UCSD Associated Students unanimously passed a resolution condemning academic discipline of the UCI Eleven.
Everyone should try to get their MSAs and SJPs to call for similar resolutions to be passed from your respective student councils.
11:02 PM, February 17th, 2010
Students for Justice in Palestine, UC San Diego
The undergraduate student government of UC San Diego unanimously passed a resolution supporting the right of eleven students to protest an event held at the University of California, Irvine last week. The resolution calls for an immediate levy on all academic charges held against the eight UCI and three UCR students.
After the resolution passed with a unanimous vote of yes UCSD Students for Justice in Palestine President Anfal Awwad said, “We stand in solidarity with our fellow UCI and UCR courageous students. Even though students on our campus as well as community members protested the presence of Israeli ambassador Michael Oren differently than the students at the UCI event, that does not mean we disagree with their approach, on the contrary we applaud their courage and this resolution is our way of saying that. I hope that that we at UCSD have set an example for other campuses to support this movement and make sure these eleven students do not get expelled from their universities.”
According to Associate Vice President of Enterprises who sponsored the resolution, “As someone who has seen firsthand the devastation that Israel has caused in the Gaza Strip, I think US taxpayers including the eleven students at UCI have a right to express their objection to the US-funded Israeli military operation without facing academic threats.”
Two students at the event who are now facing such charges have family members who died as a result of the Israeli bombing of Gaza in from December 2008 to January 2009 during which time Michael Oren was spokesperson for the Israeli military. UCR undergraduate Taher Herzallah, who was arrested at the event said that, “During the 22 day Israeli offensive on Gaza in January 2009, I lost 3 family members. Oren, being a representative of the very government that inflicted the brutal assault on the civilian Palestinian population of Gaza, is one of the individuals responsible for the deaths of the more than 1,400 people and the destruction of homes, schools, and United Nations buildings.”
UCI undergraduate Ali Sayeed, who was also arrested at UCI, attested that “As students and people of conscience, I believe it is our duty to mobilize for what is right and take a stand. An utterly barbaric and unjust situation in today’s world is the inhumane treatment of the Palestinian people.”
The Muslim Student Association at UC San Diego has also endorsed the resolution. MSA President Ismahan Warfa said, “The passing of this resolution is a hallmark event to be remembered on our campus. It has shown the depth in which students can freely express themselves without selective enforcement of policies used against them or the consideration thereof. We hope that students and campuses across the nation take the stance that we took here today at the University of California, San Diego.”
All Campus Senator Wafa Ben Hassine said that, “The resolution is in support of students rights to protest and not have to fear being dropped from classes or expelled from school. There are no ’sides’ in this issue. It is never in anyone’s benefit when different standards of student discipline are applied to students of color.”
The resolution will now be sent by Students for Justice in Palestine to UCI Chancellor Michael Drake, UCI Dean of Students, UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, UCSD Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Penny Rue, UC President Mark Yudof and the UC Board of Regents.
It is our hope to see all charges dropped. These eleven UC students represent the consience of our university. We hope to see them treated as equals.
More info can be found at http://www.irvine11.com and sjp.ucsd.edu
Please email the Chancellor of UCI and the Dean of Students now to offer your support for free speech of the eleven students — firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Then call the District Attorney of Orange County at (949) 476-4650 to drop all charges against the students.