over two million individuals have confronted a brutal onslaught by the Israeli navy and state. They’ve been compelled to flee with nowhere to go as properties, shelters, evacuation routes, border crossings, hospitals, locations of worship and full neighborhoods have been bombed.

We mourn civilian deaths in each Israel and Palestine. Israel’s retaliation for the October seventh incursion continues, nonetheless, and over 9,000 Palestinians have been killed within the ongoing assault to date.  The estimated variety of youngsters among the many casualties is over 3,000 and UNICEF estimates that about 420 youngsters have been killed or wounded every day. Even reporters have been threatened with violence or killed.

Because the Nakba 75 years in the past, the Palestinian individuals have endured profound struggling, compelled displacement, and a brutal 16-year-long inhumane siege and blockade in Gaza. Human rights organizations have characterised Gaza as ‘the most important open-air jail’.

We additionally condemn the function of the U.S. state in supporting the continuing siege in Palestine, its assist for the horrors inflicted on Gaza, and its refusal to assist a humanitarian ceasefire. It’s crucial that we don’t flip our backs on the devastating affect of this violence on individuals’s lives. The combat for Palestinian liberation and a good, enduring peace within the area is intricately linked with the liberation and resistance efforts spearheaded by indigenous, colonized, and oppressed communities traditionally and worldwide.

We stand in assist of efforts by the Palestinian individuals to maintain themselves economically by means of management over their land and their labor. We stand in solidarity with the anti-Zionist Jewish communities which were elevating their voices in opposition to the carpet bombing of Gaza, for the liberation of the Palestinian individuals, and who’re working for a simply, equitable, and sturdy peace.

We urgently name for:

(1)    A direct ceasefire

(2)    Instant restoration of meals, gasoline, water, and electrical energy to the Gaza Strip

(3)    Cessation of all settlement exercise and disarmament of all settlers

(4)    Instant supply of humanitarian support on the dimensions required

(5)    Respect in the direction of the Geneva Conventions by all events involved

(6)    An finish to apartheid and strident strikes towards a democratic future for all individuals no matter race, faith, gender id and nationality

As well as, we strongly uphold the precept of educational freedom, particularly in gentle of the present world local weather the place people in academic establishments worldwide face termination, doxing, and harassment for talking up in opposition to the atrocities of the Israeli state and in assist of the civilian inhabitants in Gaza. Neglecting this dedication could be a betrayal of our scholarly and ethical obligations.

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