General Union of Palestine Students - University of New Orleans Chapter

The General Union of Palestine Students University of New Orleans Chapter (GUPS-UNO) is a student-run organization that has been active in the UNO community since 2008. However the organization itself was established in the 1920’s, when the Palestinian struggle began. GUPS was officially launched in 1959 in Cairo, Egypt. Over 100 branches of GUPS were then established worldwide, with a total of over 100,000 students. GUPS has played a crucial role both in the Middle East and worldwide in increasing awareness of the Palestinian struggle.

At the University of New Orleans, GUPS is dedicated not only to political awareness, but cultural awareness as well. One of GUPS’s goals is to share Palestinian culture and history with the New Orleans community.

Another goal of GUPS is to increase awareness of the Palestinian struggle for liberation. This occurs through such methods as teach-ins, panel discussions, civic involvement and protests.

GUPS supports justice and equality and works towards ending the occupation of Palestinian land. GUPS has adopted the following guiding principles:

-GUPS supports an immediate end to the occupation of Palestinian land

-GUPS stands in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination

-GUPS supports adherence to international law

-GUPS stands firm in its belief that rectifying human rights abuses in the region is necessary for justice and peace to prevail

-GUPS supports refugee right of return

-GUPS condemns United States financial support of Israel

-GUPS encourages the University of New Orleans Administration to divest from Israel

-GUPS supports other movements seeking justice, equality and freedom. We stand in solidarity with people of color and indigenous populations.

-GUPS supports the sharing of culture.