As a Vanderbilt Ingram Scholar, Hytham Al-Hindi gets his tuition fully paid for his undergraduate degree.
In exchange for the $160,000 plus in free education, Vanderbilt gets its own Jew-hating, HAMAS-connected Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) student organization, started by Al-Hindi.
Who is Hytham Al-Hindi and what are his motives to align with SJP?
Hytham Al-Hindi is from Jonesboro, Arkansas. His father, Dr. Ahmad Al-Hindi is a cardiologist who graduated from Jordan University of Science & Technology in northern Jordan, the country presumed to be where Dr. Al-Hindi immigrated from to the U.S.
In 2008, about 3.5 million people in Jordan were believed to be of Palestinian ancestry. Is Dr. Al-Hindi’s ancestry Palestinian? Does Dr. Al-Hindi have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan? Is he an anti-Israel sympathizer? Does he have political views that may have influenced his son?
Hytham Al-Hindi’s Ingram Scholars bio documents his high engagement with the immigrant and refugee populations in Nashville. He volunteers with the refugee resettlement agency NICE (Nashville International Center for Empowerment), that was started by a former refugee turned government contractor “entrepreneur.” (Remember this when the propagandists tell you how great it is that refugees come and start businesses.)
Hytham’s Facebook page looks like the who’s who of Muslim Brotherhood organizations. His listed “favorites” include:
- Vanderbilt and UTK’s Muslim Students Association
- Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) which was the mosque for al-Qaeda imam Abdulhakim Mohammed
- American Center for Outreach (ACO) run by former Muslim Brotherhood CAIR director Paul Galloway
- Hamza Yusuf who describes Judaism as the most racist religion
- Tariq Ramadan (grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna)
- Suhaib Webb — vocal Jew hater
Since he has started an SJP chapter at Vanderbilt, it’s no surprise that he also lists as “favorites” some of the most aggressive and virulent leftist anti-Israel and Jew-hating individuals and organizations that promote the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel). After all, demonization and delegitimization of Israel along with promoting BDS is the core belief of SJP:
- Angela Davis — former Black Panther party member and Communist
- Noam Chomsky — “America is worse than Nazi Germany”
- Rachel Corrie Foundation
- Jewish Voice for Peace — listed by the Anti-Defamation League as one of the top 10 anti-Israel groups in the U.S. and an aggressive promoter of BDS
- SJP Loyola
- Loyola Divest
- NU Divest (Northwestern University Divest) — in February, its student government passed a divest Israel resolution by two votes
The end goal of the BDS campaign is to eliminate the State of Israel, since its existence is hateful to Islam. When pro-BDS and pro-Hamas agitators chant “from the river to the sea Palestine will be free” they are saying that their vision is that there will be no Israel between the Jordan River and Mediterranean — and no Jews — it’s Judenrein.
SJP emulates the language and values of HAMAS. For this reason, and because of the extreme anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatred displayed by the chapter members, SJP is more accurately labeled “Hamas on Campus.”
SJP chapters on college campuses sponsor events like “Israel Apartheid Week,” disrupt pro-Israel events, and are the primary agitators pushing anti-Israel BDS resolutions introduced to student governments. SJP chapters have created hostile and intimidating campus environments for Jewish students. SJP prides itself on bringing conflict and divisiveness to college campuses along with using a well-financed disinformation campaign that spreads their hatred towards Jews and Israel.
Vanderbilt inviting Jew hatred?
Vanderbilt actively recruits international students. The university is promoted by CampusExplorer as a desirable school for students from the Middle East. The 2014 “Open Doors on International Education Exchange” report says that of the over 690,000 international students enrolled in four year U.S. colleges and graduate programs, almost 34,000 came from the Middle East:
43% – Qatar, 36% – UAE, 34% – Iran, 25% – Saudi Arabia, 20% – Kuwait.
They are all Muslim majority countries, some of which promote hatred of Jews and Israel. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader who supports Palestinian suicide bombings, is based in Qatar. Saudi Arabia follows the strictest form of sharia law which prohibits Jews from being citizens. Iran is supplying Hezbollah operatives with weapons so they can attack Israelis and Jews in Europe.
So, what ideology do these students bring with them? Do they gravitate more to student groups like the MSA, SJP and the Middle Eastern Students Association? Homegrown in Waverly, Tennessee, Samar Ali co-founded the Middle Eastern Students Association at Vanderbilt because, as she said, “I will always be Arab and I will always be American and I will always be Muslim… My parents always taught us to never forget where we came from and to never forget where we are now.”
What will be Vanderbilt’s response?
SJP’s co-founder, Hatem Bazian, came as a college student to the U.S. from the Hamas stronghold of Nablus in the West Bank. He brought his Islamic Jew-hatred with him and created the SJP campus hate group. Across U.S. campuses, SJP’s chapters activities and actions, along with the group’s DNA as pictured below, make the group ineligible for chartering as a campus student organization.
Equally relevant for Vanderbilt and every campus that has an SJP chapter is whether a group tied to HAMAS, a U.S. designated terrorist organization, can be chartered under any school’s rules for student organizations. Can public money be allowed to flow to these groups? Should private money be permitted to enable these groups?
In true leftist-progressive fashion, Vanderbilt made Christian campus groups unwelcome by enforcing the zero tolerance all-comers’ policy. If Vanderbilt enables SJP on its campus, will Jews at Vanderbilt be the next group to have to leave?