Indian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel

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Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French... What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct.

 

Mahatma Gandhi

Editorial, The Harijan, 26-11-1938

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The Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

‘Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct.’
Mahatma Gandhi
Editorial, Harijan, 26-11-1938

tere aaqa ne kiyaa ek filistin barbaad
mere zakhmoN ne kiye kitne filistin aabaad
‘Your master brought to ruin one Palestine But so many Palestines have been greened by my wounds.’
Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Both academia and the arts are deeply rooted in the values of democracy, equality and justice. The pursuit of excellence in these fields is meaningful only if imbued with conscience. Indian academics, intellectuals and artists in the decolonised world have historically played a crucial role in the liberation of our peoples. And to this day we must raise our voices in support of all those struggling to be rid of colonialism and domination.

In a reality in which the Israeli state tramples every day on the academic freedom and cultural life of the Palestinian people, a continued association with the instruments of such a state is unconscionable. When Palestinian students and teachers are not allowed to reach their universities because of permit laws and checkpoints, universities and schools are levelled by bombs and tanks, food, textbooks, and medical supplies are prohibited from entering Gaza, and artistic events are closed down in Jerusalem, none of the principles on which academic and cultural contact are based can ever be fulfilled.

In response to the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel we have come together to form the India Campaign for this international movement. Just as it was in the case of the international call against South Africa in the apartheid years, we are confident that this boycott will be effective in contributing to international pressure on Israel to abandon its oppression and expulsion of the indigenous population based on military aggression, legal discrimination and persecution and economic stranglehold.

We appeal to you, Indian academics and artists, to join us in this cause, which has become even more urgent today, when our nation’s foreign policy has abandoned the ideals of self-determination and anti-colonialism. We stand in firm and relentless opposition to India’s strategic, scientific, military, and economic relations with Israel and are determined to reverse these morally repugnant policies of the Indian state. Our act of solidarity with the Palestinian struggle is a reaffirmation that the Indian people have not abandoned the Palestinian people or forgotten their own history.

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