USF students protest Israeli home demolitions in East Jerusalem listen03/04/10 SeÃ¡n 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 isnâ€™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 USFâ€™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 USFâ€™s Masterâ€™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 Israelâ€™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 theyâ€™re doing to civilians."