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Zaid Dabus

Overview

Zaid Dabus served as the 2015 President of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of South Florida (USF) in 2014. Dabus also helped lead SJP USF’s Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement 2014-2015 campaign on the USF campus.

Dabus was an Executive Committee member of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at USF from 2014-2017.

As of December 2019, Dabus’s LinkedIn page said that he was “Chief of Strategy" of the Cape & Bay digital marketing agency in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida, since January 2018.

As of December 2019, sunbiz.org, an official State of Florida website, indicated that Dabus owned a holding company he incorporated in August of 2019.

Dabus’s LinkedIn stated that he graduated from USF in 2017, with a degree in Marketing.

BDS Activism

On May 28, 2014, Dabus attended [00:00:05] a USF SJP event following their failed divestment petition.

SJP USF’s divestment petition was part of their “Divest 2014" campaign which they promoted in a video on Vimeo. The video, which was posted on February 10, 2014, claimed that USF invested in companies that made “fighter jets and rockets that the IDF uses against civilians in the Gaza strip."

The USF Foundation, which manages USF investments from donor contributions, reportedly rejected SJP USF’s petition, which called on the school to divest from multiple companies doing business with Israel.

One SJP activist encouraged [00:00:21] attendees to “stay til the end," to speak [00:00:23] to USF Foundation members about “how upset you are" that BDS didn’t pass. Imam also accused the USF of investing [00:00:05] in Caterpillar which he accused of “killing people, bulldozing homes."

In January 2015, Dabus spoke on behalf of SJP USF after the group placed a large billboard near the Tampa campus to criticize the USF’s Foundation for ignoring a student referendum and petition to divest from Israeli companies.

SJP USF said they purchased [00:05:18] the billboard on January 13, 2015, to demand that USF stop its investments “in Apartheid Israel."

On January 14, 2015, Dabus gave an interview to WMNF, a non-commercial, community radio station operating in Tampa, about SJP USF’s divestment efforts.

During the interview, Dabus claimed [00:07:28] “there are people in Israel who go out their way to create an apartheid-like state...That’s apartheid. That’s exactly what they did in South Africa."

Dabus also alleged [00:07:55] that Palestinians are being “targeted because of their race."
On January 20, 2016, the USF Oracle, USF’s student newspaper, reported that an SJP USF-supported BDS resolution passed in the student government, as a result of SJP USF’s BDS campaigning the previous two years.

On January 25, 2016, SJP USF President Rahma Elmohd posted a Facebook video urging the USF student government president to sign the resolution.

On January 27, 2016, the USF Oracle reported that the USF student government president and vice president both vetoed the resolution.

On February 4, 2016, the USF Oracle reported that a second BDS resolution was submitted by USF student senator and member of SJP USF Hala Alkattan. That resolution was identical to the previous one, which was supported by SJP USF but was categorized differently so that the USF student government president and vice president could not veto it.

On February 11, 2016, the USF Oracle reported that the second BDS resolution was struck down by the USF student government supreme court since it violated the USF Constitution’s equal protection clause. The USF Oracle reported that the university’s supreme court found that “the resolution violated the racial and national origin elements of the clause by specifically targeting companies that have business in Israel."

SJP USF - Spreading Anti-Semitism

On July 30, 2014, SJP USF posted an image to Facebook showing Adolf Hitler performing a Nazi salute with text reading: “WE ARE THE MASTER RACE," next to an image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his hand raised and text reading: “WE ARE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE." SJP USF commented: “Justifications."

On November 18, 2013, SJP USF reportedly hosted and sponsored a game show “about Palestinian culture, geography and history" modeled on the TV show, "Jeopardy!"

One question asked students to name the “type of poisons that Israeli settlers put in Palestinian water supplies to make them undrinkable," a modern variation of an ancient blood libel. Another question suggested that Israel has been “snatching" Palestinian children from their beds.

SJP USF - Demonizing Israel

As of August 2019, an SJP USF Facebook post from February 14, 2015, remained on the group’s Facebook page. The original SJP USF shared an article and quoted the story’s headline: “Israeli authorities usually open the floodgates to their dams in the direction of the Gaza Strip - without prior notice - in order to discharge the enormous quantities of water that had accumulated due to the heavy rains in the region. #Gaza."

Less than two weeks later, Al Jazeera retracted a similar story, noting: “In southern Israel, there are no dams of the type which can be opened."

On February 25, 2016, SJP USF members reportedly joined with other BDS supporters to disrupt a talk at USF given by two Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers. One of the protesters called the soldiers “murderers and child killers" and was eventually was escorted out by police.

On September 5, 2014, SJP USF held an event titled: “The Hidden Genocide: The Story of Palestine." The Facebook event page referred to Israel’s Operation Protective Edge (OPE) against Hamas earlier that year as a “summer of atrocious massacres."

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

One of the speakers at the event was Hamas supporter Sheikh Monzer Taleb, who was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) terrorism finance trial. Taleb was not brought to trial.

However, five other defendants were brought to trial and were indicted for funneling funds to Hamas. These five, known as the Holy Land Five (HL5), were convicted and sentenced in 2009 to federal prison terms from 15 to 65 years.

SJP USF - Promoting BDS

On February 10, 2014, SJP USF posted a video to Vimeo promoting its “Divest 2014" campaign. The video claimed that USF invested in companies that made “fighter jets and rockets that the IDF uses against civilians in the Gaza strip."

On May 28, 2014, the USF Foundation, which manages USF investments from donor contributions, reportedly rejected an SJP USF petition calling on the school to divest from multiple companies doing business with Israel.

On January 14, 2015, SJP USF purchased [00:05:18] space on a Tampa, Florida billboard to demand that USF stop its investments “in Apartheid Israel."

On January 20, 2016, the USF Oracle, USF’s student newspaper, reported that a BDS resolution passed in the student government, as a result of SJP USF’s BDS campaigning the previous two years.

On January 25, 2016, SJP USF President Rahma Elmohd posted a Facebook video urging the USF student government president to sign the resolution.

On January 27, 2016, the USF Oracle reported that the USF student government president and vice president both vetoed the resolution.

On February 4, 2016, the USF Oracle reported that a second BDS resolution was submitted by USF student senator and member of SJP USF Hala Alkattan. That resolution was identical to the previous one which was supported by SJP USF but was categorized differently so that the USF student government president and vice president could not veto it.

On February 11, 2016, the USF Oracle reported that the second BDS resolution was struck down by the USF student government supreme court since it violated the USF Constitution’s equal protection clause. The USF Oracle reported that the university’s supreme court found that “the resolution violated the racial and national origin elements of the clause by specifically targeting companies that have business in 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.

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.

Social Media and Web Links

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