The international campus organization Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), which promotes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, views that “eliminating the Jewish nation-state is the only way to achieve ‘justice’” a new report released by a Jerusalem based think tank concluded.
The roughly 50 page report titled “SJP Unmasked” published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs found that SJP’s founders, financers, and ideological supporters have ties to Islamic terror organizations that include Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
The report has “unmasked,” as the title suggests, the truth about SJP by indicating that their primary mission is not to be a pro-Palestinian activist group, but a group that is more focused on the destruction of Israel.
The authors cited a study that indicated that there is an existing correlation between an having a SJP chapter on campus and the rise of anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic incidents on campus. Such incidents include online harassment, anti-Semitic vandalism, and physical attacks against Jewish students.
SJP has been an influential voice in student governments and other university clubs to helping promote pro-BDS resolutions, refusing to engage in peace initiatives and seeking instead to “isolate, demonize, and ultimately destroy” Israel.
Several intimidation and harassment tactics utilized by SJP chapters were described in the report, including the use of mock eviction notices in student dorms, the spread of Nazi propaganda and white supremacist social media accounts. Harassment by SJP members did not stop there as Jewish students have complained of being “spat on, harassed, and assaulted on campus” by SJP members.
Drawing on previous studies and news reports, the JCPA report highlighted that SJP is linked to terror groups and has gone as far as inviting convicted terrorists to speak on campus. For instance, in 2013 SJP at American University hosted Khader Adnan Mohammed Musa—a spokesperson for Islamic Jihad—via Skype. The event was co-sponsored by Amnesty International and Jewish Voice for Peace.
The report also described the financial connections between SJP and organizations whose leaders used to be members or supporters of Palestinian and Islamic terror groups. “Many of the leaders and top donors to these organizations were jailed, deported, or investigated for terror connections,” the report said.
Despite the fact that SJP operates under “mysterious auspices” and “regularly intimidates and harasses Jewish and pro-Israel students” it “will continue to operate unabated.”
To combat the group’s tactics and message “strategies and initiatives” must be developed “to expose SJP’s boycott of Jews, Israelis, and Zionists on campus, extremist propaganda regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as its illegitimate funding,” the study said in its conclusion.
One of the sources for the JCPA report, was On Many Campuses, Hate is Spelled SJP by Daniel Mael, which was published in October 2014 issue of The Tower Magazine, and documented SJP’s dubious origins as well as exposing its tactics of intimidation.
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