Palestinian solidarity encampment starts on UBC campus

Protesters have set up camp at the University of British Columbia to stand in solidarity with Palestinians.

Community members from across the Lower Mainland started an encampment on MacInnes Field, in the centre of campus behind the Alma Mater Society’s student building, at 5 a.m. Monday.

Representatives there say they are calling on the university to “divest from Israel’s settler colonial occupation, ethnic cleansing, and genocide of Palestinians, and to participate in global academic boycotts of Israeli universities.”

This action was organized alongside thousands of students across Canada and the United States who are demanding institutions of education pull their financial investments in Israel.

A rally is planned for noon, when speakers are expected to address university administration.

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