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Overview

Yacoub Kureh led intimidation efforts against a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) student, supported Hamas’ violent “March of Return" and spread the hatred of Israel as the President and Chairperson of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UCLA.

Kureh was an organizer with the Cambridge University Palestine Society at Cambridge University (Cambridge) in 2014, and an organizer with the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) at Harvard University (Harvard) in 2013. PSC is an alternative name for SJP.

Kureh promoted the 2015 Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement resolution on UCLA campus, as a teaching assistant in the UCLA department of math and the head steward of United Auto Workers (UAW) union Local 2865, representing 13,000 graduate student workers across the University of California (UC) system.

As of September 2018, Kureh’s LinkedIn page said he began pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematics at UCLA in 2014, which he is slated to complete in 2019. Kureh received a master’s degree in Mathematics from Cambridge in 2014, and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Harvard, in 2013.

Kureh’s LinkedIn said he was Chair of the UCLA’s Campus Programs Committee
from September 2014-July 2016. He has been a research intern at Motivo Inc. in Sunnyvale, California, since June 2018.

As of August 2018, Kureh deleted his Facebook account.

Intimidation

In 2016, Kureh and UCLA SJP leader Rahim Kurwah reportedly harassed and intimidated Milan Chaterjee, the former president of UCLA’s Graduate Student Association (GSA), to such an extent that he stepped down from his student government position and left UCLA.

In November 2015, Chaterjee attempted to block an effort by SJP at UCLA to use school funds to promote the BDS movement during a diversity caucus town hall event, in accordance with a policy requiring viewpoint neutrality.

Chaterjee said that, as a result, he was "relentlessly attacked, bullied, and harassed by BDS-affiliated organizations and students" for months.

Defending the “March of Return"

Kureh retweeted a March 30, 2018 tweet by Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and BDS activist Josh Ruebner that said: “Dear fellow Jewish people: As you sit down tonight to enjoy your #seder & recall millennia-old oppression, please also talk about #Israel's massacre today of #Palestinians marching for freedom from military occupation. #HappyPassover #ChagSameach #LandDay #GreatReturnMarch."

Kureh retweeted a tweet from that same day that criticized the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for directing attention to Hamas’ role in orchestrating the “March of Return."

The tweet read: “Next time someone asks you how the American Jewish establishment is complicit in the killing of Palestinians, show them this disturbing tweet by the Jewish establishment's most prominent organization. This is how our community is whitewashing Israeli violence."

Media reports confirmed [00:00:20] the March of Return protesters’ breaches and attempted breaches of Israel’s border fence, some by armed Palestinians. One Hamas leader declared [00:00:30]: “We will take down the border [with Israel] and we will tear out their hearts from their bodies."

Kureh also retweeted a tweet from that same day that said: “Are you kidding me with this tweet? What was billed as a peaceful protest? Yeah, there go those crazy Palestinians again. They coulda had a peaceful protest but noooooo, they had to go and run their faces into Israeli bullets."

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.

Kureh retweeted an April 10, 2018 tweet that said: “A documentary filmmaker, Yaser Murtaja, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Fri. while wearing helmet & vest w/ ‘PRESS’ marked on them. He was filming a nurse, a doctor & a 12-yr old student who were protesting. I ask the documentary community 2 pls speak up about this travesty."

Yasser Murtaja, a photojournalist, was reportedly a Hamas spy who used drones to film Israeli positions. Murtaja was shot on April 6, 2018 as he filmed the 2018 “March of Return" protest in Gaza.

Kureh retweeted an April 8, 2018 tweet of an April 7th Independent article citing British politician and Hamas and Hezbollah apologist Jeremy Corbyn demanding the UK look into suspending arms sales to Israel and saying that "firing live ammunition into crowds of unarmed civilians is illegal and inhumane and cannot be tolerated."

Most of the Gazans who died between March 30, 2018 and April 11, 2018 were identified as terror operatives — killed while rioting against IDF forces, carrying out terrorist attacks, or attempting to breach the border security fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Kureh retweeted a May 14, 2018 tweet that said: “Ivanka Trump is still all smiles at new US embassy in Jerusalem even though Israeli snipers killed 52 Palestinians at Gaza border protests."

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

Demonizing Israel

On December 7, 2016, Kureh tweeted: “On the “IDF’s vegan warriors": A vegan Palestinian’s perspective by Ahmad Safi," linking to an article that painted the Israel Defense Force (IDF)’s efforts to provide vegan options to soldiers as an attempt “to further legitimise the atrocities carried out against the Palestinian people."

The article claimed that the IDF is “an army waging a war on unarmed civilians" and “complicit in documented human rights abuses."

On November 4, 2015, Kureh wrote an op-ed in UCLA’s student newspaper the Daily Bruin objecting to a presentation by ex-Israeli soldiers at the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.

In the article, Kureh wrote: “Why is the Brandeis Center so desperate to justify Israel’s apartheid regime and war crimes that they invite apologists of the worst kind to our campus?"

Kureh characterized the presenters’ anecdotal expressions of their lives in the IDF as “laughably unhinged" and “pernicious," and claimed their narrative was “inevitably racist at its foundation." Kureh added “such seminars defraud the truth and spread racism among their audiences."

On May 18, 2015, Kureh co-authored an op-ed in the Daily Bruin, promoting “Nakbah Day" and accusing Israel of the “ethnic cleansing of Palestine."

Kureh claimed that Israel perpetuates a “systematic denial of rights Palestinians" alleging that “In the Gaza Strip, Palestinians suffer the most extreme forms of imprisonment."

On May 15, 2015, Kureh authored a blog post titled “The Nakbah," where he claimed that the founding of the State of Israel was based on “the ethnic cleansing of Palestine."

Kureh added: “The Nakba continues today as Israeli forces shoot live rounds at protesters, as bombs are dropped on essential infrastructure such as schools and hospitals.. .as more laws are enacted that discriminate against those who are not Jewish, as a system of rule deemed worse than Apartheid is the reality of for many of our brothers and sisters."

Kureh also claimed that Palestinians are “marginalized, oppressed, murdered, brutalized, imprisoned, and terrorized" by Israel."

On May 3, 2015 Kureh shared an article on Facebook titled, “Israel has no right to exist - and neither does the U.S."

On March 25, 2014, Kureh posted to Facebook: “A friend recently asked me, as people often do, why I fly to Jordan when I am going to visit Palestine...well, let me now answer this publicly once and for all in case I haven't been clear or concise about it. IT IS BECAUSE ISRAEL IS AN APARTHEID STATE."

SJP Activism

On May 2, 2016, Kureh appeared in an SJP at UCLA recruitment photo on Facebook, along with other outgoing board members, calling on students to apply for SJP at UCLA board membership positions for the 2016-2017 academic year.

On November 30, 2016, Kureh reportedly moderated a SJP at UCLA screening of the anti-Israel film “The Occupation of the American Mind." The event also featured the film’s anti-Israel executive producer, Professor Sut Jhally, and anti-Israel musician and BDS-supporter Roger Waters.

On December 1, 2016, Kureh appeared in a Facebook a photo of along with the other SJP at UCLA 2016-2017 board members, posing together with Jhally and Waters.

On April 17, 2017, Kureh posed for a photo with professor Rabab Abdulhadi and several others following a “Palestinian Prisoners Day" talk. The event page said that Abdulhadi would be discussing: “Israel as a colonial carceral state, colonial violence and indigenous resistance."

BDS Activism

Kureh signed a January 8, 2015 petition calling on the University of California Students Association (UCSA) to support divestment.

In February 2015, SJP at UCLA pushed BDS beyond the UCLA campus by promoting a divestment resolution to the UC Student Association (UCSA). The resolution also called on the UC Regents to divest from American-based corporations that “violate Palestinian human rights.".

The UCSA Board of Directors passed the resolution by a 9-1-5 vote.

On March 15, 2018, various SJP chapters in the UC system co-opted a student protest against tuition hikes outside of the UC Regents meeting at the UCLA campus, calling on the Regents to divest from some companies that do business with Israel.

Cambridge University Palestine Society Activism

On February 23, 2014, Kureh posted to Facebook an invitation to Cambridge students to attend Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2014 hosted by Cambridge’’s Palestine Society.

In the post, Kureh accused Israel of “institutionalized racism, occupation, discrimination, ethnic cleansing," as well as “military brutality, humiliation," “colonialism" and “night-time kidnappings."

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 his post, Kureh also claimed that “there really is no conflict" between Israel and Palestine, only “the oppressive power of a system that is worse than apartheid and there are those who resist it."

Kureh then invited to students “learn what you can do to join the resistance through the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement."

In February 2014, Kureh indicated on a “wherevent" page that he organized IAW 2014 at Cambridge, hosted by Cambridge University Palestine Society.

On February 28, 2014, Kureh reportedly told Varsity, a Cambridge student newspaper, that he hoped that IAW would educate students about “decades of institutionalised racism, occupation, discrimination, ethnic cleansing [and] diaspora."

He went on to say “Israel’s policies are apartheid, by definition" and characterized “the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions [BDS] campaign" as a movement aiming “to dismantle this policy of injustice."

PSC (SJP) Activism

In March 2013, while a senior at Harvard University (Harvard), Kureh reportedly led a PSC Harvard initiative, pasting mock eviction notices on dorm room doors — informing students that their rooms were “scheduled for demolition in the next three days."

The notices were issued as part of IAW 2013 on Harvard’s campus.

SJP at UCLA - Violent Disruption of Pro-Israel Campus Event

On May 17, 2018, SJP at UCLA activists and affiliates disrupted [00:00:47] an event hosted by Students Supporting Israel (SSI) on the UCLA campus. The event, titled "Indigenous People Unite," provided a forum for Jewish, Kurdish, and Armenian indigenous communities “to share the stories of their people."

The disruptors were joined by activists with SJP at UCLA Alumni Association (SJP at UCLA Alumni), as well as activists from the group Southwest Asian and North Afrikan Los Angeles (SWANA LA) and activists from the off-campus Antifa group Revolution Club L.A./ Refuse Fascism Los Angeles.

Approximately 41 minutes into the lecture, SJP at UCLA members and Antifa activists invaded [00:41:16] the forum. Protester Armen Adamian marched toward the speakers and tore the Armenian flag off the wall. Adamian also grabbed [00:41:24] the Armenian panelist’s notes off the speakers’ table and leaned over the seated panelist.

Other protesters chanted [00:43:01] “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free!" as well as [00:42:29] “We don’t want two states, we want ‘48!" and [00:45:08] “1,2,3,4 Open up the prison doors; 5,6,7,8 Israel is a terrorist state!!"

The Israeli flag was also ripped from the wall and protestor Natalie Kamajian, when asked to relinquish the flag, refused [00:46:52] to do so.

Campus security eventually escorted [00:50:05] the protesters out of the classroom where the event was held, into an adjacent hallway. There, the protesters pounded [00:521:2348] on the door to the classroom and continued [00:08:32] chanting.

Later, when the door was reopened, the protesters continued their disturbance, screaming [00:33:15] obscenities, using [00:14:27] a megaphone and physically blocking [00:13:52] the door from being closed.

Following the disruption, students attending the SSI event reported feeling intimidated and fearing for their physical safety. SSI chapter president Hirmand Sarafian, the Armenian panelist, reported that he felt physically threatened “throughout the whole thing, from the beginning to the end."

SJP at UCLA reportedly denied initiating or having “a significant hand in organizing the demonstration" and claimed that “none of our board members attended the event."

However, SJP at UCLA’s 2018 primary signatory Robert Gardner was filmed taking a leadership role in the disruption, alongside SJP at UCLA signatory Gurutam Thockchom, as well as fellow SJP at UCLA activists Burkan Aranki, Sarena Khasawneh, John Abughattas, and Tamara Khoury.

On May 18, 2018, both SWANA-LA and the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) in Austin specifically praised SJP at UCLA and SJP at UCLA Alumni’s role in disrupting the SSI event. PSC is an alternative name for SJP.

On May 24, 2018, UCLA chancellors Jerry Kang and Monroe Gorden published an official denunciation of the incident in the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s campus newspaper.

The chancellors’ statement condemned the intimidation of panelists and audience members and declared that the university would “refer all evidence of wrongdoing" of non-UCLA students “to local prosecutors to determine whether they have broken the law."

A June 14, 2018 article, published by the Jewish Journal, reported that half a dozen students said they would file formal complaints against the disruptors for “criminal disruption of a meeting, as well as disturbing the peace and conspiracy."

An August 8, 2018 article in the Algemeiner reported that the Los Angeles city prosecutor was investigating the disruption, and had “requested additional investigative materials from the UCLA Police."

SJP at UCLA - Support for Terrorists

On May 15, 2017, SJP at UCLA participated in a “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 October 14, 2015, the day after Palestinian terrorists killed three Israelis and wounded more than 20 others during the “Knife Intifada," SJP at UCLA held a demonstration and “die-in," as part of the International Day of Action for Palestine. The outreach co-director for SJP, Ani Der Grigorian commented to the Daily Bruin: “When there is no justice, there is no peace."

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.

On October 29, 2015, SJP at UCLA shared on their website an October 23, 2015 submission to the Daily Bruin, titled “Palestinians are dying too."

The submission, written by Shawndeez Davari Jadalizadeh, accused the Daily Bruin of taking part in a “callous political project" to “erase Palestinian life" by failing to mention the names of Palestinians killed during the Knife Intifada.

The submission then listed a number of “Palestinians killed by Israelis... since Oct. 1, the beginning of the third intifada," including terrorists Fadi Alloun, Amjad al-Jundi, Hassan Manasra.

Fadi Aloon was shot by Israeli security forces after he stabbed a 15-year-old Israeli boy. Several hours before the attack, Aloon posted “Either martyrdom or victory" on his Facebook page.


Amjad Al-Jundi stabbed an Israeli soldier on October 7, 2015. He then took the soldier’s rifle and ran to a nearby apartment building where he tried to shoot and stab a local woman in her home. Police responded and killed Al-Jundi during a shootout that transpired.

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

On January 15, 2014, SJP at UCLA hosted an event titled “International Solidarity with Palestine: Towards a Global 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.

The event featured BDS founder, Omar Barghouti, and welcomed him to Los Angeles. Barghouti has expressed support for terrorism, promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and has explicitly called for the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state.

SJP at UCLA - Anti-Semitism

In February 2015, four SJP at UCLA activists and council senators with UCLA’s Undergraduate Students Association (USA) were involved in a widely publicized anti-Semitic incident.

Sofia Moreno Haq, Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed, Manjot Singh and Fabienne Roth were responsible for preventing Rachel Beyda from joining the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) judicial board, because Beyda belonged to Jewish organizations.

Beyda’s position on the Judicial Board was later confirmed at a re-vote and the four objecting counselors submitted a formal apology to Beyda and the Jewish community.

SJP at UCLA - Intimidation

In 2016, SJP at UCLA reportedly harassed Milan Chaterjee, the former president of UCLA’s Graduate Student Association (GSA), to such an extent that he stepped down from his student government position and left UCLA.

In November 2015, Chaterjee had attempted to block an effort by SJP at UCLA to use school funds to promote the BDS movement during a diversity caucus town hall event, in accordance with a policy requiring viewpoint neutrality.

Chaterjee said that, as a result, he was "relentlessly attacked, bullied, and harassed by BDS-affiliated organizations and students" for months.

In April 2014, SJP at UCLA members submitted a petition to USAC’s judicial board against two former undergraduate student government council members who participated in trips to Israel that were sponsored by pro-Israel Jewish organizations.

SJP at UCLA alleged that the council members committed “conflict of interest violations" by participating in the sponsored trips and should have abstained from voting on a February 2014 BDS resolution. SJP at UCLA also argued the council members’ votes on the divestment resolution should have been disqualified.

Although the ballot on the divestment resolution was secret, it was assumed that the two voted against the resolution because they both spoke against the resolution during discussions prior to the vote.

The student judicial board later ruled that the trips taken by the council members did not constitute a conflict of interest.

SJP at UCLA - BDS Activism

In December 2013, SJP at UCLA launched its first divestment campaign, drafting a resolution calling on the UC Regents to pull funding from five companies doing business with Israel, including Caterpillar, Cemex, Cement Roadstone Holdings (CRH), General Electric (GE), and Hewlett-Packard (HP).

The February 2014 debate lasted over ten hours and went until 6:00 a.m. The resolution was ultimately voted down.

In November 2014, SJP at UCLA again pushed a divestment resolution “calling on the Regents to divest from companies that enable and profit from violations of Palestinian rights."

The resolution claimed that the same five companies “provided weapons used" by Israel “in attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip," and that investment in these companies “shows implicit support" for “the killings of civilians."

On November 18, 2014, the undergraduate student government adopted the divestment resolution with a vote of 8-2-2.

In February 2015, SJP at UCLA pushed BDS beyond the UCLA campus by promoting a divestment resolution to the UC Student Association (UCSA). The resolution also called on the UC Regents to divest from American-based corporations that “violate Palestinian human rights."

The UCSA Board of Directors passed the resolution by a 9-1-5 vote.

On March 15, 2018, various SJP chapters in the UC system co-opted a student protest against tuition hikes outside of the UC Regents meeting at the UCLA campus, calling on the Regents to divest from certain companies that do business with Israel.

On April 25, 2018, SSI chapter president, Hirmand Sarafian, tweeted a short video documenting that during a discussion prior to the tuition-hike protest, BDS activists [00:00:18] “called us ‘Hillel fascists’ and asked us to leave" after Sarafian argued that [00:00:13] “BDS shouldn’t be included here because it excludes many Jewish voices."

Sarafian added [00:00:28] that BDS activists at UCLA tried to “justify the use of a Swastika," displayed by Gaza protesters, when “talking about the recent Gazan protests," and claimed [00:00:39] “that middle-eastern Jews of different minorities aren’t really Jews."

SJP at UCLA also used their 2014 Palestine Awareness Week (PAW) to promote divestment, erecting a “mock apartheid wall" and hosting a screening and discussion of the film “Roadmap to Apartheid," a film that compared Israel to apartheid in South Africa.

Palestine Awareness Week (PAW) is a re-branding for American audiences of Israel Apartheid Week (IAW), originally 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 at UCLA - Glorifying A Terrorist

On February 14, 2017, SJP at UCLA glorified Rasmea Odeh on their Facebook page, in honor of Palestine Awareness Week (PAW), calling her an “icon of the Palestine liberation movement," and “an example for the millions of Palestinians who have not given up organizing for their rights."

The post concluded: “#Justice4Rasmea #FreePalestine #PAW2017."

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.

SJP at UCLA - Hosting Israel-Haters

On May 10, 2018, SJP at UCLA hosted a talk featuring anti-Israel professor Rabab Abdulhadi. Abdulhadi has cultivated ties with terror-supporting universities, glorified terrorists, trivialized the murder of Israeli teenagers and endorsed hate speech. She is also a national leader within the BDS movement.

On November 15, 2017, SJP at UCLA hosted anti-Israel journalist David Sheen. The event description said Sheen would “speak about racism and ethnic cleansing within the Israeli community." Sheen is an anti-Israel propagandist who often demonizes Israel on American college campuses.

On November 30, 2016, SJP at UCLA screened the anti-Israel film “The Occupation of the American Mind." The event also featured the film’s anti-Israel Executive Producer, Professor Sut Jhally and anti-Israel activist and musician Roger Waters.

In his films, Jhally claims that the “Israel lobby" has waged “the most successful PR campaign ever," resulting in a strong pro-Israel bias in American public media.

On January 27, 2016, SJP at UCLA hosted anti-Israel activists Max Blumenthal and Miko Peled.

Blumenthal’s book “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel" has been dubbed “The Israel Hater’s Handbook" by Eric Alterman of the progressive magazine The Nation.

In January 2017, Peled said [00:00:06] the Israeli army was one of the “best trained, best equipped, best fed, terrorist organizations in the world" and claimed [00:00:16] that “their entire purpose is terrorism."

On January 28, 2016, SJP at UCLA hosted anti-Israel Professors Ahlam Muthaseb and Sa'ed Atshan.

Muhtaseb regularly uses her Facebook and Twitter to demonize Israel, whitewash Palestinian terrorism and collaborate with fellow anti-Israel activists. Atshan has praised inciters of violence including Sheikh Omar Suleiman who, in 2014, called on Twitter for a “Third Intifada" to destroy Israel.

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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“...learn what you can do to join the resistance through the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.”
“The Nakba continues today as Israeli forces shoot live rounds at protesters, as bombs are dropped on essential infrastructure such as schools and hospitals...as more laws are enacted that discriminate against those who are not Jewish, as a system of rule deemed worse than Apartheid is the reality of for many of our brothers and sisters.”
“Why is the Brandeis Center so desperate to justify Israel’s apartheid regime and war crimes that they invite apologists of the worst kind to our campus?”
“A friend recently asked me, as people often do, why I fly to Jordan when I am going to visit Palestine...well, let me now answer this publicly once and for all in case I haven't been clear or concise about it. IT IS BECAUSE ISRAEL IS AN APARTHEID STATE.”

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