Save the Date: 2015 NSJP Conference

Dear Students, Allies and Friends,

We are excited to announce that the 2015 National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference will take place from October 9-11th at San Diego State University.

Last year’s conference at Tufts University, “Beyond Solidarity: Resisting Racism and Colonialism from the U.S. to Palestine” was our biggest conference ever. We hope to carry last year’s momentum forward and we hope to see you at SDSU!

More details regarding the conference will be released in the coming few weeks. If you have any specific questions regarding the conference please do not hesitate to email us at

In Solidarity,
National Students for Justice in Palestine Steering Committee

Application to Host 2015 Conference Now Open!

Our application to host the 2015 NSJP conference is now live! With huge structural overhauls in the works this conference will be the most important and biggest gathering of chapters yet. It is critical that we find the right host school to take our movement to the next phase in its growth.

We are looking for a highly efficient, organized chapter with a history of pulling off successful events and a principled dedication to the NSJP value of inclusion.

How to Apply:

Download these forms: 2015 NSJP Conference Application Form and 2015 NSJP Conference Host Application Budget and send them to by Sunday, May 3rd, 2015.

This deadline will be extended if not enough applications are received.

Wesleyan SJP Press Release: Sabra Boycott Success on Campus


Friday, December 5, 2014

Wesleyan SJP:

Successful Boycott Campaign Results in Removal of Sabra from Wesleyan Dining Facilities

Middletown, CT — Last week, members of the Dining Services Committee of Wesleyan University’s Student Assembly announced that it will be removing all Sabra brand products from campus dining facilities due to ethical concerns.

The move comes after months of student agitation aimed at removing Sabra products from Wesleyan’s shelves. Sabra’s parent company, Strauss Group, donates to the Israeli Defense Forces, and in doing so provides active material support for the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.

In March of 2014, concerned students sent a letter to managers at the University’s Weshop supermarket. The letter explained that Sabra is owned by Strauss Group, a proud and active supporter of the Golani Brigade, an Israeli military unit with a sad history of repeated human rights abuses. The letter urged managers to destock the product from their shelves.

When managers failed to comply, students began distributing handmade pamphlets around campus that documented Strauss Group’s support for violent and aggressive actions of the Israeli Defense Forces. The pamphlets encouraged students to boycott Sabra products. They emphasized that by refusing to financially support a company actively and openly aiding an armed group in an ongoing conflict, the University would be taking a position of political neutrality.

This was paired with a direct action campaign that involved activists entering the Weshop to surreptitiously plaster Sabra products with stickers that explained Sabra’s connection to human rights abuses in the occupied Palestinian territories.

With the start of the new semester, the Wesleyan Student Assembly began to implement a divestment resolution they had passed the previous term. The resolution called for divestment of any WSA stocks held in companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. Continued action regarding the resolution was spurred on by a student action in late September, in which concerned students dropped a banner from the Usdan Student Center that promoted the boycott of Sabra.

The removal of Sabra from Wesleyan’s shelves, following the Dining Service Committee’s decision, will affect several campus dining locations, including two cafes and one on-campus supermarket. At these locations, Sabra has been replaced by Cedar’s Hummus, a locally sourced business from Massachusetts.

Wesleyan Students for Justice in Palestine is an autonomous student organization advocating for justice and equality for the Palestinian people.  

ACT NOW: National Day of Action for Rasmea Odeh, November 14, 2014


ACT NOW: Rasmea Odeh found guilty after unfair trial. SJP National calls on chapters to participate in a National Day of Action on November 14, 2014.

Just over a year ago, in the early morning hours of October 22, 2013, Department of Homeland Security officers arrived at the home of 66-year-old Rasmea Odeh, a beloved Palestinian community organizer in Chicago, and arrested her. They charged her with illegal procurement of naturalization, but members of the Palestine solidarity community saw the arrest for what it really was: part of an ongoing government attack against Palestine solidarity organizers and community icons in Chicago, the Midwest, and throughout the United States.

Yesterday, after a year of hearings, trips to and from Chicago and Detroit, a five-day trial attended by supporters from across the country, and the growth of a national movement around Rasmea’s case, a jury convicted Rasmea of one count of unlawful procurement of naturalization.

