SJP demands that NYU president speak out against email threatening Muslims, Arabs and anti-Zionists

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In response to an email threatening Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Immigrants, Black Lives Matter and LGBT groups, Students for Justice in Palestine shares the following letter to NYU President Andrew Hamilton and the NYU Community:

Dear President Hamilton and the NYU Community,

On January 31, 2017, NYU Students for Justice in Palestine received an email threatening to disclose our members’ immigration statuses, religious affiliations, and other personal information to U.S. and Israeli federal agencies. The message specifically targeted our Muslim and Arab members. The message reads:

“ATTENTION MUSLIMS, ARABS AND OTHER ‘ANTI-ZIONIST’ CAMPUS TROLLS: Your names, image, friends list, postings, family member id’s and other personal info. will be submitted — in conjunction with other collected data sets — and sent to the following Federal Agencies…”

The email also threatens to “crush” SJP chapters and BDS supporters at Rutgers University, Vassar College, UCLA, and the California State University system, in addition to Black Lives Matter and LGBT groups that support Palestinian rights. The message concludes: “By the Sword of David, we will smash your collective skulls together online, and shatter your futures to pieces. And, Muzz/Arabs; It’ll be a Family Affair for you. That is a promise you may wish to meditate upon before ruining your family’s lives.”

Students with NYU SJP. (Photo: NYUSJP.org)

This comes less than a week after President Donald Trump issued the executive order known as the “Muslim ban,” which has allowed the US CBP [Customs and Border Protection] to illegally detain hundreds of travelers. As the administration is well aware, the ban–despite being temporarily suspended–has already impacted NYU staff, faculty, and students. This direct threat on vulnerable members of our community cannot be ignored.

This is the second email threatening violence against NYU-SJP. In August 2016, NYU-SJP received an email from “FIST OF ZION” with the subject “F*CKING UP YOUR HAJI PROGRAM.” The email threatened to “RAPE [OUR] ORGANIZATION LEAVING NO HOLES” and said that SJP was “swimming in a campus fish bowl.” NYU refused requests to publicly condemn these threats.

In light of the disturbing political developments of the past three weeks, and the potential for more anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim legislation from the Trump administration, we demand that NYU stand in solidarity with all members of our community. We urge the NYU administration to:

  • Voice its unequivocal opposition to threats on students and student organizations.
  • Carry out an investigation on the legitimacy of these threats.
  • Finally, we join NYU Sanctuary Campus in demanding that President Hamilton declare our campus a sanctuary campus immediately.

“This email, and what it proposes, is a direct challenge to how far our communities will go to protect one another’s free speech and general safety. It also sends a message to all immigrant communities: showing all of us that we must stand together, regardless of who we are, against this type of xenophobia and hatred,” says NYU Student Khalid A. “Additionally, this email shows that our narrative as Palestinians stands in constant threat as we continue to seek justice for our indigenous peoples.”

Signed,

NYU Students for Justice in Palestine

About NYU SJP

New York University's Students for Justice in Palestine (NYU SJP) is a diverse group of NYU students, faculty, staff, and community members organized on democratic principles to promote justice, human rights, liberation, and self-determination for the Palestinian people.

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  1. Citizen
    February 8, 2017, 4:07 pm

    Fist of Zion can go fist itself. It has declared war on the !st Amendment. NYU Administratio afraid of Zionist donors.

    • Mooser
      February 8, 2017, 4:50 pm

      Haven’t seen ol’ “Hophmi” around here. Glad he’s been keeping busy.

      • Kay24
        February 8, 2017, 5:15 pm

        Hoppy must be celebrating the announcements about building more homes for thousands of illegal squatters and terrorists. Either that, or he is going for refresher classes at hasbara school.

      • oldgeezer
        February 8, 2017, 8:00 pm

        @kay

        I doubt it is a full refresher. To borrow a term from the brits(but not it’s meaning) he only completed his A levels.

        Antisemitism, antisemite, anti-Israel.

        Oh i guess he started on b. Bad bad people.

  2. just
    February 8, 2017, 4:29 pm

    Is there a verifiable investigation? Silly question, but I meant it seriously

    Or, are they doing the SOS~ nothing?

    This is beyond hate speech. Stay strong, NYU-SJP. Keep yourselves safe and be vigilant.

    Thank you all.

  3. oldgeezer
    February 8, 2017, 5:21 pm

    Ah zionist support for free speech in action. The dersh to the rescue no doubt.

  4. RoHa
    February 8, 2017, 9:32 pm

    I don’t know the relevant law, but I’d be surprised if an e-mail of that sort did not warrant investigation by law-enforcement authorities.

  5. eljay
    February 9, 2017, 11:51 am

    NYU SJP Receives Threatening Email, Demands University Action

    … University spokesperson John Beckman replied to our inquiries saying that the university takes “the safety and well-being of our students seriously,” that the “Department of Public safety is reaching out to SJP,” and they will review if law enforcement should get involved.

    “The email sent to the SJP, like its predecessor, is vile,” Beckman continued in his email. “Threats of violence or insults based on religion or country of origin or immigration status are contemptible, and neither SJP nor any other student group should be subjected to such abuse. The University condemns the email in the strongest terms.”

  6. Jon66
    February 9, 2017, 1:30 pm

    Threats of violence, or actual violence, are the wrong response to positions that you disagree with. The first amendment does not impact private institutions, but the primacy of non-violence should be a keystone of American culture.

    • Mooser
      February 9, 2017, 8:28 pm

      “Threats of violence, or actual violence, are the wrong response to positions”

      Well, tell that to the Zionists!

  7. pabelmont
    February 9, 2017, 4:14 pm

    Is there a means for public to join this protest? petition?

    This is his email: [email protected]

    Isn’t there a part of DoJ that is supposed to investigate threats against students? Does it Cover threats made on a political basis (as threats against Black Lives Matter might be seen to be)?

  8. Boo
    February 10, 2017, 12:45 pm

    “It’ll be a Family Affair for you. That is a promise you may wish to meditate upon before ruining your family’s lives.”

    Let’s see now … where could the writer have possibly come up with this notion of going after someone’s families?

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