#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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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/

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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Join us in asking Alicia Keys not to play in Apartheid Israel

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.

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SJP is Hosting a Fundraising Auction and Dinner!

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.

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Friday, Nov. 23rd, Solidarity March for Gaza @ 5pm on Mill ave.

Contacts:

Aman Aberra- sjpalestine48@gmail.com

Shifa Alkhatib- media.sjpalestine@gmail.com

SJP and CARAMA are co-sponsoring another march this Friday at 5pm on the northwest corner of Mill Ave. and University Dr. (corner with PF changs).

Time is most crucial at this moment to continue showing solidarity with Gaza!   It is our duty as citizens of the US, and the world, to stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza. Please come and show your support.

Location: Northwest corner of Mill Ave and University Dr., Tempe , Arizona
When: Friday, November 23, 2012, 5 pm
Why: Because when we remain silent, we are complicit in human rights abuses

Community members stand in solidarity last Friday with the people of Gaza.

Community members stand on the corner of Mill and University last Thursday to show their solidarity and raise awareness to the massacre in Gaza.

Emergency protest tomorrow @ 5pm! Stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza!

Contacts

 

Gaza is under attack, and Israel’s aggression against the people of Gaza is escalating.  It is our duty as citizens of the US, and the world, to stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza.  There have been 150 people injured, 16 dead including 4 children and a pregnant woman!  The death tolls are only rising!  Along with emergency protests around the world there will be a protest in Tempe, Arizona.   Please come and show your support.

 

Location: Northwest corner of Mill Ave and University Dr., Tempe , Arizona
When: Friday, November 15, 2012, 5 pm
Why: Because when we remain silent, we are complicit in human rights abuses

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.

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.
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Tell ASU’s Student Government to Support Equal Rights in Israel and Palestine!

Please sign and share this petition, telling ASU’s Student Government NOT to support the Israeli occupation of Palestine! Sign here: http://www.change.org/petitions/arizona-state-university-undergraduate-student-government-support-an-end-to-the-israeli-occupation-of-palestine-2

As a student, alumnus, or faculty member at Arizona State University, I support equal rights for Palestinians and Israelis, as well as an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. The Israeli occupation violates standards of human rights and international law, since it:

1) Denies Palestinians’ their right to autonomy
2) Restricts Palestinian movement within the West Bank and Gaza
3) Prevents Palestinians from accessing appropriate medical care
4) Annexes Palestinian land via illegal settlement construction
5) Transfers part of the Israeli population to the West Bank in contradiction of the Fourth Geneva Convention
6) Leads to the construction of the Separation Wall, a barrier that was declared illegal by the International Court of Justice and is constructed primarily on Palestinian lands
7) Requires the use of armed military force against civilian populations, including the Gaza Massacre where over 1,400 Palestinians were killed

Finally, I am opposed to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine, which costs the United States over $3 billion per year. This money could be better used to support education, healthcare, or other social programs in the United States.