Jul 18

A Letter from SUPER UW to the University of Washington Community

Palestinians gather around the remains of a Gaza City house which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, 14 July. (Ashraf Amra / APA images)

Palestinians gather around the remains of a Gaza City house which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, 14 July. (Ashraf Amra / APA images)

Dear UW students, alumni, faculty and staff,

On the 8th of July 2014, Israel launched a military offensive on Gaza that was designated “Operation Protective Edge.” On the 17th of July, Israel started its ground invasion of the Gaza strip that will surely lead to further death and destruction. This ongoing assault on Gaza, a heavily populated area with 1.8 million living in an area of 139 sq miles (smaller than the city of Seattle), has lead so far to the death of 294 Palestinians, 58 of them under the age of 16 and 30 women according to al-Akhbar newspaper. A UN report, states that 4 out every 5 Palestinians killed are civilians.

Reports so far also say that one Israeli volunteer was killed in Sderot and one soldier, bringing the total number of Israeli fatalities to 2. We, SUPER UW, stress the need to address the root cause behind this violence, the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and the complete disregard for the rights and lives of the Palestinian people.

This latest bombardment of Gaza touches the UW community directly as one of UWs students (Laila AbuDahi) is currently trapped in Gaza with no ability travel to UW to attend school in the fall. We mourn all those who have died, and we reaffirm that Palestinians and Israelis deserve security, justice, and equality. As students we identify perhaps most with the 18 Palestinian students who were killed before they learned the results of their 12th grade final exams that would have given them the opportunity to attend University. We mourn their lost potential, hopes and dreams.

In response to the call from civil society organizations in Gaza, we also reaffirm the need now more than ever, to Boycott, Divest and Sanction the state of Israel and those who profit from Occupation until the Israeli government complies with International law and universal values of decency by, ending the occupation, ensuring equal rights for all who live in Palestine/Israel as well as the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

The Boycott National committee lists these 9 ways we can support Gaza through BDS

http://www.bdsmovement.net/get-involved

http://electronicintifada.net/content/urgent-call-gaza-civil-society-act-now/13558

This non-violent movement is one way to send a message to Israel that it can no longer break international law with impunity and ignore the charters of the very organization that created it in 1948.

Please visit the link below for an updated list of the names of those who have been lost:
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/07/gaza-under-seige-naming-dead-2014710105846549528.html

May 18

Remembering al-Nakba and Anti-Pinkwashing Resistance

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On Wednesday there was an installation in the quad documenting the hundreds of towns and villages ethnically cleansed during the Nakba [Day of the Catastrophe]. Thank you to students who joined Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER UW) in commemorating a crucial day of remembering past atrocities and engaging in action to end those that continue. Nakba marks the forced expulsion of 700,000 indigenous Palestinians from their homes between 1947- 49. Zionist forces committed 33 massacres and destroyed 531 Palestinian towns. The Nakba is an ongoing reality for the 4,797,723 descendants of the original Palestinian refugees. Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza continue to face violent injustices, including: land confiscation, discriminatory laws, home demolitions, checkpoints and administrative detention.

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May 06

May Day – Seattle, WA – 2013

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May 1st, 2013, SUPER UW joined thousands of demonstrators on the streets of Seattle for International Worker’s Day.

The root’s of May Day demonstrations date back to the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when police opened fire on workers striking for the 8 hour work day. This violence triggered international solidarity as countries across the world called for this to be an international day of action in support of labor rights. In 1887, in an effort to subdue international organizing and draw attention away from the Haymarket incident, President Grover Cleveland created what we know as Labor Day to be celebrated in September instead of May. Despite these efforts to undermine the movement, May Day has remained a vibrant time of year for labor organizing, and demonstrations in support of workers rights.

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Jan 04

5 Broken Cameras – UW Screening!

Hope everyone had a great break! SUPER UW will be screening the award winning documentary
5 Broken Cameras 
Thursday, January 10th at 6:30PM
Smith Hall room 304
RSVP on Facebook Here!

If anyone missed this film, last year at the SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) here is another chance.

Sunday following the film, January 13th, Iyad Burnat, the brother of the film maker Emad Burnat will be talking at Washington Hall in downtown Seattle at 7:00PM. More information can be found here.

Please see film synopsis and trailer below. Hope to see everyone there!

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Nov 28

A Palestine-Mexico Border?

by
Jimmy Johnson
Border Wars
June 29, 2012

Nearly 55,000 people have been killed since 2006 in Mexico’s ‘Narcoinsurgency.’ Drug and arms trafficking—going north and south across the international divide—are now the primary concern of U.S. military and homeland security forces and the Mexican Army. But that’s not all. Millions of undocumented migrants came to the United States from Mexico in the wake of the destruction of the Mexican agricultural sector starting in the 1980s with the implementation of NAFTA-like neoliberal policies.

In Israel, military forces and industries have been largely shaped by decades of conquest and pacification campaigns against Palestinians. Israel began restricting Palestinian labor inside Israel with closure policies and the widespread erection of checkpoints in 1991. Closely linked political, economic, and ecological crises in eastern Africa have created an influx of migrants and refugees, especially from Sudan and Eritrea.

What do these things have to do with each other?

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Nov 12

From Jim Crow to Israeli Apartheid – Featuring Aaron Dixon

SUPER UW was excited to share last evening with both the ISO and UW’s African Student Association hosting long-time Seattle activists and freedom fighters Aaron Dixon, Gerald Lenoir, and Jesse Hagopian. All three recently returned from the African Heritage Delegation to Palestine spoke not only of that recent experience but of the important history of African American solidarity with the Palestinian struggle from SNCC in the early 1960s to the Black Panther Party. “Zionism in Palestine and racism in America” they reminded us share “U.S. Imperialism in common.”

“Jim Crow, Apartheid, are alive and well in Palestine,” Gerald, one of the leaders of Seattle’s anti-South African-Apartheid movement, declared. Drawing on his history of solidarity organizing he remembered “we were calling for boycott, divestment, and sanctions of South Africa,” he went on “I am proud to say I was part of that movement and proud to be a part of the current BDS movement.” Recalling that anti-Apartheid movement spanning the 1950s to the 1980s, Gerald described boycotts of banks invested in South Africa as well as petitioning the UW board of regents to divest university funds from South African companies profiting from Apartheid. “We know that with persistence and organizing BDS can bring a country to its knees,” he concluded.

This work will not be without challenges, and Jesse highlighted the important role of people of color in the Palestine Solidarity movement. In his opening remarks he warned against the new strategy of “blackwashing” taking its place with “pinkwashing” and “greenwashing” as ways to obscure the bloody reality of Israeli occupation by positioning prominent African American leaders as supporters of Israel.

Aaron Dixon, the founder of Seattle’s Panther Party, described their visit to Palestine in damning terms. He witnessed, he said, a “diabolical” situation as well as the strength of the Palestinian people. “They don’t need our sympathy, they know they’re going to win.” Dixon reminded us that U.S. tax dollars fund the military technology used against Palestinians. He was struck, he added, by the parallels not only between the Palestinian struggle and the Civil Rights era in the United States, but our current reality of mass incarceration and stop and frisk policies, “our struggle is so connected, its our empire at work” here and there. He ended, “it’s going to be a fiercer fight than even we had for South African freedom,” he urged us to join the fight.

Video and Photographs of the event are posted below.

 

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