Left-wing groups trained and encouraged anti-Israel protesters on US campuses for months: Report – Firstpost

Signs are displayed outside a tent camp at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, on April 26, 2024. AP

Left-wing groups and veterans of previous waves of protests trained and encouraged anti-Israel demonstrators who had camped on college campuses across the United States in recent days, a report said.

Although the protests on campuses such as Columbia and Rutgers Universities were not led by a central organization, outside elements supported them and training sessions were held for the agitators. The Wall Street Journal.

In recent days, a number of American college campuses have been hit by protests against Israel over the war in the Gaza Strip. The protests, which included chants, occupation of academic buildings and destruction of Palestinian motifs on campus, were also accused of anti-Semitism as a number of videos appeared to show chants and slogans on signs that could be considered anti-Semitic.

The WJ reported that longtime protester groups such as the National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP), Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, and Black Panther veterans were involved in these training and encouragement activities. At least one of these sessions expressed open support for Hamas, the Gaza-based terrorist group.

Trainings, self-defense lessons, online tips: how protests were sparked

The recent wave of anti-Israel protesters became a multi-generational effort as demonstrators surveyed previous protests on campuses, attended sessions and engaged with veterans of Black Panthers, a far-left American organization of yesteryear.

In Columbia, protest organizers went to a community meeting on “gentrification and development” and attended a “teach-in” hosted by many Black Panthers veterans, according to the WJ.

“We took notes from our seniors, engaged in dialogue with them and analyzed how the university responded to previous protests,” said Sueda Polat, one of the organizers.

Since October, when the terrorist group Hamas started the war by carrying out the worst-ever attack on Israel and killing around 1,200 people, the National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) had promoted a “day of resistance” with university demonstrations. The group, which has more than 300 chapters across the United States, also provided tips to potential protesters.

In a post on In another post, it called police personnel “pigs” and said: “If anyone is arrested, don’t linger too long or the pigs will ruin the march. Free the comrade, or else get their name and date of birth for support in prison and keep him moving.

In March, the Canada-based group Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network organized a session titled “Resistance 101” for Columbia protesters, the report said. The group had celebrated the October 7 terrorist attack. During the session, Samidoun coordinator Charlotte Kates said: “There is nothing wrong with being a member of Hamas, being a leader of Hamas, being a fighter in Hamas,” the report said.

The report went on to say that Kates encouraged students to “build an internationally popular cradle of resistance.” She further called Hamas terrorists and leaders “people who are on the front lines defending Palestine.”

In another case, lecturer Saree Makdisi of the University of California, part of the Palestine Faculty of Justice, said his campus camp organized self-defense teams made up of students who had undergone prior training.

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