Reinstate SJP and drop all charges against its members
  • Petitioned Northeastern University

This petition was delivered to:

University President
Northeastern University
Northeastern Center for Student Involvement
Northeastern University General Counsel
Ralph Martin

Reinstate SJP and drop all charges against its members

    1. Petition by

      Northeastern Palestine Underground

April 2014


From Petition Creator: SJP at Northeastern University was fully reinstated and will be operational in the Fall.

The University backed down from the suspension.

Northeastern University Students for Justice in Palestine have been dissolved as a student organization and all of the belonging students banned from leadership roles permanently over a myriad of false accusations.  This is an attack on the fundamental rights of free speech and academic freedom and yet another example of the muzzling of pro-Palestine speech on college campuses.  What's worse, two SJP members, both  women of color, have been targeted for expulsion-level disciplinary proceedings.  This is outrageous and we will not allow them to be intimidated and sanctioned for their political views.

Recent signatures


    1. Northeastern SJP Reinstated

      Northeastern lifts suspension of Students for Justice in Palestine

      After seven weeks of sustained media attention and organizing by student activists, Northeastern University today announced that it has lifted the suspension of Northeastern Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Not only will the group will be fully reinstated on 1 September, but they will have access to more funding for educational events than was available before the 7 March suspension.

    2. Press Release on our Protest

      FOR RELEASE: Over 200 Protesters Oppose Northeastern University's Suspension of Students for Justice in Palestine

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Press Contacts: Liza Behrendt, JVP Boston: 603-397-2412 | Max Geller, Northeaster University SJP: 617-833-7469 | Photos included below Over 200 Protesters Oppose Northeastern University's Suspension of Students for Justice in Palestine Boston, MA- Over 200 protesters from a coalition of 30 student, labor, faith, feminist, LGBTQ, environmentalist, peace, and social justice groups ...

    3. Reached 6,000 signatures
    4. Coverage in the Boston Globe

      Suspension of pro-Palestinian student group at Northeastern stirs debate

      Northeastern University has suspended a student group that advocates for Palestinian human rights, and is weighing disciplinary action against two students, after members of the group conducted a controversial leafleting campaign. Students for Justice in Palestine was suspended March 7, nearly two weeks after it slid 600 "mock eviction" notices under dorm-room doors to draw attention to forced evictions of Palestinians by the Israeli government.

    5. Reached 5,000 signatures
    6. Democracy Now! covers our campaign with Ali Abunimah

      A War on Campus? Northeastern University Suspends Students for Justice in Palestine Chapter

      The Northeastern University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine has become the latest student group to face reprimand for organizing around the Palestinian cause. Northeastern has suspended the group until 2015, barring it from meeting on campus and stripping it of any university funding.

    7. Reached 4,000 signatures
    8. Check out our coverage in Aljazeera America

      Northeastern University suspends Palestine solidarity group

      Northeastern University. Barry Chin/The Boston Globe/Getty Images Northeastern University's decision to suspend its chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine has generated backlash online and prompted a discussion on freedom of speech on college campuses.

    9. Reached 3,000 signatures
    10. Article by Max Blumenthal in Mondoweiss

      Check out this article that lays out SJP's history of repression at Northeastern:

      Northeastern University SJP chapter suspended as members are subjected to police interrogation

      Northeastern University's Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter has been suspended by the school administration for at least a year because the group distributed mock eviction notices. The remarkable move by the school leadership was followed up with phone calls and visits from campus police officers, while two SJP members were threatened with expulsion.

    11. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nuraini Magnusson AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      For the rights and human justice not only for yourselves but for Palestine. I support you wholeheartedly, I love your courage for standing up and I love the Palestinian spirit through all of their suffering. I am 65 years old and live in Australia and wish I could be a fulltime activist and do so much more than what I am able to! So keep going, never give up . . . every single thing you do is worth it, no matter how small it may be it is still worth it . . . All my prayers are for you and your strength in your wonderful cause for Palestine and its people, from Nuraini

      • 6 months ago

      As a Basque I see the need of solidarity with all other people's struggles and the Palestinian struggle is the biggest and most urgent of them all. We are all Palestinian.

    • Steven Gotzler PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 6 months ago


    • Tim Farrell NEW YORK, NY
      • 6 months ago

      While I find the actions of leafleting into student's homes intrusive, the reaction of the university goes beyond overreacting. It is punitive, and not any attempt to educate the group on proper protesting procedures, despite my alma mater being an educational institution. Pro-israel or pro-palistine, the right for both sides to have themselves (and their supporters in the USA) heard is paramount.

    • Wahiba Abu-Ras MORGANVILLE, NJ
      • 6 months ago

      This is important because human being were born free and are entitles to live with dignity and respect and Palestinians are only humans like anyone else. By supporting them we are working to maintain justice


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