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StandWithUs Calls on UIUC to Condemn SJP's Hate Speech and Support for Violence, September 5, 2017
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StandWithUs Calls on UIUC to Condemn SJP's Hate Speech and Support for Violence, September 5, 2017




(Champaign, IL - September 5, 2017) - StandWithUs strongly condemns Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for equating Zionism with white supremacy and fascism, trying to create a hostile environment for students who believe in Israel's right to exist, and advocating violence. We call on the university administration to publicly condemn them as well.


In a social media post promoting a protest titled "Smashing Fascism: Radical Resistance Against White Supremacy," SJP stated that, “[t]here is no room for fascists, white supremacists, or Zionists at UIUC.” They followed this up with multiple posts explicitly tying Zionism to fascism and white supremacy, and a statement saying that, "violent resistance" and even "full-scale armed conflict... has its place".


"Comparing Zionism - the movement for Jewish liberation and self-determination - to ideologies that support oppression and genocide against Jews is grotesquely racist. This rhetoric also silences the voices of countless Jews of color, like my family who found freedom in Israel after centuries of oppression in Iraq and Turkey," said Ron Krudo, Executive Director of Campus Affairs at StandWithUs. "While they claim they want to 'smash' fascism and white supremacy, SJP is actually aiding these destructive forces. All of us who support social justice and progressive values should stand together against both the fascism and white supremacy we saw on display in Charlottesville, and this campaign of hate being waged by SJP."


UIUC student and StandWithUs Campus Liaison Eitan Troyansky said, "as someone who believes in Israel's right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state, and strongly opposes fascism and white supremacy, SJP's hate speech is beyond offensive. Their attempts to dehumanize, exclude, and promote violence against students like me are in direct violation of the values of our university and student body." 


StandWithUs calls on the UIUC administration to use its 1st amendment rights to issue a clear condemnation of SJP, and affirm that Zionist students have every right to a safe learning environment at the university. We will continue to support Hillel, Illini Public Affairs Committee (IlliniPAC), Illini Students Supporting Israel, Illini Chabad, and the rest of the Jewish and pro-Israel community as they stand up to hate at UIUC. We look forward to working with ICC, Hillel International, the Israel Education Center at the JUF, and our other campus partners to empower pro-Israel activism at this campus and elsewhere in the region.


ABOUT STANDWITHUS
StandWithUs (SWU) is a sixteen year-old, international, non-profit Israel education organization. Through university fellowships, high school internships, middle school curricula, conferences, materials, social media, educational films and missions to Israel. StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their campuses and communities about Israel. 
Based in Los Angeles, the organization has chapters throughout the U.S. including Philadelphia, in Israel, the UK and Canada. 

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