The Jisr Collective is an anonymous, self-identified “anti-imperialist diaspora media collective” that re-posts extreme anti-Zionist rhetoric and analysis on its website and frequently propagates inflammatory messages on social media. Their website states that they aim to “counter what can only be described as increased normalization with imperialism and zionism [sic] in our communities in the western diaspora.” “Jisr” is Arabic for “bridge.”
The Collective explicitly asserts their opposition to Israel’s existence; conveys support for all forms of “armed resistance” to Israel, including from terror groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP); and often expresses fierce opposition to “normalization” with groups and individuals who express any support for Israel’s existence, which would include a majority of Jews for whom a connection to Israel is part of their Jewish identity.
Who They Are & Activity
According to their website, the Jisr Collective is made up of a group of volunteers. They do not accept donations, making it more difficult to ascertain the identities of their members, who remain unknown. Although there has been speculation that the Jisr Collective has ties to Iran, no credible evidence has been identified. The Jisr Collective has Twitter, Medium and Instagram accounts. It also has a byline in the far-left website, Counterpunch. While the group’s writing style and analysis of various political theories is consistent with other left-wing activist groups, the extreme nature of the Collective’s critique of Zionist organizations surpasses most.
In June 2022, the Jisr Collective achieved new prominence when it became among the most prolific supporters of the antisemitic Mapping Project and attacked the official BDS National Committee (BNC) following its disavowal of the project. The Jisr Collective published an essay and infographics broadly criticizing the alleged shortcomings of the BNC and its tactics, which have been shared on social media by several anti-Israel activists and groups, including Samidoun, Joe Catron and Omar Zahzah.
The Collective also appears to support Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad for his opposition to “western imperialism.” They effectively promote conspiracy theories regarding the Russia-Ukraine war, implying that Zionists are involved in curtailing support for Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin and harming Ukrainians in the Donbass.
The Jisr Collective’s radicalism and militant approach is echoed by only the most fanatic segment of anti-Israel activists and organizations. For example, PFLP terrorist Leila Khaled, who is occasionally invited to speak on U.S. campuses, has stated that while she supports BDS, it “doesn’t liberate land.” Within Our Lifetime, an NYC-based anti-Zionist group that frequently partners with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapters and has expressed support for violence against Israel, has for years referred to BDS as the bare minimum one can do to support Palestinians.
Expressions of Antisemitism or Support for Terror Groups
The Jisr Collective’s rhetoric at times incorporates antisemitic tropes and support for violence and terror groups. For example:
- June 8, 2022: tweet: The Collective refers to the United States Congress as “Zionist Congress.”
- May 7, 2022: The Jisr Collective quote tweeted a threatening message warning of “an earthquake in the region” and added: “Resistance Leader Yahya Sinwar [of Hamas] confidently sits in his home after the zionist entity destroyed it last May during the heroic Operation Sayf Al Quds.”