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Rani Allan [Rani Sami Allan/Rani Al-Hindi] has glorified terrorists, trivialized the Holocaust and defended the terror organization Hamas. He also co-authored a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement resolution at Hunter College (Hunter), part of City University of New York (CUNY), in 2018.

Allan has spread hatred of Israel, expressed support for the violent March of Return, demonized Birthright and promoted anti-Israel agitators.

Allan was denied entry into Israel in January 2015 and again on July 24, 2017.

Allan is the founder of the Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA) at Hunter. PSA runs Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) events and BDS campaigns.

Allan attended the 2018 National Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) Conference.

The 2018 National SJP conference was held on November 16-18, 2018 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The conference was themed “Radical Hope: Resistance in the Face of Adversity." The conference website stated: “[t]he reason we can have hope is that Zionism...can be destroyed."

Allan also attended the 2017 National SJP Conference and indicated on Facebook that he “went" to the 2016 National SJP Conference.

In 2017, Allan was an organizer with Adalah-NY and an organizer and teacher at the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY).

In 2015, Allan was an activist with the Muslim Students Association (MSA).

As of March 2019, Allan’s Facebook page said he studied Participatory Democracy and Social Movements at The Graduate Center, CUNY. On May 31, 2018, Allan indicated on Facebook that he left the Center.

Allan graduated Hunter in 2018. As of March 2019, Allan’s Facebook page said that he studied Political Science and Human Rights. In 2017, Allan was a student senator at Hunter.

As of July 2019, Allan indicated on Facebook that he started school at George Washington University (GWU) Law School.


As of October 2019, Allan indicated on Facebook that he worked as a Teacher/Organizer at Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians (LEAP) from July 2019 to August 2019.

As of October 2019, Allan used the alias “Rani Al-Hindi" on Facebook. As of the same date, Allan used his real name in Arabic — “راني علَان" — on Facebook.

Glorifying Terrorists

On April 5, 2018, Allan quoted Ghassan Kanafani on Facebook.

Kanafani was a leading member and spokesperson for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) during the terrorist organization’s early years.

Kanafani announced the PFLP’s responsibility for the Lod Airport Massacre of May 1972 and was linked to the airport attackers. The attack killed 26 people and wounded 80 others.

On February 25, 2018, Allan tweeted: “#DareenTatour Has been imprisoned by #Apartheid #Israel for more than #two years for posting a poem on #Facebook. #FreePalestine #PoetryIsNotACrime"

In October 2015, Tatour was placed under house arrest for incitement to violence and for support of a terrorist organization on social media.

Tatour had supported the terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and posted to her 4,800 + Facebook friends “I am the next shahid [martyr]" on Facebook under a picture of attempted-murderer Asraa Zidan Tawfik Abed. Tatour also posted a Youtube video of a woman reading a poem that glorified violence and rejected peace.

On May 23, 2017, Allan posted a photo on Facebook of himself holding a sign that said: “In Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike #DignityStrike36."

The phrase “Dignity Strike" referred to a hunger strike initiated on April 16, 2017, by Marwan Barghouti — who financed the guitar-case bomb used in the Sbarro Cafe bombing.

Barghouti also headed the Palestinian Authority (PA) terrorist Tanzim force and founded the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Barghouti’s organizations carried out a large number of deadly attacks, killing scores of Israelis and wounding hundreds.

Barghouti was sentenced to five consecutive life terms by an Israeli civilian court for some of his crimes. While in Israeli prison, Barghouti completed his doctorate in Political Science.

More than 1,000 other Palestinian prisoners participated in the hunger strike — most of whom were also convicted for acts of terrorism.

On May 21, 2017 Allan posed for a photo with convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh.

Odeh was a military operative with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), an internationally designated terrorist organization. In 1969, she masterminded a bombing that killed two university 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. In 2017, Odeh was deported to Jordan and stripped of U.S. citizenship, after admitting to immigration fraud.


On May 19, 2017, Allan shared a photo of Odeh on Facebook with Oscar Lopez Rivera.

On June 28, 2015, Allan retweeted a tweet in support of terrorist Khader Adnan.

Khader Adnan is a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist organization. A 2007 YouTube video showed 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?"

