Three hours in and we have established our position in the lecture thearte. The university has told us that, so long as the protest remains peaceful we can stay here. We hope now to begin on the process of providing information on the situation in Gaza to people who visit the room. We have books and films, and hope to host lectures. Initially, our only opposition was a representative from the Socialist Worker’s Party, something which suprised me when you consider that the party is in support of the general campaign to free Palestine. Our numbers have now grown 27, we have faced opposition from security, the Police have been called, as is expected, but there have been no confrontations or conflict. The reason why we are here is a secular one, we are here in the name of human rights, we share the belief that killing people on mass, in any name, is wrong. The fact that major powers in the West can stand by and allow these things to happen is unacceptable, in addition, as a student of the university, I cannot condone the University’s finiancial dealings indirectly funding Isreali operations. I pay my fees here, and yet have very little say about how that money is used. If we, as the student body, had a real influence, the occupation would not have been neccersary, however, as things stand, we have had to take action. Come and join us, and speak up As we become more established in the room, and the numbers grow, our power to influence university policy will increase.
If not, please, take the time to read about what is happening in Gaza and educate yourself.
Education is power.