Campaign Against Arms Trade:
Dear student occupiers,
Just wanted to send a message of solidarity from Campaign Against Arms Trade to those of you who have occupied your universities in solidarity with Gaza and to those of you who are continuing to do so.
It is really exciting to see such a resurgence of direct action against the war and militarism on campus taking place, and to see the occupations spreading across the country. Your demands are important and it is impressive how many have been won!
I guess you are already in touch with each other, but wanted to offer our CAAT riseup list as a way students involved in actions around the country can stay in touch with each other during and following the occupations – send a blank email to CAATunisemail@example.com to join it.
When student activists met in November, Wed 11 Feb was chosen as a Day of Action around the arms trade at universities. It would be fantastic if you were interested in taking action on this day so that together we can emphasise the strength of opposition to universities’ involvement with the arms trade and to the invasion of Gaza. We will work hard here to get national press coverage of actions around the country so let us know what you are up to!
Well done for taking direct action against the war!
Local Campaigns Co-ordinator
Campaign Against Arms Trade
11 Goodwin Street
London N4 3HQ
Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner and Green Party parliamentary candidate for Oxford East:
I support the student protesters and their admirable stand against the slaughter of civilians in Gaza. The key to peace with justice, and to security for all sides in the conflict, is Israel’s withdrawal to its pre-1967 borders and the creation of a viable, independent and sovereign Palestinian state. In reciprocation, armed Palestinian groups should cease their attacks on Israelis.
Oxford University should disinvest from BAE and other companies that supply arms to Israel’s war machine, and should fund scholarships for Palestinian students, as a contribution to the educational empowerment of those adversely affected by the conflict.