Dear President Wong,
We are concerned to hear that the students of the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) and the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) at San Francisco State University are currently being incriminated by Tammi Benjamin and AMCHA.
The statement that started the controversy—“My heroes have always killed colonizers”— was offered as a stencil by the Student Council of Intertribal Nations (SKINS). In your public statement, you condemn this “glorification of violence” that “promot[es] bigotry and anti-Semitism.” This statement must be contextualized as a celebration of Indigenous resistance to colonial violence and therefore does not “glorify the murder of Jews” as AMCHA would claim otherwise. In addition, pro-Palestine organizations like GUPS work towards justice and peace in non-violent ways, and accusations that state otherwise based on deliberate distortions are unmerited.
Furthermore, a video of Ms. Benjamin has surfaced where she accuses Palestinian activist groups and Muslim student groups like Muslim Students Association (MSA) of being 1) inherently anti-Semitic and 2) connected to terrorist organizations. Operating under this blatantly Islamophobic framework, she and AMCHA have lead multiple attacks against these student organizations across UC universities, all of which have been dismissed; this most recent attack is no different. Because Israel is losing momentum on the grassroots level, it has become favorable for Zionist groups like AMCHA to conflate criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism in an attempt to delegitimize grassroots movements.
Charging this last chapter of GUPS, allowing the attacks to continue on AMED and Indigenous student organizations like SKINS, will set a precedent for using baseless accusations of anti-Semitism to shut down justified criticism of Israel, further marginalizing Palestinian voices worldwide. This will certainly mean a win for racism and Zionism, which is in direct contrast to your university’s very rich history of social justice advocacy.
We trust that the University will dismiss the appeal of Ms. Benjamin and that the University will uphold their students’ right to free speech. Thank you for your consideration.
Please join SJP ASU in our showing of the Oscar nominated documentary “5 Broken Cameras”! This compelling film from 2011 chronicles recent struggles of a Palestinian village to resist the occupation with non-violent means. We will be showing this documentary on October 10, 2013. The show will begin at 7:00pm at the outdoor stage North of the Memorial Union. (The film is approximately 90 minutes long.) To view the event on Facebook, and/or to invite your family and friends, please click here. We hope to see you there!Thank you!
We are moving our meeting time to Wednesdays to accommodate more members. This will begin on the 11th!
The Students For Justice in Palestine at Arizona State University would like to give a huge thanks to everyone who contributed and helped with the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) Benefit Concert on April 12th. With your support, we were able to raise $2688 to go towards sponsoring medical treatments for Palestinian children. We could not have pulled this event off without our amazing artisits, SJP volunteers, as well as volunteers from PCRF.
We are dedicated to educating students on the injustices occurring in Palestine but it is also important to bring our community together to raise awareness and fund-raise for a great cause. PCRF is an organization dedicated to helping the medical and humanitarian crises facing Palestinian youths in the Middle East. Find more information on PCRF here.
We will be uploading pictures soon. Check out our facebook page for more information.
In addition, if you would like to learn more about what PCRF does, join the cause, or meet the volunteers there is a community awareness picnic on April 28th at 1 p.m. See flyer below:
Mark your calendars for SJP’s upcoming benefit concert! The event will be featuring Invincible, Khaled M., Remi Kanazi, and Shining Soul, and will be on April 12th at 8pm in Tempe’s Club Red/Red Owl. Tickets are only $15! Come out and show support for the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund and your local SJP chapter! For more information, click here. We hope to see you there!
All proceeds will go to the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund.
If you missed the lecture you can watch the full video recorded at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/30402861
Join SJP ASU as we host award-winning journalist and best-selling author Max Blumenthal. He will be giving a lecture titled “High on Zionism: The Indoctrination of Apartheid Israel Today” on Monday, March 25th at 7 pm in Neeb Hall 105. Click here for more information. We hope to see you there!
SJP kicked off Israeli Apartheid Week today with our Mock Apartheid Wall on Hayden Lawn. We gave tours to people and educated all those who stopped by about why the Israeli regime is known as an apartheid state worldwide. This is one of the most visible applications of the Occupation and its reenactment enlightened many people about the injustices occurring in Palestine. See our pictures below!
Join us on Days 2 and 3 of Israeli Apartheid Week:
Tuesday, March 5: Movie Screening: “Roadmap to Apartheid”
When? 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
What? Roadmap to Apartheid is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them.
Wednesday, March 6: “Zionism, The Crime of Apartheid and the Occupation of Palestine” Lecture by Dr. Zahi Damuni
When? 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
What? Hear from the co-founder of Al-Awda, The Palestinian Right to Return Coalition and longtime activist for Palestinian human rights. Dr.Damuni is the recipient of several community awards
Our mock apartheid wall kicks off a week full of events, starting Monday, March 4th. Join us as we educate the community about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system, through a lecture by Dr. Zahi Damuni, a screening of the documentary “Roadmap to Apartheid”, and of course, our main event- the mock apartheid wall! Click here to check out all the details!
Alicia Keys is scheduled to play to a segregated audience in Israel on July 4, 2013 at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. This boycott is “inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression.” Israel is a persistent violator of international law and has failed to respect fundamental human rights. Until Israel ends its occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine we ask you, as a person of conscience and a philanthropist, not to play in Israel. Alicia Keys, please join us now in the cultural boycott of Israel, and help stop entertaining apartheid.
Sign this petition in support of human rights.
Join ASU SJP for a fundraising art auction and dinner, with live entertainment, on Saturday, February 23rd, at the Memorial Union, ASU (Room 202).
In order to continue our work spreading awareness and upholding justice, we need your support. Our expenses include the costs of bringing speakers from out of state, or country, costs of storage of our Wall display, advertising costs, and more. Join us for dinner, provided by Flaming Kebab, and entertainment, including Palestinian dabke, poetry, and singing. In addition, we’ll be auctioning Middle Eastern artwork, antiques, and clothing and selling books on the Israeli Occupation.