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Gaza Encampment statement on 2nd meeting with University Management

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In a second meeting between Gaza Solidarity camp representatives and Sydney University management, it was suggested by University management that they would be willing to offer disclosure in exchange for decamping.

University management pledged to “initiate a representative working group to investigate our research engagements and return recommendations to the University Senate by the end of this year.”

Following the meeting, the USyd Gaza Solidarity encampment voted to not accept any deal that only included disclosure, and did not cut at least one of the ties that we have highlighted.

"As a camp, we don’t believe that disclosure is enough. Disclosure is only an admission of the university’s ties to Israel and genocide, not a commitment to ending those ties.

A lot of what can be disclosed, we already know. Activists have done extensive research of publicly available information concerning the university’s research partnerships with weapons companies, and their exchange programs with Israeli universities.

Plus, we have submitted an official GIPA request (also known as a FOI request). The university is legally obliged to respond to this within 30 days. So whether they agree to disclosure or not, they will be forced to disclose more of their ties.

Fundamentally however, we don’t just want to know how the university is tied to Israeli- we want to end these ties. Disclosure is a symbolic concession. We want more than symbolism. We want an end to the genocide, and an end to our university’s complicity in it.

As unimaginable horrors rain down on Rafah, we must continue to build a movement which fights for an immediate end to this genocide. Our movement can’t accept crumbs and call them a win. We have to fight for all of our demands."

2nd meeting with university management reported in Honi Soit


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