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Temple U Chapter of Notoriously Anti-Israel Group Pays Tribute to Late Founder of Deadly Palestinian Terrorist Organization on 8th Anniversary of His Death

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Members of Temple University's Students for Justice in Palestine chapter. Photo: Temple SJP/Facebook.

Members of Temple University’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter. Photo: Temple SJP/Facebook.

The Temple University chapter of the anti-Israel group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) paid tribute Thursday to the late founder of a notorious terrorist group on the eighth anniversary of his death.

“Rest in power, George Habash,” the Philadelphia school’s SJP tweeted, in honor of the Palestinian Christian who created the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). “As long as you are still fighting in defense of your dignity and for your occupied land, all is well.”

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Habash, described by Time magazine as the “godfather of Middle East terrorism,” was forced to resign as head of the PFLP in 2000, due to ill health. He died in 2008.

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Founded in the late 1960’s, the PFLP was 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 the latest example of SJP support for terrorism. As The Algemeiner reported on Thursday, the New York City chapter of the organization recently endorsed a global campaign demanding the release from prison of the former secretary general of the PFLP, Ahmad Sa’adat.

Sa’adat was sentenced by Israel in 2006 to 30 years in prison for heading an “illegal terrorist organization.” NYC SJP described him as “a Palestianian [sic] political prisoner and leader of the resistance,” making no mention of his terrorist affiliations.

Temple SJP did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner’s request for comment. 

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