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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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