SJP is being harassed - what's happening, and what can you do to help?
Last Wednesday, October 14, SJP took part in the International Day of Action on University Campuses for Palestine by putting up posters in recognition of some of the recent victims of Israeli state violence.
Within minutes of our posters being put up, they were repeatedly vandalized with hateful messages, like one which called a 13 year-old boy who had been murdered a "terrorist." Many of the posters were also torn down on the same day.
Unfortunately, the disrespect for Palestinian life did not end there. In the past week, two rounds of inflammatory, anonymous posters have gone up on campus accusing SJP of lying and being involved in violence. We responded to some of these attacks in our letter to the editor in the Maroon.
On the same day that flyers went up around campus using our logo and the university's with the message "Stabbing Jews for Peace," a Palestinian student involved in SJP at UIC received an anonymous death threat to Palestine solidarity activists. SJP DePaul has experienced harassment on social media this week. And yesterday, comments from a fake Facebook account threatened a specific member of our chapter. Luckily, we have received support from Jewish Voice for Peace and the US Collective for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
Targeting of SJP is not new or unique to Chicago. A recent report from Palestine Legal and the Center for Constitutional Rights details the constant harassment SJP chapters across the country have faced in the past several years.
SJP refuses to be intimated by recent events of blatant harassment, but we also must take action.
If you have not yet contacted the Dean of Students, Michele Rasmussen (firstname.lastname@example.org), to express your concern over these attacks on our organization, do so now!
SJP is demanding:
- a complete investigation into the perpetrators of this harassment,
- a public condemnation of the inflammatory posters, which violate University posting policy, and
- transparency regarding concrete steps being immediately taken to protect Palestinian students and those standing in solidarity with Palestinians on campus.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us in the past weeks! Your enthusiasm and willingness to help are inspiring!
Students for Justice in Palestine