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DECLARATION OF SUPPORT FOR THE PALESTINIAN RIGHT TO EDUCATION FROM MEMBERS OF STAFF AND STUDENTS AT SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY
12th October 2015
Over the last ten days we have seen increasing levels of military action by the Israeli Defence Force in the West Bank. As Palestinians throw stones in protest at the ongoing military occupation of their land, Israeli forces respond with live fire. Since the 1st October, 1300 Palestinians have been injured with live or rubber coated bullets.
On the 7th October 2015, the University of Birzeit (the oldest and most prestigious University in the West Bank) organised a peaceful protest against Israel’s escalating aggression. During the protest, two Palestinian students were arrested for taking part. Video footage shows undercover Israeli police and Israeli soldiers brutally attacking the students. Abdul Rahman Abu Dahab and Ahmed Walid Hamid were beaten viciously while being arrested and then dragged to military vehicles. A weapon appeared to be discharged at close range into the thigh of another student. The students were then handcuffed and left lying injured in the street until they were roughly taken away by the military. They join the hundreds of University students already held in Israeli military detention facilities without trial and with no knowledge of the duration of their incarceration.
The University of Birzeit has called for academic institutions around the world to speak out against these violations of the right to education, a right guaranteed in international law. We believe that it is our moral responsibility to stand alongside Palestinian students and teachers in defence of this right.
As staff and students at Sheffield Hallam University,we therefore declare our support for the Birzeit University campaign for the freedom of their students and against acts of violence carried out on university students by an occupying force.
We invite all colleagues and students to join us in this act of solidarity.
Dr Ruth Barley, Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Dr Alice Bell, Department of Humanities
Dr Sam Browse, Department of Humanities
Dr Sophie Bush, Department of Humanities
Dr Rinella Cere, Department of Media Arts and Communication
Annaliese Connolly, Department of Humanities
Dr Claire Drewery, Department of Humanities
Hassun El Zafar, Students’ Union Education Officer
Jonathan Feldman, Sheffield Hallam University
Jenny Fortune, Department of Natural and Built Environment
Bob Freeborn, Department of Humanities
Dr Karen Grainger, Department of Humanities
Professor Julia Hirst, Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Dr Anne Hollows, Department of Social Work, Social Care and Community Studies and Sheffield Palestine Education Network
Colin Jackson, Institute of Education
Dr Russell Jackson, Department of Media Arts and Communication
Andrew Jeffrey, Department of Humanities
Dr Peter E Jones, Department of Humanities and Sheffield Palestine Education Network
Allie Kinneavy, Department of Humanities
Dr Sharon Kivland, Reader in Fine Art
Dr Barbara MacMahon, Department of Humanities
Dr Sue McPherson, Department of Humanities
Simon Nolan, Department of Humanities
Professor Sara Mills, Department of Humanities
Dr David Peplow, Department of Humanities
Dr Nick Pollard, Occupational Therapy
Professor Hilary Povey, Mathematics Education Centre
Anandi Ramamurthy, Department of Media Arts and Communication
Dr Phil Roddis
Dr Ana Maria Sanchez-Arce, Department of Humanities
Kevin Taylor, Department of Engineering and Maths
Dr Brian Tweedale, Department of Media Arts and Communication
Dr Susan Walsh, Department of Allied Health Professions (Occupational Therapy) and Sheffield Palestine Education Network.
Dr Isabelle van der Bom, Department of Humanities
Dr Kate Wilkinson, Department of Humanities
Brendan Wood, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, Social Care and Community Studies,
Dr Richard Wood, Department of Humanities
 Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health figures.
 Defense for Children International (2015): http://www.dci-palestine.org/issues_military_detention