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

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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!

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ASU Divest!

Check out our ASU Divest! page to find out how you can learn more about SJP ASU’s current campaign to get ASU to divest from Caterpillar, Inc., read the bill, and see how you can support our efforts.

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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/

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5 Broken Cameras

Final IAW event.

The first-ever Palestinian film to be nominated for best Documentary Feature by A.M.P.A.S, the critically-acclaimed 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements.

If you missed our screening, it is on Netflix!

Bil'in - teaching life since 2005

Bil’in – teaching life since 2005

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Flashmob Dabke!

In the plight for justice and to counter the hegemonistic ambitions of Israel, dabke has become one of many ways to nonviolently resist the illegal occupationn.

As students for justice in Palestine, we did a flashmob dabkeh to show that Palestinian culture is alive and well, and that the whitewashing, the weak justifications, of human rights violations is not acceptable.

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David Sheen

IAW – March 5th, 2013

David Sheen gave a great lecture about Israel’s treatmenmt of African refugees. He described the new racist laws, the disgusting discourse that is too common, and the violence (physical and institutional) that is perpetuated by government officials.

Learn more at davidsheen.com

David Sheen Final

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Dorm Eviction!

This morning, members of ASU SJP posted hundreds of mock eviction notices throughout ASU Housing buildings. The purpose was to spread awareness about the thousands of illegal, unjustified home demolitions perpetrated by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) against Palestinians.

Sign our petition to stop ASU from being complicit in these human rights violations!

EVICTION

Learn the facts from Amnesty International’s 2004 report on this problem.

The American company, Caterpillar Inc, provides the Isreali “Defense” Force with D9 bulldozers made specificly for this destructuve purpose.

CAT D9

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Mock Annexation Wall

SJP started Israeli Apartheid Week with a Mock Wall to represent the real separation wall that Israel has built in the West Bank, snaking through Palestinian villages. The wall often surrounds villiages from three sides, inhibiting free movement, trade, communication, and forcing Palestinians to wait long hours at checkpoints.

Image of the real wall

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Student Organizations of the Southwest Challenge AMCHA Co-founders’ Censorship Attempt and Baseless Claims

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.

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