Let’s delve into Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) – what exactly is their mission? Per their national website, SJP’s #1 unity goal is “ending Israel’s occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall”. In laments terms, SJP wants Israel removed/to diseapear/be destroyed (you can chose which one sounds the nicest). SJP also states it “stands against … antisemitism…”. So if you’re a Jew outside of Israel, you’re cool. If not, they want you gone. As in removed, to disappear, be destroyed (again, you can chose which one sounds the nicest).
In 2001, Hatem Bazian founded Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of Berkeley. Bazian was born in Nablus, went to high school in Amman, Jordan and came to the U.S. to attend San Francisco State University. He finished a double major in International Relations and Speech/Communication at San Francisco State University, where he also completed an M.A. in International Relations. He then went on to receive his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from UC Berkeley in 2002.
Bazian (right) with Jeremy Corbyn
While at Berkeley, Bazian headed the Muslim Student Association (MSA). The Muslim Brotherhood, deemed a terrorist organization by Canada, Russia, and 5 Arab countries, helped establish MSA along with a pan-Islamic NGO, the Muslim World League.
Here are some of the hateful, antisemitic comments that often incite calls for violence Bazian has made (can be seen here):
“Some say our Congress is the best money can buy. But we also say our Congress is an Israeli occupied territory.” “There are a large number of Zionists who were engaged with Nazi Germany” “The only language the slave master understands is the language of violence” “How come we don’t have an intifada in this country?”
Let’s look further into some of SJP’s members across the country. Comments such as the ones below have been documented and are of great concern, specifically for an organization that claims it “stands against antisemitism”.
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“Hitler should have killed the Jews when he had the chance that dog” – Amal Tabel “How do you get a Jewish girl’s number? Roll her sleeves up” – Mohanad Alhams “Everytime I read about Hitler, I fall in love all over again [emoji]” – Rawan Qadodura “I honestly don’t feel that sympathetic about the holocaust.. #SorryNotSorry” – Heba Asi And there’s plenty more, including a social media post from SJP’s Brooklyn College Chapter President, Ahah Aly.
“Lol let’s stuff some Jews in the oven” – Mariam Ghanem “We need to put zionists in concentration camps Now that would be a life experience for them” – Halima Eid “#top10thingsIhate school, socializing, white people, homework, ratchet bitches, history, liars, being fat, compliments, Jews”- Ayah Aly “hitler should have took you all”- Nadera Masad
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According to these SJP members, even if you’re not a Jew in Israel, they still hate your guts, want you killed, and consider you subhuman garbage.
SJP’s Annual Conferences
In 2012, SJP invited Islamic Jihad terrorist Khader Adnan to headline an SJP-sponsored event at American University. Adnan, who was at one point the official spokesman for Islamic Jihad, is a supporter of suicide bombings and terrorist attacks on civilians.
During its 2016 conference at George Mason University, SJP sold apparel with the images of a rifle-bearing Leila Khaled — a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the first woman to hijack an airplane — alongside the caption, “Resistance is not terrorism.”
SJP’s next annual conference will be held at UCLA on November 16-18th, 2018. After immediate outcry from the World Jewish Congress and other prominent Jewish organizations, a spokesperson for UCLA told The Algemeiner that it “is bound by the First Amendment, which protects everyone’s right to express their ideas, even those that are controversial or unpopular.”
Who’s betting Ahed Tamimi will be their headlining act this year?