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“Students for Gaza are Undeterred”

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[On Thursday, South Africa made its case for more provisional measures against Israel to the International Court of Justice. See videos, clip of Prof. Vaughan Lowe and prior IPA news release. Israel responded early on Friday.]

While President Biden and many big media outlets have falsely depicted student protesters as violent, CNN recently published the piece “Unmasking counterprotesters who attacked UCLA’s pro-Palestine encampment.” See video.

ARUN GUPTA, arun.indypendent@gmail.com, @arunindy
Gupta is an investigative reporter who has covered protest movements around the United States for decades. He recently spent more than a week reporting on five different student encampments in New York City. He was on the inside of Columbia University, New York University, and City College of New York, and was on the scene when each one was violently evicted by the NYPD. He just wrote about the student protest movement for YES Magazine, “Students for Gaza are Undeterred.”

He said, “The reflex by many universities to use riot police to crush peaceful student protests is outrageous but hardly shocking. The media have failed to explain how police violence has been deployed extensively against left-wing activists since the nonviolent protest against the World Trade Organization Ministerial in 1999 that became known as ‘The Battle of Seattle.’ After that, increasingly militarized police targeted protests against the Iraq War, immigrant-rights activists, Occupy Wall Street, Ferguson, and Black Lives Matter. The media seem to have forgotten that in one day, May 30, 2020, eight people were blinded in one eye by police munitions during the George Floyd protests. The sight of heavily armed riot police body slamming professors and using potentially lethal munitions and chemical weapons against students peacefully calling for an end to Israel’s genocide of Gaza indicates that America’s authoritarian turn is a bipartisan policy.

“The media have also ignored the historical significance of this organic student movement. In my visits to the camps the students are principled, sophisticated, militant, and peaceful. Unlike the media, they study history and are eager to learn about past social movements. They cite as influences on their movement calling for universities to divest from Israel the 1968 student movement, the anti-apartheid divestment movement, Occupy Wall Street, and the Black Lives Matter and George Floyd movement. Most significantly, the students draw inspiration from Palestinians, who remarkably have responded with messages of support and solidarity even as Israel is trying to bomb and starve them to death. The example of the Palestinians also explains the resilience of this movement. Students have been subjected to doxing, suspensions, being thrown out of their homes and school with little notice, and considerable violence from police and right-wing mobs. But they say whatever they suffer is nothing compared to what Palestinians are suffering.

“Police violence has not suffocated it. Protests keep popping up in new forms and locations. I stood on the steps of NYU’s Stern School of Business as police arrested more than 130 students, faculty, and community members on April 22. Days later students set up a new encampment nearby. After that was evicted, NYU students occupied the library. After the New School’s student protest was swept away, faculty set up an encampment. After the NYPD violently broke up the occupation at CCNY, one of 25 campuses at the City University of New York, a new occupation was launched at the CUNY Graduate Center in Midtown Manhattan. Palestine solidarity protests and camps continue to pop up around the country, in 45 of 50 states, and in 29 countries worldwide.

“Students say this movement is not going away until the genocide is ended and there is a permanent ceasefire. Many are organizing to be on the streets of Chicago during the Democratic National Convention in August. They also plan to keep organizing and protesting over the summer in anticipation of a renewed movement once classes start up again in the fall.”

South Africa Emergency Hearing to Charge Israel with “Extermination Zones”

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The International Court of Justice has scheduled a hearing for Thursday regarding South Africa’s request for additional emergency measures in its Genocide Convention case against Israel. South Africa’s arguments will be livestreamed here at 3 p.m. local time, 9 a.m. U.S. ET.

The South African application states: “The situation brought about by the Israeli assault on Rafah, and the extreme risk it poses to humanitarian supplies and basic services into Gaza, to the survival of the Palestinian medical system, and to the very survival of Palestinians in Gaza as a group, is not only an escalation of the prevailing situation, but gives rise to new facts that are causing irreparable harm to the rights of the Palestinian people in Gaza. This amounts to a change in the situation in Gaza since the Court’s Order of 28 March 2024, within the meaning of Articles 75(3) and 76(2) of the Rules of the Court.

