Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO)


  • Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and community members, organized on democratic principles to promote justice, human rights, liberation, and self-determination for the Palestinian people.  We are dedicated to standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people's struggle for freedom.  
  • We seek to engage with our peers to develop a richer understanding about the Israeli occupation of Palestine on campus and to find ways that we as students in the United States can intervene on a local and international scale to end the injustice of colonization and discrimination.  We believe that segregation, discrimination, and apartheid should not be the basis on which any society is organized.  We believe in Palestinian rights because we believe in the rights of all people, including Israelis and Jews.
  • We condemn the violence and racism that has underlain Israeli state policy since 1948 and reject all forms of hatred and bigotry.  We act to promote values of equality and justice until Israel meets its obligations to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable rights and fully complies with the precepts of international law by: Ending its occupation and colonization of all occupied territories, dismantling the Wall, and putting an end to the illegal annexation and settlement of Palestinian lands;  Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality, and ceasing all human rights violations against Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories; and  Respecting the rights of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
  • As an advocacy group, SJP is committed to a core set of principles to which it expects its members to adhere. SJP believes that while the Palestinian people must ultimately be able to decide their future in Palestine, certain key principles, grounded in international law, human rights, and basic standards of justice, will be fundamental to a just resolution of the plight of the Palestinians. These include the full decolonization of all illegally held Palestinian lands; the end of the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank; including East Jerusalem; the implementation of the right of return and repatriation for all Palestinian refugees to their original homes and properties; and an end to the Israeli system of Apartheid and discrimination against the indigenous Palestinian population.
  • Just as SJP condemns the racism and discrimination underlying the policies and laws of the state of Israel, SJP rejects any form of hatred or discrimination against any religious, racial, or ethnic group. SJP’s strength is in the great diversity of its membership. SJP welcomes individuals of all ethnic and religious backgrounds to join in solidarity with the struggle for justice in Palestine
  • We are committed to answering the 2005 call issued by Palestinian civil society for BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) of Israel until it complies with three key demands. Excerpted below:
    • “We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace. 
    • These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:
      •  1.Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall 2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and 3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194."
  • Website: www.sjpuno.org    
  • Join Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SJP.UNOMAHA/
  • Email: sjpuno@gmail.com 


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