Autumn Referendum 2006

Birzeit University

To twin with the Student Council of Birzeit University in Palestine and to affiliate to Birzeit University’s “Right to Education” campaign.

This Union Notes:

  1. “Everyone has the right to education” as proclaimed by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  2. The current Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 ordering the “withdrawal of Israel (sic) armed forces from territories occupied.”
  3. The International Court of Justice declared the construction of the wall by Israel that divides Palestinian territories to be “contrary to international law” and increases “difficulties for the population concerned regarding access to health services, educational establishments and primary sources of water.”
  4. The existence of road blocks and travel restrictions in Palestinian territories which, according to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, form “a primary cause of the humanitarian crisis” and “restricts Palestinian access… to basic services such as health and education.”
  5. That according to “Defence for Children International - Palestine Section” over 820 children have been killed by the Israeli army since September 2000.
  6. That according to the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education 200 university students and 39 teachers have been killed by the Israeli army since September 2000.
  7. From April 2001 – December 2003, with two interruptions, there was a permanent Israeli roadblock near Birzeit University; after the dismantling of this roadblock, temporary checkpoints have further disrupted access to the institution.
  8. Birzeit University’s “Right to Education” campaign.

This Union Believes:

  1. Education is a basic human right.
  2. Peace and reconciliation between the Israelis and the Palestinians is vital.
  3. In the necessity of education in helping to improve the prospects of peace and reconciliation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
  4. The Israeli occupation obstructs access to education in the Palestinian territories.
  5. The University of Warwick Students’ Union and Birzeit University’s Student Council share equivalent roles and have a similar commitment to democratic procedure.
  6. That support for Birzeit University’s “Right to Education” campaign and Birzeit University’s Student Council will; help defend Palestinian students’ right to education free from fear and harassment, and will aid the emergence of peace and justice in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
  7. That twinning with any University or student body in Israel or Palestine would not constitute a political stance on the Israel/Palestine debate.

This Union Resolves:

  1. That the University of Warwick Students’ Union twin with the Birzeit University Student Council.
  2. That the University of Warwick Students’ Union affiliate with Birzeit University’s “Right to Education” campaign.
  3. To form a working group that will facilitate ongoing cultural exchanges between University of Warwick Students’ Union and Birzeit University Student Council to enhance mutual understanding.
  4. To promote wider understanding of the impact of the Israeli occupation on education in Birzeit University.

This Union Further Resolves:

  1. That if both “No Stance on Israel/Palestine” and “Birzeit University” are passed during this referendum period, then both policies will immediately lapse.