Saturday, March 10, 2012

SUPER brings Israeli Apartheid Week to UW!

During the week of February 26-March 3, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER) stood in solidarity with Israeli Apartheid Week. SUPER is a new Registered Student Group at the University of Washington dedicated to raising awareness of Israeli human rights abuses committed against Palestinians and the unequal distribution of rights, resources and and material conditions under which Palestinians suffer.

Members of SUPER tabled through most of the week, educating students and faculty about the Israeli Occupation and US and international corporations who profit from it. They highlighted companies such as Hewlett-Packard which produces products that service illegal checkpoints in the West Bank, Caterpillar whose D9 Weaponized Bulldozers demolish the homes of Palestinian civilians and uproot countless olive groves, and Veolia which will contract to operate a segregated Jewish-Only light rail system connecting annexed East Jerusalem with illegal settlements through a network of Apartheid roads.

They tabling was often accompanied by a Radical Marching Band which provided entertain and levity to the campus and drew in students and other passers-by. 

The week ended with a talk by Alice Rothschild, author of “Broken Promises, Broken Dreams” Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience" and a founder of American Jews for a Just Peace – Boston.

TESC Divest! looks forward to the exciting events being planned by SUPER-UW and we look forward to working closely with our counterparts in Seattle!

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