TEL AVIV – Pro-Palestinian student group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has been compiling lists of Jewish students and their dorm addresses on college campuses in the U.S., a Likud minister charged.
The allegations were presented to members of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
MK Anat Berko said that SJP is “collecting information on where Jews live at New York University among others.”
She added that any attempt by Israelis to address students on campuses in the U.S. is always disrupted by heckling, protests, and worse.
Western universities have “no academic freedom … no freedom of expression,” she said.
Knesset member Anat Berko (Likud) reiterated the claim in an Israel Radio interview after the committee meeting, saying that SJP has been collecting information on where Jews live at New York University among others.
Likud MK Avi Dichter, who heads up the committee, said Israel “has a commitment [to protect] every Jew when they are attacked for being a Jew.”
In 2014, NYU’s SJP chapter slipped thousands of mock eviction notices under the doors of dorm rooms housing Jewish students in an apparent protest against Israel’s policy of demolishing the homes of terrorists.
NYU spokesperson John Beckman responded that it was “a matter of deep concern” that a “flyer titled ‘eviction notice’ anonymously slipped under doors at night is not an invitation to thoughtful, open discussion; it is disappointingly inconsistent with standards we expect to prevail in a scholarly community.”
Last month, Breitbart Jerusalem reported that the University of California’s SJP is being investigated for disrupting a pro-Israel event with a violent protest that included chants of “f**k Israel” and “Intifada, Intifada, long live the Intifada.”