Against Silence and Indifference – Academics United for Gaza.


Please join us on February 7th, 2024, from 12:30 pm to 2 pm for a Teach-In on Gaza: ‘Against Silence and Indifference’ – Academics United for Gaza.

Organised by Dr Lina Fadel and Dr Muhammed Alshurafa as part of the Stop the War day of workplace action, this event is a rallying call for academics to break the silence surrounding the ongoing genocide and human rights violations in Gaza. In the face of academic censorship, we’re seizing the opportunity to truly decolonise by centring Palestinian voices within UK academia and to reshape our collective responsibility as academics and researchers towards the people of Gaza. We will be joined by distinguished Palestinian speakers from Heriot-Watt University, the University of Edinburgh and The Islamic University of Gaza who will reflect on what it is like to be a Palestinian living and working in the UK today, with loved ones trapped in Gaza, and on the impact of academic censorship on their sense of self within UK academic institutions.
All welcome (further details below).
In solidarity with Palestine.

Date: 7th February 2024
Time: 12:30pm – 2pm
Venue: [Chaplaincy, meeting room]


Opening Remarks (Dr. Lina Fadel, HWU)
Introduction to academic responsibility and rejection of complicity
and censorship.
Palestinian poetry reading (in Arabic and English) to centre
Palestinian voices and break the siege on understanding Palestine.

Palestine Speaks:

Dr. Mohammed Alshurafa (HWU):

Will discuss the current humanitarian situation in Gaza and the situation pre-7th October.

Prof Rania Kamla & Dr. Mohammed Alshurafa (HWU):
Will discuss their research project that explores human rights Palestinian activism within Gaza and its connection to postcolonial identity.

Ms Amani Ahmed, PhD candidate (UoE, Islamic University of Gaza):
Will draw on lived experience of living and working in Gaza as an academic under Israeli occupation and the need for academic boycotts and divestment (BDS).

Roundtable Q&A