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Hamas-CAIR, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) Go After Birthright Program for Jewish Students

It’s a textbook case of envy and obsession, deadly all-consuming hate. The Hamas-tied group CAIR, in collusion with other Islamic Jew-hating groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, have Birthright in their cross hairs — by bullying, intimidation and thuggery.

Birthright Israel is a unique, historical partnership between the people of Israel through their government, local Jewish communities (North American Jewish Federations; Keren Hayesod; and The Jewish Agency for Israel), and leading Jewish philanthropists. Taglit-Birthright Israel provides a gift of peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26.
Taglit-Birthright Israel’s founders created this program to send young Jewish adults from all over the world to Israel as a gift in order to diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; to strengthen the sense of solidarity between Israeli youth and Jewish communities throughout the world; and to promote the idea of a trip to Israel for all Diaspora Jews as a critical part of Jewish life outside of Israel.

Participants travel throughout the country, exploring sites of historic, cultural, and religious significance. They are accompanied for a significant part of the trip by Israeli peers.

Birthright is a wonderful program for young Jews.  It is funded by Jews for Jews so of course the antisemites at Hamas-tied CAIR and SJP want to destroy. Their objective is to send Muslim Jew haters to Israel, on the Jewish dime, to agitate, protest and wreak havoc. Jews are haram and have been ethnically cleansed from Muslim countries under Islamic law (the sharia) so a like response is out of the question. And any Jew that goes to a Muslim country under the sharia is taking his/her life in her hands.

Muslim groups in this country have hundreds of millions of dollars from jihad lands. This is not about money – it’s about Jew hatred and jihad.

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Members of Students for Justice in Palestine at Loyola University-Chicago verbally assaulted their Jewish peers recently, hurling a variety of insults at them before creating a human wall to block their attempt to advertise trips to Israel.

The incident occurred on Sept. 9 as the Hillel student group manned a table for Birthright Israel, a group that pays for Jews to travel to Israel and explore their ancestral background.

“Members of SJP started monitoring the table, walking by, pointing and talking about it like they were clearly planning something,” Hillel chapter President Talia Sobol said by email to The College Fix.

As the tabling event concluded, pro-Palestinian students began to pepper Hillel members with hostile questions such as “How does it feel to be an occupier?” and “How does it feel to be guilty of ethnic cleansing?” said Sobol, adding one member is worried about attending future Hillel events for fear of being attacked.

Students later blocked the table in protest, as captured by a video posted on Instagram by Nashiha Alam, an executive board member of the Loyola chapter of the Palestine group. Alam wrote in a post accompanying the video: “What happens when you try to table for a racist manifest destiny trip to Israel at my school.” [UPDATE: Alam has since removed the Instagram video, which is still available from The College Fix on YouTube.]

Depraved obsession.

This is a report from a Muslim newspaper — so take their Jew hatred with a grain of salt. It’s in the Qur’an.

“Loyola University discriminates against non-Jews who tried to sign up for Birthright Israel program,” The Arab Daily News, October 30, 2014

Loyola University Chicago students affiliated with the student group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) will attend an administrative hearing scheduled Thursday, October 30 to respond to allegations made against the group after Palestinian students lined up on September 9, 2014 to try to register for a Birthright Israel trip to highlight its discrimination against Palestinians.

Charges against the student group, issued over a month after the incident, include “bias-motivated misconduct,” “harassment and bullying,” and violation of school demonstration policies. SJP-LUC explained their action in a statement released on October 1, stating that “about fifteen students decided on an ad-hoc basis to peacefully line up at the Taglit-Birthright table and ask if they, as Palestinians whose families were expelled from villages inside present-day Israel, could also register for a Birthright trip… After calm conversations between students at the front of the line and students tabling, and after being turned away from the registration table because they were not of the ‘right’ religious or ethnic identity, the Palestinian and Arab students lined up for a photo some distance away with signs identifying their village of origin and exposing their exclusion from the program…[N]o activities during this action can be characterized as threatening or as harassment.”
f found responsible, SJP-LUC could be sanctioned with anything from mediation to probation or suspension of the student group. The university temporarily suspended SJP after the incident, claiming it was for a different complaint, and lifted the suspension when SJP cleared up the misunderstanding. Individual students were also subjected to interviews with school officials about the Birthright incident. Palestine Solidarity Legal Support, CAIR-Chicago and local attorney Rima Kapitan issued a joint letter to University officials expressing concerns about the investigations of SJP students.

Said Zahraa Nasser, SJP-LUC member: “It’s ironic that we’re being accused of being biased and discriminatory when the whole point of registering for Birthright was to show how discriminatory the Israeli government-funded program is. It’s like white people saying that they’re being discriminated against when people of color call out their white privilege.”

Said Dima Khalidi, Director of Palestine Solidarity Legal Support and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights: “The University may have an obligation to investigate such accusations, but Loyola’s preliminary investigation should have revealed that they were highly exaggerated and inflammatory, and follow a pattern we’re seeing around the country. It is the university’s obligation to distinguish between real harassment and political speech that may cause some discomfort when ideas are being challenged. Instead of nurturing critical thinking and peaceful engagement about the most difficult issues of the day, Loyola is sending the message that challenging injustice will be punished.”

Said Rabya Khan, Staff Attorney at the Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR)- Chicago, “These allegations present the students as aggressive and threatening, despite all the evidence showing that it was a peaceful and entirely calm action. Such insinuations that students supporting Palestinian rights are out to harm those who support Israel are anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab and Islamophobic. We must challenge these attempts to portray students who peacefully advocate for justice as ‘scary,’ or as terrorist-sympathizers who must be punished and silenced.”

Said Lynn Pollack of Jewish Voice for Peace- Chicago: “The idea that Palestinians protesting a Birthright Israel registration booth at their school are biased and motivated by animus towards Jewish people is a common trope that attempts to equate criticism of Israel’s discriminatory policies with anti-Semitism. Many Jews, along with Palestinians, oppose Birthright’s premise that any Jew in the world has a right to the land of Israel/Palestine, while Palestinians are continually dispossessed and ethnically cleansed from their ancestral homeland to make way for them. This is not bias, but a stand against injustice.”

 

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