Signing an Appeal to the International Mathematical Union IMU protest against the decision to hold a virtual session of ICM 2022 in Jerusalem

Signing an Appeal to the International Mathematical Union IMU protest against the decision to hold a virtual session of ICM 2022 in Jerusalem

10 June, 2022

Letter to the President and Executive Committee of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) concerning a virtual session of ICM 2022 in Jerusalem

If you are a mathematician, active, retired or PhD student, you can sign the letter below before June 18, 2002

To: President and Executive Committee of the International Mathematica Union IMU 
Copy to: organizers and participants, Mostly Dynamics, Virtual Session of ICM 2022, Jerusalem 

Mr. President 

We the undersigned protest against the decision to hold a virtual session of ICM 2022 in Jerusalem.  

Jerusalem is a city the East part of which has been conquered militarily in 1967 and illegally annexed to Israel, an annexation which has been repeatedly condemned by the United Nations, including resolutions 476 and 478 of the Security Council, and which the immense majority of nations do not recognize. As a result, over 300,000 inhabitants of the city live under military occupation, and the constant threat of confiscation and expulsion, as witnessed by the recent events of Sheik Jarrah in 2021.

Recent events in Europe have shown once more the immense wrongs and destructions caused by military conquest and illegal occupation. The wrongs caused to the Palestinians in Jerusalem are not made any less by the fact that they originated in the 1967 invasion, and have been continuing for 55 years. The violent events of May 2022 in Jerusalem show that the Palestinian population is still resisting the occupation.

ICM has been moved away from Saint-Petersburg because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We appeal to the IMU and to the individual participants in ICM to uphold international law and peoples’ right to self-determination in every part of the world, including Israel and Palestine

After discussing the matter with IMU and other Palestinian colleagues, we have set up a letter of protest which can be signed here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSemQUuby6ZcKOtt2rJ2u2onHBX7t6GAIjQTkjXg2b6R7gdKhQ/viewform

We appeal to the IMU and to the individual participants in ICM to uphold international law and peoples' right to self-determination in every part of the world, including Israel and Palestine

We hope we can gather enough signatures by the 18th of June to send it to the IMU and to the organisers and participants of the Jerusalem meeting.