Ghanimah also blamed Israel for the death of George Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota while being arrested.
Ghanimah was the president of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and was advertised on the Facebook page of SJP UIUC as a member of its 2019-2020 Executive Board.
In September 2019, Ghanimah created an anti-Israel presentation that led to the passage of an SJP UIUC-endorsed anti-Semitic resolution.
In February 2020, Ghanimah co-authored a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) resolution at UIUC and co-led the 2017 UIUC Divest campaign.
Ghanimah attended the 2018 National SJP Conference.The 2018 National SJP conference was held on November 16-18, 2018 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The conference was themed “Radical Hope: Resistance in the Face of Adversity." The conference website stated: “[t]he reason we can have hope is that Zionism...can be destroyed."
Ghanimah also attended the 2017 National SJP Conference.
In 2019 and 2018, Ghanimah was affiliated with American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).
In May 2020, Ghanimah indicated on Twitter that she received a bachelor’s degree. As of November 2019, Ghanimah’s Facebook page said she was studying Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign (UIUC) and was reportedly “on a pre-med track," slated to graduate in 2019.
As of November 2019, Ghanimah’s Facebook page said she was a “Multicultural Advocate" at UIUC, from “August 8, 2018 to present".
Before the 2017 National SJP Conference, Ghanimah went by her given name, Dunia Ghanimah, on Facebook. As of November 2017, Ghanimah changed her Facebook name to “Dunia Naji."
As of November 2019, Ghanimah reverted to using her given name on Facebook.
Khaled has said that the second intifada failed because it was not violent enough, advocated for the use of children in terror activities and compared Zionists to Nazis.
On May 4, 2017, Ghanimah led a UIUC SJP event called the “Saltwater Challenge," in solidarity with Palestinian inmates then hunger-striking in Israeli prisons.
The strike was initiated by Marwan Barghouti, who was serving five consecutive life sentences for his role in suicide bombings and shooting attacks that killed five Israelis during the second intifada. Barghouti led the Palestinian Authority (PA) terrorist Tanzim force and founded the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.
Barghouti also financed the guitar-case bomb used in the Sbarro Cafe massacre, where 15 civilians were killed and 130 injured. More than 1,000 other Palestinian prisoners participated in the hunger strike — most of whom were also convicted for acts of terrorism.
Aarab Barghouti, the son of Marwan Barghouti was credited with starting the “Saltwater Challenge."
During her speech, Ghanimah claimed [00:00:14] that her father was a prisoner in Israel “living off of salt and water for 60 days."
Ghanimah concluded (in Arabic): “Through our soul and blood, we will sacrifice ourselves for you Palestine," similar to the Yasser Arafat popularized anti-Israel chant [00:00:23] that translates into English: “With spirit, with blood, we will redeem you Palestine!"
The chant “be-ruh be-dam nifdik ya Aqsa بروح ودم نفديك يا اقصى “ [with spirit, with blood we will redeem you Aqsa] can be heard [00:01:14] at anti-Israel rallies [00:02:19] in America.
Yasser Arafat popularized the anti-Israel chant [00:00:23] that translates into English: “With spirit, with blood, we will redeem you Palestine!"
The phrase “with spirit, with blood we will redeem" in Arabic, is applied by protesters to a variety of causes.
Leading an Anti-Israel RallyDuring a September 5, 2017 rally at UIUC billed as "Smashing Fascism: Radical Resistance Against White Supremacy," Ghanimah led [00:03:53] a crowd of some 50 individuals in a chant of “No Zionists! No KKK! Resisting fascists all the way!"
During the rally, SJP members displayed an Israeli flag covered in fake blood and the word “genocide."
At the rally, Ghanimah gave a speech accusing [00:00:02] Zionists of committing a “genocide." She also attacked “liberal Zionists" for allegedly excusing racism in Israel while simultaneously finding racism in America “disgusting."
She then labeled [00:01:40] Israel an “apartheid regime" and stated that “Israeli occupation forces soldiers mimic Nazis." Ghanimah also stated [00:02:10] that “Israeli is the epitome of fascism."
Ghanimah continued [00:03:12]: “Yes, white supremacy and Zionism are birds of a feather whose flags fly together, therefore if one opposes white supremacy one must oppose Zionism."
The day of the rally, SJP UIUC released a statement praising “violent resistance" and claiming that “the unholy union of American fascists, white supremacists, and Zionists… seeks to weaken and destroy intersectional movements for mass liberation."
