Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network joins with organizations across the United States and internationally in support of Fordham Students for Justice in Palestine, denied a charter as a student organization by the university and accused of being “divisive.” We encourage all organizations and individuals to sign on to the statement below in solidarity with these students. Sign on at the Google Form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJrCCgNw-kWfG4RfY461GIfzyPS6o87lOE9Q4qplCgZLumRw/viewform

Jewish Voice for Peace has also created a form to send letters to the university against the denial of student rights, especially for faculty members at other universities. To sign on: https://t.co/5xEMyz1B3g

Solidarity With Fordham SJP!

We, the the undersigned organizations, professors, students, and other concerned individuals, extend our unequivocal support to the Fordham University students facing administrative repression of their efforts to organize and advocate for Palestinian rights. In spite of the United Student Government’s vote to approve club status for Students in Justice in Palestine, the Dean of Students at Fordham Lincoln Center, Keith Eldredge, issued a last minute veto of its charter. Dean Eldredge cites concern for the divisive nature of such advocacy and encourages students to explore alternative means of engaging the issue, mirroring language commonly used to stifle any challenge to the status quo. Just as troubling is the invocation of a baseless and damaging stereotype that characterizes pro-Palestine activists as malicious and antagonistic. At a time of increased state repression and threats to civil liberties, educational institutions have a duty to protect the free speech of their students, especially those with politically unpopular positions and marginalized identities. We affirm the courage of our allies and condemn Fordham’s cowardly capitulations to the forces that aim to systematically disparage and derail the movement for justice in Palestine.

Statement from Palestine Legal here: http://palestinelegal.org/news/2017/1/17/fordhamFree Palestine! Free Speech!

In Solidarity,
NYC Students for Justice in Palestine

Endorsing Organizations:
Academics for Palestine
Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right To Return Coalition
Al-Nakba Awareness Project
American Muslims for Palestine
American Muslims for Palestine – Chicago Chapter
Arab Studies Club of Hunter College
Arab Students Organization – Northwestern University
ARCH (Alliance to Restore Cultural Heritage in the Holy City of Jerusalem)
Barnard/Columbia Socialists
Chicago Veterans For Peace Chapter #26
The City University of New York (CUNY) Adjunct Project
Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism (CODZ)
CUNY 4 Palestine
DePaul Socialists
Gaza Action Ireland
General Union of Palestine Students, San Francisco State University
Georgetown University Forming a Radically Ethical Endowment
Independent Jewish Voices McGill University
International Socialist Organization
International Socialist Organization – Portland, OR
International Socialist Organization-Asheville, NC
International Socialist Organization, Austin, TX
Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Jewish Voice for Peace – Boston
Jewish Voice for Peace – Los Angeles
Jewish Voice for Peace – NYC
Jewish Voice for Peace – Ohio State University
Jewish Voice for Peace – Philadelphia
Jewish Voice for Peace – Portland, OR
Jewish Voice for Peace – San Diego, CA
Jewish Voice for Peace – Vassar
Jewish Voice for Peace – Westchester
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Labor for Palestine
MENA Solidarity Network-US
Middle East Children’s Alliance
Muslim American Society of New York
NH Veterans for Peace
Occupation-Free Portland
Ohio Student Association
Palestine Solidarity Alliance, Hunter College
Palestine Solidarity Collective – Syracuse, NY
Palestine Solidarity Committee, Harvard College
Palestine Solidarity Committee, UT Austin
Peace Action Manhattan
Peace, Justice, Sustainability Florida
Philadelphia Coalition for REAL Justice
Police Reform Organizing Project
Progessive Student Union – U.T. Arlington
Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
Showing Up for Racial Justice NYC
Students for a Democratic Society at UH
Students for Justice in Palestine, Bard College
Students for Justice in Palestine, Berkeley Law
Students for Justice in Palestine, Brown University
Students for Justice in Palestine, Bryn Mawr and Haverford
Students for Justice in Palestine, California State University, Fullerton
Students for Justice in Palestine, California State University Sacramento
Students for Justice in Palestine, City College of New York
Students for Justice in Palestine, College of Staten Island
Students for Justice in Palestine, Columbia
Students for Justice in Palestine, CUNY Law
Students for Justice in Palestine, DePaul University
Students for Justice in Palestine, Duke University
Students for Justice in Palestine, FIU
Students for Justice in Palestine, Florida State University
Students for Justice in Palestine, George Washington University
Students for Justice in Palestine, Georgetown University
Students for Justice in Palestine, Green Mountain College
Students for Justice in Palestine, Houston
Students for Justice in Palestine, Hunter College
Students for Justice in Palestine, John Jay College
Students for Justice in Palestine, Kent State University
Students for Justice in Palestine, Louisiana State University
Students for Justice in Palestine, Maastricht
Students for Justice in Palestine, National Coordinating Committee
Students for Justice in Palestine, The New School
Students for Justice in Palestine, New York University
Students for Justice in Palestine, Northeastern University
Students for Justice in Palestine, Northwestern University
Students for Justice in Palestine, Ohio State University
Students for Justice in Palestine, Rotterdam
Students for Justice in Palestine, Saint Joseph’s College
Students for Justice in Palestine, TCD
Students for Justice in Palestine, University of California Berkeley
Students for Justice in Palestine, University of California Los Angeles
Students for Justice of Palestine, University of California, Riverside
Students for Justice in Palestine, University of California Santa Cruz
Students for Justice in Palestine, University of Chicago
Students for Justice in Palestine, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Students for Justice in Palestine, University of North Florida
Students for Justice in Palestine, University of Texas at Arlington
Students for Justice in Palestine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Students for Justice in Palestine, Vassar College
Students for Justice in Palestine, Wesleyan University
Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine, Earlham College
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights- Portland State University
US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI)
Warscapes Magazine
Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice, Salt Lake City
WESPAC Foundation
Young Democratic Socialists of Princeton
Young Communist League – Hamilton Chapter

*There is also a lengthy list of individual signers. All organizations and individuals, please sign on at the Google Form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJrCCgNw-kWfG4RfY461GIfzyPS6o87lOE9Q4qplCgZLumRw/viewform