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Yasmeen Abdellatif

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Yasmeen Abdellatif [Yasmeen M Abdellatif] has expressed support for terrorists, spread incitement, glorified violent protesters and demonized Israel. She has also promoted the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and expressed support for anti-Israel agitators.

As of September 2019, Abdellatif’s LinkedIn page said she was the vice president of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), since September 2013.

Also as of September 2019, Abdellatif’s LinkedIn page said she was a “writing tutor/writer" and graduated from Saint Xavier University (SXU), with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, in 2016.

As of October 2019, one of Abdellatif’s Twitter account was suspended.

Supporting Terrorists

On May 15, 2017, Abdellatif posted on Facebook promoting Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.

Marwan Barghouti initiated the 2017 hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners known as the “Dignity Strike." He headed the Palestinian Authority (PA) terrorist Tanzim force and founded the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. His organizations carried out many deadly attacks against Israeli civilians.

Barghouti financed the bomb used in the Sbarro Cafe bombing and was sentenced to five consecutive life terms in an Israeli civilian court for some of his crimes. Many of the over 1,500 prisoners who participated in the strike had also carried out terror attacks, including Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Secretary General Ahmad Sa’adat.

That same day, she also changed her Facebook cover photo to a graphic by Addameer.

Addameer advocates on behalf of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, including many terrorists such as Mohammad Allan — a recruiter for Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). Addammer is reportedly an “affiliate" of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization.

On July 22, 2016, Abdellatif wrote an article that included Rasmea Odeh as one of: “10 Palestinian women that are legends in their own right." The subheading said: “Talk about badass - they accomplished incredible things."

Rasmea Odeh was a key military operative [00:02:08] with the terrorist group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). In 1969, Odeh masterminded a PFLP bombing that killed two college 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 [00:10:53] Odeh 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.


On November 10, 2014, a Michigan federal jury convicted Odeh for immigration fraud because she failed to disclose her prior conviction and life sentence on her immigration application. On March 12, 2015, she was sentenced to 18 months in prison.


In 2017, after an appeal and a lengthy court battle, Odeh admitted to immigration fraud, was stripped of her U.S. citizenship,deported to Jordan and banned from re-entering the U.S.

Abdellatif later tweeted the article, saying: “I wrote about some of my favorite Palestinian women."

Spreading Incitement

On November 7, 2014, Abdellatif promoted a link on Facebook to the Friends of Al-Aqsa #HandsOffAlAqsa campaign.

That same day, she also changed her Facebook cover photo to an image of Jerusalem that said: “#HandsOffAlAqsa."

In the fall of 2014, Palestinian leaders and media incited a wave of violence against Israelis with the lie that Israel intended to desecrate the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. This resulted in the November 18, 2014 Har Nof massacre, in which terrorists murdered six people in a Jerusalem synagogue, during morning prayers.

Glorifying Violent Protesters

On May 15, 2018, during riots then occuring on Israel’s Gaza border, Abdellatif tweeted that on March 30th: “Israeli forces killed 17 unarmed protestors."

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.

That same day, she tweeted: “Yesterday, they marched again... About 60 Palestinians were slaughtered. And yet there are still more protests."

Also on May 15, 2018, Abdellatif tweeted: “Palestinians are not asking to be killed as ‘a propaganda attempt.’ They are asking for freedom and human rights. Israel made the choice to kill them instead."

On May 15, 2018, senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar said that the Gaza protests were a pretext of “peaceful resistance." Another Hamas leader had declared [00:00:30]: “We will take down the border [with Israel] and we will tear out their hearts from their bodies."

Demonizing Israel

On August 23, 2017, Abdellatif promoted on Facebook a Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) petition, titled: “Tell the ADL: Stop sponsoring U.S./Israel police exchanges." The petition referred to counter-terrorism collaboration between the U.S. and Israel as “deadly exchanges."

In 2017, JVP launched the “Deadly Exchange" campaign that accused American Jewish organizations of promoting human rights abuses. JVP also released a video that blamed [00:04:04] Jewish organizations for violence that occurs against Black and Brown communities, immigrants and activists in the U.S.
On May 15, 2016, Abdellatif changed her Facebook cover photo to an image that said: “NAKBA. NEVER FORGET THE RIGHT OF RETURN."

Nakba is generally translated as “catastrophe" in Arabic, referring to the outcome of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. It is a term often used to delegitimize the creation of the State of Israel by defining it as a catastrophe.

On April 24, 2016, Abdellatif tweeted: “‘But the state of Israel was not created for the salvation of the Jews.’" Her tweet linked to an “Open Letter to the Born Again" by James Baldwin, who claimed in the letter that the State of Israel “was created for the salvation of the Western interests."

On April 14, 2016, Abdellatif tweeted: “You can never have enough Palestine stuff! Thanks @SJPSaintXavier ! #SXUPAW2016" and shared a photo of merchandise from Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at SXU’s “Palestine Awareness Week."

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.

On March 14, 2015, Abdellatif tweeted: “Israel: Land of Creation or Land of Oppression & Apartheid? http://bit.ly/1x2adjr #Israeltech #NoHipsterApartheid." The tweet was part of a USCPR BDS campaign against a South by Southwest (SXSW) festival.

The festival included a panel that showcased Israeli technology and claimed the panel would help Israel “whitewash" its “massacres and apartheid" against Palestinians.

On January 30, 2015, Abdellatif tweeted: “‘We would have no #Birthright without Israeli occupation and apartheid.’"

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

The tweet linked to an article on Electronic Intifada that called for a boycott of Taglit-Birthright Jewish heritage trips to Israel and claimed: “Birthright can only exist through the suppression and erasure of many Jewish identities, histories and experiences."

On January 27, 2015, Abdellatif posted on Facebook accusing Israel of “apartheid, colonialism and ethnic cleansing," in response to an aritcle about a Muslim’s positive experience of coexistence in Israel.

On Jan 20, 2015, Abdellatif tweeted: “‘we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims’ can we also reject killing/arming Israel to kill Muslims #SOTU."

On August 4, 2014, during Operation Protective Edge (OPE), Abdellatif tweeted: “#StopTheArms to Israel. Deliberate attacks on civilians are #WarCrimes."

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

Promoting BDS

On April 1, 2016, Abdellatif promoted on Facebook a rap video condemning American record producer, DJ and radio personality DJ Khaled and linking him with Sabra Hummus. Khaled performed at a Super Bowl event sponsored by Sabra, which is partially owned by an Israeli company, the Strauss Group.

The video accused Israel of [00:00:53] “building walls, block by block - apartheid" and [00:02:26] of Israeli “soldiers killing lots of kids." It also glorified [00:00:52] Palestinian rock throwers and showed people wearing shirts that said [00:01:29] “#boycottsabra." .

On September 10, 2015, Abdellatif signed and promoted on Facebook a petition directed at American rapper Kayne West, titled: “Don’t Play Apartheid Israel." The petition referred to Israel as “a racist regime." West performed in Israel on October 1, 2015.

On July 9, 2015, Abdellatif tweeted: “Cool pics of the 1960s South Africa boycott. If BDS worked for SA it will work for Palestine Inshallah. #ISupportBDS"

On May 5, 2015, Abdellatif tweeted: “Thank @MsLaurynHill for canceling Israel gig: Let her know we've got her back!" and shared a graphic by JVP that said: “THANK YOU, Ms. Lauryn Hill FOR RESPECTING THE PALESTINIAN CALL FOR CULTURAL BOYCOTT."

American musician Lauryn Hill canceled a scheduled performance in Israel due to pressure from BDS activists.

Supporting Anti-Israel Agitators

On November 29, 2018, Abdellatif tweeted: “#IStandWithMLH" and embedded a tweet that said: “We’re already close to 1,000 signatures on a petition to urge the cowards at CNN to re-hire @marclamonthill and apologize. I think it would take about 500k to get them to rethink, which should easily be doable."

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 November 15, 2018, Abdellatif tweeted in defense of U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar: “The accusations against her are ridiculous. This article for example acknowledges that ‘it isn’t inherently anti-Semitic to be critical of Israeli political leadership or policies,’ but labels her anti-Semitic over nothing but a tweet criticizing Israel."

Ilhan Omar was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2018. In February 2019, top Congressional leaders denounced Omar for tweeting anti-Semitic remarks. She has also demonized Israel and endorsed BDS, including introducing a pro-BDS resolution in the U.S. Congress.

In July 2019, Omar introduced H.Res. 496, referred to as a “pro-BDS" resolution, which Omar described as “an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support...the BDS movement."

Also on November 15, 2018, Abdellatif tweeted: “#IStandWithIlhan because she is standing up for our right to boycott and fight against oppression. She is incredibly brave to take on this fight and deserves our support."

In 2016, Abdellatif listed Linda Sarsour in her article, titled: “10 Palestinian women that are legends in their own right."

Linda Sarsour has frequently used the word “Zionist" as a pejorative and has tweeted that “nothing is creepier than Zionism." She has aligned with noted anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, dismissed [00:07:45] those who see her alignment with Farrakhan as problematic and slammed the “Jewish Media" for calling attention to it.

At Farrakhan’s 2015 #JusticeOrElse March, Sarsour asserted [00:00:36]: “The same people who justify the massacres of Palestinian people and call it ‘collateral damage’ are the same people who justify the murder of young black men and women."

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.

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.

Occupation:
Professional

University:
SXU

Organizations(s):
BDS,
MSA

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Last Modified:
02/18/2020

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