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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.

 

NSJP Conference 2017: A Showcase of Anti-Semites and Terror Supporters

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Campus anti-Semitism watchdog Canary Mission identified 90 individuals who gathered together in October for the 2017 annual National

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) conference at the University of Houston (UH), Texas.

The Canary Mission Report on the 2017 NSJP Conference exposes numerous organizers, panelists and attendees who shared a wide variety of anti-Semitism, support for terror and bigotry across social media.

The report also includes 7 NSJP conference attendees from previous years who shared similar hateful rhetoric on their social media.

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In January 2017 Canary Mission released a damning Report on University of Houston (UH).

The exposé included 13 students whose offensive social media posts included hatred of Jews and Israel, praise for Hitler, mockery of the Holocaust and threats of violence against Jews.

Many of the profiled students were affiliated with the UH chapter ofStudents for Justice in Palestine (SJP).

The umbrella organization, NSJP, failed to denounce the anti-Semitism from SJP activists at UH. Then, in October 2017, in a shameful display of solidarity, NSJP held their 2017 National Conference at UH.

NSJP  2017 was a showcase of Students for Justice in Palestine members and affiliates who have spread anti-Semitism and support for terrorism on social media.

The tacit support for anti-Semitic students at UH should come as no surprise. First, SJP founder Hatem Bazian has repeatedly been exposed for anti-Semitism and support for violence. Second, the Canary Mission Report on the 2017 NSJP Conference paints a damning picture of SJP activists. Their 2017 event attracted bigots and anti-Semites from SJP chapters all over North America.

The list of outrageous comments from NSJP 2017 conference attendees include:

Samer Alhato, NSJP Workshop Leader
“@BarackObama shut up about gay marriage and go kill all the Jews.”
“I support Hamas and I send then money every month.”

Ahmed Hamad, NSJP Speaker
“When I stomp, I imagine zionists faces under my feet.” 

Mohammed Nabulsi, NSJP Organizer and Panelist
“[W]e must look to and support Palestinian resistance groups and civil organizations…such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad”

Brant Roberts, NSJP Organizer  
“Zionism is a disease that needs to end.”
“F**k that sh*t! I support what the PFLP & PLO have done in their cause to free the Palestinians.”

Hossam Gamea, NSJP Panelist
“Israel is funding Islamophobia and genocide against Muslims all over the world.”

Sarah Abdulmooti, NSJP Organizer
“Israel really needs to die and I pray it happens in my lifetime.”

Sara Mahmoud, NSJP Participant
“white jews are so entitled lmfaooo please die.” 

Reem Zaitoon, NSJP Participant 
“I’ll f**k up a Zionist.” 

Nora Abushaaban, NSJP Participant
“Same s**t, different toilet. Hitler wanted an all white race, Israelis want an all Zionist country.”
“I just hate Israelis. And they just happen to be Jews.”
“Hamas is not the bad guy.”

The Canary Mission NSJP exposé is the latest in a series of scandals to have hit SJP and its leader Hatem Bazian. They have been exposed so often for bigotry and racism that SJP is not taken seriously by university administrations and being abandoned by former members.

SJP hate speech and incitement is nonetheless intensifying.

Who will hold SJP accountable?

Intersectionality or Just Blaming the Jews?

Over the last few years, the radical Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and their primary campus agitator — Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) — have developed a new strategy: forging alliances with human rights groups campaigning through social action. This technique has been labeled “intersectionality.” In most instances, worthy causes now have an additional masked message — “it’s the Jews fault,” repackaged for a modern generation by taking aim at the Jewish state.

In 2014,  when Michael Brown was shot by police in Ferguson, MO, African Americans were struggling with issues of community safety and institutionalized racism within the Ferguson police department,  the BDS movement moved to harness and leverage Black anger — hijacking the shooting to fraudulently mischaracterize Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza as racially motivated.

1The anti-Israel website Electronic Intifada (EI) wrote regarding a Ferguson protest: “Some young people responded by throwing bottles and rocks at police, prompting comparisons to Palestine, where children often toss stones at Israeli occupation forces as a means of resistance and self-defense.”

It is true that Palestinians have thrown rocks at Israelis and that here protesters threw bottles at the police. However, the insinuation by EI that — because responses to Israel and the U.S. police have similarities, therefore their underpinning issue must be the same — is highly manipulative.

EI then took the so-called link between Israel and Ferguson a step further pointing to the fact that the St Louis police department had traveled to Israel to attend a LEEP conference in 2008. Here, Israel was portrayed as an actual endemic cause of this American problem!

2Another target of the BDS movement is the LGBTQ community. Israel is without comparison the most accommodating country in the Middle East. However, BDS draws this community into its fold by cynically alleging that Israel uses its Western liberal tolerance as a diversion tactic to whitewash — or “pinkwash” — its so-called human rights violations against Palestinians.

On January 22, 2016, nearly 200 protesters, including members of SJP U of C and JVP UChicago crashed a major U.S. LGBTQ conference in Chicago and shut down a talk that featured both a Jerusalem and American LGBTQ group.

The protesters stood outside the venue yelling, “Shut it down!” and “Racists go home!” Other disruptors shouted calls for Israel’s destruction —  including “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free!” and “Zionism has got to go!” Protesters eventually broke into the event room and shouted down the speakers.

At Oberlin College in Ohio, Students for a Free Palestine (SFP), an affiliate of SJP, tried to enlist the support of the Mexican community for BDS by fabricating a link between Israeli policy and U.S-Mexican border issues. The SFP Facebook page states that its goal is for Oberlin College to divest from six corporations that do business with Israel that “militarize the US-Mexico border wall, create drones and surveillance technologies in prisons.”

