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Brandeis University Takes Firm Stand Against SJP, Alleges Hamas Support

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In a significant move, Brandeis University has announced that it will no longer recognize the campus chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). This decision follows allegations that the organization has engaged in actions that could be seen as supporting Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist orginization.

According to reports from Fox News, Brandeis SJP, which had planned a “Vigil for Palestine” event, expressed their disappointment via an Instagram post, claiming they were “unjustly de-charted.”

They argued that the university, an institution that values social justice, was attempting to silence them from speaking their truth. The post also included the slogan “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

The university informed the Brandeis SJP in a letter that they would be derecognized and would no longer receive funding or be permitted to conduct campus events or use the Brandeis name.

The letter highlighted the National SJP’s call to engage in actions that support Hamas in its call for the violent elimination of Israel and the Jewish people. These tactics, according to the university, are not protected by its principles. The letter emphasized that students who engage in such conduct would be considered in violation of the university’s student code of conduct.

Brandeis spokeswoman Julie Jette clarified that the decision was not related to the canceled vigil but stemmed from allegations of supporting Hamas. She referred to Brandeis University President Ronald Liebowitz’s op-ed in the Boston Globe, in which he emphasized that student organizations that engage in protests calling for violence or the “annihilation” of the Jewish State should lose all privileges.

Rabbi Seth Winberg, the executive director of Brandeis Hillel, praised the university’s decision, underscoring that it showed that supporting terrorism and creating a hostile campus environment has consequences. He emphasized the importance of campuses being safe places for all students and commended the move in light of increased antisemitism on campuses.

In October, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took a similar stand, ordering state universities to disband organizations like Students for Justice in Palestine due to their perceived support for Hamas. The decision appeared to be based on federal law that deems providing material support or resources to foreign terrorist organizations as illegal.

Brandeis University’s decision to derecognize the SJP chapter is seen by many as a proactive stance against alleged support for a militant group with a history of violence. It underscores the university’s commitment to ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for all students.

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Good Riddance to UNRWA as it Supports Hamas

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The head of UNRWA recently accused Israel of waging an “expanded, concerted campaign” to destroy the UN agency. The leader of UNRWA does have a cause for concern, as Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated that UNRWA has “lost legitimacy and can no longer function as a UN body.” UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer stated that “The rot is systemic, and that’s why we’re holding a conference…to replace UNRWA.” And now Congressional Republicans are probing the Biden administration’s decision to restore US funding to UNRWA in 2021, following the Trump administration’s suspension of that funding in 2018.

Good riddance to UNRWA if it ends up folding under pressure; UNRWA and the UN are Hamas apologists at best, and facilitators at worst. For example, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator actually insisted that “Hamas is not a terrorist group for us,” but merely a “political movement.” And the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories, in a rejoinder to the French president calling the October 7 attack “the largest anti-Semitic massacre of our century,” stated that “No, Mr. Macron. The victims of [the October 7 attack] were not killed because of their Judaism, but in response to Israel’s oppression.”

UNRWA Employees Provide Material Support to Hamas, PIJ

Israeli Defense Minister Galant has named 12 specific UNRWA employees who “actively participated” in Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, and also stated that Israel has “significant indications based on intelligence” that implicates “over 30” additional UNRWA employees. Gallant stated that of UNRWA’s 13,000 staff in Gaza, “1,468 workers are known to be active in Hamas and PIJ, 185 UNRWA workers are active in the military branches of Hamas and 51 are active in the PIJ military branch.”

Additional to those numbers are the 30 UNRWA teachers known to have celebrated the October 7 attacks on a UNRWA Telegram group that had 3,000 members.

Hamas’ “Data Center” Found Underneath UNRWA Headquarters

Israel also found a Hamas “data center” under UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza, equipped with an electrical room, computer servers and rooms where Hamas operatives could work and sleep, and that there were power lines connecting UNRWA’s headquarters to this data center. And surprise, some of the equipment found was made in Iran and China. Interestingly, while the Hamas “data center” contained electronics, a server room in the above-ground UNRWA headquarters had most of its electronics missing, which appears to be indicative of “actions of someone who knew the army was coming and wanted to hide the evidence,” according to Col. Benny Aharon of Israel’s 401st Armored Brigade. After the head of UNRWA denied that UNRWA knew of this data center ahead of time, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) tweeted “Oh, you knew,” and stated that Israel had warned UN officials about the data center but those officials chose to ignore those warnings.

Additional Evidence of Strong UNRWA/Hamas Partnership

Additionally, UN Watch cited instances of UNRWA/Hamas synergy, including that Israel found:

  • At the UNRWA headquarters above ground, weapons and “documents that indicated that the same offices were also used by Hamas”;
  • UNRWA aid bags in Yahya Sinwar’s bunker;
  • UNRWA concrete in Hamas’ tunnels that housed hostages;
  • Missiles and rockets under UNRWA equipment;
  • That Hamas stashed ammunition, explosives, and weapons in UNRWA bags, and that Hamas also had UN vests;
  • That Hamas stored weapons in and fired weapons from a UNRWA school; and
  • That Hamas’ “Ministry of Health” stole 24,000 gallons of fuel from UNRWA.

And to further emphasize the scope of how seriously UNRWA is compromised by Hamas, every single UNRWA “site, school, mosque, [and] kindergarten” that Israel has inspected had weapons, according to Israel’s commander of the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade.

Calls to preserve UNRWA merely deflect away from the “systemic” “rot” found in the organization. Israel should make sure that UNRWA does not operate in any post-war Gaza, as the organization compromises the security of the Jewish state.

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