Students for Justice in Palestine

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Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a student organization with over 126 chapters at American universities, is the primary organizer of anti-Israel events on U.S. college campuses and the group most responsible for bringing divestment resolutions to votes  in front of student governments. SJP chapters throughout the U.S. routinely initiate Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns against corporations and individuals that do business with Israel and frequently organize events many of which accuse Israel of war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.

Since its founding in 2001, SJP has consistently demonized Israel, describing Israeli policies toward the Palestinians as racist and apartheid-like, and comparing Israelis to Nazis or Israel to the Jim Crow-era U.S. SJP chapters around the country plan many types of anti-Israel events throughout the school year such as presentations from guest speakers and student-led teach-ins that address a number of topics such as how to best initiate BDS campaigns against Israel or why Israel is allegedly an “apartheid state.”

In addition to hosting presentations and organizing teach-ins, many SJP chapters also attempt to draw attention to Israel's alleged wrongdoings in a sensationalistic way. Several SJP chapters have gone about doing this by displaying props such as mock "apartheid walls" and Israeli checkpoints around main areas of campus. On certain instances, members of SJP have also made an extra effort to demonize the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) by standing next to their props and acting as cruel Israeli soldiers who look to create travel difficulties for Palestinians in the West Bank.

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