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March 26, 2015 9:24 pm

Undercover Reporter Films Cornell Official Advising on How to Start ISIS, Hamas Club on Campus (VIDEO)

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Cornell University official Joseph Scaffido. Photo: Screenshot.

A video published on Wednesday shows a senior official at New York State’s Cornell University advising an undercover investigative journalist on how to start and fund a pro-ISIS and Hamas club on campus.

The footage was produced by James O’Keefe, an award-winning journalist and New York Times’ best-selling author, who has made a name for himself as a “citizen journalist.”

In O’Keefe’s video, Cornell University’s Assistant Dean for Students Joseph Scaffido was captured on hidden camera advising the journalist to start the club, and on how to obtain funding, and even send care packages to ISIS and Hamas. He even gave advice to the journalist on how to bring an ISIS member to Cornell, in order to run a “training camp” on campus, saying, “It’s just like bringing in a coach, to do a training on a sports team or something.”

When the journalist put forward that the proposed club would like to support Hamas as well, Scaffidio responded that Cornell would not differentiate between the groups “and say you are not allowed to support the group.” Scaffidio noted that though Cornell doesn’t “believe in them or something like that…I think the University wants the entire community to understand what’s going on in all parts of the world.”

O’Keefe said he was “chilled and saddened” by Scaffido’s position on the pro-ISIS club. “At the very best Scaffido’s attitude towards the proposed club is complacent and irresponsible, at the very worst he genuinely and willingly supports those sympathetic to ISIS freedom fighters, or more aptly stated: terrorists. In either case, Scaffido’s comments have placed Cornell in the hot seat. I think it is fair to say that at the very least Cornell owes the American people an explanation, if not an apology.”

Watch a video of the undercover journalist talking to Scaffido below:

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  • Frank Adam

    Some ought to re-read the Rights of Man Art 4 again and the Euro Declaration of Rights Art 17 and the UN Universal D of Rights Arts 29 and 30.
    Liberty only extends as far as not interfering with the liberties of others; and it is forbidden to misuse the text against its purposes.

  • Jack

    Heavily edited, and Scaffido is not supporting ISIS so much as obeying the U.S. law, specifically the First Amendment.
    Yes U.S. institutions have been sued by the likes of Hamas in the past.
    Canadian schools too!

  • art frank

    This lout works for Cornell? Unbelievable.

  • Stan Nadel

    Given O’Keefe’s track record I suspect the video is doctored and misleading. And I hope I’m right. Has the Algemeiner attempted to contact Scaffido to get his side of the story, or is the Algemeiner just acting as a propaganda outlet for O’Keefe?

  • Wm. J. Levy


    Where are the Jew organizations or do we have to go to the NAACP which we founded?

  • Rosewood11

    I THINK NOT!!! Congress should work to cut all funding to any and all universities that establish such an organization–either officially or unofficially. The rampant stupidity in this country–especially among the college educated–never ceases to amaze!!!

  • noellsq

    to me this treason

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    And UNRWA organization who cares for Arab refugees who fought against the Jewish state – Israel.
    Here is also a page of the changes made to UNRWA’s refugee definition in recent years after I published the presentation
    Out of the work on the presentation I learned that the UN through UNRWA, which is used as an arm of the United Nations, promotes violence, is a factor for not resolving the conflict and transmits and stores actual war material against Israel.
    Is this not a crime against humanity?
    Without UNRWA, there would not exist “Palestinian refugees.”
    Without UNRWA, there would not be the requirement of the “right of return”.
    Without UNRWA, all the refugees in the world would receive the same conditions and the same treatment.
    Without UNRWA, there would not exist in the eternal warfare between Israel and the Arabs of Israel.
    UNRWA is an organization that had to be closed 66 years ago. So why is it still exists? Who and why prevents the closing of this criminal organization?
    Another important point that must be said, in January of 1948, toward the end of the British rule in Palestine- the land of Israel,
    the British made a population census.
    The result was: the number of Arabs in all this region, including the West Bank and Gaza was: – 914 000 includes Muslims, Christians, Druze, and anyone who is not Jewish.
    Any intelligent person can understand that someone in UNRWA fabricates numbers.
    After the 1948 war, 200,000 Arabs remained within the borders of Israel.
    When it comes to the number of refugees in those years it was about 350,000-450,000.
    But there is evidence that UNRWA traded with their refugee cards. Well, they put to this list also everyone who wanted to get the support of that organization at the places where they set up camps.
    What does the UN teach Palestinian children at UNRWA schools?
    Let’s talk about occupation.
    Because what is happening now in Israel will happen in your countries. Therefore, you should know about that.
    Everyone who talks about the oppression of the Palestinians. Some historical information would not hurt.
    The Arabs are Not Palestinians! The real Palestinians are Not of Arab origin.
    Do you know who are those who stole the Palestinian identity?
    Do you know that the largest mosque in Gaza was a synagogue less than a hundred years ago? Did you know that a hundred and fifty years ago, most of Gaza’s population was Jews and Christians? The Jewish population in Gaza ended with the pogrom of 1928. The last Christian Priest murdered three years after Hamas came to power. And recently, Christians in Gaza are forced to convert to Islam. Just like ISIS do it anywhere which they occupy.
    80% of the population of the ancient Jerusalem were Jews. In the 1948 war who was not killed, became a refugee. But none of the organizations of the United Nations consider them as refugees.
    Please read this short article and visit all the links to get more information..

