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Pro-Palestinian encampment launched at Queen Mary University of London

Students from Queen Mary University of London set up an encampment Monday in solidarity with the Gaza Strip to demand the educational institution’s full divestment from Israel and a boycott of Israel-linked companies.

Students have occupied the encampment with its many tents outside the university's central Queens' Building to demand their university disclose their investments and divest from any companies involved in Israel's “genocide" in the besieged enclave.

They were joined by concerned citizens at a rally late Monday in the area to protest Israel’s attacks and express their support for the people of Gaza.

People shouted slogans including "Stop bombing Palestine" and "Stop arming Israel" at the demonstration, where many signs and banners had been placed, one of which said "Stop bombing Israel, Hands off Rafah."

Speaking to Anadolu, Mehair, a protesting student, said they launched the encampment to join the global student movement.

"Primarily instead of making this a student issue, I think what we're really focused on is keeping the focus on Gaza," she said, noting that more than 35,000 people including 14,000 children have been killed in the besieged enclave since Israel launched its war on Oct. 7 last year.

Mehair said that while there are no universities left standing in Gaza, their university still has ties with Israeli universities.


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