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Raymundo Valentin

Overview

Raymundo Valentin has glorified terrorism and demonized Israel and is a supporter of the Boycott, Sanctions, Divestment (BDS) movement.

Valentin was an activist with New York City Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) from 2016- 2018. In February 2018, NYC SJP was renamed Within Our Lifetime (WOL).

Valentin was also an activist with SJP at the College of Staten Island (CSI) in 2014-2015.

As of September 2019, Valentin’s LinkedIn page said he studied History at City University of New York (CUNY) from “2009 — 2014."

In January 2017, Valentin’s now-defunct Google+ page said he was a student at CSI, where he studied history from 2011.

In 2012, Valentin was affiliated with the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee (RSCC) and in 2015 was an activist with the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at CSI.

Glorifying Terrorism

On January 14, 2017, Valentin was cited by a user on Facebook for posting a graphic from the terror group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) on Facebook. The graphic featured keffiyeh-masked Palestinians, holding assault weapons with text reading, in Arabic and English: “LET THE INTIFADA PAVE THE WAY FOR THE PEOPLE’S WAR."

On August 18, 2016, Valentin featured in a photo shared on Facebook by NYC SJP, holding a sign that read: “I Stand with Bilal Kayed and all Political Prisoners NYC SJP."

PFLP terrorist Bilal Kayed was incarcerated for 14 years for terror attacks and attempted terror attacks committed during the second intifada, in 2002.

Demonizing Israel

On April 7, 2016, Valentin promoted on Facebook an NYC SJP program hosting Palestinian students from Al-Najah National University (Al Najah) and Birzeit University (Birzeit) as part of a “Right to Education" tour.

The Right to Education Tour brings Palestinian students to U.S. campuses to promote a claim that Israel arbitrarily obstructs the rights of Palestinians to higher education. The tour has demonized Israeli security sweeps made to shut down terror cells operating from Palestinian campuses.

In January 2015, Valentin signed a letter that called for the boycott of the Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI), sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute.

MLI was founded by Imam Abdullah Antepli, the first Muslim chaplain at Duke University. MLI "invites North American Muslims to explore how Jews understand Judaism, Israel, and Jewish peoplehood" and to further explore Palestinian identity and “issues of ethics, faith, and practice."

According to Antepli, “MLI aims to put mainstream North American Jewry in conversation with their Muslim counterparts."

The letter pledged to “support delegations to Palestine that are meant to highlight the reality on the ground of occupation, apartheid, and ethnic cleansing."

This letter also rejected the notion “that there is the need for Muslim Americans to engage with the State of Israel," unless they “promote Palestinian liberation and comply with Palestinian demands."

On March 6, 2014, Valentin was featured in a photo posted on Facebook by SJP CSI taken at an “Israeli Apartheid Wall" event at CSI, as part of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).

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.

In the photo, Valentin posed with other CSI SJP activists, holding signs meant to demonize Israel.

On February 9, 2014, Valentin promoted on Facebook a CSI SJP “Club Interest Meeting" and referred to Israel as “a settler colonial apartheid state!"

Supporting BDS

On March 22, 2014, Valentin shared a CSI SJP panel event that promoted BDS against Israel “until it...ends its illegal apartheid regime!"

The Facebook event description accused CSI and CUNY of “insensitive collaboration with the impedance [sic] of academic freedom" and “the repression of human rights," following CUNY administrators’ opposition to the American Studies Association (ASA) boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

In 2012, the ASA Caucus proposed a resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israel, which was later adopted at the ASA’s 2013 Conference.

On April 20, 2016, a lawsuit was filed against ASA officers who advanced the boycott. The plaintiffs accused the defendants of hijacking the ASA for personal political purposes and perverting their duties as officials of the ASA.

SJP/WOL Activism

In May 2018, Valentin indicated on Facebook that he “went" to WOL’s “1st Annual Palestine Lives Conference." Valentin earlier updated his Facebook profile photo to the conference poster.

The 2018 “Palestine Lives" conference was held on May 12, 2018 at Hunter College (Hunter), part of City University of New York (CUNY). The official conference poster featured a photo montage of armed men in Keffiyehs, with the caption: “Resisting Settler Colonialism Since 1948."

The conference was co-hosted by Within Our Lifetime, formerly known as New York City Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), as well as the anti-Israel groups Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) and Existence Is Resistance.

On March 20, 2018, Valentin posted on Facebook that he had participated in a NYC SJP co-hosted trip to Lebanon, to meet Palestinian refugees “who advocate and work tirelessly for the Right of 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.

CSI SJP - Supporting Intifada

On October 15, 2015, during the Palestinian “Knife Intifada," CSI SJP promoted on Facebook a protest in “Solidarity with the Palestinian Uprising." The protest was called to preempt an October 18, 2015 “Jewish Lives Matter" rally scheduled to take place in Times Square.

