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Zoom Northeastern lifts suspension of Students for Justice in Palestine
By Nora Barrows-Friedman
After seven weeks of sustained media attention and organizing by student activists, Northeastern University today announced that it has lifted the suspension of Northeastern Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).
Not only will the group will be fully reinstated on 1 September, but they will have access to more funding for educational events than was available before the 7 March suspension. Northeastern SJP will be able to plan for those events immediately.
The group was suspended in an unprecedented sanction by the administration after students distributed mock eviction leaflets on campus, a popular direct action many Palestine solidarity groups undertake during the annual Israeli Apartheid Week to raise awareness about Israel’s destruction of Palestinian homes.
The administration also launched a police investigation against and threatened two of the students involved in the mock eviction action with charges that could have led to suspension or expulsion. The threat of expulsion was rescinded after an outpouring of condemnation by Northeastern SJP activists and supporters across the US.
Anti-Palestinian groups such as the Boston-based Americans for Peace and Tolerance and the Zionist Organization of America have been orchestrating campaigns against Northeastern SJP and its members for several years, demanding the university punish and suspend the group.
Individuals affiliated with such extreme right-wing Zionist organizations have issued death threats against student members of Northeastern SJP. The university has still not addressed or condemned the attacks by such groups against its students.

Northeastern lifts suspension of Students for Justice in Palestine

By Nora Barrows-Friedman

After seven weeks of sustained media attention and organizing by student activists, Northeastern University today announced that it has lifted the suspension of Northeastern Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).

Not only will the group will be fully reinstated on 1 September, but they will have access to more funding for educational events than was available before the 7 March suspension. Northeastern SJP will be able to plan for those events immediately.

The group was suspended in an unprecedented sanction by the administration after students distributed mock eviction leaflets on campus, a popular direct action many Palestine solidarity groups undertake during the annual Israeli Apartheid Week to raise awareness about Israel’s destruction of Palestinian homes.

The administration also launched a police investigation against and threatened two of the students involved in the mock eviction action with charges that could have led to suspension or expulsion. The threat of expulsion was rescinded after an outpouring of condemnation by Northeastern SJP activists and supporters across the US.

Anti-Palestinian groups such as the Boston-based Americans for Peace and Tolerance and the Zionist Organization of America have been orchestrating campaigns against Northeastern SJP and its members for several years, demanding the university punish and suspend the group.

Individuals affiliated with such extreme right-wing Zionist organizations have issued death threats against student members of Northeastern SJP. The university has still not addressed or condemned the attacks by such groups against its students.

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Zoom HAPPY BIRTHDAY V. I. LENIN – 4.22.1870Image: LENIN FISHES IN REVOLUTIONARY WATERSFrom the Mural: MOTHER EARTHBy Mike Alewitz/ 1989Mural at Children’s Hospital, Managua, NicaraguaDedicated to the Children of PalestineComplete Mural
Via Mike Alewitz

HAPPY BIRTHDAY V. I. LENIN – 4.22.1870

Image: LENIN FISHES IN REVOLUTIONARY WATERS
From the Mural: MOTHER EARTH

By Mike Alewitz/ 1989

Mural at Children’s Hospital, Managua, Nicaragua
Dedicated to the Children of Palestine

Complete Mural

Via Mike Alewitz

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Zoom Dublin, Ireland: Palestinian Prisoners’ Day
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'For me, Palestine is paradise': An interview with Leila Khaled

Exclusive interview with Leila Khaled

Recorded on Thursday 3rd of April 2014
First published here.

Frank Barat for Le Mur A Des Oreilles (LMADO): LMADO: If negotiations do not bring peace to the Palestinians, what will? What should the leadership do?

LK: Resist! That’s how you achieve your rights as a People. History has shown us that. No People achieved their freedom without a struggle. Where there is occupation, there is resistance. It is not a Palestinian invention. We are actually going to call for a conference to be held under the auspices of the U.N, just to implement the resolutions taken by this body on the Palestinian question. Resolution 194 calls on Israel to accept the return of the refugees. Fine, let’s put the U.N on the spot. Let’s have a conference reminding people of this. The problem is that the references to any negotiations that have taken place were drafted by the Americans, which we know are biased towards Israel.

