Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Open Letter from Concerned Individuals in the Rhodes University Community on the Israeli Attacks on Gaza

During apartheid academics and students around the world took a strong stand against injustice in South Africa. Their demands for the international isolation of the South African state were an important contribution to the struggle against apartheid.

The attack on Gaza by the Israeli state violates the most basic human rights of the men, women and children in the area who continue to live in fear of the destruction of their homes, injury and death. The escalating catastrophe is not an isolated incident but part of a persistent and systemic oppression of the Palestinian people.  In light of this, we take the view that solidarity with the people in Gaza needs to move from expressions of moral outrage and towards effective political action.

As staff, students Honorary Graduates and alumni at Rhodes University we feel a moral obligation to take a clear public position against the ongoing violence of the Israeli state. We would like to add our voices to the growing demand that the South African Government sever all links with Israel, including trade and investment, and expel Israel’s Ambassador and recall ours.


1.     Dr. Sizwe Mabizela (Acting Vice – Chancellor)
2.     Tariq Ali (Honorary Doctorate)
3.     Distinguished Professor Paul Maylam (History)
4.     Professor Raymond Suttner (Visiting Professor- History; UNISA Emeritus Professor)
5.     Zackie Achmat (Honorary Doctorate)
6.     Professor Gillian Hart ( University of Berkeley; Rhodes Alumnus)
7.     Niren Tolsi (Senior Journalist – Sunday Times; Alumnus)
8.     T. O. Molefe (Columnist at the City Press & Contributing opinion writer at the New York Times; Rhodes Alumnus)
9.     Professor Edward Webster (Visiting Professor in the Institute of Social and Economic Research, ISER; Rhodes alumnus)
10.                        Harry Davies (Managing Editor- Harare News; Rhodes Alumnus)
11.                        Professor Vishnu Padayachee – Professor Extraordinaire, Associate- Institute of Social & Economic Research, ISER)
12.                        Professor Tom Martin (Acting Dean of Humanities)
13.                        Professor Catriona Macleod (SARCHI Chair: Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction- Psychology)
14.                        Professor Fred Ellery (Geography)
15.                        Professor Sheona Shackleton (Head of Department Environmental Science)
16.                        Professor Fred Hendricks (Sociology; Former Dean of Humanities)
17.                        Professor Larry Strelitz (Head of School of Journalism & Media Studies)
18.                        Professor Lucien van der Walt (Sociology)
19.                        Professor Carolyn Palmer (Director, Unilever Centre for Environmental Water Quality, Institute for water Research)
20.                        Professor Michael Neocosmos (Director, Rhodes University Unit for the Humanities
21.                        Professor Kirk Helliker (Head of Department, Sociology)
22.                        Professor Robbie van Niekerk (Director, Institute for Social Economic Research ISER)
23.                        Professor Esther Ramani (Part-time lecturer, Institute for the Study of English in Africa ISEA)
24.                        Professor Gemma Wright (Research Fellow- Institute for Social and Economic Research, ISER)
25.                        Professor Michael Noble (Visiting Professor, Institute for Social Economic Research ISER)
26.                        Jaine Roberts (Director of Research)
27.                        Lebogang Hashatse (Director, Communications and Marketing Division)
28.                        Professor Sioux Mckenna (Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching & Learning)
29.                        Reg Rumney (Director, South African Reserve Bank Centre for Economics Journalism)
30.                        Professor Ruth Simbao (Fine Arts)
31.                        Professor Charles Young (Psychology)
32.                        Professor Juanita Praeg (Head of Drama and Artistic Director Of First Physical Theatre Company)
33.                        Professor Lynette Steenveld (Journalism & Media Studies)
34.                        Professor Michael Drewett (Sociology)
35.                        Professor Anthony Collins (Journalism & Media Studies)
36.                        Ass Professor Leonard Praeg (Politics & International Studies)
37.                        Professor Michael Joseph (Education)
38.                        Professor Alexandra Sutherland (Drama)
39.                        John Reynolds (Director of Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit, NALSU)
40.                        Monica Hendricks (Director of Institute for the Study of English in Africa, ISEA)
41.                        Michael Rogan (Senior Researcher, Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit, NALSU)
42.                        Tony Fluxman (Senior Lecturer, Political & International Studies)
