Muslim students’ society declares “steadfast support” for BDS encampment

“We stand firmly with our fellow students in advocating for the rights of the Palestinian people.”

Trinity College Dublin Muslim Students Association (TCD MSA) has voiced its “steadfast support” for the Gaza solidarity encampment in protest against College’s silence on the genocide in Gaza and its refusal to cut ties with Israel.

“Guided by the principles of compassion, justice, and solidarity inherent in our faith, we stand firmly with our fellow students in advocating for the rights of the Palestinian people,” the society said in a statement today. 

It continued: “It is our duty as Muslims to uphold the teachings of Islam, which emphasise the importance of standing up against oppression.”

“Therefore, we affirm our unwavering commitment to the Palestinian cause and urge Trinity College Dublin to cut its ties with Israel in accordance with ethical and moral considerations.”

“We stand united in our pursuit of justice and equality for all, and we will continue to actively support initiatives that align with our values as Muslims and as members of TCD MSA,” the statement concluded.

This action joins a global movement led by student protesters calling on universities to stand in solidarity with Palestine. Columbia University in New York and the University of Southern California (USC) have made global headlines in recent weeks for their ongoing encampments. 

Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) and Trinity Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) have affirmed the protest and encampment will continue “indefinitely until demands are met”.

The encampment began yesterday night, with over 60 students marching from House 6 to Fellow’s Square, pitching tents on the lawn. 

College has since cancelled on-campus events that were due to take place this weekend and restricted access to students and staff with College ID. 

Gabriela Gazaniga

Gabriela Gazaniga is the Deputy Editor of News Analysis and is currently in her Junior Sophister year earning a degree in Law.