obscenities, physically blocked students, and attempted to force their way into the room where the pro-Israel event was being held.
Qussiny also led
[00:01:01] the chant: “Hey, you settlers, you can’t hide! We charge you with genocide!" and reportedly
yelled “F**k Israel!" Other anti-Israel protesters reportedly
shouted: “All white people need to die."
One Jewish student, then-sophomore Eliana Kopley, was reportedly
physically prevented from entering the event by SJP protesters, one of whom reportedly shouted: “If we’re not allowed in, you’re not allowed in!" Kopley said
that she was then followed by protesters and hid in a room for safety, where she called the police.
Event attendees had to be safely escorted from the room by police.
In another interview, event lecturer Eran Izak reported
“[the protesters] were banging on the glass and the door and we could hear screaming outside." Izak added “The students had a look of panic on their faces — they were terrified. Finally the police arrived, pushed the protesters back a little, and escorted us to our cars."
“#UCIntifada" on Twitter before and after the incident.
On May 17, 2016, Quissiny tweeted
: “So we shut down IsraelFest #UCIntifada."
On the same day, Qussiny tweeted
: “#UCINTIFADA" and a graphic that said “BOYCOTT UCISRAEL 2016 WE REFUSE TO CELEBRATE ETHNIC CLEANSING."
On May 20, 2016, Qussiny tweeted
: “And lol @ anyone who thinks I'm gonna be apologetic or negotiate with my colonizers and those who support them. #UCIntifada."
On August 18, 2016, the UCI administration issued
a written warning to SJP UCI for “violat[ing] Student Conduct Policies regarding disruption," effective until March of 2017. SJP UCI was ordered to host an educational program for its membership by November 18, 2016. Qussiny was listed
as an “authorized signer" for SJP UCI in the warning.
On May 10, 2017, Qussiny led [00:04:46]
SJP UCI activists in attempting to silence a panel of visiting Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)
Qussiny led protesters in chanting [00:04:57]:
“Israel, Israel, you can’t hide! We charge you with genocide!" and
[00:05:19]: “Israel, Israel, what do you say? How many people did you kill today?!" and
[00:05:26] “Hey hey, ho ho, these colonizers have got to go!"
Qussiny yelled [00:07:59] at the reservists:
“You people are colonizers or occupiers and you should not be allowed on this f**king campus. You’ve been stealing our land since 1948 … You have the guns, you would kill me if you could, f**k you!"
On September 4, 2017, it was reported
that UCI administrators put SJP UCI on a two-year probation because of the disruption.
Glorifying PFLP Terrorists
On August 20, 2016
, Qussiny shared
a photo to Instagram of bomb-maker Shadia Abu Ghazaleh kneeling with a rifle. Qussiny commented: “Me." Shadia Abu Ghazaleh
, a bomb-maker for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
, was notorious
for her involvement in many attacks against Israel. She died when a bomb she was preparing in her home for an attack in Tel Aviv accidentally detonated.
Qussiny retweeted a January 12, 2016 tweet
that read in English: “Here lies the martyr hero #نشأت_ملحم [#Nashat_Melhem] in the village of Ar'ara."
On January 1, 2016 Nashat Melhem killed
three Israeli civilians after opening fire at a bar in Tel Aviv. Nashat was later shot by Israeli security forces after he opened fire at them during his capture.
Qussiny retweeted a January 16, 2016 tweet
with footage from Melham’s funeral. The tweet called him a “شهيد [martyr]" in Arabic.
Qussiny retweeted a January 20, 2016 tweet
that read: “My latest for @intifada about martyr Muhannad al-Halabi, the inconvenient rebel who sparked an uprising:"
Nineteen year old Muhannad Halabi murdered two Israelis and injured two others, including a 2-year-old, during a stabbing spree. One day earlier, Halabi posted on his Facebook page that “[t]he third Intifada is here" and wrote “[w]ake up from your slumber and save al-Aqsa. Let the revolution erupt."
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 Israeli civilians.
The attacks were sparked and fueled by Palestinian leaders propagating the libel that Israel intended to desecrate the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
On January 27, 2016, Qussiny tweeted
On May 23, 2017, Qusinny tweeted
: “Palestinian prisoners will strike until their demands are met. @ICRC tell Israel to agree to #DignityStrike demands! #DignityStrike36."
The phrase “Dignity Strike" referred to a hunger strike initiated
on April 16, 2017, by Marwan Barghouti — who financed
the guitar-case bomb used in the Sbarro Cafe bombing
Barghouti also headed the Palestinian Authority (PA)
force and founded the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades
. Barghouti’s organizations carried out a large number of deadly
attacks, killing scores of Israelis and wounding hundreds.
Barghouti was sentenced to five consecutive life terms by an Israeli civilian court for some of his his crimes. While in Israeli prison, Barghouti completed
his doctorate in Political Science.
More than 1,000 other Palestinian prisoners participated in the hunger strike — most of whom were also convicted
for acts of terrorism.
Promoting Hatred of Israel
On June 1, 2017, Qussiny tweeted
about Israeli actress Gal Gadot, writing: “Proud of Lebanon tbh for banning that trash movie Wonder Woman starring Zionist IOF [Israel Occupation Forces] soldier/occupier/colonizer @GalGadot."
Qussiny retweeted an September 27, 2016 tweet
by anti-Israel activist Remi Kanazi
regarding former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres that read: “Israeli butcher Shimon Peres is dead. He lived a long life, unlike his victims, who went too soon."
On March 23, 2016, Qussiny tweeted
: “#UCRegents attempting to silence and criminalize Palestinian voices on campus and the fight for liberation from Zionist settler colonialism."
Opposing Jewish-Muslim Dialogue
On June 26, 2015, Qussiny tweeted
about the Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI)
, writing: “@deecolonization we should also side eye the ppl who go on MLI trips bc they r trash
Qussiny retweeted an August 19, 2015 tweet
by Kenazi that read: “Dear Muslim: If you join J Street U or MLI, you aren't a trailblazer, you are a tool of apartheid and should be ashamed of yourself."
On May 9, 2017, Qussiny appeared
in a Facebook photo from the third annual AMP Palestine Advocacy Day & Training, held
from April 29-May 1, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
On January 27, 2017, Qussiny appeared
in a Facebook photo from the 2016 National SJP Conference in Fairfax, Virginia, held
from November 4-6, 2016.
SJP UCI - Threatening Fellow Students
In May 18, 2016, SJP UCI disrupted
a pro-Israel film screening, laying siege to attendees. Approximately fifty anti-Israel activists yelled
obscenities, physically blocked students, and attempted to force their way into the room where the event was being held.
Qussiny, who was then the co-chair of SJP at UCI, led
the protesters in yelling
“Intifada, Intifada — Long live the Intifada!," and “When people are occupied, resistance is justified." Qussiny also reportedly
yelled “F**k Israel!" Other anti-Israel protesters reportedly
shouted, “All white people need to die."
One Jewish student — then-sophomore Eliana Kopley — was physically
prevented from entering the event by SJP protesters. A protester reportedly
shouted, “If we’re not allowed in, you’re not allowed in!" Kopley then reported
that she was followed by protesters and hid in a room for safety, where she called the police.
“I was terrified. There is no other word to describe how I felt," Ms. Kopley said
Event attendees had to be safely escorted from the room by police.
When interviewed, event lecturer Eran Izak reported
“[the protesters] were banging on the glass and the door and we could hear screaming outside." Izak added “The students had a look of panic on their faces — they were terrified. Finally the police arrived, pushed the protesters back a little, and escorted us to our cars.
"Prior to, as well as following the protest, the #UCIntifada hashtag was used
by a number
of individuals, as well
as by SJP UCI Twitter account. SJP UCI also tweeted
The UCI administration issued
a written warning to SJP UCI for “violat[ing] Student Conduct Policies regarding disruption," effective until March of 2017. SJP UCI was ordered to host an educational program for its membership by November 18 2016.
