Fight to Save Palestine
To the Editors:
Oberlin College Students for a Free Palestine calls
for the end of the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank
and Gaza Strip; areas that Israel occupied in June 1967. Period.
There are a diversity of opinions among the members of SFP that
reflect the wide range of ideas within the Israeli, Palestinian,
Jewish American, Arab American and other communities. We intensely
discuss all manor of issues related to the conflict as individuals
but as a group we all agree that an end to the occupation is the
most important and necessary first step towards any subsequent and
meaningful dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. The United
States is intimately linked to the decisions, events, and violence
in the Middle East and therefore we believe it’s imperative
to have a student group on Oberlin’s campus that calls for
an end to the occupation and actively educates the college community
about the history of the conflict and it’s current manifestations.
Oberlin College Students for a Free Palestine is a student organization
that was largely inactive until last spring when a small group of
committed students revived it and began to provide the Oberlin College
community with information about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
This came in the form of educational pamphlets, teach-ins, informational
installations on A-Level in Mudd Library, and a week of education.
This week of education brought speakers from several different perspectives
on the conflict including Black Voices for Peace, Stop U.S. Aid
to Israel Now (SUSTAIN), and Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel.
The healthy, spirited, and vibrant debate that came out of these
educational initiatives was exactly what we had hoped for and intended.
This year we plan to continue to provide historical context to the
escalating violence in Israel/Palestine, further educate interested
members of Oberlin College, and demonstrate in the service of ending
– Shelley Goldman