43.                        Sally Matthews (Senior Lecturer, Politics & International Relations)
44.                        Richard Pithouse (Senior Lecturer, Politics & International Studies)
45.                        Georgina Cundill (Senior Lecturer, Environmental Science)
46.                        Joy Owen (Senior Lecturer, Anthropology)
47.                        Lisa Saville Young (Senior Lecturer, Psychology)
48.                        Vashna Jagarnath (Lecturer, History)
49.                        Nicole Ulrich (Post- Graduate Fellow, History)
50.                        Irene Calis (Visiting Lecturer & Post-Doctoral Fellow- Politics & International Studies)
51.                        Vanessa Malila (Mellon Post-Doc Research Fellow-Journalism & Media Studies)
52.                        Pedro Pinto (Post-doctorate,Psychology)
53.                        Janine Jones (Visiting Scholar, Philosophy)
54.                        M A Motara (Dean of Students from 1991-2006)
55.                        Aylwyn Walsh (University of Lincoln; Rhodes Alumnus)
56.                        Christopher McMichael ( University of WitwatersrandPost-Doctoral Fellow; Rhodes Alumnus)
57.                        Brian Garman (Senior Lecturer, Journalism and Media Studies)
58.                        David Charles Alexander Fryer (Senior Lecturer, Economics)
59.                        Gillian Rennie (Lecturer, School of Journalism and Media Studies)
60.                        Siphokazi Magadla (Lecturer,Political and International Studies)
61.                        Priscilla Boshoff (Lecturer, Journalism & Media Studies)
62.                        George Barratt (Lecturer, Politics & International Studies )
63.                        Corrine Knowles (Lecturer, Extended Studies)
64.                        Leela Pienaar (Lecturer, Institute for the Study of English in Africa, ISEA)
65.                        Yusuf Moosa Motara (Lecturer, Computer Science)
66.                        Brendon Robinson (Lecturer,-The Institute for the Study of English in Africa at Rhodes, ISEA)
67.                        Simon Pamphilon (Lecturer, Journalism & Media Studies)
68.                        Tarryn Alexander (Lecturer, Sociology)
69.                        Patrick Donnelly (TV Production Manager, Journalism & Media Studies)
70.                        Nick Hamer (Research Associate, Environmental Science and IWR)
71.                        Paul Wessels (Lecturer, Institute for the Study of English in Africa ISEA)
72.                        Lieketso ‘Dee’ Mohoto (Junior Lecturer, Drama Department; Co-Chair, WASA)
73.                        Nosipho Mngomezulu (Coordinator, Student Volunteer Programmes- Community Engagement)
74.                        Gershwin Sauls, (ICT Systems Specialist & Msc Student -Computer Science)
75.                        Lawrence Sisitka (Associate- Environmental Learning Research Centre)
76.                        Zamuxolo Matiwana (Media Relations Officer- Communications and Marketing Division)
77.                        Mbongeni Allan Magubane (International Projects, Programmes and Events Officer)
78.                        Lukhona Mdluli (Administrator- Politics and International Studies)
79.                        Valance Wessels (Administrator-Institute for Social Economic Research, ISER)
80.                        Ms Lee-Anne Venter (Academic Administrator Officer)
81.                        Roxanne Wessels (Senior Clerical Assistant at Rhodes University)
82.                        Estelle Prinsloo (Alumnus)
83.                        Nejm Benessaiah (Visitor-Anthropology)
84.                        Ben Fogel (Alumnus)
85.                        Camalita Naicker (Graduate Student)
86.                        Luis Gimenez (Graduate Student)
87.                        Chantelle Malan
88.                        Lionel Faull (Alumnus)
89.                        Ulandi du Plessis (Graduate Student)
90.                        Nina Butler (Graduate Student)
91.                        Jason Hoepfl (Graduate Student)
92.                        Mbali Baduza (Student)
93.                        Douglas de Jager (Alumnus)
94.                        Bridget Hannah (Alumnus)
95.                        Teboho Tsietsi (Student)
96.                        Hussein Badat (Graduate Student)
97.                        Stephen Ulyate (Student)
98.                        Hannah Diaz (nee de Wet) (Alumnus)
99.                        Athina Copteros (Graduate Student)
100.                   Simone Armer (Alumnus)
101.                   Craig Weideman (Alumnus)
102.                   Babalwa Nyembezi (Alumnus)
103.                   Cassandra Hendricks (Alumnus)
104.                   Crystal Roberts (Alumnus)
105.                   Ella Scheepers (Alumnus)
106.                   Riaz Gilani (Alumnus)
107.                   Idahosa Grace (Student)
108.                   Catherine Bower (Student)
109.                   Oliver February (Student)
110.                   Jenna Lillie (Student)