Trivializing the Holocaust

On July 22, 2014, Allan tweeted, during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge (OPE): “#Holocaust #IsraeliApartheid #FreePalestine."

Israel commenced OPE in July 2014, to stop rocket fire targeting Israeli civilians and to destroy Hamas attack tunnels.

On July 16, 2014, Allan tweeted: “And what's worse is that American schools like #HasbrouckHeightsSpySchool teach about the Holocaust over and over…"

On December 3, 2013, Allan tweeted: “‘Today the #Palestinians are the #Jews of the #Israelis.’ ‘#One should #always stand with #Jews as #victims of..."

Allan’s tweet then linked to an article by anti-Israel professor Joseph Massad, in which he who claimed that the Holocaust is “always presented as an argument justifying past and present Jewish colonial violence in Palestine."

Defending Hamas

On July 31, 2014, Allan shared a link on Twitter to an article from the conspiracy theory website Signs of the Times that downplayed Hamas’ role in the kidnapping of the three Israeli teenagers.

Allan’s tweet said: “To the Arabs (yes Arabs!) who are telling me it's the Palestinians' fault for ‘kidnapping the 3 teenagers,’ where... http://fb.me/2YRj8UUW4."

In August 2014, Hamas admitted responsibility for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers at a bus stop on June 12th of that year. The bodies of the abducted boys were found buried in Palestinian-controlled territory on June 30, 2014.

Support for BDS

On December 6, 2018, Allan tweeted: “Proud of the work @nyujvp and @NYUSJP are leading to undo complicity in war and apartheid."

On the same day, Allan retweeted JVP’s tweet that celebrated the passage of the BDS resolution by New York University’s Student Government Association.

Allan retweeted an April 9, 2018 tweet by NYU SJP that announced a coalition of 50 NYU student groups had pledged to support the BDS Movement.

In March of 2018, Allan co-authored a BDS divestment resolution at CUNY titled: “CUNY Apartheid Divestment Resolution."

The resolution called on the CUNY Board of Trustees “to adopt a Socially Responsible Investment policy" and “to urge our university to financially divest from the companies currently complicit in, or profiting off of, the State of Israel’s ongoing system of military occupation, apartheid, genocide, and other human rights violations in Palestine/Israel."

According to the Ticker, a student-run newspaper at Baruch College, the BDS resolution was to be voted on at the April 15, 2018 CUNY University Student Senate (USS) Plenary Meeting.

News of the impending vote was reportedly leaked on Friday evening, April 13, 2018, during the Jewish Sabbath, which prevented religiously observant Jewish students at CUNY from finding out about the hearing until 8:30pm on Saturday, April 14 (the conclusion of the Jewish Sabbath), which gave the students “less than 24 hours to mobilize."

According to Baruch College’s USS delegates Jasper Diaz and Daniel Morote, the Baruch delegation said that they were “not aware that BDS would be on the USS agenda until Saturday night, when they were notified by their constituents" and “none of the delegates were given a written copy of the resolution ahead of the meeting."

Diaz and Morote also reportedly claimed that “The resolution had no description attached, so the Baruch delegation was not aware that the resolution was about BDS until constituents reached out to them on April 14."

The resolution was ultimately reportedly failed. USS representatives reportedly confirmed the divestment resolution proposed at the meeting did not come from the USS but was brought in from a student and handed to the USS.

On February 2, 2018, Allan tweeted: “#Lorde #BDS #CulturalBoycott #FreePalestine."m Lorde cancelled her concert scheduled concert in Tel Aviv following protests by BDS activists.

On June 15, 2016, Allan retweeted a tweet that tagged him and said: “We have the #RighttoBoycott Israel and we SHOULD boycott Israel @Rani_Allan." The post included a photo of Allan in which he held a sign that read: “Boycott Israel Because of Gaza."

On June 30, 2015, Allan tweeted: “1.1 million member United Church of Christ votes to boycott and divest from Israel occupation profiteers.#BDS http://fb.me/6CafJ5KnN “

Spreading Hatred of Israel

On May 6, 2018, Allan tweeted: “It’s #Apartheid #FreePalestine"

On May 7, 2018, Allan tweeted: “Palestinians have the #RightToReturn and will return"

The “right of return" is a Palestinian demand discredited as a means to eliminate Israel. International law mandates no absolute right of return and UN Resolution 194, which defined principles for “refugees wishing to return to their homes," was unanimously rejected by Arab nations following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.


