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Ghassan Abu-Sittah voted rector of University of Glasgow

MEMO spoke to Dr Ghassan Abu Sittah, world renowned British-Palestinian surgeon, after being elected as rector of Glasgow University. Dr Ghassan's election by students to this highly respected position, in one of Britain's most prestigious universities, is a massive boon for the Palestine solidarity movement and has even lifted the spirits of Ghassan's colleagues in medical institutions in Gaza.

March 27, 2024 at 5:28 pm

War surgeon Dr Ghassan Abu-Sittah was elected rector of the University of Glasgow yesterday.

Abu-Sittah, a world-leading plastic and reconstructive surgeon, is a former student of the university and has recently spent time operating on Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip during Israel’s current bombing campaign.

Dr Abu-Sittah received 4,172 votes and stood on a platform which focused on Gaza, saying “a vote for me is a vote of solidarity” with Palestine, urging for divestment from the arms trade.

The post has previously been held by Arthur Balfour, who – as UK foreign secretary in 1917 – signed the Balfour Declaration, a letter to Lord Rothschild affirming the government’s support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.

The university rector, a position held for three-years, presides at meetings of the University Court — the highest governing body of the university. The court exists to oversee the management of the University, with special emphasis on strategic leadership and accountability.

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