Thursday, June 28, 2018

Canary Mission: Lina Bearat




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Lina Bearat


Bearat served as the president of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter at Arizona State University (SJP ASU) in 2012. She also served as a senator with the ASU Undergraduate Student Government (ASU USG) from 2011-2012.
While she was SJP president and senator, she authored an ASU Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) divestment bill and organized an Israel Apartheid Week.
Bearat led the charge for divestment bill to be passed. The bill targeted the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and Sudan, grouping Israel together with the genocide in Darfur. The bill was ultimately passed by ASU USG, but was not signed by the President of the ASU USG and it essentially remained a pocket veto.
Bearat is employed as an Analyst at Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc, in Phoenix Arizona. Bearat graduated from ASU in 2012, with a BSE in Civil Engineering.

Calling for Israel’s Destruction

On March 29, 2013, Bearat tweeted : "Israel is the big illegal settlement and we want to end the occupation" #landday #Palestine #Israel"
On November 29, 2012, Bearat tweeted : "Palestine means the right of return for refugees and it means that Jerusalem belongs to us. So no thanks PA. #UNBid #UN #Palestine."
On the same day Bearat also tweeted: "Palestine means all of historic Palestine. Not just the 22% that Israel left when they took the land. #UNBid #UN #Palestine"
On November 16, 2012, Bearat and SJP members participated in an anti-Israel demonstration, where Bearat led the demonstrators in the chant “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free."

Delegitimizing Israel

On February 5, 2015, Bearat retweeted the tweet which stated: “Zionism uses Judaism as a human shield."
On March 21 2014, Bearat retweeted the tweet : "’The current Israel is not the biblical Israel. It's an experiment in European and American white supremacy.’ Bingo."

Demonizing Israel

On July 29, 2014, Bearat retweeted the tweet: "So sick watching our Secretary of State have to grovel so hard to tell Israel how much he loves them while Israeli cabinet shs on him." On March 20, 2014, Bearat tweeted: “Thank goodness! @Beyonce isn't performing in #apartheidisrael !! I can be obsessed with her still!!"

Endorsing Islamic Jihad Militant

On February 20-21, 2012, Bearat tweeted a series of tweets in support of Khader Adnan, including: "Khader Adnan is an inspiration to all of us. Palestine will be free."
Adnan was invited to address the 2012 SJP National Conference, held November 2-4, which Bearat attended. On November 4, 2012, Bearat tweeted: “Khader Adnan was such an inspiration! #sjpconf"
Adnan is the spokesperson for Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), an Islamic Palestinian organization that violently opposes the existence of Israel. The PIJ advocates the destruction of Israel through violent means, and the establishment of an Islamic state in its stead. As the spokesperson for the PIJ, Adnan’s role during the second intifada was to incite terror and violence against Israelis.
In 2007, during the funeral of one of the senior commanders of the al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of PIJ, Adnan said: “Who among you is the next Hasan Abu Zeid [suicide bomber who murdered five Israeli civilians in Hadera in October 2005]? Who among you is the next suicide bomber? …Who among you will fire the next bullets? Who among you will have his body parts blown all over?"

Promoting BDS and Omar Barghouti

On Feb 4th, 2016, Bearat signed National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)petition in favour of BDS. The petition rejects dialogue and coexistence and accuses Israel of being a "system of colonial and racist oppression" and “apartheid."
On January 11, 2012, Bearat coordinated an anti-Israel lecture at ASU, featuringOmar Barghouti.


SJP was co-founded in 2001 at the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) by Professors Hatem Bazian and Snehal Shingavi. Bazian served as president of the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) while studying at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and headed the Muslim Students Association (MSA) while earning his M.A. at UC Berkeley. In 2004, while the second intifada was already winding down in Israel, he called for an intifada in the United States.
Shingavi, an activist tied to the International Socialist Organization (ISO), has been criticized for using his literature course as a vehicle for promoting anti-Israel propaganda. SJP has grown to become the primary student movement advancing the Palestinian national agenda on North American campuses and is the primary force behind BDS campaigns at most schools.
SJP activists frequently intimidate and harass Jewish and pro-Israel students. SJP members have physically assaulted Jewish students, aggressively disrupted pro-Israel events and possibly vandalized communal property. SJP rallies regularly include hate-speech and chants such as "Long Live The Intifada" and "From the River to the Sea Palestine will be Free" — calls for violence and for the destruction of the Jewish state.
SJP chapters frequently run inflammatory campaigns against Israel, including BDS resolutions, ralliesIsrael-Apartheid initiatives, propaganda comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, mock checkpoints and "die-ins."
SJP chapters regularly host speakers who use language considered anti-Semiticby the U.S. State Department and individuals linked to terrorist activity.


The BDS movement was founded in 2005 by Omar Barghouti and asserts that it "works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law."
BDS initiatives include compelling institutions and individuals to divest from Israeli-affiliated companies, academic boycotts, anti-Israel rallies and protests.
The movement's most notable achievement has been the infiltration of university campuses through lobbying for "BDS resolutions." In these cases, backed by university anti-Israel affiliates, student governments have brought to vote on some form of boycott of — or divestment from — Israel and Israeli-affiliated entities. These resolutions, although non-binding, have been passed by student governments on numerous North American campuses.
BDS activity is often aggressive and disruptive. It has been noted that universities that pass BDS resolutions see a marked increase in anti-Semitic incidents on campus. In 2013, when the student government of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) debated a BDS resolution, reports emerged of violent threats and the spitting on a student wearing a Star of David necklace. As a result, the student government chose to vote via a "secret ballot" in order to ensure its members' safety.

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