Rasmea was not given a fair trial–a few days before the hearing, District Court Judge Gershwin Drain ruled that Rasmea would not be allowed to testify about the torture she endured at the hands of her Israeli captors, which was at the crux of her defense. She now faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and the possibility of deportation. In a particularly cruel and unnecessary move, Judge Drain remanded Rasmea to custody pending her formal sentencing in March, claiming that she is a flight risk. Rasmea did not even have a chance to say goodbye to her family, friends, and supporters.

Click here for more information on the verdict

Though Rasmea has been convicted, her legal struggle is far from over. The Rasmea Defense Committee is calling on Palestine solidarity organizations across the United States to participate in a national week of action to show support for Rasmea.

The SJP National Ad-Hoc Steering Committee calls on all SJP chapters to participate by organizing actions on your campuses on November 14, 2014.
NSJP also calls on all those who are able to donate money to Rasmea’s legal defense fund, so that they can continue to zealously represent her and prepare for an appeal.

Participate in the week of action! Possible activities include…

  • Organizing a demonstration, sit-in, or teach-in on campus
  • Organizing a demonstration in front of your local US Attorney’s office
  • Organizing a fundraiser to help offset Rasmea’s defense fees
  • Writing editorials in your campus and local newspapers
  • Participate in the letter-writing campaigns to Judge Drain and Rasmea Odeh (more info here)

When publicizing your actions on social media, please be sure to use the hashtags #Justice4Rasmea and #FreeRasmeaNow

Registration is closed

Unfortunately, registration for the 2014 National SJP Conference closed on October 20. We are unable to accomodate late registrants, and will NOT be making exceptions for anyone who shows up at the conference expecting to register. Everyone is welcome to attend the public keynote sessions. See the 2014 Program for information about these sessions.

Thank you for understanding.

If you are unable to attend this year’s conference but want to connect your SJP with the growing national movement, please contact us at and we can be in touch!

Send a Student to the SJP National Conference this Year!

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Dear friends and allies,

We’re very excited to announce that Students for Justice in Palestine will be gathering at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts from October 24-26 for the fourth National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference. After a summer of devastation and oppression in Palestine and in the United States, now more than ever we must collectively analyze how far we have come and how we can deepen our skills, analysis, and relationships in order to escalate our struggles for justice in the coming year.

Will you invest in the future of the US Palestine solidarity movement and help us bring hundreds of students together?

Building on the amazing work SJP activists around the country have done to connect different struggles and movements, this year’s theme of “Beyond Solidarity: Resisting Racism and Colonialism from the U.S. to Palestine” challenges us to move towards thinking in terms of joint struggle– how our work in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle is part and parcel of the struggles to dismantle racism, militarism, and colonialism in the U.S. and other parts of the world/ And to move towards creating meaningful changes in our communities and beyond.

This summer the Gaza Strip saw the worst Israeli assault in memory. Casualty rates, particularly for civilians and children, are shockingly high, and the level of devastation to the Strip is so great that the United Nations projects it could take 20 years to rebuild. Israel’s actions were widely described as war crimes and despite global calls to lift the blockade, as of this writing the siege of Gaza still remains in place. We in the United States must move beyond condemning these acts to organizing to stop them.

Meanwhile this summer, activists in Ferguson were being tear-gassed by the same product used to teargas and repress Palestinians. In a moving display of international unity, Palestinians sent messages of solidarity and advice on how to best treat teargas burns, SJPs around the country were putting out calls to action for solidarity vigils and were deepening their analysis of how militarism of police in the U.S. is modeled on Israel’s militarism and suppression of Palestinian resistance. This year, we will look at how to further our collective analysis and understanding, and envision what true joint struggle action would look like in our efforts to advance boycotts and divestment at our colleges and universities.

Every year our conferences have been successful because of the broad representation of amazing and brilliant student activists from around the country. While some students are able to get travel assistance from their schools, a large number of student participants rely on the funds we are able to raise before the conference and give out as travel assistance.

Can you help us this year by making sure that at least 100 students are able to represent their SJPs in Boston with the help of travel stipends?

If you believe that the success of SJPs is central to the success and growth of the Palestine solidarity movement in the U.S., please consider making a donation – large or small, every dollar goes a long way – to SJP National through our paypal ( or send a check to our fiscal sponsor, the WESPAC Foundation, 52 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603. All donations are tax deductible and checks should read SJP-National in the memo.

