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Extensive investigation reveals Hamas-linked SJP financing Post October 7 | The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com | David Israel | 27 Nisan 5784 – Sunday May 5, 2024

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National Students for Justice in Palestine holds a day of resistance at Sac State, October 13, 2023.

The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) on Friday published extensive research shedding light on the insidious activities of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and its umbrella organization, the National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP), about college campuses in North America. The report shows that there is more than $3 million a year in funding for the NSJP, linked to organizations accused of also funding Hamas.

Titled: “National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP): Anti-Semitism, Anti-Americanism, Violent Extremism, and the Threat to American UniversitiesISGAP’s report delves deeply into the roots of anti-Semitism within the SJP, its connections to violence and terrorist groups, and the alarming increase in its influence since the Hamas terrorist attack in Israel on October 7, 2023. The report sheds light on a disturbing pattern of radicalization and intimidation targeting Jewish and pro-Israel students and teachers after October 7.

The investigation also shows how SJP branches have openly supported violence against Israelis, praised acts of terrorism and spread hateful propaganda aimed at delegitimizing Israel. Furthermore, the findings highlight the alarming trend of collaboration between the SJP and extremist groups, creating a hostile environment for anyone who supports Israel or opposes their agenda.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Anti-Semitic Ideology: The SJP’s ideology and actions conform to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, including denying Jewish self-determination, applying double standards to Israel, and using classic anti-Semitic tropes to target Jews to demonize.
  • Ties to Terrorism: NSJP and SJP chapters have connections to groups and individuals with a history of supporting terrorism, including sharing radical speakers and glorifying convicted terrorists.
  • Financial Support: The investigation reveals the complex network of financial support for SJP and NSJP, with millions of dollars flowing through non-transparent channels to fund their activities on campuses.
  • Legal Aid and Campaigning: Advocacy groups such as Palestine Legal provide legal aid to defend SJP chapters from criticism while launching legal attacks against opponents. Additionally, campaigns such as the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement are actively promoted on campuses.
  • Institutional Support: Despite their extremist rhetoric, SJP chapters receive support from student governments and university administrations, allowing their activities to continue unchecked.

The ISGAP report underscores the urgent need for action to address the growing threat of SJP and NSJP on college campuses. Failure to confront these groups risks further radicalization and intimidation against Jewish and pro-Israel individuals.

The report specifically highlights nonprofit organizations that support SJP and have ties to Hamas, including WESPAC, Tides, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), American for Justice in Palestine (AJP), and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). According to the report, SJP has strong financial ties to WESPAC, which serves as a financial sponsor by channeling tax-exempt donations through its accounts to SJP chapters. The report also shows that SJP receives significant organizational support from American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a nonprofit organization currently under investigation by the Virginia Attorney General. AMP is accused of being a successor to a charity held responsible for financing Hamas. AMP has also admitted to funding JVP.