So-called “Days of Rage" in October of 2015 — heralded by Hamas as the advent of a new intifada — directly resulted in the deaths of Israeli civilians by shootings, stabbings and car rammings.


CSI SJP’s Facebook post said: “Join us loudly in proclaiming that Resistance is not Terrorism, Occupation and Colonialism are Terrorism!"

On October 6, 2015, CSI SJP shared on Facebook an NYC SJP “statement of solidarity" with a “Day of Rage" rally held at the Consulate General of Israel in New York.

At the bottom of that statement was a graphic of a keffiyeh-masked man throwing a rock, with the caption: “Palestine Let the Intifada pave the way for people’s war!"

Protesters at the rally chanted [00:00:16] “Long live the intifada! Intifada, intifada!" as well as [00:00:01] “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free," and [00:01:18] “Settler settler go back home, Palestine is ours alone!"

“From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free" is a chant calling to dismantle the State of Israel. It has also been employed by Hamas leader Khaled Mashal to call for the replacement of Israel with an Islamic state.

CSI SJP - Defending Terrorists

On May 16, 2017, CSI SJP participated in the “Saltwater Challenge."

The “Saltwater Challenge" was held in solidarity with Palestinian inmates hunger-striking in Israeli prisons.

The strike was initiated by Marwan Barghouti, who was serving five consecutive life sentences for his role in suicide bombings and shooting attacks that killed five Israelis during the second intifada. Barghouti led the Palestinian Authority (PA) terrorist Tanzim force and founded the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

Barghouti also financed the guitar-case bomb used in the Sbarro Cafe massacre, where 15 civilians were killed and 130 injured. More than 1,000 other Palestinian prisoners participated in the hunger strike — most of whom were also convicted for acts of terrorism.

Aarab Barghouti, the son of Marwan Barghouti was credited with starting the “Saltwater Challenge."

On June 3, 2016, CSI SJP promoted on Facebook a “Justice for Rasmea Rally & March," hosted by Within Our Lifetime (WOL), formerly known as New York City SJP (NYC SJP). The event’s Facebook description said the rally was organized to “demand a new trial and justice" for 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.

On March 5, 2016, CSI SJP shared an NYC SJP blog post on Facebook that praised Leila Khaled for “committing her life to be a freedom fighter in the struggle for Palestinian liberation."

Khaled was a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and participated in the hijacking of TWA Flight 840 in 1969 and El Al Flight 219 in 1970.

Khaled has said that the second intifada failed because it was not violent enough, advocated for the use of children in terror activities and compared Zionists to Nazis.

NYC SJP’s blog post went on to praise Odeh and Khalida Jarrar.

Khalida Jarrar is a senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization. In 2015, an Israeli military court sentenced Jarrar to 15 months in prison for calling to kidnap Israeli soldiers. Israel arrested Jarrar again in 2017 “on suspicion of involvement with terrorist activities and violent public disturbances."

In 2019, Jarrar was arrested by Israel, with other PFLP operatives, following a deadly 2018 bombing attack that targeted an Israeli family. Jarrar was reportedly the head of the PFLP in the West Bank since 2016 and the cell was reportedly “planning additional attacks." Guns and bomb-making equipment were seized during the arrests.

On August 16, 2015, CSI SJP promoted on Facebook a protest by NYC SJP supporting Mohammad Allan. Mohammed’s relative Ziad Allan, demonized Israel at the protest.

Allan is a member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a terror group “whose objective is the destruction of the State of Israel and the establishment of a sovereign, Islamic Palestinian state." PIJ is backed by Iran and has killed dozens of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks.

Allan was first jailed by Israel in 2006 for trying to recruit a suicide bomber to carry out an attack in Israel. He was detained in 2015 for similar reasons.

CSI SJP - Spreading an Anti-Israel Conspiracy Theory

On February 22, 2015, CSI SJP posted on Facebook an article stating: “Hundreds of Palestinians flee as Israel opens dams into Gaza Valley."

The article claimed that “hundreds of Palestinians were evacuated from their homes after Israeli authorities opened a number of dams near the border, flooding the Gaza Valley in the wake of a recent severe winter storm."

Al-Jazeera shared and later retracted the story, admitting: “In southern Israel, there are no dams of the type which can be opened."

CSI SJP - Supporting Anti-Israel Agitators

On March 10, 2015, CSI SJP shared a photo campaign organized by SJP at Hunter College to support Lina Khattab.

Khattab was detained on December 13, 2014, and sentenced to six months jail time on February 16, 2015 for throwing rocks, while celebrating the 47th anniversary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)’s founding.

On January 29, 2015, CSI SJP posted an article on Facebook supporting disgraced anti-Israel Professor Steven Salaita. The CSI SJP Facebook post said: “Down with foreign government lobbies bribing universities to silent dissenters and organizers against settler-colonial states!"

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."

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.

MSA

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.


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