MY SINCERE APOLOGIES FOR THE LACK OF CLARITY
OVER OUR UPCOMING EVENTS
AND THE SITUATION OF THE SOCIETY.
LAST WEEK, Zionist students seized the opportunity to do something they have been dreaming to do ever since Friends of Palestine was established in 2008.
They picked up on a comparison made by our Guest Speaker, Mike Prsyner, between the actions of Israel in Gaza and that of Nazi Germany in World War II.
I have declared that I strongly disagree with and don't advocate the use of such comparisons because I find them to be insensitive to the memory of the systematic murder of millions of Jews by a regime determined to wipe out an entire people.
Nevertheless, supporters of Israel have labelled Friends of Palestine as anti-Semitic and accused us of cynically trivialising the memory of the Holocaust.
They have dedicated all of their resources and much of their time into exerting pressure on the Guild to ban Friends of Palestine as a society, and prevent us from holding future events. Not only this but they have pressured the University of Birmingham management at the highest levels to scrutinise the actions of the Guild and sanction the society.
The issue has now been taken to a Guild committee , who will ultimately decide the fate of the society. They have the power to ban, sanction, and suspend the society.
If you would like to support us, please sign the petition:
WE HAVE SEVERAL EVENTS PLANNED FOR THE NEAR FUTURE, including our elections which have been postponed until next week.
We promise to give enough notice to people who want to volunteer as to the date of the handover meeting (where me and the rest of the committee will stand down from our positions).
More details to follow,