This union notes:

  1. The scale of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza since Israel began its economic and
    import blockade in June 2007.
  2. That, on 9th July 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled that the Israeli
    settlements on the West Bank contravened International law.
  3. That, in late January 2006, following their victory in democratic Parliamentary
    elections, the Palestinian Government of Hamas offered a ten year truce (hudna) to
    Israel in exchange to an end to the
  4. occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and Gaza. This would
    amount to a “defacto” recognition of the right of the state of Israel to exist within its
    defined 1967 borders under International Law. 1
  5. That, on 23rd February 2008, the mayor of the Israeli town of Sderot, which has
    received most rocket attacks said he is ready to talk to Hamas and accept a ten
    year ceasefire, despite bans on talking to Hamas by the Government of Israel. 2
  6. That the last ceasefire was broken by Israel by "the killing of six Palestinian militants
    in Gaza by Israeli forces in a ground incursion and air strikes on 4 November” (as
    reported by Amnesty International) 3 . This violation of the ceasefire by Israel is
    regarded as the start of the recent violence, including the retaliatory rocket fire.
  7. As a result of Israel’s attacks on Gaza, more than 1,300 Palestinians, including 410
    children and over 100 women have been killed. 13 Israelis have also been killed – 3
    of whom were civilians.
  8. The indiscriminate bombings by Israeli forces of fundamental infrastructure which
    destroyed 4,000 buildings and damaged 20,000. 4
  9. That Israeli shells hit the UN headquarters as well as two UN schools and that the
    UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon described the attacks as ‘outrageous and
    totally unacceptable’.
  10. The attacks have seriously damaged much of Gaza’s education system in what
    Oxford University academic Karma Nabulsi has termed "scholasticide". Israel has
    1 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2006/nov/01/israel
    2 Israeli mayor of bombarded border town offers to break ranks and talk to Hamas, The Guardian
    3 http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE15/045/2008/en/fee17499-ab4e…
    mde150452008en.pdf4 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7839863.stm

bombed the ministry of education, the Islamic University of Gaza, the University
Teachers’ Association of Gaza and tens of schools. Teachers’ Association of Gaza and tens of schools. 5

  1. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and foreign journalists who have gone
    into Gaza since the operation ended say they have found evidence of the use of
    white phosphorus in crowded residential areas. It is a war crime to use white
    phosphorus in residential areas as it can burn victims alive and survivors are left
    with painful wounds which take long to heal.
  2. The ongoing devastation in Gaza where 50,000 and now homeless and 400,000
    are without running water as a result of the attacks. 6
  3. That South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has accused Israel of practising
    apartheid in its policies towards the Palestinians.
  4. That UCL Union is twinned with two Palestinian universities: Al-Quds University in
    East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Al-Azhar University, Gaza.

    This union notes further:

  5. That Britain sold armaments worth over £19 million to Israel in the first three months
    of 2008 7
  6. That Britain continues to hold normal diplomatic relations with Israel.
  7. That the Venezuelan government has expelled the Israeli ambassador in solidarity
    with the Palestinian people.
  8. That, on January 16th 2009 hundreds of academics (including 12 from UCL)
    submitted a letter to The Guardian stating:
  9. ‘We must do what we can to stop Israel from winning its war. Israel must accept that
    its security depends on justice and peaceful coexistence with its neighbours, and
    not upon the criminal use of force.
  10. We believe Israel should immediately and unconditionally end its assault on Gaza,
    end the occupation of the West Bank, and abandon all claims to possess or control
    territory beyond its 1967 borders. We call on the British government and the British
    people to take all feasible steps to oblige Israel to comply with these demands,
    starting with a programme of boycott, divestment and sanctions.’ See full letter
    appendix 1
  11. That students at SOAS, LSE, KCL, Leeds, Manchester, Warwick, Oxford,
    Birmingham, Cambridge, Sussex and Essex have occupied university buildings in
    solidarity with the people of Gaza – and some have won demands which will
    improve the lives of Palestinians.
  12. That hundreds of thousands of people have attended demonstrations to protest
    Israel’s actions across the UK and the world including Jewish organisations such as
    Jews for Justice for Palestinians.

    This union believes:

5 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/10/gaza-schools
6 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7839863.stm
7 http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/research/briefings/snia-04931.pdf

  1. . That the actions of the Israeli state in so far as it relates to the education of
    Palestinian students is ethically wrong.
  2. That the British government should immediately stop arms purchases and sales to
    and from Israel, in line with the Union’s ethical investment policy.
  3. That UCL has a responsibility to condemn Israel’s attacks on Gaza.

