Posters linking a pro-Palestinian student organization to the terrorist group Hamas began appearing on campus at UCLA on Sunday.
The posters feature photographs of one man that is about to be executed by Hamas, with a bag over his head, and another that has been executed, and whose body is being dragged through Gaza behind a motorcycle. The victims in the photos were accused of supporting Israel by the Hamas government which controls Gaza. The posters were titled “Students for Justice in Palestine” and included the hashtag #JewHaters.
Hamas is widely recognized as an international terrorist organization that governs Gaza and promotes the idea of a Palestinian state that does not include the existence of Israel. SJP is an activist organization that is attempting to get the University Regents to boycott, divest and sanction Israel in support of a “Palestinian State” and has local chapters at many universities, including UCLA.
The posters appeared prominently at the entrances to the school and many locations including kiosks, Royce Hall, Fraternity and Sorority rows, and even the Bruin Bear.
“They [the posters] rely on Islamophobic and anti-Arab tropes to paint Palestinians as terrorists and to misrepresent Students for Justice in Palestine as anti-Semitic.“
The UC system banned the advocacy of BDS (ostensibly by SJP) in the classroom on December 23, 2014.
SJP has been battling supporters of Israel. On February 11, 2015, Rahim Kurwa wrote a letter to the Editor of the Daily Bruin where he wrote:
…I’m not worried that my advocacy for Palestinian rights will diminish my ability to get a job or have a successful, fulfilling life. As our movements grow and become stronger, the effects of these attacks will only continue to diminish.
On February 26, 2014 Breitbart Editor and UCLA alumnus Ben Shapiro appeared and spoke at UCLA Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) in the following video:
SJP posted this response on Facebook, the following day: