Edinburgh University takes steps to remove pro-Palestinian graffiti from campus buildings
‘We understand the strength of feeling on this issue but we will not tolerate defacement or vandalism of university property’
Edinburgh University’s maintenance staff have been removing graffiti and symbols showing support and solidarity with Palestine from university buildings.
This task forms part of a broader effort to address similar messages of support inscribed at 50 George Square and various other locations across the university campus.
Students have also been staging walkouts every Friday outside the Main Library and Bristo Square to protest and show solidarity with the people of Palestine amid the ongoing situation in Gaza and Southern Israel.
VP Peter Mathieson said in a statement regarding the ongoing events: “All right-minded people will share my horror at the loss of life, displacement and traumas that have overtaken people”.
An Edinburgh University spokesperson told the Edinburgh Tab: “News of the violence and loss of life in Israel and Palestine is deeply distressing, particularly for members of our community with connections to the area. We know this is an incredibly challenging time, and it is vital that we show mutual respect and compassion for each other.
“As a community devoted to learning and the pursuit of knowledge, we can play an important role in deepening understanding and we want to ensure our campus is a safe and inclusive space for peaceful, respectful and empathetic dialogue. We understand the strength of feeling on this issue but we will not tolerate defacement or vandalism of university property.”
If you have been affected by the ongoing situation in Gaza and Israel, the university has set up resources and spaces for students and staff to access, and are available here.