    This union resolves:

  4. To call for Israel to fully open the borders and end the long siege of Gaza.
    Restoration of full supplies of food, fuel, medical supplies. For the delivery of aid to
    support education.
  5. To mandate the Academic Affairs officer (AAO) to write a letter to the Provost on
    behalf or the union outlining the Union’s beliefs and demanding he condemn Israel’s
    attacks on Gaza, as well as demanding that old books and computers are sent to
    universities in Gaza and scholarships offered to Palestinian students.
  6. To mandate the Academic Affairs Officer (AAO) to lobby UCL Council via Provost to
    establish an exchange between UCL students and the students in Al-Quds
    University (West Bank) and Al-Azhar (Gaza). The first objective is to attempt to
    bring a delegation of students from the university to UCL next academic year to talk
    on their experiences. The AAO should report to students before every UCL Union
    General Meeting about progress made on twinning.
  7. To mandate the AAO to send an email to the UCL Director of Finance, requesting a
    copy of UCL’s investment portfolio.
  8. the AAO to write to the UCL Ethical Investment Review Committee to remove
    stocks that sustain the illegal Israeli occupation of the Occupied Palestinian
    Territories since 1967 once the information is received from the Director of Finance.
    Specifically, stocks that are in arms companies that fund the Israeli military. All
    correspondence must be made accessible to the student body by request. The AAO
    must post feedback on UCL Union Noticeboard about progress by the next General
    Meeting of UCL Union.
  9. To mandate the AAO to organise the placement of a wooden placard in the UCL
    Union building stating “UCL Union is twinned with Al-Quds University (West Bank)
    and Al-Azhar University (Gaza)”
  10. To reaffirm the resolves section of “Emergency Motion on Occupied Palestinian
    Territories” (See UCLU Policy File)
  11. To offer public and material support for protests against Israeli aggression towards
    Gaza by mandating the Communications & Services Officer to publicise in weekly
    emails all relevant demonstrations, occupations and events in solidarity with
    Palestine happening across London. And to arrange fortnightly meetings between
    the Communications & Services Officer and students involved in societies which
    campaign in solidarity with Palestine (UCLU Stop the War and UCLU Friends of
    Palestine) to inform the officer about upcoming events.
  12. To mandate all UCLU delegates to NUS conference to vote for resolutions which
    echo this one in condemning Israel’s actions up to this date (3 February 2009) as
    unjustifiable.
  13. . To mandate the Communications & Services Officer to put an advert for the DEC
    Gaza aid appeal on the union website and in an email to all students as long as it
    continues.
  14. Appendix 1
  15. Letter to the Guardian by hundreds of academics including 12 from UCL (shown
    below)
  16. The massacres in Gaza are the latest phase of a war that Israel has been waging
    against the people of Palestine for more than 60 years. The goal of this war has
    never changed: to use overwhelming military power to eradicate the Palestinians as
    a political force, one capable of resisting Israel's ongoing appropriation of their land
    and resources. Israel's war against the Palestinians has turned Gaza and the West
    Bank into a pair of gigantic political prisons. There is nothing symmetrical about this
    war in terms of principles, tactics or consequences. Israel is responsible for
    launching and intensifying it, and for ending the most recent lull in hostilities.
  17. Israel must lose. It is not enough to call for another ceasefire, or more humanitarian
    assistance. It is not enough to urge the renewal of dialogue and to acknowledge the
    concerns and suffering of both sides. If we believe in the principle of democratic
    self-determination, if we affirm the right to resist military aggression and colonial
    occupation, then we are obliged to take sides... against Israel, and with the people
    of Gaza and the West Bank.
  18. We must do what we can to stop Israel from winning its war. Israel must accept that
    its security depends on justice and peaceful coexistence with its neighbours, and
    not upon the criminal use of force.
  19. We believe Israel should immediately and unconditionally end its assault on Gaza,
    end the occupation of the West Bank, and abandon all claims to possess or control
    territory beyond its 1967 borders. We call on the British government and the British
    people to take all feasible steps to oblige Israel to comply with these demands,
    starting with a programme of boycott, divestment and sanctions.
  20. Professor Celia Britton, French
  21. Professor Charles Brook, Paediatric Endocrinology
  22. Dr. Judit Druks, Psychology & Language Science
  23. Professor Ted Honderich, Philosophy
  24. Professor Richard Hudson, Linguistics
  25. Dr. Cecile Laborde, Political Science
  26. Professor Andrew Leak, French
  27. Dr. Saladin Meckled-Garcia, Human Rights Studies
  28. Dr. George Paizis, French
  29. Professor Jane Rendell, Architecture
  30. Professor Neil Smith (emeritus), Linguistics
  31. Sean Wallis, Survey of English Usage