An Israeli military checkpoint was recreated at the University of Cambridge on Monday, as part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2016.
The Cambridge University Palestine Society, along with various students, artists and activists, established the mock checkpoint in the centre of the university’s Sidgwick lecture site.
According to a statement by the Palestine Society, the aim was “to show a glimpse of what it is really like to live under an apartheid regime.” The statement continued:
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PalSoc stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle, and in doing so, we answer the call of Palestinian civil society to engage in a non-violent campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions until Israel complies with its obligations under international law.
At the end of 2015, according to the UN, there were 543 obstacles to Palestinian freedom of movement in the Occupied West Bank. Israel’s Separation Wall, illegal as per the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice, is a further tool of colonisation and fragmentation.
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Israeli Apartheid Week is a series of global events seeking to raise awareness of Israel’s ongoing human rights violations and apartheid policies against the Palestinian people.