George Washington University suspended its Students for Justice in Palestine chapter after the group projected “Glory to Our Martyrs” on the side of the campus building.
The university’s SJP chapter projected a series of pro-Palestinian phrases on the school’s Gelman Library on Oct. 24, including “GW, the blood of Palestine is on your hands” and “Your tuition is funding the genocide in Gaza “.
In a statement at the time, George Washington University said the posts were “unauthorized” and violated university policy, adding that “leadership intervened to ensure these projections were removed.”
The university shared a statement with News21USA News Digital, effectively suspending SJP for three months.
“After an investigation, the university determined that SJP’s actions violated university policies, including the Gelman Building Use Guidelines and the university’s policy against non-compliance, as SJP initially refused to comply with the university’s directives. university officials to end the screenings,” the statement read. “As a result, effective immediately, the university has banned SJP from participating in on-campus activities.
“SJP cannot sponsor or organize campus activities on university property or use university facilities, including indoor and outdoor spaces available for reservation through the university; this prohibition is in effect for the next 90 days. Also effective Immediately, SJP is prohibited from posting communications on university property until May 20, 2024,” the university added. “After 90 days, there will be continued restrictions around SJP’s use of university facilities and organized activities until end of the academic year”.
George Washington University’s decision was made after an investigation “determined that SJP’s actions violated university policies, including the Gelman Building Use Guidelines and the university’s policy against non-compliance, as SJP initially refused to comply with the directives of university officials to end the screenings.
In a statement to the university’s student newspaper, GW Hatchet, a representative of the SJP chapter said the group is disappointed but not surprised by the decision, stating that the school has “unwavering support” toward Zionist students.
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“We see this very clearly as a political response to a growing wave of reaction and repression towards the Palestinian organization, but specifically towards the Palestinian student movement that has been occurring in recent weeks,” the SJP representative said. “GW is continually demonstrating, as they have demonstrated time and time again for many, many years, that they will always side with the Zionist lobby and against the right to free speech and the right to assembly of their own students.”