On January 23, 2018, Allan tweeted: #StopPinkwashing #PinkWashing #FreePalestine and embedded a tweet that said: “Hey @TheTaskForce, end your blackout on Palestine and stop pinkwashing Israeli racism, colonization, and apartheid! Add your name to https://cancelpinkwashing.org #CC18 #cancelpinkwashing #BDS"

“Pinkwashing" is a claim that Israel advocates manipulate the LGBTQ community in order to garner support for Israel.

On July 27, 2017, Allan wrote an article for the Huffington Post in which he claimed that Israel is “racist" and practices “systematic colonialism and ethnic cleansing." He also claimed that Israel operates on “premises of exclusion and segregation."

On July 8, 2016, Allan posted a photo on Facebook of himself holding a sign that read: “BOYCOTT UNTIL PALESTINIAN CHILDREN CAN LIVE WITHOUT FEAR OF TORTURE."

On June 7, 2015, Allan tweeted: “#IsraelIsATerroristState."

On August 10, 2014, Allan tweeted: “#IsraeliApartheid #Lebanon #Terrorism #IsraeliTerrorism."

On August 4, 2014, Allan tweeted: “Since many Americans blindly love #Israhell so much, why don't they relocate it into their country?"

Also on August 4, 2014, during OPE, Allan tweeted: “#PalestinianGenocide #Genocide #YourTaxDollarsAtWork #SevenMillionDollarsADay #HaveYouResearchedToday? #Gaza…"

On August 1, 2014, Allan tweeted: “At the same time #Israhell commits the worst of #WarCrimes in, the #terrorist #senate agrees to support more…"

On July 31, 2014, Allan tweeted: “It's a genocide. #GazaUnderAttack #FreePalestine #Terrorism."

On July 2, 2014, Allan tweeted: “If you support Israel, the you support terrorism, crime and the killing of innocent people. http://fb.me/2MCQ8i7EY"

On May 14, 2012, Allan tweeted: “Israhell," along with an image of the Israeli flag and the text: “Kill Everyone. Steal Everything. Ignore all Human and International Laws. Israhell ….. Enemies of Humanity."

Supporting the Violent March of Return

On April 12, 2018, Allan indicated on Facebook that he “went" to a rally co-sponsored by JVP and PSA Hunter titled: “Emergency Rally for Gaza #GreatReturnMarch."

On the same day, Allan retweeted a March 29, 2018 tweet that read: “You can't infiltrate your home. You are simply returning. #GreatReturnMarch"

On March 30, 2018, some 30,000 Palestinians in Gaza approached Israel’s border to take part in “Land Day Protests" or the “March of Return." The March of Return was organized and funded by Hamas as a campaign of violent protests along Israel’s border to spotlight the demand of Palestinians to “return" to Israel.

The “right of return" is a Palestinian demand discredited as a means to eliminate Israel.

March participants sent scores of kites bearing explosive devices across Israel’s border to burn Israeli crops and homes. Participants also attempted to breach the border fence, which caused the Israeli Defense Forces to respond with live fire.

Agitators threw Molotov cocktails, firebombs, shot firearms and threw rocks under the cover of smoke from burning tires.

On May 16, 2018, a Hamas senior official stated that 50 out of 62 protesters killed during a May 14 protest were Hamas operatives. Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) also claimed that three of its members were killed at the same protest.

On April 6, 2018, Allan participated in a demonstration co-hosted by JVP and held in New York City titled: “All out for Gaza: Solidarity with the Great March of Return."

The event’s Facebook description said the rally was to “show solidarity with...Palestinians...carrying out the historic #GreatReturnMarch and to mourn the 20 Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli forces along the border."

