Excellent. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is an anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hate group. They have been terrorizing pro-Israel Jewish students on American college campuses for quite some time. The group should be banned from every college campus in the United States. Not just Fordham. Jewish students should not be afraid to publicly express support for Israel on their own college campus. It’s a travesty. NO other minority group would be forced to tolerate this kind of violent harassment and abuse from a hate group.
Notorious Anti-Zionist Student Group SJP Fails in Legal Effort to Overturn Ban at Fordham University
By Algemeiner, December 23, 2020
The anti-Zionist student organization Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) received another legal blow on Tuesday in the group’s five-year battle for recognition by the campus authorities at Fordham University in New York.
A ruling by the Supreme Court of New York’s appellate division rejected an appeal submitted by SJP last month that attempted to overturn Fordham’s decision to ban the group — which advocates the elimination of the State of Israel — from its campus.
The ruling defended Fordham’s “conclusion that the proposed club (SJP), which would have been affiliated with a national organization reported to have engaged in disruptive and coercive actions on other campuses, would work against, rather than enhance, respondent’s commitment to open dialogue and mutual learning and understanding, was not ‘without sound basis in reason’ or ‘taken without regard to the facts.’”
SJP was originally denied recognition in 2015, when Keith Eldredge — dean of students at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus — announced his reluctance to permit a student organization “whose sole purpose is advocating political goals of a specific group, and against a specific country, when these goals clearly conflict with and run contrary to the mission and values of the University.”
ldredge added that “[S]pecifically, the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel presents a barrier to open dialogue and mutual learning and understanding.”
Pro-Israel groups and Jewish advocacy organizations widely hailed Fordham’s decision at the time.
A protracted legal battle saw Fordham’s original decision overturned by a court order in August 2019. Fordham appealed court order in January 2020 , claiming that the university’s decision to ban SJP was based on the premise that a chapter of the group on campus was not in the “best interests” of Fordham’s students, according to Bob Howe, assistant vice president for communications.
As The Algemeiner has previously reported, a 2016 Brandeis University study found that “one of the strongest predictors of perceiving a hostile climate towards Israel and Jews is the presence of an active SJP group on campus.”
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