UC-Irvine Places Students for Justice in Palestine on Two-Year Probation for Protest

SJP demonstrated against pro-Israel event, accused IDF of 'genocide'

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The University of California-Irvine (UCI) placed a student group on two years probation for their intense protest in May of an on-campus event that resulted in police intervention.


Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) filed an appeal of the decision on Thursday, and the review will likely take a number of weeks. The outcome of that process is final.


The protest occurred at an event hosted by UCI's chapter of Students Supporting Israel (SSI) featuring Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reservists. Some 40 SJP demonstrators chanted slogans advocating for the elimination of Israel and accusing the soldiers of "genocide." A number of students wore t-shirts bearing the words "UC intifada," an apparent declaration of support for violent Palestinian uprising.


As the tension escalated, SSI co-founder Kevin Brum contacted the UCI Police Department, who arrived 10 minutes after protesters had left the room and gathered in the narrow corridor immediately outside, blocking the main passage to exit the building, the Algemeiner reported.


Officers escorted the event's attendees through the narrow path left by the demonstrators, and out an employee exit.


The incident occurred almost exactly a year after SJP launched an extreme demonstration of a screening of a film about the IDF, during which SJP were alleged to have barred the doors to the room where the movie was being shown. A female student, who arrived late to the program, said she was chased by protesters into an adjacent building, where she hid in fear.


An investigation into that incident resulted in a written warning that expired days before the May 2017 incident.


The UCI sanctions now under review stated that any further violations of university policy by SJP could "result in suspension or a revocation of the organization's status." SJP would have to hold six meetings a year with the Dean of Students to discuss free speech issues.


SJP would also be required to "consult with a representative of the dean's office before hosting or co-hosting any campus event."


Ilan Sinelnikov, founder of the national SSI organization, told the Washington Free Beacon, "The times in which SJP could do whatever they want are behind us. SJP is finally being held accountable for their actions."


"I am happy with the decision made by UC Irvine, as they proved that every group should have the right to express itself on campus," said Sinelnikov.


Liz Jackson, the staff attorney for anti-Israel advocacy group, Palestine Legal, said in a statement that UCI's sanctions constituted a "real threat to free speech on campus," and were a "response to pressure from groups representing a foreign military power and aiming to surveil and suppress student activities." The latter comment was an apparent reference to numerous national student groups and pro-Israel organizations appealing to the UCI administration to discipline SJP.


Palestine Legal also quoted Jewish student and protester Daniel Carnie as claiming that SJP "started chanting in response to a member of the soldiers' group lunging toward a Palestinian student, waving her hands, screaming and shoving another student before being physically restrained. We were scared, and the administrators did not intervene, so we spontaneously erupted in a chant."


According to footage of the incident, SJP appeared to begin a coordinated chant after repeatedly disrupting the question and answer session. The footage does not appear to show a female soldier "lunging toward" any of the protesters.


There is an ongoing administrative investigation into SJP allegations that the IDF soldiers harassed anti-Israel activists near the "apartheid wall" that was erected on campus for three days prior to the incident, charges that Brum has said "are blatant lies, a load of baloney."




