Secretive Watchdog Group Releases Report on Disrupters of Jerusalem Mayor’s Talk at San Fran State U
A secretive group that documents anti-Israel and antisemitic campus activities on Thursday released a preliminary report on last week’s disruption of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s speech at San Francisco State University (SFSU), The Algemeiner has learned.
Canary Mission stated that its report sought to “expose the radical leadership” responsible for the disruption, and that it would be “exposing numerous other individuals at the event over the coming days.”
The report identifies the first student leader as Linda Ereikat, an International Relations major at SFSU who is also a “prominent member of the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS).” Though Ereikat has been attempting to delete her online history since the incident, the report notes, they already have collected a full dossier on her anti-Israel activities.
The second student leader is identified as Lubna Morrar, a sociology major and current President of GUPS at SFSU. According to the report, Morrar’s Facebook posts are “rife with violence, libels and praise for terrorism,” although The Algemeiner was unable to locate her Facebook page to confirm as of press time. Canary Mission also has assembled a full dossier on Morrar’s anti-Israel activities.
The report next questions the behavior of campus police at the incident, who allegedly stood by while the disruption continued. The group argues that the students’ behavior was “in clear violation of the SFSU Code of Conduct,” which explicitly prohibits behavior that disrupts “the normal operations of the University, or infringes on the rights of” community members.
In fact, as reported by The Algemeiner, SFSU has already announced that it will launch an investigation into the April 7 incident, in which student activists carrying pro-Palestinian flags and wearing checkered kaffiyehs raised their fists as they shouted “Intifada!,” a word many associate with violent attacks on Israelis. They also chanted “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!,” widely recognized as a call for the destruction of Israel. Police were called to the scene, and security guards were summoned to protect Barkat.
In the past two years there have been numerous similar disruptions of campus lectures by Israelis or pro-Israel speakers, including at the University of California Davis, the University of Chicago, the University of Minnesota Law School, the University of Texas Austin, King’s College (London), the University of Windsor, the University of South Florida, and at an LGBTQ Shabbat event in Chicago.
The Canary Mission database was created, according to the organization’s website, in order to “document people and groups that are promoting hatred of the USA, Israel and the Jewish people, particularly on college campuses in North America.”