Home Macroeconomics URPE Assertion on Gaza – J. W. Mason

URPE Assertion on Gaza – J. W. Mason

URPE Assertion on Gaza – J. W. Mason


I’ve been struggling to search out one thing to say in regards to the unfolding horror in Gaza. What is going on there may be not warfare, however homicide on an industrial scale. It’s a aware effort to convey in regards to the deaths of tens or a whole lot of hundreds of human beings, and to completely drive thousands and thousands from their properties. It’s the deliberate destruction of a complete society. And it’s taking place in full view of the world, with the enthusiastic assist of the governments of america and most of Europe. We are able to’t look away from this. We’ve to say one thing, whether or not or not our phrases have any impact.

However I believe they’ll have an impact. Israel depends upon assist — materials and ethical — from the US, and from different international locations whose governments are roughly susceptible to public stress. (Maybe it’s much less dependent than it was, however much less doesn’t imply by no means.) Proper now they’ve a free hand, however they gained’t eternally. Public opinion is clearly shifting, and the prices to different governments of their complicity are rising. There’s a restricted window inside which the killing and displacement can proceed, a window whose dimension depends upon world opinion. Anybody with a public platform, nevertheless small, can attempt to assist shut it. An important factor now could be to demand a direct ceasefire by Israel. In case you can say that anyplace the place individuals will hear you, then, in my view, that’s what you need to say.

So I used to be very glad to see the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) put out an announcement on Gaza that begins by expressing solidarity with the Palestinian individuals, and requires a direct ceasefire as its first demand. URPE is so far as you may get from being an vital geopolitical participant. However it’s my very own skilled residence, so it issues to me, and I’m positive to a lot of readers of this. It’s additionally a company based on the precept that economists and social scientists can’t be dispassionate technicians and observers, however have a accountability to take sides within the struggles of our instances. It’s good to see that, after some preliminary hesitation, they lived up that dedication right here.

The assertion is under. It’s a superb assertion. I endorse all of it.


We stand in unwavering solidarity with the Palestinian individuals. Since October seventh, 2023, over two million individuals have confronted a brutal onslaught by the Israeli navy and state. They’ve been pressured to flee with nowhere to go as properties, shelters, evacuation routes, border crossings, hospitals, locations of worship and whole neighborhoods have been bombed.

We mourn civilian deaths in each Israel and Palestine. Israel’s retaliation for the October seventh incursion continues, nevertheless, and over 9,000 Palestinians have been killed within the ongoing assault up to now.  The estimated variety of kids among the many casualties is over 3,000 and UNICEF estimates that about 420 kids have been killed or wounded each day. Even reporters have been threatened with violence or killed.

Because the Nakba 75 years in the past, the Palestinian individuals have endured profound struggling, pressured displacement, and a brutal 16-year-long inhumane siege and blockade in Gaza. Human rights organizations have characterised Gaza as ‘the most important open-air jail’.

We additionally condemn the position of the U.S. state in supporting the continuing siege in Palestine, its assist for the horrors inflicted on Gaza, and its refusal to assist a humanitarian ceasefire. It’s crucial that we don’t flip our backs on the devastating influence of this violence on individuals’s lives. The struggle for Palestinian liberation and a good, enduring peace within the area is intricately linked with the liberation and resistance efforts spearheaded by indigenous, colonized, and oppressed communities traditionally and worldwide.

We stand in assist of efforts by the Palestinian individuals to maintain themselves economically via management over their land and their labor. We stand in solidarity with the anti-Zionist Jewish communities which have been elevating their voices in opposition to the carpet bombing of Gaza, for the liberation of the Palestinian individuals, and who’re working for a simply, equitable, and sturdy peace.

We urgently name for:

(1)    A direct ceasefire

(2)    Instant restoration of meals, gas, water, and electrical energy to the Gaza Strip

(3)    Cessation of all settlement exercise and disarmament of all settlers

(4)    Instant supply of humanitarian help on the dimensions required

(5)    Respect in the direction of the Geneva Conventions by all events involved

(6)    An finish to apartheid and strident strikes towards a democratic future for all individuals no matter race, faith, gender id and nationality

As well as, we strongly uphold the precept of educational freedom, particularly in mild of the present international local weather the place people in instructional establishments worldwide face termination, doxing, and harassment for talking up in opposition to the atrocities of the Israeli state and in assist of the civilian inhabitants in Gaza. Neglecting this dedication can be a betrayal of our scholarly and ethical obligations.



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