international media and above all Israeli academics and human rights groups who condemned such attacks.

We firmly believe that the illegal Israeli occupation has endlessly violated legitimacy of the international community and international law and has deliberately targeted the Palestinian academic institutions, including IUG, in a vain attempt to keep the Palestinians ignorant and insecure so that the oppressive Israeli occupation could last longer.

We therefore call upon all academics, faculty associations, student unions, professional and colleagues at large to show their support and solidarity to the right of the Palestinians to education. Several positive worldwide steps have already been taken including boycotting Israeli academic cultural institutions and activities.

Your solidarity and support for the right to education in Palestine is vital and highly appreciated.

Please spread wide and far.

Dr Kamalain Sha’ath

President, the Islamic University of Gaza

Tel 970 8 282 3310

Fax 970 8 286 3552

Pictures of IUG after bombing

31 January 2009

What to do more? Take further actions and Update your knowledge.

1. Support Amnesty International calls and urge your country foreign secretary to call for credible accountability for war crimes Israel committed in Gaza.

2. Support the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for “a full investigation and to make those responsible people accountable.”

3. Boycotting Israeli academic institutions and refraining from participation in any form of academic and cultural cooperation where Israelis are involved.

4. Lobbying (emails, letter, fax, etc) your MP and government to pressure the government of Israel to adhere to its legal obligations to end occupation and stop attacking Palestinian educational institutions.

5. Preparing and signing petitions calling, education institutions, on trade unions, organizations, social and political movements and concerned individuals around the world to boycott Israeli academic and cultural institutions.

6. Initiating active academic relations with IUG through departmental academic links; student and faculty exchange and joint research projects.

7. Making a donation to reconstruct the IUG buildings and facilities.

8. Sponsoring students to enable them to continue their education.

9. Sponsoring IUG faculty member’s participation in international academic conferences

10. Plan activities at the university and coordinate with other concerned groups in and out of the academia working for justice and human rights in Palestine .