On March 30, 2018, Allan tweeted: “I love how Gazans are steadfastly there for each other at the frontlines. When one of their brothers get shot the rest rush for support. #GazaReturnMarch #Righttoreturn #Palestine #Gaza"

Demonizing Birthright

On April 19, 2018, Allan indicated on Facebook that he “went" to an event titled: "Why You Should Cancel Your Trip to Israel," co-hosted by Apartheid Divest CUNY

The event’s Facebook description said: “Not only is traveling to Israel through trips like Birthright complicity in the plethora of atrocities and human right violations that are committed...it is imperative for the global community to...refrain from traveling to Israel."

On April 15, 2018, Allan led a JVP co-sponsored event titled: “Boycott Birthright: All Out for Gaza & Protest Sheldon Adelson."

The event’s Facebook description said: “Birthright Israel is celebrating its 18th anniversary by throwing a giant gala in Manhattan, honoring Sheldon Adelson...for his role funding thousands of propaganda trips to Israel for young American Jews."

On September 27, 2017, JVP published a piece written by Allan titled: “‘Why I, A Palestinian, Want Young Jewis to Boycott Birthright.’"

In the piece, Allan said: “I was excited to hear that Jewish Voice for Peace students and young Jews are launching the #ReturntheBirthright campaign, calling on young Jews to boycott Birthright...Going on a Birthright trip whitewashes the ongoing human rights violations of the Israeli government."

Allan also called on readers to join the BDS movement as “people of conscience" and claimed that participants were “bombarded with Zionist propaganda as they walked atop the ruins of ethnically-cleansed Palestinian villages."

On December 3, 2017, Allan attended a JVP protest outside the Birthright Israel Foundation in New York City. Protestors gathered to “Return the Birthright!" and to “reject this offer of a free trip to a state that welcomes us ‘home.’"

In September of 2017, JVP issued its #ReturntheBirthright campaign manifesto, calling on American Jews to boycott the Birthright Israel (Birthright) program. Birthright was founded by Jewish philanthropists “in 1999 to address the growing divide between young Diaspora Jewish adults and the land and people of Israel."

The #returnthebirthright manifesto accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing" and alleged “the modern state of Israel is predicated on the ongoing erasure of Palestinians." The manifesto concluded: “And as we reject this, we commit to promoting the right to return of Palestinian refugees… Israel is not our Birthright… Return the Birthright."

Promoting Anti-Israel Agitators

On January 5, 2018, Allan indicated on Facebook that he "went" to an event titled: “Rally to Free Ahed Tamimi and All Palestinian Prisoners." The event’s Facebook description said: “All of Ahed's actions were legitimate resistance to Israel’s ongoing military occupation."

Ahed Tamimi was detained after she was filmed punching and kicking Israeli soldiers. She has a long history of physically attacking Israeli soldiers.

Tamimi is the daughter of Bassem Tamimi, who is known for exploiting young children as political props in staged confrontations with Israeli soldiers. In 2011, he was jailed for organizing violent rallies and inciting minors to commit violent crimes such as rock-throwing.

Allan retweeted a January 18, 2018 JVP tweet that said: “Join us for the #FreeAhed contingent at the NYC Women’s March this Saturday! More info: facebook.com.events/6919302…" Allan also indicated on Facebook that he “went" to the event on January 20, 2018.

On December 1, 2018, Allan led [00:12:48] protestors in a chant “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" at a demonstration titled: “CNN! We Will Not Be Silent About Marc Lamont Hill #istandwithmlh." The rally took place outside CNN’s New York City offices.

The event’s Facebook description said: “Please come out tomorrow and show that we will not be silent about CNNs unethical firing of Marc Lamont Hill due to Zionist intimidation over his comments at the United Nations calling for an end to the Oppression and Occupation of the Palestinian People. “

In November 2018, Marc Lamont Hill was fired from his position as a contributor to CNN News network following controversial comments he made during a meeting held at the United Nations for an “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People."

During the meeting, Hill reportedly whitewashed Palestinian violence and accused Israel of “state violence and ethnic cleansing." He also called for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea."

In September 2018, during a U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) conference, Hill insinuated [00:31:01] that Israel poisons Palestinian water and seemingly approved [00:30:34] of violence against Israelis.

