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Rerum cognoscere causas, To know the cause of things. This is the concept upon which LSE is based; a desire to understand the root of societal problems with the conviction that knowledge can overcome them. This strong belief in the utility of the social sciences has led the London School of Economics and Political Sciences to become one of the worlds leading universities, contributing to a greater understanding of the world and shaping that world also. It is this rich heritage of social welfare and philanthropy that we call upon to be extended to students in other parts of the world, students whose lives are shattered by conflict and oppression, who do not have the fortune to be able to benefit from the volumes within our library, and the knowledge that lies therein. We believe that the historical roots of this institution require the LSE to spread its valuable knowledge and resources with others who need it. The determination to help such students on the part of the Student Union is clear from the motion passed at UGM this year, which twinned the LSESU with the Islamic University of Gaza. Part of the motion mandated the sabbatical team to pursue every possible avenue in support of the Right to Read initiative. We now request that the LSE follow its students in their desire to help students living under occupation to achieve an education and an understandong of the world which may open a door of escape from their situation. We therefore implore the LSE to open all electronic library resources to the students of the Islamic University of Gaza, which the LSE SU has recently twinned. Such an action would provide the students at IUG with invaluable access to books and other resources which may help them to realise the ambitious motto of this school, and understand better the causes of their plight. The ‘Right to Read’ initiative is an avenue through which the LSE could offer substantial aid to students in Gaza, whose own limited resources were further depleted during the winter offensive of last year, at no detriment to the current students of LSE. We feel that such an action by the LSE would empower students in Gaza, who only wish to gain a valuable and insightful education so that they may contribute effectively to the society in which they live.

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