Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

NYU Jewish Students the Target of Latest SJP Propaganda Attacks
Times of Israel ^ | April 24, 2014 | Laura Adkins

Posted on 04/27/2014 7:14:16 AM PDT by SJackson

On the morning of April 24th, 2014, Jewish students that live in the Palladium residence hall of New York University (NYU) awoke to quite a shock. Slinking quietly through the night, members of NYU’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) had distributed mock eviction notices to students in this dorm (which is known across campus as one with a high concentration of Jewish residents, and is the only NYU dorm with a Shabbat elevator), listing distorted facts and with the stated purpose of “ draw[ing] attention to the reality that Palestinians confront on a regular basis.”

One Jewish resident of Palladium and Steinhardt Sophomore, speaking anonymously told me, “Being very straightforward, this made me feel targeted and unsafe in my own dorm room and I know others feel exactly the same as myself. I understand free speech rights but if this was targeted solely to Jewish students then this appears to be of a more threatening nature rather than informative.” This move by NYU’s chapter of SJP comes on the heels of a similar campaign run by SJP at Northeastern earlier this year, which in addition to their “years of anti-Semitic vandalism, glorification of terrorist groups and calls for the destruction of Israel” resulted in a one-year suspension of their organization (Ilya Feoktistov, March 2014). Students for Justice in Palestine, which claims to work towards “bringing attention to the plight of the Palestinian people,” is a radical group founded at UC Berkeley in 2001 with financial ties to the internationally recognized terrorist group Hamas.

Academic dialogue and the freedom to share ideas is one thing, but this move by NYU’s SJP shows nothing but cowardice and anti-semitic fearmongering. By choosing to target Jewish students (or at the very least, a dorm brimming with Jewish students) instead of engaging with them, NYU’s SJP has made it clear that they do not seek dialogue or peace with Israel; indeed, an article published by SJP members in Washington Square News earlier this year called the peace process a sham, and SJP member Kumars Salehi’s remarks in a discussion between Salehi and myself featured on Washington Square News’ Op Ed Live expressed similar sentiments.

The flyer itself also disguises the real truth with inflammatory and misleading one-liners. The flyer says that demolitions of Palestinian structures are carried out “for no other reason than their ethnicity.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. As cited in a 2010 report by the National Bureau of Economic Research, “In response to the wave of violence of the second Intifada that began in October 2000, the IDF informally renewed punitive house demolitions. The first house demolished during the second Intifada belonged to a Palestinian suicide bomber who killed 21 Israelis when he blew himself up in a discotheque in Tel Aviv…In punitive house demolitions, the IDF demolishes or seals houses that were home to Palestinians suspected of, detained in connection with, or convicted of involvement in violent acts against Israelis, regardless of the results. These acts include suicide bombings that caused many civilian fatalities as well as thwarted attacks against soldiers or civilians. The demolished houses belong not only to perpetrators but to individuals accused of involvement in an attack, either by planning it, dispatching the perpetrators, or providing assistance to the responsible terrorist cell.”

Though definitely controversial, these demolitions have been shown to reduce acts of terror that are carried out against Israelis: according to the same study, “By exploiting spatial and time variation in house demolitions and suicide terror attacks during the second Palestinian uprising, we show that punitive house demolitions (those targeting Palestinian suicide terrorists and terror operatives) cause an immediate, significant decrease in the number of suicide attacks.” SJP claims these actions are unjustified, but one must put the demolitions into historical context: If the Palestinians truly wanted the West Bank, then why did the Palestinian Authority run away from the table in 2000 and 2008 when Israel offered up 95% of the West Bank, Gaza, and parts of East Jerusalem? Instead, they carried out the Second Intifada which resulted in the deaths of thousands of Israeli men, women, and children. In the words of another Jewish sophomore and Palladium resident I spoke with anonymously, “It’s disturbing to wake up to a flyer like this. Nobody should have to be homeless, but this paper fails to mention other horrible things like the thousands of innocent Israelis who have been murdered.” SJP should stop pretending it wants peace; the Palestinian Authority, supported by its Islamic brothers across the Middle East, publically calls for the utter destruction of Israel and states time and time again that “victory is when we see you suffer” and their state sponsored media refers to Jews as “zionist pigs.”

SJP’s flyer also critiques Israel for attempts to maintain a Jewish character, and bemoans the fact that “The United States government, American corporations, and NYU faculty pension funds support these policies through foreign aid and investment.” If SJP is outraged by NYU supporting Israel on the basis that it is a Jewish state on the grounds that this is racist, why are they not upset that NYU maintains supremely close ties with and has its largest portal campus in the United Arab Emirates, a country whose official religion is Islam, has a long history of anti-semitism, and where those holding an Israeli passport cannot even enter? Arabs sit on Israel’s supreme court and sit in Knesset; what positions of power are held by Jews in Abu Dhabi?

Especially when SJP’s actions come so close to Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), we must not allow this blatant act of fear mongering and religious targeting to go unnoticed. We must stand up against hatred and intolerance and make sure NYU remains a safe space for all students, inside and outside of the classroom.