SJP UCI Joining with MSU UCI
and again in 2017
, SJP UCI co-hosted Anti-Zionism Week (AZW) on campus, with MSU UCI. MSU UCI has a history of pushing anti-Israel activities on campus and supporting
the BDS movement. In 2013
, and 2014
, MSU UCI hosted Anti-Zionism Week (AZW) on campus.
SJP UCI and MSU UCI - Creating an Unsafe Atmosphere
During the May 10, 2017 disruption of SSI’s panel, the agitators left the room when the campus police were called. However the protesters remained
outside in the lecture hall, blocking the main exit with chants
of “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free," and
“Intifada, Intifada, long live the Intifada."
Event attendees had to be safely escorted from the room by police.
SJP UCI and MSU UCI - Verbal Assault
At one point during the May 10, 2017 disruption, an anti-Israel agitator accused
the reservists of serving in a military “where they murdered kids and families" and of being “colonizers" other agitators objected
when the panelists vigorously objected to the protesters’ accusations. One female reservist broke down, whereupon another of the agitators screamed “You don’t deserve to cry!"
Celine Qussiny — reportedly
the 2015 co-chair
of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)
at UCI — piled on and led the protesters in a series of chants. The agitators yelled:
“Israel, Israel, you can’t hide. We charge you with genocide," and “Israel, Israel, what do you say? How many people have you killed today?" and “Hey hey, ho ho, these colonizers have got to go."
Qussiny interrupted her chanting to yell
“you’re here to spread propaganda of a settler colonial state, you’re killing our people." Qussiny finished by yelling
“You people are colonizers or occupiers and you should not be allowed on this f**king campus," adding
“you have the guns, you would kill me if you could, f**k you."
Qussiny also led
the protesters in chants of: “when people are occupied, resistance is justified," and “when people are colonized, destruction is justified." Some of the protesters wore
earlier in the week by MSU UCI, in the course of Anti-Zionism week, imprinted with the words “UC Intifada."
One demonstrator repeatedly interrupted
a panelist, who was providing his perspective in response to an attendee’s question. The demonstrator cut off the panelist, saying: “this is a form of like politically trying to get people to not be able to speak." When asked to keep to the structure of a question and answer session, the protester screamed
: “this is people’s lives, people are dying and these guys are responsible for it," pointing at the panelists.
SJP UCI and MSU UCI - Incitement
On May 11, 2017, the day after the disruption of SSI’s event — SJP and MSU UCI held an anti-Israel demonstration in the middle of the UCI campus. Most of the demonstration leaders tried to hide
their faces behind posters, or masked them with Keffiyehs.
From behind a placard, Qussiny hurled
a litany of accusations against Israelis, Israel-supporters and the reservists who spoke the previous day, saying:
“these soldiers are responsible for our land theft, our expulsion, responsible for the settlements, for our home demolitions, for the sexual violence, for the military violence, for the colonial violence not only in Palestine but all over the world, where they aid military regimes. They train the police officers right here in the United States. They train the police officers right here in the United States. They train border patrol. And they’re right here, they’re right here on this campus."
Qussiny then pointed out the IDF reservists who came to observe the demonstration, claiming
“these soldiers are directly, directly committing genocide against our peoples and training police officers, border patrol agents and various military regimes worldwide to commit genocides all around the world." Demonstrators responded by yelling “murderers!!"
: “Last night we went to disrupt [SSI’s] event to let them know...that we refuse to allow the normalization of their presence here." She then repeated her allegations against the reservists and derided
UCI’s administration for requesting that demonstrators be civil and respectful to them.
Again Qussiny led
students in the chant: “When people are occupied, resistance is justified," “When people are colonized, resistance is justified," and “when people are brutalized, resistance is justified."
