Saturday, 24 January 2009

Cambridge Occupation of the Law Faculty: Student Demands

OCCUPATION CAMBRIDGE


Cambridge Occupation of the Law Faculty: Student Demands

1. We demand that Cambridge University issue a statement which condemns: Israel’s action in Gaza; the Israeli blockade of Gaza; and the continued Israeli presence in Gaza and the West Bank. This statement is to be issued in solidarity with international peace movements, in particular those in Israel and Palestine.

2. We demand that Cambridge University provide academic aid, particularly books, computers and financial support to universities in Gaza.

3. We demand that Cambridge University commit to a day of fundraising for humanitarian aid in Gaza within the next two weeks, as part of an ongoing commitment to financial support for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

4. We demand that Cambridge University grant a minimum of ten scholarships to Palestinian students every year.

5. We demand that Cambridge University and its colleges disinvest from the arms trade in cooperation with the existing Cambridge (and colleges) Against the Arms Trade movement.

6. We demand that no student will face punishment or repercussions, legal or otherwise, for participating in this demonstration.

10 comments:

  1. The whole world is with you.
    Millions of people around the world have come out in support of Gaza and condemned Israel's actions

    http://www.squidoo.com/The-Demonstrations-on-Gaza

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  2. I totally agree with all the above demands. But surely any statement regarding the Gaza/Israeli situation should condemn Palestinian rocket fire as well as Israeli oppression. All loss of life is tragic, and all attacks on civilians should be condemned, regardless of whether those attacks are made by the "good guys" or the "bad guys".

    I think the statement would come across more strongly if it included a condemnation of the rocket attacks as well; then, it doesn't just look like an ideological statement (which can be dismissed as, "Oh, an ideological statement") - it looks like a set of genuine desires to make things better in that troubled region.

    Again, I totally agree with the demands stated already.

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  3. well-intentioned, but naive.

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  4. It looks like you “forgot” to demand a condemnation of the actions of Hamas.

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  5. Your method of showing solidarity with those suffering under occupation in Gaza - by replicating the position of the occupiers, Israel - is brainless at best, perverse at worst.

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  6. A message of support from Sussex, received on the Cambridge Action Network list:

    Comrades,

    I email you with support from all those at the Sussex University Occupation in solidarity with Gaza.

    Draw up your list of demands thoroughly and stay resolute!

    We WILL all be declaring victories soon if we continue to publicise what one another is doing because the management of our universities don't wish to lose face!

    In support of each other,

    Jamal
    Econ. & Dev. studies 2nd year
    On behalf of the University of Sussex Occupation in solidarity with Gaza

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  7. I can assure you that you are not embodying the 60s spirit. Firstly your cause is ill defined. Secondly, as a unit you were not able to agree on any list of aims, displaying the various prejudices which each of your hypocritical organisation harbours. Thirdly and most importantly you have organised your campaign to start at the weekend and finish by Monday morning intended to cause as little disruption as possible and so the majority of students have not even noticed your sit-in. A decision surely taken in order to save the skin of the protesters who are participating.

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  8. Many thanks to all the students who are taking part in this protest.
    It was inspiring to see the commitment of everyone involved and also to hear Craig Murray speak. In the face of the solidarity with the families who are suffering in Gaza the University staff present had little to say other than repeat petty rules and quote health and safety guidelines.

    Don't give in until your demands are met. You will get more and more support.

    Beverley

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