Open letter to University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor: Dr Spence, reject calls to punish Palestine-justice supporters

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Dear Dr Spence,

We are compelled to write to you to register our serious concern about the concerted campaign being conducted against Palestine activists at the University of Sydney.

We are appalled at the virulence and insistence with which prominent supporters of Israel have been publicly calling on you to “take action” in response to events at Richard Kemp’s March 11 talk, by sanctioning both the students who conducted a small protest there, and those members of staff, present in the audience, who subsequently defended their right to do so.[1] These calls appear to be principally focussed on having Associate Professor Jake Lynch and Dr Nick Riemer dismissed from the university. In Lynch’s case, this is the demand explicitly being made by the Australasian Union of Jewish Students via their online petition, which we note has now been closed.[2]

Such ​demands ​for the dismissal of staff members or the disciplining of students are entirely unwarranted and unjustifiable. Dismissal of academics is the most serious action that can be taken against them, and is traditionally only done under the gravest circumstances of misconduct or moral turpitude. Whatever our various opinions on the legitimacy of the students’ protest, we call on you to firmly reject the suggestion that any action should be taken against anyone present at the lecture. Associate Professor Lynch is one of Australia’s most prominent human-rights campaigners and anti-racists. His unshaking commitment to the cause of Palestine justice has earned him formidable enemies. The racial discrimination lawsuit brought against him by the Israel Law Centre, Shurat HaDin, which he defeated in 2014, is the clearest example. Claims that Lynch’s response to the physical assault launched against him by a member of the audience at Kemp’s talk constitutes evidence of his anti-Semitism demonstrably have no basis in fact and are obviously politically motivated.[3] Dr Riemer, for his part, is ​an active participant in a number of anti-racist and human-rights campaigns.

There are no possible grounds on which either Lynch or Riemer could reasonably be disciplined. They asserted a right for students to protest at a campus political meeting. They supported justice for Palestine. They objected when students were in danger of serious injury through being violently ejected by the university’s security staff, for whom you are ultimately responsible. By any reasonable measure, none of these actions constitutes any justifiable grounds for dismissal.

Lynch and Riemer uphold the right to peaceful protest as a core civil liberty. For the University of Sydney under your leadership to take action against anyone, whether students or staff, for their actions on March 11 would seriously discredit your own commitment to the fight against racial prejudice, and the commitment of your institution.

Lynch and Riemer were acting in the context of the greater moral responsibilities which confront academics in light of the reality in Israel-Palestine. This constitutes the necessary background to any reasonable assessment of the present issue. Israel’s gross violations of human rights and international law, which Lynch and Riemer’s critics seek to excuse and thereby perpetuate, have been condemned by every international human rights organisation, including Israel’s own, B’Tselem. As we write, illegal settlement activity continues unabated, involving the rolling ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, the destruction of homes, farmland and heritage, the ongoing dispossession and displacement of large numbers of people, and the further subjection of Palestinians to the checkpoint controls, arbitrary imprisonment, and oppression of a brutal settler state.[4] Unarmed civilian protesters are regularly shot dead by the IDF on the West Bank. According to Human Rights Watch, over 3,000 civilians not participating in hostilities have been killed by Israeli Forces in the West Bank since 2000.[5] Over 2,200 Palestinians, 1,500 of them civilians, and over 500 of them children, were killed in last year’s war in Gaza, which also flattened whole areas of Gaza City and elsewhere,[6] led to the internal displacement of 100,000 people, and generated two million tonnes of rubble.[7] 2014 was, indeed, the deadliest year for Palestinians since 1967, on UN figures.[8] In light of these facts, Richard Kemp’s claim that “no army in the history of warfare had taken greater steps than the IDF to minimise harm to civilians in a combat zone”[9] is as serious and irresponsible a misrepresentation of the truth[10] as his nakedly racist claim, made in a February 2 tweet, that “The current price for a Palestinian to kill a Palestinian child to discredit Israel is $10,000. $8,000 to the family, $2,000 commission.”[11]

We call on you, Dr Spence, not to allow yourself to be made the agent of the Israel lobby’s persecution of those committed to a just peace in the Middle East. If the University of Sydney is committed to anti-racism and justice, as it claims, it would be deeply shameful, to say nothing of ironic, if you took any action against Palestine activists on your campus. These activists are engaged in one of the most important, and most symbolic, anti-racist and human rights struggles in the world today. A decision to sanction them would set back the struggle in Australia against racism, not just for Palestinians, but for all oppressed peoples, and would lastingly undermine any claim that Sydney is an institution opposed to historic injustice and racial prejudice.

References

[1] Peter Baldwin, ‘Where the right to speak is howled down’, The Australian, Thursday April 2, 2015, p. 12. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/where-the-right-to-speak-is-howled-down/story-e6frg6zo-1227288292791

[2] https://www.change.org/p/remove-assoc-prof-jake-lynch

[3] https://newmatilda.com/2015/03/18/blaming-victims-what-really-happened-colonel-kemp-usyd-protest

[4] On current settlement activity, see, for example, http://www.imemc.org/newswire/israelisettlement

[5] http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/israel-bombs-gaza-it-kills-palestinians-west-bank-too

[6] See, for example http://www.businessinsider.com.au/time-lapse-video-shows-israel-flattening-a-gaza-neighborhood-2014-7

[7] http://electronicintifada.net/content/month-pictures-march-2015/14394

[8] See http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2015/03/report-outlines-devastating-year-palestinians-150326092624937.html

[9] http://richard-kemp.com/submission-to-the-united-nations-independent-commission-of-inquiry-on-the-2014-gaza-conflict/

[10] http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/killing-40-civilians-one-go-reasonable-says-israel-army-ethicist

[11] https://twitter.com/colrichardkemp/status/562337528997351424

Signatories

Associate Professor Peter Slezak, University of New South Wales

Associate Professor Barbara Baird, Women’s Studies, School of Social & Policy Studies, Flinders University

Rima Najjar, Al-Quds University, occupied Palestine

Senator Lee Rhiannon, Australian Greens

Professor Noam Chomsky, MIT

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Melissa Parke, MP, Federal Member for Fremantle, ALP

Richard Falk, Princeton University, former UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories

Michael Thomson, President, University of Sydney Branch, National Tertiary Education Union

Julian Burnside AO QC

Professor Johan Galtung, Professor of Peace Studies, dr hc mult, Founder of TRANSCEND International

Associate Professor Cristina Rocha, ARC Future Fellow, University of Western Sydney

Professor Emeritus Stuart Rees AM, Founder of the Sydney Peace Foundation, University of Sydney

Dr Ben Golder, University of New South Wales

Prof David Palumbo-Liu, Professor of Comparative Literature, Stanford University

Dr Marcelo Svirsky, University of Wollongong

Ahdaf Soueif, PalFest

Dr Sarah Gregson, University of New South Wales

Dr David Brophy, University of Sydney

John Pilger, journalist and film director

Dr Ben Miller, University of Sydney

Vivienne Porszolt, spokesperson, Jews against the Occupation

Jenny Leong, MP, NSW Greens

Dr George Morgan, University of Western Sydney

Mary Kostakidis, freelance journalist

Hall Greenland, Convenor, Greens NSW and journalist

Dr Ying Qian, Australian National University

Professor Jane Kenway FASSA, ARC Professorial Fellow, Monash University

Professor Ghassan Hage FAHA, Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory, University of Melbourne

Dr Valerie Levy, University of New South Wales

Dr Briony Neilson, University of Sydney

Dr James Levy, University of New South Wales

Emeritus Professor Jonathan Rosenhead, London School of Economics

Dr Les Levidow, Senior Research Fellow, Open University, UK

Mike Cushman, London School of Economics

Associate Professor Alana Lentin, University of Western Sydney

Dr Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, University of Sydney

Latin American Social Forum, Sydney

Jamie Parker MP, NSW Greens

Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laureate Program in International History, University of Sydney

Dr Julie-Ann Robson, University of Sydney

John Passant, University of Wollongong and Australian National University

Dr Christopher Peterson, University of Western Sydney

Mark Johnston, University of Sydney

Dr Michael Grewcock, University of New South Wales

Dr Peter Manning, Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney, and journalist

Dr Scott Burchill, Deakin University

Professor Jane Simpson, Australian National University

Dr John Kaye, Greens NSW MP

Honorary Associate Professor John O’Brien, University of Sydney

Dr Mandy Treagus, University of Adelaide

Dr Bruce Gardiner, University of Sydney

Cathy Peters, freelance journalist and Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine

Ray Goodlass, Riverina Greens

Mark Goudkamp, ESL teacher and Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney

Dr Jelle Stoop, University of Sydney

Dr Beatriz Carillo Garcia, University of Sydney

Dr Diane Fieldes, University of New South Wales (retired)

Dr Christopher Black, University of Sydney

Glen Smyth, University of Sydney

Roger Grealy, University of New South Wales

Kevin Lin, University of Technology, Sydney and University of Sydney

Dr Timothy Steains, University of Sydney

Mehreen Faruqi, Member Legislative Council, NSW Greens

Harry Sargent, University of Sydney

Dr Edward McDonald, University of Sydney

Zac Widders, University of Melbourne

Vivian Honan, University of Sydney

Jane Brophy, Monash University

Dr Tad Tietze, University of New South Wales

Associate Professor John Grumley, University of Sydney

David Robertson, University of Sydney

Simon Rowe, University of Sydney

Prof. Sheila Fitzpatrick, University of Sydney

Omar Hassan, University of Sydney

John Salisbury

Zena Ghaoui, University of Sydney

Haley Bent, Friends of Palestine, WA

Nathalie Camerlynck, University of Sydney

Dr Phil Griffiths, University of Southern Queensland

Russell Ward

Conall Cash

Mira Wroblewski, University of Sydney

David Rylance, University of Sydney

Fahad Ali, University of Sydney

Clare Fester, University of Sydney

Mark Gillespie

Tobias Manderson-Galvin, MKA: Theatre of New Writing

Dr Alecia Simmonds, University of Technology, Sydney

Georgia Valis, University of Sydney

Dr Ron Witton

Brian Brophy, University of Adelaide

Leonidas Kontaxis, University of Sydney

Haskell Musry, international OHS consultant

Stefan Moore, Independent filmmaker

Al Yazbek

Dr Vacy Vlazna, Alumna, University of Sydney

Noura El-Hajje, University of Sydney

Sylvia Posadas

Dr Jasmina Brankovich, Murdoch University

Edward Barnes

Stephanie Beck, University of Sydney

Dr Lindsay Fitzclarence, Adjunct Associate Professor, Monash University

Sylvia Hale, former Greens NSW MP

Paul McLisky

Hugo Weaving

Eliot Hoving, University of Sydney

Michael Coleman, Steering Committee Member of the Gaza’s Ark campaign

Ian Rose

David Sampson

Moneta Wong, Alumna, University of Sydney

Andrej Trbojevic, Free Speech

Carlotta McIntosh, former student and tutor, University of Sydney

Dr Marcus Banks, RMIT University

Dr Ken McNab, University of Sydney

Jepke Goudsmit, Kinetic Energy Theatre Company

Dr Jen Harrison, University of Sydney

Dr Martin Rorke, University of Sydney

Ihab Shalbak, University of Sydney

Luke Faccini

Sarah O’Brien

Jon Atkins

Patricia Philippou

Paul Duffill, University of Sydney

Dr Michael Mitchell, Charles Sturt University

Chris Breen

Dr Wendy Lambourne, University of Sydney

Patporn Phoothong, Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University

Karen Collier, Brave Media

Jennifer Haines, University of Technology, Sydney

Marcus Campbell, University of Sydney

Didy Yung, University of Sydney

Ivan Niccolai, University of Sydney

Tossapon Liptapanlop, Palestine Solidarity Campaign Thailand

Daniel Grayson

Antony Skinner

Robert Martin

Gerard Betros, University of Southern Queensland

Pragati Chakma, University of Sydney

Juliet Bennett, University of Sydney

Shoraida Umpan, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology

Henry di Suvero, playwright

Isabel Timmerman, University of Sydney

Karen Dempsey, Planet Earth

Naseer Mahmood, UCLAN

Dr Melissa Hardie, University of Sydney

Dr Bill Dunn, University of Sydney

Andrea Pagella, University of Sydney

Sara Saba

Sarah Enderby, University of Sydney

Dr Annie Herro, University of Sydney

Shobha Varkey, Australian National University

Stuart Ward, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Thailand

Professor Kevin P Clements, Director, NCPACS, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Pip Hinman, Socialist Alliance

Nahla Nigroh, University of Sydney

Jerome Boutelet, University of Sydney

Rodinal Khalili

Associate Professor Kate Lilley, University of Sydney

Dr Tom Barnes, Australian Catholic University

Reme Sakr, University of Technology, Sydney

Issam Affaneh, Sun Moon University, Korea

Belinda Lowe, University of Sydney

Barry Mulligan

Elena Ortega Tolosana, University of Sydney

Nancy Gharib

Dr Peter Banki, University of Western Sydney

Baharuddin Ali

Nenty Subarjono

Sarina Jan

Dean Ransevycz

Patricia Gonzales-Masias

Dr Jumana Bayeh

Sara Dowse

Dr Simon Lumsden, University of New South Wales

Margaret Cassar, Convenor, Adelaide BDS

Natilee McGruder, Director, River Region Food Policy Council, USA

Matthew Drake-Brockman

Nadeem Khan

Sue Leigh

Judith O’Conal-Prinz

Dr Hamish Ford, University of Newcastle

Jan Bartlett, 3CR Melbourne

Rita Alfar

Dennis Oppenheim

Franklin Obeng-Odoom, University of Technology, Sydney

Anne Sinclair

Stewart Mills

Shabbir Hussain, University of Sydney

Margaret Slezak

Carlota Arias, University of Sydney

Dr Sebastian Job, University of Sydney

Brenda Heard, Friends of Lebanon

Adam Khan

Kara Beavis, University of Sydney

Dr Michael Richardson, University of Western Sydney

Bridget Harilaou, University of Sydney

Alissar Gazal

Daisy Farnham

Dr David Faber

Mujib Abid, University of Sydney & University of Western Sydney

Russell Casey

Amina Youssef, Alumna, University of New South Wales

Mohammad Azzam

Diane Mantzaris

Kareem Abedrabbo

Sylvie Leber

Arnold Hindhaugh

Leonie Hitchenor

Catriona Macleod

Barvara Hush

Sabine Wojtkowiak

Dr Philippa Hetherington, University of Sydney

Leigh Leslie, Curtin University

Chris Warren, University of Sydney

Dr Thomas Adams, University of Sydney

Chloe Jungwirth

Fatima Kheir

Rita Appleby

Professor Emeritus Martin Chanock, La Trobe University

Dr Nick Thieberger, University of Melbourne

Eng Amin Aljaberi

Dr Huw Griffiths, University of Sydney

Sandra Glasbeek

Alessandra Atzeni

Roberto Jones

Issa Shaweesh

Rafat Sub Laban, LL.M., University of Essex

Dale Hess

Dr Shamshudeen Jamal, University of Sydney

Jacinda Woodhead, Overland Magazine

Dr Cathryn Morriss, University of the Sunshine Coast

Tahlia Birnbaum, University of Sydney

Dr Eyal Mayroz, University of Sydney

Rachel Weerasooriya

Assoc. Prof. Ahmad Shboul, University of Sydney

Sarah Irving, University of Edinburgh

Bianca Webb-Pullman

Professor Bassam Dally, University of Adelaide

Kenneth McLeod

Dr Dena Olwan, USA

Mac Halliday

Michael Brull, New Matilda

Smilja Jankovic, National Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Otago

