Faculty for Palestine (F4P) supports the student encampments for Palestine

May 9, 2024

Faculty for Palestine (F4P) wholeheartedly supports the student encampments for Palestine at universities across the settler colonial state of Canada and around the world. The students are holding universities accountable by insisting that they end their complicity with Israeli occupation, apartheid, and genocide and all forms of support for Israel. Faculty for Palestine calls on all faculty to support and stand in solidarity with the students, and to condemn  all forms of repression by  university administrators and the state targeting the encampments and activists

The student encampments are playing a central role in the global struggle for Palestinian liberation. As faculty, we learn from the depth of their solidarity and the clarity of their vision. They uphold the demands of Palestinian civil society by demanding universities divest from all Israeli companies and terminate partnerships with all institutions that support or sustain Israeli occupation and apartheid, and the genocide in Gaza.  

Faculty for Palestine condemns university administrators who invite violent reprisal upon the students for bravely calling on their institutions to stop supporting genocide. These administrators privilege the rights of the Israeli state – a state that has illegally and increasingly occupied the Palestinian territories since 1967, enforced a blockade on Gaza since 2007, and has killed over 35,000 Palestinians and displaced 2 million since October 7, 2023 – over the rights of their students to protest this genocidal violence.

Faculty for Palestine condemns administrators who preemptively threaten and attempt to criminalize students for even thinking about exercising their rights to assemble and make demands of their universities. We condemn administrators who have been silent about the scholasticide that has taken place in Gaza, while creating false narratives about antisemitism, violence, and infiltrators. 

Faculty for Palestine condemns administrations that continue to support Israeli apartheid and occupation through their investments and partnerships, through their censoring pro-Palestine speech and protest, through their refusal to call for a ceasefire and speak out against the genocide, and through their promotion of false narratives.

Faculty for Palestine reiterates its commitment to Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions and echoes the call of students from Turtle Island to Palestine:

Disclose! Divest! We will not stop, we will not rest!