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OSU Divest Exposed: Report on Ohio State University (June 2018)

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Canary Mission investigated student activists with Students for Justice and Palestine (SJP) and the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement at Ohio State University (OSU), in June 2018.

SJP OSU activists were the driving force behind OSU Divest, a campaign to present a BDS resolution to the University Student Government (USG), on January 25, 2018.

At the presentation of the resolution, 38 OSU students reportedly spoke against it, while eight spoke in favor. One student described the resolution as “intentionally dishonest,” while other students cited “its anti-Semitic undertones.”

The resolution underwent various amendments as attempts to remove its overt connection to the BDS movement were considered.

The final version of the resolution retained its references to anti-Israel divestment resolutions passed by student governments at over a dozen other universities. Links to multiple websites accusing Israel of “apartheid” and promoting BDS were also retained. A proposed amendment to add a statement denouncing the BDS movement was rejected.

Ultimately, a watered-down version of the anti-Israel resolution passed in the USG. Passage of the resolution was enabled by the USG president, who allowed the vote to be held via a controversial secret ballot.

This report includes the following 23 individuals:

  • 10 Students affiliated with SJP OSU
  • 9 Co-Sponsors of the 2018 OSU Divest resolution
  • 3 Students affiliated with OSU Divest
  • The USG president who allowed the vote to be held via secret ballot

The social media activity of the students investigated revealed anti-Semitism, support for terrorism, promotion of violence and widespread demonization of Israel as well as the United States.

Three students posted openly anti-Semitic sentiments:

  • Anisa Liban expressed her support for Hitler, tweeting: “‘loooool that’s the first thing you say to me’  either that or GO HITLER! which I can’t say, as muchAsI Want2.”
  • Sundus Assaf declared in Arabic that “Obama and the Jews and Bush are all to blame,” tweeting: “Obama w el yahood w Bush el ha8 3laihom kolhom.”
  • Kinza Sami published a since-deleted blog post defending Hamas. Sami claimed: “How can Hamas be considered a terrorist group? In my opinion, they are completely justified.”

SJP OSU had a former-treasurer who posted threats on Facebook against pro-Israel senators in 2016. The group promoted incitement, spread hatred of Israel, demonized the Birthright trip to Israel, attacked an anti-BDS bill, pushed successive versions of the OSU Divest resolution and campaigned for terrorist Rasmea Odeh.

SJP at OSU (SJP OSU) was formerly known as the Committee for Justice in Palestine (CJP).

Threatening Student Senators

On December 1, 2016, SJP OSU hosted an event objecting to a David Project-sponsored trip to Israel geared towards student government leaders.

Yousef Yacoub, SJP OSU’s then-treasurer, threatened on Facebook to track student “senators, directors, and members of senior staff” who indicated interest in the trip.

Yacoub wrote: “I see you, and I promise you that if you go on this trip without hearing our voices, I will take action. At the first General Assembly of next semester, I will bring forth a resolution for all of your impeachments.”

Spreading Incitement

On September 23, 2015, SJP OSU promoted an event on Facebook titled “#AlAqsaUnderAttack: The Treatment of Sacred Palestinian Places of Worship Under the Occupation.” The event description claimed that there have been “attacks of Masjid Al-Aqsa, the third-holiest site in the Islamic faith, by the Israeli Defense Forces.”

October 2015 saw an upsurge in violence across Israel incited by Palestinian political and religious leaders. The wave of stabbings, known as the “Knife Intifada,” saw young Palestinians throughout the country stabbing and attempting to stab scores of Israeli civilians.

The attacks were fueled by Palestinian leaders propagating the libel that Israel intended to desecrate the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The allegation that Jews “threaten” to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque has been a traditional pretext for Arab attacks against Jews long before the existence of the modern Jewish state.

On November 3, 2014, SJP OSU promoted on Facebook and co-sponsored a “Hands Off Al Aqsa!” event. The event description said: “When will we stop rallying? When Palestine is FREE! Religious freedom is under attack! As humans, we cannot stand around and watch as Palestinians are robbed of their religious freedom.”

On October 30, 2013, SJP OSU posted an Al-Jazeera article on Facebook titled “Shutdown of Al-Aqsa mosque a ‘declaration of war’ say Palestinian leaders.”

Supporting an Anti-Israel Agitator

On December 25, 2017, SJP OSU posted to Facebook: “#FreeAhedTamimi” and attached an article titled: “Israel has transferred Ahed Tamimi to three different detention facilities in the last five days even though she has not yet been charged with a crime.”

On December 24, 2017, SJP OSU tweeted: “#FreeAhedTamimi.”

Ahed Tamimi was detained after she was filmed punching and kicking Israeli soldiers. She has a long history of physically attacking Israeli soldiers.

