For the first time ever on campuses, our movement will be highlighting the apartheid policies of the Palestinian government, including the systemic ethnic discrimination against Jews in Palestinian-controlled territories.
Watch the campaign video with the SSI team on the road around 7 campuses in the USA : Illini, Minnesota, UC Berekley, Georgia State, Arizona State, UCSD, UCLA.
Promo 3 min video:
Long 12 min video:
Palestinian Apartheid Week Webinar:
Campaign Announcement, Monday, March 21, 2022:
For the first time ever on campuses, our movement will be highlighting the apartheid policies of the Palestinian government, including the systemic ethnic discrimination against Jews in Palestinian-controlled territories, in a campaign that begins today.
Starting also this week, college campuses all over North America will be the grounds to events that promote lies, Jew hatred, Antisemitism, and the demonization of the Jewish State of Israel with a hateful event called “Israel Apartheid Week” that will attempt to brainwash students, hosted by anti-Israel groups.
This is our time to take control of the conversation and control the narrative on campus. It is time for us to start talking about real Apartheid, not in Israel, but the Apartheid that is practiced by the Palestinians against the Jews.
Students Supporting Israel (SSI), will be traveling to campuses across the country over two weeks to highlight the issue of Palestinian apartheid. Events may vary from campus to campus but will include bringing attention to the discriminatory and horrific practices of the Palestinian government against Jews, as the first step in addressing such abuses.
Why are we hosting these events? Those who care about protecting human rights should be shocked by the abuses taking place within the Palestinian-controlled territories.
For starters, the significant sign of an apartheid society is the physical separation of groups. Unlike in Israel, there is no mixing of Arabs and Jews in Palestinian-controlled territories. Palestinian officials have instituted policies to ensure that Jews do not live beside Arabs in any of their territories, and if Jews do, they will be chased out.
Jews cannot own land in Palestinian-controlled territories. Under Palestinian law, selling land to a Jew is considered treason and is a punishable act. When questioned about this law, PA Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh stated, “Land in Palestine is not a real estate issue. Land in Palestine is a political issue. So therefore, the Palestinian law does not allow land to be sold to non-Palestinians (Jews).” Notably, since the PA came to power in 1993, it has arrested dozens of Palestinians on the suspicion of selling property to Jews, with some of those arrested facing long prison sentences.
Jews cannot pray in Palestinian-controlled territories without fear of violence. A Jew cannot pray at Joseph’s tomb in Nablus, for instance, unless he or she is accompanied by armed guards.
Jews cannot live inside the Palestinian territories without fear of being murdered. The Palestinian government has made it part of their official policy to reward the killing of Jews. Under their program known as “Pay for Slay,” the PA spends hundreds of millions of dollars from its own budget to pay the families of Palestinian terrorists who have killed Jews. U.S. Congress passed legislation in 2018, known as the Taylor Force Act, in order to ensure that no U.S. aid would be used by the PA to fund its Pay for Slay program. The act is named after Taylor Force, a U.S. Army veteran who was murdered by a Palestinian teenager while studying abroad in Israel. Notably, the legislation passed with bipartisan support, meaning there is bipartisan recognition within U.S. Congress of the fact that the PA incentivizes and funds the murder of Jews. Meanwhile, in Gaza, Article 7 of the Hamas Charter declares, “The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight Jews and kill them. Then, the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out: ‘O Moslem, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him.’” Jews are erased from Palestinian history. Both the PA and Hamas actively seek to erase the existence of the Jewish people from their textbooks, from their maps, and from their education system as a whole. Palestinian officials claim that "Palestine" was never Jewish (it was) and that the Jewish people “stole” the land (Jews have lived on the land for centuries), thus bringing to life age-old antisemitic tropes. Quite literally erasing the Jewish existence, lives, community, and history from the map of the Middle East is what apartheid looks like. If any college student can justify the Palestinian Apartheid policies above, the problem was never Israel, the problem is those who cannot come to terms with the fact that the Jewish people rebuilt their home and have their own independent state. Now is the time to discuss the Palestinian apartheid. For too long, the despicable practices of the Palestinian government against Jews have gone unnoticed by the international community. For the first time ever, activists at SSI will be exposing these shameful practices.
As the campaign takes place, we will be updating this page with photos and videos from the ground and report from campuses.