Yemen's Houthi-Controlled Sanaa University Welcomes Western Students Expelled Due To Pro-Palestinian Activity; Houthi Leader: Suppression Of Student Protests In West Akin To 'Military Attack' By 'Thugs'

May 5, 2024

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On April 30, 2024, the Sanaa University Council at Yemen's Sana'a University which is controlled by the Houthi Ansar Allah movement, praised the pro-Palestinian student protests at universities in the U.S. and in Europe, and announced that it was opening its doors to every student who was expelled due to participation in such a demonstration.[1] Students at Sanaa University held a rally in solidarity with students in the West who were protesting against "the Zionist aggression." They also lauded the recent escalation in operations against Israel by the Houthi armed forces. [2]

The Sanaa University Council released an official statement in Arabic and in English in which it expressed its "profound admiration and appreciation" for the "ethical uprising undertaken by freedom-loving students and academics at universities worldwide… in the face of the horrific war crimes and genocide inflicted upon the oppressed Palestinian people by the global Zionist system, embodied by the neo-Nazis in the usurping Zionist entity that occupies the noble land of Palestine."

The council called on "all individuals and groups" across the world "who value freedom and possess a living conscience" to "denounce the heinous crimes perpetrated by Zionist aggression, and demand an immediate end to the war and the atrocities committed against the oppressed Palestinian people."

The university also announced that it was opening its doors to "all academics and students who have been unjustly dismissed from their institutions. We extend our warmest welcome and utmost respect to these individuals, offering them a safe haven within our academic community. They may contact us through the university's email."

On May 3, 2024, The Student Campaign in Support of Palestine, a pro-Houthi Telegram channel, shared a poster which depicts violent police suppression of a pro-Palestinian student demonstration in the U.S. Superimposed on the poster, in Arabic and in English, is the following quote from a speech delivered by 'Abd Al-Malik Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi, the leader of the Houthi Ansar Allah movement: "Arrests and intimidation at American universities are more like a military attack on male and female students by dozens of thugs."[3]

On May 4, students at Sanaa University held a rally in support of, and in solidarity with, university students in the U.S. protesting "the Zionist aggression" against the Palestinians in Gaza. Participants demanded an end to "the Zionist acts of slaughter" against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and waved Palestinian flags. They also commended the recent escalation in operations against Israel, carried out by the Houthi armed forces,[4] and called to expand these operations and prevent the passage of Israeli and American ships in the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. The Sanaa University Telegram channel shared a series of photographs from the rally.


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