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Zoom April 9, 1948: Deir Yassin Massacre in occupied Palestine
Early in the morning of Friday, April 9, 1948, commandos of the Irgun Zevai Leumi (IZL) headed by Menachem Begin, and the Lohamei Herut Israel (Stern Gang) attacked Deir Yassin, a village with about 750 Palestinian residents. By noon over 100 people, half of them women and children, had been systematically murdered. Four commandos died at the hands of resisting Palestinians using old Mausers and muskets. Twenty-five male villagers were loaded into trucks, paraded through the Zakhron Yosef quarter in Jerusalem, and then taken to a stone quarry along the road between Givat Shaul and Deir Yassin and shot to death. The remaining residents were driven to Arab East Jerusalem - http://www.deiryassin.org/mas.html
Graphic: Kamal Boulatta
Via Richard Reilly

April 9, 1948: Deir Yassin Massacre in occupied Palestine

Early in the morning of Friday, April 9, 1948, commandos of the Irgun Zevai Leumi (IZL) headed by Menachem Begin, and the Lohamei Herut Israel (Stern Gang) attacked Deir Yassin, a village with about 750 Palestinian residents. By noon over 100 people, half of them women and children, had been systematically murdered. Four commandos died at the hands of resisting Palestinians using old Mausers and muskets. Twenty-five male villagers were loaded into trucks, paraded through the Zakhron Yosef quarter in Jerusalem, and then taken to a stone quarry along the road between Givat Shaul and Deir Yassin and shot to death. The remaining residents were driven to Arab East Jerusalem - http://www.deiryassin.org/mas.html

Graphic: Kamal Boulatta

Via Richard Reilly

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Sa’adat: I will not accept the price of my freedom to be several meters of the land of Palestine

“I refuse to be released on the basis of a ‘condition for negotiations’ and I will not accept the price for my freedom to be several meters of the land of Palestine, the land that we have fought for and been imprisoned for. I refuse to be free on the condition of the expansion of settlements. I refuse this offer, not even a single house for Zionist settlers will be built as the price of my freedom.” – Ahmad Sa’adat, from Gilboa Prison

In an interview with the Palestinian Information Center, Abla Sa’adat (Um Ghassan), Palestinian women’s activist and the wife of imprisoned Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat, recounted Sa’adat’s rejection of any release on the basis of concessions of Palestinian land and rights, expressed to her in their last visit at Gilboa Prison, where Ahmad Sa’adat is being held by the occupation.

This came following reports that the release of Sa’adat and Marwan Barghouti, other imprisoned Palestinian parliamentarians and sick prisoners could be offered in exchange for extended negotiations or political concessions.

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Zoom April 2, 1951: Birthday of Comrade Georges Abdallah, fighter for Lebanese and Palestinian liberation currently held as a political prisoner in France.
Liberate Georges - I do not regret, I will not compromise, and I will keep resisting

April 2, 1951: Birthday of Comrade Georges Abdallah, fighter for Lebanese and Palestinian liberation currently held as a political prisoner in France.

Liberate Georges - I do not regret, I will not compromise, and I will keep resisting

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Zoom April 2, 1951: Birthday of Comrade Georges Abdallah, political prisoner and fighter for Lebanese and Palestinian liberation.
"Today, Lebanese revolutionary Georges Abdallah turns 63. For the past 30 years, he has been a political prisoner in a French prison. Free Georges Abdallah now!"
Via Richard Reilly

April 2, 1951: Birthday of Comrade Georges Abdallah, political prisoner and fighter for Lebanese and Palestinian liberation.

"Today, Lebanese revolutionary Georges Abdallah turns 63. For the past 30 years, he has been a political prisoner in a French prison. Free Georges Abdallah now!"

Via Richard Reilly

04.02.14 15
Hands up who lives in the west and would really love to see increased democracy and human rights in Syria? Me too!

By Carlos Martinez

Of course, the level of existential threat facing a state is pretty closely linked with that state’s willingness to allow freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and so on. On that basis, there’s actually quite a lot we in the west can realistically do to help Syria to improve on its democracy and human rights:

- Campaign against our governments’ support for an armed insurgency, the success of which would significantly worsen the democracy and human rights situation (Libya, anyone?). A state fighting a large-scale armed insurgency cannot reasonably be expected to “loosen up” on its opponents, or to devote time, money and effort to exploring processes that ensure greater popular participation.

- Campaign against economic sanctions on Syria. If the average Syrian has to worry about the more fundamental human rights of food, healthcare, education and housing, then freedom of speech moves down the priority list.

- Focus your political critique on the real enemies in this situation; those political entities that are intent on destroying Syria, pulling it out of its alliance with Iran, Hezbollah and the Palestinian resistance, and thereby working to preserve imperialist hegemony in the region. The governments of the US, Britain, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Turkey: these all pose a far greater menace to Syrian democracy and human rights than the Syrian government.

To make liberal-democratic demands of the Syrian government right now - that it let opponents out of prison, that it refrain from driving insurgents out of the areas they control, that it allow fuller freedom of speech, etc - is essentially to demand that it give up its fight against the forces of imperialism, sectarianism and zionism that are trying to tear Syria apart. And that, paradoxically, would be the opposite of democracy and human rights.

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