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Home page of the Students for Justice in Palestine of New York City on Jan. 28 2017

New York’s Fordham University, a Jesuit Catholic institution, has won kudos from a Christian Evangelical organization this week after it banned the ‘Students for Justice in Palestine‘ (SJP) hate group from its campus.

Fordham University’s leadership denied approval of the SJP application to register as an official university club, thus blocking the hate group from acquiring another base for its violent activities against pro-Israel Jews and Christians.

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On the SJP NYC website, the group refers to its New York chapter as existing in the “belly of imperialist America.” It also states, “We seek to implement BDS in our communities, as well as other calls from the Palestinian people, through advocacy and local community work.”

BDS refers to the Boycott Divest and Sanctions campaign that has been effectively outlawed in the State of New York by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature, which has prohibited any state body or state-connected entity from conducting business with any firm that participates in the BDS campaign. “Other calls from state-run Palestinian Authority TV include programs that encourage and urge young children, youths and teens to become “martyrs” in suicide terrorist attacks on Jews and Israelis.

Fordham University’s denial of the SJP application won a public statement of praise from the Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN) group, an NGO established to “educate Christians about their Biblical responsibility to stand with their Jewish brethren about Israel…”

The organization issued a statement, saying “We salute the brave actions of President, Fr. Joseph McShane and the Board of Trustees at Fordham University for your leadership and your commitment to continuing in the Catholic tradition of honoring the spirit of the Nostra Aetate Declaration of the II Vatican Council.

“SJP is a hate-group that is directly responsible for incitement and violence targeting Jews and Christians and its tactics are in direct violation with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act as it pertains to Jewish students on campus.

“No group that fosters global genocidal anti-Semitism should be welcome anywhere. We call upon all universities to follow Fordham’s leadership example for the sake of protecting its students and ensuring that American university campuses become safe places of learning for all,” PTJN President Laurie Cardoza-Moore said.

SJP NYC long ago established a beachhead on the campuses of City University of New York (CUNY) and has numerous, vigorous chapters that are active at this point not only at CUNY but for the past five years also on the State University of New York (SUNY) campuses as well, creating an increasingly difficult environment for Jewish students at all campuses.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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