Friday, 30 January 2009

University Bluff

Cambridge University have posted their open letter "in response to Cambridge Gaza Solidarity" on their website: http://www.cam.ac.uk/international/gaza-response.html.

This is apparently in the interest of transparency and accountability, yet they failed to disclose a rather important fact: the "open letter" posted on their website" is not the same open letter as that which they presented to us on the third day of the occupation.

The open letter posted on the University website was the letter which was amended with the concessions granted over several days of negotiations. The University did not give as much as it should have, or as much as it could, but it should not claim that the little that we won from them over hours of intense negotiations was offered freely before negotiations commenced.

Significantly, the post is located in the "International" section of the CU website, apparently not recognising the tension between the University's refusal to take any concrete steps towards helping Palestinians through scholarships, humanitarian aid and donation of academic materials and their stated committment to the "international community".

20 comments:

  1. Your letter has certainly been treated with the respect it deserves.

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  2. "is not the same open letter as that which they presented to us on the third day of the occupation"

    An open letter is openly published. If they sent a response to you, then I wouldn't regard that as an open letter.

    If you're still bothered by this, publish the letter you received on here along with all the other documents and communications you've only alluded to over the past days.

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  3. Fergus is right. This isn't a "bluff", it's the University's first public response -- and the only one your failed campaign is going to get.

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  4. ........and yet you lot are still here.

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  5. >>........and yet you lot are still here.

    I know what you are, but what am I?

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