“Violence will necessarily continue as long as apartheid and settler colonialism exist.”
This ideology is embeded in higher education. It is everywhere.
BREAKING: University of Kansas graduate teaching assistants union issues statement: "Violence will necessarily continue as long as apartheid and settler colonialism exist."
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— Corey A. DeAngelis, school choice evangelist (@DeAngelisCorey) October 19, 2023
From their letter:
Palestine Solidarity Letter
As a labor union concerned with the dignity of life for workers everywhere, GTAC’s leadership unequivocally supports a free Palestine and demands an end to the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory. We condemn the ongoing settler colonial project, known as the nation-state of Israel, which does not represent all Jewish people and is not synonymous with biblical Israel. We condemn the ethnic genocide and sexual violence against and the expulsion and maiming of the Palestinian people which began with the 1948 Nakba and has continued since. We refuse to stay silent in the face of deadly and inhuman injustices. Violence will necessarily continue as long as apartheid and settler colonialism exist. Palestinians must be free if we ever hope to see peace.
We encourage our members to educate themselves on and teach about the apartheid of Palestine, which is a direct result of racist violence, including both the forced displacement of Palestinians from their land and the forced displacement of Jewish people from Europe. We must remember Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed where he explains, “With the establishment of oppression, violence has already begun. Never in history has violence been initiated by the oppressed. How could they be the initiator, if they themselves are the result of violence?”
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