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Students for Justice in Palestine Condones Terrorism

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Members of the NYU chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine hold a ‘die-in’ on campus. Photo: NYU SJP / Facebook.

Three terrorists are shot and killed after fatally stabbing a police officer, yet a student activist group echoes social media accounts calling the terrorists’ deaths an “execution.”

Of course, this warped reaction can only involve Israel — and those bent on its destruction.

In the present case, three Palestinians attacked and killed Israeli border police officer Hadas Malka outside of Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, before being killed by other Israeli officers nearby.

Yet Student’s for Justice in Palestine (SJP) expressed its displeasure at the terrorists’ deaths by sharing a Facebook post that states: “Three Palestinian teens were executed this evening by Zionist occupation forces at the Damascus Gate in occupied Jerusalem…”

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ISIS claimed responsibility for Malka’s murder. Hamas praised the attack, the Jerusalem Post reported, “but disputed Islamic State’s claim, stating that the perpetrators were affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.”

Terrorist organizations, therefore, are competing for credit in killing a 23-year-old woman. SJP could have condemned her death — or it could have stayed silent. Instead, the student group turned the attack into an opportunity to accuse Israel of wrongdoing.

Such twisted logic is entirely consistent for SJP.

The organization’s University of Chicago chapter hosted convicted felon Rasmea Odeh in May of this year, for example. Odeh spent 10 years in an Israeli prison after being convicted for her role in a 1969 Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two students.

Next, SJP’s New York University chapter managed to turn the controversial police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile into an attack on Israel exactly one year ago: “We must remember that many US police departments train with the #IsraeliDefenseForces,” the group wrote on its Facebook page. “The same forces behind the genocide of black people in America are behind the genocide of Palestinians.”

And the Fordham University dean of students recently faced backlash after banning an SJP chapter on his campus, because he said that it was hard to accept a group whose entire focus was delegitimizing one country only: Israel.

SJP consistently spews antisemitic sentiments, as well as hatred for the State of Israel. As such, it is quite skilled at making noise and getting attention, but less successful in accomplishing any of its goals.

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