FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY: Ahmad Daraldik Controversy and Anti-Semitism

FSU SJP is Florida State University’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), an anti-Israel organization that agitates on U.S. college campuses.

In June 2020, FSU SJP gained national attention for their shocking support for fellow SJP member Ahmad Daraldik. Daraldik, who was then president of the FSU Student Senate, became the center of controversy following the exposure of his antisemitic social media posts.

Rather than acknowledging the antisemitism in their midst, FSU SJP doubled down in their support for Daraldik, saying that calls for his removal were “racially and politically motivated to smear and silence Palestinian students and critics of the state of Israel” and “rooted in anti-Arab racism and Islamophobia.”

Canary Mission previously exposed FSU SJP in 2018, for social media posts expressing a wide variety of hatred against Jews and Israel, including Holocaust mockery and cursing Jews in Arabic.

FSU SJP regularly:

  • Paints Israel as an apartheid state and a colonialist, occupying force
  • Demonizes Zionists
  • Promotes BDS
  • Whitewashes Palestinian terrorism
  • Hosts anti-Israel agitators

This report includes 19 individuals who are affiliated with FSU SJP.

Ahmad Daraldik Controversy

Ahmad Daraldik was the center of controversy following the exposure of his anti-Semitic social media posts after he became the Student Government Association (SGA) Senate President at Florida State University (FSU) in June 2020.

Daraldik also created an anti-Semitic website, reportedly as a high school sophomore in 2016, in which he compared Israel to Nazi Germany and suggested that Israel engaged in forced medical experimentation on Palestinians. The website was maintained in the public domain through at least mid-June 2020.

While he was FSU SGA Senate President, Daraldik opposed a June 2020 FSU student senate resolution that recognized the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism and was designed to combat anti-Semitic hate speech and activity on FSU’s campus. Daraldik also attempted to bar two Florida state legislators from speaking at an online meeting leading up to the vote.

On June 12, 2020, FSU SJP shared a statement on Facebook defending SJP activist Ahmad Daraldik following calls for his removal as FSU Student Senate President, after it was discovered that Daraldik shared anti-Semitic content on social media.

Daraldik, who was appointed Student Senate President at FSU in June 2020, faced calls for his removal when his social media posts and website were publicized. Daraldik retained his position after a vote by student senators at FSU.

Daraldik had assumed the presidency of the student senate on June 6, 2020 after presiding over an inappropriate student senate vote of no-confidence against fellow student Jack Denton, who was then Senate Student President.

The FSU SJP statement claimed that the calls for Daraldik to be removed as Senate President were “racially and politically motivated to smear and silence Palestinian students and critics of the state of Israel” and “rooted in anti-Arab racism and Islamophobia.”

The statement continued: “If SRR [FSU Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities] and/or Student Government staff take disciplinary action against Ahmad, Florida State University will be legitimizing anti-Arab racism and Islamophobia as well as weaponizing antisemitism to stifle free speech.”

On July 24, 2020 BDS Report tweeted that Daraldik had “just shared a new video on his Instagram story claiming that the problem with Jews is they make everything about themselves.”

The video Daraldik shared on his Instagram story featured a man claiming: “And most Jewish people, when talking about this conflict, it’s you guys always want to shift the focus back to you. It’s always anti-Semitism, it’s always anti-Jew. Everything has to be about you guys.”

In October 2020, FSU’s Student Supreme Court ruled that the no-confidence vote, which targeted Denton for his statements of religious conviction, made in a Catholic Student Union’s private group chat in his capacity as a private citizen, violated Denton’s rights to Freedom of Speech and Freedom to Exercise Religion under the Student Body Constitution and Statutes, as well as the Constitution of the United States and of Florida.

EDITORS NOTE: This Canary Mission report is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

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