The group National Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is widespread on college campuses. It was later learned that the group was sending out toolkits inviting members to aid Hamas in their operations against Israel.
On October 24, 2023, Chancellor of the State University System of Florida Ray Rodrigues received a letter from Governor Ron DeSantis directing him to deactivate the group because of the “toolkit” revealing how to aid Hamas in their operations.
Hamas referred to the October 7 attack on Israel as “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood” and the toolkit referred to the operation as “the resistance” and stated, “Palestinian students in exile are part of this movement.”
The letter informed Rodrigues that it is a felony in Florida to “knowingly provide material support” to a designated foreign terror group. DeSantis added that two student chapters are active within the Florida State University system.
Below is a copy of the letter and the toolkit, DeSantis was referring to.
Breaking: Gov. @RonDeSantis directed the chancellor of the State University System of Florida to deactivate the “Students for Justice in Palestine” group after it was revealed they sent out a “toolkit” inviting members to aid Hamas in their Operation Al-Aqsa Flood terrorist… pic.twitter.com/bMmoI2ZKt1
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) October 24, 2023
The liberals are up in arms about this as well even though they admit that the SJP was “horrific.”
From New York Magazine:
Free speech often protects people with awful beliefs, and the beliefs promoted by SJP are genuinely horrific. The group not only endorsed but glorified the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack against against Israeli civilians. In its “Day of Resistance Toolkit,” created the day after the attack, SJP defined the entire State of Israel as a “settler colony,” insisting “Settlers” — i.e., any Jewish man, woman, or child in Israel — “are not ‘civilians’ in the sense of international law, because they are military assets used to ensure continued control over stolen Palestinian land,” and proclaiming that “ liberating colonized land is a real process that requires confrontation by any means necessary,” including “armed struggle.”
But in the United States, the government can’t shut down a student group simply because its beliefs are ghastly. DeSantis is trying to change that.
Which the writer as NY Magazine is right, the federal government can’t but a state government can. Additionally, the article written by the left wing magazine never mentioned the fact that what the SJP did is a felony in the State of the Florida.
It’s just another classic form of misinformation.