Statement from Nottingham academics

“We, as members of Staff of the School of Politics and International Relations (IR), have supported the action of the Students of the School who occupied an auditorium on 29 January, in protest at the bombing and blockade of Gaza by the Israeli armed forces. We did so as a means of defending their right to protest and express themselves within the University. This, however, did not imply that we unconditionally supported each and every demand addressed by the students to the University. The students criticised in harsh terms a podcast of a colleague within the School of Politics and IR on the situation in Gaza. It is with regret that our stance in favour of the students’ actions (but not their demands) was interpreted as an attempt to denigrate our colleague. We hereby expressly apologise for any unforeseen consequences this has caused.

Professor Andreas Bieler

Dr Sara Motta
Dr Adam Morton
Dr Bettina Renz
Dr Liam McCarthy
Dr Tony Burns
Dr Rod Thornton
Dr Malika Rahal”

– From the occupation: We are grateful for the academics at this university for their courageous stance in supporting our right to free expression. We apologise for any misunderstanding that might have arisen, in particular, any indication that their support involved criticism of their academic colleague.


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