May 5, 2022 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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On the heels of the University of Melbourne’s pro-Palestinian motion, Sydney University’s Students Representative Council voted on similar issues.
The Council voted on the following platform:
- The USYD SRC condemns Israeli police attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and on Palestinians in the West Bank.
- The USYD SRC stands in solidarity with the Palestinians and fights back against the daily repression and violence.
- The USYD SRC endorses Palestine Action Group’s Nakba solidarity demonstration on May 15.
- The USYD SRC will help build the Nakba protest by sharing the Facebook event on its page, printing posters and leaflets, and encouraging councilors and office holders to attend.
- The USYD SRC will publish the text of this motion on Facebook and take a solidarity photo.
Three voted against, three abstained and 16 voted in favour.
The Council heard that “last year Israeli police raided the Al Asqa mosque in Jerusalem, sparking fierce resistance as the Palestinians fought back, along with movements against the evictions of the Shiekh Jarrah. This year is no different. In April, 158 Palestinians were injured when far-right settlers, supported by police, barged into Al Asqa mosque after Friday prayers. Palestinians fought back with sticks and stone and hastily built barricades. This was part of weeks of mounting attacks on the illegally occupied West Bank by Israeli forces, which have killed 25 Palestinians, including a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old.”
They also heard: “It is important to build a militant, radical Palestinian solidarity movement in Australia, as our government is complicit in Israel’s genocide against Palestine. The Palestinian Action Group has convened a Nakba solidarity demonstration for Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m. at City Hall. Student activists should come as Palestinians defiantly resist their oppression every day, so we must show solidarity with their struggle.
New South Wales Jewish Council of Deputies CEO Darran Bark said: “This divisive, hateful and one-sided rhetoric has no place in our tolerant and multicultural society.
The lack of balance in the movement and the skewed view of current events emphasize the gross double standards of the university’s SRC. Such general statements do nothing to advance the cause of peace.
The motion is completely beyond the University of Sydney SRC’s responsibilities to advocate on behalf of all of its students. Every student has the right to feel safe and involved on campus, and we condemn the motion in the strongest possible terms.”