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Bulk0007LONDON (PNIC):-Twenty-six Palestine student societies at UK universities have issued a statement demanding the UK government to stop arms sales to Israel and denouncing the massacre of unarmed protestors in Gaza.

The statement came following a deadly crackdown mounted by the Israeli military against Palestinian demonstrators on May 14th, which witnessed the official opening of the US embassy in occupied Jerusalem, a day before the 70th anniversary of Nakba –attacking the ongoing six-week protest demanding the Right of Return.

“The UK government continues to approve arms sales to Israel, in defiance of its own export guidelines, while it imports Israeli combat-proven military hardware.” The statement said.

The societies slammed Israel’s continuing violence against those participating for the eighth week in the Great March of Return, which so far claimed approximately a hundred protestors including journalists and women, and injured thousands.

They called on the government “to introduce an embargo on its two-way arms trade with Israel ending its century of crimes against the Palestinian people,” and its complicity in the occupation, while urging university students in Britain to join the campaign to divest their universities from any corporation profiting from Israel’s military occupation.

President of the Palestine Society in the University of Aberdeen, Sarah Schröder, told MEMO: “After 70 years of the Nakba, we must do everything to prevent more catastrophes in Palestine.”

“As students in the UK we feel a responsibility to stand with Palestinians and become active to stop further weapons sales to Israel and university investments in Israel.”

Since the 30th of March this year, Palestinian have been protesting under the Great March of Return to highlight their internationally recognized right of return to their homes.

President of City University Palsoc, Abdelrahman al-Tamimi said that more must be done by the UK government to curb Israeli aggression.

"We need to remind everyone of the continuous crimes committed by the Israeli government against the Palestinian people," he said.

President of Warwick Friends of Palestine Society, Yasmin Huleileh, said that “It is not enough for people to be by-standers and wait to be educated about Palestine-Israel politics. It is a modern example of injustice, human rights deprivation, colonization, and a brutal occupation. To put it simply, if you support human rights, help end the occupation.”

The signatories of the statement:

City University Palestinian Society
UCL Friends Of Palestine
Aberdeen University Palestine Society
University of Leeds - Palestine Solidarity Group
SOAS university Palestine society
Exeter University Friends of Palestine Society
Queen Mary Friends of Palestine
Brunel University London Friends of Palestine Society
KCL Action Palestine
Strathclyde Students for Palestine Society
Cambridge University Palestine Society
University of Bristol Friends of Palestine
Goldsmiths Palestine Society
BDS campaign University of Manchester
Sussex Friends of Palestine society
Warwick Friends of Palestine Society
Aston University Palestine Society
Glasgow University Palestine Society
Sheffield Hallam Palestine Society
University of Sheffield Palestine Society
SGUL Palestine society
Westminster students for Palestine society
The Palestine society university of Nottingham
Oxford Students' Palestine Society
Keel Friends of Palestine
University of York Palestinian Solidarity Society.

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