Lucy Jones, University of Technology, Sydney

Liz Prince

Reda Al-Haddadeh

Peter Fraser

Christopher Weddle, HfMT Cologne

Dr Aurelien Mondon, University of Bath

Dr Chin Jou, University of Sydney

Abbas Hassan

Dennis Cormier, Gaza Through My Eyes Film team, Gaza City

Edwin Montoya Zorrilla, University of Sydney

Jennifer Bush, Alumna, University of Sydney, Member Jews Against the Occupation/Jewish Voice for Peace

Mu’min Assafiri

Ketty Montero

Graham Matthews

Shamaila Asad Khan, VU Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dr Anthony Leaker, University of Brighton

Marty Morrison

Martin Dobson

Dr Siti Aishah Abdullah

James Crawford, alumnus, University of Sydney

Dr Ronit Lentin, Trinity College, Dublin (retired)

Imogen Grant

Mike Smith

Rhoda Booley

Simone Cher Roach

Ruth Bird, University of Oxford

David Nathan, University of Oxford

Dr Marita Bullock, University of Sydney

Souf Yacoubi, University of Amsterdam

Marco Wanjura, Austria

Helen Young, University of Melbourne

Martin and Lois Griffiths, community radio, Christchurch, New Zealand

Dr Robert Payne, American University of Paris

Dr Neil Maclean, University of Sydney

Diane Dounas

Bob Biggs, University of Newcastle

Greg Murrie, University of Sydney

Chante Caesar, University of Cape Town

Gilad Lebovic

Adelina Dokja

Ian Hollingworth, Nonviolent Conflict Workshop

Sadia Lira

Michela Callegari, Italy

Ilona Milka Weisz

Greg Johns, Vice General Director, SGI Australia

Rami Meo

Christopher Alderton, University of Sydney

Margarita Windisch

Philip Antigua

Amar Okhai

Dr A.F.J. Bell Medicine graduate (1968), University of Sydney

Helen Bryan

Jasmin Music, Universität Wien

Andrew Heap

Dr Raymond Dean

Joanne Bennett

Michael Lavalette, Professor of Social Work, Liverpool Hope University

Alan Bishop

Sabyasachi Chatterjee

Elias Greig, University of Sydney

Amal Awad, Love for Humanity

Robin Dunford, University of Brighton

Alexandra Hankinson, University of Sydney

Professor James Martin, University of Sydney

Emile RasheedPin, SCA

Shaila Pezerovic- Marta, CSU

Lorraine Paul, VU

Lars Cornelissen, University of Brighton

Louise Fitzgerald

Anna London

Federico Fuentes

M Y Eastman

Ahmar Mahboob, University of Sydney

Gina Zoia, University of Technology, Sydney

Arthur Chesterfield-Evans

Paul Scrase

Aamir Khan

Nour Jandali, Grenoble Graduate School of Business

Steven Chong

Helen de Silva Joyce

Ahmed Kadri

Pauline Scutt

Brigitte Garozzo, University of Sydney

Marcus Phelan

Maureen Delaney

Dr Dalia Nassar, University of Sydney

Maara Serwylo, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Mouna Kheir

Professor Richard Jackson, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand

Anjali Vishwanathan, University of Sydney

Janet Molly, Bali, Indonesia

Louise O’Brien

James Cook

Lawson Tanner

Cris Matthews

Honorary Associate Professor Rosemary Huisman, University of Sydney

Simba Kuestler, University of New South Wales

Gina Krone, RMIT University

Nick Rowbotham, University of Sydney

Dr David Kelly, University of Sydney

Dr David Caldwell, University of South Australia

Jemma Nott, University of Sydney

Professor Emeritus Tony Blackshield AO, Macquarie University Law School

Dr Victoria Mason, Australian National University

Colm Bryce, Lecturer, North West Regional College, Derry, N Ireland & Ruskin College, Oxford

Maureen Arnaiz

Zehra Ahmed

Dr Sophia Barnes, University of Sydney

Dr Roderick McDonald, University of Iceland

Alison Pennington, University of Sydney

Patrick Harrison

Zoe Lawlor, University of Limerick, Ireland

Dr Annabelle Lukin, Macquarie University

Christel Nathan

Sonja Karkar, Australians for Palestine

Josie Balsom

Shazad Ibnul

Dr Jasmine Westendorf, La Trobe University

Tor Krever, London School of Economics

Ola Mekari

Dr Jemima Mowbray, Macquarie University

Sai Brace

Lucinda Matthews, University of Sydney

Brian Newman, University of Melbourne

Ola Daoud

Rachel Lobo, University of New South Wales

Dr Robert Austin, University of Queensland

Margaret Berry, University of Nottingham, UK (retired)

Helen Bayes, Silver Wattle Quaker Centre

Miriam Hudson

Mohammed Kheir

Viviana Ramírez, Senior Teacher of Spanish, Beerwah State High School, Qld

Professor Jeremy Keenan, SOAS, London University

Hafiz Kasami

Nada Pretnar, BDS Slovenia

Dr Diana Shahinyan, University of Sydney

Dr Susan Hood, University of Technology, Sydney

Abdelghani Judeh

Willy Bach, School of History, University of Queensland

Soumyendra Nath Mukherjee, University of Sydney

Jo Groves

Doris Douglas, University of Queensland

Carmen Abdelkader, Olive Kids

Richard Larson, Stony Brook University

Su-kyoung Hwang, University of Sydney

Marina Lever

Sonja Sedmak

Sean Maroney, University of Sydney

Dr Christina Neilson, Oberlin College, USA

Waleed Othman, King Faisal University

Dr Rick Kuhn, Adjunct Reader Australian National University

Safaa Rayab, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Robert Zuber, GAPW

Nadia Iftkhar, choreographer

Osama Khalik

Nisa Alam

Ann Curthoys, Honorary Professor, University of Sydney

John Frow, University of Sydney

Cornelis Van Dijk, United Response

Phillip Whitefield

Micaela Pattison, University of Sydney

Dr Zoe Crossland, Columbia University

Dr Jordy Silverstein, University of Melbourne

Hulya Aydin

Amy Bird

Lucia Sorbera, University of Sydney

Gillian Pick

Steve Taleb

Omar Saleh, University of Sydney

Dr Sarah Gleeson-White, University of Sydney

Abdul Shakoor

David Garland, Victoria University

Melanie Morrison

Alexandra Kelly, PhD, University of Wyoming

Dr Nour Dados, University of Technology, Sydney

Dr Alex François, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris

Federica Pistono

Stephen Campbell, Johns Hopkins University

Alison Orr

Jenifer Flintoft, Portsmouth SD Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Anna Coccia, Roman Solidarity Network for Palestine

Marco Avena, University of Sydney

Gillian Silvester

Peter Marks, University of Sydney

James Auty (Dr), University of Manchester

Jamal Daoud, Social Justice Network

Nadira Auty, University of Cambridge

Sam Rahman

Christopher Santiago, Columbia university

Nadia Fried

Katherine Przewlocka

Ken Enderby, Bankstown TAFE

Dr Kevin Bray, Alumnus, University of WA and Australian National University

Dr Camilo Zapata, Alumnus of St Georges Medical School, University of London; Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London

Jarrah Sastrawan, University of Sydney

Aliya Mahar, SZABIST Karachi Pakistan

Nadia Cambefort

Rod Suleiman, USA

Mahmoud Dalloul, PMC

Michael Otterman, former Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies Visiting Scholar

Dr Nina Parish, University of Bath

Anna Farkas

Fred Bohrer Hood College, Washington, DC

Mahta Manzouri, University of Technology, Sydney

Emilia Mostarda

Marina Bicchieri, MiBACT

Yazan Hammad

Manal Taha

Claudia Ortu, University of Cagliari (Italy) and University of Johannesburg (South Africa)

Angelo Stefanini ,University of Bologna, Italy

Frances Clarke, Department of History, University of Sydney

Claire Ayling

Tomas McBride Nadia Cambefort

Sarah Haynes, University of Western Australia

Nada Elzeer, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Rowail Javaid, University of Management and Technology, Sialkot, Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Zena Youseph

Lawrence Warner King’s College London

Jamie Miller, Cornell University

Professor Toh Swee-Hin, University for Peace, Costa Rica

Ines Crespo

Gay Leaker, Ex University of Sydney student and researcher.

Virginia Cawagas Professor, University for Peace

Kathlyn Gadd

Muhammad Tarique Institute of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore- Pakistan

Marco Bianchini University of Edinburgh / University of Bologna

Dr Marco Venuti University of Catania, Italy

Nad Inxs, University of Westminster London

Zeina Maasri, American University of Beirut / University of Brighton

Dr Annie Pfingst, University of London

Simon Warren, Nui Galway

Anthony Jones

David Letwin, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

Anton Wongtrakun

James Godfrey

Dr Ali Kazerooni

Martine Wongtrakun

Ingrid Wijeyewardene, University of New England

Kerrie Lee, Alumna, University of Sydney

Eugene Michail University of Brighton

Yosefa Loshitzky, SOAS University of London, UK

Francesco-Alessio Ursini, Stockholms Universitet

Mary Theodorou

Dr Gary Pearce

Adalat Hussain

Rebecca Rawsthorne

Wahibe Moussa, RMIT

Sam Byrne, Former Greens Mayor of Marrickville

Katja Rebmann University of Warwick graduate

Dr Amanda Kaladelfos, Griffith University

Dr Wendy Michaels, University of Newcastle

Dr David M. Pritchard, University of Queensland

Evan Jones, University of Sydney

Bryan Dawe

James Anderson

Suzanne King

Ziyad Serhan, Muslim Students Association

Alex Jones, University of Sydney

Dr Ian Barnes, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland

Mona Baker

Ana Cleja

Christie Brink

Beatrice Scheepers

Dr John Roy

Christine Johnston University of Toronto (retired)

Omar Sidaoui

Hera Aquib

Mohamed El-Saafin City of Port Phillip

Christopher Skinner

Professor Stephen Castles, Research Chair in Sociology, University of Sydney

Martine Masse

Francesca Dominello Macquarie University

Brigid Rooney University of Sydney

Claudia Hyles

Elizabeth Jacka Emeritus Professor UTS

Anna Gerarda Turic

Eric Carwardine

James McDougall

Veroi Jacomb

Fr Denis Scanlan

Kevin Finney Hintertech

Noel Ferguson

Rex Williams Australians for Justice

Mike Griffin Retired educationalist

Robert Birch

Tom Griffiths University of Melbourne

Karen Burton

Blythe Worthy University of Sydney

Emma Clancy, Murdoch University

Shahrizal Uzaini

Monika Bednarek, University of Sydney

Nicola Parsons, University of Sydney

John Weickhardt

Dr Caroline Lipovsky University of Sydney

Ian Heddle

Jennifer Green University of Sydney

Dr Sarah Roche-Mahdi (Ph.D.) independent scholar, United States

Jon Jureidini, University of Adelaide

Natasha Lennard

Sam Lockwood

Ismail [Dr.] Zayid

Sareh Salarzadeh

Francesca Dominello, Macquarie University

Tim Hollo Alumnus, USyd

Sean Clinton

Martin Barker

Carla Razzano

Elizabeth Rechniewski University of Sydney

Graeme Lindenmayer Retired

Kia kaha

Monty Wazam

Steffi Leedham

Jennifer Killen University of Sydney alumna

Jenny-Lee Heylen University of Western Sydney

Scott McKenzie

Helen Caple University of New South Wales

aleha banu

Peter Karamoskos University of Melbourne

Scott MacInnes

Lisa Slater University of Wollongong

Fay Waddington

Umut ozguc UNSW

Murray Matson

Ana Miscolta Western Washington University

Christine Hooper

Mary Kelly AJPP Canberra

Basil Yacoub CPA

Anthony Clancy Member I.E.E.E

Rev Gregor Henderson Past President, Uniting Church in Australia

Fiona Yardley University of Sydney

Richard Staig

John Bransby

Olivia Murphy University of Sydney

The Revd Dr John Smith Uniting Church in Australia, Melbourne

Bashir Sawalha

Dr Paula Abood

Dr. Simon Perrin

Edward Mariyani-Squire University of Western Sydney

Anthea Vogl University of Technology Sydney

Tasneem Yousuff

Dr Beth Yahp University of Sydney

Ken Ling

Dr. Shefali Rovik Sydney University graduate

Kate Davison University of Melbourne

Anthony Langlois Flinders University

Bob Hodge Professor, University of Western Sydney

Martin Hosking

Shirley Hansen

Dr Phil Morgan

Howie Chu University of Sydney

Tony Cosentino

Mohamed Youssef

Jeffrey Loewenstein Barrister

Prof. Nick Enfield, University of Sydney

Margaret Gleeson

Laura Panza University of Melbourne

Fiona Byrne

Dr Terence Murphy Dept of English, Yonsei University

Salman Karim University of East Anglia

Amanda Smith MU

Helen Hooper

Leila Wheib

Raffaella Del deo

Rena Raja

Margaret Jacobs

shafica majdalani

Roe Sybylla PhD Australian National University

Colin Andersen

Dr Lyn Dickens University of Sydney

Adam Odeh

Hanna Nassar

Michael Letwin Former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW 2325

Bushra AL-Hakim

Susan Sullivan

Mary Kelly AJPP Canberra

Dr Adam Broinowski ANU, ARC DECRA Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Helen Jordan

