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President Wong fails to unify

April 4, 2018 News 1 Comment

photo by Adelyn Tirado » WHAT HAPPENED « In the weeks following the campus-wide apology email February 23 from SF State President Leslie E. Wong to the Jewish community, the long-standing political and ideological tensions on campus reignited, tearing into the fabric of campus life. The two major groups at the center of the clashing ...

Awareness Week puts spotlight on Palestine

April 2, 2018 News 1 Comment

According to the American Press Institute, the purpose of journalism is “to provide citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies, and their governments.” In order to fulfill our purpose as responsible journalists and to best serve our readers, Xpress staff members aim to ...

Hate speech posters cover SF State, again

September 28, 2017 News 4 Comments

Last Thursday posters slandering Dr. Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi and other Palestinian community figures were scattered around campus two days after Abdulhadi hosted an Islamophobia panel for SF State’s Constitution Day, on Sept. 18 and 19. The posters, distributed by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, an extremist zionist organization that has no affiliation with SF State ...

Freedom of Speech panel brings Palestinian community issues to light

September 27, 2017 News 2 Comments

Some Palestinian students and faculty do not feel safe at SF State. A two-day informational panel lead by Dr. Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, SF State Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora studies, for SF State’s Constitution Day, featured a discussion on academic freedom for professors who stand up for marginalized students and the College of Ethnic ...

Jewish community lays blame on Wong

May 9, 2017 News 3 Comments

Additional reporting by Ian Sumner Tensions are rising between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian supporters on campus, as both groups speak out against the unsettling climate they feel the University administration has created. President Leslie E. Wong’s rocky history with the local Jewish community, including the two attempts to have Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat speak on campus, ...

Letter from the editor

April 16, 2017 News Opinion

The SF State community experienced an especially trying past week. The surprising announcement and sudden cancellation of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s speech Thursday stirred controversy and invoked emotional response among multitudes of individuals and organizations — reactions rippled out from our campus and into the international realm. Given the fallout from Barkat’s speech in April ...

Criticism flares as Jerusalem mayor cancels speaking event

April 5, 2017 Life News 1 Comment

[media-credit id=477 align=”alignnone” width=”446″][/media-credit]   Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem canceled his upcoming visit to SF State due to dissatisfaction with the event’s organization and lack of publicity. “The university offered a ticketed, limited event, and no legitimate effort was made on the part of the university to publicize the lecture,” Barkat said in a ...

Posters found on campus linked to conservative activist group

October 14, 2016 News 3 Comments

The David Horowitz Freedom Center, a conservative activist group, took responsibility for posting fliers around the SF State campus on Friday that depicted a professor as a terrorist sympathizer, according to a press release issued by the center.     “Our goal in placing these posters on prominent campuses across America is to expose the ...

Student protests result in new protocol

September 9, 2016 News 3 Comments

The University has introduced new and more effective protocol for dealing with protests after a heavily criticized handling of a visit by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.   “We failed our students,” President Leslie E. Wong said in a statement released about a five-step protocol that will be used for future events. The controversial protest, led ...

General Union of Palestine Students storm meeting with Jerusalem mayor

April 7, 2016 News 43 Comments

[slideshow_deploy id=’71893′] “The Middle East, Israel in particular, have always been hot topics for this campus,” Assistant Director to San Francisco Hillel Rachel Nilson said before introducing Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat for an open dialogue with SF State students and community members. Her statement turned out to be prophetic when, minutes after Barkat started his ...

GUPs demonstrates solidarity with Palestinian journalist

February 23, 2016 News 2 Comments

The General Union of Palestine Students came together at Malcolm X Plaza Tuesday afternoon in a demonstration of solidarity with Palestinian journalist Mohammed Al-Qeeq, who is being imprisoned without charges by the Israeli government and is currently on a hunger strike. Rabab Abdulhadi, associate professor of race and resistance studies and an advisor and founder ...

University policies brought to light through spoken word

April 22, 2015 Life Multimedia News

SF State’s Student Union organized the event Mobilize for Change at The Depot April 16. The event allowed for students and student organizations to discuss the issues and problems that the campus community faces and featured spoken-word poetry from Reza “Dregs One” Harris, Larica Fantasia Jacko and DeMareon Gipson. Listen to them here. Simply hover over the icons ...

Professor Rabab Abdulhadi stands beside GUPS President Lubna Morrar as she recites a poem by Samih Al-Qassem, at the 7th Annual Edward Said Mural Celebration in the SF State Student Event Center on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.

Palestinian students embrace the power of culture, celebrate activist mural

November 6, 2014 News

Students paraded with Palestinian flags at Malcolm X Plaza for the seventh annual celebration of a mural painted on the student center that features prominent Palestinian educator, writer, philosopher and activist Edward Said. Members of the General Union of Palestine Students expressed their appreciation for the piece of cultural representation through song and dance at ...

AMCHA is too aggressive about anti-Semitism

October 1, 2014 Opinion 7 Comments

Last spring, a controversial Santa Cruz-based group called the AMCHA Initiative alerted SF State officials about some threatening Tumblr posts by a then-current student. The posts were genuinely disturbing. In them, the student posed with a knife and ranted about wanting to kill Israelis. Needless to say, he no longer attends SF State. Unfortunately, most ...

Supporters and members of SF State's General Union of Palestine Students, as well as general onlookers, listen to speakers during a gathering to remember the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Malcom X Plaza Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

GUPS remembers lives lost in 1980s Shatila massacre

September 30, 2014 News 1 Comment

The General Union of Palestine Students paid tribute to victims of the 1982 Sabra and the Shatila massacre, an act they hold Israel responsible for, as Israeli student groups stood steps away on campus Tuesday. “We’re here to commemorate the loss of life,” said GUPS President Lubna Morrar of the spoken word, dancing and hip-hop ...

SF State students protest for Palestinian justice at the Ferry Building

July 21, 2014 News

SF State students joined hundreds of protesters yesterday at the San Francisco Ferry Building to bring attention to the Palestinian struggle for liberation and to demand an end of Israeli attacks on Gaza. Organizations from all over the Bay Area, including the General Union of Palestine Students from SF State, the Arab Resource and Organizing ...

Non-student groups force President Wong to address student rights of free speech

December 11, 2013 News 20 Comments

At the “State of Emergency” rally Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, the phrase “My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers” was written with chalk onto the stage in Malcolm X Plaza. Photo by Benjamin Kamps / Xpress SF State President Leslie E. Wong sent out a mass email to the campus community Monday, addressing a balance between ...

Israeli Apartheid Week demonstrations draw mixed reactions at SF State

March 6, 2013 News

Two walls stood as a blockade to the entrance of Malcolm X Plaza. Students were asked to show their SF State identification before passing through to the Cesar Chavez Student Center to convey the eerie feeling of a borderland territory. This demonstration was brought about by Israeli Apartheid Week organized by the General Union of Palestinian ...