Sampling of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) & Others Attempts to Disrupt Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Association of Jewish and Pro-Israel Students


  1. May 18, 2016 – UC Irvine: A Students Supporting Israel event co-sponsored by Hillel was successfully disrupted by SJP and others. According to SSI, “The police had to escort attendees out of the event for their own safety.” Hillel released a statement elaborating that SJP and others, “made aggressive and threatening remarks to participants and physically intimidated and threatened one student attempting to enter the event.” A video of the event showed protesters shouting, “Intifada, Intifada/long live the Intifada,” and “when people are occupied/resistance is justified.”
  2. April 19, 2016 – University of Maryland:About two dozen protesters arrived at a Hillel and Jewish Student Union event called, “Israel Fest” and loudly disrupted the event for about an hour. The protesters chanted, “Fight the power; turn the tide; end Israeli apartheid” and held signs saying “Zionism kills.” The protesters blocked a pathway and were instructed to move by police. One Jewish student exclaimed, “This is a cultural event, and they have every right to protest but not to disrupt an event that we’ve put on.”
  3. April 17, 2016 – Boston University:Approximately 30 members of Boston Students for Justice in Palestine protested a Boston University Hillel and BU Students for Israel event, “Israel Indie Freedom Fest.” One protester had a sign saying “Zionism = Racism.” Protesters condoned terrorism chanting, “Resistance is justified when people are occupied.” Protesters additionally accused Hillel of Islamophobia in printed pamphlets entitled, “Is Boston University Hillel Islamophobic?” which claimed that BU Hillel backs Islamophobic beliefs. The pamphlet stated, “One of several prime examples of BU Hillel’s Islamophobic connection is vis a vis … [Committee for Accuracy on Middle East Reporting], a known Islamophobic organization … that plans events through [BU’s] campus” where the pamphlet then cited a report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
  4. April 6, 2016 – San Francisco State University:GUPS members and other protestors disrupted a Hillel event involving a speech by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat where a few minutes into the speech, about two dozen protestors, with the intent of shutting down the event, entered and loudly shouted, ““Get the hell off our campus!”…Long live the Intifada…Intifada, Intifada…From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will be Free.” They succeeded in stopping the event due to the loud disruptions that occurred for about an hour in a very clear willful, material and substantial disruption.
  5. February 26, 2016 – Florida International University:SJP staged a walkout from Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon’s lecture which, according to a SJPFacebook post, resulted in the event “being cut short by 30 minutes and on his way out [Ambassador Danon] had to take a different route out of the building.”
  6. February 24, 2016 – University of South Florida:During a StandWithUs event on Feb 24, with two former Israeli soldiers, about 25 supporters of the boycotts, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel entered the lecture hall waving Palestinian flags and banners, interrupted the lecturers numerous times, and shouted at the lecturers.
  7. February 23, 2016 – University of Georgia:At an event where two Israeli soldiers came to speak about their experiences in the IDF, during the middle of one of the soldiers speaking, an SJP member stood up and interrupted the soldier saying, “as students of the University of Georgia, we do not support this!” After which, a group of about 25 people got up and walked out of the program.
  8. February 22, 2016 – University of Tennessee:At a Judaic Studies program event, with Michael Brenner, Ph.D., chair of Israel Studies at American University, who gave a talk entitled “The Idea of A Jewish State from Herzl to Netanyahu flyer,” 15 student protestors stood up at various places in the audience and held signs that read, “Israel is an apartheid state.” They also gave out flyers that “pointed out the difference between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism and highlighted the undertones of ethnic cleansing inherent in the history of the state of Israel.”
  9. February 21, 2016 – University of Chicago:At a StandWithUs event with Palestinian Human Rights Activist Bassem Tamid, protestors shouted down the speaker, to the point where the event ended early. One protestor even threatened the speaker physically. The young man is heard in a video of the event yelling in Arabic, “I’m going to destroy this place!” Later, he was heard saying, “I’m going to kill this motherf*****!” and “Wait until you go to your car!” He also said, “we” are going to be at Eid’s lecture at DePaul University in Chicago on Saturday evening, so he should be “ready for” us.