Brian Davies Journalist and one-time executive producer “Four Corners”

Paul Heywood-Smith QC

Dr Terry Lustig Affiliate, Department of Archaeology, Sydney University

Liam Kesteven University of Western Sydney

Dennis Spiteri artist

Jason Koh

Danielle Zorbas

Anton Sabella Freelance journalist and translator

Jessica Whyte University of Western Sydney

James Plowman

Khalil Hamdan Pacsi , Palestinian Arts Culture and Sports, Brisbane, QLD

Yasemin Keles

Aksamseddin Baralak

Dieter Barkhoff

Caroline Bowyer

Derek Halawa UNSW

John Dounas

Pamela Curr

Lois McRae

Graeme Cherry

David Tuckwell

Judith Beveridge University of Sydney

Father Dave Smith Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill

Neville Fowkes University of WA

Wendy Alliston

Rocio Campos

Byron Knight Treasurer – ANU Students for Justice in Palestine

Assoc Prof Matthew Fitzpatrick Flinders University

Bridget Shaw Australian National University

Yarrow Andrew Flinders University

Dr. Sebastián Gil-Riaño Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laureate Program in Race and Ethnicity in the Global South, University of Sydney

John Jacobs

Stef Mckenzie Educational consultant

Nadine Schilling Agencia de Cooperación Internacional de Chile

Graeme Bannerman

Michael Karadjis University of Western Sydney College

Franlin Lamb sssp-lb.org

Barbara Dutton

Dr. Cliff Kerr University of Sydney

Lawrence Davidson, Professor Emeritus West Chester University, PA

Abbas Zaidi University of New South Wales

Sharon Cooper

Roisin McEntegart

Abdul Aleem

Elleanne Green Alumna, University of Bristol

Cara Takle, Deakin University

Kathryn Kelly ANU

Rami Khanfar

Alan Grriffiths

Yousef Odeh

Reem Yunis Department of Education and Training, Victoria

Timothy Woodhead BSW UNSW

Professor Joseph Pugliese Macquarie University, Sydney

John Cleary Melbourne University

Therese Taylor University of Technology, Sydney

Jo Houston

Alan Roberts Ph.D. (University of Sydney), Monash University (Retd.)

Joe Frank Australian Friends of Palestine Assn

Rod Barton

Tim Welfare, Artist

Frances McDonnell University of Sydney Alumnus

Dr Eulalia Reyes

Pagella Franco

Michael Severson

Brian Boyd, Columbia University

Dr Jonathan Strauss, Alumna, James Cook University

Helen and Jos van den Berg

Thomas Marcinkowski, Convener, Friends of Palestine WA (FOPWA)

Mike Carlton, Writer

Sophie Herms, UNSW

Gwenyth Bray, Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine

Eliza Birse

Patrick Carr

Donald H Craig

Yael Winikoff, The Australian Jewish Democratic Society

Marie McKern

Dr. Timothy Laurie, University of Melbourne

Ricardo Ramirez

Saed Bashara, University of Sydney

Blake Thompson

Randa Farah, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Karen Huggins

Ali Kazak, Former Palestinian ambassador

Michael Schembri, Trade union advocate

Michelle Berkon, Jews Against the Occupation

Melissa Martin, Sydney University

Kitty-Jean Laginha, Sydney Uni

Kelly Azizi, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney

Adam Briggs

Tarrin Wills, University of Sydney

David Shoebridge, Greens NSW

Maria Hilario

Emily Baynham, University of Sydney

Asha Zappa

David Shakes, University of Sydney

Hamza Alamine

Alan Jamison

Elena Garcia

Balazs Aron Kovacs, PhD candidate, University of New England

Elisabeth Kirkby, University of Sydney.

Jackie Delaney

Helen Dunstan, University of Sydney

Prof Michael Adams, University of Western Sydney

Dr Anna Laine, National Museums of World Cultures, Stockholm

Freya Job

Tannous Francis

Glen Peters

Fatima Ali

Zaher Kabbara

Ingrid Stumpf, Macquarie University

Dr. Mahmoud AJJAWI ATIS

Cr Hassan Awada, Sutherland Shire Council

Jafar Ramini, Political Writer, comentator and analyst. London England

Lena Nahlous

Giuseppe Maimone, University of Catania, IT

Harry Kerr, Pax Christi Australia

Helga Mankovitz, Canada

Dr Michael Furtado, The University of Queensland (Postgraduate Research Adviser)

Prof William Foley, University of Sydney

Dr Sebastian Fedden, The University of Sydney

Dr Damien Cahill, University of Sydney

Domenique Sherab

M L Cullen

Liliana Zavaglia, University of Sydney

Mary Enkababian

Edgar Oswaldo Monroy Rodriguez

Aamir Mufti, UCLA

John Docker, The University of Sydney

Haluk Songur Suleyman, Demirel University, Turkey

John Fox, La Trobe University

Penny Russell, University of Sydney

Dr Chiara O’Reilly, University of Sydney

Tomas Emmet de Bhaldraithe, University of Sydney

Edwin Jay Rutledge, Munich

Dr Michael Neu, The University of Brighton

Eric Willoughby, PMD, United Kingdom

Dylan Jones, United Network of Young Peacebuilders

Drs. Maarten Muskens, Randboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Dr Helen Pope, formerly Monash University

Ahmed Abadla, Australian National University

Yohans Bastian, University of Sydney

Margot Salom, Alumna, University of Queensland.

Thea Kaiser, Oslo University

Maryam Alavi, University of New South Wales

Pamela Salamanca

Sue Young

Ella Ryan, University of Melbourne

Andrew Mason, Undergraduate, Sydney University

Dr Tanja Dreher, University of Wollongong

Geoffrey Graham

Irma Trnka, Alumna, University of Sydney

Mona Evans

Lynette Pointer

Colin Hesse

Gennaro Gervasio, The British University (Egypt) & Macquarie University (Sydney)

Tom Bramble, The University of Queensland

Robert Leys, Ex alumnus, University of Sydney

Martin Munz

Mary Anne Kenny, Murdoch University

John Boutagy

Ali Jaafar, University of Sydney

Jack Arnold

Rida Hassan, NSW National Union of Students Education Officer

Ahmed Abbes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France

Ofer Gal, Sydney

Charlotte Kates, US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

Tarek Sansour, Alumna, University of Sydney

Kevin Herbert

Thomas Gilchrist, National Union of Students South Australian Education Officer

Ray Jackson indigenous social justice association

David Macilwain

Samara Shehata

Colin Clague, Alumna, University of Sydney

James Vigus, Flinders University Student Association President

Kate da Costa, University of Sydney

Declan Murphy, Victorian Education Officer, National Union of Students

Bob Khan

Danica Cheesley National Queer Officer, National Union of Students

Alix Mandelson

Julia Dimitriadis, University of Sydney

Luke Martell, University of Sussex

Sharon Byard

Amy Smith, University of Sydney

Blake McDermott

Peter Hindrup

Hon. Ian Fry Postdoctoral Associate, University of Divinity, Consultant

Jan Brahe

Suraya Zaidah, Dental Art Centre

Owen Fagundes University of Exeter

Hatem Zaag, CNRS & Université Paris 13

Ahmad Assaad

Penelope Glass, Community theatre worker, V

John Stanley

Louis Haddad, Retired Academic, University of Sydney

Adam Townsend

Belinda Chambers, University of Sydney

Steve Amsel

Vincent Fontaine

Amira Drissi University of Ghent, Belgium

Latifa Marhour

Despeana Agapides

David Hardman, London Metropolitan University

Sara Lee Apple

Nouhaila Boukhlik

Mona Abu Zalaf, University of Technology, Sydney

Greg Barns, Barrister

Mahmoud Bastami

Abd Mohd

Noraini A Fattah

Peter Ross, UNSW

Majed Odeh

Francesco Caruso

Shir Hever, Free University Berlin

Anita Rupprecht, University of Brighton, UK

Frank Deveson

Harry Wallace, Major Issues And Theology Foundation

Ian David, University of Sydney

Dror WARSCHAWSKI, CNRS, Paris, France

Nick Scullin, Librarian, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Carmel Attard

Akila Elsherbiny

Madison Cartwright, University of Sydney (PhD candidate)

Rachmat Nurcahyo, Yogyakarta State University

Madeline Williams, University of Technology, Sydney

Francesco Amoruso, University of Exeter (UK)

Damiya Hayden, University of Sydney alumna

Blake Hamilton

Tim Huzar, University of Brighton

Tina McDonald

Pam Hardy LSE

Stuart Cartland, University of Brighton

Rina Idrus

Yakoob Motala

Bill Corbett, Retired teacher

Jorge Gonçalves, University of Porto

Judith Keene, University of Sydney

Susan Wahhab

Orieb Masadeh-Tate, Salford University

Andrew Greig, Coordinator, Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign, Council Member CPACS

Sallyann Garner

Nicholas Evans, Australian National University

Dr Mary Brooksbank AM

Nicola Pratt, University of Warwick

Sarah Thorne

Miriam Pellicano, University of Sydney

Irene Tognetti

Dr Nick Shimmin, Editor and Publisher

David Potter, University of Sydney

Ron Good, Louisiana State University, USA

Percy Wee, UK

Padraic Gibson, UTS

Ana Ponce

Dr Harry Feldman

Antonio Carlos da Silva Rosa, M.A., Editor, TRANSCEND Media Service-TMS

S.E. Sanbar

Narendra Mohan Kommalapati, Activist

Jorge Sotirios

William Winser, University of Adelaide

Yves Chilliard, INRA, France

Tom Hall, playwright- Dublin, Ireland

Safia El Mahsani

Gyde Knebusch

Chris Bourne, University of Wollongong

Peter King, University of Sydney

Dr Prithvi Shrestha, The Open University, UK

Susan El-Kalla

Martin O’Brien

Ghislain Poissonnier, laywer

Jan Secker-Walker, UCL (retired)

Betty A. Reardon, International Institute on Peace Education

Nahed Odeh

Cynthia Franklin, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Sybille Frank

Goretti Horgan, Ulster University

Jennifer Harness

Alexander Donnaloja, University of Cumbria

Ashraf Al-Ouf

Peter Minter, University of Sydney

Sam Wainwright, Councillor, City of Fremantle

Jessie Chang, Bethlehem Palestine

Heather Mathew

Carlos Jaguande B.

Herbert Escher

Nasser Athamneh, Yarmouk University/ Jordan

Zubaida Alrubai, The University of Sydney

Dr. Rick Johnson, Physician

John O’Hara

Donald Barrett, University of Sydney

Dr Prithvi Shrestha, The Open University, UK

Badreddine Nafouti

Shireen Coulson

Patrick Nye

Fadia Hamdi

Rami Ruhayel

Ismail Coovadia, (Retired) Ambassador of South Africa to Israel

Luke Weyland, formerly Sydney University

Terri Ginsberg, American University in Cairo

Willie van Peer, University of Munich

Damon Lynch, University of Minnesota

Dr. Priscilla Eppinger, Graceland University Community of Christ Seminary

Ellen Moore, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, University of California, Berkeley

Evan English

Andrea Teti, University of Aberdeen

Aliya Rahma Najihati Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) Surabaya Indonesia

Marie-Hélène Touzin

David Whitten Smith, Emeritus Professor, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Randy Janzen, Selkirk College, Canada

Jonathan Noble, Eldercare Attendant, City of Dothan

Dr Vicky Margree, University of Brighton

Peter Russell

Paul Merrell, J.D. Retired

Lydia Harvey University of Sydney, University of New South Wales

Ruqiya Anwar Pakistan

Cathy Braithwaite QUB

Eryl Court, Canadian Peace Research Association

Aijaz Shaikh

Gordon Fellman, Brandeis University

Bernard Porter, Former Visiting Professor, University of Sydney

Ruth Jamieson, Queen’s University Belfast

Harriet Malinowitz, Ithaca College, USA

Dr Annabel McGoldrick, Psychotherapist and CPACS, University of Sydney

Beth Luppe USA

Nasser Lattouf

Julia Viegas

Mary Baine Campbell, Brandeis University

Bo Fauth

Mary Mathai

Tandjaoui M’hammed Mostaganem University

Ifdal Elsaket

Sharon Kelly

John Freitas

Aliya Rahma, Najihati Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) Surabaya Indonesia

Seline Hox

Bi Glazer

Tom McVitie

Francis Oeser (retired)

Fatima Begum

Mel Deo

Ann Horne

Larissa Payne University of Technology, Sydney

Janine Hartley

Grady Stewart

Craig Weston

Julie Drysdale

Les MacDonald

Tyler Levitan, Independent Jewish Voices – Canada

Louise Poudrier

Penny Bright, Anti-corruption / anti-privatisation campaigner

Michael Harris, Columbia University

Stephen Westmoreland

Murray & Marcia Bernstein

Bernardette Paterson

Donald Hindley, Brandeis University

Lena Bakir, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

Kenny Fryde

Gary Kinsman Professor Emeritus, Sociology, Laurentian University

Scott Wasley

Scott Lamson

Zabeer Khan UK

Stefanie Paret, School director, Germany

Douglas Scott B.A.

Mark Readman Sunderland University

Kathryn Keen, New Zealand

Helen Roche

Dr Amal Hani, South Australia

Sameer Khan

Ellen Lindeen, Waubonsee Community College, IL, USA

Miranda Pennell University of Westminster

Sylvia Schwarz

Juan Carlos Hernandez

Robert Weaver

Nahida Herro

Dilys Fleet

Patricia Collins

Dao Tran

Terry Greenberg Vancouver, Canada

Anne Mitchell

Bronwyn Maddison Ex-student Sydney University

Virginia Lapham, Ph.D. retired

Edward A Clarke

Bob Boughton University of New England

Eliza Waterhouse University of Sydney

Andrew O’Hara

Hadassah Borreman Yeshurun, Judaism against Zionism

Stephen Wong

Tiffany Wilson

Ellen White

Rachel Myles

Dora McPhee

Michael Breen

Michael Johnstone

Eifat Khan

Carla Batista

Philip Jones, ex-Sydney University

Michael Elmendorf

Richard Seaford, University of Exeter

Carol Sansour

Mirjam Stevens

Isobel Smith

Mariel Delghavi

Aimen Zreika

Alan Weir

Michael French Retired TU Officer, England

MD MASUD, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

David Cuthbert, The Art Shed, Winscombe UK

Emma Christopher, UTS, Anti-Slavery

Sonia von Bornemann, Leichhardt Friends of Hebron – Conveners

Tess Morand

Don Williamson

Jannet Stolinski

Dr Julie Shaw

Felicity Morgan, Member, Australian Friends of Palestine Asociation

Edward Corrigan, Ed Corrigan Law Office

Rahma Boussida

Claudette Fortier from Montreal Quebec Canada

Arthur Mckerron

Joe Daly St Gerald’s College. Dublin City University. National University of Ireland, Galway.

Mark Bradbeer LaTrobe University

Fuad Al Hussein Georgetown University

Ruth Russell Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom

David Lloyd, University of California, Riverside

Liam Ward, RMIT University

David Goldberg MB BS (University of Sydney)

Rosemary Elgani

Phil Monsour, Queensland Teachers Union

Jacques Boulet, Borderlands Cooperative

Erna Boogaerts

Bob Birch

Cynthia Marchant

Juana Celia Djelal, Penn State University–University Park, PA USA

Martha Ansara, Ballad Films

Benjamin Oh, University of Sydney

Laurie Izaks MacSween

Alice Beauchamp, Alumna, University of Sydney

Paul Dutton

Dr Carol Ellis

Dr. Jim Ife, Professor Emeritus, Curtin University

Dr. Sonia Tascon, University of the Sunshine Coast

Barbara Southon,

Chris Alison

Charles Tyler University of Sydney

Suzanne Asad University of Sydney

Stanley Potter Retired DECS and UniSA

Ayah Touni University of Sydney

Pat Hewett Friends of Sabeel Colorado

Doro Pollex John Dowdle FRSA

Jaime Cader

Emily Purssey

Peter Murphy

Sandra Kanck

Richard Buchhorn B.E.; D.D.

Dr David Glanz

Zena Haddad University of Western Sydney

Michael Neill Universities of Auckland (NZ) and Kent (UK)

Lesley Carnus, Refugee Language Program, University of Sydney

Bert Jenkins University of New England

Mannie De Saxe

Gay O’Connor

Joseph Bassil

Dr. John Guy

Ken Blackman

Ngaire AboudGerry Binder, Peaceful People Power Australia

Avril Vorsay

Rosemary Karafili

Linda Karafili

Dr. Dennis Kortheuer, California State University, Long Beach

Paul Reynolds Edge Hill University, UK

Jafar Ramini Political Writer, commentator and analyst. London England

Jeffrey Martin

Ken Blackman

Dorothy Bassil

Rosemary Karafili

Dr. Dennis Kortheuer California State University, Long Beach

Nadyat El Gawley Freelance radio producer and journalism educator

Jean Shaik

Robert J. Burrowes

Bruce Hogben retired journalist

Sean O’Grady University of Sydney

Dr Stephen Whiteman, University of Sydney

Liz Ross

Robert Nola, Philosophy, University of Auckland

Annemarie Whisson Friends of Palestine WA

Marcia Corderoy, Friends of Hebron (Treasurer)

Eva Clothier

Valeriy Retyunin

Helen Patterson

Michael Shaik, Australia Palestine Advocacy Network

Liz Farrar

John A. Lappart, The Farm

Shadii MaSarati, freelancer

Rahima Sarmed

Siham Abu Ghazaleh PCC

Chris August, Banking Solutions Limited

Jamila Hussain, University of Technology Sydney

Dr. Ashton Connor, University of Toronto, Canada

Nicholas Peacock-Smith

Mary Sheehan QUT

Rosalind Boyd, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Megan Rootes

Madeleine Cohen University of California, Berkeley

Hikmawan Saefullah, Padjadjaran University

Rafi Alam, University of Sydney

Neelo Monteith

Ammar Al Maani, King Faisal University

Giovanna Longhi

Samah Sabawi

Loren Tairi

Jordan Brocious, University of California, Irvine

Earl Perez-Foust University of California, Santa Barbara

Susan Shaab

Dr Susannah Tobin, University of Sydney

Daniel Mcloughlin, University of New South Wales

Sam Dickson, University of Sydney

Craig Lyons, University of Sydney

Munir El Kadi,  Abu Dhabi Women’s College

Ali Bahamad

Tanya Matys, University of British Columbia, Canada

Jeremy Rabie

Julie Webb-Pullman, Hemaya Center for Human Rights, Gaza

Tom Patton

Tony Gellad, Retired banker

Mark Steven UNSW

Stella Groves

Ammar Sultan, Sur University College

Lizz Gill

Dr Maxwell Whisson, MB, BS; FRCPath

Mary MacRae Bercovitz

Deniz Ture

Stanley Bercovitz

Hassan Ghazi

Elsa Oréal, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)

Shaun Bell, UNSW

Noura Alameddine, Lawyer

Sofie Loizou

Aahraf Kodsy, University of Western Sydney

Rachel Giora, Tel Aviv University

Nicolette Jackson

Agron Tairi

Lorel Thomas

David Nir, citizen of Israel

Laura Bannerman, University of Sydney

Ned Curthoys, The University of Western Australia

Fadel Ghazi, University of Western Sydney

Robert Kirkconnell, Chapman University

Kirsten Tranter, UC Berkeley

Doug Roberts

Leona Kieran

Hanifa Deen, author

Dr Michele Ziolkowski

Pat Mcnew

Nathan Finkelstein

Alexey Feigin, University of Technology, Sydney

Dr John Guy, Flinders University SA

Zora Simic, University of New South Wales

Dr Golnar Nabizadeh, The University of Western Australia

Zoe Kenny

Luke Wojtaskiewicz Alumna, Universityof Sydney

Andrew (Andy) Alcock AFOPA SA, SA Unions Retired Unionists Association

Terri Twycross

Ben Dean University of Sydney

Heather Watkins

Robert Crompton

Chris Brown University of Sydney

June Tobin Humanity for Palestine UK

Samuel Lewin University of Sydney

Yasser Wyngaard

Dr Petro Alexiou, University of New South Wales

Christine Rose

Catherine Kevin Flinders University

Maureen Magee University of Sydney

Pilar Salamanca, Valladolid University, Spain

Brendan Wylie University of Sydney

Hassan Hamad University of Western Sydney

Dr Shuruq Naguib, Lancaster University

Mo Ghaleb University of Calgary

Kurt Iveson University of Sydney

Dr Erik Paul CPACS University of Sydney

Ann Cunningham

Hamdi Abu-Zalaf

John Apostolakis AFOPA

Siobhàn Victorian, Reading University

Dr Anne Monsour

Neville Spencer

Bilquis Ghani

Alessandro Iandolo, London School of Economics and Political Science

Paul Avery

Chris Rose

Farida Bensalah, France

Sergio Gonzalez, The University of Sydney

Skaidy Mandryk, University of Sydney alumna

Paula Abrams-Hourani

Patrick Emerton Monash University

Nicole Sullings

Penny Leigh-Brown

William J O’Reilly

Sharon Fennell

David Douglas, United Services Union

Chamseddine Chamseddine, Student

Lara van den Beemt

Anne Lanham, Ecumenical Social Justice Group (Western Suburbs)

Kerry Ann O’Reilly

Leturc Brigitte, France

David Houston

Janice Catherall

Lynn McAllister

Richard King, Nottingham University UK

Tony Mansour Usyd

Herman De Ley, Ghent University (Belgium)

Michael Shanahan, Palestine Solidarity Campaign (UK)

Clive Astle University of Sydney alumna

Gary Lord University of Sydney

Stephen McPhillips, University of Copenhagen

Peter Whyte

Kate Sinclair, Member of Palestine Human Rights Campaign New Zealand

Tara Gallagher

John Miate

Salam Haddad

Phil Wallis

Haytham Bayasi, Freelance interpreter

Maire Leadbeater

Harley Price CSM, UAL

Mark Ziebell, Alumnus of University of Sydney

Felicity McCall, NUJ

Kathleen Wallace

Matthias Reichl, Center for Encounter and Active Non-Violence, Bad Ischl, Austria

Davie Turner, University of the West of Scotland

Refaat Alareer, Islamic university-Gaza

Dr Bernadette McCall, University of Sydney

Paul Smyth LL.B, National University of Ireland Galway; LL.M Queens University Belfast

Eamon Harty

Dr Mei-Ling Dubrau

Ann Aboud

Jefferson Lee Alumna UNSW

Aytac Aktas

Peggy Howells

Caroline Millott

Sakina Chagpar

Leila Sedlarevic

Sharifah Jalil Belfast

Simon Koreshoff, University of Western Sydney (postgraduate)

Jim Crawford

Frances Coombe

Cameron Petrie University of Cambridge

Phoebus Apostolides

Mel Frykberg, Australian journalist based in the Mideast

Nick Deane Marrickville Peace Group

Andrew Kennedy

Tom Bertuleit

Jon Haigh Alumnus of Curtin University

Jennifer Gorelik

Dr Zakiya Dadabhay

Dr Amir Kalanie, Surgeon, NSW

Ellen Shanks Queens, Belfast

Mari Korpela University of Tampere, Finland

Roger Lamb University of Queensland

Emmanuel Roy Université de Moncton

Professor Peter Magee Bryn Mawr College

Georgia Britton

Gavin Fridell Saint Mary’s University

Eleni Pitsilioni-Alexiou

Nora Bawa educator, Washington, DC

Asbjorn Kanck

Tara Seabrook University of Queensland

Leanne Williams

Tameem Khader Curtin University of Technology

Marty Morrison

Lorraine Sinderberry Retired

Nicholas Harrigan Singapore Management University

Suzanne Stetkevych Georgetown University

Ziad Elmarsafy University of York (UK)

Svetlana M Pettersson

Ken Seigneurie Simon Fraser University

Prof. Samer Ali U of Texas at Austin

Patrick Carey

David Klein Professor of Mathematics, California State University, Northridge

Jan Oberg Transnational Foundation, TFF, Sweden

B Zilio

Richard Weyndling

Dietrich Hyprath

Brian McLure

martin bruveris sydney university

Joseph Schultheiss

Hassan Rafique Accountant, Perth WA, Australia

Federico Zanettin Università di Perugia, Italy

Laura Elliott

Maire Noonan McGill University, Canada

Nino Pagliccia [Retired from] University of British Columbia, Canada

Michael Ryan France

Nicolas Raulin

Glenna Johnson

Alice Jacobsen Head of School

Warren Montag Occidental College, Los Angeles

Dylan Clements The Australian National University

Siavosh Bigonah Malmö university

Lubna Safi The Pennsylvania State University

Tatjana Vasileva Stojanovska NBRM

Marie Lombard ACAT France

Dr. Hilary Kilpatrick

Andrew Chubb UWA

Michael Craig SLCC Ireland

Richard Matthews Lakehead University

Rand Carter

Bo Engberg Sand Københavns Kommune

Urban Sterner

Lyn Nasir

Judy Sieffert Walkabout Farm

Glenys Davies

Alia Alatshan

Catherine Strout

Deborah Darnes

Edward Pechter Concordia University (Montreal) and University of Victoria (British Columbia)

Rashmi Luther Carleton University (retired Lecturer), Canada

Jane Fisher

Jessica Nguyen

Dr Aloysia Brooks

Maureen Purcell

Dr Christopher Burns-Cox Frenchay Hospital Bristol UK

Margaret Edwards

Gary Weglarz retired clinical social worker

Peter Kocsis

Kobi Snitz Wiezmann institute of science

John Pace

Peter Bartos, B. Eng (Civil), University of Sydney

Amna Hansia Alumna, Curtin University of Technology

Bruce Knobloch, B. Env Sys, University of Sydney

Rihab Charida

Thambi UNSW

Marjory Ellsmore, teacher and teacher trainer

Erik Green University of California – Santa Cruz

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Elizabeth Gertsakis University of Melbourne

Rick Price Mandurah, Western Australia

Mark Roberts, postgraduate student, University of Sydney.

Marshall Harris

Peter Jones Australian National University

Krista McClelland

Avery Andrews The Australian National University

Gareth Brinkworth Academic

Louise Hughes

Frederick Green University of New South Wales

Noel Fouchard, France Palestine Solidarité

Jamal Hamdan Arab Council Australia

Sary Zananiri Monash University

Patrick Flanagan, Retired (Pensioner)

David Whelan B.F.A. (UNSW)

John Walsh University of Adelaide

Melanie Mayze LaTrobe University (Postgraduate Student)

Richard Bailey USYD Graduate

Fiona White Postgrad student, University of Sydney

Dr Valentina Baú University of New South Wales

Majella Thomas

Dr Maria Elena Indelicato, Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University

Emad Sinan

Xavier Ghazi, Artist

Ian Taylor

Gareth Smith Byron, Friends of Palestine

Fatema Mohammed Ali, University of Sydney

Dr Ismail Jalisi, Chartered Engineer

Madeleine Hodgson University of Sydney

Antonia Rubino University of Sydney

David Smith, Australian Friends of Palestine Association

Neil Robertson, University of Sydney

Darrell Bickley

Yvette Giles, University of Technology, Sydney

Esther Singer

Miguel Galsim, Australian National University

Helen Gilbert, University of London

Matthew Campbell, University of Sydney

Gay McAuley

Kathryn Guy

Arne Nielsen Hansen Dialog på Frederikshavn Lokalradio

Eleanor Kilroy

Anwar Raslan

Christopher Rawlinson

Paul Tate University of Manchester

Bryn Hutchinson Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney

Isabel Ramirez

Anna Bernard

Dennis Doherty

Dr Hannah Middleton

Robin Mann St Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Adelaide

Niamh O’ Connor University of Sydney

Hilary Jahanpour Reading College, UK

Catherine Skipp

Suzanne Caragianis SA Hand Therapy

Constantino Marzuqa

Frank Johannesen

Martin Cowper

Steven Gelb University of San Diego

John Beauclerk Freelance at Humanitarian Consultancy

Nadia Harhash Al Quds University

Robert Collins

Anne Tsoulis Australian Friends of Palestine

Matthew Meagher

Mette Roerup MS international Cooperation Denmark

Paul Jackson World Citizen

Valdis Dunis Adelaide University graduate

Craig Berman

Nikolai Haddad

Gerry Byrne

Maggie Huang

Shirley Dally

Margaret J Roberts

Ralph Clarke

Greg Wood

Brita Bastogi Human Rights March, Women in dialogue, Denmark

Matthew Davies

Natalja Nabinger, Griffith University

Ibrahim Farran

Isin Korkusuz

Bob Briton Communist Party of Australia

Megan Durant University of South Australia (retired)

Dr Graham Baird Retired Mathematician

Rebecca Semaan

Fran McKenzie

Paul Blackwell

Brett Harradine University of Western Sydney

Scott Burnett Graduate student

James Thelwell

Judith Anderson

Anne Bowman Adelaide

Alexandra Diamond University of South Australia

Jessica Conte University of California, Irvine

Anthony Billingsley University of NSW

Peter Hawxhurst, Education Equals Making Community Connections

Irene Gale AM DipT ALCM

Les Cleland, University of Adelaide

Dr Greg Giannis, Victoria University

Nick Rodintsis, UNSW Postgrad student

Justin Colley, University of New South Wales

Lisa Fennis University of Sydney

Dr Noah R. Bassil Senior Lecturer, Critical and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University

Zoe Bedford Sydney University

Elsa Galbally

Dr Phil Davies

Elsa Jureidini, Sydney South West Area Health Service

Helena Cornelius, Conflict Resolution Network

Sue Rae

Mengistu Amberber University of New South Wales

Dr Rose Martin University of Auckland

Maria Onoufriou

Erima Dall University of Sydney

Dr Jeanette Wright University of Waikato Hamilton NZ

Caroline Thomas

Dr. Peter Kamphuis

Tilman Ruff AM, Associate professor, Nossal Institute for Global Health, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Nicholas Rowe University of Auckland

Gabriela Cuadrado-Quesada UNSW

Eddie Westfield Open University UK

Sylvie Gaiguant

Dom Durham

Nigel Kellaway University of Wollongong

Patrick Bradley

Tom Rainey-Smith

Sabrina Snow

Sohoon Lee University of Sydney

Pratima Mitchell

Dalia Mostafa, University of Manchester

Azizah Johari, Melbourne

Chris Benham

Donald James Innes

Kolin Thumbadoo, The Mandela Legacy Trust

David Palmer, University of Melbourne

Dr Adnan Abdel-Fattah, Defence Science & Technology Organization – DSTO, (Retired)

Alexis Bergantz, Australian National University

Gerard Hetherington

Nadya Haddad

Ariella Azoulay, Brown University

Rose Gates

Mary Rawlings

Joao Grillo

Floyd Kermode, Monash University, English Language College

Cliff Jones, University of Liverpool, Honorary Senior Fellow

Johannes de Voogd, Quaker Peace and Justice (NSW)

Dr Lance Brennan, Flinders University

Ruth Campbell, Flinders University

Mary Heard, B Soc Wk UNSW

Trudy Talbot

Dr. Meredith Burgmann, former President of NSW Upper House

Dr. Anne Noonan, Medical Assoc. For Prevention of War (MAPW)

Joe Collins (West Papua Project)

Darnell Henderson

Marina Lever AFOPA

Nasser Giacaman The University of Auckland

Sumin  Zhao  University of Technology, Sydney

Rex Davis PISUKI

Jocelyn Hungerford

Brendan Kelly

Jacques Arouet

Sara Knox

Julia King, Australians for Palestine

Myriam Iglesias, Solidarity Group Ibiray-Sydney

Monica Moore, Monash University, retired.

Sophia Hardy, University of Sydney

Jo Errey, Marrickville Peace Group

Martha Augoustinos, University of Adelaide

Socorro Cifuentes

Martin and Lois Griffiths

Pranvera Asipi

Phillip Staines University of New South Wales

Reem Abou-El-Fadl, SOAS, University Of London

Robert Crabtree University Of Adelaide

Jim Dounas

Dr Dylan Kerrigan, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus

Roy & Robyn Murray-Prior

Ajewal Ali, Sydney Water Corporation

Issam Aburaya Seton Hall University, USA

Ebbi Shaghouei Leeds Beckett University

Dr Tikva Honig-Parnass

Prof Raymond Evans, Griffith University

Heather Tucker

Orlando Granda Rivera Latin America Social Forum

Andy Knott, University of Brighton

John Boyd, Retired Hon Senior Lecturer, University of London

Sarah Knox, University of Auckland

Kavitha Suthanthiraraj

Ali Jabein, Lebanese American University

Michael Keefer, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, Canada

Roslyn Harper

Eran Asoulin, Macquarie University

Barbara Bloch, Research Affiliate, University of Technology Sydney

Sarah Marchioro, University of Adelaide

Dr Hal Ginges

Professor Graham Dawson, University of Brighton, UK

Caroline Knepper

Karen Rooksby

Peter Hopper

Federico Nier-Fischer, freelance journalist

Roger Markwick, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Claudia Tazreiter, University of New South Wales

Farah Kamal, Victoria University of Wellington

Jeff Andary

Debjani Ganguly

Madeline Brennan

Rosa Monsour

Amedeno Cottino, University of Turin, Italy

Peter Griffin

Wael Fakih, University of Technology, Sydney

Kelly Gaudry

Valerie Munt, Flinders University

Derek Tyson

Rita Kumar

Alan Spackman, University of Sydney

Patrick Wright, University of New South Wales

Alison Lennard

Edward McMahon, University of Sydney Union

Sylvia Posadas

Tomas Freitas, Timor-Leste Economic Policy Forum

Avanithah Selvarajah, University of Technology, Sydney

Andrew Goldie

Professor Hagit Borer, Queen Mary University of London

Dong Jin Kim, Peace Culture Institute in Korea

Dr Janet Jones, University of Sydney

Dr Zhila Bahman, Monash University

Gwithian Doswell

Rose Khalilizadeh

Iain Atack, International Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin

Shifa Askari, University of Leeds

John Dudley

Asad Khan, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand

Dr Colin Sheppard

Randal Harkin

Helen Rainger

Julian Murphet UNSW

Dr. Ian Stokes University of Vermont, USA

Jeff Warner LA Petrophysical

Maurice Restivo Basilian Fathers

Pedro Pinto Leite International Platform of Jurists for East Timor

Dr. Peter Bray Bethlehem University, Palestine

Stuart Littlewood Writer

Valmai Edwards Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network

Elizabeth Molchany Attorney at Law, Virginia, USA

Suzanne Colfax

Kim Asher

Christine Harkin

Ray McIlwraith, Minister of the Word. Uniting Church in Australia

Joe Frank

Jean Talbot University of Newcastle (retired)

Tracey Edhouse

David Albuquerque, Education Queensland

Ron Abbott

Dr Helen McCue University Of Melbourne

Zeny Giles, member Newcastle Christians for Peace

Kim Salisbury, University of Sydney graduate

Sharyn Green

Geoffrey Halsall

John L Hayes Mayfield ( Newcastle ) Community Groups

Richard Moors

Debbie Carstens

Fiona Ward

Edward Reid

Lucianne Vandeleleur (B Sc (Hons), B Ph)

Dr Karen Bett, NHS Lothian. Scotland

Louise Timbs, University of Western Sydney

Lauren Scheiwe

Jim Kable, Grad. Sydney University

Jane Keogh, Masters graduate University of California

Julia Shay

Leah Jones

Michael Breen

Sister Susan Connelly

Kerrie McGrath

Allen Jasson

Miriam Adams, University of Texas

Dr James Ritchie, surgeon

Jane Harvey, The University of Sydney

Michael McDonnell, University of Sydney

Terry Coleman, Director

Rodney Taveira, United States Studies Centre

Dr. Jane Park, University of Sydney

Romi Graham, University of Sydney

Eszter Szenes, University of Sydney

Georgia Holmes, University of Sydney

Michael Beggs, University of Sydney

William Kennedy, University of Sydney

Kathy Cleland, University of Sydney

Leo Ward

Margaret and Keith Hudson

Professor Scott Menzies, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney

Anne Horadam, teacher

Stephanie Lawson, Macquarie University

Karin Mietz

Tasman George Parsons, Macquarie University

Margaret Hennessy, University of Sydney

Jenny Barnett

Professor David Robie, Pacific Media Centre, Auckland University of Technology

Lily Rahim, Universty of Sydney

Dr. Heather Devere, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand

Rowena Sheppard

Dr Louise Marshall, University of Sydney

Rosemary McBryde NCPACS, University of Otago

James Dunk, The University of Sydney

Dr. Peter Weitzel, Alumnus – Sydney University

Susette Cooke, University of Sydney

Graham Smith, Leeds

Allen Jasson

Sophia Nasser, University of Sydney

Camilla Norman, University of Sydney

Dr Rukhsana Aslam, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Gaynor Macdonald, University of Sydney

Rob Wesley-Smith, Darwin

Dominique Estival, University of Western Sydney

Derek Sheppard

Katrina Byrne

Wendy Joseph

Melinda Hinkson, Australian National University

Ivan Coates, University of Sydney

Elizabeth Connor, University of Sydney

Jon Altman, Australian National University

Beccy Connell, University of Sydney

Rachel Morgain, Australian National University

Cathy Rytmeister, Macquarie University

Associate Professor McComas Taylor, Australian National University

Richard Middleton, Medical Practitioner

Anna Breckon, University of Sydney

David Garner, University of Sydney

Fiona Jenkins, Australian National University

David Watson

Althea Wang, University of Sydney

Victoria Meek

Zia Ahmad, Managing Editor, Australasian Muslim Times (Retired from University of Sydney after 42 years of service)

Rebecca Burgess

Crystal Coelho, Sydney University

Colin Redmond

Iain Millership

Tom Somers

Malinda Hancock

Lorraine Young

Bruce C. Dubey

Maggie Dodson

Lona Goudswaard, The Netherlands

Lois Jordan

Dr Maureen O’Rafferty, Dublin, Ireland (retired)

Michael Keefer, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, Canada

Noreen Akhtar, Nottingham Trent University

Claire Parfitt, University of Sydney

Michael Lesher

Kathryn Ticehurst, University of Sydney

Joshua Davis, University of Newcastle

Kaye Greenleaf (retired)

Dianne Butland, UWS

Rosemary Cowell (retired teacher, England)

Oliver Blood, University of Sydney

Sophie Ozdemir, Macquarie University

Durandus von Meissen, BeingQuest Academy of Arts, Greater Mpls/St. Paul Area, USA

Josh Fitzpatrick, TAFE

Tracey Smallwood

Michael Szott

Ahmad Sweity, King Khalid University

Freja Levinsdottir

Stanley Potter

Mark Brayne

Darius Sobhani

John Haag

Dr Hannah Middleton

Denis Doherty

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240 thoughts on “Open letter to University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor: Dr Spence, reject calls to punish Palestine-justice supporters

  1. As a Jew who who recognises Israel’s numerous crimes against humanity and war crimes, I know very well the extreme lengths some Jewish Australians will go to defend Israel’s excesses and ruthlessly attack on a personal level those who seek justice and peace for Palestinians.

    We must resist all efforts to victimise Associate Professor Jake Lynch and Dr Nick Riemer by the various aggressive zionist individuals and groups that are implacably opposed to views contrary to their own in relationto the Palestine-zionist response. This weak-kneed response to these egregious attacks that we are now witnessing from you, Dr Spence, as Sydney University’s Vice-Chancellor has the portential be a stain on your reputation for many years to come. Please ensure this matter is dispensed with quickly, appropriately and with due apologies to Associate Professor Jake Lynch and Dr Nick Riemer.

  2. How appalling.This an attack on the simple right to comment and to protest.Zionists do themselves and the Jewish community no favours by this kind of action.If zionists want to shut people up and stop protests in this way then they can expect supporters of our democratic rights to react.This is not a way to get support for their cause right or wrong.

  3. Please invite both sides to a dialogue based on the humanity of both sides,
    and whether it is shared , or not.

    • The people world over need to stand up to these Israhelli
      Zionazi war criminals and their morally challenged sympathisers …. enough is enough.

  4. Assoc. Prof. Jake Lynch is a world-renowned scholar with a vast array of widely-cited books and articles, who has a record of extremely high quality teaching at the University of Sydney. Prof Lynch has influenced hundreds of thousands of readers and students to understand the principles of peace, human rights and social justice, and the nonviolent means for working toward those aims. I am one such student, and I am horrified to hear about a call for Prof Lynch’s dismissal as a response to his nonviolent political protest.

    As late Stéphane Hessel – German-born Jew, fighter in the French Resistance, (following escape from Nazi torture) French Ambassador to the United Nations, and author of the best-selling “Time For Outrage” – says: “… one of the essentials of being human: the capacity and the freedom to feel outraged. That freedom is indispensable, as is the political involvement that goes with it.”

  5. This is simply an attack on Freedom of Speech. To dismiss an academic member on the basis that they went against some university policy is appalling to say the very least when no crimes were violated. They were simply exercising one of their rights. You have lost 3 students who were in the process of applying to your university. Thank you.

    Best,
    Adam A.

  6. This is unacceptable on all levels of integrity, democracy moral, legal and human rights. How appalling an institute to better oneself, master academic qualifications, is redundant in this fundamental right, to protest peacefully. Especially on such heinous acts carried out in countries of war and conflict.

  7. The fact that there is even an “investigation” in regards to this incident is concerning in that *any* pressure group thinks it can pressure a University into taking action based on claims (contradicted by video evidence) of anti-Semitism. The students involved in this protest were protesting against certain actions of the state of Israel which does *not* constitute anti-Semitism. In addition, none of the actions of the staff involved out of concern for students being forcibly ejected from the lecture theatre constitute anti-Semitism. The attempt of vested interests to create a scare campaign out of this incident seriously threatens freedom of speech at the University of Sydney. *Noone* in the audience in the lecture theatre was threatened or intimidated by the actions of the protesters or the staff who have been targeted by this campaign and noone was singled out in any way on the basis of their Jewish identity. If this had been the case I would not be signing this petition.

