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Monday, December 7, 2009

London Students Showing Solidarity and Support for Gaza Students

Dec 7, 2009 19:55 | Updated Dec 8, 2009 8:01

One of the UK's most prestigious universities is set to "twin" with the Islamic University of Gaza after its student union voted in favor of the move.

The London School of Economics (LSE) is set to link up with the Gaza institution after the student union passed a motion - 161 students voted in favor and 131 against - calling for the twinning.

The motion was put forward by the school's Palestine Society and called "To twin this union with the Islamic University of Gaza to show solidarity with the students there who have had their campus bombed and their colleagues killed by the Israeli Occupation Forces."

The motion also calls for a room in the new student union building to be named after a Palestinian student killed by the "Israel Occupation Forces."

The motion relied on an array of sources from organizations such as Amnesty International, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Action Palestine and other pro-Palestinian activists, who accuse Israel of an array of human rights offenses, including killings and torture.

However the proposer of the motion, Samer Araabi, maintained the motion was "not about Israel and Palestine, but about the right to education for all people."

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