“The changed circumstances in Gaza are manifest in at least three key respects overall. First, Rafah is now effectively the last refuge in Gaza for 1.5 million Palestinians from Rafah and those displaced by Israeli action, and the last viable centre in Gaza for habitation, public administration, and the provision of basic public services, including medical care. Second, in seizing control of the Rafah and Kerem Shalom (Karem Abu Salem) crossings, Israel is now in direct, total control of all entry and exit to Gaza, has cut it off from all humanitarian and medical supplies, goods and fuel on which the survival of the population of Gaza depends, and is preventing medical evacuations. Third, the remaining population and medical facilities are at extreme risk, given the recent evidence of evacuation zones being treated as extermination zones, the mass destruction and mass graves at Gaza’s other hospitals, and the use by Israel of Artificial Intelligence (‘AI’) to identify ‘kill lists.’ All three present the gravest and most urgent risk of irreparable prejudice to the rights in issue in the case, and require urgent intervention and investigation.”

Available for interviews:

FRANCIS BOYLE, fboyle@illinois.edu
Boyle is professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. He represented Bosnia at the International Court of Justice in its Genocide Convention case against Yugoslavia. He has been interviewed by MSNBC, CBS News and other outlets on the South Africa case. See prior IPA news news releases.

JOHN QUIGLEY, quigley.2@osu.edu
Professor emeritus of international law at Ohio State University, Quigley’s books include The Statehood of Palestine: International Law in the Middle East Conflict (Cambridge University Press). He recently wrote the piece “Forget the Security Council: The General Assembly Can Admit Palestine” for Opinio Juris.

DANIEL KOVALIK, dkovalik@outlook.com, @danielmkovalik
Kovalik is author of the just-published book The Case for Palestine: Why It Matters and Why You Should Care.

See from Sam Husseini: “Creation of ‘Kill Zones’ and What ‘Occupied Territory’ Means” about the State Department’s refusal when repeatedly questioned to say that the Geneva Conventions apply to Gaza.

The Remnant Alliance

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In Texas, a coalition of organizations called the Remnant Alliance is mobilizing congregations to take over local school boards

STEVEN MONACELLI; monacelli@texasobserver.org 
    Monacelli is a freelance investigative journalist in Dallas. Last week, the Texas Observer published his reporting about the Remnant Alliance.

Monacelli told the Institute for Public Accuracy: “The Remnant Alliance was first announced in May-June 2023. The groups that make up the Alliance are nine different groups, some of which have been founded in the past four years, some of which go back further. What is notable about the majority of these groups is that their leaders are also members of the Council on National Policy, an organization that goes back to 1981 and the Reagan Revolution. [CNP] is effectively a secretive networking group for the Christian Right in particular, [and has] played a role in connecting major donors with activists who help plan and execute long-term political strategies.”

The Alliance is “making serious headway when it comes to bringing pastors and congregations into the fold,” Monacelli added. “A number of metrics show this is happening, [including] stats promoted by the organizations that [they have] hundreds if not thousands of pastors teaching biblical citizenship. [Biblical citizenship] encourages these pastors and congregants to view political activism as spiritual warfare––political activism as an avenue for spiritual revival.”

Monacelli describes how his research into school board races in the state of Texas brought him to the deeper connections that hadn’t been covered in-depth before, including reporting on groups like Kenneth Copeland Ministries––the ministry of the richest pastor in the U.S., based in north Texas. Monacelli attended a publicly-posted meeting where he found a collection of leaders all talking about how the “word of God relates to the Constitution. In this particular politically active church, 19 congregants had run for mostly local offices in 2022.” Their rhetoric around spiritual warfare has overlap with the New Apostolic Reformation [NAR] in particular, though the founders and leaders of the Remnant Alliance are “not necessarily a part of that specific theological lineage that scholars have described as the NAR… [But] the rhetoric has suffused into the culture.”

Monacelli brought attention to two important focuses of his reporting that might be overlooked. “First is the separation of church and state, and how these efforts fit into a broader effort to chip away at that separation. If you really listen to the language they use, like ‘the word of God comes before the Constitution,’ [it] indicates that [the U.S.] should be embedding Christian values into our law.”

