THIS WEEK'S UPDATES
2013-2014 was an exciting year for Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA! Read our write-up on everything SJP-UCLA accomplished in one of our best years yet.
P.S. there's photos too.
IN THE NEWS
SJP INVITES STUDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT ORGANIZATION, MISSION
It turns out that there are a number of myths about SJP that portray us as a group of mob-like, hate-motivated bullies. Sadly, many of these myths are rooted in racially charged, Islamophobic stereotypes commonly used against Arabs and Muslims.
But every time someone actually takes the time to meet one of us, they tell us how surprised they are to find how different we are from those myths and how similar we are to any other student on campus – our lives revolve around exams, essays and little sleep, but with the added component of spending late nights organizing in solidarity with Palestine. What puzzles us the most about all these myths is that, rather than having an agenda of “hate,” SJP’s work is based on a positive vision for the future. We believe that ending the violation of Palestinian rights – the military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip, second-class citizenship for Palestinians inside Israel and discriminatory policies that prevent refugees from returning to their country – will actually be liberating for both Palestinians and Israelis.
SJP IN THE DAILY BRUIN: LOBBYISTS AND POLITICIANS SHOULD STAY OUT OF CAMPUS DEBATES
Much like the destructive effect of political lobbies on national politics, this injection of money into campus politics is hampering the progressive movement and having a corrosive effect on the entire student democratic process. Milstein’s donations were directed to the campus’ relatively conservative party, giving it a financial advantage relative to others. The students that lost those elections represented a wide range of progressive organizations and social justice causes.
AUDIO: LOS ANGELES TO THREATEN CAMPUS PALESTINE ACTIVISTS WITH "LAW ENFORCEMENT"
Students at UCLA sign an ethics statement in response to ongoing concerns that elected leaders were taking trips with non-student lobbying organizations with records of discrimination, such as AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League. We talk with a UCLA student about the statement and why the administration, along with Los Angeles city council members, are intimidating and silencing students who are calling for transparency in student government. Click here for the segment.
RESPONSE TO PROGRESSIVE JEWISH STUDENTS AT UCLA STATEMENT
We write to commend your recent statement outlining your position on Israel/Palestine. We recognize the difficulty in speaking out about those positions, particularly under conditions in which community institutions frequently speak on behalf of the entire Jewish community. In particular, your condemnation of “Israeli policies of military occupation, expansion of West Bank settlements, failure to take action against settler and soldier violence, demolition of Palestinian property, unequal distribution of resources, and policies that restrict Palestinian movement” is a heartening and important statement of recognition of the severe and persistent oppression experienced by Palestinians in the West Bank. Read more...
Stay up to date with SJP