Cut ties with Lockheed Martin, Uni of Melbourne students say

November 17, 2023
Students take action for Palestine at the University of Melbourne. Photo: Iain McIntyre

The University of Melbourne Palestine Action Group (UniMelb PAG) held a speak-out against Israel’s war crimes on November 15 at the Raymond Priestly building.

Students, staff and National Tertiary Education Union members condemned Vice Chancellor Duncan Maskell for keeping the ties with Lockheed Martin, including its $13 million investment in its new STELaRLab (Science, Technology, Engineering Leadership and Research Laboratory).

Lockheed Martin sells fighter jets, rocket systems, rockets and radars to the Israeli Defense Force.

UniMelb PAG also criticised the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism which is a tool to silence anyone who criticises Israel. It also criticised the VC’s “Message concerning the Israel-Gaza war” for failing to acknowledge Israel’s brutality against Gazans.

The student group supports the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement and invites people to sign an open letter calling on the university to condemn Israel’s attack on Gaza, to end its partnership with Lockheed Martin and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (which has expressed support for the IDF) and to rescind the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

[The UniMelb for Palestine Action Group’s statement and open letter can be read on Overland here. The University of Melbourne Palestine Action Group can be followed on Insta here.]

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