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Faculty and administrative staff at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (Campus The Hague), have signed on to an OPEN  LETTER, addressed to the Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

One of those reporting on the destruction of Gaza is ISS PhD scholar Mohammed Omer, including this contribution in The Nation.

The letter calls on the Dutch government to officially implement the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel in response to the current destruction in Gaza. The text of the letter reads as follows:

From:  The staff of International Institute of Social Studies

Date: 31 July 2014

Dear Prime Minister Rutte,
Foreign Affair Minister Timmermans, and
Members of the Cabinet and House of Representatives

We address you as a group of employees, faculty members, PhD students and researchers of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), in The Hague. The ISS is an educational, research and policy institution, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam.  We belong to very diverse disciplinary backgrounds, but we all equally share social justice as a major inspiration of our work. As teachers and researchers, administrators, managers, students, policy analysts and practitioners, we take social justice as our political position towards the world around us.

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Human Rights is a specialization within the Human Rights, Conflict and Gender Studies MA Major in Development Studies. This blog provides a platform for discussion for researchers, students and others interested in this field of studies. The blog is administered by the Human Rights teaching team.