ACF, in Partnership with StandWithUs, Launches Campaign Against National SJP

On November 6, 2018 ACF together with StandWithUs, sent a letter to all university administrations that have a registered Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) club.

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

“This is an important step for Alums for Campus Fairness to partner with StandWithUs on the growing concern over SJP’s extremist measures taken on far too many campuses.” ACF Executive Director Avi D. Gordon said. He further noted “Alumni across the country will not allow this rhetoric and divisive tactics to marginalize the Jewish and Pro Israel community on campus.”

National SJP is an organization with dozens of chapters and affiliates across North America, 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 (PFLP). 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 supportfor 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 2nd 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 existdemonizing 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.