Sit-in at CSU-Fresno to Stop Genocide in Gaza

Protesters at the sit-in for Palestine at Fresno State on May 1. Photo by Peter Maiden
Protesters at the sit-in for Palestine at Fresno State on May 1. Photo by Peter Maiden

Students at CSU-Fresno held a sit-in on campus to focus attention on the genocide taking place in Gaza and to call for an immediate end to the war.  Over 150 students, faculty and community supporters joined as students on campuses across the country are protesting US policy in Palestine, Gaza and Israel.

Loud chanting could be heard on campus.  “No justice no peace, hands off the Middle East. Occupation is a crime, from Fresno to Palestine.  Free free free Palestine, free free free Gaza.”

Hineen, who did not want to give her last name, helped organize this sit-in and is with the campus group Students for Palestine Liberation.  Hineen said “we are here to stand in solidarity with Palestine.  We are here because of the ongoing genocide against people in Gaza and the violence they are facing in the West Bank. Ultimately our goal here is for a free Palestine, we want liberation and I feel we have the power to do so.”  

John Beynon, professor of English and president of the California Faculty Association at CSU-Fresno, said he was there “because it is really important that we support our students.  Given what we are seeing all around the country we are seeing a lot of bravery, a lot of courage on the part of students.” Beynon went on to compare this sit-in with the anti-war demonstrations that took place on campus in 1968.

There was no visible police presence at the sit-in, which took place in the Free Speech area on campus.  There was one person who came late that was covered with an Israeli flag, a person with a Trump mask who had several video cameras attached to his body and right wing Proud Boy Josh Fulfer who shot video of the crowd.

Will there be further anti-war demonstrations at CSU-Fresno?  Hineen said we will just have to wait and see.

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  • Mike Rhodes

    Mike Rhodes is the executive director of theCommunity Alliance newspaper and author of the book Dispatches from the War Zone, about homelessness in Fresno. www.mikerhodes.us is his website. Contact him at mikerhodes@comcast.net.

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