Lecturers support Gaza and occupying students

The movement is growing and the universities are recovering their role as place of critical thinking and action. Today the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff has come out in support of the people of Gaza and the occupying students throughout the country. Students and lecturers have always been part of the same initiatives and we should celebrate the new links we are starting to have. The statement is below.

Statement of support for student occupations over Gaza from members of the UCU union NEC

As members of the University and College Union National Executive Committee, we would like to send solidarity greetings to the students in the 17 universities who have occupied their universities in protest over the Gaza crisis. This is the largest wave of occupations for over a quarter of a century. Too often, the media seek to portray this generation of students as ones who do not share the aspirations of the 1968 generation – and deride you as, “Generation Apathy”. Your actions have decisively dispelled this myth.

Your demands to secure disinvestment by universities from companies involved in selling arms to Israel and free scholarships for students from Gaza show your humanity. You speak for the millions of young people throughout the world who are sick and tired of war and injustice, who simply desire a world in which the young grow up not knowing what it is like to kill and maim.

You are an inspiration to us all and we wish you every success and call upon all those who want a more peaceful world to support your action.

Signatories (all in a personal capacity)
Amanda Sackur
Maira Daley
Alan Whitaker
Maeve Landman
Brian Ingham
Maureen Henry-Johnson
Christine Vie
Malcolm Povey
David Swanson
Sasha Callaghan
Gavin Reid
Sean Vernell
James Eaden
Terry Brotherstone
Jim Guild
Tom Hickey
Jane Hardy
John Murphy
Karen Evans
Lynne Chamberlain
Mark Campbell

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  1. […] Manchester report that the National Executive Committee of the University and College Union have come out in support of the 17 universities that have occupied over the situation in Gaza. They describe the protest movement as ‘the largest wave of occupations for over a quarter of a century’. Courtesy of Manchester we have reproduced the full statement is below: As members of the University and College Union National Executive Committee, we would like to send solidarity greetings to the students in the 17 universities who have occupied their universities in protest over the Gaza crisis. This is the largest wave of occupations for over a quarter of a century. Too often, the media seek to portray this generation of students as ones who do not share the aspirations of the 1968 generation – and deride you as, “Generation Apathy”. Your actions have decisively dispelled this myth. […]

  2. m.idrees said

    Greetings from Glasgow. You have done us all proud with your action; and your perseverance is inspiring. You will triumph eventually. Indeed, you already have. Our occupation did not last nearly as long as yours; but we understand the resolve and commitment it takes. We salute your determination. And we look forward to joining you in the celebration of your victory.

    In solidarity,

    Muhammad Idrees Ahmad
    Department of Geography and Sociology,
    University of Strathclyde,
    Co-editor, P U L S E

  3. […] 7. https://manunioccupation.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/lecturers-support-gaza-and-occupying-students/ […]

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