POINTS OF UNITY
As Claremont Colleges Students for Justice in Palestine we hold an anti-Zionist principle within the basis of unity. We understand that the creation of a settler-colonial state inherently creates mechanisms of apartheid. We identify the establishment of the state of Israel- through the violent expulsion of indigenous Palestinian peoples- as an ongoing project of settler-colonialism that can only be dismantled through Palestinian national liberation. We reject any and all collaboration, dialogue, and coalition work with Zionist organizations through a strict policy of anti-normalization and encourage our comrades in other organizations to do the same. We understand that presenting Israel and Palestine as two equal sides both legitimizes an apartheid state and presumes equal of power between an occupier and occupied. Normalization aims to subvert Palestinian liberation, rather than “promote dialogue” for justice. SJP unilaterally support Palestinian liberation, on Palestinian terms. We reject solutions that are founded on the desires of the colonizing force in the region. Anti-normalization is particularly important as a Palestinian solidarity group in light of Israel’s past and ongoing erasure of Palestinian history and cultural, ethnic, and national identities.
We as Claremont SJP take an active position against global imperialisms and consider the Palestinian struggle to be indivisible from other struggles against imperialism. 5C SJP understands the oppressive power imperialism holds through violent economic and military coercion. Ceasing US foreign military aid to Israel is essential to fundamentally dismantling imperial domination. We believe cutting all personal and organizational ties to Israeli institutions/companies/individuals that support the occupation and continued oppression of Palestinians must be central in this struggle. Students for Justice in Palestine fights for the liberation of all people from imperialism, and supports national liberation not only for the Palestinian nation, but for oppressed nations and peoples globally.
3. Campaigns in Solidarity
Claremont SJP recognizes that in order to truly be in solidarity with the Palestinian cause, we must support and extend solidarity with interconnected global struggles. We recognize that Israeli colonization and US imperialism are intimately intertwined, and that state violence against oppressed peoples international are deeply and concretely connected. As such, we must be critically aware of the fact that we operate on colonized land and through exploitative institutions, and that only through our united liberation will these systems be deconstructed. We stand in solidarity with movements for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Womxn/non-binary, and Queer and Trans liberation, and all other movements of liberation from state, capitalist, imperial and colonial oppression.
4. Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions
SJP supports the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions on products, companies, and institutions that support the Israeli occupation and apartheid. We affirm the campaign’s demands. We recognize the fundamental rights of Palestinians and all those oppressed by the Israeli state to full liberation; and the need for justice in the region in terms of Palestinian history, nationalism, and identity deserve legitimacy and preservation through liberation We respect, protect, and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194. We condemn state violence as perpetrated by Israel and other states against Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel, and refugee/diaspora communities.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
- Conquest of one nation(s)/people(s) by another for the purpose of exploitation, with intention to permanently settle
- Changing the character of the land in a violent way, erasure, also erasure of culture (cultural/social violence)
- Power dynamics involved (forcible domination of colonized peoples by the colonizers)
Imperialism: violent military expansion of capitalism/domination of a region(s), people(s), land(s), for purpose of exploitation and extraction of labor and resources.
In contrast with colonialism (explicit control), imperialism may be more subtle, power exerted through military force, economic means, cultural means,
Neo-colonialism: a method of imperialism, when a nation is “formally” independent but controlled in subtler ways, economic control of previous colonizers
Apartheid: when two populations in one land are subject to different applications or sets of laws, on basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, etc
When those laws are set in place to subjugate/disenfranchise one population
Land appropriation, civil laws, family courts
Pink washing: marketing/political method to make an entity (or nation) seem LGBT friendly for PR purposes, while not carrying through with those promises
Green washing: Uses ecological means to erase Nakba and further the ongoing Nakba, distraction from the violence of colonialism, also a marketing and political method to brand the entity as eco-friendly. Misleading consumers/ public.
Zionism: historical political movement and political ideology, belief that indigenous Palestine belongs (has and will) solely to the Jewish people, without taking into consideration the pre-existing Palestinian peoples. Past and current expansion on Palestinian indigenous land. Primarily started in late 19th century by small minority of Ashkenazi Jews (historic racism even among Jews)]]
National Liberation: liberation of a peoples from their colonizers/imperialist powers, emphasis on creating a national identity separate from the colonizers, right to self-determination
Normalization: presenting Israel/Palestine as a balanced, two-sided conflict, legitimization of an oppressive, settler-colonial, state. Assuming symmetry between colonized and colonizer. “War” framework. “ the participation in any project, initiative or activity, in Palestine or internationally, that aims (implicitly or explicitly) to bring together Palestinians (and/or Arabs) and Israelis (people or institutions) without placing as its goal resistance to and exposure of the Israeli occupation and all forms of discrimination and oppression against the Palestinian people.”
UN Resolution 194: The United Nations General Assembly adopts resolution 194 (III), resolving that “refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.”