  10. February 21, 2016 – Northwestern University:Palestinian activist Bassem Eid cancelled a speech at Hillel Sunday due to the presence of a man who heckled him at previous engagements and following a few men at the event verbally accosting Eid prior to the start of the speech.
  11. November 14, 2015 – University of Texas, Austin:Twelve members of the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) disrupted a public event hosted by Professor Ami Pedahzur of UT’s Institute for Israeli Studies titled “The Origin of a Species: The Birth of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Military Culture.” The students not only disrupted the speech, when Prof. Pedahzur and another professor tried to get them to stop, they increased the volume of their chants calling for the destruction of Israel and “Long Live the Intifada.”
  12. November 5, 2015 – Goucher College:Anti-Israel SJP members and others shouted down a speaker at a Hillel Event, and he was treated “like human garbage” by the anti-Israel hecklers. One student expressed, “No one on Goucher’s campus should ever feel bullied into silence. This is what happened tonight. We were attacked and we were bullied.”
  13. November 3, 2015 – University of Minnesota:SJP orchestrated to and successfully disrupted a talk by Israeli Professor Moshe Halbertal. Three protestors were arrested. SJP posted a message on its Facebook page making clear that it viewed the disruption as part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
  14. October 28, 2015 – Tufts University:SJP disrupts a Friends of Israel “Taste of Israel” event with signs declaring “Taste of Israeli Occupation” and “Don’t dip into apartheid”. SJP member claimed, “The disruption of this event is the purpose.”
  15. October 15, 2015 – Harvard University: A group of about 15 students staged a “die-in” in front of Harvard Hillel to protest an event. The protest was organized by Palestine Solidarity Committee. Hillel executive director Steinberg claimed, “I’m sad because this is the first time in my five years at Harvard that I have seen an effort to interfere with the event of another organization.”
  16. October 12, 2015 – UC Irvine: According to sources from an attendee in the room & the Rose Project, retired Chief Justice Aharon Barak was speaking at an event at UC Irvine when police had to interrupt the event to escort him and attendees out. There was a large contingent of 20-30 protestors at the event.
  17. April 27, 2015 – UC Irvine:According to Gary Fouse and The College Fix, “Anteaters for Israel, or AFI, held its annual “I-Fest.” Everything was running smoothly during the morning hours, but around twelve o’clock noon… pro-Palestinian protesters came marching out of the Cross Cultural Center (more about that later) located directly behind the I-Fest tables. They proceeded to march to a spot a few yards away from the AFI tables where they spread out across Ring Road, forcing other students to have to walk around their lines. They then began changing…They continued for over two hours drowning out the AFI music and distracting all the attention away from the I-Fest proceedings…This is the second year that the anti-I-Fest protesters have staged in the CCC and marched out to disrupt this event. In fact, for years the Muslim Student Union has used the CCC as their staging area. As far as I am concerned, the CCC has put its imprimatur on disrupting Jewish events at UCI.”
  18. April 26, 2015 – UC Santa Cruz:During IDF res. Kokit and Tslil’s talk on the StandWithUs Israeli Soldiers’ Stories tour, student protesters shouted down the speakers and disrupted the event.
  19. Feb 19, 2015 – University of Florida:A Jewish Student Union event of two IDF Soldiers was disrupted by SJP. According to The Independent Florida Alligator coverage, “In the middle of their talk…members of Students for Justice in Palestine stood up in protest wearing shirts that read, ‘You’re the real terrorist.’”
  20. Jan 29, 2015 – University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC Students for Justice in Palestine disruption):Approximately 70 students walkd out of a Christians United for Israel event of speaker Dumisani Washington. An article covering the walk out stated, “The students who organized awalk-out of Washington’s speech did so with the goal of showing their disapproval of his views.” The speaker, Washington, said, “You could cut this tension with a knife.”
  21. Jan 27, 2015 – UCSC (Mixed involvement): A group of anti-Israel protesters, both students and faculty, unsuccessfully attempted to use intimidation to cancel an event [Tyler Gregory on LGBT life in Israel], and later disrupted the program by drowning out speaker.
