We the undersigned support the right of the hundreds of Palestinian students, who are enrolled on or have been accepted onto university courses around the world but who are currently denied permission to leave Gaza by Israel, to be allowed to study. A number of these students have places in British universities. Last year, a successful campaign was mounted to secure the release of Bradford University student Khaled Al Mudallal, who had been trapped in Gaza for six months.
The ongoing Israeli siege of 1.6 million Palestinians in the Gaza strip is severely curtailing freedom of movement, preventing those who wish to study outside from leaving. Israeli human rights organisation Gisha has condemned this policy as a breach of the right to education as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We call on the British government to urge the Israeli authorities to allow Palestinian students their right to education.
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Let Palestinians Study was launched in June 2008 at the NUS Black Students' Campaign conference. The campaign has been initiated by Khaled Al Mudallal, a Palestinian student who was trapped in Gaza last year for six months when Israeli policies restricting freedom of movement prevented him from returning to his studies at Bradford University.
Khaled was just one of hundreds of students prevented from leaving Gaza to attend university. Many remain trapped and are prevented from taking up places at universities around the world.
Higher education opportunities are extremely limited in Gaza. Many vital disciplines, including speech therapy, dentistry and physical therapy are not taught in Gaza, and there is no opportunity for doctoral study in Gaza or the West Bank.
The right to education is a human right, and these students are being prevented from exercising it even though they have the legal documentation that is necessary to study outside of Palestine. They are restrained by a system of oppression.
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