Mustafa Alemi is a member of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at San Diego State University (SDSU) and served as an officer, in 2014. He is also a delegate of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at SDSU (MSA SDSU). Alemi worked as a political affairs intern at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in 2015.
Alemi is supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and was involved with a failed SJP SDSU divestment initiative in 2015. SJP SDSU’s website currently states "We’ll be back. No rest till we divest."
Alemi is a junior at SDSU, majoring in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. Alemi sits on the Associated Students Board of Directors at SDSU as a student-at-large. He has also served on Judicial Affairs Justice of Associated Students at SDSU.
Alemi is also a founder of the clothing line Native Immigrant.
Demanding SDSU’s President Bow to Student Pressure — “Or Else"
In April 2016, Alemi’s name appeared on posters placed on SDSU’s campus by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, that called out seven SDSU students for having “allied themselves with Palestinian terrorists to perpetrate BDS and Jew Hatred" on campus.
On April 27, 2016 SJP SDSU and MSA SDSU organized a protest against what they perceived as SDSU President Elliot Hirshman’s insufficient response to the posters. SJP SDSU’s president, Osama Alkhawaja, led dozens of protesters who followed SDSU Hirshman as he walked from a swearing-in ceremony of new Associated Student officers to a waiting police cruiser. The students surrounded Hirshman as he sat in the police cruiser and prevented him from leaving campus for two hours.
Following the confrontation, Alemi claimed that the precise tactic of trapping Hirshman in the police cruiser “wasn’t planned, but demanding an apology was."
Alemi also said "Without our tuition money [Hirshman’s] not living the life he has right now and the fact that it took two to three hundred students to block his car to have a conversation with us is incredibly disrespectful."
On May 2, 2016, Alemi joined other SJP members Rachel Beck and Osama Alkhawaja to lead a backlash — directed against the university administration — for what the named students and their supporters deemed an inadequate university response to the posters.
In 2015, SDSU was named as one of the ten United States universities with the most anti-Semitic activity, much of this stemming from SJP SDSU’s campus activity.
SJP SDSU’s campus programs have included workshops promoting BDS hosted by anti-Semite Miko Peled and staging “die-ins."
A week after a 2014 "die-in," SJP SDSU dropped approximately 500 leaflets from the top of the student hall ordering students to evacuate immediately and warning that “Those who fail to comply with the instructions will endanger their lives and the lives of their families." Several police officers and members of the campus administration were present at the time of their disruption, which was considered by university officials as a violation of the student code of conduct.
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."
The MSA reportedly has “nearly 600 chapters" located in the United States and Canada, and 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.
CAIR describes itself as a “grassroots civil rights and advocacy group" and “America's largest Muslim civil liberties organization, with regional offices nationwide." Its official mission is “enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims."
CAIR reportedly has “significant ties" to the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as Hamas. A number of former CAIR employees have been convicted on fraud and terrorism-related charges that resulted monetary fines, jail terms and, sometimes, deportation.
CAIR was founded in 1994 and opened its first office in Washington, DC, with the help of a $5,000 donation from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), a charity founded by Mousa Abu Marzook.
Marzook, who was listed as a "Specially Designated Terrorist" by the U.S. Treasury Department in 1995, is reportedly a senior member of Hamas.
In May 2007, CAIR was listed as an “unindicted co-conspirator" in a U.S.-filed action against the HLF for providing funds to Hamas.
CAIR was also listed as a terrorist entity by the United Arab Emirates, in 2014.
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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