  22. Nov 24, 2014 – University of Pittsburgh:Unknown masked protesters wielding electronic noisemakers disrupted an event co-sponsored by a pro-Israel student group at the University of Pittsburgh, necessitating the intervention of campus police and culminating with the removal and citation of one protester while others fled from the scene. Additionally members of SJP were present with signs reading “the IOF (Israel Offensive Force), oppressing and illegally occupying since ‘47” and “Stop U.S. Funding to Israel.” SJP members further shouted over other students who were trying to ask questions of the speaker during the question-and-answer portion of the program.
  23. Nov 10, 2014 – Florida Atlantic University:At an event co-sponsored by student organizations Owls for Israel, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach County, Alpha Epsilon Pi and the Chabad Student Center, a group of students from Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) staged a walk-out. According to University Press, the walk out consisted of about 20 students. SJP Vice President Jihad Sheikha stated that a political cartoon used by the Palestinian Authority, which was shown during the presentation to depict PA incitement, “depict[ed] Palestinians as barbarians.”
  24. [non-SJP group] Nov 5, 2014 – George Mason University:George Mason University Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) conducted a silent walkout in protest of IDF Col. Bentzi Gruber speaking event, “Ethics in the Field.”
  25. Nov 2014 – American University:At an event, hosted by student groups AUDems, the AU College Republicans and AmeriPac, entitled “The Bipartisan Discussion on the U.S.-Israel Alliance,” American University Students for Justice in Palestine, members from the DMV SJP and the Jewish Voice for Peace and fellow AU students staged a walk out of the event. The walk out was lead by a student wearing a Palestinian flag and followed by students holding signs. It was against the rules to hold up any flags or signs, but the protesters left before they could be escorted by campus police.
  26. Sept 16, 2014 – University of Florida:SJP performed a “militant demo” against Michael Oren former U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) organizer Farah Khan stated, “We made sure to make a Facebook event for the counter-action well in advance. We also kept the event private to keep it from being discovered and foiled by any right-wing or Zionist organizations. …We came prepared for whatever weather Florida would throw at us, and held our ground…we held one of the most militant, successful demos SJP at UF has ever put on. There were over 30 cops trying to shut us down.”
  27. Sept 9, 2014 – Loyola University-Chicago:SJP members verbally assaulted their Jewish peers yelling insults at them before creating a human wall to block Hillel’s attempt to advertise trips to Israel.
  28. Apr 17, 2014 – American University:Fifteen minutes into an event where Israel’s first Bedouin diplomat, Ishmael Khaldi spoke, SJP members began screaming, unveiled a giant Palestinian flag, and stormed out.
  29. Mar 3, 2014 – Vassar College: At an event to discuss a class trip to Israel, the event became one which was a “truly unsettling…rage-filled meeting” as SJP members escalated their protesting during the meeting. Specifically, it became an eventwhere, “Friedman [the Professor] described how ‘Jewish kids who spoke were heckled’ and drowned out with a finger snapping noise and loudly laughed at. I asked how she knew they were Jewish, and she said that they self-identified as such in response to the crowd. One student stated: ‘I felt anti-Semitism before in my small town and never thought I would again until now.’”
  30. February 27, 2014 – Cal Poly Pomona:Students shouted down a group of Israeli sol­diers who were invited to speak on their cam­pus by Hil­lel. Shortly after the sol­diers started to intro­duce them­selves, the pro­test­ers per­sis­tently shouted in such a way that other stu­dents in the room were unable to hear what was being said. The protestors shouted “baby killers,” “rapists,” and “terrorists.”
  31. Feb 6, 2014 – Vassar College:SJP tried to shut down a class trip to Israel to study water issues demanding that students not participate in the class and not go to Israel on the class trip. This disruption included forcing the professor and students to physically cross a picket line.
  32. Feb 2014 – Cal Poly Pomona:The free speech rights of two Israelis at a pro-Israel event were violated when SJP “brought professional anti-Israel activists and students from other schools to shout the speakers down, preventing them from making their presentations and robbing audience members of the opportunity to hear Israeli perspectives on the conflict.”
  33. Jan 30, 2014 – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee:At an event hosted by Hillel Milwaukee, thirty audience members (including members of Students for Justice in Palestine chapters at both the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Marquette University) stood up, removed their jackets, and exposed signs that were taped to their shirts.
