Jerusalem24 – Nearly 570 Dutch scholar and educators have so far signed an online petition calling on their government to cut all relations with Israel as a means to achieve just peace.
The scholar and educators, one of whom is Kylie Thomas who serves as an associate professor at the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, expressed their solidarity with the Palestinian people worldwide and denunciation of the relentless Israeli colonial dispossession and occupation.
“We are scholars and educators in Dutch higher education and we stand against the ongoing dispossession, occupation and war that is being inflicted on Palestinians by the Israeli state. On Nakba Day, the 73rd anniversary of the forced expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in present day Israel, we stand in solidarity with all Palestinians. Our support goes out to Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel, as well as those 7 million refugees around the world, including those residing in the Netherlands, some of whom are our colleagues and students.”
The signatories slammed using the term ‘conflict’ to refer to the situation in Palestine as “dangerous obfuscation”.
“The perception that this is a conflict between two equal sides is a dangerous obfuscation; it deflects from the reality that it is the Palestinians who live under military occupation, who are dispossessed of their homes, and who live as second class citizens in a system of segregation, described as apartheid by both Btselem and Human Rights Watch. It is this brutality and discrimination that is the cause of the escalation of violence that is currently taking place.”
They called for cutting all their country’s relations with Israel as a means to achieve a just peace as well as for the application of all United Nations resolutions on Palestine.