Student demonstration: Pro-Palestinian occupation at the University of Bern

Student demonstration: Pro-Palestinian occupation at the University of Bern
Student demonstration: Pro-Palestinian occupation at the University of Bern

The protest movement against Israel and solidarity with the Palestinians reaches the University of Bern. Around sixty activists have occupied the premises of the high school in the Länggasse district since Sunday evening.

Around sixty people occupy premises at the University of Bern in the former Tobler building.

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The occupants are mainly university students, a spokesperson told Keystone-ATS. They criticize the rectorate for its position in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Pro-Palestinian collaborators are subject to censorship. At the same time, we maintain relations with Israeli academic institutions,” they denounced. “This must stop.”

Activists asked management to “respect this peaceful occupation” and “start dialogue.” The University did not respond immediately.

This new occupation follows a movement started at the University of Lausanne, which then spread to the polytechnic schools of Lausanne and Zurich as well as the University of Geneva.

At the start of the year, the University of Bern decided to close its institute on the Middle East, following an administrative investigation which revealed that a lecturer had pro-Hamas sympathies. The demonstrators cry for censorship.

However, they wish not to disrupt classes on Monday. “We will stay as long as necessary but the protest must remain peaceful in any case.”

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