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StandWithUs against SJP

 

November 16, 2018



(Los Angeles, CA)—StandWithUs has launched a wide-scale campaign to hold National Students for Justice in Palestine accountable for spreading anti-Semitism, supporting violence, and violating free speech.

The campaign features a petition to the U.S. Department of Education and higher education governing bodies in Canada, letter from StandWithUs and Alums for Campus Fairness to every university with a registered SJP affiliate, social media content educating the public about SJP’s extremism, op-eds, and more.

“We are putting all relevant government bodies and institutions of higher education on notice about a serious threat to free speech, academic freedom, and student rights on campus,” said Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs. “National SJP represents the new anti-Semitism, seeking to isolate and eliminate the world’s only Jewish state and targeting Jewish students simply because they support Israel’s right to exist. Universities must condemn SJP for spreading hate and prevent its affiliates from violating student rights.”

“One of the biggest reasons we’ve built such a large following on social media is to mobilize people of good will to fight back against those who support terrorism and promote anti-Semitism. We’re proud to say that we have already reached 800,000 people with this campaign,” said StandWithUs International Digital Director Emily Schrader.

“Everyone who cares about academic freedom and protecting students from discrimination should sign our petition and educate their peers about this issue,” said Ron Krudo, executive director of Campus Affairs at StandWithUs. “SJP has a deeply disturbing record of extremism and we are speaking out to ensure that they are held accountable.”

National SJP is an organization with dozens of chapters and affiliates across North America, a support network of off-campus hate groups, and a long record of spreading anti-Semitism, supporting violence, and violating free speech. In its 2018 national conference “themes & goals,” National SJP openly calls for the destruction of Zionism and supports efforts to silence speakers who believe in Israel’s right to exist.

The group receives funding and other forms of support from NGOs that are tied to multiple designated terror organizations, including Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. National SJP conferences have featured lectures from terrorists like Khader Adnan, an Islamic Jihad leader who called for suicide bombings against Israeli civilians. SJP also spearheaded a campaign to glorify and raise money for Rasmea Odeh, who helped carry out a PFLP terrorist attack which killed two Israeli civilians.

The group frequently expresses support for an “Intifada,” creating a hostile climate for Jewish and Israeli students—particularly those who lost friends and family during the brutal suicide bombings of the Second Intifada. Some activists affiliated with SJP have even threatened violence against Jewish students and others who believe in Israel’s right to exist. Moreover, SJP members frequently shout down speakers they disagree with, resulting in numerous criminal and university investigations into violations of free speech and illegal activity.

Lastly, SJP spreads hate against Jews and Israelis on campus on a far too regular basis. Much of their rhetoric falls under the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, which has been adopted by the EU, US Department of Education, and the Government of Canada. This includes denying Israel’s right to exist, demonizing Israelis, and attacking Israel using classic anti-Semitic tropes. SJP’s political agenda—to eliminate Israel and strip away Jewish rights to self-determination—is a prime example of the new anti-Semitism.

To sign the petition, please go to standwithus.co.il/action-center/no-hate-on-campus.

 

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