SJP UIUC then accused Israel of practicing “apartheid" and “settler-colonialism" and implied that Israel is carrying out “ethnic cleansing" and “indigenous genocide."
SJP UIUC also claimed that “Zionist campus groups do not have a commitment to fighting for justice and have no problem siding with and introducing oppressive forces within radical spaces."
Several weeks after the September 5 rally, UIUC’s Chancellor Robert Jones sent a letter to the student body denouncing “anti-Semitic attacks hidden under anti-Zionist rhetoric."
In response to Jones’ letter, on September 24, 2017, Ghanimah posted on Facebook “Shame on you, Chancellor Jones."
On September 25, 2017, Ghanimah posted a statement by SJP UIUC denouncing Jones’ letter and accusing Jones of taking “a page right out of the Zionist campus group playbook."
Spreading Anti-Israel IncitementOn July 21, 2017, Ghanimah tweeted: “Hands off Al-Aqsa Hands off Al-Aqsa Hands off Al-Aqsa Hands off Al-Aqsa Hands off Al-Aqsa Hands off Al-Aqsa Hands off Al-Aqsa Hands off Al-A."
Ghanimah retweeted a July 22, 2017 tweet that said: “Palestinians keep reproducing children protect the generation. They want to kill your youth and destroy the next generation."
Ghanimah retweeted a December 8, 2019 tweet that said: “On this day, 32 years ago, Palestinians erupted in mass protest that culminated in the First Intifada, also known as the Stone Intifada. Today, we commemorate the struggle that continues more than three decades later."
The First Intifada lasted from 1987-1991 and resulted in over 160 Israeli civilian casualties. Palestinian gunmen hijacked multiple busses and carried out shooting, stabbing and bombing attacks against Israeli civilians and the military. Included in these attacks was the bombing of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem.
Blaming Israel for the Death of George FloydOn May 26, 2020, one day after George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man who was killed in Minnesota while being arrested, Ghanimah tweeted: “something I need to get better at is checking on the black people in my life when another innocent black man gets killed by the police. I know what it’s like to watch your people get senselessly killed by military/police violence and the emotional toll it takes on someone."
In the same thread, Ghanima tweeted: “after all, the U.S. police departments are sent to Israel, or sometimes Israeli forces come to the United States, to train on joint tactics to brutalize innocent Black/Palestinian lives."
Ghanimah then linked to an June 2018 article by Domenica Ghanem, titled: “Why We Should Be Alarmed That Israeli Forces and U.S. Police Are Training Together," with the subtitle: “The Israeli forces mowing down unarmed Palestinian protesters also train U.S. police forces that brutalize communities of color."
The article blamed Israel for violence that has occured against Black and Brown communities, immigrants and activists in the U.S. and referencing the anti-Israel organization Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)’s 2017 “Deadly Exchange" campaign, said: “the joint forces of the Israeli military and the U.S. police are a terrifying and oftentimes deadly affront."
The “Deadly Exchange" campaign accused mainstream Jewish organizations in the U.S. of promoting human rights abuses and coordinating [00:02:33] exchange programs between American and Israeli security personnel, to advance “worst practices" and “racist policies."
The campaign page claimed that these “policies" included: “extrajudicial executions, shoot-to-kill policies, police murders, racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance, deportation and detention."
Promoting Hatred of IsraelOn May 20, 2020, Ghanimah tweeted: “me praying on the holiest night of the year: oh Allah pls let me witness the downfall of the Israeli regime and a free Palestine ameen thanks."
On May 14, 2020, Ghanimah tweeted: “The fact that current IDF soldiers are following me on here is so disgusting to me...THIS AINT A SAFE SPACE MF I HATE U ."
In the same thread, Ghanimah tweeted: “the IDF is a terrorist organization that prides itself on terrorizing the lives of innocent Palestinians for a living. if u serve in the IDF u are one of the most racist + disgusting people alive."
On May 12, 2020, Ghanimah tweeted: “Long live Palestinian violent resistance
In the same twitter thread, Ghanimah tweeted: “They have snipers. We have stones. They raid our villages. We fight back. Through an armed struggle, we will remove the colonizers off our land and achieve liberation."
She then tweeted in the same thread: “When I first heard of that dead IDF soldier, I didn’t feel sad for him. I felt sad for all of the innocent Palestinians he killed during his life. Felt sad for every Palestinian he wrongfully arrested. Felt sad for the Palestinian village he just raided."
