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Guardian again whitewashes the extremism of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)


For the second time in little over a year, the Guardian has managed to portray the radical, regressive anti-Zionist group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) in a sympathetic light.  The latest article, which appeared in the Guardian on Aug. 24th and is titled ‘GOP mega-donor funds group calling pro-Palestine US students ‘Jew haters, reports on a Sheldon Adelson funded group which targets BDS and accuses some individual pro-Palestinian students of supporting terrorism and promoting antisemitism.

Whilst the article correctly suggests that the group, Stop the Jew Hatred on Campus (SJHC), is quite extreme in some of its rhetoric, the Guardian journalist, Sam Levin, grossly misleads readers by suggesting that SJP in particular is being smeared with the ‘false’ charges of being pro-terror and engaging in Jew hatred.

Here are the relevant passages.

“They [SJHC] are trying to cast us as antisemitic, that we are somehow a discriminatory group,” said the political science student, who is a member of the college’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) organization. “That is a completely spurious accusation. One of our core principles is anti-oppression and anti-racism.”

Tensions surrounding Israel-Palestine campus activism have escalated in recent years, but SJP leaders said the posters identifying specific students were particularly aggressive and had led some of them to face online harassment and death threats.

“This definitely felt like a more direct escalation,” said Omar Zahzah, a 28-year-old graduate student at UCLA who was also named in the recent posters. “It wasn’t just slandering SJP anymore. It was attacking specific individuals.”

Zahzah, a comparative literature student, who is Palestinian, added: “It’s easy to joke about and dismiss. But at the end of the day, it’s still pretty intimidating, which is the point.”

The inversion of reality by Levin is extraordinary – suggesting that SJP members are the ones being targeted, intimidated and harassed by aggressive and threatening tactics.

Here are some facts:

  • SJP was founded in 2001 by Hatem Bazian, an extremist who’s engaged in antisemitic rhetorichas endorsed an intifada in Palestine and in the US, and expressed support for jihadist attacks on American soldiers in Iraq.
  • SJP chapters hosted antisemitic speakers.
  • An internal SJP document revealed that disrupting Israel-related events was part of their broader strategy of countering “Zionist normalization efforts”.
  • A (failed) SJP initiative at the UCLA Undergraduate Students Association Council demanded that “candidates for student government positions sign a statement pledging that they would not go on any trip to Israel sponsored by three Jewish organizations”.
  • SJP tactics include “the mock eviction notices against Jewish students on dormitory doors”.
  • SJP members have been condemned for using social media site to post antisemitic graphics, including a Nazi propaganda poster, captioned “Liberators”, seen here:

If the Guardian journalist engaged in even a minimal amount of research, he would have easily established that SJP not only is guilty of the very intimidation it’s accusing others of engaging in, but is in fact an extremist group which endorses violence, promotes antisemitism and harasses Jews on college campuses.

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  1. The Guardian seems set on manufacturing an alternative reality. The attacks on Jewish students and pro Israelis are well documented but the Guardian seems to believe that anything said loudly enough or often enough will become reality.

    Now who does that remind me of?

  2. “If the Guardian journalist engaged in even a minimal amount of research …”

    He probably did so – and, as usual, came out on the side of the antisemitic racists. It’s Guardian policy.