Oxford students are mocked for closing their pro-Palestine encampment as students break up for summer holidays

Oxford University students have been ridiculed after the city’s pro-Palestine encampment ended in time for summer getaways to the south of France.

After 63 days of protest outside Oxford’s Radcliffe Camera and other locations, Oxford Action for Palestine (OA4P) chose to end their camp, pending a legal order for their removal, ‘in order to build the next phase of our movement’.

However, as the encampment came to an end following threats of legal action by the university earlier this week, X users were scathing in their assessments of the decision. 

The group’s encampments across various sites in the city began on May 6, when OA4P said ‘we will continue to take action until our demands are met’, including the university divesting from Israel and disclosing all finances.

University authorities had said they would apply for a court order if the camp was not closed before the end of July 7. 

One comment read: ‘”Resistance by any means necessary!” (excluding school holidays)’

Oxford University students have been ridiculed after Oxford Action for Palestine’s encampment ended in the weeks after the end of term

Pictured: A protest in the city in May which saw 16 arrested as protestors, including many students, occupied a first floor university office

Pictured: A protest in the city in May which saw 16 arrested as protestors, including many students, occupied a first floor university office

OA4P spent 63 days camped outside University landmarks (Radcliffe Camera pictured) before Monday's decision

OA4P spent 63 days camped outside University landmarks (Radcliffe Camera pictured) before Monday’s decision

X users were scathing in their assessments of the decision as one said: '"Resistance by any means necessary!" (excluding school holidays)'

X users were scathing in their assessments of the decision as one said: ‘”Resistance by any means necessary!” (excluding school holidays)’

Oxford University’s summer term ended on June 15, and students will not return for teaching until the start of October.

Though OA4P protests are not entirely made up of students, it describes itself as a ‘student-led collective’.

Other acerbic responses to the move to cease the camps read: ‘Just in time to head to Mummy and Daddies house in the South of France. What a stroke of luck that is…

‘Lol you just went home to your daddy’s mansion for the summer didn’t you?…

‘We really care about this movement unfortunately we’ve booked a villa in Tuscany for the summer. Up the revolution!…

‘Revolution postponed! Summer holidays in Tuscany or the Dordogne beckon…

‘Well that tan in the south of France won’t happen by itself, will it. Trust fund rebels, eh?…

‘Great news. Gaza liberated and just in time for holidays, too. Good job everyone… 

‘Did you achieve anything? No, didn’t think so…

‘(we couldn’t get a refund on the gite in the Dordogne)…

‘In other words, its time for our holibobs at the parents villa so see you all in September…

‘You’re hilarious, go on home ,go on holiday, do indulge yourselves now you’ve achieved…………..nothing.’

Though OA4P say their movement is 'growing stronger by the day', many seemed to think that they had achieved 'nothing'

Though OA4P say their movement is ‘growing stronger by the day’, many seemed to think that they had achieved ‘nothing’ 

Pictures from a May 23 demonstration showed a heavy police presence in Wellington Square, with students and protesters seen trying to engage with officers

Pictures from a May 23 demonstration showed a heavy police presence in Wellington Square, with students and protesters seen trying to engage with officers

Pictured: Another Oxford pro-Palestine encampment, outside the Natural History Museum

Pictured: Another Oxford pro-Palestine encampment, outside the Natural History Museum

OA4P have been contacted for comment.

In announcing the end of their encampment on Monday, they announced that though these protests were over, ‘our movement has only just begun’.

The statement continued: ‘In the past two months we have built a historic coalition for Palestine across Oxford, and our movement grows stronger by the day. 

‘Rather than addressing its complicity in Israel’s genocide, the University has chosen to target those protesting genocide instead.

‘In the interest of our members and of the movement for Palestine, we have decided to redirect our momentum towards other forms of action, organising, political education, and the continued growth of our coalition.

‘With pride, we close this chapter in order to build the next phase of our movement.’

Following the end of the encampment, protestors moved to picket the university’s administrative offices in Wellington Square – where a protest at the end of May saw 16 arrested.

Pictures from that demonstration showed a heavy police presence at the scene with students and protesters seen trying to engage with officers before occupying a first floor office.

Students said they would not move until they had spoken with the university’s Vice Chancellor before eventually moving.

Oxford University has also been contacted for comment. 

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