Organization posts hate speech posters on Berkeley campus

Hate speech posters alleging the group Students for Justice in Palestine was connected to a "terror organization" were plastered around campus on Thursday by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
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Hate speech posters alleging the group Students for Justice in Palestine was connected to a "terror organization" were plastered around campus on Thursday by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

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Hate speech posters alleging a student organization was connected to a “terror organization” were plastered around campus on Thursday, naming and criticizing several students and faculty members for their involvement in Students for Justice in Palestine, or SJP.

An organization called the David Horowitz Freedom Center took responsibility for putting up the posters. The organization’s founder, David Horowitz, said the group put up similar posters found on campus in April.

The posters describe SJP as “the chief sponsor of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish activities on campus” and accuse the named individuals of allying themselves with Hamas, which the center alleges is a “terror organization.”

David McCleary, a SJP member and president of UAW 2865, a student workers union, was among those named on the posters both last Thursday and in April.

“If the implications weren’t so scary, if there weren’t mentally unstable people reading those accusations who could hurt myself or someone I care about, the accusations would be just laughable,” McCleary said.

On Thursday, Associate Chancellor Nils Gilman sent an email informing the campus community about the posters, noting that the posters violate the campus rules of conduct for protests and would be removed.

Liz Jackson, an attorney with Palestine Legal, said the hateful rhetoric on the posters, similar to the cancellation of the Palestine Decal that was later reinstated, is the university’s responsibility to address and criticized the university for allegedly creating a hateful environment for SJP.

“The intention of these posters is to smear students and faculty who support them and make it so that no one can advocate for Palestine,” said SJP member and campus graduate student Kumars Salehi, who was one of the students named on the posters in April.

Horowitz said the center put the posters up to show that SJP is a “front for a terrorist organization.” He believes that the student group is funded by Hamas, a Palestinian militant organization.

“Its entire political program, all its events, are propaganda for Hamas,” Horowitz alleged.

Horowitz claimed to get the names that were listed on the posters from the organization Canary Mission, a database that claims to document anti-Semitism on college campuses.

Salehi said the posters can affect his job or grant applications because the accusations are attached to his name and can be found on the Internet because the center advertises the posters.

“That not only serves to punish students who have already engaged in activism but also serves to disincentivize anyone from joining SJP or doing this kind of work,” Salehi said.

According to McCleary, SJP doesn’t support any political party or any armed militant group, and they call for equality for all citizens.

“I am Jewish and come to this work because of my Jewish upbringing,” McCleary said. “I feel that it’s important for me to speak out about what’s happening in Palestine.”

Joshua Woznica, president of the Jewish Student Union and president of Bears for Israel, said the group strongly condemns the hateful rhetoric and thinks it is counterproductive.

“This is not the work of any student groups,” Woznica said. “We would not want to create a sharp divide. This does not allow us to have any room for conversation from the pro-Israel or pro-Palestine side.”

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Because of an editing error, a previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Joshua Woznica is the vice president of Bears for Israel. In fact, he is the president.

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  • Sally

    So it’s hate speech and anti free speech to speak against TERRORISTS?!

  • Gene Warren

    The vast majority of ethnic groups have had slavery at one point or another in history – and NONE of that justifies, excuses or in any way elides the cruelty & injustice of our nation’s history of slavery and race-based oppression (or vice-versa). Even for people who would be critical of SJP, when Horowtiz makes blatantly ridiculous claims like “although individual blacks today would be hard put to claim that racism has been an impediment to their own achievements and successes” – when plenty of people who lived under Jim Crow are still alive today – it’s hard to take anything you guys say seriously.

    • lspanker

      The vast majority of ethnic groups have had slavery at one point or another in history – and NONE of that justifies, excuses or in any way elides the cruelty & injustice of our nation’s history of slavery and race-based oppression (or vice-versa).

      Which is long over, compared to what is still practiced in certain parts of the Middle East and Africa as well.

      when Horowtiz makes blatantly ridiculous claims like “although individual blacks today would be hard put to claim that racism has been an impediment to their own achievements and successes”

      Horowitz happens to be right on that issue as well. The biggest problems facing the black community in American today don’t come from white racism. They come from problems such as the proliferation of single-parent families, a lack of respect for education, the glamorization/emulation of gangsta/playa/pimp-n-ho culture, and the epidemic of young black males being murdered by other young black males. Deal with it…

    • Sally

      So you consider Hamas fine upstanding people?