  34. Nov 5, 2013 – George Mason University: George Mason University Students Against Israeli Apartheid held signs up and conducted a walkoutof the “My Israeli Arab Conflict,” featuring IDF Sgt. Benjamin Anthony.
  35. Oct 10, 2013 – University of Florida:At a UF Hillel event, four members of SJP stood up during her talk wearing signs, one female member read a statement, then SJP performed a walk out of the event.
  36. Apr 19, 2013 – Florida Atlantic University:An Owls for Israel event of an IDF soldier speaker was disrupted by SJP and a police report The report details, “the group stood up in front of the room while the speaker was speaking. The group had a banner with ‘War Criminals’ written on it while a female started reading from a printout. The group was escorted out.”
  37. Apr 8 2013 – Northeastern University:SJP staged a disturbance and walkout at a Huskies for Israel event where Israel Defense Force soldiers were to speak. Details of the event included how, “One member of SJP stood up and stated, ‘the IDF are war criminals and are not welcome on our campus,’ at which point almost half of the audience walked out. We [SJP] chanted ‘free, free Palestine,’ as we filed out of the room.”
  38. Mar 12 2013 – DePaul University:SJP members and other protesters disrupted a talk by Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas sponsored by Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies. Angry that Jonas had helped to shut down organizations which had raised money for the terrorist group Hamas, DePaul SJP members hurled verbal insults at the speaker, such as chants of “Hey DePaul, let’s be clear – racists are not welcome here,” and heckled the audience with questions about how the university could have allowed such an Islamophobic and racist event to take place. According to one report, as a result of the disruptions, the event was ended early.
  39. Feb 27, 2013 – UC Riverside:At an event co-sponsored by student organizationsHighlanders for Israel (HIFI) and Hillel at UCR, members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) staged a phased walkout to continuously disrupt the event.
  40. Feb 25, 2013 – University of Chicago:SJP and another organization disrupt a talk by Israeli-American Law Professor Amos Guiora. In addition to picketing, SJP and others turned their chairs away from Guiora in the middle of the talk, and one student continuously interrupted him until being escorted out of the room.
  41. Mar 26, 2012 – Brandeis University(SJP disrupts a non-campus event at a Temple): SJP planned and executed a disruption a Town Hall Meeting at Temple Emanuel in Newton, Massachusetts by wearing coordinated T-shirts, standing up and shouting during the event. One student was arrested by police.
  42. Mar 20, 2012 – Boston University:At a BU Students for Israel event, SJP demonstrators put duct tape over their mouths and walked out in unisonduring the presentation.
  43. Mar 1, 2012 – University of California, Riverside:Several audience members walked out and disrupted an event that was hosted by numerous Jewish organizations, including Hillel and Highlanders for Israel. SJP denied participation in the disruption of the event, however, a video of the event proves SJP involvement.
  44. Feb 28, 2012 – UCLA:Dozens of SJP members walked out with duct tape fas­tened to their mouths and signs read­ing “Silenced” in the mid­dle of an IDF soldier’s presentation.
  45. Feb 27, 2012 – University of California Davis:SJP and others staged a planned disruption of a Jewish student event consisting of two Israelis –a Jewish man and a Druze woman. In a video of the preparation, you can see dozens of MSA, SJP and MeChA students at UC Davis preparing to disrupt the event. Before heading off en masse to disrupt the event, the leader of the protesters said, “Events like these are not welcome on our campus anymore,” and his statement was met with a round of applause. During the presentation, a walkout occurred along with verbal assaultsshouted at the speaker. From ADL’s description of the disruption, “One stu­dent defi­antly stood up and shouted obscen­i­ties at the speak­ers, claim­ing that Israel has “turned the land of Pales­tine into a land of pros­ti­tutes and rapists and child moles­ters,” and harassed the speaker, ask­ing him, “How many women have you raped? How many chil­dren have you raped? You are a child moles­ter.” Dur­ing his out­burst, the student defended his actions as a free speech right yet noted, “My only pur­pose today is that this event is shut down,” an obvi­ously ironic use of free speech rights.”