SJP UCI and MSU UCI - Libeling “Zionist and Pro-Israel Organizations"
During the demonstration, Qussiny libeled “Zionist and pro-Israel organizations", claiming
: “ last year, administration received, we got 400 death threats from Zionist and pro-Israel organizations that were sent to administration." Qussiny added:
“who knows what could have happened to us. These people are threatening to come to this campus - they were threatening - they were saying that they would commit, they would have bloodshed on our campus if we were not expelled."
Qussiny went on to claim that the university refused to follow a 2013 divestment proposal to divest from Wells Fargo involved
“in Israeli settler colonialism" because
“the university only cares about the money." Qussiny then added
: “the university meets with Zionist organizations to secure those relationships with huge amounts of money to make sure that we are policed and that our resistance is suppressed."
SJP UCI and MSU UCI - 2017 Anti-Zionism Week
During May 8 -11, 2017, MSU UCI co-hosted
“Anti-Zionism week" with SJP UCI and two other groups. During the week, student activists erected
a barrier, mischaracterizing Israel’s security fence as an “apartheid wall" ad advocating for BDS. In addition, anti-Israel students were reported
to hold mock funerals for babies and distribute mock eviction notices.
On May 11, 2017, in honor of Anti-Zionism week, MSU UCI and SJP UCI demonstrators held
up signs reading “Long live the Intifada." One demonstrator held up a sign reading: “Zionism is White Supremacism."
One of the Israeli reservists, Ilan Golan, said
his group set up a booth nearby, handed out flyers, held up signs and also engaged with students and passersby about Israel.
his group was subjected to insults and name-calling by the anti-Israel supporters who participated in the week’s events.
SJP UCI and MSU UCI - Promoting Controversy at Another School
One of the advertised
events during UCI’s 2017 ‘Anti-Zionism week’ was the attendance
of a divestment hearing at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), on May 10, 2017. That hearing marked the third, and final, reading of a controversial
BDS resolution that had already divided CSULB’s campus.
The resolution’s second reading was passed, with great acrimony, on May 4th. Immediately afterwards, approximately 30 supporters of the vote reportedly
gathered and proceeded to chant, “Allah al-Akbar." After the vote, a former student senator observed that one Palestinian supporter told a Jewish girl with tears streaming down her face, that he “didn’t talk to terrorists."
Public comments published by the Daily 49er after the final vote highlighted the division caused by the resolution. One faculty member on campus for more than 16 years was “saddened by the lack of constructive academic engagement."
MSU UCI - Promoting Anti-Semitism
MSU UCI has a long history of marginalizing Jewish students. By August of 2016, at least nine anti-Semitic events had already been reported
on campus that year.
A 2012 report by the Anti-Defamation League documented
a decade of anti-Semitism on UCI campus. The MSU was named as the leading culprit of anti-Semitism on campus.
In 2010 a group of UCI students, dubbed the “Irvine 11," were arrested
for repeatedly disrupting
an address by former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren — using a premeditated strategy of defamation, harassment, intimidation and bullying to disrupt the talk (25:05).
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 speakers who use language considered anti-Semitic by the U.S. State Department and individuals linked to terrorist activity.
The American Muslims for Palestinians (AMP) was founded by UC Berkeley Professor Hatem Bazian as a vehicle to generate mainstream support in the United States for the Palestinian national cause. On its website, the organization lists Bazian as the chairman of its national board and describes itself as "a national education and grassroots-based organization, dedicated to educating the American public about Palestine and its rich cultural, historical and religious heritage."
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has accused AMP of promoting "extreme anti-Israel views and has at times provided a platform for anti-Semitism under the guise of educating Americans" about Palestinians. The ADL further stated that AMP is directly involved in campus-based anti-Israel activity through Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).
Prior to founding the AMP in 2006, Dr. Bazian had created SJP together with fellow UC Berkeley Professor Snehal Shingavi in 2001. The close working relationship between AMP and SJP has been documented several times over the years by several organizations, including NGO Monitor and StandWithUs.
