Students for Justice in Palestine to celebrate Israeli Apartheid Week

McKenna Corson

Kent State’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has planned a week of events as part of Israeli Apartheid Week, starting March 20, to bring awareness to the conflict occurring in Palestine. 

Israeli Apartheid Week is an international movement, and this week stands as the 13th annual.

Yousof Mousa, a junior biology pre-med major and president of SJP, looks forward to the week’s events.

There will be a mock Israeli apartheid wall built from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day on Risman Plaza, Mousa said.

Events range from speakers to movies, all leading up to what Mousa believes to be the biggest event: “Palestinian Culture Night,” where Palestinian food, music, dance, poetry and a raffle will be present. “Palestinian Culture Night” will be Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Oscar Ritchie Hall room 250.

Mousa said he hopes people will attend to learn about the current Palestinian climate.

“The purpose of all of these events is to bring awareness to the situation in Palestine,” Mousa said. “Education is the purpose of our student group, and we feel like it’s our responsibility to make the students aware of what our government is being a part of.”

Everyone is welcome to take part in the events and demonstrations, as well as joining SJP.

“The goal of our student organization is to educate the public about the situation in Palestine,” Mousa said. “And therefore, to create a movement where people who have seen the facts on the ground to start to take action to stop all forms of injustice, inequality and racism.”

McKenna Corson is a diversity reporter, contact her at [email protected].