Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA will hold a protest at Meyerhoff Park today to voice broad student opposition to the current Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. We are proud to be joined by several student groups and campus allies.
The Gaza Strip remains illegally occupied by Israel.  Its military siege denies Gazans freedom of movement and adequate access to water, electricity, food, and other basic resources. Since November 8, over 20 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli aerial bombardment and more than 100 have been injured. Casualties have included children playing soccer, individuals attending funeral services, and an 11-month-old child. International law describes intentional attacks on civilians as war crimes or crimes against humanity.
These attacks come almost 4 years to the date since Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli assault on Gaza that resulted in roughly 1,400 Palestinian deaths. Several international legal investigations have accused Israel of war crimes and crimes against humanity. As a result of Cast Lead, Amnesty International has recommended an arms embargo against Israel to prevent it from attacking civilian populations.
In light of these facts, SJP at UCLA voices its support of the besieged population of Gaza, calls for their right to live free of occupation, and supports investigations and prosecutions of Israeli military officers for violations of international law.
Furthermore, SJP at UCLA voices its support for the Palestinian-led call for boycotts, divestments, and sanctions. We believe that the University of California should immediately cut financial ties to companies that aid, enable, and profit from Israeli violations of Palestinian rights and international law. In addition, we salute the student government at the University of California, Irvine, for its recent 16-0 vote to recommend divestment to the University of California. We look forward to further divestment efforts in the tradition of UCLA's history of social justice and equality.
In addition, we recommend to interested students, faculty, staff, and journalists the following resources:
Israel’s Latest Assault on Gaza: The Lie of Who Started It
Timeline: Israel's Latest Escalation in Gaza
Interview: Ali Abunimah on the situation in Gaza:
What is the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement?
 For a backgrounder on occupation law: http://imeu.net/news/printer0022758.shtml
 Effects of the blockade: http://imeu.net/news/article0019136.shtml
 Widely available at Ma'an News, Al Jazeera, Ha’aretz, etc.
 See the Rome Statute here: http://www.icc-cpi.int/NR/rdonlyres/EA9AEFF7-5752-4F84-BE94-0A655EB30E16/0/Rome_Statute_English.pdf
 Amnesty report: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE15/015/2009/en/8f299083-9a74-4853-860f-0563725e633a/mde150152009en.pdf
 see the Amnesty Report referenced above, and Human Rights Watch: http://www.hrw.org/world-report-2010/israel-occupied-palestinian-territories-opt and the Goldstone Report:http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/specialsession/9/factfindingmission.htm
 Amnesty call: http://blog.amnestyusa.org/middle-east/new-amnesty-report-calls-for-comprehensive-arms-embargo-on-israel-and-hamas/
 Palestinian Centre for Human Rights call for accountability: http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8828:pchr-submits-written-and-oral-statement-to-the-21st-session-of-the-human-rights-council-&catid=149:human-rights-committee-hrc&Itemid=310
Irvine Divests: http://irvinedivest.org/#!/