Voluntary Sector: Taking action ... General Union of Palestinian Students vs the Palestinian gov't

Protesters: General Union of Palestinian Students
Target: The Palestinian government
Location: Palestinian General Delegation to the UK in Hammersmith
Date: 27 January


Around a dozen Palestinian students from Oxford, SOAS, LSE, City and Westminster universities took part in a sit-in at the Palestinian General Delegation to the UK in Hammersmith, west London. The offices of the Palestinian ambassador to the UK were occupied by the students, who were demanding new Palestinian national council elections.

- Why the protest?

The move came after a week of similar protests across the Middle East and after the publishing of papers that revealed concessions made by the Palestinian Liberation Organization during negotiations with Israel. 'The documents confirmed what we had already known - that they are out of touch with the people,' a spokesman for the union told The Guardian. The students also want a more inclusive political process.

- How did the Palestinian government respond?

The ambassador, professor Manuel Hassassian said: 'They told me they wanted to hold a sit-in in my office. I told them: "You're welcome. This is your embassy. This is your home."' He also said he had agreed to pass their demands on to the Palestinian government.

- How did the media cover it?

The Guardian covered the protest, as did Israeli website Haaretz.com.

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