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Helal Jwayyed

Overview

Helal (Hal) Jwayyed was the president of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Saint Xavier University (SXU) and is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. He was also part of SJP Chicago and a member of SJP at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

On November 4-6, 2016, Jwayyed attended the 2016 SJP National Conference, held at George Mason University (GMU).

Jwayyed was also a member of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at SXU and is affiliated with American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).

Jwayyed graduated from SXU with a degree in Business Administration in 2016 and from Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) in 2013, where he was a member of the Arab Student Union (ASU).

Jwayyed is the vice president and author at the online Palestine in America publication, has a job as a paralegal at the Law Offices of Reem H. Odeh in Chicago and works as a student support manager at Online Trading Academy.

Demonizing Israel

On August 19, 2016, Jwayyed tweeted: "When Israel can't stop taking sh*t that isn't theirs. #palestine"

On July 28, 2016, Jwayyed tweeted: "@HillaryClinton ‘Stands up against gun lobby’ allows AIPAC to fund Illegal Apartheid. #palestine"

On February 27, 2016, Jwayyed posted on facebook: "Mossad admits to faking Anti Semitic posts. #bds is not Anti Semitism."

On February 25, 2016, Jwayyed tweeted: "@marcorubio Palestinians don't hate Jews. We hate the state of Israel for the same reason Jews hated Hitler. #freepalestine"

On July 31, 2014, Jwayyed tweeted: "I don't always make signs, but when I do... #freepalestine #isupportgaza #endtheoccupation #chicagostandswithgaza"

The tweet was attached to a photo of Jwayyed holding a sign at a protest that read: "Israel we’re sick of your S**T"

Supporting Terrorist Rasmea Odeh

On August 15, 2016, Jwayyed was tagged in a photo with Rasmea Odeh.

Odeh was a key military operative with the terrorist group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). In 1969, Odeh masterminded a PFLP bombing that killed two college students in a Jerusalem supermarket. Odeh also attempted to bomb the British consulate.

Odeh confessed, in a highly detailed account, the day following her arrest. In a 2004 documentary, one of Odeh’s co-conspirators directly implicated her as the mastermind.

In 1970, an Israeli court tried and convicted Odeh for her involvement in both bombings and sentenced her to life imprisonment. However, Odeh was released 10 years later, in a prisoner swap and emigrated to the United States.

On November 10, 2014, a Michigan federal jury convicted Odeh for immigration fraud because she failed to disclose her prior conviction and life sentence on her immigration application. On March 12, 2015, she was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

In 2017, after an appeal and a lengthy court battle, Odeh admitted to immigration fraud, was stripped of her U.S. citizenship and deported to Jordan.

On April 12, 2016, Jwayyed posted a photo on Instagram of himself together with Rasmea Odeh. Jwayyed commented: "I keep bumping into this lady left and right #justiceforrasmea."

On March 7, 2016, Jwayyed posted a photo on Instagram of Rasmea Odeh. Jwayyed wrote: #justiceforrasmea #iwd#women #power #blm

On January 27, 2016, Jwayyed tweeted a picture of himself with Rasmea Odeh with the hashtag #Justice4Rasmea.

On March 12, 2015, Jwayyed tweeted: "I hope they get the appeal on Rasmea. #Justice4Rasmea."

Supporting BDS

On March 4, 2017, Jwayyed posted on Facebook: "BDS wins again" in reference to a divestment resolution passed at the University of South Florida.

On July 1, 2016, Jwayyed shared an AJ+ video that claimed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-BDS executive order to be unconstitutional and an affront to free speech.

On February 24, 2016, Jwayyed wrote an article justifying the disruption of a lecture given by Bassem Eid by SJP members at the University of Chicago. Eid is the founder of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group and opposes the BDS movement. During the talk, Eid was threatened with physical violence.

On February 21, 2016, Jwayyed tweeted: "#bASSemeid is a f**king traitor to the #Palestinian people."

On April 13, 2015, Jwayyed participated in an event called "Make Hummus not Walls" held by SXU SJP during Palestinian Awareness Week on campus. The event was an “alternative Hummus tasting" to encourage students to boycott the “immoral, socially irresponsible Sabra Hummus" brand that was sold on campus.

SJP SXU - Supporting Terrorist Rasmea Odeh

On February 3, 2015, SJP SXU promoted a fundraising dinner organized by SJP Chicago to support Rasmea Odeh.

On March 12, 2015, SJP SXU tweeted "We want #Justice4Rasmea NOW.’’

Odeh was a key military operative with the terrorist group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). In 1969, Odeh masterminded a PFLP bombing that killed two college students in a Jerusalem supermarket. Odeh also attempted to bomb the British consulate.

Odeh confessed, in a highly detailed account, the day following her arrest. In a 2004 documentary, one of Odeh’s co-conspirators directly implicated her as the mastermind.

In 1970, an Israeli court tried and convicted Odeh for her involvement in both bombings and sentenced her to life imprisonment. However, Odeh was released 10 years later, in a prisoner swap and emigrated to the United States.

On November 10, 2014, a Michigan federal jury convicted Odeh for immigration fraud because she failed to disclose her prior conviction and life sentence on her immigration application. On March 12, 2015, she was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

In 2017, after an appeal and a lengthy court battle, Odeh admitted to immigration fraud, was stripped of her U.S. citizenship and deported to Jordan.

SJP SXU - Demonizing Israel

On April 11, 2016, SXU SJP erected a display as part of Palestine Awareness Week, featuring a series of maps that presented lands once controlled by Britain, Egypt and Jordan as autonomous "Palestinian land" purportedly stolen by Israel.

In February of 2016, publisher McGraw-Hill Education recalled and destroyed 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.

On October 5, 2015, SXU SJP posted on Facebook an article by Electronic Intifada that reported on terrorist Fadi Aloon as "being shot in cold blood while posing no threat." Fadi Aloon was shot by Israeli security forces after he stabbed a 15-year old Israeli boy in his chest and back. Several hours before the attack, Aloon posted “Either martyrdom or victory" on his Facebook page.

SXU SJP quoted from the article in their post saying ‘’mainstream US media outlets are actively concealing the alarming displays of genocidal racism emanating from Israeli Jewish society.’’

On July 23, 2014, during Operation Protective Edge (OPE), SXU SJP tweeted "SJP at SXU stands in solidarity with Palestine and Gaza. We condemn the acts of genocide Israel is partaking in #GazaUnderAttack"

SJP SXU - Supporting BDS

In 2015, SXU SJP supported divestment campaigns at a number of universities, including DePaul University, UC Davis and Northwestern.

On May 13, 2015, SXU SJP posted on Facebook, urging followers to ‘’Testify Online Against IL Anti-Boycott Bill! [SB1671] Stop the Politicizing of Our Pension System!’’

On April 13, 2015, SXU SJP held an event called "Make Hummus not Walls" during Palestinian Awareness Week. The event featured an “alternative Hummus tasting" to encourage students to boycott the “immoral, socially irresponsible [Israeli] Sabra Hummus" brand that was sold on campus.

SJP

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.

AMP

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.

MSA

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..."

BDS

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.

Social Media and Web Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jazziejaye

Twitter 1: https://twitter.com/haljwayyed

Twitter 2: https://twitter.com/halelcooljay

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/helal-jwayyed-1823a1aa/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/halelcooljay/

Blog: https://www.blogger.com/profile/17278696904033460604

Occupation:
Professional

University:
SXU, MVCC

Organizations(s):
AMP,
BDS,
MSA,
SJP

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Last Modified:
02/26/2020

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