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Urgent warning by Israeli Academics

The Israeli government may be contemplating crimes against humanity


22 September/ septembre 2002.
Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG),  Centre de recherche sur la mondialisation (CRM),  globalresearch.ca ,   25  September/ septembre 2002

We, members of Israeli academe, are horrified by US buildup of aggression towards Iraq and by the Israeli political leadership's enthusiastic support for it.

We are deeply worried by indications that the "fog of war" could be exploited by the Israeli government to commit further crimes against the Palestinian people, up to full-fledged ethnic cleansing.

The Israeli ruling coalition includes parties that promote "transfer" of the Palestinian population as a solution to what they call "the demographic problem". Politicians are regularly quoted in the media as suggesting forcible expulsion, most recently MKs Michael Kleiner and Benny Elon, as reported on Yediot Ahronot website on September 19, 2002.

In a recent interview in Ha'aretz, Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon described the Palestinians as a "cancerous manifestation" and equated the military actions in the Occupied Territories with "chemotherapy", suggesting that more radical "treatment" may be necessary. Prime Minister Sharon has backed this "assessment of reality". Escalating racist demagoguery concerning the Palestinian citizens of Israel may indicate the scope of the crimes that are possibly being contemplated.

We call upon the International Community to pay close attention to events that unfold within Israel and in the Occupied Territories, to make it absolutely clear that crimes against humanity will not be tolerated, and to take concrete measures to prevent such crimes from taking place.

Prof. Colman Altman, Haifa Dr. Janina Altman, Haifa Chaya Amir, Tel Aviv Dr. Shmuel Amir, Tel Aviv Dr. Meir Amor, Montreal, Canada Prof. Shalom Baer, Jerusalem Prof. Matania Ben-Artzi, Jerusalem Prof. Anat Bilezki, Tel Aviv Prof. Victoria Buch, Jerusalem Dr. Nicole Cohen-Addad, Tel Aviv Dr. Uri Davis, Sakhnin Prof. Aharon Eviatar, Tel Aviv Prof. Emmanuel Farjoun, Jerusalem Dr. Amira Gelblum, Tel Aviv Prof. Rachel Giora, Tel Aviv Dr. Anat Goldrat-First, Netanya Dr. Yerah Gover, New York Dr. Lev Grinberg, Beer Sheva Ran HaCohen, Tel Aviv Prof. Uri Hadar, Tel Aviv Prof. Hannan Hever, Jerusalem Dr. Tikva Honig-Parnass, Jerusalem Prof. Jacob Katriel, Haifa Prof. Tamar Katriel, Haifa Prof. Baruch Kimmerling, Jerusalem Dr. Orly Lubin, Tel Aviv Dr. Ruchama Marton, Jerusalem Dr. Anat Matar, Tel Aviv Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom, Jerusalem Regev Nathansohn, Tel Aviv Dr. Ilan Pappe, Haifa Prof. Zvi Razi, Tel Aviv Prof. Tanya Reinhart, Tel Aviv Prof. Freddie Rokem, Tel Aviv Aharon Shabtai, Tel Aviv Dr. Michael Yogev, Haifa

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