The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter has gone radical on Facebook calling for “violent resistance, whether black bloc or full-scale armed conflict” in its fight against fascism, White Supremacy and Zionism.
SJP’s latest event: “Smashing Fascism: Radical Resistance Against White Supremacy,” claimed “there is no room for fascists, white supremacists, or Zionists” at the Illinois university. Although SJP has its roots in anti-Zionism, since Trump entered the political realm they’ve broadened their target to include fascism and white supremacy.
“Smash Facism,” incidentally, is the title of a how-to book on creating an Antifa group.
The blowback from pro-Israel groups and others prompted a retaliatory strike from the group on Facebook, stating SJP was “disgusted with the preemptive backlash [its] event has received.”
“This opposition highlights the unholy union of American fascists, white supremacists, and Zionists which seeks to weaken and destroy intersectional movements for mass liberation,” the group’s post claims.
The pro-Palestine group states that although there’s a place for nonviolence and peaceful discourse and great accomplishments have been made through non-violent tactics, “violent resistance, whether it is a black bloc or full scale armed conflict, also has its place.” They also vowed to “fight” and “win, by any means necessary.”
Pro-Israel groups have reportedly called on campus security and local police to maintain increased presence on campus due to the group’s violence-based rhetoric. SJP, meanwhile, argues that “the police, at all levels, represent white supremacy and the preservation of a racist, classist, and sexist society.
StandWithUs (a non-profit Israel education organization) and Illini Public Affairs Committee have both condemned the radical group and called on the university’s administration through press releases to issue a clear condemnation of SJP.
IlliniPAC drew attention to the university’s Student Code in its press release, stating, “The University of Illinois Student Code states that ‘Registered Organizations and Registered Student Organizations shall not practice discrimination against a member or prospective member on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation…’ Furthermore, the Student Code asks students to live up to a series of values, and states: ‘These values include the freedom to learn, free and open expression within limits that do not interfere with respect for the dignity of others, and personal and institutional openness to constructive change.'”