Right-wing bomb thrower David Horowitz behind anti-SJP posters

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Right-wing activist David Horowitz is the man behind the posters on college campuses that called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) anti-Semitic and akin to Hamas.

Horowitz confirmed it was his organization behind the images in an interview with the Jewish Journal‘s Jared Sichel.

The posters are the first salvo in a Horowitz-run campaign against Palestine solidarity activism on campus. The campaign, called “Jew Hatred on Campus Awareness Week,” represents the latest pro-Israel tactic to try to squelch Palestine solidarity activism. But it is perhaps the most extreme campaign, suggesting things like staging mock hangings on campus to highlight Israel’s “stellar record on human rights.”

Anti-Palestinian-flyer-435x580-@2xThe posters, which call Students for Justice in Palestine “Jew haters” and contain images of Hamas executions of alleged collaborators, were discovered on multiple college campuses earlier this week. Horowitz said students posted his anti-SJP images. They were denounced by SJP members as anti-Muslim and anti-Arab images meant to tie activists to terrorism.

Horowitz is a right-wing bomb-thrower who frequently targets Muslims. His political tactics are designed to shock, so it was not surprising that he called SJP anti-Semitic and compared pro-Israel groups who disagreed with him akin to Nazi collaborators.

“I want SJP to be officially recognized as a hate group and its campus privileges and financial support removed as they would be if it were an anti-black hate group, or an anti-Hispanic hate group, or an anti-Muslim hate group,” Horowitz told the Jewish Journal.

Asked about how pro-Israel groups on campus have also denounced the posters, Horowitz said: “They are afraid of offending people whose agenda is their elimination. How sick is that? Let’s remember in the lead up to the Holocaust the Jewish councils in Eastern Europe organized the ghettos. They got everybody’s name so it would be easy for the Germans to exterminate them. Of course, they didn’t believe they would be exterminated. These Jews have the same delusion. They don’t want to recognize that they have enemies.”

Horowitz, a 1960s-era radical turned right-winger, is a regular guest on Fox News and the creator of the website TruthRevolt, which frequently inveighs against Palestinians and pro-Palestine activism.

Horowitz and his David Horowitz Freedom Center are leading anti-Muslim players in the U.S. Funded by a host of foundations to the tune of $10 million, Horowitz has “promoted the myth that Muslim extremists infiltrated an array of political organizations on both the left and the right,” according to the liberal group Center for American Progress. 

The Southern Poverty Law Center has called Horowitz the “Godfather” of the anti-Muslim movement in the U.S. In a 2011 appearance at Brooklyn College, Horowitz said, “no people has shown itself so morally sick as the Palestinians have.”

Horowitz does not limit his vitriol to Palestinians and Muslims. Earlier this year, in the aftermath of protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the shooting of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown, Horowitz said, “there’s no community that’s more racist in America than the black community.”

It’s unclear what form Horowitz’s new anti-SJP campaign will take on campus. So far, he has only released a list of the top ten “anti-Semitic” campuses. He suggests that students hold film screenings, speaker events and teach-ins.

In a press statement, Horowitz said that “we made the decision to form ‘Jew Hatred on Campus’ to expose anti-Semitic student groups who support or are associated with known terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and which call for the destruction of the Jewish State.”

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  1. amigo
    February 26, 2015, 10:03 am

    It is pretty obvious the zionists are getting very worried.The use of such tactics is evidence of desperation.Will netanyahu create the post of minister of propaganda with an unlimited budget.

    SJP members should create posters showing horowitz,s statement that Blacks in the US are the most racist.That ought to put a kink in his plans .

    • Balfour
      February 26, 2015, 10:36 am

      I agree with your assessment, amigo- the white hot hate rhetoric of fanatical Israel supporters suggests a level of desperation and fear not previously seen. Unfortunately, such people will never understand that the terrorism committed by Illegal West Bank settlers, the Israeli checkpoint cages and the over the top destruction and murder of civilians by weapons bearing the Magen David insignia do more to create a negative image of Israel and Jews than the insufferable rants of any anti-Semitic madman.

      Mr. Netanyahu’s constant interference in domestic American politics doesn’t help matters much, either.

    • Krauss
      February 26, 2015, 1:06 pm

      It’s a sinking ship.

      Soon only the nutjobs like Horowitz/Dershowitz(I’m a LIBERAL PEOPLE, PLEASE BELIEVE ME!) will be left.

      Sign of the times.

