OverviewLayla Quran [Layla K Quran] has spread hatred of Israel, promoted anti-Israel agitators and is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.
In 2014, Quran was reportedly the President of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of North Carolina (UNC).
As of October 2019, Quran’s LinkedIn page said she was a “Reporter/Associate Producer" at PBS NewsHour, from “August 2019 - Present" in Arlington, Virginia.
Quran’s LinkedIn page also said she received her master’s degree in 2017 from New York University (NYU), in “Near and Middle East Studies, Journalism." Quran’s LimkedIn also said she received her bachelor’s degree, in 2015, from UNC, in “International Relations, Journalism."
As of July 2019, Quran spelled her name “Layla Qoran" on Facebook.
Spreading Hatred of IsraelOn May 9, 2019, Quran tweeted: “...the Palestinians in Israel are delegated to second-class status by every means."
On July 13, 2014, Quran tweeted: “She was at the camp playing piano.She was a piano prodigy, I've never heard anything so beautiful. Her blood is cheaper to apartheid Israel."
On August 7, 2013, Quran tweeted: “EU parliamentarian urges Palestinian intifada http://aje.me/1cuTyJf via @AJEnglish #yallah."
Since the early 2000’s, the term “intifada" has carried the connotation of violence.
On March 11, 2012, Quran tweeted: “‘#USWeaponsBombGaza Palestinians are a ‘security threat’ to Israel, Jews were a ‘security threat’ to Hitler. Zionism is Apartheid.’"
On March 7, 2012, Quran tweeted: “And my upmost respect 2 Hana Shalabi on her 22nd day of hunger strike.Imprisoned w/o trial/cause by the Israeli government #hungry4justice."
Hana Shalabi is reportedly a supporter of the terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) who was arrested in 2012 for alleged “involvement in planned attacks" by PIJ.
On February 11, 2012, Quran tweeted: “Tomorrow Israeli Politicians and settlers are reportedly storming al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem in attempts to topple it to the ground."
The allegation that Jews “threaten" to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque has been a traditional pretext for Arab attacks on Jews long before the existence of the modern Jewish state.
Such propaganda served as the excuse for an upsurge in Palestinian violence that flared in the fall of 2015 and incited Palestinians to attempt mass casualty attacks on Israeli civilians in July 2016. .
Israel commenced Operation Cast Lead (OCL) in 2008-09 in order to stop Hamas rocket fire from Gaza targeting Israeli civilians.
On December 10, 2011, Quran tweeted: “@theDalz There's been an occupation for over 60 years, whether the US sees that or not. #Palestine #Israel #moderndayapartheid."
On August 31, 2011, Quran tweeted: “I'm #Israel and I tell the world I want peace while bombing the neighborhood park.The park might have had weapons,I couldn't take a chance."
On August 18, 2011, Quran tweeted: “It takes an entirely different level of monster to kill a child #Israel."
On August 12, 2011, Quran tweeted: “When the British colonized America we were called revolutionaries, when #Israel occupied #Palestine, we were suddenly terrorists."
On August 6, 2011, Quran tweeted: “RT ‘@TheJewgro: @LaylaQuran i mean that u claim the jewish lobby is stopping media from reporting the israel protets.’ How is tht offensive?"
On July 21, 2011, Quran tweeted: “If it looks like apartheid and smells like apartheid.....then it's not democracy. #Israel."
Promoting Anti-Israel AgitatorsOn February 6, 2015, Quran shared a photo on Facebook of herself with disgraced anti-Israel professor Steven Salaita and wrote: “Steven Salaita selfie! Read what happened to him here."
In 2014, The University of Illinois (U of I) withdrew an offer of employment to Steven Salaita after becoming aware of his anti-Semitic tweets. One tweet, posted shortly after Hamas kidnapped three teenage Israeli high school students, read: "You may be too refined to say it, but I’m not: I wish all the f**king West Bank settlers would go missing."
A month later, Salaita tweeted "Zionists: transforming ‘antisemitism’ from something horrible into something honorable since 1948." On July 8, 2014, he tweeted: "There's something profoundly sexual to the Zionist pleasure w/#Israel's aggression. Sublimation through bloodletting, a common perversion."
In a February 26, 2014, Daily Tar Heel article titled: “Poet and activist Remi Kanazi to speak on Palestinian-Israeli conflict," Quran reportedly said: “We’ve been trying to get him for years now, so we’re really excited he’s coming."
added: “He’s not just a spoken word artist — he’s an activist."
Supporting BDSAs a graduate student of NYU, Quran signed a letter calling to divest from companies that do business in and with Israel, including Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and G4S.
On August 25, 2014, Quran wrote on Facebook: “We are a UNC student group organizing around human rights and justice for Palestinians. We follow the Palestinian Civil Society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel."
Quran’s Facebook post linked to an SJP UNC-organized Facebook event page, titled: “TONIGHT: UNC Students for Justice in Palestine Fall Interest Meeting."
In an August 17, 2014 article about an academic and cultural boycott of Israel, appearing in UNC’s student newspaper, , Quran reportedly said: “The academic boycott and any cultural and economic boycott are really important ways to hold Israel accountable when politicians and the media—and really the international community—has failed to do so."
In September 2014, while Quran was reportedly the president of SJP UNC, the group organized an event, with the stated goal of severing the connections UNC had with institutions and academic programs in Israel, including conferences and study abroad programs.
On June 5, 2013, Quran tweeted: “. @aliciakeys Alicia, cancel your concert n apartheid Israel.The apartheid regime will eventually collapse w/artistic & economic isolation."
On May 30, 2013, Quran tweeted: “Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is performing in Memorial Hall next April. Can't wait to not attend! #BDS."
On March 30, 2013, Quran tweeted: “Help get Alicia Keys to cancel gig in apartheid Israel by tweeting at @aliciakeys w/ hashtag #SetTheWorldOnFireTour."
SJP ActivityOn February 27, 2014, while Quran was reportedly the president of SJP UNC, Quran published an article in UNC’s student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, titled: “UNC Israeli Apartheid Week is taking place."
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.
Quran claimed: “Eviction notices are routinely given to Palestinian families living under oppressive Israeli occupation. The goal is to confiscate Palestinian land for Israeli settlements and make life so miserable for Arabs that they have no choice but to eventually leave their land and homes."
Quran also said: “The U.S. has provided over $200 billion in military funding to Israel over the past six decades, and all that we seem to have gotten from it is this apartheid system."
Quran concluded: “Use the hashtag #UNCMockeviction to let us hear your thoughts on the mock eviction notice, and please come out to the events for UNC Israeli Apartheid Week next week!"
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.
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