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Photo Series: SJP rallies as part of national ‘Shut it Down for Palestine’ movement

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    David NNov 12, 2023 at 9:05 pm

    Out of curiosity, how many Grinnell students and/or faculty participated in demonstrations or protests or issued statements of support for Israelis/Jews or statements of condemnation after Hamas murdered over a thousand Jewish civilians, including children, babies, and elderly, and took hundreds hostage? Was there any recognition on campus of what happened or sympathy for Jews who suffered the most significant loss of life since the Holocaust in the days prior to the invasion of Gaza?

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      Fred E.Nov 13, 2023 at 3:27 pm

      To answer your question: of course there was! During SJP’s walkout, both Palestinians and Jewish people gave speeches which included condemning Hamas. The campus administration held a vigil-attended by many SJP members-mourning all loss of life: that means the 1,000 Jewish and 11,000 Palestinian people, including 4,600 Palestinian children (however at the time of the vigil, the numbers were lower). So yes, there was recognition on campus for the unnecessary loss of life of Jewish civilians. SJP will continue to demand that Grinnell call for PEACE and a CEASEFIRE NOW, which as of now, the admin refuses to recognize. This is the problem SJP has with Grinnell admin: Grinnell refuses to take tangible action, even action well within Grinnell’s means, to prevent further bloodshed. An example would be to DIVEST from funding Israel’s 75+ years of suppression and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. This is why, at the vigil hosted by Grinnell admin, SJP members wore buttons that read “mourn the the dead, fight for the living”: while Grinnell has mourned, they must now ACT-as the social justice institution with a global perspective Grinnell claims to be should do-when needless death and genocide continues to occur.

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