The second point is related to the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 provision in the U.S. code that prevents nonprofit organizations from endorsing political candidates. “I don’t have hard evidence that these churches are violating the Johnson Amendment, but they are playing tapdance around it. There is an effort by the pastors and the Alliance to set the ground for the electoral politics they’d like to see. They talk about the sort of candidates [congregants] should support and the values [candidates] should have if they are truly biblical worldview candidates. It’s just a matter of handing off these energized congregants” to corporations like Patriot Mobile, which do engage in politics and have dumped [money] into local school board races as well as other conservative organizations like Turning Point USA. “Other organizations are popping up in a similar role––some more directly affiliated with churches than others. The Truth & Liberty Coalition, [for instance], has released a list of candidates that they say isn’t an endorsement.

“Like it or not, religion is going to be one of the main stories driving politics, particularly in Texas. My story focused on Texas, but [the Alliance is] active in other states, including swing states like Pennsylvania. If you look at where Citizens Defending Freedom has chapters, that’s where the Alliance is likely to be active if they’re not already: Florida, Texas, Oklahoma. It’s happening big in Texas, but it’s a multistate effort. The overlap with swing states is pretty telling. And it’s not everywhere in Texas; it’s usually in hotbed, fast-growing suburban areas around metropolitan cities, where demographics are shifting. [These places] may not be completely red, so they can play a big role in state level politics. If things shift on that level, then they can shift on a national level––and then suddenly everything looks very different.”

Against Comparing This Moment to the 1960s

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In his column for The American Prospect, Rick Perlstein argued against comparing this moment on U.S. college campuses to the 1960s. 

RICK PERLSTEIN; nixonland@gmail.com, @rickperlstein 
    Perlstein is a historian and journalist who often writes about the post-1960s conservative movement. 

Perlstein told the Institute for Public Accuracy: “My main intervention here is that the intersecting forces––from all different kinds of institutions, from all over the ideological spectrum––contributing to a confusion of basic terms and an escalation of fear could result in a violent outcome that no one group intends… Grownups with guns are more dangerous than young people with slogans.

“[I get] requests every day asking me to compare this [moment] to 1968. But we don’t really understand what’s going on now, how the militarized response by police brought in by administrators repeats itself over and over again. Where did the notion that this is bureaucratic best practice [come from]? Is it the police or the administration’s idea? What kind of negotiation is going on? This is what goes on when you do journalism that makes glib comparisons to the past. But it’s a very strong temptation. 

“I see the militarization of policing––in a way that was inconceivable in the 1960s––as an exemplification of the weirdness of the moment we’re in right now. You can use the sixties to make that point, but it’s kind of a bank shot. It’s better to get at what is unique about what’s going on right now… There’s only so much space and energy and financial resources and time for journalists and journalistic institutions. Even something as simple as talking about protests in the sixties crowds out talking about Anti-Apartheid protests in the 1980s, which are much more similar to what’s happening now. 

“Another thing you can’t really understand [through comparison], because it didn’t exist in the same way in the 1960s, is the political weaponization of events on campus in order to advance the conservative goal of sabotaging liberal universities as an institution in this society. I would much rather have someone compare what’s going on now to what Chris Rufo is doing [by] delegitimizing universities and Harvard professors in 2024, than what Tom Hayden was doing in 1968. Because that part is new-ish.”

Gaza: More Resignations; Now from Defense Intelligence Agency

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[Al Jazeera reports: “Israel’s war on Gaza live: Search for survivors as Israel steps up attacks.” Israel celebrates May 14 as its Independence Day. Palestinians and others mark May 15 as Nakba Day. This is stressed in ongoing protests around the world, including inside IsraelOn May 16 and 17, the International Court of Justice will hear oral arguments for additional orders to stop the attack on Rafah in South Africa’s Genocide Convention case against Israel.]

Common Dreams reports: “An American Army officer on Monday described months of being increasingly disturbed by the images and news of Israel’s U.S.-backed bombardment of Gaza, which culminated in his public resignation from his position at the Defense Intelligence Agency to avoid further complicity in Israel’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Palestinians.

“Army Maj. Harrison Mann published his resignation letter on LinkedIn, saying he had distributed it internally on April 16 to announce his resignation from the agency.”

As an officer at the DIA, Mann said, he has been unable to escape the fact that his place of work “directly executes policy” for the Biden administration, including its “nearly unqualified support for the government of Israel, which has enabled and empowered the killing and starvation of tens of thousands of innocent Palestinians. As we were recently reminded, this unconditional support also encourages reckless escalation that risks wider war. …

“As the descendant of European Jews, I was raised in a particularly unforgiving moral environment when it came to the topic of bearing responsibility for ethnic cleansing — my grandfather refused to ever purchase products manufactured in Germany — where the paramount importance of ‘never again’ and the inadequacy of ‘just following orders’ were oft repeated.”

Available for interviews:

TARIQ HABASH, tariqhabash@proton.me, @tariqhabash_
Habash, who was a political appointee in the Department of Education, resigned early this year, writing: “I cannot represent an administration that does not value all human life equally. I cannot stay silent as this administration turns a blind eye to the atrocities committed against innocent Palestinian lives, in what leading human rights experts have called a genocidal campaign by the Israeli government,” Habash continued. “I cannot be quietly complicit as this administration fails to leverage its influence as Israel’s strongest ally to halt the abusive and ongoing collective punishment tactics that have cut off Palestinians in Gaza from food, water, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies, leading to widespread disease and starvation. …

“As a higher education expert, it is also impossible to ignore the impact of this conflict across American colleges and universities. Jewish, Muslim, and Arab students on college campuses have expressed feeling less safe, and we have seen alarming violence across the United States against Palestinian and Muslim Americans who have been shot, stabbed, and even hit by cars.”

There have been numerous other resignations, see interviews with State Department official Josh Paul who worked on arms deals and resigned in protest of a push to increase arms sales to Israel; “I Could Not Stay Silent: Annelle Sheline Resigns from State Dept. over U.S. Gaza Policy” and “‘This Militaristic Approach Has Been a Failure’: Meet Hala Rharrit, First U.S. Diplomat to Quit over Gaza.”

What Price Zionism?

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OMER BARTOV, Omer_Bartov@brown.edu
Bartov is Samuel Pisar Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the Department of History at Brown University. His books include Genocide, The Holocaust and Israel-Palestine: First-Person History in Times of Crisis.

He is a signer, with over 1,000 others of a “Statement from Concerned Jewish Faculty Against Antisemitism“: “We accordingly urge our political leaders to reject any effort to codify into federal law a definition of antisemitism that conflates antisemitism with criticism of the state of Israel. This includes ongoing efforts to codify the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, which has been internationally criticized for conflating antisemitism with legitimate criticism of Israel. … If our leaders are earnestly concerned with antisemitism, they should join hundreds of Jewish scholars from across the globe who have endorsed alternative definitions of antisemitism — such as those contained in the Nexus Document or Jerusalem Declaration. Unlike the IHRA definition, these documents offer meaningful tools to combat antisemitism without undermining Jewish safety and civil rights by insulating Israel from legitimate criticism.”

He just wrote the piece “Antisemitism, Then and Now: A Guide for the Perplexed,” which states: “Having sought to become a Jewish majority state at any price, [Israel] paid the price of creating a vast Palestinian refugee problem that it still refuses to address. Having enjoyed a Jewish majority for the first two decades of its existence, its greed for additional territory transformed it after 1967 into a country half of whose population are Palestinians, none of them with equal rights — most of them with no rights at all. Having sought to provide a secure home for Jews around the world, it has become the most unsafe spot for Jews on the globe. Having claimed to be the final answer to antisemitism, Israel is now the best excuse for antisemites around the globe, a nation whose addiction to violence and oppression, reliance on great powers and financial clout, and constant harping on the horrors of the Holocaust as an excuse for untethered violence against Palestinians are making even its erstwhile supporters shrink from it in discomfort, not to say horror and disgust.”

