The Study Trip to Palestine inspires so many beautiful stories as the following one: a Finnish girl studying in Scotland, and participant of the Study Trip 2016, has recently started the Aberdeen Student Palestine Society. Read her inspiring story:
Upon returning from the Horizons study trip to Palestine, I really wanted to get involved and looked into different solidarity groups in Aberdeen. I quickly found the Aberdeen SPSC group (Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign) and in the first meeting I attended I met two other students from my university. We instantly decided to start our own Palestine society at the University of Aberdeen.
We have already hosted four successful and well-attended events:
Our first event was a screening of two films about Palestine, where we also offered traditional Palestinian foods such as falafel and zaatar. We then held two events during the Israeli Apartheid Week, one was a BDS workshop and the other one was a talk given by Abed Salayma from Hebron, a Palestinian I had met during the Horizons trip and whom my colleague had met while she had been to the West Bank in the summer. He spoke about life under occupation and settlements, and about the Youth Against Settlements organization. Finally, we had the honor of hosting Richard Falk, a UN rapporteur who was one of the authors of the recent UN statement that declared Israel an Apartheid state.
We are not an official university society yet, but we are all dedicated to making our society one and be recognized by the University. We have received so much support from students, staff, societies and external groups. We have incredibly dedicated members, some which now are a part of our future committee.
We are already planning for the next academic year: the biggest project we are planning is an art exhibition by Palestinians and about Palestine. We are also starting to look into which speakers we’d like to host. We are also planning to get someone to teach us the dabka!
Finally, we’d like to thank Aberdeen Student Left, Aberdeen Anthropology society, the Arab House Society, Shared Planet, Amnesty International, the Muslim Society, the teachers that have helped us, and the SPSC: without you this wouldn’t have been possible. The support and help we’ve received has been incredible and we are so excited to see what events we’ll be able to host next year.
We have grown from a group of three to a big society of active and passionate students, and we hope this leads to bigger passion, bigger projects, and bigger change.
You can support our society by joining our group on Facebook.