Update15 May, 6.30 pm

All buildings on campus Woudestein and Erasmus University College will remain closed on Thursday. Read the full information here.

According to announcements, the students, united under the name Palestine Solidarity Rotterdam, will gather at Erasmus Plaza at 13.00. The participants demand that the university sever relations with Israeli institutions as well as disclose all ties with cooperation partners that profit from or operate from occupied territories. They also demand that the university show solidarity and support for Palestinian students and staff. In addition, the students ask the university to issue a statement on a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

Safety first

The Executive Board (EB) also made its voice heard ahead of the protest. The safety of students, staff and participants alike is paramount, the board stressed in an e-mail to all students and staff sent on Tuesday evening. “Naturally, we hope for a respectful and open conversation like the one that has taken place before”, the board wrote. “We hope to avoid scenes like the one in Amsterdam. We as Erasmus University will not accept discrimination, anti-Semitism, hate speech, vandalism or violence.” At the bottom of the email, the board refers to the house rules for demonstrations.

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The university is accommodating students who do not feel comfortable on campus during the protest. They may skip a compulsory course or examination on Thursday, as long as they report to their lecturer in advance. For employees, it is possible to work from home. Should lecturers giving lectures on Thursdays not feel safe, they can discuss this with their supervisors, the board wrote.

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