Students for Justice in Palestine is a national organization with dozens of campus chapters, and growing.

SJP has been the subject of numerous posts here because of its highly aggressive, sometimes blatantly anti-Semitic, antics, such as when Vassar SJP spread a Nazi cartoon and UC-Davis SJP taunted Jewish students with chants of “Allahu Akbar.”

We also have noted how SJP groups are at the forefront of attempting to hijack Black Lives Matter groups and to inject anti-Zionism into the Black Lives Matters movement by co-opting protests, such as in Ferguson, Baltimore, and New York City.

Those two elements — hijacking protest movements and trying to redirect them against Israel — came together this week when a coalition of New York City area SJP groups taunted the administration of the City University of New York with claims that tuition increases were tied to the “Zionist administration” of CUNY and investment in Israel.

The Tower and Tablet Magazine have extensive reports.

The call was issued on a Facebook page for the anti-Zionist protest in the name of and endorsed by:

NYC Students for Justice in Palestine
Students for Justice in Palestine at Hunter College
Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College
Students for Justice in Palestine- St. Joseph’s College
Students for Justice in Palestine at College of Staten Island
Students for Justice in Palestine at John Jay College
CUNY School of Law Students for Justice in Palestine
Students for Justice in Palestine at Pace University – Pleasantville
NYU Students for Justice in Palestine
Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine

Here is the page:

SJP Zionist Tuition Millions Student March page

As is now a pattern, anti-Israel groups attempt to co-opt unrelated issues into one broader theme in which they include anti-Zionism. The Facebook announcement reads:

On November 12th, students all across CUNY will rally to demand a freeze on tuition and new contracts! We must fight for funding for our university, and for CUNY to be accessible to working class communities in NYC as the public university system. The Zionist administration invests in Israeli companies, companies that support the Israeli occupation, hosts birthright programs and study abroad programs in occupied Palestine, and reproduces settler-colonial ideology throughout CUNY through Zionist content of education. While CUNY aims to produce the next generation of professional Zionists, SJP aims to change the university to fight for all peoples liberation.

We demand:

An End to the Privatization of Education!

-Tuition-Free Education
-Cancellation of all student debt!
-15$ minimum wage for campus workers!

An End to Racial and Economic Segregation in Education!

-Racialized college-acceptance practices
-Work Program requirements for students on public assistance
-Rapid gentrification and privatization of public school property.

Transparency in Administration!

-Gender Resource Centers and perpretrators of sexual assault expelled
-Demand CUNY divests from Israel, companies that maintain the Zionist occupation, private prisons, and prison labor.

-Pay Parity for Adjunct Professors
-A fair contract for CUNY Professors

A similar declaration was issued at the website of NYC SJP, the group which has complained that SJP and the BDS movement is not aggressive-enough.

NYC SJP leaders were at the forefront of the protests, leading protesters to call for an Intifada Revolution:

[“There is only one solution, Intifada Revolution”]

[Via @intricateizzy Twitter]

They led chants of “Zionists out of CUNY” and “Long Live the Intifada.” (h/t Yair Rosenberg)

The CUNY administration issued a statement condemning “thinly veiled bigotry, prejudice, anti-Semitism.” The CUNY official who issued the statement has not responded to our request for comment.

It’s not enough. There was nothing “thinly veiled” about the SJP attempt to stoke anti-Jewish sentiment and to exploit it in the name of anti-Zionism.

The mask has slipped, once again, from SJP.


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