October 17, 2018

Signs of Anti-Semitism at Florida State

Indications of anti-Semitism at Florida State University (FSU), originating in its Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter, have been uncovered, according to a new report by the pro-Israel watchdog organization Canary Mission.

According to the report, 36 percent of social media posts of FSU SJP members “were endorsements or promotion of terror as well as calls for intifada and violence against Jews.”

As examples, the report cited that SJP has issued several posts in support of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorists Rasmea Odeh and Leila Khaled, referring to the former as a “freedom fighter” and a “Rosa Parks” figure. Odeh had been convicted by an Israeli military court of being behind a 1969 bombing of a Jerusalem supermarket that resulted in the deaths of two Hebrew University students.

The report also noted that SJP posted a photo of a quote from Khaled in support of International Women’s Day in March 2017. Khaled took part in two airplane hijackings in 1969 and 1970 as a member of the PFLP.

Additionally, the report highlighted SJP’s frequent defense of Palestinians who attempted to attack Israeli soldiers with knives during the November 2015 intifada.

“Brutal military occupation uses violence to quell peaceful resistance,” SJP wrote at the time. “And we wonder why resistance turns to armed struggle? To knives?”

One of the SJP students highlighted in the report was Albert Kishek, the former co-president of the chapter who once tweeted, “long live hzballah,” a reference to Iran’s terror proxy Hezbollah. Another SJP student was Betty Kishek, who tweeted in June 2013, “Facebook and Yahood – the cause of all the worlds problems.” Yahood is Arabic for Jews.

One SJP activist, Yousef Mohamed, tweeted in 2013, “Where do black Jews sit? Wait for it…IN THE BACK OF THE OVEN.” Another, Reem Zaiton, tweeted in November 2016 that she wanted to “f– up a Zionist,” per the report

The full report can be read here.