  • Eric11210

    The only ‘hate speech’ is from the people who support Hamas, aka the so called SJP.

  • M2000

    It is NOT hate speech you idiot Leftists. Why is it okay for you people to support Palestinian terrorists who want to murder Jews?

  • Val Halen

    This is a news story? It is written like an opinion piece.

  • Val Halen

    I love the Canary Mission. What a great moderating force.

    “Salehi said the posters can affect his job or grant applications because the accusations are attached to his name and can be found on the Internet because the center advertises the posters.”

    No shti. That’s the way it’s supposed to work sunshine. You can’t have it both ways. To make it on Canary Mission, you must go leagues beyond normal and civil behavior. Employers have a right to know who has the temperament to work with those who have differing opinions and who may put their company in a precarious position.

  • Blake

    There is a long way back onto the right track after being conditioned for so many decades but it is possible. Free Palestine.

    • lspanker

      Palestinians have been offered freedom via autonomy for the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but they would rather instead continue their insane, illogical, and suicidal war on the State Of Israel. Golda Meir was right: there will only be peace when the Palestinians love their children more than they hate Israelis.

      • Blake

        ALL I am going to say to your unhinged propaganda spam is ALL of ‘israel’ is on illegally appropriated Palestinian land.

        • roccolore

          Muslim fascists like you make excuses for terrorists.

          • Blake

            Illiterate one:
            1. Am not Muslim (as if thats a reason you can oppress a native people anyway)
            2. European zionists who identify as ‘Jewish’ took terrorism to Palestine; used terrorism to dispossess the Palestinians of their country & use terror to keep the natives in check &/or off their land.
            Can you see how everything you bleat about is projection of your own ugly qualities on your victims yet?

          • Roy L

            Perhaps. But you’re as stupid as one

          • Eric11210

            1. Sure you aren’t Muhammad. 2. The Jews came home. Period. Deal with it.

          • Arafat

            In Europe of the 1930’s the graffiti on the walls and the cry of the anti-Semites was “Jews – Go to Palestine!” Now the walls are filled with graffiti that read “Jews, Get out of Palestine!” The Europeans and American leftists have demonstrated once again not only how short their memories are but how endemic anti-Semitism is in their culture.

        • lspanker

          You’re spouting nonsense. Israel is a legitimate nation recognized by most civilized nations in the world. Israel has citizens who are Muslim, Christian, Druze, and other religions in addition to Judaism. You simply can’t accept reality.

          • Blake

            International Law:

            The entire enterprise of a Jewish state in Palestine is built upon an express rejection of international law. The only legitimate grounds for political sovereignty of an indigenous people are the laws of ius soli or ius sanguine as recognized in international law, which translates into a right of sovereignty based upon habitation in a particular territory or being a descendent of someone in a particular territory. The third option granting a right to sovereignty would be the discovery of a terra nullius that is an uninhabited territory. Palestine was never a terra nullius, and its inhabitants were entitled to a sovereign state in Palestine as part of Greater Syria, if they so chose, according to the ius soli following the demise of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I in 1917 and 1918. If their children were out of the country at the time of its establishment at a particular time, then they would be granted citizenship on the grounds of the ius sanguine if they had not been born in Palestine or Greater Syria.

            European Jewry did not fulfill either of these qualifications in 1917, when the Balfour Declaration, a document prepared by international Jewish leadership, and addressed by Lord Arthur Balfour, the United Kingdom’s Foreign secretary at the time, to Lord Walter Rothschild, a scion of the leading Jewish banking family in the world, resident in England, was written supporting a Jewish homeland [sic] in Palestine.

            The carving up of historical Palestine to excise the bulk of its territory for an imported unequivocally foreign population at the expense of the indigenous society was recognized not to be a politically legitimate action. Its destructive consequences should have been obvious a priori, and history has proved such expectation accurate. Such an excision has harmed the indigenous population in every and all aspects of its life: political, economic, social, educational, cultural, religious, historical and geographical. The destruction of Palestine, the expulsion of the overwhelming majority of its population and the deliberate and continuing genocidal attacks on the remaining population living under Jewish conquest, only highlights the illegitimacy of the Jewish presence and its continuing aggression against the Palestinians.

          • Roy L

            So there must be a long list of states which were formed in violation of international law.

            What is yiur proposed solution to rectify this global phenomenon?

          • Blake

            I am uninterested in zionist deflections/deviations. Adult you are not. Ta ta

          • Roy L

            See how easy it is to expose these tards?

