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Remnants of Israeli Decency
The build-up to war
Saturday September 28, 2002
We, members of Israeli academe, are horrified by the US build-up of aggression towards Iraq and by the Israeli political leadership's enthusiastic support for it. We are deeply worried by indications that the "fog of war" could be exploited by the Israeli government to take further action against the Palestinian people, up to full-fledged ethnic cleansing.
The Israeli ruling coalition includes parties that promote "transfer" of the Palestinian population as a solution to what they call "the demographic problem". In a recent interview in Ha'aretz, chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon suggested that more radical "treatment" may be necessary in the occupied territories. Prime minister Sharon has backed this "assessment of reality". Escalating racist demagoguery concerning the Palestinian citizens of Israel may indicate the scope of the crimes that are possibly being contemplated.
We call upon the international community to pay close attention to events that unfold within Israel and in the occupied territories, to make it absolutely clear that crimes against humanity will not be tolerated, and to take concrete measures to prevent such crimes from taking place.
Prof Avraham Oz, Prof Linda Ben-Zvi (Tel Aviv), Prof Daniel Boyarin (Berkeley), Prof Rene Levy (Lausanne), Dr Ilan Pappé and 94 others
University of Haifa
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