  8. As an author who knows about the importance of free speech (see my book on the San Francisco Bay Area and the Free Speech Movement, for example), I want to defend the students and academics involved in the campaign against a Zionist spokesperson. This does not mean I endorse their actions, as I would have suggested some other tactic (a peaceful protest outside the venue, for example). Free speech is just that but let us be clear (and I know this well from personal experience), Zionists do not believe in free speech unless it is their own. The Israel Lobby wants to silence any form of dissent and it is unacceptable for a University to contemplate disciplining those in opposition.

  9. It is the duty of the global citizenry to free the Palestinians. This means confronting Zionist appeasers such as Richard Kemp. The University of Sydney would be violating its trust as an institution of “universal values” if it criminalises the right to protest of those who reject the illegal occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.

  10. The Israel lobby is attempting, across the world, to attack and undermine the right to peaceful protest against Israel’s relentless degradation and dispossession of the Palestinians. Decent people everywhere must stand against this grotesque abuse of power and influence by the Israel lobby.

  11. Like many allegedly democratic countries, Australia pays a heavy price for its support of Israel’s violent Apartheid system. We pay with our silent embarrassment for hypocritical votes in the UN, it undermines our democratic institutions. We pay with the distortion of our media and the diminishing of our political space. We pay with the compromising of our political leaders who succumb to the enticement of free visits to Israel and their disgraceful silence on Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians and against international law.

    We pay with our young Jewish people, sadly, being seduced into joining Israel’s brutal army of occupation and extermination as foreign fighters,returning home as people damaged for life by PTSD and shame. We pay with the undermining of academic integrity, which is crippling our universities as concerted campaigns set out to get our finest academics sacked from their jobs.

    All of this makes Australia less than it should be in international reputation and it makes every one of us less safe and a potential target for attack by those to whom Israel causes harm.

  12. Medicine, biology and physiology teaches us that we are all equal, all the same human race….

    Dissect, study and examine our bodies and brains, and we will find we are all siblings….

    As Chuck D, Master of Ceremony of legendary and politically insightful rock-rap collective Public Enemy put it so succinctly, “Party For Your Right To Fight!!!”…

  13. This attack on freedom of speech is very shameful. We are currently fighting against a decision by the University of Southampton in the UK to withdraw its permission to hold a conference on International Law and the State of Israel (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/israelpalestinelaw/index.page) as a result of pressure by the pro-Israel lobby – see article on http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/court-hearing-expected-next-week-challenge-uk-universitys-ban-israel-conference.

    Please sign the petition on
    https://www.change.org/p/the-university-of-southampton-uphold-free-speech-allow-the-conference-on-israel-and-international-law-to-proceed.

    In solidarity

    Professor Suleiman Sharkh
    University of Southampton, UK

  14. Don’t let yourself be used by fanatic Zionists. The only way they can stop people judging Israel as a rogue State is keep the facts of what is happening in Palestine hidden or to intimidate legitimate opponents and with their mantra “antisemitism.”

  15. It is a very sad day in a so called free country like Australia when it is not possible to express a view about another country’s policies without retribution from powerful lobby groups and our own Government. Too often the cry of Anti Semitsn is used as a smokescreen to shut down debate. Israel has perpetuated a regime of brutality and injustice on the Palestinians for over 60 years and are in breach of countless United Nations resolutions, so discussion about this issue is not only legitimate but necessary in a world where others need to stand up where the victims can’t. Utilising power to silence debate should be seen for what it is, an acknowledgment that people are getting a little too close to the truth and entrenched institutional power is under threat. We need to ensure that free speech is preserved in this country and if people disagree with the sentiments than debate the facts and not just resort to bullying. this is a important case and our Governemebt must noy aid and abett a Lobby Group but support the principles that it says are important to preserve – namely free speech.

  16. There are 2 important issues here. Firstly, freedom to protest peacefully. Secondly, a rapidly accelerating human rights emergency in Gaza.

    This is not a taking sides issue, it’s about the right to live.

    Let the students support their cause.

  17. A university that does not hold academic freedom of speech at its core is no longer a university. The campaign against these academics is reprehensible and an attack on free speech.

  18. I am a South African who has lived through apartheid. I spent two weeks in the West Bank of Palestine and was living in another apartheid system. This system seems more controlling and brutal even than South Africa was. We all need to be able to speak out against this, without fear of retribution, because we are on the right side of history. Those who support Israel are supporting a horrendous apartheid system. That will be their legacy.

  19. If it were to be introduced today, the principles embodied in the imperialist Balfour Declaration would be regarded as abhorrent. The ideological intentions behind it have led inevitably and predictably to Zionist domination over the whole of historic Palestine and beyond. Today the extreme racism practised by Israel’s occupation settlers is mirrored in the behaviour of the Israeli Army of Occupation. It is Zionist ideology that lies behind the creation of the world’s only military court for juveniles. While no Jewish Israeli child would ever be brought before an Israeli military court, Palestinian children face that ordeal every day. A UNICEF report dated February 2013 documents Israel’s inhuman and discriminatory abuse of non-Jewish children. Political debate inside Israel, as well as Western news media commentary, all avoid the question of Zionism – the last remaining state-sponsored, racist ideology.

    Political debate inside Israel, as well as Western news media commentary, all avoid the question of Zionism. Protest terrifies Israel’s apologists because it exposes Zionist lies. The duty of the world community is to witness for truth. Surrender to Zionism’s attempts to silence debate is complicity.

  20. Israel is full steam ahead on the deception of Australia’s overburdened and politically disturbed public and what better ruse than to discredit and vilify learned objectors to the millions of victims of Israel Those learned people, sacked now by zionist demand committed, the unforgivable ‘new order’ crime of offering support to that abused people fighting their relentless oppressors, many of the vicious oppressors are brutal American braggarts and Russian Marxists who’s purpose is to prevent Palestinians ever recovering their lands, dignity or will to live …where lost.

    Palestinians are not safe against assassination or brutal bashings even working in their fields or asleep in their homes or playing in the streets but then…in the zionist new order they deserve all they get for being on Israel’s land’ !!….’ What zionism wants zionism takes….just as it always has done and long before Hertzl.In Israel however David Gruen (faked name ben Gurion) made it quite clear that Israel would take all of Palestine.

    The British ‘special handshake’ with USA, through the financiers’ puppet Roosevelt ultimately saw not the entire nation of Palestine as the Reich empowered Zionists anticipated but a miserly 53% added to the 9% already owned by Jews…leaving the vastly greater number of Palestinians even then with only 47% of their own nation. Research will show you who really created Israel and the processes which have been left out of ‘truth according to the victors’.

    Immediately the outrage at such a tawdry gesture as 400,000 jews owning only 62% of Palestine, 53% free of any cost, was realised the terrorism began, to oust the British control of the already overburdening immigration and to drive out the owners of their land to replace them with latter day Jews. The atrocities were horrific and reminders of soviet from 1917 to 1958 and german atrocities during WW11.

    The use for vilification of the term ‘anti semite’ towards people who complain or want to research and discuss or even promulgate doubts about matters pertaining to Israel..itself displays utter ignorance and worse,, machination.

    Used extensively even by judges it illustrates they are puppets of the fast moving tide of zionist indoctrination. The semitic language base is not singularly jewish, certainly not Georgian or Khazarian but is the basis of language groups which far and wide have nothing relevant to Judaism or Zionism othe than being oppressed by them. To vilify some one as an ‘anti semite’ is itself absurd but as ‘anti-semitic it is the same as vilifying someone as ‘anti-English language’.

    Israel was created from 1934 onwards and built by happy, scheming, concurrence.. the outcome of their conference on ‘the jewish question’ between leading Zionists and the Reich during the world-wide BDS by Jews against Germany. The BDS was hurting Germany and steps were taken to resolve it amicably. Most jews despised zionists and feared them thus most stayed in Europe, later to be victims of a pogrom and where sacrificed for advantage by such as Rabbi Wise, a shoa..

    Julia Irwin was quite public concerning control of the ALP by Zionists and behind the smokescreen the media produced it was the Australian Zionist organisation which removed Rudd and installed Gillard, with Howes a leading light in it. The ALP and LNP, disgracefully and also media did nothing to protect Julia Irwin from the outrageous attacks on Julia by the full of themselves Zionist storefronts forher being otherwise engaged during their ‘independence commemoration’ propaganda… How DARE any Australian politician not present itself at their public indoctrination ceremony!!..

    The Media also made no investigation into the outrageous behaviour of Dadon, Julia and Timothy at the coup…so protected are Zionists in Australia and so relentless is the maintaining of the lie about Israel’s ‘creation’ by the UN. The reality of Germany building Israel’s first bank, its infrastructure and the kibbutz to train soft hands in hard work…much of the work done by backpackers from around the world, for reasons ranging from curious through sexual opportunism to ideological.

    Connected with Rudd’s demise was media’s avoiding any interview with Rygier’s parents…they being ADL operatives and therefore committed propagandists…. and the clear message that ASIS and the AFP had long known and permitted the Mossad passport scam adds weight to my proposition that both LNP and ALP are willingly Zionist Central-Banker controlled. The media world wide quickly accepted the Mosad concoction about Rygier’s ‘suicide’ and there it has been left to lie…unlike say a building scammer pursued daily by media ferrets.

    Debt forfeits control of destiny and the LNP is engaged in massively increasing the debt the LNP and the ALP have organised for us. If you think 100M a day interest to the central bankers is a hell of a lot, think about it increasing to 250million for the submarines alone..the figures given by the LNP and ALP are just nonsense and ignore the ongoing costs and ‘add on’s’ and essential spares, to just get started…then come the ‘war games’ to train, correlate and ingratiate us further with the new world order….Who is our enemy by the way?…that requires us to use submarines?…and what use, in real life, will they actually be? as opposed to the waffle from defence organisms.

    Changes to technology during and after construction cost $hundreds of millions. A $12 B build is already $30B and I say $65B by end of a year post completion (when?…in 10 years time?) and we have shown already, in the Collins debacle which cost astronomical billions, that we are incompetent in submarine maintenance and building. The purpose is to further indebt Australians so that its governments are inextricably controlled by the Central Bankers and their zionist organisms.

    As with the NBN who’s main-control electronics are being purchased from Israel at a projected $40M thus allowing grand espionage, so also will they supply our submarine electronics, which are already proven to be highly suspect in reliability and possibly remotely controlled by Israel. Those NBN electronics were used to manipulate Barry O’Farrell into agreeing with the Zionist powerbrokers, to get into the office as Premier, to be dissolving the Marrickville council if it refused to stop considering a BDS against Israel’s atrocities. He agreed, made the threats and was elected….such is Zionist power…I can understand people wanting to ‘reclaim Australia’….

    Competent research will show ‘Israel’ was not an ally of the British during WW11 but of the Reich. To maintain the lies…protested by one camp survivor ‘don’t use us as an excuse for your atrocities’ ….infected historians and journalists like the ‘1967’ date rather than the 1947 date for massacres of Palestinians….18.2 % of whom were Christian when the genocide and dispossession commenced.

    Even knowledgeable objectors to the atrocities of the Israelis, (none of whom is Hebrew ), shy away from disclosing as I have here, in brief , frightened of being labelled by the Israeli Sayannas , frightened that truth will act against their cause so deeply ingrained is the deception from a nation who’s motto is ‘by deception we shall wage war’. Ari ben Menashe’s ‘Profits of War’ indicates the sadists, sociopaths and sexual degenerates who in his era with them and still comprise Mossad. Menashe claimed that by selling ‘Inslaw Promis’ world wide…including to the Australian Government…that he was responsible for not ten, but tens of thousands of assassination. That began his resistance to his employer and not long after wards his wife and child were assassinated on vacation in Germany.

    Western Universities are strongly organised breeding grounds of pro-Zionist bigots who’s sayannas pop up with their repetitious mischief any time an objection is made to Israel’s atrocities. They also maintain Mossad facilities. (See the ‘Deception’ books of Victor Ostrovsky..and .”Profits of War, ben Menashe the latter which exposes Australian political criminal connivance with Israel which has now become a part of the ‘muliculture’….

    The hysterical need to ensure their powerbroker loaded boat springs no leaks sees international efforts by Zionist power-mongers to have wonderful films such as ‘The Promise” and “The Lemon Tree” banned….Pornography, violence are ok though as they destroy the strength of mind of target cultures and distract from political reality into self absorbance….a self generated drug.

    Evil flourishes when good men do nothing…yes?

    • On going barbaric treatment of the Palestinians by IDF and the extremist Government of Israel must be exposed and challenged. Israel’s atrocities have no justification and I will support all attempts to call them to account as injustice feeds terrorism making us all unsafe.

  21. Shame on you USYD.

    Free palestine and oppressed people of the land.
    The true original inhabitants. The apartheid regime of zionism must end.

  22. This is an attempt to stifle debate. Universities should uphold the principle of free and open debate where diverse opinions can be put forward and debated.

  23. What’s going on in this world? Free speech only for those who say nothing ? Those who speak truth to power get bullied? Shameful behaviour by a place of learning, of all institutions.

  24. The reason that BDS and other forms of resistance exist is because Palestine is not free, it is occupied, its people endure the hardships of an oppressive occupation regime, known as Zionism. Palestinians are subjected to the inevitable brutality that comes with occupation and they are subject to racist laws that are designed to discriminate against them, to disenfranchise them to take away their land and eventually get them to either surrender completely, leave or die.

  25. The sheer fact that Zionist Jews continually lobby governments, politicians, universities, businesses worldwide, and when ANYONE so much as disagrees with their criminal views and want open dialogue on the issues, they whinge and cry “anti semitism” and bring out the threats of legal action shows them to be pathetic hypocrites. You’d think as a previously persecuted people, they would grow upwards as a people and gain skills in diplomacy whilst wanting to ensure no other peoples are persecuted in the future, instead sadly they have now become pathetic, angry, ugly perpetrators of evil and war crimes. I implore the citizens of the world to speak out against Israels actions against a free Palestine and the U.N acknowledged war crimes, illegal activities, their purposeful avoidance of peace talks, their master plan to commit genocide on all Palestinians whilst they steal their land and wipe their history away. Please support the BDS movement. And continue our right to free speech by speaking about what the Zionist Jews are doing. Continue to expose our politicians that support Israels crimes because the pro Israel lobby groups buy their support with money for campaigns, trips etc. Aim to not let this buying of our politicians to continue until we end up like the U.S. Where the Jewish lobby groups run the government. Our universities MUST remain free speech and places where our next generation of leaders can explore views and opinions on all sides of all arguments. Do not let the Jewish voices only control these avenues of debate. Our society is a multi racial society, it is not just a Jewish voice! Dont be intimidated by their toddler tantrums, whingeing, crying wolf and threats. Speak up against the continual racism inflicted by Jews.

