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A national anti-Muslim group plastered Brooklyn College with cartoonish posters on Monday claiming that a campus organization is a front for terror group Hamas, calling out students by name, and even showing a caricature of one with the hashtag “#JewHatred” beneath it. But it’s a bogus charge, according to the caricatured scholar, who said perpetrators are bullying him for criticizing Israel’s occupation of his homeland Palestine.

“It’s a really tough situation, I feel targeted and I feel attacked for basically raising my concern for Israeli crimes overseas,” said Raja Abdulhaq, a political science graduate student who was born in Palestine. “This is not to target me personally but anyone on campus that has different views than the Zionist propaganda machine in the United States. It’s clearly an Islamophobic attempt to put fuel to the fire — to dehumanize and demonize Muslims in the U.S.”

Members of the Horowitz Freedom Center, a California-based group with no ties to the school, took credit for the posters, which read “Do you want to show your support for Hamas terrorists, whose stated goal is the elimination of the Jewish people and the Jewish state? Join us” — and which appeared to be signed by political science department chairman Corey Robin and five members of the Palestinian group.

Abdulhaq called the allegations absurd.

“That’s absolutely ridiculous,” he said. “It’s not only disturbing, but laughable.”

But Horowitz claims the college is a hotbed of free-speech suppression and the student group is ground zero — and he put up the defamatory signs in the spirit of “civil dialogue,” he said.

“Brooklyn College is a disgrace. You have these radicals invading faculty meetings and attacking people verbally, it’s just gross,” Horowitz said, referring to allegations that members of the Palestinian group yelled “Zionist pig” at teacher wearing a yarmulke. “It’s not a college atmosphere. How can you have a civil dialogue about these issues if you have groups like Students for Justice in Palestine? We put up the posters to let the campus know that these groups are funded by and orchestrated by a terrorist organization like Hamas.”

Civil rights think tank the Southern Poverty Law Center lists the Horowitz Freedom Center as a hate group, and even the Jewish Anti-Defamation League has criticized Center founder David Horowitz for pushing an Islamophobic agenda.

The college removed the posters a little after 5 am — shortly after they were put up, according to a spokesman.

“We support free speech, and we seek to maintain a safe and tolerant campus for our students, faculty, and staff. We also do not permit public defacement or illegal postings on our property,” a rep wrote in an e-mailed statement.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Jim from Cobble Hill says:
The old tactics used by groups like this and others (like Scientology) of just pointing a finger and screaming about religious hatred or antisemitism don't work in the internet age. It just shows how agenda-driven and out of touch these groups are.
Oct. 18, 2016, 8:14 am
Mel from Brooklyn says:
This is unfair, this group is not a front for Hammas and other terror organizations - they only support and fund raise for them! The members simply agree with these organizations beliefs, forward money, and encourage them. How dare anyone imply that they are a front for them!
Oct. 18, 2016, 10:09 am
Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
The Hammas charter explicitly states that the destruction of the State of Israel is an essential goal of Hammas, and presumably therefore of Hammas supporters. The posters in question are giving Abdulhaq and his group a taste of their own medicine, and it would appear that he cannot take it.
Oct. 18, 2016, 10:25 am
Barry from Flatbush says:
Horowitz is absolutely clueless about Brooklyn College. Don't California hate groups have plenty of folks to terrorize on the west coast?
Oct. 18, 2016, 11:53 am
Devra from Boro Park says:
It is disgusting to single out students by name just because of the group they belong to or what their religion is. I am an old lady now, but when I went to Brooklyn College in the late 60s and early 70s, we had some of our fellow Jewish students targeting black and Puerto Rican student groups for being "terrorists" and those of us who valued free speech, diversity and safe spaces criticized these haters. I am sure most of the Jewish students and faculty, including those who support Israel, do not condone targeting undergraduate groups. Horowitz pretends to be Jewish, but he doesn't follow the religion.
Oct. 18, 2016, 12:13 pm
Devra from Boro Park says:
See "lashon hara."
Oct. 18, 2016, 12:13 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I hate to break this to some of you, but SJP does have a history of calling for the Jews to pushed to the sea rather than calling for a peaceful solution where both can easily exist. According to them, the entire nation of Israel is considered a settlement, not just the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and as an Israeli-born Jew, I don't find that at all a call for peace by any means. If that group really did care about peace, then they should get groups such as Hamas to stop with the terrorist attacks and agree to making peace, but no pro-Palestinian group seems to advocate for that at all. Just calling for another intifada alone shows how much they are against peace. BTW, most of the Jews living in Israel aren't of European descent, many of them have been living there since ancient times and even long before Islam even existed, and there is archaeological evidence to back that up. Let's not forget that BDS supporters were known recently for going to a college dorm and placing eviction notices on the rooms where Jewish students were living, but hardly anybody seems to call that an act of anti-Semitism let alone trespassing or harassment. Then again, I guess there are those who know how to dish criticism, but can't seem to take it when it's back at them. Of course I won't say that everybody who is anti-Israel happens to be anti-Semitic, just pro-terrorist. I say this because if you condemn Israel for fighting terrorists, then you probably support the terrorists otherwise known as Hamas.
Oct. 18, 2016, 5:11 pm
Charlotte from Brooklyn heights says:
The signs are mean, but it's without a doubt that this group doesn't like Jews. While I wouldn't hang the signs myself, I find it absurd that a group like this could fish out so much hatred, but can't handle any criticism. They're a bunch of spiteful whiners.
Oct. 18, 2016, 6:04 pm
Alexsia from Fort Greene says:
Wow.
The amount of hatred towards Muslims, Palestinians, Arabs on display in this comment section is appalling.

Don't any of these people know that Students for Justice in Palestine is one of the most ardent defenders of human and civil rights on college campuses throughout the country?

It seems that the Islamophobic bigotry is rampant in Brooklyn. Not to mention all the people here who don't seem to understand that it is not right to steal other people's land and claim sky cloud leader gave you a real estate deal for being "the chosen ones".

Palestinians have a right to full civil and human rights in their native lands and have every right to defend themselves from illegal settlers putting them in apartheid bantustans and without the right to vote.

Disgusting
Oct. 19, 2016, 1:06 am
Alexsia from Fort Greene says:
It seems unsurprsing that filthy jews would be making these points. My fellow muslim students and myself are outraged.
All the Palestinians want is to establish a country from which they can more efficiently attack Jewish civillians. How could anyone live on stolen lands. They can learn from us, we returned all stolen land to the indians, and would never live on the land taken from other people. Nor would Canada, or Austrailia, or China......
Now this organization is being attacked simply for supporting terrorist organizations. That's islamohobia, as committing terror acts is central to our religion. Odd that we don't say discrimination against muslims but rather phobia - as if people had a reason to be scared of us. Of us blowing them up or something.
Oct. 19, 2016, 3:34 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Alexisia, I find what you are saying to be quite hypocritical. By what you said, I can easily say the same thing about Jewish students that were being harassed by BDS members with eviction notices as being anti-Semitic. Why is it that whenever anyone wants to call out Islamic terrorists it's being considered as Islamophobic? It's not an attack on all Muslims, just the terrorists themselves. Then again, maybe most Muslims do support terrorism if it happens to be their group seeing that they are hardly ever calling them out, but rather rushing to their defense at times. If SJP really did care about Palestinian rights, then they should be calling out Hamas right now and tell them that the terrorism needs to stop otherwise they will be viewed as terrorist sympathizers if they don't. As for the claim of stolen lands, there have been Jews always living there and that dates back to as early as when the very religion was founded in 1300 BC along with the archeological evidence to back that up. BTW, if a Palestinian nation really did exist then I would like to know its leaders, capital city, currency, GDP, demographics, government, politicians, and so many other things, otherwise there never was a Palestinian nation prior to this. One other thing, before both the Israeli War of Independence in 1947 and the Six Day War in 1967, the Jews never had any intention to annex land belonging to the Arabs, they only did that because they were being attacked from them, and the winner of a war is allowed to keep the land that they gained during that said war as the US did when they took a chunk of Mexico after wining the Mexican War back in 1848. Unless you agree to give that back, Israel shouldn't have to either because of the rules of how the aftermath of a war is decided especially when it's the victor and not the vanquished that gets to make such decisions.
Oct. 19, 2016, 4:10 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
alexis - so how do you not have an issue with the native american land you are living on that was stolen - o not jews -m typical jew hater asshat - i am not Jewish and I went and actually graduated from Brooklyn College
Oct. 19, 2016, 5:17 pm
Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
Jews were in Israel centuries before the Muslim Arabs invaded.
Oct. 19, 2016, 5:30 pm
Mullahnai Al-Qu'a'r'a from Sunset Park says:
It's rude to call muslims "trolls" just because we're ugly. Most of us can't do anything about it. It's just a result of multiple generations of cousin marriage. That doesn't make us "trolls"!
Oct. 20, 2016, 3:58 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
For the record, I or nobody else called any Muslims trolls or ugly here, just you did, Mullahnai, so don't put words in my mouth that I nor anyone else here even said.
Oct. 20, 2016, 5:33 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Also Mullahnai, if your going to put anything in my mouth I'd prefer it be your filthy, hairy, stinky, uncircumcised donkey cok. The more vinegary the balls are, the better.
Oct. 21, 2016, 9:18 am

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