Pro-Palestinian mobilization continues at UNIGE while awaiting a meeting with the rectorate – rts.ch

Pro-Palestinian mobilization continues at UNIGE while awaiting a meeting with the rectorate – rts.ch
Pro-Palestinian mobilization continues at UNIGE while awaiting a meeting with the rectorate – rts.ch

In Geneva, the occupation of the main hall of the Uni Mail building by pro-Palestinian students, which began on Tuesday, continued on Wednesday. The action remains “tolerated” for the moment despite its “illicit” nature, notes the mediator appointed by UNIGE, Frédéric Esposito. Wednesday afternoon, a meeting is planned between representatives of the movement and the rectorate.

In the immense Uni Mail hall of the University of Geneva (UNIGE), it is time to wait. A meeting should have taken place this morning between leaders of the student movement and the rectorate. It finally had to be postponed until this afternoon. Frustration is starting to build among some demonstrators.

“The aim of this meeting is to advance our demands,” explained to the media, officials from the Student Coordination for Palestine-UNIGE (CEP-UNIGE), the organization which is at the origin of the action.

Protesters’ demands

As a reminder, pro-Palestinian students are demanding that UNIGE take a position “on the genocide perpetrated by Israel in Gaza” and that it calls for an immediate ceasefire. They also demand that the alma mater cease its collaborations with Israeli universities.

According to CEP-UNIGE, “Israeli university institutions are fully involved in the colonialism project of the State of Israel.” The coordination affirms that this involvement is “very well documented”.

UNIGE has agreements with two Israeli universities, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv University, indicated the institution’s spokesperson Marco Cattaneo. He added that due to the ongoing armed conflict, the level of activity of these collaborations “has dropped drastically.”

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