An event featuring a convicted Palestinian Arab terrorist has been barred from using the Zoom online video conference service, following pressure from Jewish groups.
The event in question is sponsored by San Francisco State University’s women and gender studies department as well as by the college’s Arab and Muslim studies program, and is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
Leila Khaled is the guest speaker of the event, which was billed as “Whose Narratives? Gender, Justice & Resistance: A Conversation with Leila Khaled”.
Khaled, a convicted Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist who was involved in a series of airplane hijackings which targeted Israel in the late 1960s and early 1970s, was described by organizers as a “Palestinian feminist, militant, and leader.”
As first reported by Arutz Sheva, the event drew heavy criticism from Jewish and pro-Israel groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Act-il project, which lobbied Zoom to deny the event use of its services.
Tom Berman, director of Act-il at the Abba Even Institute for Diplomacy, told Arutz Sheva, "More than a thousand members of the Act-il community have already sent emails to the university's administration, demanding the cancellation of the lecture that gives a platform to terrorist Leila Khaled, even though she encourages terrorism against Israel."
The Lawfare Project warned Zoom that if it hosted Wednesday's event, it could be in violation of federal law which prohibits assisting foreign terrorist organizations.
On Wednesday, Zoom told the Lawfare Project that due to Khaled’s affiliation with a US-designated terrorist organization, the event was in violation of the company’s terms of service.
“Zoom is committed to supporting the open exchange of ideas and conversations, subject to certain limitations contained in our Terms of Service, including those related to user compliance with applicable U.S. export control, sanctions, and anti-terrorism laws. In light of the speaker’s reported affiliation or membership in a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization, and SFSU’s inability to confirm otherwise, we determined the meeting is in violation of Zoom’s Terms of Service and told SFSU they may not use Zoom for this particular event.”