Dear UW students, alumni, faculty and staff,
On the 8th of July 2014, Israel launched a military offensive on Gaza that was designated “Operation Protective Edge.” On the 17th of July, Israel started its ground invasion of the Gaza strip that will surely lead to further death and destruction. This ongoing assault on Gaza, a heavily populated area with 1.8 million living in an area of 139 sq miles (smaller than the city of Seattle), has lead so far to the death of 294 Palestinians, 58 of them under the age of 16 and 30 women according to al-Akhbar newspaper. A UN report, states that 4 out every 5 Palestinians killed are civilians.
Reports so far also say that one Israeli volunteer was killed in Sderot and one soldier, bringing the total number of Israeli fatalities to 2. We, SUPER UW, stress the need to address the root cause behind this violence, the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and the complete disregard for the rights and lives of the Palestinian people.
This latest bombardment of Gaza touches the UW community directly as one of UWs students (Laila AbuDahi) is currently trapped in Gaza with no ability travel to UW to attend school in the fall. We mourn all those who have died, and we reaffirm that Palestinians and Israelis deserve security, justice, and equality. As students we identify perhaps most with the 18 Palestinian students who were killed before they learned the results of their 12th grade final exams that would have given them the opportunity to attend University. We mourn their lost potential, hopes and dreams.
In response to the call from civil society organizations in Gaza, we also reaffirm the need now more than ever, to Boycott, Divest and Sanction the state of Israel and those who profit from Occupation until the Israeli government complies with International law and universal values of decency by, ending the occupation, ensuring equal rights for all who live in Palestine/Israel as well as the right of return of Palestinian refugees.
The Boycott National committee lists these 9 ways we can support Gaza through BDS
This non-violent movement is one way to send a message to Israel that it can no longer break international law with impunity and ignore the charters of the very organization that created it in 1948.
Please visit the link below for an updated list of the names of those who have been lost: