Students for a Democratic Society condemns Israel’s recent attacks on Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and we stand with Palestinians in their struggle for freedom and the right to resist in defense of their homeland.

The evictions and shootings in Sheikh Jarrah and the raids of the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan left a number of Palestineans dead and hundreds in critical condition, injured, and disabled, and the numerous airstrikes in Gaza have now killed at least 35 people, including 12 kids, and left more than 200 people injured alone. The Israeli military—which is armed and funded by the United States and trains alongside U.S. police departments—is waging attacks in attempt to destabilize Palestinian liberation movements. However, Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah continue to fight back. Palestinians held protests and sit-ins in response to the Israeli court decision to forcibly uproot and displace seven Palestinian families, and they continue to protest Israel’s violent attacks. This resistance against continuous threats of displacement, violence, and genocide is part of a long fight against Israel’s white-supremacist backed, colonial occupation that has been going on for almost 73 years.

The actions of the Israeli government from its inception in 1948 to now are nothing short of an ongoing ethnic cleansing and cultural genocide that we as Students For a Democratic Society fervently and outrightly condemn. We stand with the Palestinian people and their fight for liberation and self-determination against the U.S-backed, settler-colonial government of Israel and encourage you to participate in Palestinian solidarity events that are happening across the nation, especially on Nakba day, which is May 15th.