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Meshal Alshahrani

Overview

Meshal Alshahrani is a supporter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at San Jose State University (SJSU) and promotes the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Alshahrani is a senior at (SJSU), majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a student assistant at SJSU and a freelance photographer.

Promoting Anti-Semitism — as Anti-Zionism

Alshahrani uses Facebook to slander Israel, dehumanize Israelis — and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

On July 12, 2015, Alshahrani told his Facebook audience members that they "must watch" a video starring David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan — a convicted felon and anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist.

The video, titled: "Israel is a threat to America, not Iran. United States will go to war with Israel soon," blamed Israel for Al Qaeda's September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Duke went on to allege that Israel and "insane Zionist extremists in their bloodlust" (12:58) are trying to manipulate the U.S. into a war with Iran (at 10:00). Duke declared that there was no evidence (10:30) that Iran is attempting to build nuclear weapons, — despite a 2015 International Atomic Energy Agency report and a 2007 U.S. State Department report, which found that Iran violated its Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations.

On July 11, 2014, Alshahrani shared a Russia Today (RT) video on the Gaza War with his Facebook followers, commenting, "I highly respect this Russian channel for stating the truth and not being manipulative." In 2014, an RT anchor reporter resigned, after she admitted the channel disseminated lies.

On July 13, 2014, Alshahran tried to divorce Jews from their ancient aspiration to return to their homeland, posting "I love Jews.. not Zionists" alongside a video produced by Neturei Karta, a marginal Jewish cult, with less than 100 publicly active members that is opposed to the State of Israel.

On July 16, 2014, Alshahrani mocked the Israeli Defense Force’s attempts to save Palestinian lives by issuing warnings before targeting Gaza structures used as

terror bases. Alshahrani posted on Facebook: "I don't see the reason to alert them and destroy their houses."

On July 18, 2014 Alshahrani re-posted a video, titled: called "Why Would a Texan Boycott israel?" by someone who introduced himself as Bill McKee from San Antonio Texas. The video propagated false, incendiary claims about Israeli settlements having been created by forcing Palestinians off of their land at gunpoint. The video also justified Palestinian terrorism and called on viewers to join the BDS movement. Alshahrani commented: “word of truth."

On July 24, 2014, Alshahrani commended as "eye opening," on Facebook, a report featuring Gaza doctor Medhat Abbas, who made the libelous claim that “children are the declared target of the Israeli army - today, they are only killing children." Abbas also misrepresented that Israel made “unsafe" Gaza’s Shifa hospital — which served as a Hamas command center and which Hamas used repeatedly as a launching area for rockets during the 2014 Gaza War. Four days later, Hamas rockets — as confirmed by an Amnesty International report and an independent Italian journalist — killed and wounded scores of children at Shifa hospital and the nearby al-Shati refugee camp.

On July 25, 2014, Alshahrani posted a video of anti-Semitic journalist Max Blumenthal, blaming Israel, exclusively, for the conflict in Gaza. Max Blumenthal’s 2013 book "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel" was dubbed “The Israel Hater’s Handbook" by Eric Alterman of progressive magazine The Nation.

On August 5, 2014, Alshahrani posted on Facebook a video he characterized as a "Powerful speech from a pro-Israel Irish man," Irish Senator David Norris. Norris started his speech by stating that the Holocaust is a “rag" that needs to be “torn away" from Israel (1:00). Norris called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from Ireland, the removal of Israel’s embargo on Gaza, the possible imposition of an international military force in Gaza and the boycott of Israeli goods (6:30).

Norris is also the former partner of Ezra Nawi, a convicted child sex offender and Israeli "peace" activist who was exposed for entrapping and handing over Palestinians to the Palestinian Authority for torture and execution — for selling land to Jews.

On November 12, 2015, Alshahrani posted a photo of himself with Norwegian physician Dr. Mads Gilbert — commending him as " the hero." In 2014, Gilbert expressed support for the September 11 terrorist attacks. In December of In 2009, Gilbert was accused of faking resuscitation on a dead child for dramatic effect for a CNN video.

Embracing Hate-Speech

In November 2014 Alshahrani attended an SJP event that brought Steven Salaita to SJSU’s campus.

In 2014, The University of Illinois (U of I) withdrew an offer of employment to 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."

U of I defended its decision to withdraw the job offer to Salaita in a January 29, 2015 press release, saying: “These statements [his tweets] and many more like them demonstrate that Dr. Salaita lacks the judgment, temperament and thoughtfulness to serve as a member of our faculty in any capacity, but particularly to teach courses related to the Middle East."

After being denied the position at U of I, Salaita took a teaching position at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon, where he was employed from 2015 through 2017. The position at AUB was not tenured and so, following the close of the 2017 academic year, Salaita again sought employment.

Unable to find a teaching position “on four continents," Salaita again took to social media, stating on Facebook I “no longer consider myself among the professoriate." Salaita went on to say that “People ask if I would go back in time and change anything. I would not… I will die unapologetic."

SJP SJSU Inciting Terror

On November 21, 2014, SJSU SJP members marched on San Jose City Hall to present the Mayor’s office with a demand that "our government stop its complicity with the violations of international law by ending U.S. military aid to Israel."

The title of the march, "Hands off Al-Aqsa and Palestine," aimed at perpetuating a false rumor that Israel intended to “desecrate" the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. On the same day of the march, SJP SJSU’s Twitter feed featured the hashtag #HandsOffAlAqsa.

This claim, spread by Palestinian leaders, led directly to a wave of deadly violence against Israelis. The "threat" of “attacks" on Al Aqsa has been a pretext for Arab attacks on Jews well before the existence of Israel.

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.

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/ALSHAHRANI.MESHAL

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meshal-alshahrani-b6658163

Twitter: https://twitter.com/meshalastic


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