Letter to the International Mathematical Union concerning a virtual session of ICM 2022 in Jerusalem

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A letter to the International Mathematical Union (IMU) President and Executive Committee emanating from Palestinian mathematicians protesting the decision to hold a virtual session of ICM 2022 in Jerusalem.


To: President and Executive Committee of the IMU
Copy to: Organisers and participants, Mostly Dynamics, Virtual Session of ICM 2022, Jerusalem

Mr. President

We the undersigned protest against the decision to hold a virtual session of ICM 2022 in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is a city the East part of which has been conquered militarily in 1967 and illegally annexed to Israel, an annexation which has been repeatedly condemned by the United Nations, including resolutions 476 and 478 of the Security Council, and which the immense majority of nations do not recognize. As a result, over 300,000 inhabitants of the city live under military occupation, and the constant threat of confiscation and expulsion, as witnessed by the recent events of Sheik Jarrah in 2021.

Recent events in Europe have shown once more the immense wrongs and destructions caused by military conquest and illegal occupation. The wrongs caused to the Palestinians in Jerusalem are not made any less by the fact that they originated in the 1967 invasion, and have been continuing for 55 years. The violent events of May 2022 in Jerusalem show that the Palestinian population is still resisting the occupation.

ICM has been moved away from Saint-Petersburg because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We appeal to the IMU and to the individual participants in ICM to uphold international law and peoples’ right to self-determination in every part of the world, including Israel and Palestine

Respectfully yours

Ahmed Abbes, CNRS & IHES, France
Maher Abdallatif, Birzeit University, Palestine
Thabet Abdeljawad, Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia
Mohammed Abu Ayyash, Bethlehem University, Palestine
Hassan Abuhassan, Birzeit University, Palestine
Jawad Abuihlail, KFUPM, Saudi Arabia
Zafar Ahsan, Department of Mathematics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
Mohammad Algharabli, KFUPM, Saudi Arabia
Khaled Almghari, University of Palestine, Gaza, Palestine
Marwan Aloqeili, Birzeit University, Palestine
Tuna Altınel, Institut Camille Jordan, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
Basem Attili, UoS, UAE
Joseph Ayoub, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Ayman Badawi, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Claude Baesens, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Mikhael Balabane, Universite Paris 13, France
Viviane Baladi, CNRS, France
Arnaud Beauville, Université Côte d’Azur, France
Hichem Ben El Mechaiekh, Brock University, Canada
Hizia Bounadja, Ferhat Abbas University, Setif 1, Algeria, Algeria
Sami Douba, McGill University, Canada
Ivar Ekeland, Université Paris-Dauphine, France, Honorary Member of the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology
Fouad El Zein, IMJ-PRG Paris (Retired), France
Emmanuel Farjoun, Hebrew University, Israel
Wilfrid Gangbo, UCLA, United States
Gregory Grant, University of Pennsylvania, United States
Julien Grivaux, Sorbonne Université, France
Michel Gros, Université de Rennes I, France
Ayman Haj Daoud, Palestine Academy for Science and Technology, Palestine
Michael Harris, Columbia University, USA
Jamilu Hassan, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria
Hitoshi Ishii, Tsuda University, Japan
Mohamed Ali Jendoubi, University of Carthage, Tunisia
Sadok Kallel, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Assaf Kfoury, Boston University, USA
Suheil Khoury, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Ilyes Lacheheb, University of Ouargla, Algeria
Bernard Le Stum, Université de Rennes 1, France
Robert MacKay, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Mohammad Madiah, Birzeit University, Palestine
Najib Mahdou, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco
Salim Messaoudi, UoS, United Arab Emirates
Haynes Miller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
David Mond, University of Warwick (Emeritus), United Kingdom
Abdelrahim Mousa, Birzeit University, Palestine
Joseph Oesterle, Sorbonne Université, France
Tomas Persson, Lund University, Sweden
Maher Qarawani, Alquds Open University, Palestine
Mohamed Riffi, Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine
Fathalla Rihan, Helwan University, Egypt
David Rohrlich, Boston University, USA
Jonathan Rosenhead, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Mohammad Saleh, Birzeit University, Palestine
Rana Samara, Palestine Technical University Kadoorie, Palestine
Rasha Shadeed, Birzeit University, Palestine
Said Sidki, University of Brasilia, Brazil
Kobi Snitz, Weizmann institute of science, Israel
Laila Soueif, Cairo University, Egypt
Ala Talahmeh, Birzeit University, Palestine
T. Tamizh Chelvam, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, India
Amjad Tuffaha, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Swaminathan V, Saraswathi Narayanan College, India
Roy Wagner, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Hatem Zaag, CNRS & USPN, France
Yousef Zahaykah, Al-Quds University, Palestine