Response to Hate Posters

On the morning of Monday, February 23, offensive and graphic flyers were posted around ASU Tempe campus. The flyers pictured a bloodied and beaten man being dragged by his feet behind a motorcycle. The words “Students for Justice in Palestine” and “#JewHaters” were emblazoned on the image.

Soon after the flyers were posted, a non-ASU political organization called the David Horowitz Freedom Center published a statement confirming that they were responsible. Until now, no investigation has taken place to determine whether or not ASU students were involved in the posting of these flyers.

We at Students for Justice in Palestine are appalled by these posters. Not only do these posters inaccurately label SJP as violent and anti-Semitic, they also foster an attitude of fear, hatred, and mistrust towards us because the ASU community will now associate these posters with SJP.

To reify our longstanding values, we as an organization strongly condemn all forms of violence and hate speech.  We are a nonviolent, non-political, non-religious organization promoting awareness about Palestine and stand in solidarity with all human rights movements.

We are grateful for the support of various organizations, from Bruins for Israel, J Street U at UCLA, to Jewish Voice for Peace, for writing statements condemning these flyers unequivocally.

#IsraeliApartheidWeek Spring 2015

2015 SJP IAW collageStarting February 16th, we will be hosting Israeli Apartheid Week. During this time, we will be hosting two speakers, showing a documentary, and of course having our Mock Apartheid Wall event. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

List of events: 

2015 SJP IAW jeff halperMONDAY: Jeff Halper– Author and founder of Israeli Coalition Against Home Demolitions  Feb 16th | 6pm | COOR 184

WEDNESDAY: Mock Apartheid Wall | Hayden Lawn | Feb 18th

2015 SJP roadmap to apartheidFRIDAY: ”Road map to Apartheid” Documentary Screening
Feb 20th | 3:30pm | COOR 120

2015 SJP IAW allison weirMONDAY: Alison Weir– Author, journalist and founder of “If Americans Knew”              Feb 23rd | 6pm | CDN 68

Join us for an evening with journalist Dan Cohen

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 Recording of the event here + another smear “article” on this event here

Please join us for a discussion with journalist Dan Cohen as he shares with us his experience reporting in Gaza during and after Operation Protective Edge. The event will be held at the Tempe campus in room PSH151 at 6:00pm.

Here is a link to the Facebook event page, and here is a link to the location of the building

We hope you can make it!

Students should seek understanding rather than smearing

Full: Letter: Students should seek understanding rather than smearing

“Our wall was set up on Hayden Lawn as a talking-point to inform the ASU community about the Wall and the Israeli occupation, as it is known by the International Court of Justice and the United Nations. The wall featured facts, statistics and artwork illustrating daily life under the occupation and celebrating the resiliency of the Palestinian people. It was intended to be an invitation for dialogue, and frankly, we are confused as to why Brunner did not choose to talk to any SJP members who stood by the Wall for over 16 hours. SJP welcomes all opinions, even dissenting ones, as we believe in democratic ideals and freedom of expression. So, we invite anyone to join us at our meetings and learn how we campaign for greater human rights awareness.”

This letter is our response to the libelous State Press opinion article, “Students for Justice in Palestine should erect a bridge rather than a wall”

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SJP ASU: Our Statement on Syria

Recently, we’ve been getting quite a few questions about SJP ASU’s stance on the conflict in Syria. Many people have wondered whose “side” we are on, what our beliefs are, etc.

Earlier this year (24 Jan. 2014 to be exact) we signed on to a statement that detailed our position on this very relevant topic. We signed this so that our stance is clearly defined, so as to no longer cause confusion.

If you wish to read our statement, please click HERE. Thank you!

#GazaUnderAttack

Over 200 demonstrators marched in downtown Tempe on Mill Ave. on 7/11/14, joining the hundreds of protests occurring worldwide in solidarity with the people of Gaza and in protest of Israel’s brutal operation deemed operation “Protective Edge.” Marching in three groups up and down Mill Ave., the protest demanded an end to the ruthless slaughter of Palestinians, and an end to unconditional US aid to such slaughter.

Operation Protective Edge Info Flyer - Created by SJP ASU

7-11-2014 Tempe, Arizona protest for Gaza - Video by Dan

Dine’ for Sanctions Against Israel at Navajo Council, July 17, 2014 - Video by indigenous friends

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A second protest took place on 7-18-14, this time in downtown Phoenix. A candlelight vigil was held at the end of the marching, commemorating everyone killed in this latest escalation.

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Voices for Syria Benefit Dinner

SJP and SOS Freedom are partnering together to raise money for humanitarian aid for Syrians suffering from #AssadWarCrimes. Join us for a benefit dinner on April 24th at 7 PM in the Memorial Union – Alumni Lounge. You can find the event page here

As part of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria’s North America Tour, #QusaiZakarya will present a survivor’s account of the chemical weapons attack and of life under siege in Syria. Local ASU performers will also perform to gather proceeds to help people inside Syria still living under siege and under Assad. #EnoughWithAssad

Tickets are 15$ and can be purchased here

Lecture this Thursday!

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This Thursday at 7:00, SJP ASU is hosting a lecture by Fr. Bob Holmes and Mr. Amos Gvirtz. They will be speaking on many points; however, the focus will be Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes.

For more information, including bios of the speakers, time, and location, please click here.

To RSVP to the Facebook event, please click here.

We hope to see you there!

SJP Divestment Campaign: Week in Review

This past week, Students for Justice in Palestine at ASU introduced the first version of a bill, SB 67, calling for ASU to divest from Caterpillar, Inc to the Undergraduate Student Government Senate of Tempe campus on Tuesday, March 22nd. The bill is titled “A Resolution to Divest from Caterpillar, Inc. for its Human Rights Abuses in Palestine.”

After gathering at least 25 supporters in the room and amassing over 500 signatures of ASU students on a petition in support of the bill, the bill was inexplicably “tabled indefinitely,” denying any form of transparent debate to attendees. A similar number of people were gathered in the room opposing the bill, representing groups like Sun Devils for Israel and Hillel, and included speakers who were identified as Emerson Fellows. Emerson Fellows are students chosen by the pro-Israel group StandWithUs for a “one-year fellowship program that recruits, trains, educates, and inspires pro-Israel college students to become an elite cadre of leaders on college campuses across North America…[and] form a network of trained pro-Israel student leaders.”

Despite SB 67 being the only bill on the agenda, the Senate proceeded to have an hour long discussion over the removal of a senator from his position as committee chair for unrelated reasons. Meeting attendees watched as accusations about the senator’s leadership were aired, with certain members questioning the political motives of the accusers in light of the senator’s candidacy in the student government’s presidential campaign. Before the meeting concluded, supporters and opponents of the bill spoke during Open Forum about the events that took place. SJP members criticized senators for engaging in a frivolous debate about matters with little significance to students while choosing to shut down any debate on the divestment bill. In addition, our members indicated our intention to introduce a revised version of the bill in the future, which we would hope senators would allow to be debated in the spirit of transparency and free speech.

In anticipation of further divestment efforts, SJP hosted a discussion of the bill following this meeting on Thursday, March 20th.  Several members gave brief a presentation on the reasons behind calling for divestment from Caterpillar, Inc. and answered questions from the audience, composed of leaders of student organizations and interested students.

For more information and videos of our divestment campaign, see our divestment facebook Likes page: https://www.facebook.com/ASUSJPdeCAT

The state press coverage of the Senate meeting is here: http://www.statepress.com/2014/03/18/undergraduate-student-government-members-discuss-divestment-bill-removal-of-sen-parra/