In Solidarity,

The National Students for Justice in Palestine Steering Committee


Beyond Solidarity: Announcing the 2014 National SJP Conference at Tufts University

Dear Students, Allies, and Friends,

We are excited to announce that the 2014 National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference will take place on October 24-26th at Tufts University! This year’s conference is themed Beyond Solidarity: Resisting Racism and Colonialism from the U.S. to Palestine.

At last year’s conference at Stanford University, From Margin to Center: Connecting Struggles, Forging a National Movement, we concluded with a panel on joint struggle. The term “joint struggle” represents the work of acting together to resist the systems that oppress our respective communities–sometimes in ways that overlap and other times in ways that are very specific.

Joint struggle means that a victory for one group should also strengthen and advance the movements we are connected with. It comes from an understanding that oppression will never cease to exist for a group unless all oppressed groups are free. For the members of the National SJP steering committee, we have appreciated the solidarity we have received nationally from groups like MEChA and Anakbayan, and we hope to build on both new and existing relationships.

The summer’s events in Palestine and across the U.S., specifically in Ferguson, have clearly shown the connections between racist and colonial oppression in both locations, sparking transnational solidarity and consciousness raising. It is in the spirit of forming a stronger global movement to liberate all peoples that we dedicate this year’s conference to not only strengthening solidarity, but moving from expressing it with words to expressing it by committing to self-education and concrete joint action.

In addition to the theme described above, this year’s conference will focus on building our movement through political and skills development, as well as critical discussions about our work and role in the struggle for the liberation of Palestine. The 2014 National SJP Conference will aim to achieve the following goals:

  1. This conference will highlight building joint struggle by providing space to learn directly from other national grassroots movements on concrete and intentional actions that we can take to advance all struggles. We will focus on anti-black racism, the ongoing colonization and occupation of indigenous lands and peoples, and the violence against Black, indigenous and migrant people in the U.S. by deepening ties with those who are already organizing against such oppressive forces. This will tie into a focus on militarism as a transnational problem, which arises from collaboration of police, military and intelligence organizations. We will discuss how we can support national movement building emerging out of Ferguson, as resisting militarism becomes a transnational conversation.
  2. This conference will delve into why and how the struggle for Palestine is a feminist issue. We will further understand how settler colonialism is racialized and gendered and disproportionately affects women and children. We will also look into the increased violence against Palestinian women and women refugees and migrants in Israel.
  3. This conference will create a space for critical discussion on confronting all forms of racism within our movement through reflection, self-accountability and movement accountability. We will also focus on continuing to combat all forms of Judeophobia/anti-Semitism and conflation of Zionism with Judaism.
  4. This conference will focus on confronting Islamophobic and Western liberal responses to resistance in Palestine, which relegate Palestinians and their allies to the position of the “non-human Other.” We will discuss how these responses contribute to the dominant Western narrative of the Orientalist discourse, specifically how it impacts our movement and how to resist delegitimation efforts.
  5. This conference will help break down the term “decolonization” from a “sexy” social justice buzzword to a lived, feasible experience and practice. We will work to define what colonization and decolonization mean, and what it means to decolonize oneself and the movement.
  6. This conference will give students the opportunity to discuss and organize around ways to resist institutional and administrative censorship of Palestine solidarity organizers and Muslim and Arab students on campus, who are often targeted and silenced.
  7. This conference will provide the necessary knowledge and tools to counter efforts by Zionist organizations to normalize and whitewash the Israeli occupation as a means of undermining student groups organizing on campus around Palestinian rights.
  8. This conference will delve deeper into the successes and failures of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns locally and nationally; in addition to sharing resources and best practices in order to strengthen the effectiveness of the movement.

In the coming weeks, we will provide further information about conference logistics and registration. For now, we ask that local SJP chapters, and other Palestine solidarity groups, begin to make plans to attend the conference. We also ask supporters to kindly consider making a donation to support student travel, so that lack of resources does not stop activists across the country from attending the conference and sharing their knowledge and skills.

We hope to see you at Tufts!


In solidarity,

The National Students for Justice in Palestine Steering Committee



Solidarity with Ferguson: NSJP Condemns Police Violence

National Students for Justice in Palestine

August 18, 2014
For Immediate Release
National Students for Justice in Palestine in Solidarity with Ferguson

As the steering committee of National Students for Justice in Palestine, we express our condolences and solidarity with those affected by the killing of Mike Brown, and condemn police violence throughout the United States. We are students of all backgrounds from every region of the nation, who are committed to combating all forms of supremacy, racism and discrimination in our solidarity work to support human rights, self-determination and liberation of Palestinian land and life.

