Please sign the following campaign statement by commenting on the Campaign Statement page (leave only your name and a short description of yourself; comment on the Messages of Support page with longer statements):
We, the undersigned, are concerned with the plight of Othman Sakallah, an Palestinian student who gained entry to postgraduate study at LSE in 2009.
Othman has been prevented from taking his place at LSE. He is trapped in Gaza due to a combination of the ongoing cruel and unjustifiable Israeli siege, preventing Palestinian freedom of movement outside the Gaza Strip, and the effects of the attacks undertaken by the Israeli military last winter, which have left Othman and his family homeless with little hope of him independently obtaining the financial assistance required to attend the LSE, or even the ability to leave Gaza.
The LSE Students’ Union has voted to support Othman to take up his offer at the university.
We request that international pressure is brought to bear on the Israeli authorities to ensure that Othman is allowed to leave Gaza and take up his place at university. International pressure must also be brought to condemn the Israeli siege of Gaza and ensure that other Palestinians are not similarly denied their right to education.
We are further lobbying LSE to do everything it can to assist Othman, specifically to waive Othman’s tuition fees, provide him and his family with a living allowance, and facilitate his exit from Gaza. This includes urging the university to issue a statement condemning the siege and its impact on the ability of LSE students to pursue their right to education, and working with LSE to establish five new scholarships for Palestinians to support the right to education, and scholarships for students from other conflict zones.
Students, academics and other supporters of human rights and justice must stand up for the numerous students denied their right to education as well as their basic human rights in Palestine and across the world. We will campaign until Othman is free and will continue to campaign for the universal right to education.