Referring to recent remarks and actions by President Biden conflating anti-Zionism with antisemitism, Bartov added: “In part, this must be driven by pressures from conservative, Jewish nationalist donors and supporters — many with close ties to the Israeli right — even though in the United States they may be associated with liberal causes or institutions, such as Barry Sternlicht, a major donor to my own institution, Brown University, who withdrew his support after President Christine Paxson reached a landmark agreement with protesting students. Such donors, as well as university presidents dependent on them, prefer to call in the police and stamp out any voices protesting the atrocities perpetrated by the IDF at universities proclaiming liberal sentiments, diversity, and open-mindedness.”

Biden Administration OK with Israel’s Violations of Law

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The Intercept reports: “Israel ‘Likely’ Used U.S.-Supplied Weapons in Violation of International Law. That’s OK, Though, State Department Says.” Also, see: “Even Biden’s Lawyers Are Urging the White House to Change Course on Gaza.” U.S. Army Major Harrison Mann just resigned in protest over administration policy in Gaza.

Doctors Without Borders released a statement: “In seven months, 35,000 people — mostly civilians — have been killed, including nearly 500 health workers. Israeli forces have obstructed aid by attacking humanitarian convoys and bombing and raiding hospitals. They have forced medical staff to hastily evacuate health care facilities and leave patients behind.” The group states that they alone have “been attacked 20 times, and five of our colleagues have been killed.”

Avril Benoît, executive director of MSF USA, said of the Biden report: “The Biden administration’s analysis of Israel’s war in Gaza has not proceeded as a good faith effort to uphold U.S. law. Instead, excuses about the impossibility of monitoring the deployment of American assistance serve to deflect responsibility.

“The horrific reality we witness on the ground in Gaza is that Israeli military operations continue to maim and kill civilians and block the provision of lifesaving humanitarian aid. This can’t be chalked up to unintended consequences of war; the massive death, destruction, collective punishment, and forced displacement are the result of military and political choices that blatantly disregard civilian lives.”

Available for interviews:

JOHN QUIGLEY, quigley.2@osu.edu
Professor emeritus of international law at Ohio State University, Quigley’s books include The Statehood of Palestine: International Law in the Middle East Conflict (Cambridge University Press). See past IPA news releases featuring Quigley.

Gaza: South Africa Asks for More Orders from ICJ as UN Votes on Palestine

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The International Court of Justice has just reported that South Africa has asked for additional provisional measures against Israel in its genocide case. In past provisional measures, the ICJ has ordered Israel to stop all genocidal acts. The UN General Assembly has voted 143 in favor, 9 against, 25 abstentions to admit Palestine, but without voting rights. Thousands of students have been arrested in the U.S. protesting against Israel’s attack on Gaza.

FRANCIS BOYLE, fboyle@illinois.edu
Boyle is professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. He represented Bosnia at the International Court of Justice in its Genocide Convention case against Yugoslavia.

He said today: “From 1993 to 1994 I repeatedly pleaded with the International Court of Justice to stop the genocide in Bosnia that culminated in the 1995 Srebrenica Massacre. The Court failed then by not issuing stronger orders and it has failed again by not issuing stronger orders against Israel in its genocidal campaign against the Palestinians, with more carnage now happening in Rafah.” With South Africa’s latest Application, Boyle said, the ICJ has one, possibly last, chance. (South Africa in its case against Israel under the Genocide Convention quoted from Boyle’s Application and Boyle was the first to urge that the Genocide Convention be invoked against Israel.)

South African Minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor just heavily criticized the International Criminal Court, which was rumored to be going after Netanyahu personally recently, for its total non-action regarding Israel: “it took three weeks to issue warrants on Putin, seven months and nothing on Netanyahu.” Pandor notes that she received a threatening letter from U.S. lawmakers as ICC prosecutor Karim Khan has.

Boyle said today: “One of the most glaring failures of the international system is the corrupt ICC. Its refusal to do anything regarding Israel’s war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Palestinians makes the ICC an accessory to the criminality.”

Boyle, noting that even though the UN General Assembly vote today was overwhelming, it was also very weak, describing it as “near de facto non-voting membership for Palestine. … What should be happening is the UN General Assembly should be meeting under the Uniting for Peace Resolution and adopting meaningful sanctions against Israel.

