1. Wes Streeting has disgracefully played the race card to criticise the wave of student activism.
In response, Dominic Kavakeb (Essex university) has written the following response:We would like to express our severe disappointment at the NUS President for his comments regarding the wave of student occupations that has taken place over the past month.
Thousands of students have been involved in these protests and the very breadth of the occupations serves to prove the wide support for these actions. Over 30 university campuses have seen some form of student action.
Any minor disruption caused by these occupations has to be offset against their success in highlighting the desperate humanitarian situation in Gaza, including the destruction of the Islamic University of Gaza.
The allegation that the occupations have fuelled anti-semitism on our campuses is as disgraceful as it is untrue. Thousands of students, many Jewish, have been involved in action to help rebuild the Gazan education system and support the right to education for Palestinians.
The NUS was founded, in 1922, upon the values of peace and international solidarity after the slaughter of the First World War. Surely, the President of the national Union of Students should welcome wholeheartedly the return of student activism and international solidarity amongst students.
2. Meeting on Thursday, everyone welcome:
This Thursday (the 19th), SOAS Stop the War are holding an activist meeting in the common room. The primary aim is to discuss upcoming actions and events in and around SOAS, and coordination for national and international events. Come along and help out!
Thursday 19th Feb, 5.30pm
SOAS Junior Common Room