By Aaron Kiely, NUS NEC
The National Union of Students – which represents 7 million students in the UK – have voted to condemn Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza, demand the siege on Gaza is lifted, demand the UK government stop arming Israel and call upon the student movement to boycott companies and corporations that facilitate Israel’s military capacity, human rights abuses and illegal settlement activity. Read more
National demo for Gaza
Stop the killing - end the siege - US & UK stop arming Israel now!
Saturday 9 August
Assemble at midday outside BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA
For march to Hyde Park via the US Embassy Read more
Barnaby Raine, a student from Oxford University and one of the organisers of the Jewish Bloc that marched on the London demonstration for Gaza in July 2014 was interviewed about allegations of anti-Semitism on pro-Palestinian demonstrations on Sky News. Here we share the video of his interview. Read more
Tens of thousands of British students and young people are joining the marches, protests and vigils for Gaza.
Here is a snap shot of solidarity from the British student movement to date. Read more
Student Broad Left is proud to present this exclusive interview with Malaka Shwaikh, a Palestinian student who arrived at Sheffield University in the autumn of 2013, having broken the siege on Gaza to reach her destination. Just a few months later, in March of this year Malaka stood to be the next Education Officer at the Students’ Union. And she won - with the greatest number of votes ever cast for a candidate in the history of Students’ Union elections at Sheffield. She begins her new job, representing over 24,000 students at Sheffield University in a couple of weeks time.
As the opening paragraph of Malaka’s manifesto hints to, her journey to become the next Education Officer of Sheffield University Students’ Union was one of struggle and determination:
“My name is Malaka and I am a Masters student from Gaza City, Palestine, studying Global Politics and Law. I believe students’ unions can change lives. First-hand experience has taught me that student politicians working as a team can have a transformative impact. If the Students’ Union here at Sheffield didn’t lobby the University for a fee waiver, I would not be here.” Read more
Dear SOAS Occupiers,
We congratulate and salute your brave stand in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza, who continue to face an unrelenting bombardment from one of the world’s most powerful militaries.
As Desmond Tutu once said “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
At a time when the British media is absurdly attempting to present Israel’s barbaric assault on Gaza as an equal war, in which the Palestinians are just as responsible as Israel, your actions in occupying SOAS will help shatter these lies and raise greater understanding of what is actually happening in Gaza. Read more
With the US and Britain continuing to spend billions of pounds waging war on Afghanistan, intervening to de-stabilise Syria and threatening to bomb Iran, it is vital that students actively support movements for peace and justice. What better place to start than the first week back at university or college? Read more