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UCU statement on Israel/Gaza

10 October 2023

We are utterly horrified at the violence that we have seen in recent days in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the targeting of civilian life by both Hamas and the Israeli military, and we also condemn instances of Antisemitism and Islamophobia that we have witnessed since the violence unfolded.
As a trade union, we are committed to achieving peace and an end to violence and oppression. We send our solidarity to all those affected by these events, especially education staff and students. We know that many will be worrying about loved ones, and to those grieving we send our heartfelt condolences. 
We call upon the British government and the international community to collectively call for an immediate ceasefire and de-escalation. This must include an end to the blockade of Gaza by the Israeli military and a halt to further violence against civilians by Hamas, before any more lives are lost.
The events of recent days are part of a continuing cycle of violence that has been the result of decades of brutal occupation. Achieving a lasting peace in the region must start with an end to the occupation and a recognition of the rights of all people.

Last updated: 10 October 2023