This past Monday, Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Minnesota organized a walkout after an Israeli soldier was invited to campus to attempt to justify Israel’s actions during its invasion of the Gaza Strip three years ago. Building on SAFE’s walkout at the University of Michigan, simultaneous SJP/CMPR-organized walkouts in Chicago, and the immense walkout at Wayne State University, demonstrators at the University of Minnesota made it clear that racism, deception, and hatred will not be given a platform.
The demonstration began at the beginning of the program. The soldier acknowledged the presence of the demonstrators and likened the message of the students to Gilad Shalit’s experience “under captivity in Gaza with no right to speak, no visitation from the Red Cross, no legal restitution whatsoever”. Expectedly, the soldier failed to mention Khader Adnan or any of the other 300 or so Palestinians — youth included — currently detained indefinitely and without charge in Israeli detention facilities.
The soldier goes on to call the Palestinian children killed during Israel’s invasion “terrorists”.
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