UK-Palestine Mental Health Network message of solidarity with Dr Lara Sheehi

UK-Palestine Mental Health Network message of solidarity with Dr Lara Sheehi

Those who attended Café Palestine events during lockdown, or who enjoyed the other webinars that featured the authors of the ground-breaking and prize-winning ‘Psychoanalysis Under Occupation: Practising Resistance in Palestine’, will be shocked to learn that Professor Lara Sheehi has become the latest academic target of the Zionist lobby in the United States.

Lara has done more than almost anyone, certainly in our field, in sharing her platform with Palestinian colleagues, and in bringing their work to the notice of a worldwide audience. This, no doubt, is the reason that she is being targeted. Working from a decolonial, feminist and liberatory perspective, she is also among the most incisive critics of the adaptive tendencies within the discipline of psychotherapy.

The UK-Palestine Mental Health Network sends its warmest greetings and offers its full support to Lara, in facing the intimidation and threats, the smearing and misrepresentations that she is currently experiencing. We urge George Washington University, which is being pressured to discipline or sack her, to resist the pressure to cave in to groups that we know are established to protect apartheid Israel and its supremacist ideology. Below are the links to some of the many tributes and declarations of support for Lara…

Lara is to be defended by the 
Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Palestine Global Mental Health Network: Statement in Defense of Dr. Lara Sheehi at George Washington University
(signed by the USA, UK, Ireland, France Networks, and published in Mondoweiss)

Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council Supports Dr. Lara Sheehi

Letter of Support for Dr. Lara Sheehi by Jewish Colleagues

U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI): Letter in support of Dr. Lara Sheehi
Please sign.

George Washington Uni Student/Alumni Letter of Support for Dr. Sheehi

The editors of Parapraxis Magazine: A Call to Solidarity: Standing with Lara Sheehi whose message incorporates a statement of support for Lara from The Board of Directors, The Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology, APA Division 39

The BIPOCanalysis Collective Statement of Support for Dr. Lara Sheehi (‘a group comprised of hundreds of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color within the international psychoanalytic community’).

The following is an article written by Lara herself in which she describes in detail the context for the complaints against her and powerfully rebuts the false account promoted by the pro-Zionist lobby group, StandWithUs. She exposes the racism and misogyny behind these attacks on her and other Palestinian academics who challenge colonising processes