Dana Al Farhan, along with Lena Mekdad, is a co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UAB (SJP UAB). She was also their contact person.
Al Farhan was also a member of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at UAB (MSA UAB).
Al Farhan is a supporter of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Al Farhan is graduate student at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, majoring in Political Economy.
Al Farhan is a 2014 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she majored in International Studies.
Supporting Terror Inciter Khader Adnan
On February 21, 2012, Al Farhan tweeted — "#KhaderAdnan is one of 300+ Palestinians held in administrative detention, a Colonial form of detention still used by Israel."
Khader Adnan is a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist organization. A 2007 YouTube video showed Adnan praising and encouraging suicide bombings: "Who among you will carry the next explosive belt? Who among you will fire the next bullets? Who among you will have his body parts blown all over?"
Accusing Israel of Racism and Apartheid
On May 8, 2012, Al Farhan falsely accused Israel of practicing "apartheid." She tweeted “Israel knows no race or colour... It's apartheid system is imposed on EVERYONE except if ur Jewish or White, then maybe ur human #AJStream."
On April 26 2012, Al Farhan tweeted — "Today, the apartheid ‘state’ of Israel is celebrating its 64th year of occupying #Palestine & expanding on Palestinian blood and land."
Accusing Jews of Stealing Their Own Historical Treasures
On August 17, 2012, Al Farhan tweeted her followers a link to an article that claimed — falsely — that Iraqi Jews colluded with Israel and America after the fall of Saddam Hussein to rob Iraq of a Jewish archive containing thousands of Jewish manuscripts.
On October 30, 2011 Al Farhan tweeted — "#Thatawkwardmoment when I have to nicely deal with a zionist... #nightmare #idontwannaatalktoher."
On April 23, 2012, Al Farhan tweeted — “>>> Kill myself RT @Abou_Charlie A Zionist, a Republican and a House Arab. You gotta kiss one, marry one and kill one...Go!"
On September 20, 2011, Al Farhan tweeted — "from the river to the sea #Palestine." The slogan is a summary of a statement by Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who said that — “Palestine, from the (Jordan) river to the (Mediterranean) sea, from its north to its south, is our land, our right and our homeland…It belongs to the Arab and Islamic world. Palestine belongs to us and nobody else." Mashaal and others employ the phrase to call for the elimination of Israel.
On October 3, 2011, Al Farhan tweeted — "why, yes I do put ‘Israel’ in quotation marks for a reason... #Palestine"
On August 18, 2011, Al Farhan tweeted — "I normally don't cuss on my social networking accounts, but you know what? F**k you #ISRAEL, big time."
On August 7, 2011, Al Farhan tweeted — "#arabswag “@Y_salameh: If you wanna insult someone just call them, Israel."
Lying to Demonize Israel
On March 12, 2013, Al Farhan joined SJP UAB members installing a mock apartheid wall on campus, as part of Israeli Apartheid Week. The display misrepresented the purpose of Israel’s security fence that was built as a deterrent to terrorist attacks and suicide bombers.
On November 16, 2012, Al Farhan attended an SJP UAB-organized balloon-releasing event, to mark four years of SJP’s opposition to Israel’s Operation Cast Lead (OCL) in 2008-9. The event description fraudulently described OCL as an "offensive against civilians." The event featured a banner that falsely labeled the operation a “massacre" and referred misleadingly to Israel’s legal weapons blockade of Hamas as a “siege."
On November 15, 2012, Al Farhan tweeted — "#UAB Students/People of conscious, SJP @ UAB is organizing the Birmingham, AL demonstration for Gaza TOMORROW. JOIN US…" The tweet linked to an SJP UAB-organized demonstration against Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense (OPD).
The SJP UAB’s event description for its demonstration labeled OPD an "offensive against civilians." Israel initiated OPD to target Hamas in Gaza in response to the launch of rockets at Israeli cities in southern Israel from Gaza, during.
On August 18, 2011, Al Farhan falsely described an Israeli airstrike on armed members of the Gazan "Popular Resistance Committees" as a “Ramadan Massacre." She tweeted — “@muacaiik: Another Ramadan Massacre. - Keep Palestine in your prayers.’ #Gaza." Al Farhan omitted that the strike was launched against a squad of terrorists after militants had fired upon an Israeli civilian bus killing two, then detonated a bomb next to an Israeli army border patrol.
On September 15, 2011, Al Farhan falsely claimed that Israeli forces committed a massacre in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla in south Lebanon. Al Farhan tweeted — "Images of the Massacre at Sabra and Shatilla committed by Israeli forces http://tumblr.com/x5m4pm5c65 #Lebanon #Palestine #Israel."
On December 26, 2011, Al Farhan falsely labeled Israel’s Operation Cast Lead — initiated to stop missile attacks — a “slaughtering" of Palestinians. She tweeted — “#Onthisday in 2008, Israel launched a full-scale attack on Gaza slaughtering 1400 Palestinians in 22 days. #Gaza #OperationCastLead."
On May 14, 2012, SJP UAB shared on Facebook a graphic of Palestinian prisoners — with a comment calling for "solidarity with the innocent Palestinian prisoners, supporting their legendary hunger strike."
The comment served to whitewash the crimes of many convicted murderers and misrepresent them as suffering victims.
SJP UAB’s post listed several of the hunger strikers such as Tha'er Halahleh and Bilal Diab — both members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
Additionally, SJP UAB listed senior member of PIJ, Jafar Ez Al-Din Qadan, who was arrested in mid-March 2012, by Israeli forces from Arraba village south of Jenin and was transferred to administrative detention. Ez Al-Din Qadan has spent four years in Israeli jails.
PIJ is "dedicated to the violent destruction of Israel." Islamic Jihad has no ‘political wing’ or ‘social wing’, just a ‘military wing’ that focuses solely on promoting terrorism and the murder of Israelis. It is reported that PIJ is backed by Iran and has killed dozens of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks.
Also among the 2000 Palestinian hunger strikers the SJP UAB post mentioned was Khader Adnan, another senior member of PIJ.
A 2007 YouTube video showed Adnan praising and encouraging suicide bombings: "Who among you will carry the next explosive belt? Who among you will fire the next bullets? Who among you will have his body parts blown all over?"
Adnan was also been arrested numerous times by the Palestinian Authority — once for encouraging students to hurl stones at a visiting French Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin. Israel also arrested Adnan for “activities that threaten regional security."
SJP UAB’s list also included the Hamas military commander, Abdullah al-Barghouti — who was sentenced to serve 67 life sentences for his significant role in multiple terrorist attacks, including the Sbarro Cafe Bombing of 2001. That suicide bomb attack— of a downtown Jerusalem cafe targeted specifically for its clientele of religious Jews — murdered 16 people, including 8 children and a pregnant woman — and wounded more than 120.
SJP UAB also urged support for Mohammad Al-Taj — a member of the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), who was detained in 2003 and sentenced to 15 years in prison. In 2013, Al Taj was pardoned on humanitarian grounds, by then--Israeli President Shimon Peres in consultation with Justice Minister Livni security services, due to concerns over Al-Taj’s failing health.
Another hunger striker was Palestinian terrorist, Samer Issawi — who received a 26 year prison sentence for shooting at Hebrew University students and Israeli police in 2002.
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 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 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.
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