Stanford Students for Justice in Palestine is a group of undergraduate and graduate students working toward justice and the recognition of universal rights for all current and displaced residents of historic Palestine. We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle for self-determination, justice, and equality. We support the 2005 call by Palestinian civil society for various forms of boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law by:
Ending Israel’s occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the separation wall;
Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
Respecting, protecting, and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
We recognize the moral imperative to respond to a society that has called for help and whose suffering is financed by the United States government and its taxpayers, its corporations, and the endowments of institutions like Stanford University. As enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international humanitarian law, all people in historic Palestine deserve freedom of movement, freedom of education, freedom from military, political, and structural violence, and equality before the law. We as a group do not specifically endorse either a one- or two-state solution to the conflict. We believe in supporting and amplifying the voices of those working against injustice in the region, not in prescribing or imposing a solution. We also recognize that analysis of justice in Palestine must contextualize and include Bedouin, Druze, Mizrahi Jews, African asylum seekers, and Israeli conscientious objectors, among others.
We are committed to educating ourselves about colonialism, militarism, nationalism, capitalism, racism, and sexism as they relate to the situation in Palestine/Israel, and we seek to oppose the harmful effects these forces have in the United States as well as Palestine. We are also committed to recognizing and working to eliminate oppressive power relations across lines of class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, ability, religion and nationality within our own work. We oppose discrimination along any of these lines and stand in solidarity with other groups working to oppose inequality in these areas.
We see ourselves as part of the statewide and national movements of Students for Justice in Palestine, part of the legacy of student activism at Stanford and across California, and contributing to the larger project of creating a just society for all.
We welcome anyone interested in these guiding objectives into our group. Feel free to contact us at stanfordSJP ‘at’ gmail ‘dot’ com.
SJP was originally formed in fall 2006 under the name Students Confronting
Apartheid in Israel (later ‘by Israel’), and then to Students for
Palestinian Equal Rights. We changed our name once more in February 2014 to Students for Justice in Palestine in order to better reflect our understanding that achieving equal rights is not the same thing as an historically oppressed group experiencing justice or having equitable access to political, economic and social equity
Since SJP’s inception, successive generations of Stanford students have gathered
to organize educational events, and to campaign for the University’s divestment
from companies profiting from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. You
can read more about our previous events and our divestment campaign on the past
SJP is a vibrant and dynamic organization that seeks to actively engage with the Stanford community. We enjoy working with other student organizations toward mutual goals.
If you would like to contact SJP, please reach out at StanfordSJP ‘at’ gmail ‘dot’ com.
SJP’s Weekly Meetings
SJP holds weekly meetings during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. For winter 2014, we will meet every Monday from 8-9:15PM in Old Union 122.
The main purpose of these meetings is to plan educational events and work on
our divestment campaign. Anyone who is interested in contributing to these activities is
welcome to attend!