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Sami Idries

Overview

Sami Idries reportedly harassed fellow students as the president of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Ohio State University (OSU) in 2014 and served [00:00:57] as OSU SJP’s publicity director in 2013.

Idries has also demonized Israel and promoted a 2015 Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign on the OSU campus.

As of April 2020, Idries’s LinkedIn page said he was a “Sr. Data Analyst" at Nationwide in Columbus, OH, since January 2018 and that he was a “Loan Partner" at NFM Lending in Columbus, OH, from “October 2016 - November 2017."

His LinkedIn page Idries also said that he received a bachelor’s degree in Data Analytics from OSU in 2017.

Harassing Students

On October 31, 2014, OSU’s student newspaper, The Lantern, reported that Idries and fellow OSU SJP members taped mock eviction notices on the front doors of approximately 700 students living in off-campus residences.

The notices were reportedly headlined: “EVICTION NOTICE" in bold text, followed by: “This building is scheduled for demolition in three days… We cannot be held liable for persons or property remaining inside the building. Charges for the labor and costs of the demolition will be applied to your student account."

The notices also claimed: “Eviction notices are routinely given to Palestinian families living under the oppressive Israeli occupation for no reason other than their ethnic background; the goal is to make life so miserable for Palestinians that they leave. Forced evictions are arbitrary, racist, humiliating (and) violent."

Idries reportedly said to the Lantern: “We wanted to simulate what it feels like for the Palestinians to wake up and be kicked out of their homes, and we also wanted to tie it into the wall we set up here in the South Oval, to have people come here and promote discussion."

Idries was referring to a “mock Apartheid wall," meant to simulate Israel’s security barrier, that OSU SJP had set up on the South Oval on the OSU campus.

Israel’s security barrier, 97% of which is a low chain link barrier, was built as a deterrent to Palestinian terror attacks. The concrete portions of the fence were built in response to Palestinian sniper attacks.


Demonizing Israel

On July 17, 2017, on a blog post about Gaza on Vietnam-Trips.com, Idries commented: “The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] are terrorists!!!" and claimed: “The IDF tortures and rapes Palestinians literally every single f**king day."

Idries also claimed about Israel: “They block of [sic] gaza which doesn't allow any supplies in or out and the people there suffer tremendously, it's the world's largest open air prison."

Israel and Egypt implemented a U.N.-approved joint blockade of the Gaza Strip to stop Hamas from acquiring more sophisticated rockets.

Idries added: “They close them off in a tight area and let them suffer until they get so desperate that they fire some petty little missles prolly weaker than bottle rockets. Then once they send those rockets, Israel uses it as an EXCUSE to bombard innocent women and children of gaza with bombs. Then they turn around and say "self defense"."

He also claimed that Israel is “murdering innocent people by the thousands!!! In 2014 over 2,500 INNOCENT Palestinians slaughtered. A few years before that over 2,000 were murdered. What are you talking about?" He added: “Israel didn't ‘win’ the land. They murdered entire villages to take it."

Israel commenced Operations Cast Lead (OCL), Pillar of Defense (OPD) and Protective Edge (OPE) in 2008-09, 2012 and 2014 respectively, in order to stop Hamas rocket fire from Gaza targeting Israeli civilians.

OSU Divest 2015-2017

On February 6, 2015, Idries participated in a photo campaign to promote the OSU Divest initiative, in which he spoke about his “passion for speaking out against the Israeli occupation at any chance I saw." OSU Divest was established in January 2015: “in response to the ever-worsening human rights crisis in the occupied Palestinian territories."

The group claimed that by “advocating for divestment from corporations, we are not condemning or attacking a country, a community, or a people," and “our initiative does not support any particular political stance."

In March 2015, OSU Divest introduced a BDS resolution at OSU’s University Student Government (USG). The divestment resolution was voted down.

On March 23, 2016, OSU Divest worked closely with SJP OSU board members to present another divestment resolution to the USG.

During the pre-vote discussion of the 2016 bill, which was published by secretary of the USG, OSU Divest activists accused Israel of “apartheid." One claimed that United States presidential election candidates “all paraded to AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] to pledge allegiance to a foreign government."

The resolution failed in a secret ballot by 21-9 votes, with 15 abstentions.

The stated mission of AIPAC is to “strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of the United States and Israel."

In February 2017, OSU Divest pushed their 2016 divestment resolution again, this time promoted by the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at OSU, onto USG’s election ballot. The divestment bill targeted companies providing technology used for security purposes in Israel. The bill claimed the companies were “complicit in human rights abuses."

OSU Divest received the 1,895 signatures required for their 2017 divestment initiative to be placed on the USG ballot as a referendum. The 2017 divestment bill was ultimately defeated.