On May 12, 2020, a Palestinian threw a large stone from a rooftop at Israeli soldier Amit Ben Yigal, killing him. Yigal was returning from an arrest of other Palestinians suspected of throwing stones at Israeli civilian motorists.
On January 5, 2020, Ghanimah tweeted: “THIS IS FOR ISRAEL YOU BIG FAT WHITE NASTY SMELLING B**CH WHY YOU TAKE PALESTINE OFF THE MOTHERF**KIN MAP WITH YO TRIFFLIN DIRTY WHITE RACIST A** YOU BIG OOMPA LOOMPA BODY A** B**CH IM COMING UP THERE AND IMMA BEAT THE F**K OUT OF YOU B**CH ."
On November 7, 2019, Ghanimah spoke [00:02:19] at a SJP UIUC event titled: “Balfour 102 Vigil." Ghanimah said [00:07:33]: “I resist the Balfour declaration. I resist the apartheid regime of Israel that was created as a result. I resist every massacre that has been committed in efforts to ethnically cleanse my people."
The 1917 Balfour Declaration favored the establishment of a Jewish National home in British Mandate Palestine.
On October 8, 2019, Ghanimah tweeted: “Disclaimer: f**k Israel."
On May 15, 2018, Ghanimah participated in a demonstration to protest the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to condemn Israel’s response to violent Palestinian protesters massing on Israel’s Gaza border.
Demonstrators marched to the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest in Chicago and chanted: “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!"
“From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free" is a chant calling to dismantle the State of Israel. It has also been employed by Hamas leader Khaled Mashal to call for the replacement of Israel with an Islamic state.
On November 2, 2017, Ghanimah tweeted a photo of two pairs of shoes on an Israeli flag with the caption: “New door mat" and wrote: “Decorating my dorm room "
That same day, Ghanimah reportedly tweeted an image of someone burning an Israeli flag and wrote: “Who’s tryna burn an Israeli flag w me tonight this is how I mourn."
Ghanimah’s tweet promoted an SJP “vigil" that condemned the 1917 Balfour Declaration. As of November 8, 2017, Ghanimah had appeared to have deleted her post calling for burning Israel’s flag from her Twitter.
On September 25, 2017, Ghanimah tweeted: “why do zionists on campus wave hi to me b**ch we not friends gimme my country back ???"
On September 1, 2017, Ghanimah tweeted: “All I want for Eid is for the Israeli regime to fall and burn "
Ghanimah retweeted a July 19, 2017 tweet of an image of a man holding an Israel flag captioned with the words: “ - Let us spit on this flag. Tfu. - Tfu."
Anti-Israel PresentationOn September 24, 2019, Ghanimah’s gave an anti-Israel presentation to her fellow UIUC multicultural advocates and resident advisors, titled: “Palestine & Great Return March. Palestinian Resitance to 70 Years of Israeli Terror."
Ghanimah’s presentation (slide 2) defined Zionism as “a political movement for the establishment and development of a Jewish nation," suggesting the Jewish nation was only a modern phenomenon.
Slide 2 included slanted definitions of Settler Colonialism, Apartheid, Ethnostate and Genocide, that have been used to target Israel and deny the Jews being indigenous with respect to the Land of Israel.
Ghanimah’s presentation (slide 10) included a photo montage of Yasser Arafat, Leila Khaled and the Palestinian flag.
Yasser Arafat was the former leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and is known by some as the “father of modern terrorism." He encouraged children to carry out “martyrdom" operations against Israel during the second intifada.
Arafat reportedly told Arab diplomats in a secret meeting in 1996: "We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. Jews will not want to live among Arabs. I have no use for Jews. They are and remain Jews."
The second intifada was characterized by more than 120 suicide bombings targeting Israeli civilians on buses and in cafes.
Ghanimah’s presentation featured (Slide 5) a series of misleading maps.
In February 2016, publisher McGraw-Hill Education recalled copies of a college-level textbook that contained the fraudulent maps. In October 2015, the United States cable news network MSNBC apologized for airing a similar series of maps and retracted them.
Israel’s security barrier, 97% of which is a low chain-link barrier, was built as a deterrent to Palestinian terror attacks. The concrete portions of the fence were built in response to Palestinian sniper attacks.
On October 10, 2019, Ghanimah tweeted: “Zionists had a problem with the title of my presentation being ‘Palestinian resistance to 70 years of Israeli terror’ they’re right it’s actually 71* years ."
Celebrating Fallout From Her Anti-Israel PresentationOn October 9, 2019, Ghanimah tweeted: “OMFGGGGG THE REPORTS ON MY PALESTINE PRESENTATION HAVE SURPASSED THE SCHOOL OFFICIALS AND HAVE REACHED THE STATE GOVERNORS OFFICE ."