            No wonder the Palestinians can’t get any momentum

          • lspanker

            I am uninterested in zionist deflections/deviations.

            And I’m not interested in homicidal Palestinian terrorists who can’t accept that Jewish people have as much historical claim to Israel as the Arabs. The Israelis have been willing to trade land for peace, but it’s clear that the Palestinians (at least their leadership) don’t want peace. They would rather keep using the Palestinian people as cannon fodder and human shields, because their blind irrational hatred and wounded pride to not allow them to sit down with the Israelis and work out a peaceful negotiation.

          • Blake

            Palestinian people who have endured nearly a century of crimes without having recourse to justice. That all changed when Palestine acceded to the Rome Statute a historic step that paved the way for Palestine to seek redress for their people who had been denied that for so long seemingly punished for being dispossessed and under occupation. They are the victims OF YOUR TERROR (ISM). You are not. ‘israel’ has NO legal moral or ethical right to exist on Palestinian land at the expense of the native Palestinians. Now I am done with giving you attention. You won’t get reassurances from me you can exist on their land whilst they languish in refugee camps. Your desperation is very telling.

          • Eric11210

            Always the same tired and desperate lies from your insane mind.

          • Eric11210

            Translation: I hate facts so I’ll lie.

          • Eric11210

            Quoted straight from the hate blog Counterpunch, which also insists that the Holocaust never happened. Yup. Classic Muhammad.

          • Nunya Beeswax

            Ah, “European Jewry.” We’ve heard that dog-whistle before, haven’t we?

        • Roy L

          You may mean well, but you are not helping the poor Palestinians one bit.

          Now sit down and let the adults have a discussion

        • Eric11210

          Of course. You always want to see the joos murdered to support your sick blood lust.

    • Val Halen

      The only ones responsible for the wretched conditions of the Palestinians are their cynical leaders, the indifferent leadership of other Middle East nations, and their sycophant supporters who encourage them with unrealistic expectations and discourage them from making needful compromises.

    • Eric11210

      Indeed. Free Palestine from Islamic terrorists such as yourself.

    • M2000

      Kill Jews is what you’re really saying.

  • lspanker

    “The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), and KindHearts for Charitable Development were three organizations implicated in financing Hamas between 2001 and 2011. While members of the organizations’ leadership were jailed, deported, or otherwise brought to justice, many high-level and mid-level figures remained in the United States. This testimony will show that many of them have gravitated to a new organization called American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).

    AMP is a Chicago-based organization that is a leading driver of the BDS campaign. AMP is arguably the most important sponsor and organizer for Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), which is the most visible arm of the BDS campaign on campuses in the United States. AMP provides speakers, training, printed materials, a so-called “Apartheid Wall,” and grants to SJP activists.4 AMP even has a campus coordinator on staff whose job is to work directly with SJP and other pro-BDS campus groups across the country.5 According to an email it sent to subscribers, AMP spent $100,000 on campus activities in 2014 alone.6

    AMP partners with a wide range of BDS organizations,7 and openly calls for Congress to embrace BDS.8 According to available records, AMP is a not-for-profit corporation, but not a federal,9 501c3, tax-exempt organization.10 Therefore, AMP does not have to file an IRS 990 form that would make its finances more transparent. AMP instead receives tax-exempt donations through its fiscal sponsor, the Americans for Justice in Palestine Educational Foundation (AJP), which is a 501c3.11 AMP and AJP are co-located and share officers,12 yet they remain legally distinct entities after years of nominal separation. The corporate structure of AMP is cause for concern, but it pales in comparison to the significant overlap between AMP and people who worked for or on behalf of organizations that were designated, dissolved, or held civilly liable by federal authorities for supporting Hamas.

    Joint Hearing before House Foreign Affairs Committee – Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa – Washington, DC April 19, 2016

  • lspanker

    This belongs in the Op-Ed section, not presented as “news”.

  • lspanker

    Hate speech posters alleging a student organization was connected to a “terror organization”

    It’s not “hate speech” when it’s the truth…

  • ahmetcar

    What kind of an egoist would name a freedom center after his name? Well, the same type who claims a students organization as “the front for a terrorist organization” without any facts or evidences. Or maybe the same one who claims Arabs and Africans were responsible for slavery in America.

    • roccolore

      Fascist Muslims like you make excuses for terrorists.

    • Roy L

      Nice false equivalence

      There is plenty of evidence by the way

    • M2000

      Arabs and Africans did sell slaves to their white European counterparts in the Americas…get a freaking clue.