111.                   Ndapwa Alweendo (Graduate Student)
112.                   Vanessa Giani (Alumnus)
113.                   Danyel Hartley (Student)
114.                   Robynne Peatfield (Alumnus)
115.                   Marc Davies (Graduate Student)
116.                   Matthew Van der Vegte (Alumnus)
117.                   Palmira de Oliveira Pio (Student)
118.                   Vimbai Midzi (Graduate Student)
119.                   Christopher Maxwell (Alumnus)
120.                   Darsha Indrajith (Student)
121.                   Hanaa Ruhomutally (Alumnus)
122.                   Sonal Patel (Graduate Student)
123.                   Suraya Dadoo (nee Naidoo) (Alumnus)
124.                   Mahreen Chenia (Alumnus)
125.                   Nadeem Nyker (Student)
126.                   Zoe June Bosman (Student)
127.                   Marleen Bruwer (Student)
128.                   Ziyaad Dadoo (Alumnus)
129.                   Farzanah Asmal (Alumnus)
130.                   Sarah Bruchhausen (Student)
131.                   Ismail Mahomed Ali (Alumnus)
132.                   Emily Storm Corke (Student)
133.                   Dominique Schafer (Alumnus)
134.                   Ettioné Ferreira (Student)
135.                   Amy Wilkes (Graduate Student)
136.                   Stuart Thembisile Lewis (Student)
137.                   James Speirs (Alumnus)
138.                   Kate Arthur (Alumnus)
139.                   Mumtaz Asmal (Alumnus)
140.                   Richard Stupart (Alumnus)
141.                   Suraya Asmal (Alumnus)
142.                   Joshua Rorke (Graduate Student)
143.                   Nimi Hoffmann (Graduate Student)
144.                   Shamimah Asmal (Student)
145.                   Irshad Mahomed (Student)
146.                   Mikaela Erskog (Graduate Student)
147.                   Heather Dixon (Student)
148.                   Duncan Park (Graduate Student)
149.                   Amirah Kolia (Student)
150.                   Tutsirai Makuvachuma
151.                   Lilian Kaplan (Alumnus)
152.                   Ms Romana Hajat (Alumnus)
153.                   Sekoetlane Jacob Phamodi (Alumnus)
154.                   Jonis Ghedi Alasow (Graduate Student)
155.                   Zakiyya Dheler (Student)
156.                   Tholo Siseko Lerotholi (Student)
157.                   Dylan Lloyd (Graduate Student)
158.                   Savannah Wilmot (Student)
159.                   Sian Byrne (Graduate Student)
160.                   Rachel Ibbetson. (Student)
161.                   Danielle de Klerk (Student)
162.                   Gemma Barkhuizen (Student)
163.                   Khanyisa Majokweni (Student)
164.                   Alexandra Maggs (Student)
165.                   Katherine V Robinson (Alumnus)
166.                   Mlamuli Hlatshwayo (Graduate Student)
167.                   Roy Ries (Alumnus)
168.                   Boipelo Bonokwane (Student)
169.                   Lauren Kent (Alumnus)
170.                   Faiza Ismail (Student)
171.                   Zakiyyah Dawjee (Student)
172.                   Sithembile Spencer (Student)
173.                   Siphumelele Sigwebela (Student)
174.                   Bhavin Nagindas (Student)
175.                   Donna Stevens (Student)
176.                   Nashreen Baijnath (Student)
177.                   Zamokuhle Zwana (Student)
178.                   Tanna Blumberg (Student)
179.                   Courtney Robertson (Student)
180.                   Siviwe Mhlana (Student)
181.                   Sophie Mjwara (Student)
182.                   Zanele Mbugua (Student)
183.                   Lindiwe Winnie Mdali (Student)
184.                   Zintle Mvana (Student)
185.                   Naledi Madibogo (Student)
186.                   Anima McBrown (Student)
187.                   Lelo Macheke (Student)
188.                   Mmatumisang Motsisi (Student)
189.                   Eric Isemonger (Student)
190.                   Matthew James Sephton (Student)
191.                   Danielle Vorster (Student)
192.                   Mari Schulz (Student)
193.                   Erin Hill (Student)
194.                   Michael Kudzayi Zvidzayi (Student)
195.                   Tichaona Manyara Zvidzayi (Student)
196.                   Theo Allanso (Student)
197.                   Dylan Stewart (Student)
198.                   Mahlatse Mosila (Student)
199.                   Niamh Walsh-Vorster (Student)
200.                   Mbuso Maila (Student)
201.                   Tamara Mpati (Student)
202.                   Nikho Mayeza (Student)
203.                   Thabang Thuyatswala (Student)
204.                   Zola Mlobi (Student)
205.                   Lesego Ramokgoba (Student)
206.                   Binwe Adebayo (Student)
207.                   Shazia Suliman (Student)
208.                   Aadelah Patel (Student)
209.                   Lilian Magari (Student)
210.                   Mehnaz Asmal (Student)
211.                   Aatika Rawat (Student)
212.                   Sizwe January (Student)