On January 23, 2018, Allan tweeted: “Basic rules for an effective #protest #SocialJustice" and shared a tweet by disgraced professor Steven Salaita that said: “Basic rules for useful protest: --no cops --no Zionists --no corporate sponsors --no astroturfers --no snitches It's okay to demand these exclusions, even at the risk of being called ’sectarian’ or ‘anti-Semitic.’"

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."

In February 2019, Salaita stated that he became a school bus driver in the Washington, D.C area.


On August 6, 2014, Allan tweeted: “‘#StevenSalaita was fired from his position as associate #professor in the #American #Indian Studies #program at... http://fb.me/1he4EDZbE’" Allan’s tweet included an article from the Electronic Intifada (EI) defending Salaita.

Attending the 2018 National SJP Conference

On November 19, 2018, Allan was featured in a photo giving a presentation at the 2018 National SJP Conference.

2018 National SJP - Celebrating Violence

During the 2018 National SJP conference, anti-Israel activist Mohammed Nabulsi led the attendees in the chant [00:00:52] “Long Live the Intifada! Intifada! Intifada!"

Since the early 2000’s, the term “intifada" has carried the connotation of violence. The second intifada was characterized by more than 120 suicide bombings targeting Israeli civilians on buses and in cafes.

Anti-Israel activist Omar Zahzah also reportedly [00:00:07] led National SJP attendees in chanting, in Arabic, “With our bodies and our blood, we will free Palestine."

As of November 2018, the 2018 National SJP website glorified “radical hope and upfront defiance of Zionism," citing as examples the “early revolts through the Intifadas to the Great Return March."

The Great Return March of 2018 was organized and funded by the terror group Hamas as a campaign of violent protests along Israel’s border to spotlight the demand of Palestinians to “return" to Israel.

Tens of thousands of rioters gathered on Israel’s Gaza border, attempting numerous breaches of Israel’s border fence, with leaders and participants declaring their intention to harm Jews.

National SJP originally promoted a conference logo featuring a keffiyeh-wearing bear, looking toward a kite bearing the colors of the Palestinian flag.

On October 27, 2018, National SJP said the kite signified “the power in the Gaza March of Return."

Since March 2018, March of Return participants and Hamas’s “Kite Unit" have sent hundreds of kites bearing incendiary devices and IEDs (improvised explosive devices) across the border into Israel to terrorize Israelis. The kites are often marked with swastikas.

By the time National SJP produced its 2018 conference logo highlighting the kites in October 2018, Gazan terror kites and balloons had ignited more than 1,300 fires in Israel, over seven months.

2018 National SJP - Undermining U.S. Support for Israel

On November 18, 2018, the US Palestine Community Network (USPCN) posted on Facebook the 2018 National SJP keynote speech by Hatem Abudayyeh, USPCN’s co-founder.

Abudayyeh has supported [00:08:45] convicted terrorists, praised terror organizations, called for Israel’s destruction and is an activist in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

In his 2018 National SJP Keynote, Abudayyeh said [00:53:01] that the “specific role" of Palestinian and Arab students was to organize [00:53:42] in order to weaken “Zionist Israel" and force [00:54:23] the U.S. to “no longer provide it with diplomatic, political, financial and military cover and support."

Abudayyeh predicted [00:55:37] that once U.S. support to Israel ends, National SJP attendees would return to Palestine as “conquering heroes," end [00:54:38] the “occupation and colonization of all Arab lands including the Golan Heights" and replace “Zionist Israel" with a Palestinian state.

2018 National SJP - Whitewashing Terror Organizations

During his keynote speech, Abudayyeh also painted [00:14:01] terrorist organizations as “liberation movements" and “resistance organizations," stating [00:14:21] “what we also know is that the majority of the resistance organizations in Palestine are on the U.S. state department list of foreign terrorist organizations."

Abudayyeh also celebrated [00:52:00] that all of the “armed resistance" organizations in Gaza are part [00:52:14] of a “unified resistance in Gaza, that includes all of the resistance organizations, working together under a unified military command."

2018 National SJP - Defending Terrorist Rasmea Odeh

During his keynote speech, Abudayyeh claimed [00:08:28] that pro-Israel organizations “go after students like you," adding [00:08:20] “just like they went after my friend and colleague, Rasmea Odeh."