Tamimi is the daughter of Bassem Tamimi, who is notorious for exploiting young children as political props in staged confrontations with Israeli soldiers. In 2011, he was jailed for organizing violent rallies and inciting minors to commit violent crimes such as rock-throwing.

Spreading Hatred of Israel

On November 6, 2015, SJP OSU posted an article on Facebook that accused Israel of harvesting Palestinians’ organs.

On October 2, 2014, SJP OSU posted a graphic on Facebook that read” “#JSIL.” The post linked to an Al Jazeera social media stream post that spread an effort by Twitter users “to rebrand Israel as [Islamic State and the Levant] ISIL, renaming it “The Jewish State of Israel in the Levant.”

On September 26, 2014, SJP OSU posted on Facebook a graphic featuring a series of maps that presented lands once controlled by Britain, Egypt and Jordan as autonomous “Palestinian land,” purportedly stolen by Israel. SJP OSU alsofeatured these maps as part of their mock “apartheid wall” during Israeli Apartheid Week.

In February of 2016, publisher McGraw-Hill Education recalled and destroyed copies of a college level textbook that contained copies of the fraudulent maps. In October 2015, the United States cable news network MSNBC apologized for airing a similar series of maps and retracted them.

On April 6, 2014, SJP OSU promoted on Facebook their hosting of Birzeit University’s Right to Education tour.

The Right to Education campaign brings Palestinian university students to U.S. campuses to spread a libel that Israel is obstructing the rights of Palestinians to higher education. This claim mischaracterizes Israeli security sweeps to shut down terror cells operating on Palestinian campuses.

Demonizing Free Trips to Israel

On April 4, 2016, SJP OSU shared a quote on Facebook from an article demonizing the Birthright Jewish heritage tour. The article claimed that Birthright was “violent” on that “To make Birthright fun and safe means eradicating an Arab populace.”

The article also said that “Birthright is the erasure of our right to our homeland, and it promises our homeland to one in four students at this university.”

On February 22, 2016, SJP OSU promoted a poster on Facebook that condemned a free trip to Israel awarded to Oscar nominees. The poster declared: “Free Trip To Israel At The Expense of Palestinians” and “#SkiptheTrip, Don’t endorse Israel Apartheid.”

Pushing BDS on Campus

SJP OSU pushed a divestment resolution presented by OSU Divest to the University Student Government (USG) on March 23, 2016. The resolution, which targeted companies the group claimed were “complicit in human rights violations,” failed in a secret ballot by 21-9 votes with 15 abstentions.

During the pre-vote discussion of the bill, OSU Divest members accused Israel of “apartheid” and claimed that presidential election candidates were “paraded to AIPAC to pledge allegiance to a foreign government.”

On April 6, 2016, SJP OSU joined other groups staging a “sit-in” in front of OSU President Michael Drake’s office, as part of a “#ReclaimOSU” campaign. The campaign demanded “complete, comprehensive and detailed access to the Ohio State budget and investments immediately.”

Following repeated discussions and warnings, the university released a statement declaring the groups’ occupation of the premises illegal. Police were called in to prevent access to the building past closing time.

Attacking Anti-BDS Bill

On October 13, 2017, SJP OSU tweeted: “ATTENTION: There is an anti- BDS resolution that is in the process of being passed here in Ohio.” The tweet referred to Ohio bill H.C.R 10, which condemned the BDS movement and “manifestations” of anti-Semitism.

On October 16, 2017, SJP OSU tweeted: “Hearing for anti-BDS house bill has been delayed until further notice please RT and spread the word.”

SJP OSU also tweeted: “Further details about submitting written testimonials also coming in the next couple days as well! Stay tuned!”

On October 28, 2017, SJP OSU tweeted: “Breaking: just released the hearing for the anti bds bill in the state legislature is THIS Wednesday at 9:30 am, RT and tell your friends.”

SJP OSU also tweeted that students should send in a written testimony against the bill, to tell “them you’re against this bill,” and to “share with friends.”

H.C.R 10 was adopted by the Ohio House of Representatives on December 5, 2017.

Promoting Terrorist Rasmea Odeh

In November 2014, SJP OSU promoted on Facebook a solidarity rally for Rasmea Odeh.

Odeh was a key military operative with the terrorist group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). In 1969, Odeh masterminded a PFLP bombing that killed two college students in a Jerusalem supermarket. Odeh also attempted to bomb the British consulate.

Odeh confessed, in a highly detailed account, the day following her arrest. In a 2004 documentary, one of Odeh’s co-conspirators directly implicated her as the mastermind.

On 1970, an Israeli court tried and convicted Odeh for her involvement in both bombings and sentenced her to life imprisonment. However, Odeh was released 10 years later, in a prisoner swap and emigrated to the United States.

