A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO THE SJP NATIONAL CONFERENCE, BY EITAN FISCHBERGER
Hate groups are frowned upon on university campuses . . . unless the hatred is directed at Jews and Israel. Then it becomes a free speech issue, and we Jewish Zionists are accused of "weaponizing" anti-Semitism in order to shut down legitimate criticism of Israeli government policies.
That's why the University of Minnesota has no beef with the upcoming SJP conference slated for their campus beginning November 1. There are other related reasons for allowing this unbridled Jew-hatred to infest their campus.
In a surprise to nobody, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) announced that its upcoming National Conference, set to commence on November 1, will be held on the University of Minnesota Campus in Minneapolis (UMN). Why is this unsurprising? Because Minneapolis happens to be the district of antisemitic Congresswoman Rep. Ilhan Omar, a prominent figure in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel.
This is not a coincidence. In fact, the very first goal stated on the conference website is to capitalize on shifts in the political climate, represented by the elections of BDS supporters Rep. Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib. However, the REAL shift in the political climate- one that SJP themselves have played a substantial role in- is the resurgence of the world’s “oldest hatred” in the US, under the guise of BDS.
Nobody involved in allowing these hate mongers to gather on the U of M campus can plead ignorance.
Countless articles and in-depth studies have delineated the various calls for violence by SJP leadership, as well as their intimate connection with Palestinian terror organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the PFLP, all of whom thrive off an ideology of Jew-hatred. It’s not just the leadership which is guilty of purveying antisemitism, but many student members of SJP as well. How many times must an SJP chapter host convicted terrorists like Rasmeah Odeh at their events before they are called out for their antisemitism? How many social media posts fawning over convicted terrorist Marwan Barghouti and PFLP founder George Habash must be shared by official SJP accounts until the tech overlords ban SJP from their platforms? How many t-shirts glorifying PFLP terrorist Leila Khaled must be sold at their events before the world opens its eyes?
In the past few years, several analyses have been published revealing the link between BDS activity on campus and antisemitism. According to a Brandeis University study, one of the strongest predictors of hostility towards Israel and Jews on campuses is the presence of an SJP chapter. Furthermore, the campus antisemitism watchdog AMCHA Initiative found that antisemitic activity was 8 times more likely to occur on campuses where anti-Zionist student groups were present.
Read the whole thing and then try and find any statements by the big time Jewish organizations decrying this event. If you find any, please link to them in the comment section. The only groups protesting this event so far are pro-Israel groups.
You can sign the petition by Students Supporting Israel protesting the event here.