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Friday May 17, 2024 at 13:47

The Governing Council adheres to the CRUE statement on Gaza

The Governing Board of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE), meeting on May 9, 2024, wants to record its deep regret for the very serious events that are currently taking place in the Gaza Strip.

Madrid, May 9, 2024.

Spanish universities have already expressed and reaffirmed on several occasions their permanent commitment to peace, coexistence and justice and to the defense of international humanitarian law, which does not prevent them from once again being deeply moved by the worsening of the conflict and the painful consequences it is having for the Palestinian population.

We endorse the feelings of our campuses and the demand that is spreading from them so that, from different instances, measures are adopted to stop the escalation of violence that is occurring.

Consequently, we demand:

  • The immediate and definitive cessation of military operations by the Israeli army, as well as any terrorist action, and the release of people kidnapped by Hamas
  • That the State of Israel respect international law and allow the entry into Gaza of all humanitarian aid that can be provided to cover the emergency of its civilian population and that the corresponding measures be articulated by international bodies to undertake as soon as possible. the reconstruction and recovery of the Palestinian territory.

We are committed to:

  • Review and, where appropriate, suspend collaboration agreements with Israeli universities and research centers that have not expressed a firm commitment to peace and compliance with international humanitarian law
  • Intensify cooperation with the Palestinian scientific and higher education system and expand our cooperation, volunteering and care programs for the refugee population
  • Ensure that in the exercise of free expression, equally reprehensible conduct of anti-Semitism or Islamophobia does not occur, as well as any other hateful behavior within the university communities.