“We implore you to call for an immediate cessation to Israel’s morally disastrous attack on Gaza, and for Israel to allow the free passage of humanitarian aid into Gaza, in addition to continuing to call on Hamas to release the Israeli hostages.”
A group of scholars of political science, political philosophy, ethics, history, geography, law and the Middle East at the University of Oxford have published an “Open letter on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza“, addressed to the UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer.
It reads, in part:
The attack by Hamas on 7th October was a horrific and morally abhorrent act of mass terrorism, one that indiscriminately targeted Israeli civilians, including children. According to international law, Israel has the right to take defensive measures against Hamas. But this right does not extend to or justify Israel’s current onslaught on the civilian population of Gaza. Indeed, to think that the atrocities perpetrated by Hamas justify the humanitarian crisis currently unfolding in Gaza is to indulge a central tenet of terrorism—that all citizens must pay for the misdeeds of their governments—as well as terrorism’s central practice: collective punishment.
The letter, dated October 20th, 2023, concludes with a “call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.”
You can view the letter and its list of signatories here.