The universities of Rojava and Kobane today issued a statement to the public which was read in Arabic, Kurdish and English in front of the building of Rojava University in the city of Qamishlo in the presence of dozens of administrators, teachers and students of both universities.
The statement included:
TO THE PUBLIC OPINION
We as the universities of Rojava and Kobane, affirm that history testifies another conspiracy against our resistant people. For seven years, the Kurdish people of Rojava and Northern Syria have responded to the attacks of mercenaries who came from all over the world and thus defended all humanity. Today, however, this resistant people are facing a systematic international attack. Although it shows that the Turkish state is fighting, there are international forces behind it. These forces, who have been blessing the resistance of the Kurdish people against ISIS, today, for their dirty interests, agree to, and even participate in the attack that targets the Kurds.
The citizens of Russia, America and other countries were killed by ISIS and with the coordination of the Turkish state. But today these same forces open the way for the Turkish state - the embracer of ISIS and its mercenaries in order to commit massacres by the neo-Ottomans against the Kurdish people.
The Turkish state and its mercenaries of ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and others attack every place where social, historical and scientific values and destroy, kill and loot them. The entire world is witnessing the sabotage of the Turkish state and its mercenaries in Afrin, Palmyra, Mosul, Raqqa and Husankaif.
We as teachers, students and staff at the universities of Rojava and Kobane, despite the attacks of the Turkish state, have been pursuing science and knowledge for three years. Unfortunately, today, all the efforts, values and sanctities of universities and schools are seriously endangered by the state-terrorism and mercenary.
We at the universities of Rojava and Kobane say that science and knowledge are above all the sacred values of society, morals and a decent attitude. We will be worthy of those values and will resist until the end. Meanwhile, we appeal to all academic figures, universities and international academies to condemn these barbaric attacks and raise their voice and take an attitude against them. So that we know that science, knowledge and culture are the principles of human dignity ...
Long live the resistance of Rojava / Northern and Eastern Syria
Death to conspiracy
Universities of Rojava and Kobane