Statement in Solidarity with the People of Palestine

The Editorial Collective of AGITATE! Unsettling Knowledges, the Imagining Transnational Solidarities Research Circle (ITSRC), and the faculty in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine and condemn the Israeli state’s brutal settler colonial violence and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. As members of a land grab university that resides on the unceded land Mni Sota Makoce of the Dakota people, many of us live in the U.S. and are painfully aware of our complicity with the settler colonial violence against Indigenous people and the continuing dispossession of their land on Turtle Island and the U.S. imperialism that engenders the maiming and killing of the Palestinian people by the U.S.-backed Israeli state. We insist on our ethical and political responsibility to raise our voices against settler colonialism, and the U.S. government’s enabling military and monetary support of the apartheid state of Israel.

A recent Human Rights Watch report acknowledges that Israel continues to “[commit] crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.” The Israeli state’s forced removal of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem and the Israeli state’s disproportionate war against the people of Gaza are the most recent episodes of blatant state-orchestrated ethnic cleansing that has been going on for decades. Yet, the U.S. administration remains silent in the face of this massacre, refusing to recognize Israel’s persistent violations of international laws and human rights obligations. In fact, Israel has never been held to the same legal and human rights commitments that the U.S. demands from states to which it provides military and monetary support.  

Writing from the site of the murders of Jamar Clark, Philando Castile, Isak Aden, Dolal Idd, Jamar Clark, George Floyd, and Daunte Wright, we reaffirm our commitment to anti-colonialism, abolition, and the dismantlement of militarized state violence across the world. Like many U.S.-based universities, the University of Minnesota has investments in companies that do business in illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine. We ask our university to divest from Israel, and support the call by Palestinian civil society for BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions).

As educators and cultural workers, we respond to the call by the Palestinian community in Lydda for international protection for Indigenous Palestinians from Israeli state-sanctioned pogroms. As scholars and solidarity workers who seek justice everywhere, we respond to the call of Palestinian feminists and Palestinian freedom fighters for transnational solidarity and assert that Palestine is a feminist issue. “Freedom is a constant struggle” and none of us will be free unless the Palestinian people are free and Palestinian land is liberated. We stand with: the people of Palestine in their demand to end settler colonialism in occupied Palestine and their right of return; Native, Indigenous, and First Nations peoples in their struggles for liberation, land return, and restorative justice in the Americas; Black people in their struggle for reparations and against anti-Black racism in the U.S. and the Americas; Asian Americans in their struggle against U.S. white supremacy, war, and imperialism; Muslim Americans in their struggle against Islamophobia, and the struggles of all peoples around the world whose lives have become disposable by settler colonialism, the U.S.-backed dictatorships, sanctions and wars. In Palestine, Kashmir, Minneapolis, Colombia, India and elsewhere, the dispossessed people’s protests against the tremendous forces of settler colonialism, brutal state repression and genocidal state apathy are repeatedly reduced to “riot,” “anti-nationalism,” “national security threats,” or “conflict” between two equal sides. We strongly reject the logic of “both sides” when it comes to violent power that subjugates people and constructs them as “terrorists”, robbing them of their dignity and humanity and their right to struggle for justice.  

Lastly, we object to the curtailment of academic freedom when it comes to critiquing the apartheid state of Israel. The conflation of objections to the Israeli state’s settler colonial violence with anti-semitism is itself a violent oppressive form of censorship and an insult to our academic and moral integrity. We echo the South African anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Palestinian civil society who have rightly pointed out that “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

Free Palestine from ongoing settler colonial terror—now!


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Endorsed by:

