British students’ union ‘sabotaging Palestine solidarity events’ say campaigners

The University of Manchester Students’ Union cancelled a Palestinian solidarity event this week, claiming it didn’t receive enough notice – despite receiving an application a month in advance.

The university has a long-standing economic relationship with Israeli universities, and the cancellation – the latest in a series of last-minute changes – has been labelled an attempt to “sabotage” the boycott movement.

“I find this to be a clear violation of freedom of speech,” said Huda Ammori, a University of Manchester student and member of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign.

“As a Palestinian student, I am deeply disappointed in my institution in… their clear attempt to sabotage any educational events in favour of promoting Palestinian human rights.”

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