The David Horowitz Freedom Center targets supporters of Palestine and brands them as “terrorists” or “terrorist supporters.”
“I was scarcely aware of the existence of the Horowitz Center [before seeing my picture on the poster]. But a few minutes researching their activities reveal it to be a front organization for a hate group that seeks to defame and intimidate anyone who dares to criticize the state of Israel by calling them a terrorist, linking them to Hamas, and (of course) denouncing them as an anti-Semite. This is a thoroughly despicable group that perpetrates lies and slander directed at American universities and their students and faculty. I recommend that you look at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s account of David Horowitz’s career.”
— University of Chicago professor W. J. T. Mitchell
Over the past week, posters targeting members of the University of Chicago community as “terrorist supporters” appeared around campus and have since been removed by the University. The posters included the names of 26 members of the University community, including the names and drawings of the faces of two members of the faculty.
The students named on the posters are affiliated with the Muslim Students Association (MSA), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), and U of C Divest. The David Horowitz Freedom Center placed similar posters on campus in October of 2016 and May of this year, after College Council (CC) approved a resolution calling for the University to divest from companies connected to the Israeli occupation in May 2016.
Another poster depicted Rasmea Odeh, a community activist convicted in 1970 of bombing an Israeli supermarket who later came to the U.S.
Odeh was convicted of immigration fraud in 2014 for not mentioning her conviction for the bombings, which she says she only confessed to under torture by Israeli police. The posters called Odeh a “terrorist murderer” and a “hero to SJP and JVP.”
The posters are part of a campaign by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a conservative organization that oversees campaigns criticizing leftism and opposition to the state of Israel, particularly on the issue of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.