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April 9: National Campus Day of Action for Palestinian Rights
06 Apr 2002
In response to increased Israeli military aggression and the total siege of Palestinian society, students across the country will hold a national day ofaction on April 9th. This national day of action, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, will demand university divestment from Israel and will commemorate the 1948 massacre in the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin.
National Campus Day of Action for Palestinian Rights

StudentsDemand University Divestment

In response to increased Israeli military aggression and the total siege of Palestinian society, students across the country will hold a national day ofaction on April 9th. This national day of action, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, will demand university divestment from Israel and will commemorate the 1948 massacre in the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin, which was one in a series of ethnic cleansing operations conducted by Zionist militia against the indigenous Palestinian population.

InNorthern California, Students forJustice in Palestine (SJP) will be holding a rally and direct action on theUC Berkeley campus at noon on SproulPlaza. (Public contact justiceinpalestine (at) yahoo.com,(510) 496-1269 x1948.) The General Unionof Palestinian Students (GUPS) atSan Francisco State University will also be holding a march and protest which will begin at 12:30 pm in Malcolm X Plaza on the SFSU campus (Public contact (650) 291-7615). UC Davis Students for Justice in Palestine will hold arally and evening teach-in on their campus (Public contact justiceforpalestine (at) yahoo.com).

In the last week, the Israeli army has totally besieged the Gaza Strip and theWest Bank, surrounding unarmed civilians in refugee camps with tanks andhelicopters. The Israeli military uses American made weapons on Palestiniantowns and villages, destroying schools, libraries and civil infrastructure.Israeli soldiers block the flow of food, water, medicine and other basicnecessities. Ambulances cannot reach the wounded. Even foreign journalists andinternational peace activists are shot as they attempt to document theatrocities committed by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians.

April9 will be a national day of action with solidarity events on campuses acrossthe country. For example:

- Students at MontclairState University in New Jersey will hold an educational event entitled“Recipe for Disaster: A look at America’s Involvement in the Middle East”.
- A rally and street theater organized by students at Ohio State University will highlighthuman rights abuses of the Israeli occupation.
- Students from the Universityof Minnesota will demand university divestment in a protest at theMinneapolis Federal Courts Building.
- Students at the Universityof Illinois Urbana-Champaign will be holding a day of action andeducational events, including street theater, film screenings and a publicrally. (contact Urbana-Champaign Unity and Struggle: ucusnow (at) hotmail.com).
- A National Palestine Week (April 8-12th)has beenorganized by students at Carnegie MellonUniversity in Pittsburg, Penn. They will be having teach-ins, slide shows,eyewitness accounts, film screenings and a vigil. (contact the Arab StudentOrganization and Palestine Solidarity Committee).
- Students at the Universityof Washington will be holding a vigil with visual demonstrations in the UWCampus Center. They will also host a teach-in and screen a documentary film.

April9th was selected as a national day of action for divestment at theNational Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, held inBerkeley in February 2002; to coincide with the annual commemoration of themassacre of Deir Yassin. For more information about the conference please visitwww.justiceinpalestine.org.For more information about the Deir Yassin massacre visit www.deiryassin.org.
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