At the time of publishing, NYU SJP was unavailable for comment.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS:

Max Geller, leader and spokesman of Northeastern University’s Students for Justice in Palestine (NU SJP). The young woman is also a NU SJP member.
1 posted on 04/27/2014 7:14:16 AM PDT by SJackson
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.

..................

If a second Israel was established in Detroit, you'd end up with a hotbed and medical, technical and agricultural research and hundreds of millions of Muslims and their supporters calling for the destruction of Detroit.

2 posted on 04/27/2014 7:16:01 AM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

Author is an NYU student


3 posted on 04/27/2014 7:16:56 AM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson
Some might have been shocked but I'd bet the clothes on my back that most were saying “right on...justice for the Palestinians”.
4 posted on 04/27/2014 7:17:21 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gay State Conservative

If you’re talking about the administration, I think you’re right. A few universities have started to crack down on these groups, but not many.


5 posted on 04/27/2014 7:18:38 AM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

This is wonderful news, I hope it gets a lot worse for them at this school. In America a large segment of the Jewish population are liberal/fascists, aka democrats, they give large sums of money to the democrat party.

So it should come as no surprise to them when the people they support bring the buses to take them away to be re-educated with conservatives.

This also applies to Catholics and Christians that support this unholy group of tyrants known as the Democrat Party and Republican ruling elite.

Remember to lick the boot that feeds you.


6 posted on 04/27/2014 7:20:39 AM PDT by stockpirate (Only a tidal wave of tyrants blood will return our tree of liberty......)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SJackson
One Jewish resident: I understand free speech rights but if this was targeted solely to Jewish students then this appears to be of a more threatening nature rather than informative.

Huh? this only appears to be threatening? Do you really think so? Why are the victims of radical muslim/leftist hate actions always so mushy?

7 posted on 04/27/2014 7:27:07 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

What a pair of jerks.

Growing up in New York City, I remember that NYU was often referred to as NY-Jew. Not necessarily antisemitic, but borderline.


8 posted on 04/27/2014 7:34:46 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stockpirate

So this is a conundrum to the typical elitist liberal jew then no? They normally side with Palestinians on political issues as they always side against Israel. But what happens when these Pro Palestinian groups start intimidating these very same self hating jews? Will the self hating jews wake up or will they be persecuted willingly and bending over and saying “thank you Hamas, may I please have another?”


9 posted on 04/27/2014 7:36:21 AM PDT by Blue Highway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

Uhm, I thought this was about Sarah Jessica Parker (lol).


10 posted on 04/27/2014 8:23:38 AM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Blue Highway

Way too many American Jews heard no other voices but the Sirens’ song of the Far Left, which infiltrated both Jewish and Christian seminaries for clergy, as it did the bulk of academe. The Jews were brainwashed into believing a colossal mound of falsehoods, all packaged with the words “mending the world,” a phrase from a prayer from the Jewish prayerbook. The Left packages its lies to fit this or that target audience. The Reform Movement of Judaism has been the biggest rabbinic purveyor of the big lie and its members the biggest patsies among the Jews. The Conservative Movement has been just a tiny tad behind. Both the Reform and Conservative Movements of Judaism have for decades been accessories to feeding the beast that is bent on destroying them. Let’s pray that there is a groundswell of logic and a facing reality that exposes for these families the magnitude of the falsehoods that were purposefully insinuated into these groups.


11 posted on 04/27/2014 8:49:58 AM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

reality that Palestinians confront on a regular basis.”

How about the deadly reality that Jews in Israel have to confront on a daily basis?


12 posted on 04/27/2014 9:04:19 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson
Why not ask these so-called "palestinian arabs" why they're not welcome in arab countries, like Jordan? Oh, I remember! At one time they were welcome there (and only Jordan would allow them permanent resident status, out of all the arab countries), but they went and tried to violently overthrow the Jordanian government, leading to the "Black September" (which was taken to become the name of an anti-Jewish/anti-Israel/anti-Western terrorist group). In that bloody civil war, Jordan expelled the PLO from Jordan, and the PLO took up residence in Lebanon, destroying that country, with help from Syria.

Mark

13 posted on 04/27/2014 10:08:34 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Blue Highway

What liberals of ALL colors do when the SHTF is call on God fearing conservative’s to save their butts......

I say this time we just say no, and let them reap the harvest they have sown.


14 posted on 04/27/2014 10:54:53 AM PDT by stockpirate (Only a tidal wave of tyrants blood will return our tree of liberty......)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Of course it’s borderline. Like Jew Lieberman. No one means anything by these things.


15 posted on 04/27/2014 2:22:26 PM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: MarkL

In the case of Jordan, might have something to do with murdering his grandpop, on the Temple Mount, and trying to overthrow his pop. Which ended with lots of dead “Palestinians”, but enough left to go to Lebanon and work their magic.


16 posted on 04/27/2014 2:24:42 PM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson