BREAKING NEWS : Nottingham University Occupied for Gaza

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Calling all Students:

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On Wednesday 28th January at around 8pm, around a hundred students occupied Room B62 in the Law and Social Sciences building on the University of Nottingham campus in solidarity with the victims of Israeli atrocities in Gaza [1]. The peaceful campus occupation is the seventeenth in a wave of simlar actions across the U.K. since the New Year. Students at the University of Nottingham expressed their solidarity with students at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the London School of Economics, King’s College London, Birmingham, Essex, Warwick, Sussex, Oxford, Manchester Metropolitan, Cambridge, Leeds, Newcastle, Queen Mary’s, and Bradford Universities; all of whom have undertaken occupations in support of Gaza.

The protesters have announced they will not lift the occupation until their demands have been met by the university authorities [2]. These demands include:

1) That the University website should carry the DEC charities appeal, subject of recent controversy because of its non-transmission by the BBC and Sky.

2) That the University authorities should publicly condemn the ongoing Israeli atrocities.

3) That the University should express solidarity with the population of Gaza by instituting a programme of scholarships for Palestinian students as well as donating books and educational equipment to Palestinian schools and universities.

4) That the University of Nottingham ceases to invest directly or indirectly in companies complicit in human rights abuses in the Gaza strip and internationally, and bar such companies from all University premises.

Public and university figures have already expressed their support for the occupation. Hicham Yezza, editor of Ceasefire Magazine, said the protest was reflective of a growing level of political conscience on campus and an indication that many Nottingham University students are shaking off their reputation for political apathy. Noam Chomsky, MIT Professor of Linguistics and world-famous dissident, said in a message to the protestors: “I am very pleased to learn about your courageous and honorable actions, particularly significant because of the crucial British contribution to the savage onslaught on Gaza, second only to the decisive role of the United States — a disgrace for all of us. I hope you have the greatest success in arousing public opinion and bringing these monstrous crimes to an end.”

NOTES:

[1] For continuing updates, please visit the occupation blog: occupationnottingham.wordpress.com

[2] A full list of demands is available at: https://occupationnottingham.wordpress.com/demands/

[3] Nottingham University in Solidarity with Gaza
Media Relations Contact: Tel 077 47 37 37 82 Email occupationnottingham@gmail.com

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This is a non-violent and inclusive protest. All University of Nottingham students are encouraged to participate. During the occupation we will adhere to the same codes of personal conduct as is expected of us as members of the student community. Any disruption to our peers’ education is expressly against our wishes and we will respect the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of expression and the right to disagree. Universities should be a place where freedom of expression, debate and critical discourse is encouraged. The student movement in the UK and around the world has a proud tradition of protest and solidarity actions, whether against South African Apartheid or Zionist terrorism

We are asking anyone who empathises with our cause to come down and join the demonstration. We plan to organise speakers, events, food and music. We are not going to disrupt any lectures.

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12 responses to “BREAKING NEWS : Nottingham University Occupied for Gaza

  1. linking up the occupations:
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=45620747685

    peace + solidarity, R.

  2. Please delete the previous comment and this line if you can-i sent it from the wrong address!!

    SOAS salutes all the brave students standing up for what they believe in. In the words of
    Bonolo Woracker, NUS Black students commitee and general legend:

    Students need to take a stand, do something or say something. Do whatever you can to get your voice heard.

    ‘You may not be able to change the direction of the wind but you can send your message in that direction.’

    Peace in the Middle East,

    In solidarity…SOAS occupiers

    Remember, what you are doing is perfectly legal.Contact me for more info on this if you need to.

  3. As one of the occupiers of the law school in Cambridge I would like to send you my personal solidarity and best wishes for all your demands to be met. As I am writing this the law school that we occupy is blockaded by the university, and legal threats of trespass are thrown at us. Do not be intimidated — your struggle makes us all stronger!

  4. i think this is awesome. every singly on of you are amazing.

  5. Solidarity from inside Sheffield Hallam!!

    A world to win.

  6. Nice one Nottingham!

    I’m losing count of many unis have had occupations now.

  7. Group of Politics and IR, University of Nottingham

    ‘We commend your actions in support of Gaza, in particular we support your right to protest and demand that there be no legal, financial, or academic repercussions taken against anyone involved in or supporting this protest.’

    Professor Andreas Bieler
    Chris Hesketh (PhD candidate)
    Dr Sara Motta
    Maria Montana Urbana (PhD candidate)
    Dr Adam Morton
    Elif Uzgoren (PhD candidate)
    Dr Bettina Renz
    Eloise Harding (PhD candidate)
    Dr Liam McCarthy
    Michael Brodie (PhD candidate)
    Dr Tony Burns
    Dr Rod Thornton
    Dr Malika Rahal

  8. Great Job guys 🙂
    as a former Palestinian student in the UK I’m extremely happy and proud of the student movement in the UK. you guys proved that students can still do something and that the time of apathy is gone.
    I wish I was still there in the UK with all of you.
    Best of luck wya’ateekom ila’afye.

  9. Dear Friends – I commend your courageous demonstration of support for Palestine, and wish you all the best with your action.

    … and had I been there, I would have been there with you 🙂

    A lucha continua,

    Alf

  10. Pingback: Nottingham Students Occupy Lecture Theatre in Support of Palestine « Alf’s Blog

  11. With you in spirit. Well done, it really cheers up flagging optimism. The fledgling Women in Black Aberystwyth group held a vigil this morning, I was thinking of you all.
    Best wishes.

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