  2. oldgeezer
    February 26, 2015, 10:17 am

    I thank Horowitz. He will do great service in showing the real, and ugly, face of racist zionism in a country which needs it’s eyes opened.

  3. eljay
    February 26, 2015, 10:18 am

    Horowitz is a right-wing bomb-thrower …

    I get that “bomb-thrower” doesn’t refer to actual explosive devices, but it strikes me as unnecessarily provocative (if that’s the right term) when other, perfectly-good words exist to describe him:
    – hate-monger
    – fear-monger
    – Zio-supremacist
    – @sshole

    • bryan
      February 27, 2015, 7:38 am

      I too was interested in the reference – after a quick Google the earliest reference I could find was an April 2001 description by Charles Krauthammer (“David Horowitz, former bomb-thrower of the left and now bomb-thrower of the right, has created a tidy scandal over the question of reparations for African-Americans. ) Is this just a journalistic cliche or does it have more significance? Does it simply refer to his intellectual dissidence? Chomsky is perhaps equally adrift from the establishment main-stream, but I don’t think one could call him a bomb thrower – perhaps because of his intellectual integrity and consistent philosophy. There is I think an interesting pattern in how many neo-cons and fellow travelers of Horowitz journeyed from ardent Stalinism to arrant Zionist supremacism, betraying perhaps deep psychological and intellectual flaws.

  4. W.Jones
    February 26, 2015, 10:22 am

    Let’s remember in the lead up to the Holocaust the Jewish councils in Eastern Europe organized the ghettos. They got everybody’s name so it would be easy for the Germans to exterminate them. Of course, they didn’t believe they would be exterminated.

    Isn’t this the kind of thing that Greta Berlin got in trouble for re-tweeting?
    http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/greta-berlins-statement-not-correct
    http://mondoweiss.net/2012/10/no-room-for-racism-in-a-movement-working-for-equality-and-freedom

  5. hophmi
    February 26, 2015, 10:28 am

    “The campaign, called “Jew Hatred on Campus Awareness Week,” represents the latest pro-Israel tactic to try to squelch Palestine solidarity activism.”

    Is it? Polling shows that 54% of Jewish college students have personally witnessed or experienced at least one antisemitic incident on campus. So I guess now any campaign against campus antisemitism is going to be spun as an attempt to “squelch Palestine solidarity activism.” #Jewishlivesmatter I know, I know, you’re all taking the survey with a grain of salt, because, you know, it doesn’t fit your political worldview.

    “Horowitz is a right-wing bomb-thrower who frequently targets Muslims.”

    That he is. But he’s indistinguishable from left-wing bomb-throwers who frequently target Jew under the guise of “anti-Zionism,” and there are many in the Palestine solidarity crowd.

    And what exactly makes this poster anti-Muslim? There is nothing on that poster of his identifying the people on it as Muslim (and Palestinian and Muslim are not interchangeable terms), and SJP is not a Muslim organization. So it must be that reason it’s anti-Muslim is that racists will look at the poster, find that its iconography fits their preconceived anti-Muslim stereotypes, and act accordingly. Or maybe it’s hate speech because depicting Muslims or anything that looks like Muslims, negatively, is now hate speech. Perhaps publishing pictures of ISIS beheadings is hate speech.

    Of course, by the same logic, posters negatively depicting Israelis or targeting major Jewish organizations are anti-Jewish.

    “He suggests that students hold film screenings, speaker events and teach-ins.”

    Don’t see anything wrong with that; the way to combat bad speech is with good speech, and to Horowitz’s credit, he made clear that he did not favor shutting SJP down.

    • Annie Robbins
      February 26, 2015, 5:48 pm

      left-wing bomb-throwers who frequently target Jew

      do tell. what’s your idea of frequent? sources?

      So I guess now any campaign against campus antisemitism is going to be spun as an attempt to “squelch Palestine solidarity activism.”

      it is if it targets sjp, which it does.

    • Mooser
      February 26, 2015, 7:10 pm

      ” the way to combat bad speech is with good speech,”

      And in case you didn’t know, Hophmi is on the Board of Directors of not just one, no, two Muslim outreach organizations. If they weren’t two of those secret doing-good-by-stealth outreach organizations, he could tell us their names.

      • seafoid
        February 27, 2015, 11:50 am

        One of them is Camp Gitmo.

