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UZH Condemns Recent Events in the Middle East

UZH continues to be appalled at the horrific terrorist attacks by Hamas against Israel on 7 October 2023 and condemns the attacks in the strongest possible terms. We are also deeply distraught at the continuing escalation of violence and the extent of Israel’s military actions against Hamas, which are leading to unbearable humanitarian consequences for the Palestinian civilians in Gaza. Our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks and their loved ones as well as with all innocent people who are suffering as a result of the conflict and the ongoing violence, regardless of their nationality or background.

The recent developments in the Middle East are extremely worrying, and we call on all parties involved to respect international humanitarian law and in particular their duty to spare civilians.

UZH condemns all forms of violence aimed at achieving political or societal goals. We explicitly distance ourselves from any groups or people who endorse xenophobia and hatred. As a university, we champion open dialogue and stand for diversity, tolerance and a peaceful coexistence of all people.