On the Oxford Action for Palestine Solidarity Encampment

This morning, Oxford students set up the Oxford Action for Palestine Solidarity Encampment. Over 60 faculty and staff members have signed a letter in support. You can sign too, here:

As members of faculty and staff of the University of Oxford, we stand firmly in support of the members of the university community who have begun an encampment outside the Pitt Rivers Museum to demand that the university divest from Israel’s genocide in Gaza, as well as from Israel’s ongoing apartheid regime against Palestinians and its settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Our students have demanded that the university call for an unconditional and immediate ceasefire, condemn the destruction of all of Gaza’s universities by Israel’s bombardment in the last six months, and commit concrete resources both to support Palestinian scholars’ education and to rebuild Gaza’s destroyed institutions of higher education. These sentiments have also been echoed in statements that members of Oxford’s community have initiated or signed, particularly the letter from the Scholars for Palestine group, which is led by Palestinian scholars in the UK.

The present situation in Gaza is catastrophic; the International Court of Justice has characterised it as plausibly amounting to genocide. We consider our students’ demands entirely reasonable given the University of Oxford’s commitment to global leadership in education and to furthering educational opportunities internationally. The University has called for the release of the Israeli hostages and for an end to the ongoing violence in Gaza. We further call for the release of Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention in Israeli prisons, many of them arrested as children. We also ask the University itself to take a number of other urgent measures. 

Currently, Oxford holds a policy of no direct investment in arms. We join our students in asking that the university review its ethical investment policy to explicitly restrict all investment – direct or indirect – in arms, weapons, and other instruments of war. To this end, we ask that the University instruct Oxford University Endowment Management to make available the granular detail of any investment in portfolios that may include arms investment, or investment in other instruments of war such as warplanes, so that we can have an open discussion on this issue with all the facts in hand. We also ask that the Vice Chancellor unequivocally condemn the killing of over a hundred university professors and Israel’s destruction of Gaza’s educational institutions and archives. Finally, we ask that the university immediately commit resources to (a) creating opportunities for Palestinian scholars to access library resources and educational support online so that they can continue their learning and to (b) rebuilding Gaza’s universities. 

We see the encampment in solidarity with Gaza, in the words of Professor David Ludden, as “a public-facing global education project”. We hope that the university’s leadership will treat this political expression as the opportunity for dialogue that it is.  

This is a statement from the undersigned faculty and staff at the University of Oxford, and does not set out to represent the views of the participants of the encampment. 

Members of the University of Oxford who would like to sign can do so here.

