Sheffield students have launched an occupation of Hicks lecture theatres 5 and 6 in solidarity with the people of Palestine. We did this when university management refused to continue negotiations over a set of demands we made to them. We call for support of the occupation and the demands, these are winnable but not without the support of students who care. We welcome anyone, be they staff or students to join the occupation and come to the space to discuss ideas and tactics. Please sign in support of these demands: As student activists and members of the University of Sheffield community, we call on the university to: 1. Issue a statement condemning the disproportionate actions of the Israeli state against the Palestinian people. 2. Create a special programme of five Palestinian scholarships and waive all fees for current students from the occupied territories. 3. Enter into an academic partnership with the University of Gaza. 4. Donate old books, computers and other relevant equipment to the University of Gaza, and pay for the transport of these materials. 5. Publicise the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal on Sheffield University notice boards, website and via email. 6. Initiate a programme in partnership with students of divestment and ending links with the arms trade. 7. Allow those studying medicine to carry out their electives in the occupied territories of Palestine. 8. Commemorate the United Nations Palestine Solidarity Day on November 29th. 9. Echo the Occupation's statement of support with Israeli students who have been imprisoned for refusing to serve in the IDF. We have taken this action because we believe our university should be run democratically from below by students and staff, and not in the interests of corporate profiteering. Because of this belief, we express our solidarity with university workers and demand 10.That they face no cuts in jobs, wages or conditions. We further demand 11. That participants in, or supporters of, the occupation face no repercussions.
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