[NJS] Demand that Rutgers reinstate the Palestine conference!! (fwd)

PANKAJ MEHTA pankay at physics.rutgers.edu
Wed Sep 17 15:22:15 MDT 2003

If you have not yet contacted the administration at Rutgers to demand
restoration of campus space for the Third North American Conference on the
Palestine Solidarity Movement, it is now even easier for you to do so.

Go here:


to use an online form which will send an email to all three administrators
involved in making this anti-student, anti-Palestine, anti-organizing decision.

Rutgers is attempting to silence the voice of Palestine solidarity activists,
and we cannot allow this precedent to be set!

The action alert (including phone numbers to call) follows:


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

This is an Urgent Call to Action!  Your immediate solidarity is needed!

Rutgers University officials have CANCELLED the reservations for campus space
for the Third North American 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, wherever it needs to be held, in public or private space, with or
without the support of the administration.

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 assembly.

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."  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 anyone.
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 North American
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

Be sure to send also send a copy to endorse at njsolidarity.org.




noel winkler

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