Thursday, March 13, 2014

Northeastern Univ. Suspends Pro-Palestinian Org.; Issued "Eviction Housing Notices" to Mock Israel

The Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at Northeastern University vowed to fight its suspension from campus over a campaign that the Boston school said intimidated students, the Forward (Jewish) website reports today (March 13, 2014).

"It is clear that the university's draconian decision is part of a thinly veiled policy of silencing student speech critical of Israel," the group said in a statement issued yesterday, adding that it was being "singled out for unfair and unequal treatment by the administration."

Northeastern suspended Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) from its campus on March 7 for at least one year and barred its current executive board from serving on any future board in the organization for its campaign distributing mock eviction notices last month to student residences at the university. The notices were designed to mimic those that appear on illegal Arab construction slated for demolition by Israel.

Jason Campbell-Foster -- Northeastern's director of the Center for Student Involvement -- informed SJP of its suspension. "You have not shown a concerted effort to improve your practices and educate your members on how to properly operate your organization within the boundaries of university policy," he wrote. Northeastern put SJP on administrative probation last May after members staged a silent walkout during an event with Israeli soldiers.

Last year, the university was accused by several national Jewish associations of turning a "blind eye" to anti-Semitism that they claimed had pervaded the Northeastern campus.

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