“Many countries have condemned Israel genocide and its attack on Rafah.The General Assembly can admit Palestine as a full-fledged voting UN member state, suspend Israel as it did apartheid South Africa and genocidal Yugoslavia, set up a criminal tribunal to prosecute Israeli officials as the Security Council did in the cases of Rwanda and Yugoslavia, recommend economic sanctions and severing of diplomatic relations with Israel.”

UN whistleblower Craig Mokhiber has similarly recently stated: “Israel is a threat to the lives of millions and to international peace and security. The Security Council is blocked by the U.S. veto. The General Assembly should convene under Uniting for Peace (A/Res/377(V)) & the 2005 Summit (A/Res/60/1, para 139) to organize a protection force.”

Boyle is author of the books Protesting Power: War, Resistance and Law and Defending Civil Resistance under International Law. He said today: “All these young people getting arrested are not engaging in civil disobedience. They are upholding international law. Their civil resistance is consistent with the obligation set forth in Article 1 of the 1948 Genocide Convention ‘to prevent’ genocide. In the 1980s, I was able to use similar arguments to get acquittals at trials of civil resisters against the criminal apartheid regime in South Africa that is legally analogous to the criminal apartheid regime in Israel. Also, three ICJ rulings regarding the U.S. government’s illegal war against Nicaragua along the lines of the three ICJ rulings won by South Africa against Israel for the Palestinians produced similar acquittals for civil resisters against the Reagan administration.”

See “The Problem of Karim Khan” by Mouin Rabbani.

“War Culture Hates the Ethical Passion of the Young”

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Oxfam states: “We are horrified by Israel’s order to evacuate around 100,000 people and what appears to be an impending invasion of Rafah, despite a universal plea from world leaders urging it to stop its continued, barbaric, onslaught. … For over six months, Israel has deliberately and systematically targeted civilians and aid workers, including in clearly marked ‘safe zones’ and ‘evacuation routes.'”

Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor just released the statement “With Gaza’s only lifeline cut off, humanitarian catastrophe looms in Rafah.” Also see the group’s statement “Annihilation of Education” about the “systematic Israeli destruction of Gaza Strip’s educational system.”

MARIONE INGRAM, mi.di@comcast.net
Ingram is a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust and had been participating in the now destroyed encampment at George Washington University. She also has been protesting for months in front of the White House. See her appearance on “Democracy Now.” Students at GWU are continuing with protests. See clip from news conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday from one student just after she got out of jail: “We’re coming back ten times stronger. No matter how much they brutalize us, it is NOTHING compared to what’s happening in Palestine, in Gaza, in Rafah.”

MOATAZ SALIM, moatazs97@gmail.com, Instagram: @tazsdc
Salim is a Palestinian graduate student at George Washington University with family in Gaza. He has lost over 100 members in his extended family. He has gone to Capitol Hill to question members of Congress with the peace group CodePink. See a recent interview.

SOFIA MENEMENLIS, smenemenlis@gmail.com, @PtonDivestNow
Menemenlis is a PhD student at Princeton University and organizer with Princeton Israeli Apartheid Divest, which has launched a hunger strike. She said today: “We are demanding that Princeton cut financial ties to companies and institutions involved in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza, illegal occupation of Arab lands, and apartheid policies. Princeton’s $34 billion endowment is one of the largest university endowments in the world. By refusing to disclose and divest, Princeton remains complicit in Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian people of Gaza and in serious, repeated violations of international law.

“We are calling for divestment in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle toward justice and self-determination. At the same time, we are simply asking the university to invest in a manner consistent with its own stated values. Unambiguously, profiting from genocide and human rights violations is against ‘the service of humanity.’ We hope that Princeton will follow its own historical precedent for divestment according to ethical principles: the university has previously divested, at least partially, from South African Apartheid, the Darfur genocide in Sudan, and segments of the fossil fuel industry.”

