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December 21, 2015

FYI: Free Speech for Students for Justice in Palestine — Anti-Apartheid isn’t Anti-Semitic!

From: mletwin
Date: Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 12:44 PM
Subject: FYI: Free Speech for Students for Justice in Palestine — Anti-Apartheid isn’t Anti-Semitic!]
To: – – all-alaa

Parallel to the ongoing attack on our free speech rights at LAS. Please
sign and share widely.

Thanks!

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Sign here: http://tinyurl.com/SJPFreeSpeech
Repost on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1Mqh9aG

From Jews for Palestinian Right of
Return<https://www.facebook.com/JewsForPalestinianRightOfReturn> and US
Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of
Israel<http://www.usacbi.org/>

On campuses throughout the United States, university administrators are
attempting to silence Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and other
student organizations that courageously speak out against Israeli
violations of Palestinian human rights.

This witch-hunt is documented in The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A
Movement Under Attack in the US (September
2015)<http://palestinelegal.org/the-palestine-exception>, a comprehensive
report by Palestine Legal<http://palestinelegal.org/> and the Center for
Constitutional Rights<https://ccrjustice.org/>, which also addresses
violations of academic freedom in such cases as Prof. Steven Salaita at
UIUC<http://www.ccrjustice.org/home/what-we-do/our-cases/salaita-v-kennedy-et-al>.
In the months since this report was issued, attacks on student activists
have escalated at
CUNY<http://palestinelegal.org/news/2015/11/20/statement-re-calls-to-ban-students-for-justice-in-palestine-sjp-from-city-university-of-new-york-cuny>,
UC Santa
Cruz<https://www.facebook.com/uaw2865santacruz/posts/452749424924848>,
UCLA<https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/ucla-student-groups-face-funding-cuts-over-israel-divestment>,
UT-Austin<http://palestinelegal.org/news/2015/12/3/palestine-legal-calls-on-ut-to-protect-student-speech?rq=texas>,
and elsewhere.

Unable to defend the indefensible in free and open debate, supporters of
Israel have resorted to smearing SJP as “anti-Semitic.” In reality, it is
an anti-apartheid movement that champions the growing campaign for
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)<http://www.bdsmovement.net/>,
which demands an end to Israeli occupation and colonization of all Arab
lands and dismantling the Wall; full equality for Arab-Palestinian
citizens of Israel; and implementation of the right of Palestinian
refugees to return.

We reaffirm that anti-Apartheid is not anti-Semitic, and call for an
immediate end to the attack on SJP and other Palestine rights activists.

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