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FOSIS is pleased to announce the success of it’s 3rd annual Palestine Conference, held on the 5th March 2016, at the London School of Economics. With tickets sold out days before the event and over 200 in attendance on the day, Palestine Conference 2016 delivered once again a unique blend of academic discussion and thought provoking workshops throughout the day.

 FOSIS’ Palestine Conference, aims to educate the student population, as well as the wider population, about the current situation in Palestine, and how to confidently raise awareness and campaign on the issue. This year’s conference focused on the comparison between the South African and Israeli apartheids, and touched upon issues such as BDS and political lobbying.

 This year’s conference was organised alongside Olive, held in partnership with Friends of Al Aqsa and hosted by the LSE Islamic Society. International speakers who shed light on various topics included Thembisa Fakude, Head of Research at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, Ben White, Journalist and activist specialising in Palestine, Khalid El Awaisi, academic from the University of Aberdeen and Max Blumenthal, an author and Journalist, on the International stance on Israel and the Islamic history of Palestine. The audience also heard from Shamiul Joarder, the Head of Public Affairs at Friends of Al-Aqsa and Malia Bouattia, NUS Black Students’ Officer, who discussed the implications of Prevent on student activism.

 Ammar Al-Zeer, Head of Campaigns at FOSIS, who lead this year’s conference had this to say, ‘It was absolutely amazing to see so many people support this years Palestine conference. Our thanks go out to all our partners, to those who attended and the fantastic speakers who really made this event what it is. Our mission will be to continue hosting events like this until the freedom of Palestinian people is secured and until the right of return is granted to the people, so we look forward to seeing everyone next year’.

 FOSIS would like to encourage everyone to continue being involved in campaigning for Palestine. One way to do so is to volunteer for FOA, who will be holding a volunteers gathering on the 9th of March 2016 at 6:30pm in London. Alternatively, you can lobby your local MP on the governments recent recommendation to ban public bodies such as student unions from boycotting Israel. Further details can be found on the FOA website www.foa.org.uk

We hope to see you at Palestine Conference 2017, which will be covering the Balfour Declaration.

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Notes 
1. FOSIS (est. 1963) is the umbrella organisation of student groups in colleges and universities throughout the UK and Ireland, representing the interests of over 115,000 Muslim students.
2. For more information please email 
head.media@fosis.org.uk or alternatively visit our website www.fosis.org.uk 

3. Get involved: Join FOA as a volunteer to help grow the movement.

4. Join the lobby on Wednesday 16th March to challenge the government's recommendation to ban public sector bodies such as student unions from boycotting Israel. Simply fill in the template letter to request a meeting. FOA will be in parliament to brief you before your meeting. http://www.foa.org.uk/letter/?pageid=2653