ISGAP Applauds Congressional Leaders for Investigating Funding Sources Behind Antisemitic Encampments on College Campuses

NEW YORK, May 15, 2024 – Following a sweeping rise of antisemitism on campuses across the country, the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) applauds Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) for their increased efforts to investigate the funding sources behind the illegal, pro-Hamas, antisemitic encampments on numerous college campuses.

In a letter sent yesterday to Department of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Chairs Foxx and Comer requested all suspicious activity reports (SARs) related to 20 organizations reportedly involved in leading, financing, and participating in the protests.

Last week, Dr. Charles Asher Small, Executive Director of ISGAP, provided new insights during a closed-door briefing held by the Committee on Oversight and Accountability regarding the recent rise of antisemitism at US universities. Dr. Small’s briefing, along with ISGAP’s comprehensive research on Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and its umbrella group, National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP), shed light on the ties between the two groups and the scourge of antisemitism in universities.

ISGAP’s May 1 report, “National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP): Antisemitism, Anti-Americanism, Violent Extremism and the Threat to American Universities,” highlights the alarming financial ties between SJP and organizations linked to terrorism, including Hamas. The report exposes a pattern of radicalization and intimidation targeting Jewish and pro-Israel individuals on campuses, particularly following the October 7, 2023 Hamas terror attack in Israel.

Responding to the committee’s letter to Secretary Yellen, Dr. Charles Asher Small, Executive Director of ISGAP said, “ISGAP is deeply grateful to Chairwoman Foxx, Chairman Comer, and the esteemed members of their committees for their dedication to combating antisemitism on college campuses. Their commitment to transparency and accountability in investigating the funding sources behind these hateful, pro-Hamas encampments is commendable. We stand ready to support their efforts as we collectively strive to uphold the principles of tolerance, diversity, and academic freedom in higher education.”

ISGAP underscores the urgent need for action to address the growing threat posed by SJP and NSJP on university campuses. Failure to confront these groups risks further radicalization and harassment targeting Jewish and pro-Israel individuals.