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BRISMES advocates on behalf of its members on issues that are relevant to our work to encourage and promote interest in Middle East Studies by supporting research and education, disseminating knowledge, deepening public understanding of the region within the UK and throughout the world, and where necessary defending academic freedom and speaking out.

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As the horrific events of October 2023 in Israel and Palestine continue unfolding in scenes of catastrophic violence and loss of life, BRISMES Council and Committee on Academic Freedom has published a statement to express deep concern over the political backlash within UK academia.

We believe that now, more than ever, education and debate is required in order to forestall further catastrophic loss of life. 

We call on university Vice-Chancellors, Provosts and Deans to resist the rush to ban events, discipline students and faculty, and silence debate; to reassure academic staff that the right to education, freedom of speech, and academic freedom will be protected; and to affirm that the expression of unpopular and controversial views is an inevitable and crucial part of academic freedom and protected by law.

14 October 2023

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