an SJP USF event. The Facebook post that Elmunaier shared featured a graphic that
The video’s presenter, Dena Takruri, characterized
[00:00:07] Israel’s security fence
— 97% of which is a low chain link
barrier — as an 8 meter-high wall running 280 miles. Takuri also insinuated
[00:00:12] that a non-binding advisory opinion
on the security fence issued by the International Court of Justice is binding international law.
On September 7, 2015, Elmunaier shared a post on Facebook showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The image had the caption: “America’s #1 Welfare Queen."
On May 25, 2015, Elmunaier wrote
on Facebook: “A day in the life of an a**hole, I mean Israeli soldier, same sh**."
On May 15, 2015, Elmunaier shared on Facebook a photo of someone holding a sign that said: “Al Nakba 67 Years of Israeli Ethnic Cleansing."
On April 5, 2015, Elmunaier shared a video on Facebook showing an Israeli Jew. The Facebook post featuring the video had the caption: “Have you ever seen such a filthy bastard creature? These are the Zionist Joos."
On April 3, 2015, Elmunaier wrote on Facebook that “Palestinian Christians face discrimination by the racist Israeli government."
On March 21, 2015, Elmunaier wrote on Facebook in support of a BDS campaign by SJP USF, where he wrote that USF students “want the USF Foundation to divest from Israeli Apartheid."
On February 23, 2015, Elmunaier posted
a quote to Facebook attributed to historian Ilan Pappe
alleging: “A small group of Zionist leaders and military commanders met regularly...for a whole year planning the ethnic cleansing of Palestine."
Ilan Pappé is an international leader within the BDS movement, who was discredited
as “one of the world’s sloppiest historians; at worst, one of the most dishonest," by fellow Israeli historian Benny Morris.
On February 4, 2016, Elmuniaer reportedly
spoke in favor of a BDS resolution
during a USF student senate meeting where the resolution was passed. Elmuniaer was a student senator at the time.
The resolution called on USF to “stop investing in corporations that are continuously and knowingly complicit in severe human rights violations."
It also claimed that the “Israeli occupation of Palestine is affecting every aspect of the Palestinian people’s lives: demolishing their homes, depriving them of land and water, and restricting their livelihoods to small areas of land behind a massive and illegal separation wall."
On January 26, 2016, Elmunaier posted on Facebook the text of a BDS resolution being discussed in the USF student government.
SJP USF - Spreading Anti-Semitism
On July 30, 2014, SJP USF posted
an image to Facebook showing Adolf Hitler performing a Nazi salute with text reading: “WE ARE THE MASTER RACE," next to an image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his hand raised and text reading: “WE ARE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE." SJP USF commented: “Justifications."
On November 18, 2013, SJP USF reportedly
hosted and sponsored
a game show “about Palestinian culture, geography and history" modeled on the TV show, "Jeopardy!"
One question asked students to name the “type of poisons that Israeli settlers put in Palestinian water supplies to make them undrinkable," a modern variation of an ancient blood libel
. Another question suggested that Israel has been “snatching" Palestinian children from their beds.
SJP USF - Demonizing Israel
As of August 2019, an SJP USF Facebook post from February 14, 2015, remained on the group’s Facebook page. The original SJP USF shared an article
the story’s headline: “Israeli authorities usually open the floodgates to their dams in the direction of the Gaza Strip - without prior notice - in order to discharge the enormous quantities of water that had accumulated due to the heavy rains in the region. #Gaza."
Less than two weeks later, Al Jazeera retracted
a similar story, noting: “In southern Israel, there are no dams of the type which can be opened."
On February 25, 2016, SJP USF members reportedly
joined with other BDS supporters to disrupt a talk at USF given by two Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers. One of the protesters called the soldiers “murderers and child killers" and was eventually was escorted out by police.
On September 5, 2014, SJP USF held
an event titled: “The Hidden Genocide: The Story of Palestine." The Facebook event page referred
to Israel’s Operation Protective Edge (OPE)
earlier that year as a “summer of atrocious massacres."
Israel commenced OPE
in July 2014, to stop rocket fire
targeting Israeli civilians
and to destroy Hamas attack tunnels
One of the speakers at the event was Hamas supporter
Sheikh Monzer Taleb, who was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF)
terrorism finance trial. Taleb was not brought to trial.
However, five other defendants were brought to trial and were indicted for funneling funds to Hamas. These five, known as the Holy Land Five (HL5), were convicted and sentenced
in 2009 to federal prison terms from 15 to 65 years.
SJP USF - Promoting BDS
On February 10, 2014, SJP USF posted
a video to Vimeo promoting its “Divest 2014" campaign. The video claimed that USF invested in companies that made “fighter jets and rockets that the IDF uses against civilians in the Gaza strip."
On May 28, 2014, the USF Foundation, which manages
USF investments from donor contributions, reportedly
rejected an SJP USF petition calling on the school to divest from multiple companies doing business with Israel.
On January 14, 2015, SJP USF purchased
[00:05:18] space on a Tampa, Florida billboard to demand that USF stop its investments “in Apartheid Israel."
On January 20, 2016, the USF Oracle, USF’s student newspaper, reported
that a BDS resolution passed in the student government, as a result of SJP USF’s BDS campaigning the previous two years.
On January 25, 2016, SJP USF President Rahma Elmohd
posted a Facebook video
urging the USF student government president to sign the resolution.
On January 27, 2016, the USF Oracle reported
that the USF student government president and vice president both vetoed the resolution.
On February 4, 2016, the USF Oracle reported
that a second BDS resolution was submitted by USF student senator and member of SJP USF Hala Alkattan
. That resolution was identical to the previous one which was supported by SJP USF but was categorized differently so that the USF student government president and vice president could not veto it.
On February 11, 2016, the USF Oracle reported
that the second BDS resolution was struck down by the USF student government supreme court since it violated the USF Constitution’s equal protection clause. The USF Oracle reported that the university’s supreme court found that “the resolution violated the racial and national origin elements of the clause by specifically targeting companies that have business in Israel."
SJP was co-founded in 2001 at the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) by Professors Hatem Bazian and Snehal Shingavi. Bazian served as president of the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) while studying at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and headed the Muslim Students Association (MSA) while earning his M.A. at UC Berkeley. In 2004, while the second intifada was already winding down in Israel, he called for an intifada in the United States.
Shingavi, an activist tied to the International Socialist Organization (ISO), has been criticized for using his literature course as a vehicle for promoting anti-Israel propaganda. SJP has grown to become the primary student movement advancing the Palestinian national agenda on North American campuses and is the primary force behind BDS campaigns at most schools.
SJP activists frequently intimidate and harass Jewish and pro-Israel students. SJP members have physically assaulted Jewish students, aggressively disrupted pro-Israel events and possibly vandalized communal property. SJP rallies regularly include hate-speech and chants such as “Long Live The Intifada" and “From the River to the Sea Palestine will be Free" — calls for violence and for the destruction of the Jewish state.
SJP chapters frequently run inflammatory campaigns against Israel, including BDS resolutions, rallies, Israel-Apartheid initiatives, propaganda comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, mock checkpoints and “die-ins."
SJP chapters regularly host individuals linked to terrorist activity and speakers who use language considered anti-Semitic by the U.S. State Department.
The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement was founded by Omar Barghouti in 2005 as an allegedly “Palestinian-led movement" to challenge “international support for Israeli apartheid and settler-colonialism."
In 2015, Barghouti was quoted saying that “BDS aims to turn Israel into a pariah state, as South Africa once was, and to isolate its regime of oppression in order to achieve our UN-stipulated rights."
The dominant organization in the BDS Movement is the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Campaign National Committee (BNC), founded by Barghouti in 2007, during the First Palestinian Conference for the Boycott of Israel.
The movement has been linked to numerous terrorist organizations and received a public endorsement from Hamas.
BDS initiatives include calling on institutions and individuals to divest from Israeli-affiliated companies, promoting academic and cultural boycotts of Israel and anti-Israel rallies and protests.
The movement’s most notable achievement has been the infiltration of university campuses through lobbying for “BDS resolutions." In these cases, student governments, backed by anti-Israel affiliates, have proposed resolutions on some form of boycott of — or divestment from — Israel and Israeli-affiliated entities.
These boycott resolutions, although non-binding, have been passed by student governments on numerous North American campuses.
BDS activity is often aggressive and disruptive. It has been noted that universities that pass BDS resolutions see a marked increase in anti-Semitic incidents on campus. In 2013, when the student government of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) debated a BDS resolution, reports emerged of violent threats and the spitting on a student wearing a Star of David necklace.
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