Twenty-four hours after Israel announced a three-day ceasefire in its recent assault on the Gaza strip, the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) has been bombed by Israeli Air Forces.
This is the not the first time that Israel has attacked the IUG on baseless accusations. In the 2008-2009 offensive on Gaza, it was struck on six separate occasions. The United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict disputed Israel’s claims that Hamas was using the institution to research and develop rockets.
Throughout Israel’s current incursion we have seen its abhorrent disregard of international law as it mercilessly pummels civilian areas including homes, market places, hospitals, mosques and six UN schools.
As pages of textbooks lay scattered amongst the debris of this latest attack, we can see that Israel is brazenly denying Palestinians their right to education as described in article 26 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The average age of a Palestinian in the Gaza strip is 17, this is an attack on their future and their education.
As Israeli universities like Tel-Aviv lend its support to the atrocities taking place in the Gaza strip through offering one year of free tuition to students who serve in the attack on Gaza, we can see the importance of implementing an academic boycott in our higher education institutions.
King’s College London’s motto is sancte et sapienter, as students we urge the College and the Student’s Union – in holiness and wisdom – to publically condemn the devastation of the Islamic University of Gaza. Israel’s actions are in direct violation of international law and stand in complete contradiction to the aims of universities worldwide: the indiscriminate pursuit of knowledge.