Time to get #ApartheidOffCampus!
Many UK universities are deeply complicit with Israeli apartheid through:
1) Investments in companies complicit in the oppression of Palestine
2) Institutional ties with complicit Israeli universities
Join the campaign for UK universities to get #ApartheidOffCampus and pledge to be #ApartheidFree!
If you're not a student, support the #ApartheidOffCampus campaign online using the hashtags: #ApartheidOffCampus #DivestforPalestine
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Upcoming: Student Rally for Palestine / Wed 6th October // 6pm
Sara Bafo, President of Goldsmiths Student Union
Larissa Kennedy, President of the National Union of Students
Sorcha Thomson, Student Activist and PSC YSC
Neha Shah, Student Activist at Oxford University and PSC YSC
Hawwaa Bhatti, Student Activist at University of Liverpool
Leanne Mohamed, Student Activist at Kings College London
+ More TBC
Student Protest for Palestine - Report!
On the day of the 16th anniversary of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), hundreds of students took to the streets of London to demand that UK Universities end their complicity in Israeli apartheid. The noisy demonstration swept through the campuses of SOAS, Birkbeck, LSE and KCL, where student activists spoke of their inspiring campaigning work.
They reminded us that Israeli apartheid can only be maintained because of the complicity of our government and our institutions. This includes UK universities. UK Universities collectively invest over £400m in companies complicit in Israeli violations of international law.
Along with investments, UK universities maintain partnerships, programmes, and ties with complicit Israeli institutions. For example, a plethora of UK universities have ties to the Technion in Haifa, which functions as the R&D wing of the IDF, developing military technology to be deployed to oppress Palestinians.
At the demonstration, representatives from a range of campaigning organisations, working on ending UK Universities role in oppression, also spoke to support student’s demands. This included Stop the War Youth and Student, CAAT Universities Network, and the Young Greens.
While the demonstration was a unifying display of solidarity – there’s so much more we need to do. PSCs Youth and Student Committee is working hard to prepare students to campaign for divestment during the next academic year.
Watch this space…
Israel has established an apartheid regime that discriminates against Palestinians in a variety of ways. On its foundation in 1948 the new state passed laws which prevented the over 750,000 dispossessed Palestinians from returning to their homes, whilst allowing Jews from around the world to migrate to the state of Israel as citizens. To this day, Israel has prevented these refugees and their descendants from exercising the legally enshrined right to return to their homes.
The Palestinians citizens of Israel make up 20% of Israel’s population and face more than 60 laws which discriminate against them due to their Palestinian descent.
Israel operates a regime of systematic racial discrimination against all parts of the Palestinian population.
UK universities complicity
UK universities remain deeply complicit with Israel’s apartheid practises through their investment and institutional links.
Universities invest directly in companies which:
- Supply the Israeli military with arms and military technology
- Assist in the building of illegal Israeli settlements in the OPT
- Develop the infrastructure of Israel’s military occupation
UK universities also collaborate with complicit Israeli academicinstitutions, such as Technion – State of Technology. Technion is the leading research institute in Israel who develop weapons for companies such as Elbit Systems. These weapons are often tested on Palestinian civilians Gaza and then marketed as “field-tested” or “combat-tested” to the world.
These investments and collaborations exist despite the majority of UK universities holding strong ethical policies that exist to prevent complicity with human rights abuses.
Apartheid Off Campus
Students in the UK have been at the forefront of campaigning for social justice for decades, including in the anti-apartheid in South Africa movement. However, the world is not free from the crime of apartheid.
Get involved in the Palestine Society on your campus and join the campaign!