No community should have to endure what the black community has endured in America, let alone still suffer at the hands of oppressive institutions that police blackness and impose guilt without reason. The lives of young black folks should not be dehumanized by those who are meant to serve our communities. The history of police and watch groups in the United States indicates that the protection of black lives has never been a serious concern. The legacies of this history have seen black people controlled, beaten, unfairly and disproportionately incarcerated, repressed while protesting and killed. Justice, transparency and accountability remain delayed.

Therefore, we wholeheartedly stand in solidarity with the black community. Militarized and violent police tactics in present-day America have laid too many young black souls to rest. Black people have suffered at the hands of white supremacist racist violence since before America’s founding. The legacy of institutional injustice has persisted for far too long, and is time for it to change.

We’ve been inspired by the activism that has taken place throughout the nation in response to Mike Brown’s death. At rallies and vigils, we’ve heard critical words that stressed the work we have cut out for us all. Through social media, we shared the injustice in Ferguson, and now, we follow the black community towards challenging militarized policing, improving police accountability, and eliminating anti-black racism.

We stand alongside the black community and pledge our ongoing efforts to end such injustices. It is our moral obligation to contribute all that we can to aid our black sisters and brothers in solidarity. Our struggles are connected, underscored by the unified police trainings between St. Louis County Police and the Israeli Defense Forces. This has eliminated any delineation between local and military tactics. Tear gas, MRAPs, rubber bullets and flashbang grenades do not belong in communities of color. Drones and “no fly-zones” should not exist in Ferguson nor over occupied Palestinian land. Police do not need assault rifles and military grade weapons to protect and serve US citizens. We will be safest when our communities are safe from violence and discrimination at the hands of the state.

We want to fight for a greater justice that empowers us all, and breaks down police militarism, Zionism, and white supremacist racism through mutual love and respect . Injustice against black people is not just a Black issue. Injustice against Palestinian people is not just a Palestinian issue. These are human issues that should concern us all. Only through perceiving the interconnectedness of our struggles, can we unite and empower ourselves and our vision for a better world that does not dehumanize Black people, Palestinians, or anyone.

Solidarity with Anakbayan and Fillipino Activists Resisting Militarism

As Students for Justice in Palestine, a group in solidarity with oppressed people around the world, we strongly condemn the murders of Filipino youth activist and Anakbayan member Freddie Ligiw, his father Licuben, and his brother Eddie by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). We understand that the Filipino military likely played an active role in these murders, thanks to weapons and joint training provided by the United States. The murders of Saji, Freddie, and his family members are part of an ongoing global attack on oppressed peoples who are fighting to live. This violence stems from the United States’ broader imperialist agenda that funds repression of dissenters in the Philippines and Palestine through military aid.

From Palestine to the Philippines to the United States, youth activists are actively challenging militarism in the face of heavy repression. We write this statement near the 11th anniversary of Israel’s murder of American student-activist Rachel Corrie by an American-made Caterpillar bulldozer in Gaza. Earlier this month, Saji Darwish, a Palestinian student from Birzeit University, was shot in the head and killed by the Israeli Occupation Forces.

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NSJP Statement of Thanks and Solidarity with the Loyola Chicago Student Government

Dear members of the Loyola University Chicago Unified Student Government Association,

On Tuesday, March 18, Loyola University’s Unified Student Government Association (USGA) passed a resolution to divest from corporations that profit from Israel’s occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people. As the steering committee of National Students for Justice in Palestine, we write to express our support of the resolution and our appreciation for your courage.

As students, we recognize the incredible role that student movements have played in supporting so many struggles for civil rights, human rights, and liberation around the world throughout history. We are inspired by historic student movements in this country, such as the movement to divest from South African Apartheid as well as contemporary fights that our peers are waging against the criminalization of people along the US/Mexico border and against inhumane policies of mass incarceration within the US. A beautiful part of our national movement as well as SJP Loyola’s local membership is the diversity of communities working together on interconnected struggles towards a better world. We commend you for taking an important step in this legacy of student action.

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