The Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) student organization banner was stolen from CSU’s Student Center on Jan. 11.
The student organization was informed that the banner must have been stolen that morning and that the zip ties from their banner were still on the floor.
The Cauldron made a public records request for the police report as a source close to the university tells The Cauldron that CSU PD is investigating the matter.
“With the Solidarity for Palestinian Human rights banner recently being taken it seems like Palestinian students are being targeted on campus, which is surprising considering the fact that Cleveland State is supposed to be an open and welcoming campus,” Summer Hussein, a board memerber of SPHR told The Cauldron. “I’ve truly enjoyed my experience at Cleveland state thus far because it stands by equality and safety so I hope they continue to stand by their oath.”
Overall, SPHR board members question the intentions behind the theft of their banner, considering it was the only one taken. They hope Cleveland State will push the investigation and ensure protection of their organization and members.
The Cauldron reached out to the university to get a comment multiple times on whether they believed the theft had racist intentions and how they plan on protecting CSU’s Palestinian and Muslim communities going forward.
CSU didn’t reply.
The Cauldron also reached out to President Laura Bloomberg on why she and her administration have not made a public statement with the recent theft of the Palestinian Human Rights organization banner from the student center.
She didn’t reply.
The Cauldron asked Bloomberg for a comment on how she and her administration plan to ensure the safety of CSU’s Palestinian and Muslim communities going forward.
She didn’t reply.
This is a developing Story. Updates will be posted as they become available.