NORMAN SOLOMON, solomonprogressive@gmail.com
Solomon is the author of War Made Invisible and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. He just wrote the piece “War Culture Hates the Ethical Passion of the Young“: “This spring, as students have risked arrest and jeopardized their college careers under banners like ‘Ceasefire Now,’ ‘Free Palestine,’ and ‘Divest from Israel,’ they’ve rejected some key unwritten rules of a death culture. From Congress to the White House, war (and the military-industrial complex that goes with it) is crucial for the political business model. Meanwhile, college trustees and alumni megadonors often have investment ties to Wall Street and Silicon Valley, where war is a multibillion-dollar enterprise. Along the way, weapons sales to Israel and many other countries bring in gigantic profits.

“The new campus uprisings are a shock to the war system. Managers of that system, constantly oiling its machinery, have no column for moral revulsion on their balance sheets. And the refusal of appreciable numbers of students to go along to get along doesn’t compute. For the economic and political establishment, it’s a control issue, potentially writ large.

“As the killing, maiming, devastation, and increasing starvation in Gaza have continued, month after month, the U.S. role has become incomprehensible — without, at least, attributing to the president and the vast majority of Congressional representatives a level of immorality that had previously seemed unimaginable to most college students. Like many others in the United States, protesting students are now struggling with the realization that the people in control of the executive and legislative branches are directly supporting mass murder and genocide.”

Some Universities Negotiate with Gaza Solidarity Groups, Some Attack Them

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Russell Rickford, an associate professor of history at Cornell University writes in “The Encampment as a Beloved Community“: “In the few hours I spent at the encampment recently, I witnessed a safe, dynamic, radically inclusive space. Indeed, I saw an expression of what civil rights workers once called ‘the beloved community’ — a society that enshrines the practice of fellowship, mutuality and agape love.”

Raz Segal of Stockton University said in a recent interview regarding charges of antisemitism at protests: “I think that anyone who visits the many ‘Gaza Solidarity Encampments’ now on campuses across the U.S. sees that these accusations are baseless. They’re actually absurd. … They have all kinds of very dangerous things going on, like poetry readings, prayer also in Hebrew, and these encampments have organized Passover seders, Shabbat services.”

The D.C. Metropolitan police destroyed the Gaza encampment at George Washington University overnight, arresting dozens of students. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was scheduled to go before a Congressional committee today, but that hearing has now been cancelled. The hearing was pushed by Rep. James Comer, chair of the House Oversight Committee, who claimed without basis that the protests were antisemitic. On Friday, the protests featured Shabbat services, see video. See students articulating their demands. Interviews can be arranged through the student group Student Coalition for Palestine at GWUscpalestinegwu@gmail.com. Despite repeated attempts by the students, the George Washington University administration refused to negotiate with them about issues including disclosing and divesting from Israel and weapons companies.

CINDY CORRIE, CRAIG CORRIE, cindy@rachelcorriefoundation.org, @rcfoundation
Cindy and Craig Corrie are the parents of Rachel Corrie who was run over by an Israeli bulldozer as she tried to protect a Palestinian home in Rafah in 2003. They are the president and treasurer of the board of directors of the Rachel Corrie Foundation. They recently appeared on “Democracy Now“; NPR recently ran a story about Rachel’s killing. Rachel graduated from The Evergreen State College, which recently agreed to student demands to negotiate about divesting from Israel. See from Newsweek: “Colleges Are Moving to Divest From Israel.”

While the U.S. and Israeli governments keep insisting that Israel is willing to do credible independent investigations of its killings of Palestinians and others, a 2022 examination of Rachel Corrie’s killing as well as others from The Intercept shows otherwise: “No Path to Justice: Israeli Forces Keep Killing Americans While U.S. Officials Give Them a Pass.”

ARUN KUNDNANI, arunkundnani@gmail.com, @ArunKundnani
Kundnani is the author of What is Antiracism? (2023) and The Muslims are Coming! (2014). He just wrote the piece “As College Campuses Erupt in Protest, Some See a Political Transformation,” which states: “The protest movement against support for Israel now shaking institutions across the country is revealing daily the serious contradictions in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.”

See recent IPA news releases: “Attacks on Students” and “A Nationwide Spree of Police Violence.”

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