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Mock Evictions Draw Criticism at Florida Atlantic University

Courtesy of Christine Capozziello / University Press

Gabi Alecksinko, a senior Intercultural Communications major at FAU, posted an eviction notice on a student's door at the Indian River Tower dormitory of the Boca Raton campus last Friday.

Editor’s note: This post was written by WLRN reporter Tasnim Shamma; see response from FAU below.

About 200 students at three residential dormitories of the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University returned home last Friday to find mock eviction notices posted on their doors.

The notice said they had three days to collect their belongings or be arrested.

The group, Students for Justice in Palestine, was trying to bring attention to home demolitions in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Christine Capozziello, a sophomore at FAU, says while the event didn’t generate a lot of buzz on campus, it did raise awareness.

“It was kind of shocking what they told me, I had no idea that was going on,” Capozziello said. “They said that people in Palestine were being evicted so that building could go on for Israel.”

Capozziello accompanied the activists as they put up the notices to take photos for the student paper, The University Press. Housing department staff members escorted the students as they put up the notices, according to Noor Fawzy, president of Students for Justice in Palestine. The student group received permission from FAU’s housing department to post fliers in residential areas, which upset some students, including members of the campus-based Hillel.

The executive director of the Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, Scott Brockman, posted a note on the center’s Facebook page saying the Hillel was taking steps to understand why the flier was approved by the Housing department in the first place.

“While Hillel supports free speech and champions civil discourse on campus we will not sit idly by when Israel is singled out, delegitimized and demonized,” Brockman wrote. “We all deserve our campuses to be warm and welcome communities for Jewish students and ALL others.”

Update

Dr. Charles L. Brown, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs at FAU, sent this response:

The University has received a number of inquiries following the recent posting of mock eviction notices in certain FAU residence halls. The University, as an institution of higher education, prides itself on being a venue for free expression, regardless of viewpoint.  However, the distribution of printed material on University property is subject to FAU policy and regulation.  These policies require that printed material be distributed only at reasonable times and places and in reasonable manners.  These policies are designed to ensure that the manner in which material is distributed is consistent with the educational mission of the University, its uninterrupted orderly operation, the safety of the University community, and the protection of University property and that of its students, faculty and staff. 

The recent mock eviction postings did not comply with the policies of University Housing and Residential Life or the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership concerning the distribution of printed material, and therefore the postings were removed.

 

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1282417375 Asher B. Garber

    This raises awareness? Like Israel Apartheid Week which has lied about Israel and Apartheid?

    How many of the 200 eviction notices went to Jewish kids on campus? But I must be overreaching. After all, these kids, who are 1/3 the age of the State of Israel, know the absolute truth about everything. Like how Israel is really, really mean. And how Israel is really, really wrong.

    At the end of the day, though, it’s Israel that has offered 3 states since the 2000 Wye Accords, and it’s the Palestinian leadership rejecting those state offers without one counterproposal. And, yet, it’s the SJP intimidating Jewish students on campuses around this country due to the SJP’s lack of understanding, logic, education….

    Stay KKKlassy, SJP. You are the hate mongers of the junior circuit. Maybe one day you will graduate to blowing cafeterias up. You know, in order to bring more awareness to your demented perspective and absolute lack of willing to find peace by learning through others.

    All the SJP taught me is that, to them, intimidation is the way.

    • Sean Blackwell

      It is true that Israel makes offers to the Palestinian people, but none of those offers allow Palestine the right to self determination nor do they allow for a Palestinian defense force. The Zionist government in Israel wants to Palestinians to accept unrealistic and humiliating terms, or terms of the “Occupier”. You speak of blowing things up, but the fact of the matter is the Israeli terror groups Stern, Irgun, Gush Emunim, and the state sponsored Israeli Defense Force set the example for the oppressed and desperate Palestinians to follow. While you were attempting to be sarcastic in your comment, you are correct in saying Israel is very very mean. Anti-Zionist is not anti-Semitic.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1282417375 Asher B. Garber

        So let me see if I got this straight. A bloody war has been ensued for, let’s just say since the Arafat began his campaign for Palestinian statehood… Roughly since 1964. Here are THREE STATES offered since 2000, and NOT ONE COUNTERPROPOSAL to those offers…. And you’re going to point out how EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THOSE STATE OFFERS WERE BOGUS.

        Exactly, Sean. You know it all. Because when Israel was born, you were there. When the history books tell me one thing, you say,  DUH, IT’S THE ZIONISTS TELLING YOU WHAT THE HISTORY BOOKS TELL YOU.

        This is why you will never win, Sean. Not you nor your hate mongering KKKrew. I love your love to hate the demilitarized state. PEACE WON’T COME UNTIL ALL THE JEWS ARE DEAD, sez Sean.

        How about you hold your breath till you turn blue, Sean. That ought to do the trick.

  • Reluctant Hawk

    Anti-Zionism quickly becomes racist when it seeks to deny Jews the right to national self-determination but demands it for Palestinian Arabs.  Israel has accepted the right of Palestinian Arabs to their own state.  The Palestinian Arabs have not accepted the same for Jews and that is why they have refused to make peace.

  • Laura G.

    Read this article and tell me that Palestinians are the only ones getting evicted. Wake up call: Jews get evcited in Israel, too!
    http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=263693

  • Capozziello Logic

    How would Capozziello like it if we were to go to her house and serve her up a fake subpoena for a mock pedophilia trial? I mean, the Vatican is in Italy… she’s apparently Italian. Those priests are all Catholic. Take it out on her, right? Makes sense, according to her logic.

  • Fed_Up18

    Wonderful. These bigots get to lie, spread their filth & their punishment is that “the postings were removed”. I think the Jewish students should sue.

    • Hephie

      Bigots? Lies? The students’ leaflets clearly source their information to Amnesty International, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Anyone wanting to find out more about the more than 25,000 Palestinian homes destroyed in the West Bank since 1967 can freely check the sources. How exactly can anyone sue anybody for unpleasant facts?

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