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Othman Sakallah, a Palestinian student who holds an offer to attend the London School of Economics (LSE) has tonight been elected as the Honorary President of the LSE Students’ Union.
Othman was unable to begin his Masters degree in Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems at LSE this year due to the siege inflicted by the Israeli government on Gaza, and the military attack on the civilian population which took place last winter. Othman’s home was destroyed in January, and he is currently living in a in a tent in the Gaza Strip with his wife and children. Othman is prevented from leaving Gaza by the Israeli government and denied of any viable way of independently funding his studies.
Pro-Palestine activists at the LSE argued that electing Othman as their Honorary President would uphold the values upon which the LSE was founded – the right to education for all and the protection of human intellect and dignity both inside and beyond the LSE.
Othman’s university application was supported by the Palestine Solidarity Inititiative (www.palestinesolidarity.org), who are now working with the LSE Students’ Union Palestine Society and student representatives to secure the necessary support that Othman and other Palestinian students need. to secure their right to education
In response to the news, Ziyaad Lunat an activist and co-founder of the Palestine Solidarity Initiative stated, “This is great news, showing that once again LSE stands shoulder to shoulder with the Palestinian people who are subjected to a violent military occupation on a daily basis. We hope that this latest groundswell of support will make LSE see sense and provide the necessary financial and diplomatic support for Othman to be able to continue his education next year.”