The protests and revolutions that have swept through the Middle East, have not left Palestine untouched. Youth in Palestine began their own movement, calling for an end to the internal divisions between Palestinian political factions. In their eyes, the power struggle between Hamas, which runs Gaza, and Fatah, which runs the West Bank, has worsened their hopes for a peaceful, prosperous future.
I remember the first day of my freshman year of college at DePaul University in Chicago. I walked into the Student Center and saw all kinds of flyers on the walls of our student center. Flyers calling for the boycott of Coca Cola because of its connection to violence in Colombia. A flyer promoting an event for Mexican immigrants’ rights. And of course, a flyer advertising the first meeting of the year for Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). I will always remember the images of these flyers; they opened up a whole new world to me of student activism.
Renowned Palestian-American activist and scholar, Prof. Naseer Aruri, Chancellor Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science, UMass Dartmouth is the author of nine book, including Palestine and Palestinians: A Social and Political History. He is a former member of the Palestine National Council and Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA.
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