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Stirling Uni Students condem Isreali occupation

Stirling Palestine Solidarity Campaign | 19.10.2005 15:50 | Anti-militarism | Education | Social Struggles

Students at Stirling Uni yesterday voted on a motion to twin with Birzeit University in Palestine and to condemn the illegal occupation, wall and settlers.

The motion being voted on can be found here:

It had previously passed senete with a massive majority and went to a student ballot. At the count today it was revealed that the motion passed with 347 to 88 votes.

The most controversial part of the motion read "SUSA publicly condemns the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine, the illegal wall and illegal settlements within Palestinian territory." Those proposing it said that it was impossible to support the students of Birzeit without this condemnation.

SUSA will now lobby Stirling University to formally twin with Birzeit University.

Gordon Clubb, proposer of the motion and secretary of the Stirling Palestine Solidarity Campaign said "Our visit to Palestine made us realise that the lies told by our media about the conflict must end, the troops must leave, the settlers must go, and that wall must come down. Our victory has led to Stirling University Students Association condeming all of these illegal obstacles that hinder Palestinians' right to education. From your friends at Stirling University we send a warm message of solidarity to every Palestinian student in their struggle for a right to education against the gross injustice of the Israeli occupation."

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Whoops! You've done it again

20.10.2005 18:59

There was a comment on this article yesterday, but unfortunately for you it happened to present the Israeli side of the argument. So you've gone and deleted it. Very mature of you. Amazing how you protest censorship only when it comes from one direction.


Actually there were three

21.10.2005 09:30

There were three comments which I'll sumarize:

1st Comment

'It's precisely because of Israel that Palestine has a higher ratio of Universities per capita than other Arab countries'

2nd Comment

'I couldn't agree more. So many Palestinians have been killed or forced to flee that the
ratio of Universities per capita in occupied Palestine has risien steadily for the last 50 years'

3rd Comment

Was some insult regarding spelling which I won't repeat.

Indy Reader


21.10.2005 09:56

thats rubbish, it was a racist comment that had to currency at all.

So all palestinians are naturally less inteligent?

UN reports show how the occupation 'directly effects the right to education for children'. So once again the 'Israeli side' is flawed in its arguments.

enuff of the crap

Religion of Peace Alert

23.10.2005 18:50

Three killed in Egypt church riot
Protesters outside St George's church in Alexandria, Egypt
Protesters threw stones at the Coptic church and police officers
Three people have died during a riot outside a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt, after a protest against a play accused of offending Islam.

Police used sticks and tear gas to hold back a crowd of some 5,000 protesters who marched on St George's church.

Dozens of people were injured in the crush. One man who died was trampled and had inhaled tear gas, police said.

On Wednesday, a Muslim man stabbed a nun in protest at the sale of a DVD of the play, staged at the church in 2003.

The demonstration was the latest in a series of incidents at the church related to the performance of the play.

Entitled I Once Was Blind But Now I See, the drama tells the story of a poor young Copt who is drawn to Islamist militants who then try to kill him.

'Not insulting'

Coptic Christian leaders have said the play depicts the dangers of extremism, not of Islam.

"Copts would never tolerate anyone insulting Islam," Coptic Bishop Armia is quoted by Egypt's official Mena news agency as saying.

The Egyptian Interior Ministry described the protesters as "fanatic elements" who "escalated a negative reaction to a play", according to the Associated Press new agency.

A Coptic nun stabbed at St George's Church, Alexandria, on 19 October
A nun was stabbed at the church by a young Muslim on Wednesday

The ministry said the demonstrators gathered near the church in the Mediterranean port city after Friday noon prayers at local mosques.

Stones were thrown at the church and police officers, injuring 20, and cars were set alight before police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. Dozens of people were arrested.

Relations between Muslims and the Coptic minority - which makes up 5%-10% of Egypt's population - are generally calm, although tensions sometimes flare.

Copts remained the majority in Egypt for centuries after the 7th Century conquest of the country by Muslim armies.

Nowadays, they complain of discrimination in the workplace, restrictions on church construction and periodic fears that Christians are being forced to convert by Islamic extremists.

Ali ibn Sharmootah