Alexander James is the Officer of Internal Affairs for Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at San Diego State University (SDSU).
James is a student at SDSU majoring in Political Science.
In 2015, SDSU was named as one of the ten United States universities with the most anti-Semitic activity, much of this stemming from SJP SDSU’s campus activity.
SJP SDSU’s campus programs have included workshops promoting BDS hosted by anti-Semite Miko Peled and staging “die-ins."
A week after a 2014 "die-in," SJP SDSU dropped approximately 500 leaflets from the top of the student hall ordering students to evacuate immediately and warning that “Those who fail to comply with the instructions will endanger their lives and the lives of their families." Several police officers and members of the campus administration were present at the time of their disruption, which was considered by university officials as a violation of the student code of conduct.
In September 2013, SJP SDSU joined in support of a lecturer who used a map depicting Arabic-speaking countries that left Israel unnamed and labeled the area as Palestine. Their involvement followed an outcry from pro-Israel groups that the map was misleading and against Israel. As a show of endorsement for continuing revisionist anti-Israel positions in the classroom, SJP members drafted a resolution intended to reaffirm support for academic freedom at SDSU. The resolution was voted on by the Associated Students University Council and rejected.
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."
The BDS movement was founded in 2005 by Omar Barghouti and asserts that it "works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law."
The movement's most notable achievement has been the infiltration of university campuses through lobbying for "BDS resolutions." In these cases, backed by university anti-Israel affiliates, student governments have brought to vote on some form of boycott of — or divestment from — Israel and Israeli-affiliated entities. These 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. As a result, the student government chose to vote via a "secret ballot" in order to ensure its members' safety.
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