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Students to rally for Palestine in virtual event

STUDENTS from universities across Britain will stage an online rally for Palestine tomorrow over institutions’ collective investment of more than £450 million in companies complicit in Israel’s human rights violations.

The virtual rally, beginning at 6pm, is organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and will hear from student activists and Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement (BDS) co-founder Omar Barghouti.

PSC campaigns officer Lewis Backon told the Morning Star: “We usually do an in-person annual student conference but obviously because of Covid-19 that is not possible this year, so we are doing a week of online events instead.

“We are starting with the online rally. We have speakers from eight universities: Warwick, Sheffield, University College London, Bristol, Kings College London, Durham, the University of Essex and Copenhagen University.

“Student speakers will talk about their plans for the coming year, which are obviously going to be different this year. But hopefully, they will inspire other students to take action.

“So far more than 100 students have signed up for the online rally.”

Mr Backton said that further events during the week of action include an online digital campaigning workshop event on Wednesday involving Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), the People and Planet group and PSC.

The week of action culminates on Friday with a Student Party for Palestine from 8pm to 10pm.

Among the DJs taking part will be Jerry Nasrii from Bethlehem.

A student spokesperson said: “While the coronavirus crisis has turned university life upside down, our vital campaigning for justice won’t stop.”

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