Template:TOCnestleft Ahmad Saadaldin
Students for Justice in Palestine launched a campaign in January 2013 calling on the University of South Florida to divest from Israeli companies. The campaign included a 2014 petition, which collected over 10,000 student signatures — approximately 21% of USF’s students. A cartoon campaign video produced by SJP misinformed students that USF invests in companies that make fighter jets and rockets that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) "uses against civilians in the Gaza strip." In the video, bombs labeled “made 2 kill" are dropped on the Gaza strip, with the resulting explosions exclaiming “kaboom" and “kill!"
On May 5, 2014, Fakhoury and fellow SJP members Ahmad Saadaldin, Omar Erchid and Homam Zituni were given the opportunity to present their petition on behalf of SJP USF to the CEO and Foundation Board Chair of USF for over an hour. After that hearing, the Investment Committee rejected the petition. Lara Wade-Martinez, the Director of Media Relations at USF added that the matter would not be taken up again or voted on at future meetings.
“There are only 5 days left of voting. If he wins, he will be the first independent candidate elected to Florida House of Representatives in history. He would also be the first Muslim. It’s a special election. He only needs 4,509 votes to win. He is bold, committed and has the most energetic campaign with 160 volunteers. Do what you can!”‘
Saaldaldin is one of four candidates in the race, and as Sarsour notes, an independent one at that. Officially he is non-party-affiliated, though he is very much in sync with the Green Party USA, who endorsed him in October and has contributed $200 to his campaign.