Temple University’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) held their annual Palestinian Nights fundraiser Saturday at the Student Center. The event featured guest speaker Tariq Abu Khdeir as well as performances by a local Dabke troupe, Al Jabaliya and Jordanian singer Farah Siraj. Traditional Palestinian and Mediterranean foods were also served.
Palestinian Nights is an annual event held by Temple’s Students for Justice in Palestine; however, it is open to the community. Yafa Dias, event coordinator for SJP stressed that “Palestinian Nights is for everyone. It’s not just for students at Temple University. As you can see, there are many people from the community, friends and family.”
The event was as much of a fundraiser as it was a celebration of Palestinian culture. “Part of our proceeds will be going to Playgrounds for Palestine, which is an awesome charity targeted towards Palestinian children,” said Iman Sultan, President of Temple’s SJP.
Chris Rumbough, a sophomore member of SJP said “It’s also celebratory and positive. So, you get to engage with the culture.”
The event raised over two thousand dollars for Playgrounds for Palestine.