Join us for a guest lecture by Dr. Dalit Baum-Wednesday November 14th at 7 pm @ ASU

Who Profits from the Israeli Occupation? Queer-feminist responses to Corporate Profiteering

SJP and OUTLaw welcome you to a guest lecture on Wednesday, November 14th, at 7 PM in LSE 107, by Dr. Dalit Baum on the Democracy Movement in Israel/Palestine from the feminist perspective, and the Israeli government’s new tactic called “pinkwashing”.

The talk will provide an overview of the economy of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, from a feminist perspective, and a discussion of queer-feminist organizing in 1948/ Israel against militarization, racism and occupation. How can the 99% take on the big corporations that perpetuate war and occupation?

 How can students at ASU engage in economic activism with concrete positive effects on people’s lives in Palestine?Dalit Baum, Ph.D., is an Israeli activist and teacher, who founded “Who Profits from the Occupation”, an activist research project of The Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. This year she is working in the Bay Area out of the Economic Activism Program of Global Exchange, providing community and campus divest campaigns with resources and tools.

Contact: Media.sjpalestine@gmail.com for questions

SJP Stands with M.E.Ch.A. in Denouncing Columbus Day and Promoting Indigenous Peoples Day

Contacts:

Aman Aberra- SJP President

sjpalestine48@gmail.com

Shifa Alkhatib- SJP Media and Public Relations

Media.sjpalestine@gmail.com

Today, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán at ASU (M.E.Ch.A.) and the Students for Justice in Palestine at ASU (SJP) stood together outside of the Memorial Union at Arizona State University to bring awareness to our indigenous population and celebrate indigenous culture.  M.E.Ch.A. members laid outside in over 90 degree heat, with red shirts and skulls painted on their faces, to make the point that Columbus day is a celebration of invasion, occupation, and enslavement of native peoples.  SJP members supported this effort by collecting dozens of student signatures for a petition to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day on our academic calendars.

The purpose of transforming this day into Indigenous Peoples day is to educate people about the truth of the conquest of the “New World” by Christopher Columbus.  This day should be a day for people to learn the truth of colonialism and the genocide that resulted from Columbus’ invasion.

Columbus day is a federal holiday to commemorate Christopher Columbus arriving in the “New World” in 1492. Columbus day should not be celebrated as it led to European colonization, exploitation of the Native population, genocide, and the Atlantic Slave Trade.   Instead, let us celebrate a day of indigenous culture and change what the next generation of children are taught in schools.

Repudiating our nation’s history of colonialism will take more than just replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. The United States sends a massive amount of military aid to Israel—$8.2 million a day—supporting the continuation of Israel’s impunity and human rights abuses against Palestinians. Since it’s creation in 1948, Israel has slowly stolen more and more Palestinian land, in a pattern resembling the European settlers’ expansion across North America.

Shrinking Native American and Palestinian Land
Green represents the historic land

With it’s apartheid wall, Israel has divided the West Bank into a labyrinth of checkpoints, with settlers illegally building new settlements and stealing more Palestinian land every day. Gaza remains trapped—the largest open air prison in the world—blockaded and bombarded by the Israeli military. We are all witnesses to another case of occupation and colonization, but we will not stand to let history repeat itself.

We stand with M.E.Ch.A. and ask Arizona State University to remove Columbus Day from our academic calendars and mark October 8 as Indigenous Peoples Day.

 

SJP member (left) and M.E.Ch.A. member (right) stand side by side in solidarity

Dedicated M.E.CH.A. member all smiles before laying down in 90 degree heat.

SJP Supports the Russell Tribunal Held on Oct. 6 & 7

October 4, 2012- Students for Justice in Palestine at Arizona State University supports the Russell Tribunal on Palestine which will be held this weekend in the Great Hall of the Cooper Union located in New York.  The fact that the Russell Tribunal will be held in such a historic place gives us hope that one day justice will be served for the Palestinians.  This Hall has been the center of many campaigns such as worker’s rights and even the women’s suffrage movement as well as the birth of the NAACP. The Tribunal does not have any legal status but has a strong backing and sense of legitimacy that comes from the support of all those who advocate for an end to the Israeli occupation and Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights.  Israel’s impunity has not gone unnoticed to many across the world and the New York Tribunal will be framed around the root of the conflict as well as UN and US responsibility in the denial of the Palestinian right to self-determination.  Previous Russell Tribunals were held in Barcelona, London, and Cape Town each focusing on a different topic such as EU complicity, corporate complicity, and the crime of Apartheid, respectively.

 

The tribunal will be live streamed on Free Speech TV and at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine on October 6 and 7.  For more information visit http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com/en/

Contact:

Shifa Alkhatib/ASU SJP Media & PR

Media.Sjpalestine@gmail.com

 

Palestinians do exist! Please sign the petition to add Palestine to the Facebook Country List.

