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The Israeli government may be contemplating crimes against humanity.

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 “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.

Signatories, as of the 23 Sept 2002, morning:

Prof. Zach Adam, Rehovot

Prof. Colman Altman, Haifa

Dr. Janina Altman, Haifa

Tammy Amiel-Houser, Tel Aviv

Chaya Amir, Tel Aviv

Dr. Shmuel Amir, Tel Aviv

Prof. Daniel Amit, Jerusalem/Rome

Yali Amit, Chicago

Dr. Meir Amor, Montreal, Canada

Dr. Yonathan (Jon) Anson, Beer Sheva

Prof. Shalom Baer, Jerusalem

Dan Bar-On, Beer Sheva

Dr. Avner Ben-Amos, Tel Aviv

Prof. Matania Ben-Artzi, Jerusalem

Prof. Linda Ben-Zvi, Tel Aviv

Avi Berg, Tel Aviv

Dr. Louise Bethlehem, Hod Hasharon

Prof. Anat Bilezki, Tel Aviv

Uri Bitan, Haifa

Prof. Daniel Boyarin, Berkeley

Prof. Victoria Buch, Jerusalem

Smadar Carmon, Toronto

Dr. Nicole Cohen-Addad, Tel Aviv

Dr. Uri Davis, Sakhnin

Athena Elizabeth DeRasmo, Haifa

Prof. Aharon Eviatar, Tel Aviv

Dr. Ovadia Ezra. Tel Aviv

Prof. Emmanuel Farjoun, Jerusalem

Pnina Firestone, Jerusalem

Elizabeth Freund, Jerusalem

Gadi Geiger, Cambridge, MA, USA

Dr. Amira Gelblum, Tel Aviv

Prof. Rachel Giora, Tel Aviv

Dr. Anat Goldrat-First, Netanya

Dr. Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni, Tel Aviv

Dr. Neve Gordon, Beer Sheva

Dr. Yerah Gover, New York

Prof. Charles W. Greenbaum, Jerusalem

Dr. Lev Grinberg, Beer Sheva

Ran HaCohen, Tel Aviv

Prof. Uri Hadar, Tel Aviv

Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem, Jerusalem

Dr. Sara Helman, Beer Sheva

Prof. Hanna Herzog, Tel Aviv

Prof. Ze’ev Herzog, Tel Aviv

Prof. Hannan Hever, Jerusalem

Dr. Tikva Honig-Parnass, Jerusalem

Shirly Houser, Tel Aviv

Tal Itzhaki, Haifa

Prof. Eva Jablonka, Tel Aviv

Andrea Jacobs, Austin, Texas

Dr. Devorah Kalekin-Fishman, Haifa

Aya Kaniuk, Jerusalem

Prof. Jacob Katriel, Haifa

Prof. Tamar Katriel, Haifa

Prof. Baruch Kimmerling, Jerusalem

Dr. Haggai Kupermintz, Boulder, Colorado

Dr. Ron Kuzar, Haifa

Dr. Ariela Lazar, Evanston

Prof. Micah Leshem, Haifa

Erez Levkovitz, Jerusalem

Prof. Rene Levy, Lausanne

Dr. Orly Lubin, Tel Aviv

Dr. Ruchama Marton, Tel Aviv

Dr. Anat Matar, Tel Aviv

Prof. Paul Mendes-Flohr, Jerusalem

Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom, Jerusalem

Menucha Moravitz, Ramat-Gan

Regev Nathansohn, Tel Aviv

Prof. Avraham Oz, Haifa

Dr. Ilan Pappe, Haifa

Gabriel Piterberg, UCLA

Shakhar Rahav, Berkeley

Dr. Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Beer Sheva

Prof. Zvi Razi, Tel Aviv

Prof. Tanya Reinhart, Tel Aviv

Prof. Fanny-Michaela Reisin, Berlin

Prof. Freddie Rokem, Tel Aviv

Prof. Henry Rosenfeld, Haifa

Dr. Maya Rosenfeld, Jerusalem

Ouzi Rotem, Philadelphia

Dr. Hannah Safran, Haifa

Tami Sarfatti, UCLA

Dr. Nita Schechet, Jerusalem

Hillel Schocken, Tel Aviv

Ruben Seroussi, Tel Aviv

Dr. Erella Shadmi,Beit Berl

Prof. Nomi Shir, Beer Sheva

Dr. Miriam Shlesinger, Tel Aviv

Aharon Shabtai, Tel Aviv

Orly Soker, Sapir-Jerusalem

Nurit Steinfeld, Jerusalem

Roman Vater, Tel Aviv

Dr. Roy Wagner, Tel-Aviv

Dr. Michael Yogev, Haifa

Kim Yuval, Tel Aviv

Prof. Moshe Zimmermann, Jerusalem

Michal Zweig, Herzelia


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