On September 22, 2020, #EndJewHatred, Herut North America, Almost Jewish, The Lawfare Project, Liberate Art, Inc. the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (IBSI), Yad Yamin, Shield of David, and Club Z united to protest against Zoom in front of their headquarters in San Jose, California.
Zoom had allowed the promotion of Jew hatred as it was providing its platform to be used for a virtual roundtable discussion titled “Whose Narratives? Gender, Justice, & Resistance: A conversation with Leila Kahlid” at San Francisco State University (SFSU), which was scheduled to take place on September 23, 2020 despite initial outcries.
Khaled is an unrepentant terrorist and international hijacker. She is a leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). She was a key part of the team that hijacked TWA Flight 840 on its way from Rome to Tel Aviv in August 1969. Then, the following year, Khaled again participated in an attempt to hijack an El Al flight, this time from Amsterdam to New York. Even though Khaled is banned from entering the United States, because she is a terrorist and is dedicated to spreading her hatred and murderous ideology, SFSU invited her to lecture students via the Zoom platform.
As a direct result of putting pressure on Zoom, Herut is excited to report that Zoom has agreed to de-platform Leila Khaled and issued the following statement:
“Zoom is committed to supporting the open exchange of ideas and conversations, subject to certain limitations contained in our Terms of Service, including those related to user compliance with applicable U.S. export control, sanctions, and anti-terrorism laws. In light of the speaker’s reported affiliation or membership in a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization, and SFSU’s inability to confirm otherwise, we determined the meeting is in violation of Zoom’s Terms of Service and told SFSU they may not use Zoom for this particular event.”
“This is an important victory for Zionist actvists, and Herut is honored to have been a part of this unifying of pro-Israel organizations to fight against Jew hatred, but much is still to be done to stop SFSU and other colleges from providing terrorists like Khaled the opportnity to spread hate,” stated Karma Feinstein Cohen, the Executive Director of Herut North America. “Much credit for this goes to activist and Herut’s Director of Communications, Virag Gulyas, who helped organize this rally, coordinate the coalition, and who was one of the main featured speakers.”