In addition to providing financial, public relations and legal assistance to SJP, AMP has also been accused of having connections to Hamas. The AMP national board includes former members of both the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP) and Holy Land Foundation (HLF), both of which were found liable for aiding and abetting Hamas. The IAP itself was founded by Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, current Deputy Chief of the Hamas Political Bureau and, according to the Associated Press, the terror organization’s number two political leader.
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."
BDS initiatives include compelling institutions and individuals to divest from Israeli-affiliated companies, academic boycotts, 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, 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.
In 2012, the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM USA) released a statement saying: “Our liberation...will be gained with the path that was written with the blood of our martyrs. We reaffirm that the only path that we are concerned with is the path that explicitly heads towards the liberation of our land and the return of our people to Palestine."
PYM organized rallies demonizing Israel where it displays propaganda posters supporting the terrorist organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and compared Israel to Nazi Germany.
On October 25, 2015, PYM called to support “intifada" during a period when Palestinian radicals across Israel stabbed and hacked to death scores of Israeli civilians. PYM declared that “Al-Aqsa Mosque has been the target of particularly brutal assaults" and fraudulently claimed that “... arbitrary killings are committed daily by the Zionist military and settlers."
On November 10, 2015, the PYM Facebook page displayed a photo of masked Palestinian radicals throwing rocks and firing rocks from slingshots. That photo was used to promote at least 25 anti-Israel rallies across the globe on or around November 29, 2015 under the banner of “Transnational mobilization for Palestinian resistance."
On November 30, 2015, PYM displayed a photo on Facebook from one of the rallies showing a sign in support of PFLP member Khalida Jarrar, who was sentenced as part of a plea deal after she confessed to inciting violence and calling for terrorists to abduct Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers.
Another sign showed support for PFLP Secretary-General Ahmad Sadat who is currently held in Israeli prison. Sadat and four other PFLP members were convicted for the 2001 assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi.
The MSA was established by members of the Muslim Brotherhood in January 1963 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with the goal of "spreading Islam as students in North America." A 2004 FBI investigation uncovered an internal Muslim Brotherhood document in which a brotherhood leader identified the MSA as "one of our organizations."
With nearly 600 chapters located in the United States and Canada, the MSA is the most visible and influential Islamic student organization in North America, boasting conferences, special events, publications, websites and other activities.
The organization includes a number of previous chapter presidents with explicit links to terrorist groups. Included are al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki (Colorado State University), Somali al-Shabaab militant leader Omar Shafik Hammami (University of South Alabama) and Pakistani Taliban recruiter Ramy Zamzam of the MSA's Washington, D.C. council.
Local MSA chapters regularly invite controversial speakers to their campuses. At a 2003 MSA event sponsored by Al-Talib, the MSA-founded Muslim student newspaper, guest speaker Imam Abdul-Alim Musa said, "When you fight [the U.S.] you are fighting someone that is superior in criminality and Nazism ... the American criminalizer is the most skillful oppressor the world has ever known..."
The General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) at San Francisco State University (SFSU) is the first — and apparently only — GUPS chapter operating in the United States. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is an offshoot of GUPS.
GUPS is an international organization, initially administered by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). PLO leader Yasser Arafat officially founded GUPS in Cairo in 1959. The PLO’s 1968 charter calls for "armed struggle" to liberate all of Palestine and denies the historic connection of Jews to the land of Israel.
GUPS was founded at SFSU in 1973, eighteen years before the American State Department removed the PLO from its list of foreign terrorist organizations.
GUPS describes its overall goal as organizing student activists to achieve justice and freedom for the Palestinian people. To this end, GUPS claims to form an umbrella organization for Palestinian student groups and to form alliances with non-Palestinian groups. GUPS’s focus, however, is almost entirely on its anti-Israel campaigns, including harassment, anti-Semitic libels, celebrating violence and glorifying terrorists, intimidating pro-Israel voices and shutting down pro-Israel events, supporting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, Israel-Apartheid initiatives, "die-ins" as well as rallies and protests.
As a professor at UC Berkeley in 2001, SFSU graduate and GUPS activist Hatem Bazian created SJP.
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