Statement in support of the Take Back NYU! coalition

To the NYU Administration:

Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East supports the Take Back NYU! coalition in their rightful demands for transparency, democracy and the protection of human rights at their university. Their efforts to bring light to these issues culminated in the occupation of the Kimmel Center this week, a measure taken only after many months of engagement with the NYU administration was met with apathy and silence. This left the students no recourse but to take drastic action.

Adalah-NY supports the Take Back NYU! coalition's inclusion of Gaza and Palestine in the struggle for social justice. We call on the university to address the students' demands, make transparent all financial transactions and investments, and end any complicity with Israeli apartheid.

The student protesters carry on a proud tradition of struggle for civil liberties, and against apartheid, wherever it might be, Gaza being the latest case in point. The NYU administration will certainly be judged in history as being on the wrong side of justice.

We denounce NYU administration's use of heavy-handed repression, suspension and eviction as a response to a non-violent student protest. Adalah-NY calls on the NYU administration to grant amnesty to all students involved and reinstate them immediately.

Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East is a grassroots strategic alliance of concerned organizations and individuals in New York, formed to demand an immediate, unconditional, and permanent end to U.S. and U.S.-sponsored Israeli aggression in the Middle East.

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