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Review :: Human Rights : Organizing : Palestine
Hundreds Expected to Rally in Support of Students for Justice in Palestine at Northeastern University
17 Mar 2014
Location: Krentzman Quadrangle, Northeastern University stop on MBTA Green Line

Date: Tuesday, March 18th, 10am

Over 200 activists from a broad coalition of human rights and social justice organizations will rally in solidarity with the Northeastern chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) on Tuesday as two students face disciplinary hearings.

The protest is a response to the administration's suspension of the SJP-Northeastern chapter after months of discriminatory restrictions. Earlier this month, some SJP members distributed a mock eviction notice (clearly marked as not real) similar to those routinely posted on the homes of Palestinians before their homes are demolished. The students' intention was to raise awareness and promote dialogue about human rights violations. The two SJP members facing sanctions are women of color, while none of the white students who distributed the leaflets have been targeted.

"We condemn the university's strong-arm tactics as blatant violations of free speech and dangerous attempts to suppress academic debate on campus," said Lisa Stampnitzky, a member Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston, one of the co-sponsoring organizations.

Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston also rejected attempts to label SJP or its members as anti-Semitic based upon their criticism of Israeli policies, protests of Israeli military, or promotion of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. "Jews and Israelis themselves hold a wide range of views on Israel, and there is nothing anti-Semitic about supporting human rights for all peoples," said Rabbi Joseph Berman of JVP.

"Northeastern caved to behind-the-scenes pressure," said Stampnitzky. "The administration has shown that it cares more about potential donors and powerful outside organizations that have put pressure on it than it does about its students' rights to free speech."

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Re: Hundreds Expected to Rally in Support of Students for Justice in Palestine at Northeastern University
17 Mar 2014
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Palestinians remember slain U.S. activist Rachel Corrie

Sunday, March 16, 2014

GAZA CITY – Palestinians on Sunday commemorated the 2003 murder of American activist Rachel Corrie as she defended Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip against Israeli demolitions. Several Palestinian NGOs, organizations and public figures issued statements to mark the day.

Cyberspace activists posted Corrie's photos and slogans calling on Palestinians to follow in her footsteps. On March 16, 2003, Corrie stood in front of an Israeli army bulldozer to prevent it from demolishing Palestinian homes, but she was bulldozed to death. She had come from Washington earlier the same year as part of a group of American volunteers to show solidarity with the Palestinians, but the journey to the Palestinian territory proved to be her last.

Investigations into Corrie's death by the Gaza-based Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights concluded that the driver of the Israeli army bulldozer had buried Corrie alive. The Israeli army, however, claimed that the driver did not seen Corrie, who wore a bright orange fluorescent jacket in order to distinguish herself and was addressing the bulldozer driver over a loudspeaker.

The late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat had lauded Corrie as a "martyr". Several Palestinian cultural centers have since been called after her. Last year, the Central Israeli Court in Haifa exonerated the Israeli army of responsibility for Corrie's killing. Palestinian rights organizations criticized the verdict, saying the American activist bore witness to many of Israeli atrocities.

Palestinian MP Jamal al-Khoudari said Corrie would continue to be an unforgettable symbol of freedom for the Palestinian people. "The Palestinian people will remain indebted to Corrie, her family and her lovers," al-Khoudari said Sunday. "She will continue to be a symbol of freedom and sacrifice," he added in a statement.

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Re: Hundreds Expected to Rally in Support of Students for Justice in Palestine at Northeastern University
22 Mar 2014
I was at the event- there were maybe 40 or 50 people there, but very few were students.