Head of New York City Students for Justice in Palestine Chapter Cheers Deadly Jerusalem Truck-Ramming Attack
A prominent anti-Israel activist has hailed Sunday’s deadly truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem — in which four IDF soldiers were murdered and another 16 were wounded — as a “F*** you” to “settlers.”
A day after the attack, Nerdeen Kiswani, president of the New York City chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, posted on Facebook that the killings — which sparked celebrations in the streets of the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem — “remind settlers that there will never be peace on stolen land.”
According to Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, it is the murderous activity Kiswani supported on social media, and not “settlers living in peace in their communities,” that are “roadblocks” to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“She took advantage of our wonderful democracy in America to be a cheerleader for murder, nothing more, nothing less,” Cooper said.
Sarah Stern, founder and president of the think tank the Endowment for Middle East Truth, told The Algemeiner that Kiswani’s “deification of violence is the direct result of years of brainwashing” by Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas.
Cooper also criticized those in the West who excuse terrorism and the celebration of the killing of Jews as natural consequences of an “occupation.”
“Those who are in favor of a two-state solution and are sympathetic to the Palestinian side must take the lead in denouncing such behavior — and not hand a moral blank check to the Palestinians,” he said.
Kiswani has a history of posting anti-Israel comments on social media, once tweeting a list of chants activists should use at rallies, including, “There is only one solution/Intifada Revolution,” “It is right, to rebel/Israel, Go to hell” and “We don’t want no two state/We want 48,” referring to the year that the state of Israel was established.
In response to a request for comment, Alexi Shalom — a New York City SJP representative — threatened to sue The Algemeiner.
The original post on Kiswani’s personal Facebook page appears to have been deleted. For the full text, highlighted by watchdog group SJP Uncovered, see below: