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The following is an overview of SJP’s toxic activities during the 2013-2014 academic year and the fall of 2014.
SJP chapters have engaged in many different types of intimidation over the last year:
In February 2014 SJP violated the free speech rights of two Israelis at a pro-Israel event at Cal Poly Pomona. It brought professional anti-Israel activists and students from other schools to shout the speakers down, preventing them from making their presentations and robbing audience members of the opportunity to hear Israeli perspectives on the conflict.
When SJP brought divestment campaigns to the University of Michigan and other campuses, numerous Jewish students and members of student governments were subjected to threats, hate speech, and other forms ofintimidation.
At UC Irvine and San Francisco State University (SFSU), SJP disrupted Israel Independence Day celebrations. Its members attempted to shout down pro-Israel student speakers at SFSU, physically pushed people away from informational booths, and assaulted three Jewish students at Irvine.
UCLA’s SJP chapter employed an especially sophisticated intimidation tactic, filing judicial complaints against two student senators who had gone on sponsored educational trips to Israel.
Temple SJP is currently being investigated because a student associated with the group hit a pro-Israel student in the face during Welcome Week.
SJP at Loyola University of Chicago is currently being investigated for harassing Hillel students and blocking their Birthright Israel informational table.
In all of these instances, SJP demonstrated its total disregard for freedom of speech, its eagerness to silence pro-Israel voices, and its desire to prevent uninformed students from hearing or seeing Israel’s side of the story.
Slander and Misinformation
When SJP members shared their perspective, they made misleading and often slanderous claims about Israel and pro-Israel students:
At campuses in California, SJP chapters set up mock “apartheid wall” displays with maps labeling all of Israel as “occupied territory.”
Many SJP chapters, including those at the University of Michigan, Northwestern, Northeastern, NYU, and UNC, put mock eviction notices in student dorms, aimed at shocking campus communities and spreading misinformation about Israeli policies in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Many Jewish students reported feeling unsafe as a result, and SJP at Northeastern was suspended for violating school policy.
At a UCLA SJP-sponsored event, BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti made statements denying Jewish peoplehood and accusing Israel of shooting Palestinian children for sport – a claim reminiscent of the anti-Semitic blood libels that led to violence against Jews in the Middle Ages.
At the UCs, Cornell University, and elsewhere, SJP’s divestment campaigns featured countless slanderous accusations against Israel, including “genocide,” sterilization of Ethiopian women, and holding refugees in “concentration camps.” Pro-Israel students who opposed BDS and stood up for Jewish self-determination were dehumanized and compared to supporters of slavery and South African apartheid.
The worst tactic may have occurred at UCLA, where a Jewish student government candidate was subjected to a prolonged smear campaign, on social media and elsewhere, centered around baseless accusations of Islamophobia.
At campuses across the country, SJP’s messaging and menacing were synonymous with slander, misinformation and harassment.
As if intimidation and slander were not enough, some SJP activists engaged in overt bigotry against Israel and Jews:
During the divestment campaign at UC Riverside, one of SJP’s key leaders posted extremely hateful statements on social media, including, “Judaism is not the problem. Filthy Zionists are.”
At SFSU, the SJP-affiliated General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) held signs on campus that read, “My heroes have always killed colonizers.” Shortly afterward, GUPS president Mohammad Hammad confirmed that the signs were referring to Israelis and even expressed support for genocide. He wrote that “Israelis ARE colonizers… And you know what else? My heroes HAVE always killed colonizers. I literally see nothing wrong with this and my only regret is that not all colonizers were killed.”
Lastly, at the end of the academic year, the SJP chapter at Vassar postedNazi propaganda on one of its official social media accounts. The president of the university condemned SJP for its “racist, hateful speech” and initiated an investigation, forcing SJP to issue a public apology.
A New York City restaurant decided to take a bold stand against one of their competitors in the most politically incorrect way possible, and it has many outraged at what they’ve done.
Gallo Nero, located in the West Village, is now promoting “The Big STRAIGHT Ice Cream” over the weekend in what appears to be an attempt at showing the double standard when it comes to sexuality in America.
The Obama administration’s decision to enlist the Defense Department in responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is raising concerns that the task is pulling the already-stretched military away from other missions, including vital counterterrorism operations.
Oh yeah, this will really help the people of Ferguson have a better opinion of police officers. Good grief! Only a cop would think this is a good form of “community outreach.” How tone deaf can you get?
The EZ Child ID kit is part of a national drive to fingerprint children. As you might expect, it’s all in the name of “public safety.” I honestly can’t think of anything more Orwellian.
Line up, kiddies! It’s time to get your fingerprints taken!
This isn’t as evil as it may seem, nor is it new. I had an “Ident-A-Kid” card as a kid and it’s purpose was to identify a child if he/she was ever lost or, heaven forbid, kidnapped. I know today’s technology makes things easier to corrupt, but it isn’t all bad.
Oh good lord. You have no idea how much I despise this man.
why? He is essentially saying is we should not be world police. And we shouldnt. I could get into alot of other points of how we are in afghanistan and iraq because of our involvement before…but I am tired and I just dont want to do that.
First of all, thank you for being the type of person who is fine with genocide and the murder of american citizens. Which we actually do have an obligation to stop.
Second, let’s talk about the P.J. O’Rourke quote “Evil is an outreach program”. Not only has ISIS already threatened America, but they are much more dangerous than al-Qaeda ever was and they stand to get much more dangerous. They have already allied themselves with Boko Haraam and Al Shabaab.
So let’s do the math and ignore the moral and ethical issues that you seem to not care for.
ISIS threatens America + America plays “world police” and crushes them in their infancy = Happy Day!
ISIS threatens America + America ignores the threats and acts of war on our citizens + ISIS builds their caliphate, continues killing, and becomes more dangerous and finally attacks America = Long, bloody and expensive war that could have been avoided if we killed the motherfuckers the moment they threatened us and killed Americans.