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The university of the Basque Country breaks relations with Israel and supports Palestine

Jesus Carames

May 5, 2024 | 4:15 p.m.

Approval of the manifesto of support for Palestine

The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) has taken a significant step in international politics by approving a manifesto in support of Palestine, titled “Manifesto of support for Palestine in the face of the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.” This document, approved by the university's Governing Council, reflects a firm commitment to human rights and expresses an explicit rejection of all types of terrorism and violence. The university has decided not only to focus on solidarity with the Palestinian people, but also on direct action to review and avoid commercial or academic relationships with entities that do not respect human rights or UN resolutions regarding Palestine.

The UPV/EHU, in its statement, has requested immediate compliance with the decisions of the International Court of Justice directed at Israel to avoid acts of genocide and has demanded the opening of avenues for the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza. Furthermore, it calls for an end to the attacks and siege on the civilian population and calls for an end to the shipment of weapons to Israel, along with the release of all those kidnapped and unjustly imprisoned.

Criticism and internal reactions

Despite the firm position of the university, the Network for Palestine of the Leioa Campus of the UPV/EHU has criticized that the manifesto is “insufficient”. According to this organization, the text minimizes the seriousness of the situation by classifying the genocide as a humanitarian catastrophe and by condemning terrorism without recognizing the political nature of the conflict. The Network for Palestine has asked for more concrete and effective measures, such as the creation of a commission to ensure that the university does not maintain relations with companies that collaborate with the Israeli regime and to promote the UPV/EHU to become an apartheid-free university. .

The manifesto has also generated a debate about the responsibility of educational institutions in international conflicts and their role in promoting human rights. While some see this step as a model to follow, others argue that it could affect academic relations and international collaboration in areas of research and education.

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