LET OUR PEOPLE LIVE!
March 10th, 2001
We, faculty and staff at Birzeit University,
appeal to our
colleagues and friends around the world to help us in delivering
our simple but urgent message -- let our people live! We will be
delivering this message in peaceful marches of protest to the
Israeli soldiers and tanks that currently prevent us from
reaching our University by the only road that allows
accessibility and that has been recently blocked. The suffering
of Palestinians in surrounding villages who are cut off from
their livelihoods, health care, schools and markets is also
acute. So far protests have only been met with bullets and tear
gas. We need your help to bring our message to the world.
The wave of violence against the Palestinian
reached unprecedented proportions. The Israeli army's policy of
siege through blocking roads and digging trenches around towns
and villages has been escalating, making it practically
impossible to meet people's very basic needs.
This policy has now reached Birzeit University, preventing us and
our students from reaching campus to continue our classes, labs
and academic life.
On 7 March 2001 in the dead of night, the Israeli army destroyed
portions of the only road linking the University to Ramallah,
gouging out trenches and destroying about 400 meters of asphalt.
This damage to the only road linking Ramallah City to Birzeit
village and 33 other villages with a population of about 65000
has resulted in the total disruption of daily life. To date,
cars, ambulances and provisions are not able to cross to and from
Birzeit and surrounding villages. Most Palestinian populated
areas have already been hermetically sealed, disregarding all
standards of dealing with civilians and contravening
international law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention.
These measures are, in the full sense of the term, war crimes.
With these actions, it becomes clear that such policies are part
of a long term strategy that Israel is pursuing in both the Gaza
Strip and the West Bank. This strategy has been adopted by
successive Israeli Governments, both of Barak and Sharon, in
order to subjugate the entire population, and will them to accept
We call on you to ACT NOW:
1. Call for an immediate end to the closure policies.
2. Call for the international protection of
3. Demand that Israel abide by international law.
Call the nearest Israeli Embassy in your area,
or send your
protests to the Israeli Government on these email addresses.
Benjamin Beneliazer, Israeli Minister of Defense at firstname.lastname@example.org
and Shimon Peres, Israeli Foreign Minister at email@example.com
For further follow up, please visit the Birzeit Website at