Join the wave of university occupations in solidarity with the people of Gaza
There is currently a significant wave of student occupations of university buildings taking place in solidarity with the people of Gaza. There are at least eleven of these occupations that I know of already, and more on the cards. See below for links to the blogs that these occupations have set up, as well as photos and video footage. The Communist Students Executive urges members, supporters and friends to get involved with the occupations and show support where they can. Where the are no occupations yet, we urge comrades to join with others and seek to extend and strengthen this impressive wave of occupations. As can be seen from the comments to this post, linking up with militant workers can be an important part of this protest. While some occupations have achieved their aims, spontaneous actions like this also pose the need for a communist student movement and communist international to lead and deepen our anti-imperialist struggles and create a lasting change in the Middle East.
If you hear of any new developments then get in touch via phone, email or the comments box.
Last night in London a number of us turned up at Kings College in London for a Hands Off the People of Iran meeting on Gaza that we had helped to organise. When we got there we found out that students at Kings had occupied one of the rooms in the building where our meeting was to take place. We went up with our speaker (Israeli socialist Moshe Machover) and suggested that we join the occupation and have our meeting there, which we did. Moshe spoke to around 60 people about the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the nature of Zionism. He then broadened the picture out to look at the region as a whole arguing that what is needed is a social revolution across the Arab region. To listen to his speech, click here. To read some of what Moshe has written previously, follow these links: The Class Character of Israel; Hell for Palestinians.
And here is a video of a speech he gave to Communist University last year.
* SOAS: http://soassolidarity4gaza.blogspot.com
* LSE: http://lseoccupation.blogspot.com
* Kings: http://kcloccupation.blogspot.com
* Warwick: http://warwicksolidaritysitin.wordpress.com
* Essex: http://www.visitpalestine.asia/page.cfm/id/98207
* Birmingham: http://birminghamoccupation.wordpress.com
* Sussex: http://sussexoccupation.blogspot.com
* NEW TODAY: Bodleian building, Oxford: http://occupiedoxford.wordpress.com
*NEW Fri 23rd: Leeds University occupied: http://leedsunioccupation.blogspot.com/
Also Newcastle, Manchester Metropolitan, and Nottingham Trent have gone into occupation.
Video footage from the Oxford occupation:
Some photos we took at the HOPI meeting during the Kings occupation: