Thursday, 17 February 2011

Student Union Disciplinary Hearing

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM STUDENTS' UNION (Guild) today decided not to undertake any disciplinary action against the Friends of Palestine Society with regard to its invitation of US Army veteran Mike Prysner. The society was found to have followed the correct procedures in inviting Mr. Prysner.

However, a sanction was still decided upon by the student groups committee:
The society has been sanctioned to issue the following statement, and reiterate the clarification made in its previous blog post:

"The University of Birmingham Friends Of Palestine Society would like to apologise to anyone that was offended by guest speaker Mike Prysner’s comments comparing Israel’s actions to that of Nazi Germany.

The views and opinions expressed at all Friends of Palestine events are those of the speaker(s) in question and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the society."

The Guild's Student Groups Committee is comprised of:

Daniella Kotzmann (Guild Councilor)
Mark Harrop (Guild Councilor)
Sam Noakes (Guild Councilor)
Matt Lamb (Guild Vice President: Student Activities and Development)
Ashley Chambers (Guild Vice President: Democracy and Resources)
Julian Adeniran (Guild Vice President: Sport)

We would like to say a big thank you to the hundreds of people who signed the petition in support of Friends of Palestine in light of the disciplinary procedures and threats made against us.


Your support has strengthened our determination to continue fighting for justice in Palestine, and the right of all oppressed peoples to live in dignity and freedom.

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