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Legislators and Leaders Oppose Hate Group Conference at GMU

Hamilton, VA – Several members of the Virginia General Assembly, along with individuals and organizations concerned with anti-Semitic activities, today issued a letter calling on George Mason University (GMU) to prevent the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) National conference from being held on the University’s campus. George Mason University StudentsAgainst Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), is the event’s host organization.

George Mason University’s code of conduct states: “The right to free speech and expression does not include unlawful activity or activity that endangers or threatens to endanger the safety or well-being of any member of the community.”

The legislators, and other signers, state that “A group that incites hate, fuels violent behavior and places citizens’ lives at great risk should not be allowed to use any facility in this Commonwealth of Virginia, let alone a taxpayer-funded educational institution. We ask George Mason University to assure us they will not allow organizations whose record includes activity that endangers or threatens to endanger the safety of others to have access to facilities.”

Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33), says “George Mason, a publicly funded institution, is not differentiating between organizations which participate a healthy public discourse and those whose stated goals are to harm innocent human beings. The groups hosting this anti-Israel conference have direct ties to terrorist organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Granting them access to public facilities is analogous to hosting a Ku Klux Klan or a neo-Nazi rally on campus: it is antithetical to a free society which respects the rights of all.”

Earlier this year, the Virginia General Assembly passed HJ177, to “…reaffirm their support for the State of Israel and oppose all attempts to economically and politically isolate Israel within the international arena, including promotion of economic, cultural, and academic boycotts, and all efforts to assault the legitimacy of the State of Israel as the sovereign homeland of the Jewish people.”

Signers of the letter include Virginia State Senator Charles W. Carrico, Sr.; Delegates Dave LaRock, C. Matthew Fariss, Mark L. Cole, Christopher E. Collins, Jason S. Miyares, H. F. "Buddy" Fowler, Jr., and L. Mark Dudenhefer; as well as Deborah Weiss, Esq., President, Vigilance, Inc.; Becky Norton Dunlop, Former Director, White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and Former Senior Official, U.S. Department of Justice; Allen Roth, President, Secure America Now; Joel Anand Samy, Co-Founder, International Leaders Summit; Natasha Srdoc, Co-Founder, International Leaders Summit; Rev. Chris Edmonds, Founder, Roddie Edmonds Foundation; and Sarah N. Stern, Founder and President, Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)

View the legislators and leaders' letter to George Mason University President Dr. Ángel Cabrera here.


More supporting information:

2016-04-19 Congressional testimony of Jonathan Schanzer

2016 National Conference of Students for Justice in Palestine at George Mason University

Students For Justice In Palestine - A Hate Group

Horowitz Freedom Center Identifies George Mason University Students for Justice in Palestine as a Front for the Terror Group Hamas

Response letter from George Mason University President Dr. Ángel Cabrera


News coverage: 

Legislators and Leaders Oppose Hate Group Conference at GMU
Virginia Free Citizen October 26, 2016

Legislators and Leaders Oppose Hate Group Conference at GMU
The Bull Elephant - October 26, 2016 - Jeanine Martin
Delegate Dave LaRock's opposition to hate group conference at George Mason University

Legislators, pro-Israel orgs fight pro-BDS conference on Virginia campus
Jerusalem Post Israel News
The signatories of the letter also pointed out that the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate passed a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment …

Virginia Lawmaker: George Mason U Must Rescind Invitation to Host Conference by Anti-Israel, Antisemitic Student Group With ‘Well-Documented Ties to Hamas’
The Algemeiner NOVEMBER 1, 2016 1:02 PM by Lea Speyer
George Mason University (GMU) must immediately rescind its invitation to host an upcoming conference held by a student group with “well-documented ties to Hamas and other terrorist organizations,” a Virginia lawmaker told The Algemeiner on Monday, explaining the impetus for his demand that the school, which he said has a “track record of antisemitism,” cancel the event.

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