What do a dorm eviction prank, the crashing of a LGBT event, anti-Semitism in the College Council, and a ‘Die-in’ designed to disrupt the remembrance of terror victims have in common?
They’ve been called “Hamas on Campus.”
They invite the condemnation of campus administrations all over the country. Yet, they continue to harrass, berate, and mouth-off to and about anyone who dares question their cause or methods.
And — while they claim to be working for “Justice” and “Peace” — a closer look at their words and deeds proves that their vision of peace actually rests on the insult and theft of an entire nation’s culture — at all costs and by any means.
They are “Students for Justice in Palestine” (SJP);” their dogma not only undermines the pursuit of peace both on North American campuses and in the Middle East, they often completely undermine the welfare of the very Palestinian-Arabs they claim to protect, with one single-minded goal: The utter erasure of the Jews’ ancient history and the dismantling of the Jewish nation-state in the Jews’ ancestral home — Israel. For SJP at UC Santa Cruz, this constitutes “Justice” in Palestine.
SJP has systematically abused Jews on campuses nationwide — Israeli or not, ‘Zionist’ or not — for years, particularly in California. But, on the University of California, Santa Cruz campus, SJP — known there as the Committee for Justice in Palestine (CJP) — is getting bolder and more aggressive toward a wider range of groups.
On December 2, 2013, the UCSC CJP began a propaganda campaign that would explode in 2015.
The Dorm Eviction Prank
On December 2, 2013, UCSC CJP members distributed fake eviction notices to more than 400 UCSC students in campus dorm rooms. Those notices ordered the students to leave their rooms, threatening that they would be demolished within several days.
The prank was supposed to “raise awareness about Palestinian displacement in Israel.” Four-hundred students were directly harassed.
The BDS Offensive
At a May 2014 UCSC Student Union Assembly (SUA), CJP proposed a non-binding resolution, urging UCSC to divest from corporations that “support the Israeli occupation.”
The resolution initially failed to garner the two-thirds majority necessary for passage. However, following a complicated procedural battle, during which UCSC CJP members argued that CJP members would feel “unsafe” on campus if the vote did not go in their favor, SUA voted on November 18, 2015 to validate the divestment resolution.
Some would consider the CJP’s concern for their own feeling of safety ironic, considering the groups and individuals the group’s members marginalized and harassed on their Divestment warpath.
Anti-Semitism in the College Council
Two days prior to the November 18 vote, a Jewish SUA representative, Daniel Bernstein, received a Facebook message warning him to abstain from voting on the resolution because he was the president of the schools’ Jewish Student Union. The message said that his College Council determined that he was motivated by “a Jewish agenda,” and was unfairly biased against the resolution.
Although the CJP condemned this case of anti-Semitism, it was a natural result of the beast CJP itself created.
On November 19, 2015 UCSC’s Chancellor, George Blumenthal, sent an email to the campus community announcing that he would be convening a Chancellor’s Diversity Advisory Council to discuss the climate for Jewish students on campus. Chancellor Blumenthal also noted that the resolution “may create an environment in which some of our Jewish students feel alienated and less welcome on our campus.”
Hostility Against the Campus Chancellor – December 6, 2015
On December 6, 2015, CJP responded via a Facebook post to the Chancellor’s email — demanding his resignation: “We are disgusted with you and your ‘chillingly’ racist email to the campus community…we recognize the opportunistic nature of your email and it is clearly a part of the University of California’s continued systematic attempt to silence activism around Palestine…“In recognition of your absolute incompetence and steadfast defense of white supremacy, we demand your resignation.”
Now let’s take a closer look at the series of battles the UCSC CJP members waged on their warpath.
LGBT “Safe Space” Deception Intrusion Causes Relocation – January 2015
UCSC CJP raising havoc at LGBT event after promising not to. Source: AWiderBridge.org February 2, 2015
UCSC CJP members violated the safe space of an LGBT campus event hosted by “A Wider Bridge”. Hoisting a placard reading “LONG LIVE THE INTIFADA!” the demonstrators invoked, with approval, the wave of Palestinian Arab violence occurring in Israel that month. UCSC CJP members pushed to the front of the room and imposed their message upon the audience while delaying the invited speaker from talking. UCSC CJP later posted a video inadvertently showing that its members lied when agreeing not to disrupt the event, as a condition of their admittance.
Hours before the event, unidentified callers harassed the UCSC’s LGBT center threatening to block students’ entry to the event — and demanded its cancellation. A flyer advertising the LGBT event was defaced with “F*ck Zionist Pinkwashing Free Palestine.” Eventually, the LGBT Center’s environs, intended to be a safe place for students, became so hostile and threatening that the program had to be relocated.
Lecture and Lauding of Terror-Supporting Professor Steven Salaita – February 2015
Source: UC Santa Cruz CJP Facebook Page February 23, 2015
In February 2015 UCSC CJP co-sponsored an event that brought Steven Salaita to UCSC’s campus. Steven Salaita is the Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB).
Salaita is famous for his inflammatory statements. On June 19, 2014, shortly after three Israeli students were kidnapped from a bus stop Salaita tweeted: “You may be too refined to say it, but I’m not: I wish all the f**king West Bank settlers would go missing.” On July 8, 2015, he tweeted that “‘Zionists‘ take sexual pleasure in the death of Palestinians.”
In August of 2014, U of Illinois (U of I) withdrew a job offer to Salaita. On January 29, 2015, in a press release U of I explained: “These statements [Salaita’s tweets] and many more like them demonstrate that Dr. Salaita lacks the judgment, temperament and thoughtfulness to serve as a member of our faculty in any capacity, but particularly to teach courses related to the Middle East.”
In August of 2015, Salaita tweeted sympathy for unrepentant terrorist-murderer Rasmea Odeh.
Checkpoint Campaign that Prompted Hate/Bias Reports from Students – March 7, 2015
UCSC CJP’s ‘Checkpoint’ where certain students felt particularly targeted Source: UC Santa Cruz CJP Facebook Page March 8, 2015
On March 7, 2015, UCSC CJP members dressed up in mock Israeli Defense Forces uniforms and set up four mock “checkpoints” on UCSC’s campus. UCSC CJP physically blocked students entering one of the main campus libraries before final exams until they produced “proper identification.” UCSC CJP’s disturbance of student life purported to illustrate how Palestinians experience military checkpoints.
On March 12, 2015, UCSC’s Chancellor and Campus Provost sent an email to the UCSC community that the administration had received “hate/bias” reports filed against the mock-checkpoint demonstrators and acknowledged that other students felt “particularly targeted” by the UCSC CJP tactic.
Shutting Down of Free Discussion Labeling Dialogue “Terrorism” – April 2015
In April 2015, UCSC CJP members disrupted a talk given by former Israeli army officers, trying to dialogue with students on-campus. One demonstrator covered his face and bellowed from a prepared text at the visiting Israelis.The Israelis welcomed the protesters’ voices and beseeched them to engage in civil dialogue. However, UCSC CJP member Wessam Awadalla shrieked: “You can’t tell me that you value life and you lost people and that hurts you…You can’t talk to me like this!” Awadalla called additional requests for dialogue “an act of terror and the violence of colonization.” Meanwhile, the masked disruptor continued his rant —accompanied by fellow UCSC CJP members, chanting “Free Free Palestine,” before walking out.
‘Die-In’ to Disrupt an Appropriate Remembrance of Terror Victims – November 2015
UCSC CJP disrupting table in remembrance of terror victims Source: CityonaHillPress.com November 8, 2015 Photo by Jasper Lyons
In November 2015, UCSC CJP members held a die-in, in opposition to another student group’s showing solidarity with Israelis murdered during a wave of Palestinian terror attacks that surged that Fall. UCSC CJP members lay down directly in front of the other student group’s table.
The UCSC CJP Rewarded – November 18, 2015
In the end, the UCSC CJP’s propaganda and intimidation tactics were rewarded. On November 18, 2015 SUA voted to validate the divestment resolution.