SANTA CRUZ -- More than 400 UC Santa Cruz students received fake eviction notices Tuesday night, an attempt by a student group to raise awareness about Palestinian displacement in Israel.

The UCSC Committee for Justice in Palestine distributed eviction notices to dorms within Porter and Merrill colleges.

"Your dormitory is scheduled for demotion at some point before December 6th," read the notice.

The notice went on to say that it was fake, but representative of the reality that more than 30,000 Palestinian Bedouins, an indigenous group, are facing.

Boian Boianov, a UCSC graduate student and member of the student group, said it hopes to raise awareness about the Prawer-Begin plan, a bill passed in June by the Israeli government that he said forcibly displaces Palestinian Bedouins from their homes in southern Israel.

"This bill will move people who have been living there for generations," said Boianov.

"We came up with the idea of putting eviction notices in people's dorms so they can understand the issue better," said senior Mustapha Hamade, who manned the group's information table at Quarry Plaza Wednesday afternoon.

Graduate student Maayan Tsadka said the Bedouin's displacement is analogous to that of the Native Americans.

"If you were to tell people that there were 30 to 40,000 indigenous people getting evicted from their homes, I'd like to think that people will protest," Tsadka said.

"Even though it seems like it's something happening on the other side of the world, there has been a call for solidarity," Tsadka said.


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