She further tweeted: “Several groups have threatened to sue my school bc of me lmfaooooooo."
Following complaints regarding the content of Ghanimah’s presentation, UIUC’s Chancellor Robert Jones wrote a mass email to the UIUC campus denouncing the presentation’s anti-Semitism, as well as the discovery of a swastika in the Foreign Languages Building on October 8, 2019.
Jones stated: “I want to state publicly and unequivocally that acts and expressions of anti-Semitism are acts and expressions of hatred and discrimination that are in direct opposition to our core values. Bias and prejudice are antithetical to the educational foundations of our university and hurtful to our entire community."
On October 10, 2019, Ghanimah tweeted: “In one single night, SJP was able to get 15 activist organizations on campus to sign their statement against the Chancellor’s massmail. Solidarity is so beautiful and powerful. They will not silence us. #Palestine."
On October 14, 2019, Ghanimah addressed Chancellor Jones at a joint student government and faculty meeting, where Jones reportedly took comments from students regarding his email.
Following the meeting, Ghanimah claimed on Twitter: “ UIUC CHANCELLOR ROBERT JONES ADMITTED TO MY FACE THAT MY PALESTINE PRESENTATION HAD NO ANTISEMITIC CONTENT BUT WAS INTERPRETED THAT WAY BY A STUDENT ."
On October 18, 2019, Ghanimah led a group of SJP UIUC activists in protesting against Chancellor Jone’s email at a UIUC homecoming parade. Ghanimah reportedly said: “We will not stop resisting until Chancellor Jones meets our demands."
SJP Endorsement of Anti-Israel PresentationOn October 10, 2019, SJP UIUC issued a statement that was endorsed by 15 other student groups in support of Ghanimah’s presentation.
SJP UIUC’s statement said: “We are disheartened and disappointed by Chancellor Jones’s email, which demonizes a student presentation on Palestine and equates the concept of anti-Zionism presented by the student as being equivalent to anti-Semitism."
On October 15, 2019, SJP UIUC published to Facebook a list of demands, including the “immediate release of a new Massmail" that would “explicitly state that student presentation contained no anti-Semitic content. [sic.]"
Additional SJP UIUC other demands included: “...the assurance that at least one member of SJP is able to serve on the future MassMail review committee" and “...the hiring of more Palestinian faculty."
The final demand listed by SJP UIUC said: “Failure to comply with the above details will result in students’ DEMAND for the resignation of Chancellor Robert Jones from his office [sic]."
On October 16, 2019, SJP UIUC introduced a resolution to the student government titled: “Condemning Ignorance of Racism and Equating Anti-Zionism with Anti-Semitism."
The resolution, referring to Ghanimah’s presentation, stated: “the presentation mentioned in Chancellor Jones’ massmail on October 9, 2019, was improperly characterized, had no Anti-Semitic content in it …"
The resolution further accused UIUC’s administration of having “a history of equating Anti-Zionism with Anti-Semitism" and claimed that “this false equivalence has gained national prominence as a method for cloaking legitimate anti-Semitism behind attacks on political ideologies opposed to religious violence."
During debate of SJP UIUC’s resolution, a Jewish female freshman reported to the Daily Illini, an independent student newspaper at UIUC, that she experienced the very anti-Semitism that was downplayyed in the SJP resolution.
The student recalled [00:00:01] that when she walked into the room, prior to the vote, she was confronted “by a huge sign held up by SJP that said ‘F— Nazis.’ They called us Nazis!" As she recalled [00:00:08] this, a member of the audience responded: “Damn right!"
The student reported this experience during the student government debate on an anti-Israel divestment bill that was co-authored by Ghanimeh and presented on February 12, 2020.
On October 17, 2019, SJP UIUC held an “emergency teach-in" to educate the student body about the group’s demands, which had been published to Facebook by SJP UIUC on September 15th."
On October 23, 2019, SJP UIUC’s resolution passed, despite a protest by more than 400 Jewish students who walked out of the student government meeting. SJP activists reportedly held signs that said: “Free Palestine F*** Zionists" and cheered “Free Palestine" as the Jewish students left the room.
On October 23, 2019, Ghanimah tweeted: “If you support Palestinians on this campus, come out tonight to support us in getting this resolution passed!"
