Students for Justice in Palestine
For Immediate Release
October 6, 2016
Contact: sjpucla1 (at) gmail.com
On Wednesday morning, October 5th, 2016, slanderous posters from the David Horowitz Freedom Center were placed around the UCLA campus targeting Students for Justice in Palestine (see blog posts about past incidents of these posters at this link).
These offensive posters targeted Palestinian students and activists, non-Palestinian students and professors who are also activists for Palestine, and Vice Chancellor Jerry Kang. The targeting of Vice Chancellor Kang appears to have been prompted by his past defense of SJP’s free speech rights and denunciation of Horowitz’s posters. Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA was also falsely depicted as having connections to terrorist organizations.
In the past, administrators have described these posters as “thuggish intimidation” and “demagoguery,” and have written that these posters amount “to a focused, personalized intimidation that threatens specific members of our Bruin community.”
Our organization works to raise awareness on our campus about the occupation and human rights abuses occurring in Palestine. This is not the first time posters of this type have been placed on our campus as a way to target and discourage Pro-Palestinian activism. We believe this strategy is borne of the fact that anti-Palestinian organizations like the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Canary Mission have nothing productive to contribute to the debate about Palestinian rights, and instead must resort to fear-mongering, name calling, and hate speech in order to silence those with whom they disagree. Our sympathies go out to every student that was offended by Horowitz’s poster campaign, and we urge any and all students who would like to learn more about the issue to contact SJP. We will gladly extend our resources to try and answer any questions you might have.