The Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at Northeastern University vowed to fight its suspension from campus over a campaign that the Boston school said intimidated students.
“It is clear that the university’s draconian decision is part of a thinly veiled policy of silencing student speech critical of Israel,” the group said in a statement issued March 12, adding that it was being “singled out for unfair and unequal treatment by the administration.”
Northeastern suspended Students for Justice in Palestine, or SJP, from the Boston campus on March 7 for at least a year and barred its current executive board from serving on any future board in the organization for its campaign distributing mock eviction notices to student residences. The notices last month were designed to mimic those that appear on illegal Arab construction slated for demolition. Similar campaigns have been used on other campuses.
Some Northeastern students reported the leafleting to the university, saying they felt intimidated by the notices, according to reports.
Last May, Northeastern put SJP on administrative probation after members staged a silent walkout during an event with Israeli soldiers. — jta