UNM Students for Justice in Palestine issues statement on assault


Video above is of the assault on protesters at a University of New Mexico event last week

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UNM Students for Justice in Palestine

 SJP expresses gratitude to groups across the nation and the world who have shown their support for UNM Students for Justice in Palestine(SJP) and the students and members of (Un)Occupy Albuquerque who were brave enough to actively reject the normalization of Islamophobia and human rights violations. 

Though SJP was not a part of the planning process, we fully support the Mic-Check of Nonie Darwish’s lecture, “Why the Arab Spring is failing and how Israel is involved.” Students and members of (Un)Occupy spoke up in solidarity with Palestine and against Islamophobic propaganda. We are appalled and disturbed by the physical assault by audience members on the peaceful activists. These actions are reflective of a growing trend of physical violence by people who deny Israeli’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land.

Despite the discouraging nature of a violent response to a non-violent demonstration, we will use this incident to shine a light on the persistent appropriation of Palestinian land and resources. SJP sincerely hopes that violent reactions like these will not be replicated during Israeli Apartheid Week or in any future actions in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Again, we are grateful for the overwhelming national and international shows of support and enduring commitment to non-violent action.

With Love & Solidarity,
UNM Students for Justice in Palestine

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