Dear University Presidents,
The world today is unfortunately witnessing yet another human catastrophe at the hands of the Israeli regime in Gaza. Hundreds of innocent and defenceless children, women and elderly have been systematically bombarded, killed and injured during the holy month of Ramadan. Undoubtedly what is happening in Gaza these days is a clear violation of all international laws and conventions; however many world organisations and states, allegedly claimants of the human rights, have turned a blind eye to this genocide!
My fellow academics;
In this tragic time, it is our duty, as promoters of humanity in our universities, to express our strong condemnation and denunciation of such ruthless, unfair and unjust violence. May I in this difficult time remind us all of the humanistic words of Saadi, a world renowned Iranian poet, cherished also at the United Nations, saying,
“Human beings are members of a whole”
“In creation of one essence and soul”
"When one limb passes its days in pain"
"The other limbs cannot remain easy"
My dear colleagues;
On behalf of the Islamic Azad University as one of the largest attending universities in the world and a member of the Federation of the University of Islamic World (FUIW), I would like to invite all the members of the Federation, as well as our colleagues and intellectuals around the world, to join together in an open and resounding protest against the human massacre in Gaza by the Israeli regime.We urge you to stand up and make your voice heard by the international community in the hope that it stops its silence and acts immediately to protect the civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). I would also like to call upon everyone to fund aid campaigns in all universities to help the injured and needy civilians of Gaza.
It is my sincere hope that the world wakes up to these killings and stops them sooner rather than later so that the people in Gaza can get the chance to live in a peaceful land,free of violence and aggression.
Prof. Hamid Mirzadeh
President of Islamic Azad University (IAU)