213.                   Musawenkosi Cabe (Student)
214.                   Luke Bentley (Student)
215.                   Kelsey-Rae Lawrence (Student)
216.                   Carli Julies (Student)
217.                   Ihwani Munemo (Student)
218.                   Avish Maharaj (Student)
219.                   Yanela Ndabula (Student)
220.                   Richard Gardiner (Student)
221.                   Pule Mpopetsi (Student)
222.                   Keamo Segwagwe (Student)
223.                   Valentia Monaisa (Student)
224.                   Shannon Landers (Student)
225.                   Siyamthanda Gaxamba (Student)
226.                   Njabulo Zwane (Student)
227.                   Lembede Jantjie (Student)
228.                   Thembani Onceya (Student)
229.                   Chanelle Duley (Student)
230.                   Matthew Hermon (Student)
231.                   Vuyelwa Mpeka (Student)
232.                   J.D. Mwaura (Student)
233.                   Patrick O’Halloran (Graduate Student)
234.                   Rachel Baasch (Student)
235.                   Sarita Pillay (Alumnus)
236.                   Joni Barnard (Alumnus)
237.                   Sabina Otieno (Student)
238.                   Jamie Alexander (Post Graduate)
239.                   Rosanna Grace Mclean Student)
240.                   Efemia Chela (Alumnus)
241.                   Makhosazana Sishi (Alumnus)
242.                   Chloe Hoffmann (Student)
243.                   Yousreen Banu Coonjah (Alumnus)
244.                   Mathias Chirombo (Graduate Student)
245.                   Benita Botha (Alumnus)
246.                   Thandi Njovane (Alumnus)
247.                   Soraiya R. Shah (Alumnus)
248.                   Michaela Walters (Student)
249.                   Tebello Mohale (Alumnus)
250.                   Farhan Nathanie (Alumnus)
251.                   Nils Braatvedt (Alumnus)
252.                   Refilwe Dema (Alumnus)
253.                   Kayla Jacob (Student)
254.                   Rebecca Joubert (Alumnus)
255.                   Motlatsi Khosi (Alumnus)
256.                   Andile Nkosinkulu (Alumnus)
257.                   Meggan Spires (Graduate Student)
258.                   Gregory Aldridge (Alumnus)
259.                   Genna Gardini (Alumnus)
260.                   Imran S. Tarmohamed (Alumnus)
261.                   Soraiya Shah (Alumnus)
262.                   Arfhan Mughal (Alumnus)
263.                   Aadil Ismail (Alumnus)
264.                   Ridwaan Ismail (Alumnus)
265.                   Bulela Maqela (Student)
266.                   Jane Berg (Student)
267.                   Shahina Idris Suleman (Alumnus)
268.                   Koketso Molope (Student)
269.                   Fezokuhle Mthonti (Student)
270.                   Amanda Xulu (Student)
271.                   Tasneem Bayat (Alumnus)
272.                   Tendai Chinganga (Student)
273.                   Colleen Wagner (Student)
274.                   Douglas Beghin (Student)
275.                   Carli Julies (Student)
276.                   Khadija Sungeni Mussa (Graduate Student)
277.                   Nica Cornell (Student)
278.                   Deane Lindhorst (Graduate Student)
279.                   Nicole Christine Sharp (Student)
280.                   Amina Goga (Student)
281.                   Kirsty Hayden-Smith (Student)
282.                   Jade Griffiths (Student)
283.                   Leila Dougan (Alumnus)
284.                   Nabeela Saber (Student)
285.                   Jordan Stier (Student)
286.                   Joy Ziyanda Mpehlo (Student)
287.                   Katharine Holmes (Student)
288.                   S’fisokuhle J. S. Xulu (Student)
289.                   Savvas Theo Christodoulou (Alumnus)
290.                   Jameel Fakee (Student)
291.                   Thobile Lungile Dlamini (Student)
292.                   Elizabeth Ross (Student)
293.                   Kayode Sanusi (Graduate Student)
294.                   Carla Malan (Alumnus)
295.                   Mpho Moagi (Alumnus)
296.                   Sandra Makasa (Alumnus)
297.                   Trisha Nathoo (Student)
298.                   Mandlakazi Nxokweni (Student)
299.                   Likho Sikutshwa (Student)
300.                   Yvonne Phyllis (Student)
301.                   Keba Tlhoaele (Student)
302.                   Phatsimo Malatsi (Student)
303.                   Mmaphuti Morolong (Alumnus)
304.                   Kirshia Pillay (Alumnus)
305.                   Timothy Lesile (Student)
306.                   Ryan Stephens (Alumnus)
307.                   Andile Nkosinkulu (Alumnus)
308.                   Mark Douglas Raines (Alumnus)
309.                   Viren Raja (Alumnus)
310.                   Ethel Bhumure (Student)
311.                   Seepheephe Matete (Student)
312.                   Sido Njokweni (Alumnus)
313.                   Alice Crosbie (Alumnus)
314.                   Cameron Skerritt (Alumnus)
315.                   Hashil Chiba (Student)