On October 24, 2019, Ghanimah tweeted: “It’s crazy to think that this all started with a presentation I made on Palestine. The UIUC admin will never silence our voices again. It feels good to win. 29-4-4 ."
Her tweet linked to SJP UIUC’s tweet announcing the passing of the resolution.
On October 25, 2019, SJP UIUC published to Facebook a “Full Statement" on the resolution, which claimed: “While SJP and allies consider this a great victory, we recognize that this is only the first step in achieving true equality and justice on campus."
The Statement also claimed: “Leading up to the senate meeting, Zionists targeted student senators, their families, and SJP members, slandering them as terrorists. At the beginning of the senate meeting, there were hundreds of Zionist students present, many of whom were lured there by misinformation, coupled with Israeli flags and posters."
SJP UIUC claimed: “The resolution voted on by ISG [Illinois Student Government] was...an effort to...condemn the Chancellors repeated anti-Palestinian sentiment."
The statement also alleged that Chancellor Jones’ equation of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism “poses [danger] not only to Palestinian students and Palestinian advocacy work, but also to Jewish students as genunine instances of anti-semitism such as Holocaust deniers on campus are ignored in favor of silencing activists."
On October 31, 2019, Ghanimah tweeted a Palestine Legal tweet which said: “Congrats to @SJPUIUC and their peers, who organized the first student government resolution condemning the conflation of criticism of Israel with antisemitism by a vote of 29-4! Take action to ensure the university follows suit (info in link):" Ghanimah commented; “."
Supporting BDSOn January 31, 2017, Ghanimah posted on Facebook “it's official. make sure to like UIUC Divest or follow @uiucdivest on twitter, IG, & snapchat to be updated on our campaign!"
UIUC Divest “calls upon the [UIUC] Board of Trustees to pull its investments from companies that normalize, engage in, or fund recognized violations of human rights, including those of the Palestinian people."
UIUC launched their 2020 UIUC Divest Campaign on February 4, 2020. Ghanimah commented in UIUC’s Divest Facebook post: “So Glad ur back luv."
On February 6, 2020, Ghanimah promoted on Facebook a UIUC Divest event called: “Divest 101." Ghanimah wrote: “Lemme find out you tryna divest dude. 🇵🇸."
On February 12, 2020, Ghanimah helped present an ISG Resolution that she co-authored, RES 0.3:61, titled: “Violations of Human Rights in University Investments." The resolution passed the student senate by a vote of 20-9-7.
The voting process for the bill was reportedly preceded by more than two hours of public comment by eight individuals who favored the resolution and 26 who argued against it. When an amendment was suggested that would remove all references to countries from the resolution, Ghanimeh reportedly said: “If this amendment passes, I am not an author anymore...If you take out Israel’s name, then you are literally delegitimizing everything that we were talking about today."
On February 15, 2020, Ghanimah tweeted: “WE DID IT BABYYYY ." Her tweet linked to UIUC Divest’s tweet that said: “After a 6 hour student government hearing, UIUC Divest passes 20-9-7! ISG resolution 03.61 ‘Violation of Human Rights in University Investments’ calls on UIUC to divest from corporations that engage in human Rights abuses including Israeli war crimes in Palestine. #UIUCDivest."
Anti-Israel ActivityOn April 9, 2018, Ghanimah participated in Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) 2018 at the University of Illinois.
Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) is presented as “an international series of events that seek to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people" and build support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. IAW has been re-named Palestine Awareness Week.
One panel featured a series of deliberately misleading maps of Palestine. The maps claim that lands once controlled by Britain, Egypt and Jordan as autonomous “Palestinian land," were purportedly stolen by Israel.
In February 2016, publisher McGraw-Hill Education recalled copies of a college-level textbook that contained the fraudulent maps. In October 2015, the United States cable news network MSNBC apologized for airing a similar series of maps and retracted them.
Another panel featured an illustration of the anti-Israel agitator Ahed Tamimi.
Tamimi is the daughter of Bassem Tamimi, who is known for exploiting young children as political props in staged confrontations with Israeli soldiers. In 2011, he was jailed for organizing violent rallies and inciting minors to commit violent crimes such as rock-throwing.
On April 7, 2017, Ghanimah promoted SJP UIUC’s “Israel Apartheid Week" on Facebook.
Attending the 2018 National SJP ConferenceOn November 22, 2018, Ghanimah featured in a group photo published to Instagram, wearing a badge with the logo of the 2018 National SJP Conference.
2018 National SJP - Celebrating Violence
Since the early 2000’s, the term “intifada" has carried the connotation of violence. The second intifada was characterized by more than 120 suicide bombings targeting Israeli civilians on buses and in cafes.
Anti-Israel activist Omar Zahzah also reportedly [00:00:07] led National SJP attendees in chanting, in Arabic, “With our bodies and our blood, we will free Palestine."
As of November 2018, the 2018 National SJP website glorified “radical hope and upfront defiance of Zionism," citing as examples the “early revolts through the Intifadas to the Great Return March."
The Great Return March of 2018 was organized and funded by the terror group Hamas as a campaign of violent protests along Israel’s border to spotlight the demand of Palestinians to “return" to Israel.
Tens of thousands of rioters gathered on Israel’s Gaza border, attempting numerous breaches of Israel’s border fence, with leaders and participants declaring their intention to harm Jews.
National SJP originally promoted a conference logo featuring a keffiyeh-wearing bear, looking toward a kite bearing the colors of the Palestinian flag.
On October 27, 2018, National SJP said the kite signified “the power in the Gaza March of Return."
Since March 2018, March of Return participants and Hamas’s “Kite Unit" have sent hundreds of kites bearing incendiary devices and IEDs (improvised explosive devices) across the border into Israel to terrorize Israelis. The kites are often marked with swastikas.
By the time National SJP produced its 2018 conference logo highlighting the kites in October 2018, Gazan terror kites and balloons had ignited more than 1,300 fires in Israel, over seven months.
2018 National SJP - Undermining U.S. Support for IsraelOn November 18, 2018, the US Palestine Community Network (USPCN) posted on Facebook the 2018 National SJP keynote speech by Hatem Abudayyeh, USPCN’s co-founder.
Abudayyeh has supported [00:08:45] convicted terrorists, praised terror organizations, called for Israel’s destruction and is an activist in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.
In his 2018 National SJP Keynote, Abudayyeh said [00:53:01] that the “specific role" of Palestinian and Arab students was to organize [00:53:42] in order to weaken “Zionist Israel" and force [00:54:23] the U.S. to “no longer provide it with diplomatic, political, financial and military cover and support."
Abudayyeh predicted [00:55:37] that once U.S. support to Israel ends, National SJP attendees would return to Palestine as “conquering heroes," end [00:54:38] the “occupation and colonization of all Arab lands including the Golan Heights" and replace “Zionist Israel" with a Palestinian state.
2018 National SJP - Whitewashing Terror OrganizationsDuring his keynote speech, Abudayyeh also painted [00:14:01] terrorist organizations as “liberation movements" and “resistance organizations," stating [00:14:21] “what we also know is that the majority of the resistance organizations in Palestine are on the U.S. state department list of foreign terrorist organizations."
Abudayyeh also celebrated [00:52:00] that all of the “armed resistance" organizations in Gaza are part [00:52:14] of a “unified resistance in Gaza, that includes all of the resistance organizations, working together under a unified military command."
2018 National SJP - Defending Terrorist Rasmea OdehDuring his keynote speech, Abudayyeh claimed [00:08:28] that pro-Israel organizations “go after students like you," adding [00:08:20] “just like they went after my friend and colleague, Rasmea Odeh."
2018 National SJP - Demonizing Israel and JewsDuring his keynote speech, Abudayyeh defended [00:27:25] the “Irvine 11" — eleven Muslim Student Union (MSA) members who were arrested in 2010 for repeatedly shouting down former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren during an address at the University of California at Irvine (UC Irvine).
Abudayyeh referred [00:27:37] to Oren as a “racist fascist speaker, representative of a racist, fascist country."
Abudayyeh went on to claim [00:29:48] that “today, even in the United States, Israel is finally being seen as the criminal, apartheid, racist state that it is."
Abudayyeh also called for increased action in the face of President U.S. Donald Trump, and referred [00:48:41] to Jared Kushner, Trump’s Jewish son-in-law and senior advisor, as “that pig son-in-law of his."
2018 National SJP - Excluding StudentsThe 2018 National SJP Conference welcomed only students who were verified and vouched for by an SJP (or otherwise named campus Palestine solidarity group). Media requests needed to be “approved by the NSJP press team" prior to the conference.
A November 7, 2018 Columbus Jewish News article reported that the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling on UCLA to cancel the 2018 NSJP conference, stating that a “public university should not allow any group to implement a litmus test for event participation on their campus."
On November 12, 2018, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times that criticized National SJP’s exclusion of members of pro-Israel student groups.
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 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’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.
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 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 was founded by Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, a senior member of Hamas.
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