On November 10, 2014, a Michigan federal jury convicted Odeh for immigration fraud because she failed to disclose her prior conviction and life sentence on her immigration application. On March 12, 2015, she was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

On February 26, 2016, Odeh’s immigration fraud case was sent back to the district court, to examine whether trauma-related repressed memories contributed to Odeh’s failure to disclose her prior conviction.

On March 23, 2017, Odeh accepted a plea deal where she would be initially deported to Jordan and lose her U.S. citizenship in exchange for avoiding jail time.

 

SJP FSU: Spreading Hate on Campus and Online

Canary Mission investigated anti-Semitism and support for terrorism among anti-Israel activists at Florida State University (FSU). 26 students and professionals affiliated with the campus group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) were found to have posted over 150 times on Twitter and Facebook, expressing a wide variety of hatred against Jews and Israel.

A key finding was the large support for terrorism and violence. 59 of the 165 posts (36%) were endorsements or promotion of terror as well as calls for intifada and violence against Jews.

The content of the other posts included:

  • Mocking the Holocaust
  • Comparing Israelis to Nazis
  • Cursing Jews in Arabic
  • Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories
  • Hatred and demonization of Israel

Of particular note was Reem Zaitoon who tweeted multiple times her desire to “f**k up a Zionist.” As well as Yousef Mohamed who repeatedly cursed Jew’s mothers, fathers and sisters.

FSU SJP as an organization was found to have spread incitement to terror, defended the Knife Intifada and honored terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

 

Patrick Little’s Anti-Semitism Problem

Patrick Little is running for the United States Senate on a neo-Nazi and anti-Jewish platform. Little is a Holocaust denier that calls for America to be “free of Jews”. He has shown support for terrorism against Israelis as well as proposed to introduce a bill to “nuke every Israeli town with a population of over 10,000 people”. Little sees White Nationalists and Pro-Palestinians as natural allies. Is this the kind of person you want in office?

SJP and the “Intifada”

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April 18, 2018, was Yom Hazikaron – Israeli Memorial Day.

On this day we remember the fallen soldiers and civilians who died defending the State of Israel and at the hands of terrorists.

Hundreds of these brave individuals lost their lives during periods of “intifada” unrest in Israel in shootings, rock-throwings, stabbings, car-rammings and bombings of civilian targets by terrorist attackers.

Canary Mission’s NEW report, SJP and “Intifada,” sheds light on a shocking trend whereby activists from the campus hate-group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) actively show support for these periods of violent unrest.

The report also includes a NEW video that comes with a strong warning to sensitive viewers. The video highlights the tragedy of terror attacks that SJP appallingly supports.

The violence of “intifada” is pure terrorism. Nevertheless, declaring support for “intifada” is acceptable speech amongst SJP and its activists.

Scores of SJP activists and chapters have expressed their endorsement of “intifada” on their official social media pages and through chanting pro-“intifada” slogans at their events, demonstrations and disruptive activities.

The SJP and “Intifada report is a snapshot of SJP’s actions and includes:

  • 54 SJP activists, officers and affiliates who have all expressed support for “intifada”
  • 10 SJP chapters that have encouraged support for “intifada”
  • An exposé of radical SJP founder, UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian, who in 2004 called for an “intifada” in the United States

To see the full report on SJP and the “Intifada” click here.

 

Anti-Semitism at Wayne State University

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Report on Wayne State University, Detroit MI (March 2018)

At Wayne State University (WSU), today marks the beginning of “Palestine Awareness Week” aka Israel Apartheid Week. The student group running it — Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at WSU — presents itself as a “human rights” organization, but the actions of their leaders and activists show the opposite.

The Canary Mission March 2018 Report on Wayne State University has uncovered a highly disturbing pattern of anti-Semitism and support for terror within the university-sanctioned group. The report showcases 13 activists with SJP WSU who have spread a wide variety of hatred against Jews, Israel and the United States. This includes:

  • Cursing Jews in both English and Arabic
  • Praising terrorism
  • Spreading incitement
  • Comparing Israel to Nazi Germany
  • Accusing Israel of committing another Holocaust
  • Claiming former President Bush was behind the 9/11 terror attacks

It should come as no surprise therefore that SJP WSU is also a strong supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

SJP WSU Activity

Supporting Terrorists

On November 11, 2016 and 2017, SJP WSU posted photos to Facebook memorializing Yasser Arafat on the anniversary of his death. The 2017 post included an Arafat quote, reading: “The victory march will continue until the Palestinian flag flies in Jerusalem and in all of Palestine.”

Yasser Arafat was the leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and is known by some as the “father of modern terrorism.” In 1996, he told Arab diplomats: “We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. Jews will not want to live among Arabs. I have no use for Jews. They are and remain Jews.”

On April 8, 2017, SJP WSU posted a photo to Facebook of a painting honoring terrorist Leila Khaled, displayed at an SJP Palestinian cultural event.

