Urgent Call to Action -- Rutgers University Officials Cancel Palestine Conference

Paul Flewers trusscott.foundation at virgin.net
Sun Sep 14 07:39:52 MDT 2003

I've just received this, comrades in the USA will be very interested. What's
interesting is that Tom Rose, the publisher of the Jerusalem Post is going
to speak. Perhaps the Rutgers people should be reminded of the JP's outright
incitement to murder -- its recent editorial demanding the assassination of
Arafat -- which was recently posted here.

Paul F


Subject: Urgent Call to Action -- Rutgers University Officials Cancel
Palestine Conference

Statement from the Organizing Committee of the Third National Student
Conference on the Palestine Solidarity Movement at Rutgers University

Today, Rutgers University officials have CANCELLED the Third National
Student Conference on the Palestine Solidarity Movement, scheduled for
October 10-12, 2003 at Rutgers University.

Yet, the students at Rutgers University are determined to hold the
conference as planned.

In canceling this widely supported conference throughout North America, the
university administration has trampled on constitutional rights, muted free
speech, and has betrayed its pledge to fairness and education.

This is an attack on peace and justice activists everywhere.  It is an
attack on our society as a whole and on our right to free expression and

But the university administration has gone much farther, and has taken a
shameful overt political stand in favor of Israeli Apartheid.  As the
university cancels the Palestine conference, it is simultaneously supporting
an overarching pro-Israel program called "Israel Inspires", organized by the
likes of AIPAC and Hillel International along with others, which will be
held at Rutgers to "neutralize the Palestinian movement".

According to the official website of "Israel Inspires"
(www.israelinspires.org), the president of Rutgers University, Dr. Richard
L. McCormick, "pledged his support for Israel Inspires, and asked to be
personally involved in Hillel's positive pro-active initiative."  In fact,
President McCormick will appear tonight as a keynote at a pro-Israel event
hosted by Zionists groups at Rutgers University.  Featured participants at
the "Israel Inspires" program during the weekend of October 10-12 will
include the arch-Zionist Richard Perle and former CIA Director, James
Woolsey.  They will join the president of the right-wing Hudson Institute,
Herbert London, and the publisher & CEO of the Jerusalem Post, Tom Rose.
On September 18, 2003, Israeli Minister, Natan Sharansky, will be featured
as the opening speaker of the anti-Palestinian year-long program.

Palestine solidarity students and activists have the same right to assemble
and hold a conference.  They have the right to demand that their university
is not invested in another Apartheid system, and that they are not party to
the suppression of the Palestinian people.  They have the right to express
their views and be heard without intimidation and constant harassments.

Palestine solidarity students and activists should not be silenced by
The Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim communities should not be marginalized and
positioned as conspirators.

These attacks on the organizers of the Palestine conference and the movement
have mirrored the escalating assault on the Palestinian people, and have
intersected with the attacks against our civil liberties and constitutional
rights.  The movement for peace and justice is at a crossroad today, and our
society is being tested and pushed to the limits.

The Palestine solidarity movement needs your support!
The Third National Student Conference on the Palestine Solidarity Movement
must be held as planned.

To register your objection to the university action, and to support the
students' constitutional right to hold the conference, please contact:

Richard L McCormick, President
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
83 Somerset Street
New Brunswick
New Jersey 08901
Telephone: 732/932-7454
Fax: 732/932-8060
Email: president at rutgers.edu

Emmet Dennis
Vice President for Student Affairs
dennis at oldqueens.rutgers.edu

Marie T Logue
Associate Dean
logue at rci.rutgers.edu




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