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Mock checkpoint at Columbia University

November 21, 2010 No Comments

Below is the press release provided by C-SJP, links to two videos of the mock checkpoint and links to other articles about the action.

New York, NY, November 18 – On November 18th, 2010 from 12pm to 2pm, Columbia University Students for Justice in Palestine (C-SJP)—a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and community members—constructed a theatrical mock Israeli checkpoint at the Low Library steps at Columbia University.

Three students dressed as Israeli soldiers lined up dozens of volunteer students throughout the afternoon, blindfolded them, and forced them to sit on their knees as a symbolic gesture to portray the hardships faced by Palestinian students.

Those playing the role of the Palestinian students had tape over their mouths to reflect how Israel silences Palestinian voices by withholding their right to education.

We learned on Thursday morning that the Columbia administration alerted Zionist groups on campus 48 hours prior to our action in order for them to organize a counter demonstration.

Although Palestinian voices are loud and strong at Columbia – amplified by the opening of the Center for Palestine Studies last month – the administration remains firmly Zionist.  All things considered, the action was a tremendous success!

Israel-Palestine debate hits College Walk from Columbia Daily Spectator on Vimeo.

Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine website

Israel/Palestine group clash on College Walk

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