USF students protest Israeli home demolitions in East Jerusalem listen03/04/10 Seán Kinane
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Across the Bay from Eckerd College, a small group of students at the University of South Florida in Tampa also used the day to take action. But this protest isn’t against the university; it is against the plans by Israel to demolish Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem. Neveen Nawawy is a junior political science and international relations major. She organized the event.
Nawawy says her mother is a refugee from a Palestinian village south of Tel Aviv that was destroyed by Israel in 1967.
Beginning at lunchtime, about eight people held signs and chanted in one of USF’s busiest lawns, the area in front of Cooper Hall. Sumerya is a junior majoring in international studies. Her sign reads "occupation is a crime."
Another protester is Brian Trang. He is a first year student in USF’s Master’s in Public Health program.
Jeff Tillman is a freshman psychology major who watched the protest and took exception to the use of the word "apartheid" to describe Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
But another passer-by, Aubrey Snow, a sophomore double-majoring in environmental science and political science, supports the protesters. She feels that Israel has "to be careful what they’re doing to civilians."