NYC ‘Students for Justice in Palestine’ Joins Campaign to Free Terrorist Imprisoned for Planning Attacks on Israelis; Refuses Comment to ‘Zionist Publication’
A notoriously anti-Israel student group, which told The Algemeiner on Wednesday that it does not “talk to Zionist publications,” has endorsed a global campaign demanding the release from prison of a former leader of a terrorist organization responsible for the killing of Jews.
In a Facebook post earlier this month, the New York City chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) praised participants of its Winter School session for supporting the push to free Ahmad Sa’adat, the former general secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
Sa’adat was sentenced by Israel in 2006 to 30 years in prison for heading an “illegal terrorist organization,” but NYC SJP described him as “a Palestianian [sic] political prisoner and leader of the resistance,” making no mention of his terrorist affiliations.
The judges presiding over Sa’adat’s case said in their ruling that “there is no doubt that the accused controls the PFLP…a murderous terrorist organization…The offenses the accused has been convicted of indicate that he initiated and participated in military activity with the aim of killing innocent people.”
Founded in the late 1960’s, the PFLP has been behind a series of deadly attacks, such as the July 1968 hijacking of an El Al flight from Rome to Tel Aviv, in which 21 passengers and 11 crew members were held hostage for 39 days. In 2014, the terror group claimed responsibility for the Jerusalem synagogue massacre, in which four Jewish worshipers and a Druze Israeli policeman were murdered — and seven others wounded — by two terrorists using knives, axes and guns to carry out the deed.
This is not the first time NYC SJP has promoted terrorism against Israel. As exclusively reported by The Algemeiner earlier this month, its president, Nerdeen Kiswani, praised the recent truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem — in which four IDF soldiers were killed and another 16 were wounded — as a “F*** you” to “settlers.” The attack, she wrote on Facebook, should “remind settlers that there will never be peace on stolen land.”
A spokesman for the group declined The Algemeiner‘s request for comment.