Khaled was a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and participated in the hijacking of TWA Flight 840 in 1969 and El Al Flight 219 in 1970. In a 2014 interview, Khaled opined that the Palestinian second intifada failed because it was not violent enough.

On November 25, 2016, SJP WSU tweeted and posted on Facebook in support of terrorist Rasmea Odeh.

Odeh was a key military operative with the PFLP. In 1969, she masterminded a supermarket bombing that killed two college students. She also attempted to bomb the British consulate in Jerusalem. Odeh later moved to the United States but was deported to Jordan in 2017 for immigration fraud.

Denying Jerusalem’s Jewish History

On December 8, 2017, SJP WSU shared a Facebook video of Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas stating [00:00:15]: “Jerusalem is a city that is Palestinian, Arab, Christian, Islamic and the eternal capital of Palestine.“

Abbas was protesting U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

On October 19, 2016, SJP WSU tweeted a picture taken at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, stating: “Victory of Palestine against Israel: Jerusalem Holy Site Declared Muslim, Not Jewish, in United Nations Resolution.”

BDS Support

On April 9, 2017, SJP WSU officers posed for a Facebook photo before a mock “apartheid wall” that featured a call to boycott Israel and included a quote associating Israel with Nazi propaganda methods.

The wall bore a quote often attributed to Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels: “If you repeat a lie enough times, it becomes the truth.”

SJP WSU revised the quote, by replacing the word “truth” with the word “politics” and then crossed out “politics” and substituted the word “Israel,” written with fake blood dripping from the letters. Below the quote appeared the hashtag: “#BOYCOTTISRAEL.”

The quote embodied an anti-Semitic idea known as the “Big Lie,” which was used by Nazi Germany to demonize Jews and to promote the boycott of Jewish businesses.”

SJP WSU used the wall as early as March 2016.

To view the full campaign go to https://canarymission.org/campaign/wsu.

TWITTER SUSPENDED – CALL TO ACTION

UPDATE:

As of Feb 27th, 9pm Eastern Standard Time, the Canary Mission Twitter has been REINSTATED!

Due to the outpouring of support from our followers, Twitter has reinstated the Canary Mission account. Thank you to everyone who contacted Twitter and made this happen!

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Too often social media giants reward hatred and penalize those who fight for a tolerant society.

Canary Mission, a university campus watchdog that exposes hatred and anti-Semitism across the political spectrum, has been outrageously suspended from Twitter.

In the meantime, neo-Nazis, terrorist organizations and those dedicated to the destruction of Israel continue to operate freely. Among them, Hatem Bazian – a repeated offender of anti-Semitism, David Duke – former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and even terror organization Hamas!

The Canary Mission Twitter account, by contrast, has been solely utilized to expose the social media posts and actions of those who spread hate.

The suspension of Canary Mission comes at a particularly sensitive time. In the wake of an overwhelmingly tragic school shooting, we face the the stark reality that social media posts must be taken seriously.

Our database contains hundreds of individuals who have shown support for or openly threatened violence on social media. In fact, many bigots and racists on our site have bragged about their ownership, ability and desire to use firearms.

We have also uncovered individuals studying or working in helping professions, who have posted a desire to injure or even kill Jews!

Exposing these potentially dangerous individual’s posts to the public, who then in turn report them to the authorities, has proven to be a vital tool. Last year, our tweet exposing a preschool teacher who had been spreading violent hatred against Jews, led to her swift removal from her position working with small children.

Despite this, Canary Mission according to Twitter, is violating their rule against “hateful conduct,” since we also call out white supremacists, Hamas supporters and anti-Israel activists, many of whom praise Hitler, who then complain to Twitter that we are acting against them.

This claim is absolutely ludicrous. As clearly laid out in our About page, Canary Mission merely “gathers content from publicly available sources.” Anyone who complains about what Canary Mission said about them on Twitter needs to read the content of the tweet and face the hatred in their own words.


Hundreds of racists and bigots have taken to Twitter in order to celebrate. Various Twitter users have even attempted to take the credit. Included in the celebrants was Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) leader Ben Lorber, who expressed his joy in a Facebook with the tagline “Am Yisrael byeeeee.” This is the true face of hatred.

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Much more significantly, we have received an outpouring of shock, concern and desire to help from our supporters across North America and from around the world. We have been inundated with emails and messages through our Facebook page by individuals looking to help. This is a true testament to the positive work we are doing. We are humbled and truly grateful to all those who have reached out to us. We are including an ACTION ALERT at the bottom of this email for specifically for all of you.

If the Canary Mission Twitter account is indeed permanently removed, then hatred has won a temporary victory. Whatever happens, our detractors should realize and our supporters can take to heart, that this will not change a single aspect of the work that Canary Mission does.

We will do our best to get our account reinstated and if not, our mission will not change, we will not falter. We will continue our mission to fight hatred and anti-Semitism.

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