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

Issue No. 2137

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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