Newsletter #113 – UT Knoxville Becoming a Progressive Socialist’s Mecca

Between new student groups SEAT (Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee) and SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine), UT Knoxville (UTK) is an emerging up-and-comer in the liberal left’s higher education arena.

SEAT promises that will organize and present Sex Week each year at UTK.  Last year’s inaugural Sex Week included a sessions on how students could have better sex, oral sex, transgender sexuality, a drag show and a few ……..

Not to be outdone, scattered in between potentially useful info sessions on Women’s Health and Sexual Assault Prevention, this year’s Sex Week also includes Aphrodisiac Cooking Class. the LGBTQ Drag Show and a Condom Scavenger Hunt.  Of course no college level program would complete without gratuitous learning about the “Middle East and Sexuality.”

Also in 2013, UTK’s newest anti-Israel student hate group, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) organization was established.  For now, it appears that the UTK SJP is engaging in “soft” BDS.  For example, their September 2013, “Occupation, Siege, and the Health Crisis in the Gaza Strip” by its very title, infers the classic anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian as victim bias.  

The program announcement for Dr. Mahmoud Daher’s pre-framed the issues around “Israeli authorities have continued to impose a strict blockade on the Gaza Strip.” Did Dr. Daher also explain the reasons a blockade has been imposed since 2007?  Did he tell them that in 2001, an Arab terrorist blew themselves up in a Sbarro pizza restaurant, killing15 civilians, including 7 children and a pregnant woman, wounding 130 others?  Did he tell them that Hamas claimed credit for the attack?

Did Dr. Daher explain to the students that the 2007 blockade of Gaza was imposed when the militant terrorist group Hamas was voted in to take over the Gaza Strip?  Did he detail the years of unprovoked but repeated Hamas missile attacks on civilians?  How about Israel’s repeated offers to reach a peace agreement and the Arabs’ repeated refusals? 

Doubtful since there is every reason to believe that the real path being laid by the SJP group and its faculty advisor, Brian Barber, will, just like every other SJP group, lead to more overt BDS initiatives on campus.

They may even get some help from Governor Haslam’s UT Board of Trustee appointee, Raja Jubran, an alum of UTK and a member of the anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian Ramallah Club of Knoxville.  Senator Massey, also from Knoxville, has introduced Senate Resolution 78 that if passed by the Tennessee State Senate, will reconfirm Jubran’s appointment to the Board.

The Ramallah Club of Knoxville.

The American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine(AFRP), is the parent organization of the individual state clubs like the one in Knoxville.  It describes itself as “the largest Palestinian Organization in the United States.”  It even publishes a bimonthly magazine.

Jubran, although raised in Lebanon, identifies as a Palestinian because his father was born in Ramallah.  He immigrated to the United States in 1977 to attend the University of Knoxville, and stayed.  Despite leaving the MIddle East, he continued his family’s legacy and spent over a year in Washington, D.C. advocating for “Palestinian rights.

Haslam appointee Samar Ali’s father, Subhi Ali, chair of the Jerusalem Fund in D.C., also immigrated to the U.S. from Ramallah.  Subhi Ali’s organization aggressively advocates BDS as a vehicle to destroy the Jewish homeland.


The Tennessee state legislature took action on the UTK Sex Week resulting in a likely university policy requiring an “opt-in” by individual students so that student activity fees can be directed away from what someone might believe is objectionable programming.

Hopefully, the University will examine the policies of the SJP and the student hate group’s funding will go the way of Sex Week’s.