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More than 1400 Israeli academics demand end to Gaza war

Over 1,400 Israeli academics have joined together in a petition urging the government to cease its violent campaign against the Gaza Strip. A petition, in both Hebrew and English, signed by faculty and administrative staff of academic institutions in Israel, urges the Israeli government to promptly halt the war in Gaza and secure the swift release of the hostages.

Anadolu Agency WORLD
Published May 21,2024

More than 1,400 Israeli academics have signed a petition calling on the government to end its deadly war on the Gaza Strip.

"We, faculty and administrative staff at academic institutions in Israel, call on the Israeli government to end the war in Gaza without delay and ensure the immediate return of the hostages," reads the petition, written in Hebrew and English.

The petition, titled "A Call on the Israeli Government to End the War and Ensure the Return of the Hostages," said returning Israeli captives held by Hamas and ending the war "are moral imperatives and align with Israeli interests."

The signatories said the Oct. 7 Hamas attack granted Israel "the right of self-defense against such acts within the limits of international law."

"However, this initial purpose has been exhausted, partly because the government has deliberately avoided setting a strategic or political vision beyond the war, instead aiming for an undefined 'complete victory,' which, even according to senior military officials, is not only unachievable but likely to result in the death of the hostages."

The petition warned that the Israeli war is "causing tremendous harm to civilians in Gaza, starvation, and unprecedented destruction of infrastructure."

"It leads to many Israeli casualties, mental harm to hundreds of thousands, enormous economic damage, and a severe deterioration of the rule of law in Israel and the occupied territories," it added.

"It also prevents the stabilization of the situation in the north of the country and the return of displaced populations," the petition said.

"Additionally, it severely damages Israel's international standing, leads to international isolation, legal entanglements, cultural and academic boycotts, and long-term damage in many other aspects. Moreover, it gravely undermines Israel's ability to fulfill its supreme duty of returning the hostages."

The academics said self-defense "does not grant the right to wage an endless war or one aimed at the political survival of the leadership."

"Therefore, we call on the government to act for the return of the hostages and to end the war without delay."

Israel has continued its brutal offensive on the Gaza Strip despite a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire in the enclave.

More than 35,600 Palestinians have been killed, the vast majority of whom have been women and children, and nearly 79,900 others injured since last October following an attack by the Palestinian group Hamas.

More than seven months into the Israeli war, vast swathes of Gaza lay in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine.

Israel is accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice, which has ordered it to ensure that its forces do not commit acts of genocide and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.