PETITION: Add Palestine to the Facebook Country List

To: Add Palestine on the Facebook Country list

There are 100’s of thousands of Palestinians that use Facebook, yet when you open the drop down menu of countries, Palestine is not found. This is unacceptable, and we the signatories of this petition would like to ask Facebook to add Palestine to the countries list.
http://www.causes.com/actions/1680613?recruiter_id=7469649&utm_campaign=invite&utm_medium=wall&utm_source=fb

 

Israel vs. Israel Movie Screening 9/20/2012

 

Join us for a movie screening of Israel vs. Israel, a documentary about 4 Israeli peace activists, one grandmother, one rabbi, one anarchist and one ex-soldier, that are trying to put an end to the Israeli Occupation of Palestine.

When: Thursday, September 20th
Time: 7-9PM (Run Time approx: 60 min. Q & A Session immediately following)
Where: Cottonwood Hall (CWAL) @ ASU which is located in Barrett Honors College Complex, Tempe Campus

The documentary Israel vs Israel is a film about Jewish peace activists who in both words and actions take a stand against 40 years of occupation and illegal settlements. This is a film about the desperate struggle to somehow change the current situation and improve life for the Palestinians.
In return, these activists face skepticism and hatred from fellow Israeli countrymen. Israel vs Israel reveals both sensitive family discussion as well as secret testimonies from former combat soldiers.
These Israelis are often portrayed as naïve, unreliable and dangerous for the Jewish state. They are often ridiculed and demonized for their honest commitment. The fight for peace divides Israel in Terje Carlssons new documentary.

FOR MORE INFO VISIT: http://www.israelvsisrael.com/film.html

SJP condemns home demolitions, voices support for Rachel Corrie’s family

September 1st-Over 7 years after the civil law suit was filed against the State of Israel, Rachel Corrie’s family listened in a Haifa District Court while the judge held that the Israeli Government was not responsible for Rachel’s death.  In support of the Corrie family and the struggle for justice and equal rights, ASU’s Students for Justice in Palestine condemn the Israeli policy of Palestinian home demolitions.  SJP joined the Rachel Corrie Foundation in marking the verdict of the Corrie trial by pressuring the investment firm TIAA-CREF from divesting in companies that are complicit in the occupation, including Caterpillar Inc., Veolia, and Northrop Grumman.  Rachel was killed by a Caterpillar bulldozer as she was protecting the home of a Palestinian family in March of 2003.  TIAA-CREF currently holds Caterpillar stock.

 

On Friday August 31st, SJP held a letter writing and signing table at Arizona State University as part of a larger nationwide social media campaign to take a stand against home demolitions.  SJP collected and delivered 70 letters TIAA-CREF’s offices in Phoenix, Arizona.  Below are pictures of the event:

SJP member, Yasmeen, delivers letters to TIAA-CREF Phoenix office

70 signed letters to TIAA-CREF

Justice Not Served for Activist Rachel Corrie-SJP Marks The Verdict at Arizona State University

Contact:

SJP Media/PR: Shifa Alkhatib

Email: Media.sjpalestine@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 28, 2012-Today, in a Haifa courtroom, an Israeli judge ruled that the State of Israel was not responsible for the horrific death of Rachel Corrie.  The Israeli Occupation Forces killed Rachel with a Caterpillar bulldozer in March 2003 while defending a Palestinian home in Gaza.

Rachel Corrie was a twenty-three year old American student at Evergreen State College who traveled to Palestine for her senior thesis.  Rachel wanted to meet activists such as her self hoping to learn from them.  With this in mind, Rachel traveled to Palestine joining international activists that were dedicated to protesting human rights abuses.

During the ruling, the judge stated that the bulldozer hit Rachel by accident although witnesses maintain that she was wearing a visible orange vest and had a bullhorn in her hand and made her presence known to the driver at the time she was killed.  Rachel’s parents sued the Israeli government for only $1 hoping to get justice for Rachel’s death.

Rachel’s lawyer plans to bring an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court within 45 days. Although justice was not served today, Rachel remains a symbolic figure of resistance and courage for the Palestinian people and all human rights activists across the world.

The Students for Justice in Palestine at ASU remember Rachel Corrie on this day and hope that one day justice will be fairly served.

Take Action!

To “Mark the Verdict,” the Rachel Corrie Foundation is calling upon us to take action in opposition to Israel’s occupation and demolition of Palestinian homes, as well as companies that support and profit from them. SJP is holding a table on Hayden lawn, Friday, August 31th, between 10 AM to 2 PM where supporters can sign a letter calling upon TIAA-CREF, a large investment company, to divest from companies that profit from the conflict, like Caterpillar Inc.  SJP will deliver the letters in person to the TIAA-CREF office here in Phoenix.

The Rachel Corrie Foundation has more actions we can take individually on their website, such as taking a picture of yourself with a poster of Rachel Corrie to post on their Tumblr as part of a larger campaign. For more information follow this link:

http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/blog/2012/08/10/call-to-action-mark-the-verdict-in-the-corrie-civil-case-in-israel-august-28th