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Violence in the Middle East

October 09, 2023

To: The Caltech Community
From: Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and Professor of Physics

This weekend, the world watched with horror the escalating violence in Israel and Gaza. These events, with the threat of prolonged upheaval and rising casualties, hit close to home for Caltech faculty, students, postdocs, and staff with ties to the region.

We denounce these acts of terrorism, where a person's nationality or religion are sufficient to engender hate. Caltech is a close-knit, international community committed to providing an environment that embraces the diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of all who study and work here. We eschew violence. We value people for who they are and what they have to say, whether we agree or disagree. We strive to enable each and every member of our community to reach their full potential. We encourage an open exchange of ideas so that through dialogue and debate we can advance a shared understanding of the world and together chart a brighter path forward.

As we collectively process and respond to these events, please find support through the campus resources listed below.

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