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San Francisco State: A Haven For Supporters of Terrorists [incl. Rabab Abdulhadi and Hatem Bazian]
Last night, the David Horowitz Freedom Center brought its Stop the Jew Hatred on Campus poster campaign to San Francisco State University, a campus that is notorious for its glorification of anti-Israel terrorism and anti-Semitism.
San Francisco State University (SFSU) has repeatedly enabled the most extreme actions of its General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS), a group closely resembling Students for Justice in Palestine, once led by SJP founder Hatem Bazian. This past April, GUPS disrupted a speech by the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, by shouting exhortations to terrorist violence and succeeded in curtailing his address. The demonstrators shouted "Intifada," a call for terrorism against Israel, and chanted "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!" a call for the obliteration of the Jewish state. The former president of GUPS wrote dozens of social media posts threatening violence to pro-Israel students, Israelis, the IDF and others. He also praised Hamas and the violent Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
GUPS holds annual Israeli Apartheid Weeks which demonize Israel as an apartheid state and commemorate the founding of Israel as "al-Nakba" or "the catastrophe." The faculty advisor for GUPS, Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi, met with terrorists Leila Khaled and Sheikh Raed Salah during a university-funded trip to the Middle East. (Khaled is a convicted hijacker and a member of the terrorist organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Sheikh Raed Salah has been repeatedly jailed on charges of incitement to terrorist violence.) When questioned about the trip, San Francisco State administrators denied that Abdulhadi's trip was an improper use of university funds. Abdulhadi also helped to broker a formal collaboration between SFSU and An-Najah National University in Palestine, which is known for its recruitment of students as cadre for Hamas and as suicide bombers.
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 SFSU Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, the faculty advisor for the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS), an SJP clone. Text on the poster describes Abdulhadi as "A leader of the Hamas BDS Campaign" and a "Collaborator with Terrorists."
A second 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 third 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. San Francisco State University is among the campuses listed in the Top Ten report. The section of the report demonstrating SFSU's support of anti-Israel terrorists follows below.
April 12, 2016: SFSU hosted a tour created by National SJP called "Right 2 Education," featuring two speakers from Birzeit University in Palestine. Birzeit is well known for hosting Hamas rallies and Hamas recently beat out rival party Fatah in student elections there. During the event, the student speakers defended terrorism claiming that acts such as knife attacks on unarmed civilians were merely efforts to "bring attention" to the alleged plight of Palestinians. The speakers praised the genocidal BDS campaign against Israel, and attempted to delegitimize the Israeli state by falsely claiming that Jews "fabricate our history to make it look like they have a right to exist in our country" and that "Israel was built to be a racist state."
April 06, 2016: The SFSU General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) disrupted a speech by the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, by shouting exhortations to terrorist violence and succeeded in curtailing his address. SFSU students involved in the protest entered the auditorium carrying Palestinian flags and wearing checkered kaffiyehs which are associated with anti-Israel terrorism. The demonstrators then proceeded to shout "Intifada," and chanted "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!" a slogan falsely claiming that Israel is Palestine (Israel is bounded by the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea) and should be destroyed.
When SFSU President Wong called for an investigation into the protestors who shut down Barkat's speech, GUPS responded by calling Wong's request an "attack on pro-Palestine protestors" that "criminalize[s] anti-racist speech on campus."
February 23, 2016: GUPS at SFSU held a rally in solidarity with Mohammed Al-Qeeq, a Palestinian journalist who was arrested and detained by Israel. According to the Associated Press, "Israel's Shin Bet security service says al-Qeeq is involved in terrorism activities linked to the militant Hamas movement."
October 14, 2015: GUPS at SFSU promoted a community protest on its Facebook page supporting terrorism and the Hamas goal of destroying Israel. GUPS's endorsement stated in part: "The General Union of Palestine Students – GUPS-SFSU supports the uprisings in Palestine! We Stand with our Brothers and Sisters in the streets, and we will find victory! ... End to the Zionist State! End to the killings of our Men, Women and Children in cold blood! End to the colonist empire! We will not be silenced!"
September 21, 2015: GUPS at SFSU held a protest and die-in called "From Sabra to Syria: My Homeland is not a Suitcase." One student lay on the ground holding a mock Israeli flag with "Stop Settler Colonialism" scrawled across it, an echo of the Hamas claim that the Jews have "colonized" Palestine, a blatant historical falsehood, since the land on which Israel was created belonged to the Turks (who are neither Arabs nor Palestinians) for 400 years previously.
