CSC advises societies against participating in Palestinian flag drop

The CSC said societies “are not in a position to take a stance on any issues outside of their aims and objectives”

The Central Societies’ Committee (CSC) advised College societies against participating in today’s pro-Palestinian demonstration on College Green.

At noon today, the College Boycott, Divestment, Sanction Implementation Group (TCD BDS) dropped Palestinian flags from the front windows of Regent House, facing College Green, in a “mark of solidarity with the Palestinian people”.

The demonstration was supported by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) and had emailed societies in House 6 asking if their rooms can be used to hang the flags from windows.

In an email seen by Trinity News, CSC Administrative Officer Emma Matthews said individual people are “completely within your right to participate in any demonstration/protest etc that you wish to”.

“However, the CSC must remind that societies do not hold corporate opinions, and accordingly are not in a position to take a stance on any issues outside of their aims and objectives.”

“As students, you may of course support the SU in their work, however, your opinions cannot be expressed under the guise of your society, unless it is explicitly within your society’s aims and objectives.”

The email noted this rule extends online and individuals cannot share their personal opinions through a society’s social media accounts.

The email said this does not apply to recognised political parties on campus or DU Amnesty.

“Should your society feel that they have a voice in this matter, such as a recognised political group or DU Amnesty, please feel free to speak to the SU should you wish to get involved,” it said.

Matthews said the CSC “do not wish to hinder the work of TCDSU in any way”.

“We have spoken with [the union] about why this request for help is not possible and they understand,” the email said.

The CSC have been contacted for comment.

Ellen Kenny

Ellen Kenny is the current Deputy Editor of Trinity News and a Senior Sophister student of Politics and Sociology. She previously served as Assistant Editor and Features Editor