Goldsmiths occupation begins
Students at Goldsmiths University are occupying the local town hall building their university owns after management refused to meet their deadline regarding scholarships for Palestinians:
11th February 2009 - Fifty Goldsmiths students have occupied Deptford Town Hall to demand two MA scholarships for Palestinian students attending Al-Quds Open University in Nablus. This action has been initiated by the Goldsmiths Students’ Union Palestine Twinning Campaign.
The occupying students have been peaceful and their interaction with the staff has been cordial.
The students entered the building at noon today and intend to remain day and night until their demands have been met.
Until that time they will be organizing film screenings, social events and talks regarding the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and other political issues.
The granting of these scholarships is determined by Goldsmiths Senior Management Team which operates from Deptford Town Hall.
The space is open to all who choose to participate.
Deptford Town Hall’s security staff is allowing people to enter and exit the building freely.
This action has been taken in support of a nationwide wave of twenty-seven student-led university occupations in response to the recent twenty-two day assault on Gaza.
Goldsmiths’ SU began the campaign for scholarships in 2006
On the morning of Wednesday 11th February Edinburgh University students occupied the George Square Lecture Theatre. We have acted against the university because of its financial and commercial links to the apartheid state of Israel, in addition to its unacceptable silence in response to the Gaza conflict, described by the UN President of the General Assemby, Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, as “genocide”.
Sheffield Hallam University
At a University and College Union (UCU) branch meeting today, academic staff from Sheffield Hallam University passed a motion condemning the attacks on Gaza.