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Sara Malik

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Sara Malik is the outreach chair of the Muslim Association for Social Change (MASC) at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD MASC), which campaigns for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement at UMD. UMD MASC was known as the UMD Muslim Political Alliance (MPA) prior to August 3, 2017.

Malik is also a member of the Facebook group for the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at UMD (MSA UMD).

On March 31, 2017, Malik posted on UMD MASC’s Facebook page that she is a sophomore at UMD, majoring in Public Health.

As of April 25, 2017, Malik wrote on Facebook that she is a cashier the Panera Bread branch in Catonsville, MD.

UMD MASC and SJP UMD - Marginalizing UMD Jews for Supporting Israel

On April 27, 2017, UMD MASC and SJP UMD posted a co-authored letter on Facebook that promoted an anti-Israel rally at UMD. The “boycott" rally was timed to coincide with “Israel Fest" — an annual Israeli cultural event held at UMD, on Israeli Independence Day. The groups called the annual celebration of Israel’s independence on campus “unnecessary" and “insulting."

UMD MASC and SJP UMD called for a “Mass Boycott of Israel Fest" and stated in their letter: “Our efforts may be wrongly confused with anti-Semitism, but we urge those who conflate this action with that sentiment to rethink the accusation … It is the country and its discriminatory policies that we oppose, and not the Jewish people."

The letter said that Israel is “undeniably responsible for the displacement, imprisonment, and killing of thousands of Palestinians." The letter added that Israel was an “apartheid state" that was “founded on the forced displacement of thousands of individuals" and that Israel was “the very country responsible for their suffering."

UMD MASC and SJP UMD went on to demand that UMD’s Jewish Student Union (Maryland JSU), the festival organizer, prove that the event is “in fact a celebration of Jewish culture." They also demanded that Maryland JSU change the festival’s name and remove tables promoting Birthright Israel and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Birthright Israel is a series of Jewish heritage trips to Israel for Jewish young adults from the United States, Canada and other countries around the world.

UMD MASC and SJP UMD ended their letter, stating: “We urge you to stand with Muslim and Arab Terps as their allies. We urge you to stand with justice."

On May 2, 2017, UMD MASC and SJP UMD co-hosted their “boycott" of Israel Fest. The rally featured a barrier, emblazoned with “ISRAELI APARTHEID WALL" and promoted BDS. The barrier also featured text that said “FREE GAZA" and “NO BORDERS." SJP members chalked "Boycott Israel Fest" all over the campus in the week preceding the festival.

UMD MASC and SJP UMD - 2017 Divestment Resolution

On April 10, 2017, Sarah Eshera — UMD MASC founder and SJP UMD activist — announced on Facebook that the UMD Student Government Association (UMD SGA) scheduled a vote on an anti-Israel divestment bill for April 19, 2017. Eshera stated that UMD MASC and SJP UMD jointly introduced the anti-Israel resolution.

On February 12, 2017, the UMD student newspaper reported on the launch of the BDS campaign and interviewed SJP UMD’s president, Miranda Mlilo. The newspaper wrote: “Mlilo said SJP doesn't know what organizations this university may be invested in, but that they may file a public records request to find out."

As of May 23, 2017, the UMD student newspaper had no reportage about the scheduled divestment vote.

UMD MASC and SJP UMD - Promoting Anti-Israel Propagandists

On April 18, 2017, UMD MASC and SJP UMD co-hosted a BDS event featuring Taher Herzallah and Kareem El Hosseiny, in anticipation of a divestment vote reportedly scheduled for the the following day.

Herzallah serves as the Associate Director of Outreach & Grassroots Organizing for American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). Hosseiny is the AMP Government Relations Coordinator.

On November 27-29, 2014, Herzallah — at the seventh annual AMP conference — accused “progressive community" allies of viewing only Muslim “freedom fighters" who employed violent means as practicing “terrorism." Herzallah then rhetorically asked: “What if, as Muslims, we wanted to establish an Islamic state? Is that wrong? What if, as Muslims, we wanted to use violent means to resist occupation? Is that wrong?..."

The April 18, 2017 event was originally billed as “A Conversation with Yousef Munayyer." Munayyer is the Executive Director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), formerly the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (ETO).

However, on April 16, 2017, UMD MASC wrote on the Facebook event page that Munayyer could not attend and that “in his place we will have Taher Herzallah from American Muslims for Palestine. We're so happy to be hosting him!"

SJP UMD - Demonizing Israel

On February 26, 2017, SJP UMD released an online petition, titled “OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON BDS," addressed to the UMD SGA and UMD President, Wallace Loh. The petition was circulated in anticipation of the anti-Israel divestment bill that was co-authored by UMD MASC and SJP UMD and announced on Facebook by Sarah Eshera — UMD MASC founder and SJP UMD activist, on April 10, 2017.

The petition alleged that Israel committed murder and claimed: “Innocent children are forced from their homes to make room for Israeli settlers." The petition also condemned Israeli checkpoints, which were built to stop suicide bombings and other terror attacks.

The petition also cast Israel in the role of apartheid South Africa and stated: “In 1989, our university boldly stood against South African apartheid by divesting from the institutions which supported racist policies in that country. Our goal is to have our university take a strong stand against injustice again."

SJP UMD - Misrepresenting BDS

SJP UMD’s online February 26, 2017, BDS petition, mentioned above, concluded with a paraphrased 2010 quote from BDS’ founder, Omar Barghouti: “The global BDS movement for Palestinian rights presents a progressive, antiracist, sophisticated, sustainable, moral, and effective form of nonviolent civil resistance to apartheid."

Barghouti’s original quote spoke of “resistance for Palestinian human rights," only. SJP UMD replaced that phrase with “resistance to apartheid." The petition also prefaced its paraphrased Barghouti quote with the statement: “To ensure the safety and equality of Palestinians is to ensure the safety and equality of all."

However, as early as December 13, 2003, Barghouti made clear that his goal is to create a “unitary state, where, by definition, Jews will be a minority."

On May 31, 2009, Barghouti also said: “I am completely and categorically against binationalism because it assumes that there are two nations with equal moral claims to the land and therefore, we have to accommodate both national rights."

SJP UMD’s online petition concluded with a core BDS demand, stating: “As proponents of BDS, we call for Israel to respect the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their home country from which they are currently exiled, as stipulated by UN Resolution 194."

The BDS movement’s selective appeal to U.N General Assembly Resolution 194 (Article 11) has been discredited as a subterfuge to eliminate Israel. The non-binding resolution made no mention of the refugees’ ethnicity — either Jewish or Arab — indicating it was aimed at all refugees from the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Resolution 194 urged that refugees be allowed to return to their pre-war homes, provided they were “willing to live in peace with their neighbors." The Arabs unanimously rejected Resolution 194.

UMD MASC

On February 2, 2017, Sarah Eshera, UMD MASC founder and a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UMD (SJP UMD) activist, created the UMD MPA Facebook page. UMD MASC operates alongside SJP UMD to coordinate anti-Israel activity on campus.

On August 3, 2017, UMD MPA re-branded itself as UMD MASC.

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."

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..."

BDS

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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