Gilbert are you listening…? Meeting tomorrow (SUNDAY) at 12 in the occupied space.

Okay. Today Alan Gilbert sent us another letter. Although the occupation will put out its response later on, its worth noting that he is gearing up to end our occupation. soon.

We are an active bunch of protesters. Over the last ten days of occupation we have involved more than a thousand students: we have had two massive general meetings of Manchester students (the last one over 1000 people!), three occupations, two demonstrations, solidarity rallies almost nightly, banner drops, door knocking, lectures and workshops, and huge stalls. People have been bringing us food, blankets, and heaters.

Its a huge movement we have built.

That’s why tomorrow (Sunday) at twelve we want all those people who have participated to get on down to the Simon building and talk about the way forward.

Come along, get your voice heard, celebrate our achievements, and lets plan for our campaigns over the coming week.

And remember, Mr Gilbert, we are not going away because we are everywhere. Are you listening?



  1. Aisha. R said

    Yes, Mr Gilbert… This movement is getting bigger by the minute. If you try to shut this occupation down AGAIN, it will simply anger more students which will lead to more chaos on your campus. =)

    Remember Gilbert, the more you try to silence us, the louder we will shout!

    “We’re students, united. We’ll never be defeated!”

    Never give up Brothers and Sisters.
    Peace X

  2. ahmed said

    a couple of suggestions – please add links to the other occupations, queen mary in london has most of the links
    the second suggestion is that the demands should also include, the promotion and creation of a course on palestine, and it should be included as a course offered to all students in all subjects and go towards their degree , and should be actively promoted

  3. ahmed said


    a suggestion is that the demands should also include, the promotion and creation of a course on palestine, and it should be included as a course offered to all students in all subjects and go towards their degree , and should be actively promoted

  4. Sue-Ann said

    This article is in today’s Guardian

    Students angered by Gaza revive sit-ins
    Alexandra Topping
    The Guardian, Saturday 14 February 2009

    A new wave of student activism sparked by events in Gaza has seen dozens of university buildings occupied in Britain, with some of the UK’s top educational establishments agreeing to set up scholarships for Palestinians or disinvest in arms companies linked to Israel.

    Though the assault on the territory ended three weeks ago, lingering anger over the attack has prompted students to stage sit-ins at 21 universities, many organised via blogs, Facebook and text messages.

    Students at Glasgow and Manchester are refusing to leave the buildings until their demands are met, after similar occupations at other universities provided tangible results in what is being seen as a new era of highly organised student activism.

    Katan Alder, 22, one of 50 Manchester University protesters who have occupied a university building for nine days, said students were abandoning diplomatic tactics in favour of direct action.

    “There is a new level of anger among students that we haven’t seen before,” he said. “There is definitely a new confidence among students who are beginning to realise that if they want to achieve anything simple negotiation won’t work, our actions have to escalate.”

    Students at Goldsmiths, University of London, ended their occupation yesterday after their demand – two scholarships for students from Palestine’s al-Quds university – was met. The students campaigned for a year without success, but their demands were met within 24 hours after they occupied Deptford town hall, which houses the university management offices, said James Heywood, 21.

    “We were getting ignored and patronised, so when we saw what was happening at other universities we took direct action,” he said.

    Technology has played an integral part in the protests. Within minutes of starting the occupation students at Goldsmiths were blogging, and a recent protest that gathered 2,000 students was organised almost entirely by viral text messaging, said Heywood.

    Student demands include a call to end all investments in arms companies that may trade with Israel, scholarships for Palestinian students and humanitarian assistance.

    At King’s College London, students gained scholarships and donations to institutions in Palestine.

    A seven-day Cambridge University occupation, which saw students denied access to food before being threatened with a court injunction on 1 February, achieved little in the way of concessions.

    But last week 60 academics at the university sent an open letter to the vice-chancellor deploring the “heavy-handed” tactics used to crush the protest and supporting the students’ calls for disinvestment from the arms industry and scholarships for Palestinian students.

    Prof Priyamvada Gopal, one of its signatories, said: “It was only when the students became galvanised that we looked at writing a group letter from the academics following the lead of the students.”

    She believes the movement is the first signs of a new political awareness. “As yet this is a small but vocal minority, but I think we are seeing an emergence from the froth and apathy of the 1990s.”

  5. Sue-Ann said

    French and English versions of a text signed by French academics who declare they wouldn’t collaborate with Israeli institutions participating in the occupation and demand the adoption of a policy of sanctions against Israel.
    Israel’s impunity must end. (French follows the English)

    Reports have made it clear that Israel’s actions in Gaza amount to war crimes: a population denied all possibility of escape or self-defense has been starved, deprived of medical care, and massacred beyond the view of the media. Images and accounts of the results of these actions are now reaching us, and they are frankly unbearable. It is not a matter of “excesses” committed by a few soldiers, but rather of a deliberate policy that borders on ethnic cleansing. To quote a letter signed by 300 British-based academics and published in the Guardian January 16, ” The goal of this war has never changed: to use overwhelming military power to eradicate the Palestinians as a political force, one capable of resisting Israel’s ongoing appropriation of their land and resources.”

    Israel’s impunity must end. Neither humanitarian aid nor a call to extend the ceasefire will suffice. The blockade of Gaza must be lifted and Israel, together with its political and military leaders, must be tried for war crimes. We ask the French government and the French population to take all practical measures to force Israel to accept these demands, and, first of all, to define and apply to Israel a program of boycott, divestment, and sanctions.

    We who have signed this text commit ourselves to cease all collaboration with Israeli institutions participating in the occupation, and declare our solidarity with those who in Israel struggle courageously for the human, social, and political rights of Palestinians.