  26. A teaching institutes cannot be ignorant where justice is denied and allow one class (The Palestinian) is made to feel that society is an organised conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them neither persons nor property nor plantation is safe. Please stand with justice and do not let the oppressor (Israel) insult your intelligence.
    Please do not down grade the morality of humanity by standing with the oppressor. I urge you to stand on the side of the truth and Justice.

  27. Journalist, Green Left Weekly

    It’s about the right to protest. The accusations thrown at Jake Lynch and Nick Riemer are totally trumped up.

  28. A teaching institutes cannot be ignorant where justice is denied and allow one class (The Palestinian) is made to feel that society is an organised conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them neither persons nor property nor plantation is safe. Please stand with justice and do not let the oppressor (Israel) insult your intelligence.
    Please do not down grade the morality of humanity by standing with the oppressor. I urge you to stand on the side of the truth and Justice.

  29. I support free speech and academic colleagues who speak up against the long standing brutal treatment of Palestinians by the Israeli government.

  30. Stay forever strong Palestine…world support is slowly working its way through the dominant powers for change…

  31. One of the great crimes of the 20th century is the treatment meted out to the Palestinian people and the way the world’s most powerful have ignored their plight. We fought two world wars for ‘freedom of thought’. Put it into practice.

  32. If universities are unable to fulfill their basics core for existing: to prop up the Man to be the representation of what it is: Humanity, they should not exist then. Authorities go and come but the real existence of the institution should prevail. Not authority has the right to go beyond this. The cause of freedom of speech, of creating conditions for social justice, are cores for the University to it. It’s then very shameful to presence how these basics are openly breached in order be servile to the power of death that the state of Israel represent.
    I fully support this letter and hope for a fair resolution.

  33. A place of learning and education needs to be above bias and propaganda. The actions against your colleague are not acceptable in this respect. I would feel it is inappropriate to show such incredible favour towards a group using false accusation. As an institute please respond appropriately and continue to be a place of true learning and fairness. Surely humanity requires that from our educators.
    Yours Sincerely
    Beverley Molineaux

  34. Even though I don’t agree with the beliefs of the demonstrators in question, I still support their right to protest peacefully (and even if somewhat noisily!). Such protests are part of what constitute university life – passionate idealism and peaceful protests. I wouldn’t have it any other way.. The manner in which these students are being pursued is unwarranted and just appalling.

  35. There is little doubt that the various jewish nations suffered for about 1,000 years at the hands of various European regimes, but that does not grant any rights to the Zionist Israeli government to dispossess Palestinian Arabs from their homes and lands. Moreover, academic freedom in Australia must be above vested pressure groups that pursue any campaign to wrongly villify the victims of apartheid policies by any and every government, including Zionist Israel.

  36. If we don’t stand up against the evil that is Zionism we will have lost our moral compass and we can wave freedom and humanity goodbye. I support this letter with all my heart.

  37. I am an Ecumenical Accompanier for the World Council of Churches in Palestine and Israel and have been an Observer on the West Bank. I support all who are working for peace and justice as I have seen the reality of Israel’s military Ocupation and its cruel effects on the Palestinian people.

  38. It’s time people all over the world stood up for a separate Palestinian state and stopping the illegal expansion of Israeli settlements. Palestinian people were illegally ejected from their homes and lands in 1948 and it’s time for them to regain a homeland. Israel, in all conscience, can no longer keep sanctions against Gaza in place. Netanyahu is calling all Jews to migrate to Israel – this is wrong! Israel is already overcrowded.

  39. It has condemned Australia for ever in my eyes, how can it allow a handful of vile zionists to dictate what we think and do..we will fight on, millions of us, for justice, for a humane solution and for a free Palestine..no question..you cannot shut down thoughts and debate in a university FFS! Otherwise we go the nazi route..who are these zion ists to think they can dictate what we do and think. Unbelievable

  40. The Australian’s attack on these two professors should bury the idea that it is a serious newspaper. Spence and the University of Sydney should be supporting staff, not caving in to the appalling bullying of Murdoch and co.

    – former usyd student.

  41. Wrong side of history though it is surreal the European zionists occupying Palestine are considered “untouchables” in the crimes they have been committing on the native people in Palestine simply because of who they think they are.

    Time to right this 66 (going on 67) year wrong

  42. I send this from Southampton, UK, where the VC of the University of Southampton has just banned from the campus an academic conference concerned with the legality of the State of Israel which he had approved after rigorous scrutiny 18 months ago. Of course the Zionist lobby was behind the cancellation which was done because of ‘safety concerns’. A small, fascist group – EDL – English Defence League, had promised to demonstrate at the conference. English fascists have discovered that they like Zionists because they hate Moslems. The threatened demonstration gave the VC a perfect excuse to ban the conference. The EDL in this part of England generally manage to bring 10 -15 people when they stage a demo. So good luck with your struggle against the Zionist lobby at Sydney.

  43. It’s time that Decent humans stand up for justice and Peace for the Palestinian People. Anything less is sheer Evil, Inhumane and to oppose Peace and Justice is a violation of Human Rights .

  44. If freedom of speech is not allowed at our universities, where can we expect to find it? Freedom of speech is the most basic right in a genuine democracy.

  45. The Zionists and their collaborators are trying to persecute Jake Lynch for opposing Israel’s genocide of Palestine. The alleged incident is merely an excuse. Zionists get away with plagiarism and fraud in US universities and publishing. Just look at Joan Peters From Time Immemorial, a totally fraudulent publication and Alan Dershowitz plagiarizing from it.

  46. The power of the Israel lobby in Western society is staggering, sinister, and very frightening too – they have managed to spook every government, irrespective of their politics. They are spooked to the extent that politicians can’t even use common language terms in their parliamentary discourse if it refers to anything expressive of extreme behaviour, such as holocaust – we’ve all acquiesced to the fact that its use is an infringement of a registered trademark, which explains why it’s not PC to refer to the Turkish slaughter of the Armenians as a holocaust. Witness how quick Abbott was to backtrack on his ‘holocaust of job losses’ quip in parliament, and the instant knee-jerk reaction of the other members, with their howls of mock indignation – it was like watching a mob of Pavlov’s dogs, all drooling at the sound of the dropped clanger.

    The term Semite is also trademarked – it only includes Jews now, and this too has been accepted without question in Western society.

  47. What on earth is going on with Australian universities and Israel? I expect this in the US but not in Australia.

  48. If you cower to pressure from zionist groups, you are violating academic freedom, which is a university’s fundamental principles!

  49. As a tenured professor in the United States, a daughter of a Holocaust survivor and a person committed to justice and peace in Palestine and Israel, I am appalled by the attempts to silence pro-BDS academics. Israeli Apartheid WILL fall someday and those of us who were at the forefront of the campaign to end will celebrate with Palestinians. Until then, we must explain why we support BDS and stand by those who are targeted. In solidarity,
    Dr. Simona Sharoni

  50. Jake, Nick and BDS are really having an impact otherwise why else would they come under such attacks?
    Look at what happened to the African American civil rights protestors in Selma!
    Ultimately we will look back on this turning point as the moment when the world stopped tolerating Israel’s brutality towards the Palestinians.

  51. Just remember all those lives lost from around the world including Australia in Two World Wars fighting for Freedom, for Democracy and the Right to Free Speech!
    Agree or Disagree but let people have the right to Free Speech!
    Remember it’s NOT ANTISEMETIC TO OPPOSE ISRAEL! It’s quite right that it is ANTISEMETIC to oppose Jewish People just because they’re Jewish! A State is a State, not its people! I believe that the State of Israel is guilty of War Crimes against the indigenous PALESTINIAN Population over 67 years! That does Not make me ANTISEMETIC!

  52. The great Russian dissident poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko said ” when truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie”. The Zionists aspire to a great silence to cover their crimes against humanity and their ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. Well I say the silence is a lie and we must not let it pass unhindered!!!!

  53. Criticizing the Israeli government is not anti-Semitism. Free speech for all not just groups preferred by the administration. Be brave.

  54. It is obvious to the World finally the War Crimes being committed by the State of Israel. This needs to be more exposed and adjudicated. It would behove you not to err on the side of Israel at this time in History.

  55. Reality:

    The apartheid entity known as “Israel” is a belligerent/illegal occupier of Palestinian and other Arab lands, an ethnic-cleanser, a brutal oppressor and a thoroughly documented serial violator of hard-won international humanitarian law.

  56. Freedom of speech is a democratic right. Speaking out against injustices is not only a part of that right it is also our responsibility as a democratic society.

  57. A university is a place where we learn to think for ourselves, not where we are told how to think. Please resist the pressure of thugs to restrict free thought at the University of Sydney.

  58. We must defend the right to criticize and protest acts of injustice dealt out to the Palestinian people, and not be silenced by those carrying out the oppression.

  59. Having tried – and failed – to deploy “lawfare” to attack academic freedom, these zionist losers are now stooping to ever-lower depths in their personal vendetta against Professor Jake Lynch, a man who is worth far far more than the whole lot of them put together. Dr Spence should send them packing, just like the Australian courts did. Let us not forget there are significant numbers of Jewish people who find these hasbara merchants an utter embarrassment. Please, Dr Spence, do not let them turn your institution into an extension of the attempted zionist state.

  60. I strongly support this open letter. The Jewish State of Israel in the Levant must be shown that its words against peace activists are as unacceptable as its treatment of the indigenous people of Palestine.

  61. I cannot imagine any grounds for disciplining anyone for attending a protest.

  62. The Zionists have stolen enough land for their racist state (defined by the Green Line.) They should get back behind that line, behave themselves, and be very very quiet, lest the world re-evaluate the legality of the very existence of
    their odious state. In the meantime, they should stop attacking those who peacefully stand against their illegal, immoral and inhumane behaviour.

  63. The most effective weapon Israel has is not nukes, not armoured tanks, not helicopter gunships, it is to label anyone who criticises Israel as anti-Semitic.
    Criticising the occupation is not anti-Semitism, so don’t just go along with the suggestion that it is. Free speech in this area is the only way the public gets to hear about the persecution of the Palestinians by Israel, which is why Israel wants to silence the critiicism. The people who suffered terrible oppression have become terrible oppressors, and the public is entitled to know the form this oppression takes.

  64. As an academic member of the community I fully support the right of students and staff to peacefully voice their views both on and off campus. Such is the nature of a democratic society. Interestingly there appears more academic freedom for and to dissent in Israeli universities than at Sydney!

  65. “No one is free when others are oppressed.” “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” “Humanity a thread.”

  66. Please do not give in to this disgusting campaign to censor and dismiss Associate Professor Lynch and Dr Reimer. Speaking out against a virulently racist speaker sponsored by bigoted Islamophobes is a responsibility of any decent person and the University should support their right and responsibility to speak out.

  67. It is our social, intellectual and political responsibility to fight all injustice.
    Pressure to do otherwise, for any reason, is a threat to our integrity on every level..
    To remain silent is just wrong. Speak out for change!

  68. The struggle against zionism is a global the one as was the struggle against its spiritual twin, Apartheid. The very idea of an exclusive Jewish state in the land of the Palestinians is no less obnoxious, immoral and wrong than a racist white, minority state in South Africa. It is up to us to expose this vile, violent and heinous complicity of those nations who bare naked witness to the ongoing theft of Palestinian land and resources by the settler/colonial zionist state.No degree of historical fabrication and deliberate falsification nor appeals to a disputed theology will extinguish the fact that Zionist Isreal (ALL OF IT) exists on Palestinian LAND. As Madiba correctly proclaimed “our long march to freedom is incomplete without the liberation of the Palestinians ” Forward with THE BDS.

  69. The fact that the Zionist are attempting to intimidate you into removing a staff member should be all the more worrying to the University of Sydney. This form of harassment should be rejected without any hesitation.

  70. It is a very sad day in a so called free country like Australia when it is not possible to express a view about another country’s policies without retribution from powerful lobby groups and our own Government. Too often the cry of Anti Semitsn is used as a smokescreen to shut down debate. Israel has perpetuated a regime of brutality and injustice on the Palestinians for over 60 years and are in breach of countless United Nations resolutions, so discussion about this issue is not only legitimate but necessary in a world where others need to stand up where the victims can’t. Utilising power to silence debate should be seen for what it is, an acknowledgment that people are getting a little too close to the truth and entrenched institutional power is under threat. We need to ensure that free speech is preserved in this country and if people disagree with the sentiments than debate the facts and not just resort to bullying. this is a important case and our Governemebt must noy aid and abett a Lobby Group but support the principles that it says are important to preserve – namely free speech.

  71. I am horrified at the thought that an academic institution with the high standing of University of Sydney can even be considering this intimidation

  72. I wish to support the important stand taken by Associate Professor Jake Lynch and Dr Nick Riemer and other Palestinian activists at Sydney University. Ever since the UN allowed Israel to be established on the land belonging to the Palestinian people in 1948, the Palestinians have suffered overwhelmingly – further land has been taken, Palestine has been invaded on numerous occasions, the people have been subjected to violence, human rights abuses, harassment and intimidation, they have very limited freedom of movement etc. These conditions should not be allowed to exist and anyone who cares about human rights, justice and fairness is compelled to speak out for those facing this tyranny.

    Israel is an apartheid state and it treats its Arab citizens and Arabs in Palestine extremely unfairly.

    Australian governments have not played a very honest or fair role on the issue of justice in the Middle East and should cease supporting the Israeli crimes against the people of Palestine.
    Zionist groups have shown time and again that they do not support the above values for the people whose land and rights they wish to remove. It is also well known that many resort to the use of intimidatory tactics against those who promote Palestinian rights.

