(Daily Caller) University student groups across the country are hosting “Israel Apartheid Week” (IAW) events to protest the Jewish state’s alleged crimes against humanity and its occupation of Palestine.
IAW is designed to “raise awareness of Israeli apartheid and to mobilize support for strategic BDS campaigns to help bring an end to this system of oppression,” according to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement’s website. Dozens of university student groups are putting up “apartheid walls,” holding “workshops” to discuss how Israel has engaged in the Zionist colonizing of Palestine and watching controversial films that have been criticized for an inaccurate portrayal of the Israel-Palestine conflict, according to their social media accounts.
Students from Washington, D.C. to Arizona are participating in their school’s week-long events that many have criticized as being antisemitic and anti-Jewish, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Georgetown University has four different events lined up, according to the chapter’s Instagram. On March 13, the group held a movie showing of “Farha,” a Netflix film that depicts Israeli soldiers murdering a Palestinian family in 1948 when Israel declared itself to be an official state.
The film was heavily criticized by Israeli officials for its portrayal of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and the events surrounding Israel’s independence day, according to the St. Louis Jewish Light. Many pro-Palestinian activists use the term “Nakba” to “insinuate that the very existence of Israel is a catastrophe and to question the legitimacy of Israel as the Jewish national homeland,” according to the ADL.
The group also hosted former executive director of Human Rights Watch Sarah Leah Whitson, who is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, designed to compel businesses and institutions to cut ties with Israel. Whitson has also said Israel shows what “apartheid looks like in practice” and cited individuals like Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who have been accused of antisemitism themselves, as examples of pushing back against Israel’s abuse of Palestinians, according to an article she wrote for The American Prospect.
SJP at Boston University is also having a film screening of Farha for their apartheid week and said in an Instagram post promoting the event that they hope to “educate” the BU community and promote “Palestinian liberation.”
“Israel is a settler colonial project, that utilizes a system of Apartheid to carry out inhumane acts against the Palestinian people, including denial of civil rights, land expropriation, dispossession, and establishment of a dual legal system, all of which are upheld by a system of continuous and historical violence carried out by the Israeli occupation forces,” the post read.
Roz Rothstein, co-founder and CEO of StandWithUs, a non-partisan educational organization that supports Israel and fights antisemitism, told the Daily Caller News Foundation that IAW is “designed to target Jewish and pro-Israel students.”
Other university groups are building “apartheid walls” to symbolize “Israel’s Apartheid Wall in the West Bank and how it systematically impedes the movement of Palestinians,” according to SJP at Arizona State University.
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