New home for anti-Israel group’s mock eviction notices

Last month, Boston-based Northeastern University's ban of the anti-Israel group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) was triggered by SJP's distribution of mock eviction notices underneath the doors of several residence halls on campus during the mid-term exam period. But that didn't stop SJP from making the same move at New York University.

"We regret to inform you that your suite is scheduled for demolition in three days," read mock eviction notices distributed by SJP to up to 2,000 students living in NYU's Palladium and Lafayette dorms.

"If you do not vacate the premise by midnight on 25 April, 2014, we reserve the right to destroy all remaining belongings," the notices said. "Charges for demolition will be applied to your student accounts."

The SJP notices claimed to mimic notices that the Israel Defense Forces hands out in advance of home evictions of Palestinians. But the Anti-Defamation League, which has labeled SJP among the the top 10 anti-Israel groups in America, said in a press release that the SJP notices "inaccurately alleged that Palestinians in the West Bank are evicted from their homes 'for no other reason than their ethnicity' when in fact the Israel Defense Forces conduct evictions when there are serious security concerns and when homes are built illegally."

Incidentally, SJP has now been reinstated by Northeastern University.


Posted on April 25, 2014 .