    • pjdude
      February 26, 2015, 10:47 pm

      seriously he wanted dishonestly labeled a hate group yes he does want it it shut down. and i seriously doubt that number. I’m willing to bet most of those so called antisemitic incidents are just anti Israeli incidents based on Israel’s warcrimes. they’ve been trained by professional haters like your self to view anything critic of Israel as antisemitic. every serious study I’ve seen shows the number given by pro zionists groups on anti semitism is inflated

    • Mooser
      February 27, 2015, 2:09 pm

      “Is it? Polling shows that 54% of Jewish college students have personally witnessed or experienced at least one antisemitic incident on campus.”

      And this statistic is made more appalling when considered in light of the fact that no other perceived racial cohort, ethnic grouping or religion has ever gotten anything but a hearty, egalitarian welcome on campus, and a proposal to host a festival in their honor.

    • Kris
      February 27, 2015, 4:28 pm

      @hophmi: “54% of Jewish college students have personally witnessed or experienced at least one antisemitic incident on campus.”

      I guess it depends on how you define an “antisemitic incident,” doesn’t it? When the food coop in my town was debating boycotting products from Israel, Zionist Jews here shared their stories of such “incidents.” Awful stuff, like “being looked at in a certain way,” and “lying about Israel to make Jews look bad.”

      My favorite was the girl, then a college student, who related her sad story of NOT HAVING A JEWISH DATE for the high school senior prom here, which she interpreted as “antisemitism.” She was still suffering from this horrible experience.

      Jews are about 2% of the U.S. population and less than 1% of the population in our state. There were about 100 students in this girl’s senior class.

      • Philemon
        February 27, 2015, 7:16 pm

        “My favorite was the girl, then a college student, who related her sad story of NOT HAVING A JEWISH DATE for the high school senior prom here, which she interpreted as ‘antisemitism.’ She was still suffering from this horrible experience.”

        What? She didn’t have a brother or something?

  6. Pixel
    February 26, 2015, 12:52 pm

    I completely misunderstood those posters.

    I honestly thought they depicted two Israeli soldiers holding guns standing over a Palestinian on the ground with a bag over his/her head.

    My guess is that a lot of people on campus thought the same thing.

    • Kris
      February 26, 2015, 5:35 pm

      I thought I was the only one who assumed it was the IDF tormenting another Palestinian!

  7. Pixel
    February 26, 2015, 1:01 pm

    I think that David Horowitz, from the very depths of his soul, believes that he’s right about all of this.

    His viciousness seems the fruit of pure, unadulterated hatred.

    What caused him to admit that he was the guy behind the posters?

    • piotr
      February 27, 2015, 10:14 pm

      What caused him to admit it? Based on his writing, he was enraged that Zionist organizations at UC and other organization condemned the posters, so he wrote that they are deluded Judenrats, plus he was really proud. Make one wonder why the posters were anonymous. Perhaps he figured that his role will be discovered anyway, or it was already discovered.

      I also checked the articles in UCLA student newspaper. Most of comments in two-three articles I have seen, including the letter of Hillel and other organizations that condemned the racist posters were extremely supportive of Horowitz’s line. There were only few comments to begin with, so Horowitz has something like 3 active trolls.

  8. Bornajoo
    February 26, 2015, 2:21 pm

    These zionists are totally disgusting people. Horowitz, dershowitz…. They are all just horrid. What a motley crew of evil hate filled racist nasties.

    Ditto Oldgeezer, I hope they get more and more exposure!

  9. just
    February 26, 2015, 2:36 pm

    When will he be in jail?

    When will Americans learn?

    • hophmi
      February 26, 2015, 2:57 pm

      In jail for what, exactly?

      • Cliff
        February 26, 2015, 10:23 pm

        For hate speech.

      • Mooser
        February 27, 2015, 2:15 pm

        “In jail for what, exactly?”

        Refusing to reveal the names of the two Muslim-outreach organizations for which he serves on the Board of Directors. I’ve heard you do hard time for that, too.

  10. Mooser
    February 26, 2015, 4:43 pm

    “In jail for what, exactly?”

    I am not sure that incarceration would be the appropriate remedy, but that thing around his mouth is at least a misdemeanor. And it doesn’t do much for his demeanor either.

  11. seafoid
    February 27, 2015, 11:56 am

    Why does Horowitz hate Sarah Jessica Parker?
    She’s married to Ferris Bueller FFS.

    What Cameron said to Mr. Rooney applies equally to Horowitz

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez-NsShMK74

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