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The Top Ten Schools Supporting Terrorists: UC-Berkeley [incl. Hatem Bazian]
Last night the David Horowitz Freedom Center targeted the cabal of Hamas supporters at the University of California Berkeley campus with a poster campaign that exposes the links between anti-Israel terrorists and the campus organization Students for Justice in Palestine.
UC-Berkeley is home to an extremist and highly active anti-Israel movement allied with Hamas terrorists. During a recent campus rally, students supporting the BDS movement chanted pro-terrorist slogans including "Let it be known that we here at Berkeley support the Intifada" and "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" – calls to kill Jews in Israel and destroy the Jewish state. Berkeley SJP shared an article on its Facebook page quoting a Fatah activist who declared "Call Me a Terrorist, but I'm No Different From Israeli Troops Defending Their Homeland." Since the Arabs are the aggressors in the seventy-year war to destroy the Jewish state, this analogy is obviously false and self-serving.
The Berkeley campus has hosted numerous pro-BDS speakers including Omar Barghouti, founder of the Hamas inspired and funded boycott movement, and Remi Kanazi, an anti-Israel poet and BDS supporter. Berkeley is the academic home of Professor Hatem Bazian, Hamas supporter and co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine.
The Freedom Center's poster operation plastered the campus with posters identifying the organization Students for Justice in Palestine as a campus front for Hamas terrorists and the Hamas intermediary American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). AMP was revealed in recent congressional testimony to be funneling terrorist dollars to Students for Justice in Palestine to support the Hamas-sponsored, anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in America.
One of the posters depicts Berkeley Professor Hatem Bazian, a co-founder of SJP and also of Hamas-front AMP. Text on the poster describes Bazian as "Supporter of Hamas Terrorists, BDS Activist, Islamophobia Alarmist."
A second poster targets fellow Berkeley professor Judith Butler and includes a quote from her stating, "Understanding Hamas/Hezbollah as social movements that are progressive, that are on the left, that are part of the left, that are part of the global left, is extremely important."
A third poster depicts a gun-toting Hamas terrorist holding the strings of a puppet labeled "American Muslims for Palestine" which in turn controls a marionette labeled "Students for Justice in Palestine." Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is described as "The chief sponsor of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish activities on campus." Hamas is identified as "A terror organization pledged to wipe out Israel" (a goal explicitly stated in the Hamas charter) while AMP is the "Hamas-created chief organizer and funder of SJP." The poster also depicts shadowed bodies lying in pools of blood, illustrating the bloody deeds of Hamas's campaign of terror against the Jews. The poster contains the hashtag #JewHatred and the Freedom Center's website, www.HorowitzFreedomCenter.org.
A fourth poster created by the Freedom Center asks sardonically, "Do you want to show your support for Hamas terrorists whose stated goal is the elimination of the Jewish people and the Jewish state?" and answers the question with "Join us! Students for Justice in Palestine." The poster then lists the names of student and faculty leaders on campus who promote the genocidal Boycott Divest and Sanctions movement against Israel.
The posters are part of a larger Freedom Center campaign titled Stop the Jew Hatred on Campus which seeks to confront the agents of campus anti-Semitism and expose the financial and organizational relationship between the terror group Hamas and Hamas support groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine. As part of the campaign, the Freedom Center has placed posters on several campuses including San Diego State University, the University of California-Irvine and the University of California-Los Angeles. The campaign also recently released a report on the "Top Ten Schools Supporting Terrorists" which may be found on the campaign website, www.StoptheJewHatredonCampus.org. UC-Berkeley is among the campuses listed in the Top Ten report. The section of the report demonstrating Berkeley's support of anti-Israel terrorists follows below.
June 28, 2016: UC Berkeley's Center for Race & Gender offered a "Palestine De-Colonial Summer School" in Istanbul, Turkey. The program reinforced the Hamas narrative that Jews colonized a non-existent state called Palestine. Among the themes examined in the program were "Colonialism: settler colonialism and the meaning of de-colonization," "Understanding Zionism, as a colonial, racial and Euro-centric Project," and "The Palestinian Nakba and the dispossession." A textbook of Hamas libels against the Jews.https://www.facebook.com/calsjp/posts/1040015702751457
May 16, 2016: UC Berkeley SJP shared several posts on Facebook commemorating the "Nakba," an Arabic term meaning catastrophe that Hamas and its supporters use to refer to the creation of Israel and to commemorate the unprovoked aggressive war five Arab states launched against the tiny state on that day and have continued ever since.
March 31, 2016: Berkeley SJP held a "Die-in, March, and Speakout for Palestine" on campus. The Facebook notice for the event read, "We are dying-in and marching in solidarity with all Palestinians subjected to Israeli violence. Our action seeks to represent visually the people who have shed blood and tears at Israel's hands in the West Bank, in Jerusalem, in Gaza, and worldwide." The rally included the display of a large mock "apartheid wall" which featured anti-Israel slogans and pro-terrorist propaganda. One panel of the "apartheid wall" depicted all of Israel replaced with a Palestinian flag, implying that Israel should be replaced by an Arab state of Palestine and should no longer exist.
