Messages of support
We have received (and still receiving) a numerous number of supportive email, and text messages – it would be very difficult to list all of them here- We’ve have had a huge amount of support from the student and staff at the university and the local community in Manchester!!!
Dear fellow students of Manchester University,
The Student Council of An-Najah National University extends its sincerest thanks and appreciation for the courageous and principled action you have taken in solidarity with our people in Gaza. This non-violent action to pressure the administration of your university to take a more proactive stance to condemn Israeli aggression on Gaza reminds us, as an oppressed people, that we are not alone in our fight for freedom and justice. The demands that you have articulated for the ‘occupation’ you have staged express a new level of practical solidarity with the Palestinian people in their fight against Israeli oppression. Your move demonstrates great awareness, an awareness that arose despite of media biases and unjust portrayal of the conflict. You have proven to everyone that those who seek the truth shall find the truth, no matter how misleading propaganda is, or how unjust governments are.
We are indeed inspired and comforted to know that there are such extraordinary young men and women, who believe and strive for justice, and are willing to stand in the frontlines to defend it. We highly appreciate what you are doing, and your efforts shall certainly be remembered. You have our utmost respect, and ‘inshAllah’ all of your demands will be met!
In solidarity and with a great sense of appreciation we salute you from An-Najah National University in the besieged city of Nablus.
The Student Council of An-Najah National University
A message of support from The Islamic University of Gaza
Dear fellow students of Manchester University,
We would like to express our sincere thanks and deep appreciation for all your conscious efforts, endeavours and demands to support the right to education, justice and freedom in Palestine.
We wholeheartedly support your peaceful protests against the blanket bombing of Gaza in general and the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) in particular which suffered extensive destruction and damage to all its buildings, academic facilities. Additionally more than 20,000 students, whose families have been agonizing from the suffocating siege of Gaza, have lost some members of their families and many others have lost their houses.
With great respect and admiration, we have been following all activities taking place in 19 British universities. Your brave campaign has strengthened both our hope and will that we are not alone in this just battle against unprecedented blatant injustices and flagrant violation of human rights in Palestine.
We are absolutely proud of you all and proud of your solidarity and support campaign for the right to education in Palestine which gives us bright light in the heart of the military occupation darkness.
We wish you full success in your supportive campaign and in achieving all your sensible demands which show a high level of awareness and commitment to defend basic human rights in Gaza at a time of obvious media bias and hypocrisy of many governments.
We hope to cooperate with you soon to establish mutual academic cooperation between our academic institutions. In this regard, we confirm our high interest and strong willingness to provide you with any information, facts, plans, courses, etc related to your practical demands.
In solidarity with Manchester university students in Occupation
Dr Kamalain Sha’ath
President, The Islamic University of Gaza
Tel: 970 8 282 3310
Fax: 970 8 286 3552
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.
To all our fellow students in occupation,
From South East London, we give are whole and unconditional support to
your inspiring occupation in support of Gaza. The action you are taking at
present is not just important for your university, but also to ours as
well. Since the beginning of last year we have been campaigning to get
scholarships for our twin university in Palestine, Al Quds Open
University. For so long our Warden (Vice-Chancellor) has ignored or
patronised us over this issue, but now he has called senior mangement
talks over the scholarships and circulated emails to staff on how to deal
So when we do finally win these scholarships (and we will) it is as much
through the efforts of your solidarity work (and the dozens of other
solidarity occupations) as it has been ours.
So, on behalf of us all, best luck and you have our full support and will
be ready to act in any way we can to support your occupation.
Long Live Palestine!
From, Goldsmiths’ Students’ Union
Support from Queen Mary’s occupation
Greetings from Queen Mary’s
Well done on your Occupation. We’ve just finised ours today (www.queenmaryoccupation.blogspot.com). On behalf of QM, I would like to give you are full support. Keep it up!
Contact us if you need any further support, and keep us updated so we can add it on our blog.
Wish you all the good luck
Queen Mary Occupation
Support from Nottingham University occupation
Best of luck in your occupation and acheiving your demands! I hope that it yields a more constructive response from the university authorities to address the crisis in Gaza. I also hope that as a national student body we can maintain this momentum to achieve great things for those suffering in Palestine.
Solidarity from Strathclyde University occupation
Congratulations on your ongoing occupation, the will of the people is on your side.
I hope our sucess at Strathclyde will drive you on and convince others that direct action can and will work..
Good luck, and be strong. Don’t take that crap from the police or the university – they are the ones who should be scared!
A message of support from Margaret Farrell (A Mancunian grandmother living in Rome)
You have my full support for your actions. It gives me hope when I see young people who have the courage to speak up and take action while world leaders have been and continue to be accomplices to Israeli oppression of the Palestinian population. Keep up the good work. People can make a difference. Proud of you.
A Mancunian grandmother living in Rome
A message of support from Tirza Waisel
you are GREAT!
thanks for doing this action – you’re working towards a better future for all of us, and especially for Palestinians and Israelis. My family and friends in Israel (and in the Palestinian occupied territories) are opposing the occupation and protesting + working against it within Israel. They (and I) willl benefit from ending the conflict, which will hopefully be the outcome of your blessed actions.
Only the end of the Israeli occupation will bring peace and normal life to both people!
University of Hertfordshire
A message of support from Nick, a student at Manchester Uni
The majority of Manchester University students and staff who feel for humanity are 110% behind you, as well as the people right around the world, from as far as Australia, Canada and South Africa as shown in their heartfelt testaments. History will prove us right, our actions will never be in vein (despite what the VC may think).
From Liz, a supporter via the blog
Just wanted you to know that many thousands of people all over the UK are behind you.
I’m the parent of a student elsewhere – her university has listened, and responded. I wish the same for you.
From a Nottingham student
Solidarity from Nottingham. Don’t let them kick you out!
Crystal from Montreal, Canada
Solidarity from Canada! Good luck to all of you at the Uni of Manchester. Keep the resistance alive! Power to the people! Long live Palestine! We are with you in spirit!
From Raeesa, a supporter
Solidarity from Peace Loving, post Apartheid South Africa!!!!!!!! We salute you!!! Be strong!!! Keep the resistance alive
From Tom, a supporter in Newcastle
Solidarity from Newcastle! Hang in there guys and gals! Though the university authorities may speak of sanctions and the police may threaten violence against peaceful protests, the fact remains that ideas cannot be repelled with force.
Let these occupations result in the forging of a new academic policy towards Palestine. This may be history in the making. Fortune favours the brave and the flame of justice illuminates the path of the righteous.
Good luck to all of you.
From ISM, the International Solidarity Movement
ISM London offers support and solidarity to the numerous student occupations and sit-ins around the UK in recent weeks. This response to the most recent Israeli onslaught on Gaza has been one of the most important initiatives in the movement. Generating pressure on our higher education establishments to take a stand against Israel and the war crimes it commits is vital. We stand in solidarity with the many Palestinians, students, activists, academics and members of the public who are now being more and more vocal about the boycott of Israel as a means of both exerting international pressure on the Israeli apartheid system, and standing in solidarity with the resistant Palestinian people.