We, faculty from 19 colleges and universities across North Carolina, are writing to strongly condemn Israeli attacks on historic Palestine, from the bombing of the Gaza Strip to the forced evictions in East Jerusalem, and to express our solidarity with the Palestinian people in their just struggle for liberation. We condemn all violence against civilians and mourn all loss of life, but reject the prevalent “two-sides” narrative that ignores differences between one of the most heavily militarized states in the world and a stateless population resisting oppression.
As academics based in the United States, we acknowledge our complicity in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians, made possible through the unconditional political and material support of the U.S., continuing with the current administration. We view the Palestinian struggle for liberation as closely entwined with many struggles for racial and Indigenous justice in America, from Ferguson to Standing Rock. In joining our voices to those of the people of Palestine, we reaffirm our commitment to combating racism in all its forms, including anti-Blackness, antisemitism, Islamophobia and anti-Asian racism.
Signatories from Appalachian State University, Duke University, Eastern Carolina University, Elon University, Fayetteville State University, Gardner-Webb University, Forsyth Technical Community College, Guilford College, Mitchell Community College, North Carolina State University, Queens’s University of Charlotte, Shaw University, St. Andrews University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University.