    It must be said that there are a number of “righteous” Jewish groups that are opposed to Zionism and work hard for Palestinian rights. These groups also face harassment from Zionist groups. They should be applauded for the stand that they take.

  73. Its time that our institutions took a stand in opposing barbarism and unravel and expose the myth of so called self defence, in this story the Palestinians are represented by David and the Zionist State has become Goliath.
    The apartheid of Israel is not disimilar to the apartheid of South Africa and justifies the boycott campaign.
    We must always take a stand against thugs and bullies, especially when they are of international proportions.

  74. Shouldn’t we be encouraging dialogue between Israel and Palestine instead?
    As Nelson Mandela famously remarked on negotiation with the government during apartheid in South Africa, “only free men can negotiate”. Genuine dialogue and negotiation require parity among the participants. Over 160 countries acknowledge the illegality of Israel’s Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank and recognise that these settlements and the widespread abuses of Palestinian human rights are a significant impediment to peace. Parity certainly does not exist between the parties to the negotiations over Palestine. It’s impossible for a hostage to have a genuine dialogue with their kidnapper. Decades of officially sponsored negotiations have only strengthened Israel’s hand. While talks continue, more illegal settlements are built. Only a logic of pressure holds any chance of creating the conditions necessary for a breakthrough. Israel’s marked hostility to the BDS movement as opposed to other forms of Palestine advocacy is evidence of the political traction BDS is gaining.
    What’s the connection with USyd?
    Sydney University is a conspicuous supporter of Israel, maintaining formal connections to a number of Israeli academic institutions through well funded exchange programs, such as the exchange with the Hebrew University, and a new partnership with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Sydney has refused to distance itself from the Australian government’s position on the extreme fringe of international public opinion on Israel, Tony Abbot having declared “I’d like to think that nowhere in the world [does Israel] have a stauncher friend than us”. Through its active support of Israeli institutions the University of Sydney effectively endorses – and is therefore complicit with – Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians, and helps Israel to whitewash its acute human rights violations.

  75. I am sure the Austrians know the real inhabitants it only need
    to be strong in from of the Israel and say what they really
    think Palestine will be free for if we where to forget
    as they amuse 66 years is good time to forget
    but we will never forget and will keep working for the
    freedom of our beloved country

  76. Universities are the last place freedom of speech should be suppressed. – .It should be encouraged
    .The injustice being perpetrated in Palestine must be of major concern to all reasonably-minded people.

  77. If people knew what is actually going on in Israel/Palestine, they would never tolerate this dreadful abuse of their tax money. Not in the USA, not in Europe, nowhere. Shame on the so-called “free” (corporate) media for persistently misinforming the public.

  78. Critizing the injustices committed by the government of Israel, settlers and its supporters on Palestinian citizens is NOT antisemitism. Palestinians need our strong support and Australia is open to both to express freely their concerns. By siding with the Israeli support the University is backing up crimes committed in Palestine and its civilians.

  79. I fully support this open letter.
    There is no such thing as a University without freedom of speech.

    Jean-Hugues Morneau
    Reference librarian

  80. Sydney University should be proud that of its staff in standing up for justice, the action of zionists extremists is shameful and typical blend of intimidation and underhandedness.

  81. Silencing speech is a sign of a weaker argument and bullying tactics. Further it provides no solution to the tragedy facing Palestine/Israel today.

  82. If anyone can explain to be how you deliver on the topic of peace studies without taking on Israel, Zionism, terrorism, Gaza, weapons production, the Holy Land, the Middle East, Jewish exceptionalism, Palestinian resistance, illegal nuclear states, failures of the IAEA, UN vetos… I’d like to hear it. I don’t know a single person that has reviewed the facts on Israeli oppression and Zionist history and come out of it a first class supporter of all things Jewish. Not even my Jewish mates manage that.

    It’s impossible to review the facts and the history of Zionism and return a verdict of “hell yeah, you are the peacemakers”. The fact that Jake is under attack has nothing to do with any actions of his. The Israel lobby use all the dirty tricks to silence critique. Provoking a conflict then blaming the Other is a classic.

  83. The Zionist lobby is sinister in the extreme and at every opportunity attacks democracy, freedom and international law. BDS is the only peaceful way to fight this abhorrent racist culture.

  84. Israel is an apartheid and colonial settler state. The BDS movement is an excellent non-violent way to help the world understand the constant injustice that Palestinians endure daily, and the need to change Israel into a democratic society for all the inhabitants of historic Palestine.

  85. this is not the university that i remember (as one of andrew riemer’s students) .. lynch & riemer have every right indeed a responsibility to speak on these matters – the israeli lobby does not speak for all jews indeed neither the orthodox jew nor the holocaust survivor wants to be associated with the genocide that is clear in israel today .. the palestinian poets speak best for what remains of that country .. but the policies of israel as terra nullius (i.e. not accepting that palestinians have a right to exist) .. the continued misuse of the word ‘philistine’ to denote stupidity in this so called civilised world .. the secrecy of nuclear the illegitimate use of violence as method demonstrated in use of white phosphorous through to poisoning of wells requires constant monitor indeed interception not only on a local level but indeed on an international level due to the heavy handed (eleven million dollar a day US support to israeli militarism) .. surely then university/universal freedom to examine scrutinise & voice findings is of the essence at this time

  86. I support this letter and have every confidence in the moral integrity of both Associate Professor Lynch and Dr Riemer

  87. The international professional academic association, the Middle East Studies Association endorsed the Israel academic boycott in 2014 after the ‘other’ Middle East studies association (the pro-Jewish camp) had continuously harangued pro-Palestinian academics not to boycott, so that academic discussion was being retarded by the need to avoid litigation from Israeli organisations who devote themselves to suing academics, even members of pro-Israeli associations.
    The facts of the Jake Lynch case are that the academics involved were targeted by an organisation looking for someone to sue. That’s what the plaintiff does. The University of Sydney knows this, but does not respect the resolutions of international professional academic associations which deal with such matters as Israel and Palestine. As a result, their academic-management, completely out of touch with developments in the field, appears to the general community to be a racist institution. Why would a university board want to promote such an image?
    When associations like MESA have had to endorse a position to give ‘permission’ for academics to indulge in their freedom of speech already endorsed under ‘the law,’ our society is in trouble. Our universities aren’t doing their job as gatekeepers.
    He is the Professor of Peace and Conflict, the University’s logo is the shield with coat of arms, representing it’s ‘history and origins.’ Does the institution need to re-think it’s brand? How about barbed wire around a concentration camp with hungry, crying children inside?

  88. After the elongated and spurious claims made against Assoc. Prof. Lynch by Shurat HaDin were dismissed in the NSW Supreme Court, the University of Sydney should now defend him with all legal recourse available to them. Moreover a university of this calibre should be seeking to uphold its excellent international scholarly reputation and refuse to give voice to mercenaries such as Col Kemp (Ret) especially in light of the fact that Australia and Palestine are both signatories to the Statute of Rome.

  89. ‘The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human’ (Aldous Huxley).
    Please do not censure those who are trying to expose such propaganda in order to recognise the humanity of those who cannot defend themselves.

  90. I would like my name added to the letter, thankyou. The Australian government’s attitude and treatment of the case of Palestinians in no way reflects the views of most Australian citizens.

  91. all people are created equal?
    not so in our flawed world. And persecution of Palestinians or people who support their rights is discriminatory.
    No-one who represents Australia, and no person in authority of any government funded institution ought be permitted to breach the international laws which say that such discrimination is unlawful.

  92. Jake Lynch is being persecuted for trying come between colonizer perpetuating a genocide and their sense of entitlement to treat Palestinians as sub-human.

  93. do not allow the shutting down of free speech, the Jewish Lobby is extremely powerful, but the Palestinian people NEED a voice

  94. I am with the two academics, and see no wrong on their part. To stand by and watch a confict between the strong and the weak is not being neutral; it is indeed synonymous with being aligned with the stronger party.

  95. The day universities prevent peaceful protest is a sorry day indeed. I was student union president in 1984-87 in UK during the miners strike and free Nelson Mandela demonstration era.

    Protest is an example of a healthy democracy.

  96. Being able to distinguish between disapproval of Israeli military action and anti-semitism is one of the most important issues of our time, particularly for those who admire Jews, Christians and Muslims for all the diverse gifts they bring

  97. This attack on the Freedom of expression is more akin to the ones that happened in Nazi Germany. Is this a descent into fascism?

  98. I have yesterday read all the comments before signing up and see such a wealth of commonsense and historical knowledge that I wonder why the media is not daily overwhelmed by letters against the travesty called ‘Israel’ .It is pointless to be ‘hoping for dialogue’ to resolve the mayhem to which Israel’s political leaders are committed through their fictional religious passages, the most indicative being ‘King David’ requiring of them to ‘control and command the whole world’ which historically has produced the most appalling travesties, yet today we support it in Palestine whilst condemning ISIL and against victims which as John Piliger points out, has no weaponry even remotely equal to Israel nor an army..yet daily we wake and do our day and sleep whilst somewhere in Palestine some person not an immigrant through force is bashed, tortured or murdered As far as aggressors I battle is concerned the IDF holds its own and as assassins with politicians supporting them in every western nation Zionists have shown on every social level in Palestine, or Caanan if you prefer, to be brutal perfectionists who video their murders. Their followers who permeate those nations perform the ‘wet work’ , disposing of bodies not left for the local government to do, and organise the media propaganda justifying the usually horrific assassination of yet another in the score of thousands. . Those assassinated include a couple of German politicians who did no more than ‘get in the way’ of Israeli policy. One could write volumes yet we al may recall the assassination ‘by mistake’ of an innocent waiter in Liechtenstein in the world wide revenge search, after the Munich attacks on athletes to whom the media hardly gave mention at any time since as being brutal torturers of Palestinians.

    Mossad is comprised of all psychopaths and gender types I read of one Mossad killer (as described by a Mossad officer) who used razors formed into scissors into which his fingers slipped so he could enjoy the pleasure of snipping through victims’ throats. We must hold them accountable, not only for the evils done to the entire world by them and through them by obsequious, servile, Zionism infiltrated western governments but the lies they tell so blatantly and to which most media, including the ABC give priority whilst giving hopelessly inadequate response time to competent Palestinians and others who want to say truth. The image of the giant octopus enveloping the world, and one which has caused the uprising of killer zombies in the middle east and the African Continent such as ISIL , is a fair description of Zionist Israel and it is one in which academics and ordinary people should be continually encouraged to research how the place came to be and also the notable presence and absconding of Israeli commerciants and others at ‘911’ . Then the USA gave positive assistance in allowing even those Israelis arrested for obvious involvement, to be freed and return to Israel. Whether or not you think Israel organised the ‘false-flag attacks, something for which it is renowned (as in USS Liberty and numerous others including the assassination of Jews ) to create a world of permanent war there is no doubt about the Israeli News crew which had awaited the attacks for some hours, dancing on the roof of their news van showing some locals their excitement and satisfaction of the attacks.

    What we are seeing in recent times is the fear of Israel’s monsters when exposure is on the horizon. It is then that Christians, sometimes noted as ‘more zionist than the Zionists’ owing to their almost complete misunderstanding of their religion in some cases and in others hierarchy defending their stance even though they know it is a lie, that ‘god’ requires Palestine to be entirely Jewish. In fact Jesus not only showed an almost complete rejection of the philosophy, the modes of prayer and the hypocrisy but showed no insistence that Jerusalem should stand. The madness of the human race is the manner in which it will defend ideas generated by religions’ and what they label ‘holy places’ irrespective of how many millions suffer and die for their obsessions with humbug and to do so relentlessly assail us with propaganda to justify it.I hope this era now is one which will accelerate its mass of rejection of Israel and demand it be forced back to the 1948 boundaries, themselves a travesty, that BDS against it will spiral upwards and that we demand clarity from politicians of their position on Israel’s atrocities and bracket-creep of those now elected and in future even before election day, of political candidates.

    I hope also from reading prior posts that the ‘anti-Semitic’ term used to demean people be laughed-at and challenged relentlessly ‘which particular aspect of the language do you believe is being ‘anti’d” and that as one we demand that Australian government and security services put a real and complete end to their turning a blind-eye to Israeli passport scams and exterminate forever the scam, so long is it overdue were they to actually defend our values, so that Australians are relived of this secret connivance of Australia’s ‘trusted’ hierarchy in Mossad’s assassinations.

  99. I fully support this petition. Every human being should have the rights to express their views or protest what they see as the wrong thing. To sanctioning both the students just because of their small protest is not fair.

  100. When good people do nothing evil deeds breed. I ask what is the difference what happened in NAZI Germany to what is happening to the Palestinians? There are no gas chambers YET I think!

  101. I fully support this petition and strongly hope that the powers to be will wake up to the human right abuses being committed particularly in Palestine and in other parts of the world in general to take strongest possible action. And this is one such action.

    Regards.

  102. The only way to defeat the Zionist occupation of Palestine is through a wide-ranging civic action by millions, such as the action against SA Apartheid. BDS is part of this non-violent strategy

  103. As a former staffer at UTS I was always very proud of the way my University took a stand on social justice issues. I would like to think that Sydney Uni would do no less and would not kowtow to a small but powerful group who would like to stifle debate on a vitally important issue – the right of the Palestinian people to a state of their own. Freedom of speech is a precious right for which many Australians fought and died. Surely Sydney Uni, as the oldest and most prestigious institution of higher learning in the country, must place itself at the forefront of the fight to keep debate open in an environment free from threat or intimidation.

  104. I am in total support of this letter! The conduct of Lynch and Riemer does not warrant dismissal from the University of Sydney. It appears that the university has abandoned its mission and put money above all.

  105. repression of the right to speak out against racism in any of its form is a very short step to fascism – is this what we want for Australia? Racism is a crime against the individual, the community, humanity

  106. If the University’s investigation found the accusations to be without any foundation, could it mean the Vice-Chancellor has made a political decision to disregard the investigation and launch his own campaign? If so, does this not mean there is no freedom of thought at USYD as it would have to conform to his views? Anti Israel and anti-Semitism have no connection apart from equating one with the other to prevent criticism of Israeli actions. The University should uphold international law and not politically motivated actions to prevent freedom of thought and conscience.

  107. You have my full support..They have done nothing wrong but stand up for the people of Palestine !God bless them both !!

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