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Omar El-Maghraby


Omar El-Maghraby is the vice president of finance for Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Ryerson University (Ryerson SJP). El-Maghraby is also vice president of equity for Ryerson’s Muslim Students Association (MSA). Ryerson SJP actively promotes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

El-Maghraby is a sophomore studying Business Information Technology. He is a student analyst at WITS Consulting, Inc and a retail sales associate at Adidas.

El-Maghraby is a passionate supporter of Ryerson Student Union (RSU) president Obaid Ullah who — along with Ryerson SJP and MSA — faced allegations of leading an anti-Semitic walkout in the RSU against a vote to hold a Holocaust Education Week at the school. The incident is detailed below.

Claiming Israel Supports ISIS

On February 13, 2015, El-Maghraby shared an article on Facebook with an image of an ISIS militant pulling off a mask of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The article came from the website which spreads many anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

El-Maghraby wrote in his post: "I've always wondered why ISIS attacks practically any country except it never attacked Israel. Now it's all clear."

Vilifying Israel

On February 24, 2015, El-Maghraby shared an Youtube video on Facebook defending Hamas rocket attacks and denying the long-standing Hamas tactic of using children as human shields (9:20). The speaker also insinuated that Israel acted as a "terrorist" during its Operation Protective Edge (OPE) against Hamas and further alleged that supposed attitudes of Israelis towards Palestinian children was an example of “how genocides start" (9:55).

El-Maghraby wrote on his Facebook post: "Seriously... everyone should watch this. ‘One of the definitions of a terrorist is using intimidation to reach your goals.’"

On March 26, 2015, El-Maghraby shared a Facebook video featuring propagandist Dr. Mads Gilbert who claimed that Israel runs according to an "apartheid system." Gilbert has been banned indefinitely from entering Gaza via Israel due to his close connections to the Hamas leadership.

In 2008, 2009 and 2012 Gilbert — whose anti-Israel allegations are popular with white supremacists — was stationed at a hospital that doubled as a Hamas rocket launching site. During that time Gilbert acted as a propagandist for the Hamas government in Gaza. In December of 2009, Gilbert was accused of faking resuscitation on a dead child in Gaza for dramatic effect on a CNN video.

On June 4, 2015, El-Maghraby shared a post from anti-Israel filmmaker Mohamed Zeyara demonizing Israel’s defense following an Islamic State-linked rocket attack from Gaza. The post called Israel’s response an act of "aggression." Zeyara, like El-Maghraby, has blamed Israel for ISIS and in 2013, Zeyara tweeted in Arabic: “May Allah disgrace the Jews."

On March 3, 2015, El-Maghraby shared another Zeyera post with dismissed Iranian terror support and called Netanyahu the "world record holder of most children killed per capita."

On April 8, 2015, El-Maghraby quoted discredited anti-Israel historian Ilan Pappe in trying to call out Zionists as hypocrites.

Supporting Extremism

On March 17, 2015, El-Maghraby shared a post from Islamic cleric Omar Suleiman.

On July 24, 2014, Suleiman -- during OPE -- tweeted his support for a "Third Intifada" to destroy Israel. Suleiman used the hashtag — #48kmarch — which was a reference to violent protests against Israeli soldiers. He said: “God willing on this blessed night as the 3rd Intifada begins, the beginning of the end of Zionism is here."

SJP Ryerson - Spreading Conspiracy Theories

On November 15, 2015, SJP Ryerson tweeted: "Illegal organ harvesting of Palestinian bodies is a practice done by Israel. Another video that talks about this…" SJP Ryerson, in the tweet, included a link to their Facebook page making the same charge.

On February 12, 2012, SJP Ryerson spread the libel that "a large group of Zionists" were plotting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The allegation that Jews “threaten" to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque has long been a traditional pretext for Arab attacks against Jews.

SJP Ryerson - Pushing BDS

On April 2, 2014, SJP Ryerson authored a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution that passed the Ryerson Student Union that night. SJP Ryerson claimed that Israel practices "Apartheid" in its campaigning for the resolution.