    And this article written by Ben-Dror Yemini: Nakba Day and the Fraud

    And also the Interior Minister of Hamas indicates that the historical facts which I present are true. From his explanation, it is understandable that was made a deception of identity theft.
    If so, what are the real causes of the Arab war against Israel?
    Here’s a real explanation from the mouths of imams in mosques.
    It is very important to know that Branding the Jews and their state Israel as “occupiers”, gives Arab the legitimacy to remove the occupier in any way they choose, including terrorism against civilians. Therefore they insist to preserve and to leverage this branding. But anyone who is interested in reaching a peace must be recruited for switching it off.
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    And also Sheikh Palazzi
    and Dr. Tawfik Hamid, who was a member of Alkaaida. Now he loves Israel and is trying to change Islam in order to achieve peace.
    And this precious man . Once he was a terrorist and murder people.
    One more point. During this period when UNRWA was created, there were a million refugees that the UN did everything to forget about them.
    And this is a video for those interested in delving into the subject of the relationship between Arab – Israeli conflict and the Nazis.

    Hamas’s goal is the destruction of the State of Israel. But don’t take our word for it! Read the actual Hamas Charter and see why Hamas will stop at nothing to destroy Israel and the Jewish people.

    The Palestinian National Covenant
    And an interesting series on the origins of the hatred of Jews and how the Palestinian Authority supports this hatred.
    Blaming the Jews – Muslim anti-semitism – (part 1/4)
    Blaming the Jews – Muslim anti-semitism – (part 2/4)
    Blaming the Jews – Muslim anti-semitism – (part 3/4)
    Blaming the Jews – Muslim anti-semitism – (part 4/4)

    I see what’s happening in the Europe, and my heart is crying. And I ask myself: How many of you really know what’s going on in Israel? Do you know who are the Palestinians? Who created this nation that has never existed? And who helped the Arabs to rob the Jewish homeland? Read because you are on the same route. And next in line is the US and Australia. Followed by a short path to Russia and China.
    If we discuss about the Taqqiya, Let’s learn about the biggest fraud, the Palestinian Nation.

  • Ephraim

    The assistant dean is a scumbag who deserves to be castrated.

  • Mark

    The use of terms like “distressed communities,” and “humanitarian aid” in ISIS controlled areas is deliberately misleading. The Veritas questions to Scaffido were deliberately vague in order to get the desired responses from Scaffido. There are persecuted groups in ISIS areas. ISIS are bloody muderers wh persecute religious minorities and any group that oppses them. Scaffido did agree to groups supporting Hamas but that’s about it and he made no promises telling the “student” to write a letter .Actually supporting Hamas in words is protected under the U.S. constitution. Sending money or material aid to a terror group like Hamas is illegal and I’m pretty sure Scaffido wouldn’t have been so accomadating if those actions had been raised. I think this is being used to demonize Scaffido who does seem generally uninterested and superficial in his responses. He also doesn’t seem particularly bright or engaged in the discussion. He was probably suffering from sugar overload and too much food. He’s basically intellectually lazy in the “interview.” but doing his job is probably boring and tedious. There are plenty of real enemies of the U.S. on U.S. college campuses. The Veritas video seems disingenuous and serves no purpose. Why not expose the professors and student groups and college administrators who spread or facilitate anti-Semitism, anti-Israel sentiment and hate for the U.S. and ideas regarding freedom and liberal democratic rights. That is not on every campus but they are in your face types and arrogant types who are the real problem on a large number of college campuses in the U.S.

  • Anthony dayton

    Someone should have done the same thing pretending to be israeli to see what would have happened.

  • anon

    This is a fraud. You don’t see the student saying the words. There’s no overlap in the audio of the student and the dean. You never hear the dean saying anything about Hamas or ISIS. O’Keefe refuses to release the whole tape. He’s done it before – it’s a fraud. He just over dubbed the “student’s” voice. Probably it was someone actually talking about a very innocuous club.

  • Alexi

    O’Keefe has all the credibility of a slug.

    That means, minus every single iota of video he shot, and all of his notes etc.. this goes in the wastebasket.