Leroy Added Sep 5, 2017 - 10:30am
Excellent article.  The formatting appears a little messed up, likely caused by cutting and pasting from your article.
It is good to see that the University is not being one-sided in its attempt to curb violence. 
Benjamin Goldstein Added Sep 5, 2017 - 1:23pm
Somehow the article is a bit messy. The SJP should be allowed to screech their hogwash. If the IDF soldiers did not behave correctly they should be held accountable. They probably were nice to the protesters. Did the university do something wrong? Is there video that shows how acceptable the SJP student group behaved or not?
John G Added Sep 5, 2017 - 5:32pm
Zionists have been trying to clamp down of free speech against their oppressive little 'state' for years.
Considering they tend to be the biggest purveyors of hate speech around, self awareness isn't one of their traits.
Saint George Added Sep 5, 2017 - 11:17pm
On the other hand, skid-mark-g, Israel is the only country in the middle east with a free, privately-owned press. No Arab country in the area (or any area, for that matter) can say the same. So much for your asinine claim about a "clamp down of free speech" in Israel.
Saint George Added Sep 5, 2017 - 11:23pm
I can make a prediction:
No free speech.
The university disallows free speech because it disallows violence?
I don't think so.
Saint George Added Sep 5, 2017 - 11:26pm
The SJP should be allowed to screech their hogwash.
The SJP were allowed to do so.
If the IDF soldiers did not behave correctly they should be held accountable.
The video evidence showed the IDF soldiers behaved correctly, proving the accusation against them by the SJP was a fabrication.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Sep 6, 2017 - 12:15am
The shrill pro-Zionist apologists were bound to scream at this. Predictable. 
John G Added Sep 6, 2017 - 12:29am
Israel is the only country in the middle east with a free, privately-owned press
Well the empire's satraps don't like the truth of their obeisance to Uncle Sam to be told in the open. But everyone knows anyway.
The USA's little tin pot dictators are scum.
John G Added Sep 6, 2017 - 4:26am
This woman is a professional hasbara peddler for that horrid little apartheidt state.
Doug Plumb Added Sep 6, 2017 - 8:51pm
re ""response to pressure from groups representing a foreign military power and aiming to surveil and suppress student activities."
So why is it that people do not believe Jews run the USA?
FOUSESQUAWK Added Sep 12, 2017 - 4:03pm
I am a former part-time teacher at UCI and have followed these Israel-Palestine events for ten years on that campus. As such, I was present at the event on May 10 and videotaped the entire disruption.
Let me be clear: SJP is a brown shirt organization that uses tactics of disruption and intimidation. They did the same thing on May 18, 2016 (I was not present) and they bragged about both disruptions during their protest on May 11, 2017. 
UCI has never done its job in protecting the free speech rights of Jewish, pro-Israel students. It has resulted in a climate of anti-Semitism on campus whenever the annual bash-Israel week of events comes  along every May sponsored by SJP and the Muslim Student Union. Many invited speakers have crossed the line from legitimate criticism of Israel to downright Jew hatred. Speakers have included Amir Abdel Malik Ali, Mohamed al Asi, Abdul Alim Musa and others.
This "punishment" amounts to a slap on the wrist. Last year, they got a warning letter. Now probation. It's an embarrassment.
John G Added Sep 12, 2017 - 5:55pm
Calling SJP a brown shirt organisation is a smear from a low life. The Israeli front organisations have dominated and intimidated on campuses for far too long.
BDS is a legitimate, non-violent, Palestinian resistance movement. Israel and its racist shills are terrified of it and its potential.
Global popular opinion has always been on the side of the oppressed Palestinians. Harnessing that has always been the problem while zionist organisations white ant governments and media.
FOUSESQUAWK Added Sep 12, 2017 - 6:08pm
SJP's record across the land shows they uses brown shirt tactics so if the shoe fits.....
You really need to raise your level of discourse. Your calling other readers who disagree with you names says more about you than your targets. Your arguments are nothing more than shouting points.
John G Added Sep 12, 2017 - 7:08pm
Typical projection. One of the professional hasbara peddlers favourite tactics.
All rhetoric and accusations. No substance.
FOUSESQUAWK Added Sep 12, 2017 - 10:23pm
You're talking about yourself.
Saint George Added Sep 12, 2017 - 11:09pm
Calling SJP a brown shirt organisation is a smear from a low life.
SJP uses threats of coercion and intimidation tactics. If they get smacked, it's because they deserve it.
Saint George Added Sep 12, 2017 - 11:19pm
Some Background Information on Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)
[click above link]
– Anti-Semitic, pro-Palestinian activist group founded at University of California’s Berkeley campus in 2001
– Has chapters on some 200 college campuses throughout the United States
– Supports the Hamas-inspired Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the Jewish state
Founded at UC Berkeley in October of 2000, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is a highly influential campus organization with chapters based at approximately 200 American colleges and universities, where it organizes and sponsors anti-Israel events and campaigns more actively than any other student group in the nation. SJP's declared mission is to "promote the cause of justice," "speak out against oppression," and "educate members of our community specifically about the plight of the Palestinian people" at the hands of alleged Israeli depravities, in hopes that "one day [the Palestinians] will be free from occupation, free from fear, free from poverty, and … able to determine their own fate." The benign tenor of this mission statement stands in stark contrast, however, to the countless reams of SJP propaganda that echo much of what is said by the Hamas terrorists who seek to permanently end Israel's existence as a sovereign Jewish state. The reason for this is simple: SJP was in essence formed to help spread anti-Semitism through the halls of American academia; to wage a campus war against Israel by providing rhetorical support for the Jew-hatred undergirding the Second Palestinian Intifada which Hamas and allied terrorists had recently launched in late September 2000.
SJP's principal founder, Hatem Bazian...has quoted approvingly from a famous Islamic hadith which calls for the violent slaughter of Jews and which appears in Hamas's founding charter.[1] He once spoke at a fundraising dinner for KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development, a Hamas front group that the U.S. government later shut down due to the organization's ties to Islamic terrorism. On another occasion, Bazian portrayed Hamas as "a classical anti-colonial nationalist and religious guerrilla movement." And he described Hamas's victory in the 2006 Gaza elections as "a monumental event."
The significance of Bazian's—and SJP's—affinity for Hamas becomes especially apparent when we contemplate the grotesque nature of the values for which that organization stands. Consider, for instance, the fact that Hamas's aforementioned founding charter denounces "the Nazism of the Jews" and states explicitly that: "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it"; peace initiatives "are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement"; "there is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad"; and "war for the sake of Allah" is a noble venture that requires the faithful to "assault and kill" on a massive scale.
Notwithstanding Hamas's calls for mass murder and genocide, the website of SJP's UC Berkeley chapter describes Hamas not as a terrorist group but rather as "a vast social organization" that "provides schools, medical care, and day care for a number of Palestinians who otherwise live difficult lives"; a group with a "clean record as far as domestic corruption in governance [is] concerned"; and an entity whose "officials have often stated that they are ready for a long-term truce with Israel during which time final status negotiations can occur." SJP does make a pro forma acknowledgment that "Hamas has conducted numerous deadly attacks on Israeli civilians" and "committed numerous human rights abuses against Palestinians," but then quickly draws a moral equivalence between Hamas's deeds and "the racism and discrimination underlying the policies and laws of the state of Israel."
FOUSESQUAWK Added Sep 12, 2017 - 11:38pm
Spot on. SJP is a brown shirt organization hiding behind the claim of fighting for Palestinian human rights. It is all a charade.
I have heard Bazian speak three times. Once at UC Irvine I asked him during the q and a about the comments attributed to him. He danced all around it and never did give me a straight answer. In short, he is a disgrace-even by Berkeley standards.
John G Added Sep 13, 2017 - 1:12am
You're a disgrace to humanity. Along with Corey.
What gives you the right to decide who or what Palestinians can vote for?
Racist scum.
Saint George Added Sep 13, 2017 - 3:07am
I have no inkling who "Corey" is.
But Saint George, Slayer of Dragons (and other beasts with bad breath) can say this:
Arabs and South Syrians can vote for anyone they want. Germans did that too, in 1933, and voted for Hitler. No problemo . . . until the latter or the former start killing innocent people claiming "You're in the way!". Then, the aforesaid former and latter simply deserve whatever bitch-slaps they get. The Nazis deserved what they got. So does the SJP.
John G Added Sep 13, 2017 - 4:23am
Wow. Calling for state violence against students in the name of a foreign power.
Yay liberdeeeee!!!!!!!
Saint George Added Sep 13, 2017 - 5:43am
Calling for state violence against students
You excuse violent acts against innocents just because the violence is committed by students? You believe students are above the law if you happen to agree with their "cause"? You're worthless. Go impale yourself, scumbag.
That said, it behooves me to say:
Thank you for your contributions to this Web site. They fill a much-needed gap.
FOUSESQUAWK Added Sep 13, 2017 - 12:26pm
I hope everyone is taking note of how John G engages in "debate". He calls you a name like "scum", "racist" or "clown". He throws in a short sentence with a subject and a verb to damn whatever it is he is damning. Yet he offers no real facts or arguments on behalf of his cause.
When I refer to John's beloved SJP as brown shirts, I back it up with real incidents and even a video that I took of them acting like Brown Shirts-in fact, the video that is the subject of this post because I was there. What does John have? "You racist scumbag". Such is the argument of the BDS proponents. They have no argument. All they have are chants and intimidation.
It's rather hard championing people like the Palestinians, who resort to suicide bombs, bombing buses, running over and stabbing civilians, slitting the throats of infants (Fogel family massacre), and throwing gays off rooftops. It's rather hard supporting people like the terrorist organization, Hamas, which runs Gaza. It's rather hard supporting people who danced in the streets on 9-11 (which John apparently thinks was done by the US Govt.)
What is the point of debating with John G?
John G Added Sep 13, 2017 - 5:19pm
Islamo-fascism awareness week?
Saint George Added Sep 13, 2017 - 8:34pm
Islamo-fascism awareness week?
Every week is Islamo-Fascism awareness week.
That said,
Many thanks for your contributions to this Web site. They go a long way toward filling a much-needed gap.
Simply Jews Added Sep 14, 2017 - 4:26am
Hmm... somebody mentioned John G being a professor of something in his past. I wonder what was his lecturing style?
I  was also mistaken by thinking that his immediate ad hominem attack on me was triggered by mention of a certain ethnicity in my blog name, but apparently it is his standard MO when disagreeing with somebody.