SJP Ryerson President Mohammad Horreya, at the vote, said: "[Y]ou’ve got the Israli [sic] army, which I like to refer to as the best trained, best equipped, best fed terrorist organization in the world, yes they have reformed, but their entire purpose is terrorism."

The following semester saw the RSU tweet blatantly anti-Israel messages.

On September 10, 2014, the RSU tweeted: "Our governments continue to support Israel's war crimes and oppression of Palestinian people #disO14 #freepalestine."

On September 10, 2014, the RSU tweeted: "call for BDS issued by 171 Palestinian civil society organizations as a non violent tactic to end Israeli apartheid #freepalestine #disO14."

Ryerson SJP and MSA - Opposing Holocaust Education

On November 29, 2016, it was alleged that Ryerson SJP and MSA led a nearly 100-student walkout that prevented a student government vote on holding a Holocaust Education Week on campus.

Ryerson Hillel, which brought the Holocaust resolution before the Ryerson Student Union (RSU), alleged that Ryerson SJP and MSA led the walkout that led to a loss of quorum and forced the vote to be cancelled.

On November 30, 2016, Students Supporting Israel at Ryerson (SSI Ryerson) vice president Aeden O’Connor stated: "When presenting the motion we were snickered at and told to sit down and not present by other students. When it approached the time to vote on this motion a large group of students started messaging each other and coordinated a walk out to rid the assembly of quorum. This was done to silence Jewish students."

SJP Ryerson vice president Omar Said initially endorsed an amendment to derail the resolution, stating that "it shouldn’t be a week long" (1:27) and that “this week should include the ‘Palestinian Holocaust and shouldn’t just be toward the Jewish Holocaust’" (1:45). He also objected to having the UJA Federation help with programming because it was “pro-Zionist" (0:25) and a “Jewish organization" (2:06).

On December 1, 2016, SJP Ryerson stated that it "did not engage in any manner in the ‘planned’ walkout" and that “[e]xecutive members who attended the SAGM did not attend with the purpose of targeting a specific motion."

On December 4, 2016, Said denied that he or SJP Ryerson organized a walkout. He said that he spoke in favor of the amendment and that he wanted to "include awareness of other genocides so that more students would be able to relate." Said claimed that he had left the SJP Ryerson leadership on November 9, 2016, despite SJP Ryerson not stating so in the above statement.

On December 1, 2016, Ryerson MSA President Mariam Nouser also said that her group did not lead the walkout. Nouser was personally opposed to the resolution the night of the vote.

On December 7, 2016, allegations surfaced against RSU President Obaid Ullah that he had encouraged the walkout, texting students to "Please leave." Ullah is an active member of the MSA and has made many anti-Israel social media posts.

On December 1, 2016, the RSU said of the Holocaust resolution that "[m]otions of this nature can invoke many views."

On December 19, 2016, the RSU passed the Holocaust resolution.

SJP Ryerson - Hosting Anti-Israel Speakers

On February 2, 2016, SJP Ryerson promoted anti-Israel filmmaker Mohamed Zeyara who blamed Israel for ISIS in 2014 and tweeted in Arabic in 2013 "May Allah disgrace the Jews."

On January 31, 2016, SJP Ryerson hosted a skype session with Dr. Basel Abuwarda.

On January 25, 2016, SJP Ryerson posted an image promoting Dr. Abuwarda’s talk which featured a photo of him with pro-Hamas propagandist Dr. Mads Gilbert, who had been banned indefinitely from entering Gaza via Israel due to his connections to the Hamas leadership.

In 2008, 2009 and 2012 Gilbert — whose anti-Israel allegations are popular with white supremacists — was stationed at a hospital that doubled as a Hamas rocket launching site. During that time Gilbert acted as a propagandist for the Hamas government in Gaza. In December of 2009, Gilbert was accused of faking resuscitation on a dead child in Gaza for dramatic effect on a CNN video.