  1. Walter Armbrust, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern Studies, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  2. Robert Gildea, Emeritus Professor of Modern History
  3. Karma Nabulsi, Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow, St Edmund Hall
  4. Sudhir Hazareesingh, Fellow in Politics, Balliol College
  5. Avi Shlaim, Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College and former Professor of International Relations
  6. Neta C Crawford, Montague Burton Professor of International Relations and Fellow of the British Academy 
  7. Arathi Sriprakash, Professor of Sociology and Education 
  8. James McDougall, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History
  9. Wes Williams, Professor of French
  10. Patricia Owens, Professor of International Relations
  11. Nikita Sud, Professor of the Politics of Development, Oxford Department of International Development and Wolfson College
  12. Bernard Sufrin, Emeritus Fellow, Worcester College and Department of Computer Science 
  13. Marilyn Booth, Emerita Khalid Bin Abdallah Al Saud Professor for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  14. Pablo Mukherjee, Professor of Anglophone World-Literature, Faculty of English 
  15. Sneha Krishnan, Associate Professor in Human Geography 
  16. Dario Carugo, Associate Professor, Medical Sciences Division
  17. Debbie Hopkins, Associate Professor in Human Geography
  18. Sophie Smith, Associate Professor of Political Theory 
  19. Meera Sabaratnam, Associate Professor of International Relations
  20. Jeanne Morefield, Associate Professor of Political Theory
  21. Nayanika Mathur, Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies 
  22. Katherine Ibbett, Professor of French
  23. Amia Srinivasan, Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory 
  24. Daniela Dover, Associate Professor of Philosophy
  25. Kate Tunstall, Professor of French
  26. Faisal Devji, Professor of Indian History
  27. Jocelyn Alexander, Professor of Commonwealth Studies
  28. Simukai Chigudu, Associate Professor of African Politics
  29. Maryam Alamzadeh, Associate Professor, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies
  30. Raihan Ismail, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  31. Barbara Harriss-White, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies
  32. Paul Dresch, Emeritus Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford
  33. Morgan Clarke, Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
  34. Roxana Banu, Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall and the Faculty of Law
  35. Leila Ullrich, Associate Professor of Criminology 
  36. Stuart White, Associate Professor in Politics
  37. Chihab El Khachab, Associate Professor in Visual Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
  38. Ian Klinke, Associate Professor in Human Geography
  39. Patrick McGuinness, Professor of French and Comparative Literature
  40. Amanda Power, Associate Professor of Medieval History
  41. David Chivall, School of Archaeology
  42. Amogh Dhar Sharma, Departmental Lecturer, Oxford Department of International Development
  43. Ana Valdivia, Departmental Research Lecturer in AI, Government and Policy, Oxford Internet Institute 
  44. Dylan Carver, Departmental Lecturer in English
  45. Alexis McGivern, Net Zero Standards Manager, School of Geography and the Environment
  46. Catherine Sloan, Hertford College
  47. Henry Clements, Faculty of History
  48. Aliya Khalid, Senior Departmental Lecturer in Comparative and International Education
  49. Sara Hijazi, Blaschko Fellow, Department of Pharmacology
  50. Hashem Abushama, Departmental Lecturer, School of Geography and the Environment 
  51. Jack Doyle, Faculty of History 
  52. Mobeen Hussain, Junior Research Fellow, University College
  53. Ankita Pandey, Departmental Lecturer, Modern South Asian Studies
  54. Rowan Wilson, DPhil Student and Tutor, English Faculty
  55. Emily Dyson, DPIR Political Theory DPhil and Graduate Teaching Assistant 
  56. Carina Uchida, DPhil Candidate and Tutor, Department of Politics and International Relations
  57. Kaya Axelsson, Head of Policy and Partnerships, Oxford Net Zero, School of Geography and the Environment 
  58. Nicola Stevens, Trapnell Research Fellow in African Environments, Environmental Change Institute
  59. Camilla Hyslop, Net Zero Tracker Data Lead, Oxford Net Zero, School of Geography and the Environment 
  60. Matilda Becker, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Oxford Net Zero, School of Geography and the Environment
  61. Rebecca Berrens, Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow, Department of Pediatrics
  62. Samira Barzin, Senior Researcher, Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment Change Institute 
  63. Kaveri Medappa, Postdoctoral Researcher in Human Geography, Department of Continuing Education
  64. Kerry-Anne Grey, Project Assistant to the Ecosystems Lab, ECI, SoGE
  65. Orlando Lazar, Early Career Research and Teaching Fellow in Politics, St Edmund Hall 
  66. Michael Mayo, Worcester College
  67. Amber Murrey, Associate Professor in Human Geography
  68. Thiruni Kelegama, Departmental Lecturer in Modern South Asian Studies
  69. Katherine Lebow, Associate Professor of History
  70. Hugh Nankervis, Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbiology
  71. Dorothee Boulanger, Career Development Fellow in Women’s and Gender Studies
  72. Emma Bond, Professor of Italian and Comparative Studies
  73. Ross Moncrieff, DPhil Student and Examination Fellow, All Souls College
  74. Dr Pelagia Goulimari, Co-director, MSt in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  75. Alex Vasudevan, Associate Professor in Human Geography
  76. Neeraj Shetye, Partnerships and Communications Manager, Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development
  77. Aradhana Cherupara Vadekkethil, Early Career Fellow in Law, Somerville College
  78. Thirza Wakefield, Rosemary Pountney Research Fellow, St Anne’s College
  79. Alice Willatt, Research Fellow
  80. Bee Jones, DPhil Candidate and Tutor
  81. Marta Zboralska, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Ruskin School of Art
  82. Jamie Linsley-Parrish DPhil Candidate and Research Assistant, School of Geography and the Environment
  83. Simon Gilbert, Nuffield department of population health
  84. Timothy LaRock, Postdoc; President of Oxford UCU
  85. Daniella Lock, Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Law
  86. Katie Higgins, Research Fellow
  87. Ammar Azzouz, British Academy Research Fellow
  88. Pratinav Anil, Lecturer in History at St Edmund Hall
  89. Eve Ess, Departmental Lecturer, Ruskin School of Art
  90. Raúl Zepeda Gil, Departamental Lecturer in Development Studies
  91. Uttara Shahani, Departmental Lecturer
  92. Catherine Phipps, Postdoctoral Associate Member
  93. Nadia Jamil, Senior Researcher
  94. Jade de Montserrat, Senior Ruskin Tutor
  95. Katherine Paugh, Associate Professor, Department of History
  96. Lucia Akard, College Lecturer in Medieval History, Oriel College, Oxford
  97. Adrita Mitra, DPhil student and Tutor
  98. Maryanne Saunders, Career Development Fellow
  99. Anton Jäger, Departmental Lecturer in Political Theory
  100. Gaurav Mittal, Researcher in Mobility Governance
  101. Felicity Leary, Department of International Development
  102. Lillian Fontaine, DPhil Francophone Postcolonial Studies, Stipendiary Lecturer
  103. Mai Musie, Project Manager, TORCH
  104. David Kampmann, Career Development Fellow, Oxford Sustainable Finance Group, School of Geography and the Environment
  105. Chambrez-Zita Zauchenberger, Clinical Researcher, Department of Psychiatry
  106. Elly Walters, DPhil Candidate and Tutor
  107. Laura Trajber Waisbich, Departmental Lecturer, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies
  108. Umme Hani Imani, Project Assistant