Following revelations by a media watchdog that a student group at a Nablus school has promoted violence against Israel, a San Francisco State University (SFSU) spokesperson told The Algemeiner Tuesday that its partnership with the Palestinian institution will continue as before.
The SFSU spokesperson was responding to the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) report that An-Najah National University's chapter of Shabiba, the student movement of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party, created a logo bearing the slogan, "From the sea of blood of the martyrs we will create a state." The logo, part of Shabiba's campaign for student council elections, also depicts a raised "resistance" fist in the shape of the entire state of Israel, suggesting that the Jewish state will be destroyed and replaced with Palestine, according to PMW.
The SFSU spokesperson said the ongoing general memorandum of understanding (MOU) with An-Najah — approved in 2014 — is a "goodwill document that demonstrates an intention to collaborate," though a "specific project has not yet been identified" since it was signed. Should one be presented, she said, SFSU would take student and faculty safety into consideration when reviewing it.
As The Algemeiner reported, campus watchdogs have called on SFSU to terminate the MOU with An-Najah, citing the university's deep ties to "extremism, glorification of terrorism, routine incitement to violence and antisemitism." They said their efforts have been met with "deafening silence" from SFSU.
An-Najah representatives did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner's request for comment.