SJP OSU

Students for Justice in Palestine at OSU (SJP OSU) was formerly known as the Committee for Justice in Palestine (CJP), until 2016.

SJP OSU - Spreading Incitement 2013-2015

On September 23, 2015, SJP OSU promoted an event on Facebook titled: “#AlAqsaUnderAttack: The Treatment of Sacred Palestinian Places of Worship Under the Occupation."

The event’s Facebook description claimed that there have been “attacks of Masjid Al-Aqsa, the third-holiest site in the Islamic faith, by the Israeli Defense Forces."

On September 13, 2015, masked Palestinian rioters barricaded themselves inside the Al Aqsa Mosque. They set off fireworks — which started a small fire — threw stones and debris stored inside at Israeli police. The police later found pipe bombs the rioters had prepared to launch at Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount plaza.
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October 2015 saw an upsurge in violence across Israel incited by Palestinian political and religious leaders. The wave of stabbings — known as the “Knife Intifada" — saw young Palestinians throughout the country stabbing and attempting to stab Israeli civilians.

The attacks were sparked and fueled by Palestinian leaders propagating the libel that Israel intended to desecrate the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.


On November 3, 2014, SJP OSU co-sponsored and promoted on Facebook a “Hands Off Al Aqsa!" event.

The event’s Facebook description said: “When will we stop rallying? When Palestine is FREE! Religious freedom is under attack! As humans, we cannot stand around and watch as Palestinians are robbed of their religious freedom."

On October 30, 2014, after a terrorist attempted [00:00:13] to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick, triggering a temporary closure of the the Temple Mount, SJP OSU posted to Facebook an Al-Jazeera article titled: “Shutdown of Al-Aqsa mosque a ‘declaration of war’ say Palestinian leaders."

SJP OSU - Spreading Hatred of Israel 2014-2016

On April 2, 2016, SJP OSU promoted on Facebook an event the group hosted as part of Birzeit University’s “Right to Education" tour.

The Right to Education Tour brings Birzeit University students to U.S. campuses, where they claim that Israel is obstructing the rights of Palestinians to higher education. This claim mischaracterizes sweeps Israeli security forces have made to shut down terror cells operating on the Birzeit campus, including cells linked to Hamas.


On November 6, 2015, SJP OSU posted an article on Facebook that claimed Israel harvested organs from the bodies of killed Palestinians. The accusation was made by the chief Palestinian delegate at the United Nations, Riyad Mansour. Israel’s then-U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon wrote to the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanding that he condemn the accusation.

On October 2, 2014, SJP OSU posted a graphic on Facebook that read: “#JSIL."

The hashtag “#JSIL" means “Jewish State in the Levant" and is used as a way of comparing Israel to the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL).

SJP OSU’s Facebook post linked to an Al Jazeera social media stream post that spread an effort by Twitter users “to rebrand Israel as [Islamic State and the Levant] ISIL, renaming it ‘The Jewish State of Israel in the Levant.’"

On September 26, 2014, SJP OSU posted on Facebook a graphic featuring a series of misleading maps that presented lands once controlled by Britain, Egypt and Jordan as autonomous “Palestinian land," purportedly stolen by Israel. SJP OSU also featured these maps as part of their mock “apartheid wall," during 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.

SJP OSU - Demonizing Trips to Israel 2016

On December 1, 2016, SJP OSU hosted an event objecting to a trip to Israel geared towards student government leaders, sponsored by an Israel advocacy group.

Yousef Yacoub, SJP OSU’s then-treasurer, wrote on Facebook that he would track student “senators, directors, and members of senior staff," who indicated interest in the trip.

On November 18, 2016, Yacoub wrote on Facebook: “I see you, and I promise you that if you go on this trip without hearing our voices, I will take action. At the first General Assembly of next semester, I will bring forth a resolution for all of your impeachments."

On April 4, 2016, SJP OSU shared to Facebook a quote from an article published anonymously a month earlier in the Tufts University student newspaper, that demonized Birthright-Israel.

Birthright Israel is a heritage trip to Israel for Jewish young adults from across the world.

The article claimed that Birthright was “violent" and that “To make Birthright fun and safe means eradicating an Arab populace." The article also said that “Birthright is the erasure of our right to our homeland, and it promises our homeland to one in four students at this university."

On February 22, 2016, SJP OSU promoted a poster on Facebook that condemned a free trip to Israel awarded to Oscar nominees. The poster suggested that laws distinguishing between Israeli citizens and foreign nationals were “a defining feature of an apartheid state" and said: “Free Trip To Israel At The Expense of Palestinians" and “#SkiptheTrip, Don’t endorse Israel Apartheid."

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.


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