Students should seek understanding rather than smearing

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“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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#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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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

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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