March 29, 2016: Berkeley SJP created a "mock checkpoint" on campus to demonize Israel and intimidate students as they attempted to cross the campus. The actual checkpoints have cut the number of Israeli civilians killed by Palestinian terrorists to near zero – a fact suppressed by SJP. During the demonstration, students impersonating Israeli soldiers with "IDF" written on the backs of their shirts, and armed with mock assault rifles, arrested those representing Palestinians, as though the IDF's efforts were about oppressing Palestinians instead of defending innocent civilians.
March 8-10, 2016: UC Berkeley SJP held "Palestine Awareness Week" on campus, although events actually continued throughout the month of March. This week featured all the key propaganda points Hamas uses to justify its war of extermination against Israel's Jews.
March 06, 2015: Three Berkeley professors--Rutie Adler, Hatem Bazian, and Samera Esmeir--were among the signatories to an op-ed printed in the Daily Californian supporting BDS resolutions on UC campuses and the Hamas-inspired effort to destroy the Jewish state.http://www.dailycal.org/2015/03/06/statement-uc-faculty-divestment-israel/
February 19, 2016: Berkeley SJP shared an article on its Facebook page defending Palestinian terrorism against Israel. The article focused on a Fatah activist who spent 23 years in prison for killing an Israeli. The activist is quoted as saying "Call Me a Terrorist, but I'm No Different From Israeli Troops Defending Their Homeland." The inability to distinguish between a defender and an aggressor is characteristic of Hamas-SJP propaganda.
February 18, 2016: UC Berkeley hosted Dr. Jeff Halper for a talk on "War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians, and Global Pacification." The Facebook notice for the event repeated the Hamas blood libel claims that Israelis are using the "occupied territories" to test their experimental weapons: "Drawing on firsthand research, the author shows how the integration of militarized systems - databases, tracking civilian activity, automated targeting systems and unmanned drones – is perfected to sustain fear among the populace and how the Occupied Territories are used by Israel as a veritable weapon laboratory." No mention was made by Halper of the fact that every time Israel withdraws its forces, as in Gaza, the vacuum is filled with Hamas terrorists firing rockets into Israeli schoolyards and digging multimillion dollar terror tunnels to carry out attacks in Israel.
November 16, 2015: Berkeley SJP hosted anti-Israel poet Remi Kanazi on campus. Kanazi has called Israel "a racist state built on stolen Palestinian land" that is "maintained through ethnic cleansing, occupation, bombing campaigns, draconian laws, settlements, outposts, colonizer roads, siege, blockade, chemical warfare, an apartheid wall, home demolitions, control of borders/imports/exports/water aquifers/air/sea/taxes/currency, the denial of family reunification, jailing of children, night raids, administrative detention, uprooting olive groves, restriction on movement, denying refugees the ability to return, and much more."
October 14, 2015: UC Berkeley's SJP chapter held a rally to support the "International Day of Action" for Palestine and the BDS movement against Israel at Sproul Plaza on campus. The Muslim Students Association co-sponsored the event. Featured speakers included SJP co-founder, Berkeley professor and Hamas-supporter Hatem Bazian. Speakers and participants at the event chanted pro-terrorist slogans including "Let it be known that we here at Berkeley support the Intifada" and "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free." The Intifada is the Arabic name for suicide attacks on Jews, and "from the river to the sea" means the obliteration of the Jewish state and its replacement by an Islamic totalitarian regime identical to the one that now exists in Gaza. A mock "apartheid wall" plastered with anti-Israel propaganda was displayed at the event, including the malicious and false accusation that "Israel massacred over 500 kids in Gaza." During the rally, an SJP member grabbed a sign held by a pro-Israel student and then shoved that student.
September 18, 2015: Omar Barghouti, the founder of the Hamas-inspired and funded BDS movement against Israel, spoke at Berkeley. His talk was co-sponsored by SJP and by eight university departments including the Center for Race and Gender, Asian American Studies, Native American Studies, Ethnic Studies, English, Chicano Studies, Near Eastern Studies, and African American Studies. Barghouti's speech was titled, "BDS: Academia's Role in the Struggle for Freedom and Justice in Palestine," and promoted the academic boycott of Israel.http://blog.adl.org/tags/omar-barghouti
February 4, 2015: A swastika was found on a "university-owned building on University Avenue."
March 2, 2015: Genocidal graffiti was found in a campus restroom reading: "Zionists should be sent to the gas chamber."
February 22, 2015: Berkeley SJP violated campus rules by distributing over 600 fake eviction notices to students in campus housing. SJP made clear that the campaign was in support of the Hamas-inspired BDS movement against Israel, stating in a press release that "With this action, we are calling on the UC Regents to honor the consensus in favor of divestment."
January 30, 2015: UC Berkeley's office for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity posted an article on its website titled "Rhetoric of racism, from Ferguson to Palestine" that defended Hamas terrorism, claiming that "Hamas is a political party that has been under siege, along with the entirety of the Gaza Strip, for the last seven years and under Israeli military occupation since 1967." The article, which ignored the three aggressive wars conducted by the Arab states against Israel and the 70 years of terror attacks, also condemned Israel claiming that it "was founded after a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian population that continues until today" –a genocidal lie created by Arab dictators and terrorists to justify their aggressive war against the Jews. The only ethnic cleansing proposed in the Middle East is the Arab plan to purge the region of Jews – and in so many words.
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