May 8, 2015: GUPS at SFSU held an event to commemorate the "Nakba," an Arabic word meaning "catastrophe" that Hamas and its supporters use to describe the creation of Israel. A poster for the event stated "67 years later al-nakba continues. Join GUPS in honoring Palestinian resilience."
April 17, 2015: GUPS at SFSU held "Israeli Apartheid Week" on campus. The poster for the event stated, "Together we rise against colonialism," repeating Hamas's mendacious position that the Arab nation of "Palestine" was colonized by Jews. The event included the display of a mock "apartheid wall" painted with anti-Israel propaganda.
Fall 2014: SFSU Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, faculty advisor to GUPS who took a university- sponsored trip to the Middle East where she met with terrorists Leila Khaled and Sheikh Raed Salah, posted on her Facebook page, "Today San Francisco State University's All University Committee on International Programs unanimously voted to recommend that SF State formally collaborate with An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. This is the first time that SFSU will collaborate with any university in a Palestinian, Arab or Muslim community." The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has written of An-Najah University, "Today the student council of An-Najah is known for its advocacy of anti-Israel violence and its recruitment of Palestinian college students into terrorist groups. The council, almost completely controlled by factions loyal to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah, glorifies suicide bombings and propagandizes for jihad against Israel. Hamas has described An-Najah as a 'greenhouse for martyrs.'"
November 5, 2014: GUPS at SFSU held the 7th Annual Edward Said Mural Celebration. Among the event's speakers was UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian, a former leader of GUPS and co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine, who, during speech at an anti-war rally in San Francisco in 2004, called for an "Intifada" in America: "Well, we've been watching [an] Intifada in Palestine, we've been watching an uprising in Iraq [against the United States], and the question is what are we doing? How come we don't have an Intifada in this country? Because it seem[s] to me, that we are comfortable in where we are, watching CNN, ABC, NBC, Fox, and all these mainstream ... giving us a window to the world while the world is being managed from Washington, from New York, from every other place in here in San Francisco: Chevron, Bechtel, Carlyle Group, Halliburton; every one of those lying, cheating, stealing, deceiving individuals are in our country and we're sitting here and watching the world pass by, people being bombed, and it's about time that we have an Intifada in this country that changes fundamentally the political dynamics in here. And we know ... they're gonna say some Palestinian [is] being too radical. Well, you haven't seen radicalism yet!"
February 2014: SFSU General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) President Mohammad G. Hammad was exposed as having written a number of threatening social media posts describing his wish to attack students, teachers and Israeli soldiers and to ally himself with anti-Israel terrorists including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Hammad's posts include: A photo of himself holding a large knife with the caption: "I seriously cannot get over how much I love this blade. It is the sharpest thing I own and cuts through everything like butter and just holding it makes me want to stab an Israeli soldier..." "I think about killing a lot. And some of you are usually the targets of my daydreams J." "You know what? Israelis ARE colonizers, there is literally no way around it. And you know what else? My heroes have always killed colonizers. I literally see nothing wrong with this. And my only regret is that not all colonizers were killed."
In response to a poster that asked "how can I help actively support Palestine," Hammad responded "Buy a keffieyh. Learn to tie it around your head...get in touch with some PFLP militants or arms dealers in the West Bank. Learn IDF patrol routes...BOOM." "Let's play a game. Objective: Kill U.S. Soldiers. Goal: world peace." "The number of times I have legitimately considered flying back to the Middle East and joining the armed wing of the PFLP or something is surprisingly high." "I think about the time I tried to be - moderate - and advocate for non-violence and honestly I just want to go back in time and slit my own throat/and then the throats of all my enemies before they grow up into the shits they are today." "Oh/And tomorrow is [hopefully] the day that I find out if I will be the President of the General Union of Palestine at my school/...Hopefully I'll be able to radicalize half of our population and bring them back with me as fighters."
After Jewish groups and the media exposed his postings, Hammad eventually left campus and was placed under investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI.
December 5, 2013: During an "emergency rally" held by GUPS at SFSU, the phrase "My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers" was written with chalk on the concrete stage at Malcolm X Plaza. The same phrase, referring to the Hamas assertion that Jews have colonized Arab Palestine and must be exterminated, is also written on a sign at a display table during the "Edward Said Mural Celebration." Said was a Columbia professor who was a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's Palestinian National Council until 1991 when he resigned because he thought the terrorist Yasser Arafat's policies were too moderate towards Israel.
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