In response to public outcry and our civil rights complaint, GW is investigating its denial of trauma support to Palestinian students.

But @GWtweets failed to apologize to Palestinians for denying them these services in an all-campus email sent yesterday:…
"There is no accountability for the harm done to GW's Palestinian community, and there's no recognition that Palestinians were denied emotional support services and solidarity while their families back home were beaten, evicted, teargassed and killed.” said client Nada Elbasha.
GW Students for Justice in Palestine issued a statement demanding concrete action from @GWtweets:

“SJP considers this response vague, inadequate and ineffective. LeBlanc's message offers no concrete action to rectify the obvious discrimination the university partook in..."

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16 Nov
BREAKING: We initiated a discrimination complaint against George Washington U. (@GWtweets) for canceling university trauma services for Palestinians this past spring after a pro-Israel group falsely alleged that doing so was anti-Jewish.…
The story just broke at @JewishCurrents, which details how GW's Office of Advocacy & Support provided services to Asian, Black, and Jewish students (among other groups), but canceled advertised services for Palestinian students after pressure from admin.…
“Palestinians at GW deserve to access the same services as any other student here," said GW employee Nada Elbasha. "To have high-level administrators cancel our support programming was a shocking declaration that GW does not care about its Palestinian students.”
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22 Oct
1/ Israel’s expansion of the so-called “terrorist” designation is racist propaganda based on unfounded accusations. It's another escalation of Israeli efforts to isolate Palestinians organizations doing critical work to expose Israel’s constant violations of Palestinian rights.
2/ Israel and its allies’ primary strategy is to criminalize and undermine any resistance to its continued violent colonial expansion by targeting outspoken individuals around the world through smear and harassment campaigns, and through lawfare.
3/ Baseless terrorism accusations are a scare tactic that cause enormous harm to Palestinians, and rely on guilt by association in the most attenuated forms.…
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24 Aug
As students head back to school (in person?!), we wanted share the top reasons why students might want to reach out to Palestine Legal this year.
You and your activism for Palestinian rights are being silenced, and you want to challenge it, or confidentially share your story with us.
You want to know your rights around safely and confidently protesting Israel propaganda events, putting up a mock apartheid wall, organizing a divestment campaign, or holding an event on campus.
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30 Jul
A Must-Read Thread: Palestine advocates in the US faced severe and intensifying backlash from Israel and its allies this spring for speaking out for justice.

Palestine Legal just published a deep dive into six major trends in activism and backlash:…
Statements supporting Palestinian rights and freedom came under fire in universities—in some cases just months after people were praised for issuing similar statements of support for Black and Asian lives and against domestic state violence and racism.…
Some complaints about messages of support for Palestinian freedom focused on getting workers or students fired from their jobs or expelled from school.

Most of these efforts failed, but still harmed those impacted and cast a broader chilling effect.…
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15 Jul
This is believed to be the first statement from a US-based university condemning censorship campaigns against students supporting Palestinian rights and anti-Palestinian hate.

Congrats @NerdeenKiswani @CUNYLawSJP @cunyjlsa & your allies in this struggle.…
On June 30, after months of student organizing, CUNY Law issued a statement in support of rising 3L @NerdeenKiswani, who has faced a barrage of anti-Palestinian hate over the past 9 months in response to her years-long activism supporting Palestinian freedom.
The statement, issued by Interim Dean of the Law School Eduardo R.C. Capulong states, “the Law School supports the free speech rights of @NerdeenKiswani, other Palestinian students, and their Jewish and non-Jewish allies, who have been vilified for their activism.”
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12 May
As heart wrenching as it is to witness the attacks on Palestinians this week, it hurts even more as U.S. taxpayers to know our own complicity in the Israeli government's brutality. Join us in demanding change…
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Palestinians from Gaza and Sheikh Jarrah are rising up against decades of ethnic cleansing and apartheid. As Israel violently attacks Palestinians for resisting 73 years of oppression, the cruelty of its settler-colonial regime is on full display. Image
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