  46. Feb 23, 2012 – University of New Mexico:Halfway through a talk by Nonie Darwish, students consistently primary of the SJP group, stood up andbegan screaming and chanting in order to shut down the talk and make a disturbance.
  47. Nov 15, 2011 – Florida Atlantic University:As part of an action planned by Students for Justice in Palestine, a group stood up and walked out in the middle of the presentation by the deputy permanent representative of Israel to the United Nations, Ambassador Haim Waxman.
  48. Nov 10, 2011 – Northwestern University:At a presentation by Gil Hoffman, an Israeli military reservist and journalist, SJP protesters filled a third of the room and staged a coordinated walk out.
  49. Nov 10, 2011 – De Paul University:At a pro-Israel event, SJP protesters, filling up three quarters of the spots in the audience, interrupted the presentation, stood up, announced a statement then walked out.
  50. Apr 2011 – Brandeis University:Israeli Knesset member Avi Dichter’s speech was repeatedly disrupted by representatives of the SJP group on campus. The students spread themselves out among the audience and took turns shouting “war criminal” and other accusations at him.
  51. Mar 29, 2011 – Pennsylvania State University:At a pro-Israel event, Students for Justice in Palestine filled the event with protesters thenperformed a walk out in unison.
  52. Feb 3, 2011 – Hampshire College: At the speaking event of IDF Sgt Benjamin Anthony, students of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chanted, “End, End the Occupation!”, “Free, Free Palestine!”, and “Our People Are Occupied, Resistance is Justified!” and heckled the speaker by blowing whistles and creating other commotions.
  53. Jan 31, 2011 – University of Pittsburgh:A speaking event of Sgt Benjamin Anthony sponsored by Hillel, Panthers for Israel, Pittsburgh Israel Public Affairs Committee (PIPAC) and the College Republicans was purposely disrupted when 30 plus protesters showed up at the explicit request of SJP. In addition to waving flags and walking out, SJP members and supporters shouted “Free Palestine” to drown the speaker out from outside the door throughout the event.
  54. Nov 2010 – Arizona State University and Benedictine University in Illinois: Approximately 100 students walked out in the middle of a speaking appearance by Israeli journalist Gil Hoffman, and then made noise outside the hallin an attempt to make it difficult for the event to continue.
  55. Oct 2010 – University of Michigan:An Israeli soldier’s event was “silently interrupted” by SJP protesters in the audience when more than a dozen students stood up in the middle of his speech with duct tape fastened to their mouths and held signs reading “Silenced.” After several minutes, they stood up again and left the room.
  56. February 2015 – Wesleyan University:According to an article in the Wesleyan Argus, “In February, Wesleyan United with Israel hosted a free Israeli Late Night. Days before the event, an SJP member posted an article about Israel’s appropriation of Palestinian and North African cuisine to the Facebook event page. “They also flyered outside our event saying, ‘The hummus is free, but Palestine isn’t,’” Sussman said. According to Renetzky, posters that Wesleyan United with Israel had hung in Usdan to advertise for the event were vandalized. He was discouraged by the animosity that these attacks revealed. “They crossed out ‘Israeli’ and wrote ‘Palestine,’” Renetzky said. “Then they crossed out ‘Israeli’ and wrote ‘Fascism.’” Sussman was also upset by the vandalism, which she believes limited the group’s ability to express its aims. Alpert believes that the vandalism incident is suggestive of more widespread animosity towards Wesleyan United with Israel. “The fact that we can’t hold an event celebrating the culture—just the culture; we were not defending any of Israel’s military actions—we think is problematic on this campus,” she said.”
  57. Mar 19, 2015 – Boston University (collection of students, unclear if some affiliated with SJP):According to an article in the Daily Free Press, “At BUSI’s [BU Students for Israel] Wednesday panel regarding Arabs volunteering in the Israeli army, about 20 of the 50 attending students staged a walkout to express disagreement with the presentation.” According to The Daily Free Press, a student who walked out says the reasons were, “we walked out to show disapproval of Yoav Levin’s presentation… we don’t agree with him presenting on our campus. More so, we don’t agree with him discussing the topic of Arabs in the IDF. And frankly, we are not trying to make it okay that an IDF soldier was here…”