Odeh was a key military operative with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization. In 1969, she masterminded a PFLP supermarket bombing that killed two college students. She also attempted to bomb the British consulate in Jerusalem. Odeh later moved to the United States but was deported to Jordan in 2017 for immigration fraud.

Abudayyeh added that he was asked [00:08:45] to talk about Odeh’s case, and praised SJP and SDS students who organized [00:09:15] “absolutely valuable" events on behalf [00:9:11] of Odeh, “as she was fighting to stay in the U.S."

2018 National SJP - Demonizing Israel and Jews

During his keynote speech, Abudayyeh defended [00:27:25] the “Irvine 11" — eleven Muslim Student Union (MSA) members who were arrested in 2010 for repeatedly shouting down former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren during an address at the University of California at Irvine (UC Irvine).

Abudayyeh referred [00:27:37] to Oren as a “racist fascist speaker, representative of a racist, fascist country."

Abudayyeh went on to claim [00:29:48] that “today, even in the United States, Israel is finally being seen as the criminal, apartheid, racist state that it is."

Abudayyeh also called for increased action in the face of President U.S. Donald Trump, and referred [00:48:41] to Jared Kushner, Trump’s Jewish son-in-law and senior advisor, as “that pig son-in-law of his."

2018 National SJP - Excluding Students

The 2018 National SJP Conference welcomed only students who were verified and vouched for by an SJP (or otherwise named campus Palestine solidarity group). Media requests needed to be “approved by the NSJP press team" prior to the conference.

A November 7, 2018 Columbus Jewish News article reported that the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling on UCLA to cancel the 2018 NSJP conference, stating that a “public university should not allow any group to implement a litmus test for event participation on their campus."

On November 12, 2018, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times that criticized National SJP’s exclusion of members of pro-Israel student groups.

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 individuals linked to terrorist activity and speakers who use language considered anti-Semitic by the U.S. State Department.

BDS

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 has been linked to numerous terrorist organizations and received a public endorsement from Hamas.

BDS initiatives include calling on institutions and individuals to divest from Israeli-affiliated companies, promoting academic and cultural boycotts of Israel and 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, 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.

JVP

JVP was founded in Berkeley, California in 1996, as an activist group with an emphasis on the “Jewish tradition" of peace, social justice and human rights. The organization is currently led by Rebecca Vilkomerson and its board members include Israel critics Naomi Klein, Judith Butler, Noam Chomsky and Tony Kushner.

JVP, which generally employs civil disobedience tactics to disrupt pro-Israel speakers and events, consists of American Jews and non-Jewish “allies" highly critical of Israeli policies. A staunch supporter of the BDS movement, JVP claims to aim its campaigns at companies that either support the Israeli military (Hewlett-Packard) or are active in the West Bank (SodaStream).

Although several Jewish groups critical of Israeli policies, like J Street and Partners for a Progressive Israel, make efforts to operate within the mainstream American Jewish community, JVP functions outside. The group is often criticized for serving as a tokenized Jewish voice for the pro-Palestinian camp and is widely regarded as the BDS movement’s “Jewish wing."

JVP denies the notion of “Jewish peoplehood" and has even gone so far as to refer to its own Ashkenazi (Jews who spent the Diaspora in European countries) leadership as “white supremacy inside of JVP."

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has accused JVP of being “the largest and most influential Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States," and said the group “exploits Jewish culture and rituals to reassure its own supporters that opposition to Israel not only does not contradict, but is actually consistent with, Jewish value."

The ADL also claimed that “JVP consistently co-sponsors rallies to oppose Israeli military policy that are marked by signs and slogans comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, demonizing Jews and voicing support for groups like Hamas and Hezbollah."

According to the ADL website, JVP “uses its Jewish identity to shield the anti-Israel movement from allegations of anti-Semitism and provide it with a greater degree of legitimacy and credibility."

Occupation:
Student

University:
Hunter College

Organizations(s):
AAANY,
Adalah-NY,
BDS,
JVP,
PSA,
SJP

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“Israhell,” along with an image of the Israeli flag and the text: “Kill Everyone. Steal Everything. Ignore all Human and International Laws. Israhell ….. Enemies of Humanity.”

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