T-Shirts Promoting Terrorism Sold, Distributed at National Conference of Notoriously Anti-Israel US Student Group
T-shirts promoting Palestinian terrorism were a key feature at an anti-Israel campus event in Fairfax, Virginia in November, The Algemeiner has learned.
In photos of its sixth annual conference, recently uploaded to social media by the notoriously anti-Zionist group National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP), a stand is seen where the shirts were on sale, with keffiyeh-clad students smiling next to the items.
These included a shirt with a photo of Leila Khaled — a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the terrorist organization responsible for a series of airplane hijackings — holding a rifle, with the caption, “Resistance is not terrorism.”
Another carried a slogan appearing to refer indirectly to a spate of vehicle-ramming attacks in Israel and Europe. “They used to say Palestinians fight like heroes. Now they say heroes fight like Palestinians,” it read, in an apparent wink to the jihadists, such as those from ISIS, mimicking the tactics of Palestinians in their latest terror surge against Israelis.
Accompanying the phrase was an image of the map of the entire state of Israel draped in a keffiyeh, signalling support for the creation of a Palestinian state in place of an annihilated Jewish one.
SJP, as a whole, has a record of fomenting unrest at universities across the US. As The Algemeiner has previously reported, a 2016 Brandeis study found that “one of the strongest predictors of perceiving a hostile climate towards Israel and Jews is the presence of an active SJP group on campus.”
At the NSJP conference in question — called “Critical Mass: With Our Roots in Resistance, Forging a Just Future,” hosted by George Mason University Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) — an Israeli flag was reportedly used as a “doormat” by attendees. A secret recording exclusively obtained by The Algemeiner from the closed-door conference revealed participants accusing the United States — “the world’s greatest imperial power” — of enabling and perpetrating crimes in the Middle East, such as Israel’s “ethnic cleansing of Palestine, increas[ing] its Judaization of Jerusalem and expand[ing] its settlements without repercussions.”
As The Algemeiner reported on Sunday, Temple University’s SJP chapter recently paid tribute to the late founder of the PFLP, George Habash, on the eighth anniversary of his death.
Earlier in the month, the New York City chapter of the organization endorsed a global campaign demanding the release from prison of the former secretary general of the PFLP, Ahmad Sa’adat. At the time, a spokesman for NYC SJP refused to comment on the post, telling The Algemeiner it does not “talk to Zionist publications.”