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Amid Temple Mount Tensions, Anti-Israel Student Groups in US Celebrate Palestinian Violence Against Jewish State

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A photo of a riot in Israel posted by SJP UIUC. Photo: SJP UIUC Facebook.

Anti-Zionist student groups are taking to social media to celebrate Palestinian violence against Israel as tensions in the Middle East have continued to escalate following the recent terror attack on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (UIUC) wrote Friday on Facebook that Israel — which it called “[t]he settler colonial regime” — was committing a “slow genocide of the Palestinian people” and called on followers to “Boycott Israel, boycott the genocide!”

The group added, “Long live the intifada!” and, in Arabic, “Long live resistance.”

The post — which also claimed Israel’s placement of metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount after three terrorists killed two Israeli policemen at the holy site on July 14 constituted “a violation of Palestinian sovereignty and a precursor to the further militarization of the occupation” — was liked by Florida State University’s SJP and shared by a Washington University group called Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA).

Hayley Nagelberg, co-president of UIUC’s pro-Israel group — called the Illini Public Affairs Committee or IlliniPAC — told The Algemeiner, “The language of this SJP statement encourages a call for more violence which is inappropriate and irresponsible. While they may choose to focus on this, our message will continue to be in solidarity with the victims.”

“We have seen too much the impact of promoting hate on the ground in the Middle East and feel that publicly encouraging such violence here in the United States is entirely unacceptable,” she continued.

FSU’s SJP also composed its own Facebook posts about the ongoing situation in Israel, including one on Friday in which it stated, “Palestinians and their supporters everywhere are expressing justified rage at this reprehensible and unconscionable display of abusive force by Israeli forces. Muslims worldwide are being asked to stand together in a day of anger for al-Aqsa. اغضب للاقصى (angry to the extreme).”

In another post, the group wrote, “It is unacceptable for Zionism to swarm it like a honeycomb with the technology of Empire.”

SJP UIUC responded to The Algemeiner‘s request for comment over social media with the following statement:

We appreciate your contacting us, but our first priority is to reputable publications without a history of smear campaigning and fear mongering. If you like you can take a ticket and we can get back to you in about 69 years. It’s a long wait, ask any Palestinian, but it shouldn’t be too hard for a Zionist such as yourself. I mean, holding something that isn’t yours for long periods of time. Best regards, Students for Justice in Palestine at Urbana Champaign

SAIA and FSU’s SJP chapters did not respond to requests for comments.

In a statement, Aviva Slomich — the international campus director for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America on Campus — called SJP a “notorious hate group” and slammed it for “promoting the blood libel” that Israel has attempted to change the status quo on the Temple Mount by putting security measures in place.

On Friday night, three members of the Salomon family were killed by a 19-year-old Palestinian terrorist while they were celebrating the birth of a grandson during a Shabbat meal.

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  • glsfbg

    These students should spend their 4 college years in gaza or Judea & Samaria. That will solve 2 problems. They will know the truth about life in Israel & the anti-Semitism of the faux Palestinians. They will not be in the U.S.A.

  • henrytobias

    The three members of the Solomon family were MURDERED, not killed. Please correct. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2c69036893d5413e720f3f6c22de00c132824a99f0abb86ce77e5a40481a413.jpg

  • Michael

    New Age anti-Semites. Thanks President Obama.

  • Paul

    Jewish responce to outrages by anti-semitic and anti-zionist groups is SOOO politically correct, it becomes pathetically ineffectual. It usually comes over as a type of bleating protest. If someone walks up to you and bashes you in the face, you can respond by bashing back, or you can respond (the only way we seem to choose) by saying “Hey, why did you do that, it is not justified”.
    A more appropriate response would be to use the same media channels to state “SJP want firearms in the Al Aksa mosque” “They just used them to kill two Druse security persons” This IS in fact what they are advocating. There should be banners and demonstrations like “SJP = Nazis”, or hold a “slaughter your raped daughter” week or “cut out your daughters clitoris” week, or “throw gays off roofs” weeks. How about “kneel to your husband week”, portraying the Koran injunctions of exactly how to beat your wife. How about “Deceive the non-believers” week. With mock dramatic portrayals of the actual deeds and nature of Palestinian values and behaviors. American students should be exposed to some truth, not just the slander and hatred so well projected by only one side – SJP and other like them.
    They should be counjter-attacked, not meekly defended against.
    US students are totally gullible and naive, and they are being led successfully in directions dangerous to decent people by a successfully waged media war. It is time the Jews acknowledged this war and started fighting back – effectively. Hitler was not stopped by defenses, he stopped by counterattacks.

  • SteveC1

    SJP *IS* a genuine hate group. And they must be treated as such. EVERYWHERE.

  • Eliot Schickler

    What Savages! Those who are anti-Israel but purport to not be anti-Semitic should condemn this for the victims were innocent and the terrorists used Dirty-Fighting tactics (even their supporters need to admit they are dirty fighters)! Obviously, these anti-Israel students are enemies of the West and should be punished for treason with a one-way ticket to Guantanamo Bay!

  • Thought is Free

    Yeah, can’t pray without your AK47. Nutters!

  • This is another example of brainwashed Arab students using propaganda fed to them by the PLO terrorist entity.

  • garry pollack

    The islamist arabs conquered & ethnically & religiously cleansed from Morrocco to Mindanao…We R the Sudetenland of the ME…They want it all. Israel is just a “truck stop” to islam…

  • enufizenuf

    Dear Fellow Jews, the Democrats want to bring into the US many, many more muslims, while President Trump and most of the Republican Party is less enthusiastic about doing so. More muslims in the US will mean much more anti-Semitism here and diminishing support for Israel, as well. Your children and grandchildren will grow up in an America with six, then soon ten million muslims who will despise them and attack them in school, then college, and they will physical assault them in the streets and eventually in their homes. Additionally, the Jews just suffered through eight truly awful years with a crypto-muslim, afro-centrist, Marxist who has endangered Israel with his illegal and despicable so-called clear treaty with Iran, for whom he is arguably an agent, and who at the last moment of his presidency dumped $220 Million on the Palestinians so they could fund more of their terror. But what are you, Jews of America more concerned with? With the fictitious plot of a Russia/Trump conspiracy dreamed up by the Clintons and the DNC try to derail Trump, who is proving himself a fine friend of Israel. So my question to you is, WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU? Do you not have any idea of what’s at stake? Are you ignorant of what has transpired in Europe due to the millions of muslims there? Your mindless support of the Democrat Party could result in the destruction of Israel and the Jewish community in the US. Your foolishness and ignorance causes me to wake in terror in the middle of the night.

  • Ita

    Why would Algemeiner contact sip and afford them credability? That was a stupid editorial decision. They proved that they can police the Temple Mount and so have given up their right to do so. If they were doing their job this would have never happened. This makes them all aiders of the violence and guilty of neglegance. All the blood is on their collective heads and their leaders who incite violence. Long past time to clean house.

  • duncanmc

    Remember when universities were places of open dialogue and exploration of differing viewpoints? These days the children who go there are not taught to think critically, they are merely indoctrinated into the dogma of the Left. Hopefully, those who spew such hate at Israel will someday be at the mercy of those they so fervently defend today. THAT would be justice.