Statement Regarding Mural on Walker Wall

From: December 12th, 2016

Recently Claremont Students for Justice in Palestine painted a mural on Walker Wall in honor of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The mural presents the following aspects: The Arabic text means the word “Palestine.” “Right 2 Resist” signifies that we support the right of Palestinians to resist Zionist colonization and ongoing ethnic cleansing, as well as the right of oppressed peoples around the world to resist colonialism and imperialism. Palestinians have the right to resist all forms of Zionist violence, including mass incarceration, systemic torture, apartheid laws, home demolitions, and violent displacement, as according to the 1978 United Nations General Assembly Resolution which “[r]eaffirms the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means”. (UN Resolution A/RES/33/24)

When designing the mural, we overlaid the Palestinian flag onto an outline of historic Palestine to recognize the connection Palestinians, as indigenous people, have to their land. We uphold the inextricable connections between the land, culture, heritage, and general well-being of the Palestinian people and we fully support the right of return to their homes and land.

We stand for justice and liberation for all oppressed peoples in Palestine and worldwide. In order to work towards these goals we encourage all students at the Claremont Colleges to be critically aware of, and actively work against US support of Israel. The over 3.15 billion dollars in military aid that Israel receives from the US every year is crucial in perpetuating Zionist violence and it is our duty to collectively oppose this aid. Our projects such as the mural, film screenings, and other events on campus are aimed to begin the work of deconstructing our complacency with, and reducing our material complicity in, the oppression of Palestinians. As such, narratives that portray the conflict as ‘balanced,’ or suggest that ‘peace’ can exist within the context of ongoing war crimes, colonial occupation, and literal genocide, fail to acknowledge existing oppressive power structures. Only through standing in solidarity with the fight for Palestinian liberation can we be part of the struggle for genuine justice and peace.

Moving forward, we will be putting on events and actions and initiating campaigns aimed at fostering critical conversation and putting pressure on Israel and the US to end the violence against the Palestinian people. We invite you all to support and join SJP and participate in this global struggle – if you are interested, or have any questions, please contact us on Facebook or email us at claremontcollegesSJP@gmail.com!

In solidarity,
Claremont Students for Justice in Palestine

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