On September 5th, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join with The Muslim Connection (TMC), Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of South Florida and the Muslim Student Association to host the event "The Hidden Genocide: The Story of Palestine. A Banquet."
"The Hidden Genocide will be revealed and no longer shall it be a reality just for the Palestinians experiencing it everyday of their lives," reads the event description. "Join us September 5th at the MSC Ballroom for the opportunity to offer a helping hand to our brothers and sisters in Gaza and learn about the BDS movement that will help bring in end the destruction and disparity in Palestine."
The event features highly questionable speakers, including one who has been connected to funding Hamas terrorism.
According to the event Facebook page, Monzer Taleb is listed as a "Motivational Speaker." According to a PJ Media report from 2009:
Before the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) was closed by the U.S. government as a designated global terrorist fundraising entity just weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Monzer Taleb (aka Munzir Taleb, Monzer Talib, et al.) was part of the infamous Al-Sakhra band, which toured the U.S. raising money for the HLF and the terrorist group Hamas. Taleb was so active in his fundraising pursuits that he was personally named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF terrorism finance trial, which concluded this past November with guilty verdicts on all 108 counts for the defendants.
The event also features anti-Semitic poet Remi Kenazi, who challenges Israel's right to exist and perpetuates anti-Semitism on campuses nationwide. His attitude is highlighted by CAMERA on Campus:
Remi Kanazi is a self proclaimed Palestinian and human rights slam poet and activist who grew up in New York City. He is well known for disseminating false information regarding Palestine, Israel, and the Jewish people. Though he describes himself as an activist and entertainer, he is actually a propaganda artist who actively supports the destruction of Israel through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctioning movement. He believes that all of Israel should be given ‘back’ to the Palestinians and expresses this through his ‘poetry’. Kanazi believes that anyone who isn’t anti-Israel is anti-Palestininan and therefore his enemy; anyone who questions him is a white-supremicist racist.
In 2012 after an escalation between Hamas and Israel, Kenazi said, "Dear Zionists: You have never ‘defended yourselves.’ You came in, stole land that wasn’t yours & maintained a racist state through massacres and brute force.”
Suleiman Salem and Tariq Abu Khdeir will be speaking as well. Abu Khdeir drew international attention after an altercation with the Israel Defense Forces in which he was beaten. The soldier responsible for the misuse of force is being charged criminally by the state of Israel.
The Students for Justice in Palestine chapter on the campus of University of South Florida is one of the more extreme groups in the country. The organization's Facebook page features comparisons of Israel to the Nazis and other anti-Semitic propaganda:
The organization also brought anti-Semitic author Max Blumenthal to campus in February 2014.