SJP UMD - Disrupting an Israeli Cultural EventOn April 19, 2016, Hallaba participated in SJP UMD “die-in" disrupting the annual Israel Fest celebration — a non-political event held at UMD to celebrate Israeli culture. On April 30, 2016, Hallaba posted a 22-minute video of the incident to Youtube. On November 10, 2014, SJP UMD tweeted: “Dozens of students walk out on Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer at UMD: Read more here!"
On March 24, 2014, SJP UMD’s blog featured a letter co-signed by other SJP chapters that supported as “political speech" numerous instances of anti-Israel heckling, hate speech and intimidation. SJP UMD referred obliquely to the 11 Muslim Student Union (MSU/MSA) members who were arrested after repeatedly attempting to shout down Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., when he spoke at the University of California at Irvine in 2010. One of the students slandered Israel by claiming it was engaging in the “genocide" of Palestinian Arabs.
The “Map That Lies" is a propaganda poster that presents lands once controlled by Britain, Egypt and Jordan as autonomous “Palestinian land" 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.
Ahmed Manasra was wounded on October 12, 2015, while he and his 15 year-old cousin, Hassan, were engaged in a stabbing spree in Jerusalem. The Mansaras critically wounded a 13 year-old Israeli boy and moderately wounded a 25 year-old man.
The Manasras’ stabbing spree was interrupted when police shot Hassan and a passing Israeli motorist hit Ahmed, who was thereupon surrounded by enraged and cursing onlookers.
Ahmed Manasra was taken by Israeli police for treatment at an Israeli hospital. Manasra, who admitted to investigators “I went there to stab Jews," was tried, convicted and later sentenced to 12 years for attempted murder.
Hallaba shared her post the same day Ahmed Manasra was convicted on two counts of attempted murder. The post Hallaba shared claimed: “The fascist Zionist occupiers faked the whole story from A to Z, and now trying to take the rest of his life…"
On May 10, 2016, Hallaba shared another Facebook post that misrepresented Manasra as an innocent child. Hallabah’s Facebook post featured an image of Ahmed Manasra surrounded by doves, with the comment: If sentencing a child for a life sentence and killing his cousin on spot isn't fascist ; I don't know what is! This is very saddening!"
On July 1, 2016, Hallaba, in a Twitter conversation, equated the stabbing murder of 13-year-old joint U.S.-Israeli citizen Hallel Yaffa while she slept in her home to the death of Palestinian terrorists who were killed while they attempted to murder Jews, during the “Stabbing Intifada" in the fall of 2015. Hallaba portrayed these terrorists as being “executed" in what she called “mass punishments."
October 2015 saw an upsurge in violence across Israel incited by Palestinian political and religious leaders, with young Palestinians throughout the country stabbing and attempting to stab scores of Israeli civilians.
Israeli security personnel shot Yaffa’s murderer — 17-year-old Muhammad Tarayrah — after Tarayrah stabbed one of the security officers. Days prior to the murder, Tarayrah had posted on Facebook: “Death is a right and I demand my right." The Palestinian Authority praised Tarayrah and his mother said: “My son is a hero. He made me proud."
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 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."
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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