General Union for Palestine Students (SFSU)

What is GUPS?

We are a group of San Francisco State Students dedicated to standing up for the injustices occurring against the Palestinian people. We hold a general meeting Tuesdays 12:30-1:30, and we meet at the GUPS office in the Cesar Chavez Student Center at SFSU, room 100B.

The General Union of Palestine Students is a student run organization that has been a part of the San Francisco State University community for over three decades. Established in the 1920’s, when the Palestinian struggle began, the Palestinian student movement was one of the first national Palestinian institutions to be formed. 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.

What are the goals of GUPS?

At San Francisco State, 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 San Francisco State 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 San Francisco State University 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.

Who can become a member?

GUPS is not exclusive to only Palestinians or Arabs. People who support the above principles are encouraged to become involved. We are at a crucial point in history and just as the Palestinian people are being oppressed, we must in the name of humanity stand in solidarity with their struggle to be free. WE ARE ALL PALESTINIANS!