Rectors Announce Call for Justice and Human Rights for Palestine

The declaration which was signed by 183 university rectors in Turkey, was announced to the public at the press conference held at OSTİM Technical University.

Our Rector Prof. Dr. Nurullah Okumuş also participated in the press conference online and supported the statement which emphasizes that Israel added a new one to its violence, oppression and attacks that destroyed the right to life of civilian and defenseless Palestinians in Gaza; also it was stated that many innocent civilians, including infants, children, women and the elderly, were killed, injured and left homeless.


Israel has added yet another to its violent crimes against the civilians and vulnerable Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip through the repressive policies and attacks directed at the destruction of the inherent right to life and massacred, injured and left homeless many innocent Palestinians, including infants, children, women and the elderly. Disregarding human rights, Israel has become a terrorist state which continues to kill children, women and the elderly indiscriminately, seizes their homes and lands, and destroys agricultural lands by the deliberate and systematic extermination of civilians before the entire world. We appeal to the international community as university rectors in the face of perpetual bloody assaults: Demolitions and evacuations should be stopped based on the framework of the United Nations (UN) International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law; absolute support should be given without delay to the Palestinian society towards the establishment of a sovereign state. The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision that it has jurisdiction over war crimes and atrocities committed in the Palestinian Territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has allowed for Israel to be held accountable for crimes committed in the Palestinian territories and to identify those responsible for those heinous crimes. Accordingly, we urge The International Court of Justice and Human Rights to fulfill its duties by adopting an uncompromising stance against Israel’s unlawful and inhumane atrocities. We firmly demand that those responsible be judged and the damage inflicted on the Palestinian people be compensated. We the signatories of this declaration proclaim that we respectfully support the struggle of the Palestinian people for the most natural human right to live in dignity and the protection of property rights, and that we will always stand by them. In addition, we reverently inform the international community that we are ready to undertake all kinds of humanitarian tasks, including mediation, to stop the bloodshed caused by the attacks and end the suffering first and foremost of children, Palestinian women and the elderly.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 September 2021