From oil to famine

There could scarcely be a more man-made humanitarian crisis than Yemen’s. The single most cynical act taken by the Saudi government was to bomb Yemen’s main port, Hudaydah, in August 2015, through which the country had previously imported much of its food.

When I discovered that my fees were assisting the destruction of my family’s home, I could not focus on my studies. Therefore, at the start of this academic year, I started the Palestinian-led BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign, a student-led initiative demanding that our university uphold its self-proclaimed values of ‘social responsibility’.

Palestinian activist smeared

Not only have I been smeared, but my work in anti-racism, including recently co-organising a march against antisemitism, has been completely ignored as clearly it does not fit the narrative used to discredit me and my activism for Palestine.