The US National Students for Justice in Palestine celebrated the anniversary of the start of the Second Intifada, this week, saying the violent uprising that began in 2000 “renewed the flame of resistance” and “still terrifies the Zionist entity to this day.”
“Today on September 28th, we remember the Al-Aqsa Intifada (the Second Intifada),” SJP said in an Instagram post on Thursday. “The Second Intifada served as a continuation of the unwavering struggle for liberation.”
The Second Intifada lasted from 2000 to 2005 and for Israelis became synonymous with the suicide blasts and bus bombings that led to the deaths of over 1,000 civilians and soldiers. The uprising that followed the failed Camp David peace negotiations also saw intense clashes with Israeli troops that left over 3,000 Palestinians dead.
The SJP post praised the uprising for “forcing” the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005 and “marking the last time the Palestinian factions waged a united struggle.”
Israel withdrew from Gaza under then prime minister Ariel Sharon’s Disengagement Plan. In 2007, the Hamas terror group ousted the Palestinian Authority from the Strip, which it continues to rule until today.
SJP also said the violence “demonstrated armed struggle was still possible” and claimed that the result of the uprising “still terrifies the Zionist entity until this day.”
It said Israel had only been able to put down the uprising through “sheer brutality” and praised ongoing terror attacks against Israelis, saying it “renewed the flame of resistance… [that] is still burning.”
Yesterday, National Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) posted an inflammatory statement lauding the anniversary of the Second Intifada. ???? pic.twitter.com/CvtLKFdGih
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The Anti-Defamation League slammed the post.
“SJP’s celebration of this period is further evidence of their hateful anti-Zionist agenda, one that seeks to delegitimize the Jewish state and demonize supporters of Israel, including Jews and Israelis on campuses across North America,” the ADL posted on X.