We have received a message from a fellow student, which has both lifted and humbled us. We would like to thank Sam and everyone who has dropped us a line for their thoughts. We will publish an excerpt from Sam’s note to give you an idea of the positive responses we’ve been sent…
Excellent job! Keep on going. I was informed about what you’re doing from a friend of mine, and I was thrilled. Hang on the as much as you can. Also, don’t get discouraged by negative criticism. Remember that this is what any protest/sit-in should aim at: to open a discussion/dialogue, get people involved and raise awareness.
You are doing great job, you prove that you are much more than middle-class kids who have fun, and, as my friend said, “you remind us that the dream of a community-yet-to-come, a community that will re-think the question of “justice” and “responsibility” towards the other(s) is not so unattainable”. If it is not the student body who will re-introduce this question, then who?
Respect in solidarity
We have received many messages of solidarity, including ones from…
Paul in Venezuela, Founder of Edinburgh University Palestine Solidarity Society
Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
Pauline McNeil MSP
Ian McWhirter, Rector of Edinburgh University
Baroness Jenny Tonge, House of Lords, Westminster
The University and College Union, National Executive
The University and College Union, Scottish Executive
Scotland Against Criminalising Communities
Midlothian Trade Union Council
The Isle of Barra
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Prof. Dennis Brutus, South African anti-Apartheid activist and poet
International Solidarity Movements of Scotland and Glasgow
Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians, Dundee Branch
ASLEFF, Train Drivers Union
Fresh Air FM, Edinburgh University Student Radio
Dennis Bransky, South African freedom activist
Stop the War, Queen Mary University
Stop the War, Scotland
People & Planet UK Management Committee
The New School University, New York
London School of Economics
Sheffield Hallam University
Hampshire College, Western Massachusetts – the first US college to fully divest from Israel. Congratulations!
Harvard University Government Dept.
Napier University Students for a Free Palestine
To all the universities, groups and individuals (there are too many to list!) who have shown solidarity with the people of Gaza by supporting our peace-full occupation a massive THANK YOU!