3BDS is also not above stepping on the trauma of sexual assault victims in order to prop up their anti-Israel agenda. At DePaul University, SJP members piggybacked on a campaign called Take Back the Dorms — a campaign concerned with issues of sexual assaults and rape on campus in Chicago. SJP protesters trying to promote a divestment resolution, held signs that read “From Palestine to our university. SJP DePaul stands against sexual violence and exploitation,” along with the hashtags #TakeBackTheDorms and #DePaulDivest.

4In spite of Israel being a welcoming home to many migrant workers from the Philippines, this did not stop the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) at San Francisco State University (SFSU) from successfully forging an alliance with Kapit Bisig Kabataan Networka “national Filipino-American youth and student led relief network built in response to Typhoon Haiyan.” This alliance came together to shout down Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, while he was speaking at SFSU.

Upon entering the room where Barkat was speaking, GUPS SFSU President Lubna Morrar led the group in yelling, “Get the f**k off our campus!” Following that, fellow GUPS SFSU member Linda Ereikat led the group in other aggressive and violent chants including “Intifada, Intifada!” as well as, “If we don’t get no justice, then you don’t get no peace” and “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free!” — a call for Israel’s destruction.

When attempting to enlist the support of human rights groups, BDS first follow a strategy of demonization and dehumanization of Israel. They avoid stating at the outset that their goal is the end of the Jewish state, as this would be recognized as racist and malevolent by human rights-minded students. Thus, their first move is to compare “relatable evils” and package them up with Israel. Now the campaigners can sell the idea that “Israel is evil.”  The final stage is to vilify Israel with more outrageous and severe lies: genocide, ethnic cleansing, organ harvesting of Palestinians, using Palestinians as guinea pigs to test chemical weapons etc. Once the dehumanization of the Jewish state reaches a certain point, it can appear —  even to a human rights-minded student —  that Israel shouldn’t exist.

Dehumanization of Jews by accusing them of the worlds worst evils is nothing new. It can be found in classical anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Renaissance blood libels of Jews poisoning water, murdering children and drinking blood have been resurrected by the Palestinian Authority and can be found across anti-Israel media and propaganda websitesThe Protocols of the Elders of Zion conjured the conspiracy of a network of Jewish power and control over governments. Modern-day anti-Semites repackage this idea — such as with John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt’s essay the Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy in order to push the idea that Israel is a sinister entity that doesn’t deserve existence.

Whether its capitalizing on the Black Lives Matter campaign, or through lumping Israel divestment together with fossil fuel divestment, intersectionality is the manipulative tool of the BDS movement to enlist well-intentioned, human rights-minded individuals into blaming their problems on the Jews — so BDS can continue their propaganda campaign to eliminate the Jewish state.

From Sea to Shining Sea: SJP Supports Genocide

It’s not imagination.

Last month in a rally at UC Berkeley SJP chanted “Intifada. Intifada. We support the Intifada.” And just a few weeks ago NYC SJP chanted, “There is only one solution. Intifada Revolution!” in the middle of New York City.

From coast to coast SJP is openly rallying for genocide.

And terrorist organizations are vocally behind them.

SJP is Closely Tied to Terrorist Organizations. Now more than ever.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a US State Department recognized terrorist organization, posted a public support for an SJP initiative on behalf of the Gaza-based Progressive Student Labor Front (PSLF):

We share NYC SJP’s call for “struggle to confront and defeat Zionism.” These strugglers led a march through the streets of New York calling for “Intifada” and the liberation of Palestine this week… We are proud to call them – and all of the students, youth, and progressive forces who raise up the banner of Palestine inside the imperialist United States – our comrades in the struggle for the liberation of Palestine.

Recent Campus Anti-Semitism

We also saw some similarly astonishing things happening on campuses all over the United States:

  • University of Minnesota – Protesters bullied Jewish students and silenced a peaceful lecture by Israeli Professor Moshe Halbertal.  
  • Stanford – Jewish students are being harassed for holding a vigil in memory of Israeli terror victims.
  • Yale – Near campus, Anti-Semites posted a sign displaying a violently hateful message.
  • UC Davis – Just two weeks after voting Divest, swastikas were carved and painted all around a campus apartment complex.
  • Boston University SJP executed a horrifying propaganda stunt designed to intimidate, silence, and marginalize the Jewish campus community.
  • University of Chicago SJP was caught lying about the Palestinian death toll, presumably, in order to incite hatred.

But, despite the recent abundance of bully tactics, incitement, and silencing free speech, the quality of hateful activity is changing.

We see hate-filled racists and anti-Semites retreating from their former, more blatant rhetoric. It seems that what we, and other human rights organizations like us, have been struggling for is working. In fact, the haters themselves are saying so.

One SJP member even complained recently that she removed all mention of her SJP from her resume, from realization of the consequences of being exposed. When BDS and SJP are exposed for what they really are, their systematic discriminatory tactics really are weakened.

Why is Simply Exposing BDS and SJP so Effective?

The reason BDS and SJP have perceived legitimacy is because of their alliance with the human rights movement. They have very deliberately branded their messages with clichés such as ‘struggle for social-justice,’ and ‘equality for all.’ In actuality, their goals are more comparable to Al Qaeda, and Hamas.

Exposing these terrorist-backed movements erodes their alliances with human rights organizations AND prevents students who genuinely want to save the world from attending.

What You Can Do

As we said, the more we expose these terrorist-backed movements, such as SJP, BDS, and JVP for what they really are, the weaker they become. You can help by exposing them through social media, through telling your public representatives, university administrators, and acquaintances, and making your own voice heard.

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