    Séraphin Alava, Professeur à l’Université Toulouse 2

    Georges Audi, Directeur de recherche au CNRS

    Michel Balabane, Professeur à l’Université Paris 13

    Viviane Baladi, Directrice de recherche au CNRS

    Etienne Balibar, Professeur émérite à l’Université Paris Ouest

    Daniel Bensaïd, Professeur à l’Université Paris 8

    Tsouria Berbar, Chercheuse à l’INSERM

    Rudolf Bkouche, Professeur émérite à l’Université de Lille I

    Edgar Blaunstein, Economiste

    Michel Bonneu, Professeur à l’Université de Toulouse

    Alain Brossat, Professeur à l’Université Paris 8

    Eve Caroli, Professeur à l’Université Paris-Ouest, membre de l’Institut Universitaire de France

    Hélène Carteron, Ingénieure à l’INSERM, Paris

    Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, Professeure émérite à l’Université Paris 7

    Ivar Ekeland, Président honoraire de l’Université Paris-Dauphine

    Mireille Fanon-Mendès-France, Juriste, collaboratrice parlementaire

    Dominique Fougeyrollas, Chargée de recherche au CNRS

    Nicole Gabriel, Maître de conférences à l’Université Paris 7

    Marie-Madeleine Gombert, Chargée de recherche au CNRS

    Danielle Haase-Dubosc, Directrice de Reid Hall, Université de Columbia à Paris

    Boutros Hallaq, Professeur à l’Université Paris 3

    Michael Harris, Professeur à l’Université Paris 7, membre de l’Institut Universitaire de France

    Jacques Henry, Maïtre de conférences honoraire, Université de Paris Sud

    Bernard Jancovici, Professeur émérite à l’Université Paris Sud

    Alain Joxe, Directeur d’Études à l’EHESS

    Baudoin Jurdant, Professeur à l’Université Paris 7

    Sylvia Klingberg, Ingénieure d’étude à l’INSERM

    Lydie Koch-Miramond, astrophysicienne, conseillère scientifique de la Commission à l’énergie

    Hubert Krivine, Maître de conférences à l’ Université Paris 6

    Michelle Lanmuzel, Professeur de lettre

    Pierre Lantz, Professeur émérite à l’Université Paris 8

    Ariane Lantz, Professeur honoraire de philosophie

    Juliette Leblond, Directrice de recherche au CNRS

    Catherine Lévy, Chercheuse au CNRS (Paris I)

    Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond, Professeur émérite à l’Université de Nice-Sophia-Antipolis

    Roland Lombard, Directeur de recherche au CNRS, Président du CICUP

    Aïcha Maherzi, Directrice de recherche au CREFI, Toulouse

    Joëlle Maillefert, PRAG à l’IUT de Cachan

    Bernard Maitte, Professeur à l’Université Lille I

    Véronique Nahoum-Grappe, Chercheuse à l’EHESS

    Annie Najim, Professeure à l’Université de Bordeaux 3

    André Nouschi, Professeur honoraire à l’Université de Nice

    Olivier Pène, Directeur de recherche honoraire au CNRS

    Véronique de Rudder, Chargée de recherche au CNRS

    Emmanuel Rollinde, Maître de conférences à l’Université Paris 6

    Alain Romey, Professeur à l’Université de Nice-Sophia-Antipolis

    Catherine Samary, Maître de conférences à l’Université Paris-Dauphine

    Pierre Schapira, Professeur à l’Université Paris 6

    Marie-Ange Schiltz, Ingénieure de recherche au CNRS

    Geneviève Sellier, Professeure à l’Université de Caen, membre de l’Institut Universitaire de France

    Alexis Tadié, Professeur à l’Université Paris 4, ancien directeur de la Maison Française d’Oxford

    Françoise Thébaud, Professeure à l’université d’Avignon, membre de l’Institut Universitaire de France

    Gérard Toulouse, Directeur de recherche au CNRS, membre de l’Académie des Sciences

    Odile Vacher, Maître de conférences à l’Université Paris XI

    Eleni Varikas, Professeur à l’Université Paris 8

    Tassadit Yacine, Directrice d’étude à l’EHESS +++++++++++++++++ Il faut mettre fin à l’impunité d’Israël

    Les témoignages qui s’accumulent montrent à l’évidence qu’Israël a commis à Gaza de véritables crimes de guerre, en affamant, en privant de soins, puis en massacrant, à l’abri de tout regard médiatique, une population dépourvue de tout moyen de fuir ou de se défendre. Les images et les récits qui nous parviennent maintenant sont insoutenables. Il ne s’agit pas là de « bavures » dont se seraient rendu coupables quelques militaires, mais d’une politique délibérée qui relève du nettoyage ethnique. Comme le disait un appel paru dans le Guardian du 16 janvier dernier et signé par 300 personnalités du monde universitaire britannique, l’objectif est bien d’éradiquer les Palestiniens en tant que force politique capable de résister à l’expropriation continue de leurs terres et de leurs ressources.

    Il faut mettre fin à l’impunité d’Israël. Ni l’aide humanitaire ni l’appel à prolonger le cessez-le-feu ne suffisent. Le blocus de Gaza doit être levé et Israël, avec ses responsables politiques et militaires, doit être jugé pour crimes de guerre. Nous demandons au gouvernement français et à la population française de prendre toutes les mesures pratiques pour obliger Israël à accepter ces exigences, et en premier lieu d’appliquer un programme de boycott, de cessation des investissements et de sanctions.

    Les signataires de ce texte s’engagent à cesser toute collaboration avec les institutions israéliennes participant à l’occupation, et se déclarent solidaires de ceux qui en Israël luttent courageusement pour les droits humains, sociaux et politiques des Palestiniens.

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