  • AGITATE! Editorial Collective
  • Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS), University of Minnesota
  • Imagining Transnational Solidarities Research Circle (ITSRC), University of Minnesota
  • No Sanctions on Iran Coalition
  • Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies (RIGS), University of Minnesota
  • Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Rutgers University
  • Midwest Thamizh Sangam, Illinois 
  • Mizna
  • Students for Justice in Palestine, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • Julie Santella
  • Sawsan Abdulrahim, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut
  • Omer Aijaz, Brunel University London
  • Kriti Budhiraja, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota
  • Diane Lopez
  • Niloofar Adnani, University of Notre Dame
  • Koni Benson, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Laura Hill, Language Attitude 
  • Coral
  • Lisa Albrecht, University of Minnesota, Emeritus
  • Vishal Jamkar, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U of Minnesota 
  • Faranak Miraftab, University of Illinois 
  • Emina Buzinkic, Transbalkanska solidarnost & ITSRC & AGITATE!
  • Beaudelaine Pierre
  • Joseph Gillenwater
  • Mara McPartland, UMN Geography, Environment & Society 
  • Mubina Qureshi
  • Marcus Palmer, Texas A&M University-San Antonio 
  • Anya Achtenberg, IJAN; RESPECT (Responsible and Ethical Cuba Travel); International Women’s Writing Guild
  • Sussan Tahmasebi
  • Katrien Vanpee, University of Minnesota
  • Monica Jarvi
  • Linda Mokdaf, St. Olaf College 
  • Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, Mapping Prejudice Project, UMN Libraries
  • Hale Konitshek, UMN Dept of GWSS
  • Sydney Ji
  • Kathryn Haddad
  • Haydar Azzouz
  • Colleen Rost-Banik, Lecturer, University of Hawaii system / UMN aluma
  • Cindy Wiesner, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance 
  • Anne-Marie Debbane, Ph.D., York University 
  • Ali Yıldırım, University of Minnesota
  • Behnam, Academia
  • Maria Cecilia Schwedhelm, University of Minnesota
  • Tayler Nelson, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
  • Mangai A, Marappachi Theatre 
  • Mohamed Shahid Mathee, University of Johannesburg
  • Dr. Laura Mills, University of St Andrews
  • Ronald Sultana, University of Malta
  • Veronica Briseño Castrejon, University of Calgary
  • Khaldoun Samman, Professor
  • Tessa Farmer
  • Ella Heaton
  • Carol Fadda, Syracuse University
  • Fida Adely, Georgetown University
  • Crystal, University of Minnesota 
  • Neha Vora, Lafayette College 
  • Nasreen (Kabir)Mohamed
  • Emek Ergun, UNC Charlotte
  • Amir Rabiyah
  • Surafel W A, Addis Abeba University
  • Sahar D. Sattarzadeh
  • Carla Schick
  • Naimah Petigny, University of Minnesota- Dept of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies 
  • KENNETH E SALO, University Of Illinois 
  • Mona Bhan, Syracuse University
  • Snigdha Kumar, University of Minnesota
  • Miray Philips, Sociology, University of Minnesota
  • Merle Davis Matthews, Ph.D. Student, University of Minnesota
  • Anton Shammas, University of Michigan
  • Kari Pederson, University of MN
  • Carla Schick
  • Marguerite Mills, Geography
  • Fauzia Dawood
  • Atilla Hallsby, University of Minnesota
  • Sumanth Gopinath, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Adan Jerreat-Poole, Ryerson University
  • Anna Guevarra, Founding Director, Global Asian Studies, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Sheema Khawar, York University
  • Artists at Q.arma Building, NE Minneapolis Arts District 
  • Soha Bayoumi, Harvard University
  • Kamakshi Amar, Masters in Gender Studies Candidate, London School of Economics & Political Science
  • Sirma Bilge, Professor, Universite de Montreal
  • José Manuel Santillana Blanco, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Department 
  • Jyoti Puri, Simmons University 
  • Roozbeh Shirazi, University of Minnesota
  • Brittany Knutson, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities
  • K. Christine Pae, Ph. D, Denison University 
  • Alex Willetts Klapperich, OLPD
  • Josh Morrison, University of Minnesota
  • de andre’ beadle, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA 
  • Beth Capper, Dept of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Alberta
  • Demetrius McClendon
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
  • Shannon Winnubst, Department of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • Caroline Bayne, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Serra Hakyemez, University of Minnesota
  • Dina M.  Siddiqi, New York University
  • Quill, GWSS grad
  • Vadivelu J Babu, Midwest Thamizh Sangam, Illinois 
  • Tanmoy Bhattacharya, University of Delhi
  • Mark Pedelty, UMN Communication Studies
  • Mary Jo Klinker, Winona State University 
  • Sima Shakhsari, University of Minnesota
  • Shahnaaz Suffla, University of South Africa 
  • Mayssoun Sukarieh, King’s College London
  • Zakia Salime, WGSS, Rutgers, 
  • Selma Banich, Transbalkan Solidarity and For BREAD
  • Nikoleta Sremac, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • Dena Al-Adeeb, University of California, Davis
  • Richa Nagar, University of Minnesota
  • QTI Coalition of Colour, Cambridge, UK
  • David Faust, University of Minnesota
  • Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University
  • Rebecca Jurisz, University of Minnesota
  • Elizabeth Calhoun, University of Minnesota 
  • Nailah Taman, Mizna
  • Laila Zaitoun, Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature, Western University, Canada
  • Caity Curry, University of Minnesota
  • Serawit Fantaye, Bayreuth
  • Sangeeta Kamat, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Anuradha Sajjanhar, Australian National University
  • Gunercindo Antoneo Espinoza, JD. LL. M. Candidate in Critical Race Studies at the UCLA Law School
  • Mahala Miller, Sociology, University of Minnesota
  • Aimzhan Iztayeva, Department of sociology 
  • Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Minnesota
  • Daniel Cueto-Villalobos, UMN Sociology
  • Jeylan Mortimer, University of Minnesota
  • Christine Delp, Sociology 
  • Corey Culver, U of MN
  • Penny Edgell, University of Minnesota
  • Michael Goldman, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Lana Barkawi, Mizna
  • Demetrius McClendon, Don’t You Feel It Too?

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