On March 11, 2015, SJP Ryerson hosted poet Remi Kanazi, known for his aggressively anti-Israel performances. SJP Ryerson also hosted) Kanazi in 2012.

On November 21, 2013, SJP Ryerson hosted an event titled "ISRAEL: APARTHEID NOT DEMOCRACY" featuring anti-Israel journalist Ben White. SJP Ryerson also hosted White in 2012.

On March 19, 2012, SJP Ryerson promoted the Toronto protest called "Global March to Jerusalem," an international anti-Israel protest. At least one of the protests in Israel turned violent.

SJP Ryerson - Supporting Terrorists

On October 12, 2015, SJP Ryerson tweeted an article supporting terrorist Ahmed Manasra. SJP Ryerson wrote in the tweet "Video: “Palestinian Child Bleeds to Death while Israeli Police Civilians Watch, Shouting…"

Ahmed Manasra (sometimes spelled Mansara) was wounded on October 12, 2015, while he and his 15-year-old cousin, Hassan, were engaged in a stabbing spree in Jerusalem, critically wounding a 13-year-old Israeli boy and moderately wounding a 25-year-old man.

The Manasras’ stabbing spree was interrupted when police shot Hassan and a passing Israeli motorist hit Ahmed, who was thereupon surrounded by enraged and cursing onlookers.

Ahmed was not killed, but taken by Israeli police for treatment at an Israeli hospital. Manasra, who admitted to investigators “I went there to stab Jews," was later tried and convicted on two counts of attempted murder.

On May 14, 2012, SJP Ryerson posted an image to Facebook supporting "Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike" with names of multiple prisoners. The top names on the list were militants from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Bilal Thiab and Thaer Halahleh.

On May 14, 2012, SJP Ryerson tweeted support for Halahleh and tweeted a link for Addameer, an organization that advocates on behalf of Palestinian prisoners, many of whom are either supporters or members of terror organizations.

On April 20, 2012, SJP Ryerson posted a photo to Facebook of Khader Adnan, a senior member of PIJ. A 2007 YouTube video shows Adnan praising and encouraging suicide bombings: "Who among you will carry the next explosive belt? Who among you will fire the next bullets? Who among you will have his body parts blown all over?"

On March 21, 2012, SJP Ryerson tweeted support for PIJ militant Hana Shalabi.

SJP Ryerson - Vilifying Israel

On May 14, 2016, SJP Ryerson denied the ancient Jewish connection to the Land of Israel, claiming that Israel practices "settler-colonialism."

On October 16, 2015, SJP Ryerson shared a Facebook post comparing Zionists to evil "death eaters" in the Harry Potter movie series.

On April 16, 2014, SJP Ryerson attempted to link Zionism with white supremacy by quoting a white supremacist terrorist who killed three people at two Jewish centers that month. SJP Ryerson included an article by anti-Israel propagandist Max Blumenthal with the headline: "Alleged K.C. killer: 'If Jews can have a state of their own, why can't we have a White Christian state?’"

On April 9, 2014, SJP Ryerson tweeted: "The Israeli Army which I like to refer as the best trained, best equipped,best fed terrorist organization" along with a video of anti-Israel propagandist Miko Peled. Peled is known for the allegation and in 2013 tweeted that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) “lusts for blood."

On August 18, 2012, SJP Ryerson tweeted a video from an anti-Israel demonstration where protesters chanted "Zionism is racism" and held a sign reading “STOP PALESTINIAN GENOCIDE: END ZIONIST APARTHEID."

On August 17, 2012, SJP Ryerson promoted the aforementioned rally, which was the annual Iranian-backed "International Day of Al-Quds" protest, a global annual demonstration against Israel’s existence. The protest has been a platform for anti-Israel figures like former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


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.


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..."


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.

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“I've always wondered why ISIS attacks practically any country except it never attacked Israel. Now it's all clear.”