Pro-Israel Students Protest SJP Conference at UCLA, Where Attendees Call for Jewish State’s Annihilation
Two pro-Israel activists protested inside a major Students for Justice in Palestine conference held at UCLA over the weekend, where attendees chanted, “Long live the intifada” and carried tote bags calling for the annihilation of the Jewish state.
The bags were emblazoned with the text “Make Israel Palestine Again,” endorsing the idea of destroying Israel and replacing it with a Palestinian state. One attendee proudly posted an image on Instagram of an SJP member holding one of the bags.
Egged on by pro-Palestinian activist Mohammed Nabulsi, the attendees shouted a series of violent slogans, including “Free Palestine,” and, “Long live the intifada,” a reference to the ongoing terrorist war against Israel.
“These guys scream ‘intifada’ over here, and that’s the murder of Jews,” said Students Supporting Israel (SSI) leader Ilan Sinelnikov, one of the activists who was able to access the event, and who took to the stage with an Israeli flag. Another activist, Rudy Rochman, carried a sign saying, “Jews are indigenous to Judea.”
“They only talk about Palestinian suffering in order to use their suffering to attack Israel,” Rochman said.
“We’ve seen that throughout history, trying to make the Jews the source of evil, Jews the source of the problems, whether it’s the black plague, the problems in the Inquisition, the problems in the Holocaust and the pogroms,” he added.
Rochman noted that SJP did not seek coexistence or peace, and did not want dialogue with pro-Israel students, but rather sought only to spread its ideology “in order to get people to the conclusion that we don’t have the right to exist.”
The two pro-Israel activists were forcefully ejected from the auditorium, with one attendee shouting, “Get the f**k out.”
“We are here to make sure that they see what a strong Jewish people and warriors should look like,” said Sinelnikov.
Prior to the event, SJP’s largest annual gathering, over 35,000 people signed a petition calling on UCLA to cancel the conference. However, the university’s 11-person Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) passed a measure early last week unanimously affirming the right of SJP to host its national conference on campus.
SJP did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner‘s requests for comment about the use of violent language at the event.
Watch video of Rochman and Sinelnikov at the National Students for Justice in Palestine conference below:
Students Supporting Israel refused to stay silent as SJP hosted their national conference at UCLA, promoting the destruction of Jewish self-determination and inciting violence against an entire group of people. The day when Jews are kept as victims is over. The day where Jewish institutions make excuses or shy away from dealing with our problems, is over. SSI is here to empower the next chapter of Jewish history.We are the youth. We are the key to building a better future. The power is in our hands and it is time we used to impact history.Join SSI. Be a player for Israel, not a fan.Video by Andrew LeibmanIlan Sinelnikov, Rudy Rochman רודי רושמן
Posted by Students Supporting Israel – SSI on Sunday, November 18, 2018