Jon Laks member of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at New York University (NYU), but was expelled in 2016 after he made accusations of sexual assault against other NYC SJP members. He was also member of the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee (RSCC), but resigned during the same controversy.
Spreading Hateful Lies and Incitement
On May 16, 2016, Laks commended a co-sponsored NYC SJP "Nakba Day March for Resistance and Return." Protesters at the rally held signs which read “Israel = Racisim and Genocide" and screamed “Intifada Intifada" and “5-6-7-8 Smash the Settle Zionist State", as well as, “We don’t want two states, we want 48," and “There is only one solution: Intifada revolution" - all calling for the destruction of Israel as a Jewish State. These official chants were distributed before the rally.
On February 25, 2016, Laks posted a "Days of Palestine" article featuring the fraudulent, incendiary headline: “Israeli rabbi: Israeli soldiers can rape Palestinian women." The article misrepresented the rabbi’s statements — and ignored the rabbi’s supplemental statement expressly prohibiting such rape under any and all circumstances, on both moral and legal grounds.
Supporting Student-Killer 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 September 17, 2015, Laks promoted a protest against the CUNY performance of a play about the Holocaust written by Ido Netanyahu, the brother of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Joking about Murder
On December 16, 2016, Laks posted a cartoon of a soldier speaking to children saying "Knowing Marxism is half the battle. The other half of the battle is slaughtering the bourgeoisie in the most gruesome way possible." On February 13, 2016, he posted a cartoon which emphasized “devotin’ full time to dethroatin’ the bourgeoisie."
NYC SJP - Dressing Anti-Semitism as Anti-Zionism
On November 12, 2015, NYC SJP organized the Million Student March at CUNY, demanding the abolishment of tuition, cancellation of student debt and a $15.00 an hour wage minimum for all campus workers. Video footage from the march showed students chanting "Zionists out of CUNY," as well as “Intifada! Intifada! Long live the intifada!"
SJP NYU Lying to Slander Israel
Zoabi, a member of Israel’s parliament (the Knesset), has been investigated for inciting violence on a number of occasions. In July 2014, Zoabi was suspended from the Knesset after she defended the Hamas kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, who were later found executed in a field.
In October 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initiated a criminal investigation against Zoabi after she was reportedly quoted in a Hamas-affiliated newspaper imploring Muslims to give a wave of terror attacks “popular support," and calling for the “outpouring of thousands" to create a “real intifada."
SJP NYU Showing Solidarity with Terrorism
On November 9, 2015, during one the most violent waves of terrorism to hit Israel in recent years, SJP held a silent vigil at NYU to "show solidarity with Palestinian citizens in their ongoing struggle with Israel." SJP NYU organizer Amith Gupta told reporters that he broadcast e-mails showing “solidarity with the Palestinians during their recent uprising against the Israeli occupation."
The vigil, held in the NYU Law’s Vanderbilt Courtyard, also aimed to bring attention to the Law School’s so-called "pro-Israeli sympathies."
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."
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