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November 24, 2015 0

Campus Groups Exploit Domestic Social Issues to Attack Israel

Anti-Israel groups on uni­ver­sity and col­lege cam­puses con­tinue to link the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict to issues of police bru­tal­ity and dis­crim­i­na­tion in the U.S., in an attempt to gain broader sup­port for Boy­cott, Divest­ment, and Sanc­tions (BDS) cam­paigns and other anti-Israel ini­tia­tives from minor­ity stu­dent groups. By employ­ing this tac­tic, groups such as Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP) link domes­tic issues to the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict, thereby couch­ing hos­til­ity towards Israel in social jus­tice terms and mak­ing Israel look like an aggressor.students-for-justice-in-palestine-suhad-khatib

Below are a few exam­ples of these events and actions from the 2015–2016 aca­d­e­mic year:

  • Linda Sar­sour, the National Advo­cacy Direc­tor for the National Net­work for Arab Amer­i­can Com­mu­ni­ties, spoke at Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity on Mon­day, Novem­ber 23, 2015 for an event titled “Sol­i­dar­ity: Uni­fy­ing Com­mu­ni­ties of Color to Break Cycles of Oppres­sion.” Accord­ing to the orga­niz­ers of the event, it was held to focus on a num­ber of issues, includ­ing “mass incar­cer­a­tion, mass crim­i­nal­iza­tion, struc­tural vio­lence, apartheid, racism, state-sanctioned vio­lence, police bru­tal­ity, tear gassed for fight­ing for free­dom and equal­ity– a real­ity for Pales­tini­ans liv­ing under occu­pa­tion, and for Blacks fight­ing an unjust sys­tem here in the United States.”
  • Suhad Khatib, a mem­ber of the St. Louis Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Com­mit­tee (PSC), spoke via Skype at San Diego State Uni­ver­sity on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 19 for an event titled “Resist­ing Oppres­sion from Miz­zou to Gaza.” In her pre­sen­ta­tion, she stated that African-Americans, Pales­tini­ans, Mex­i­cans, and oppressed peo­ple are con­nected, claim­ing that “Fer­gu­son taught me more about my con­nec­tion with Pales­tine than any­thing else because you under­stand racism and sys­tem­atic racism. We as Pales­tini­ans are brain­washed to think we are white when we are peo­ple of color and are oppressed.”
  • The Mar­quette Uni­ver­sity SJP chap­ter spon­sored a panel dis­cus­sion titled “Out­lets 4 Activism,” which fea­tured Ali Abunimah, founder and exec­u­tive direc­tor of the anti-Israel Elec­tronic Intifada blog, as a pan­elist. Other pan­elists at the event included Nate Hamil­ton, an activist from the #Black­Lives­Mat­ter move­ment and brother of Don­tre Hamil­ton; and Oscar Her­nan­dez, an immi­grant rights activist who works as an Orga­nizer for We Own the DREAM. The event was co-sponsored by Black Stu­dent Coun­cil (BSC), Youth Empow­ered in the Strug­gle (Y.E.S), the National Asso­ci­a­tion for the Advance­ment of Col­ored Peo­ple (NAACP), and Jew­ish Voice for Peace (JVP).
  • Many SJP chap­ters and other anti-Israel groups across the coun­try co-sponsored ral­lies and demon­stra­tions held in sol­i­dar­ity with African-American stu­dents at the Uni­ver­sity of Mis­souri. At one of the demon­stra­tions, which took place at Loy­ola Uni­ver­sity on Wednes­day, Novem­ber 11, Nadine Dar­wish, a mem­ber of Loy­ola SJP and Loy­ola Divest, stated “Now is the time to hold admin­is­tra­tors accountable…No longer can we remain com­pla­cent as stu­dents and stu­dent activists. We have to put an end to the poli­cies and prac­tices that con­tribute to the sys­temic trauma­ti­za­tion of stu­dents of color on cam­pus, par­tic­u­larly Black stu­dents and my peers in SJP.”

These events are a con­tin­u­a­tion of what occurred dur­ing the pre­vi­ous aca­d­e­mic year, when anti-Israel groups worked to link the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict to Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri and when SJP and its part­ners began to pub­licly back dif­fer­ent move­ments and offer sup­port to var­i­ous groups, while broad­en­ing sup­port for BDS and other anti-Israel initiatives.

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November 23, 2015 2

“With Open Gates”: Racist Anti-Refugee Video Goes Viral

“With Open Gates: The Forced Col­lec­tive Sui­cide of Euro­pean Nations,” a vir­u­lently anti-refugee pro­pa­ganda video widely cir­cu­lated on the Inter­net has received over four mil­lion views on YouTube over the last two weeks. The video uses selec­tive footage of African and Mus­lim refugees and immi­grants to depict them as cre­at­ing may­hem and destruc­tion through­out Europe.

The video ends with a clip of the founder of a Jew­ish cul­tural insti­tute in Swe­den, who claims that Jews sup­port efforts to pro­mote mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in Europe. This seg­ment of the video gives fuel to anti-Semites who blame Jews for non-white immi­gra­tion to Europe. The state­ment that accom­pa­nied the post­ing of the video on YouTube blames “Zion­ist inter­est” for destroy­ing Europe “from the inside.”

Still shot from "With Open Gates"

Still shot from “With Open Gates”

The clear aim of “With Open Gates” is to increase anti-immigrant and anti-refugee hys­te­ria in Europe by paint­ing refugees as invaders who are destroy­ing Euro­pean cul­ture and soci­ety and push­ing the con­ti­nent to become a non-white majority.

The racist video orig­i­nated on 8chan, a con­tro­ver­sial Inter­net dis­cus­sion forum whose “Polit­i­cally Incor­rect” sub­fo­rum is noto­ri­ous for racist and anti-Semitic lan­guage. A user with the screen name of Gex appears to have cre­ated the video, with some assis­tance from other users. The same per­son cre­ated an ear­lier video called “End Times Europe,” which uses some of the same footage.

In its first days of release, it was mostly white suprema­cists in Europe and North Amer­ica who were extolling the video. Racists on 8chan and else­where worked to pro­mote the video and gain more view­ers for it. Andrew Anglin, who runs the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer site, asked his read­ers to make the video go viral. Jared Tay­lor, who runs the white suprema­cist web­site Amer­i­can Renais­sance, also sup­ported the video, as did two pop­u­lar white suprema­cist forums, Van­guard News Net­work and Storm­front. InfoWars, an anti-government conspiracy-oriented site, also high­lighted the video.

The Right Stuff, a web site that posts arti­cles and Inter­net radio inter­views by white suprema­cists, claimed that hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple had viewed the video in the first 3 days after it was posted. They wrote, “If half of the peo­ple who watched this video col­lec­tively were as trig­gered as we were.….Thats [sic] like the largest stand­ing army in europe.”

The video picked up steam in main­stream con­ser­v­a­tive cir­cles after Bre­it­bart in Lon­don fea­tured it in a Novem­ber 11 col­umn. Bre­it­bart reported that the video was being rapidly shared on social media includ­ing YouTube and Face­book and online mes­sage boards. The video had over a mil­lion views by the time YouTube took it down for copy­right vio­la­tions. How­ever, mir­ror ver­sions of the video soon appeared on social media sites in the U.S. and Europe. YouTube even­tu­ally allowed the video to be viewed again once the copy­righted music had been removed.

In the wake of the Paris ter­ror­ist attacks, the video received even more atten­tion, par­tic­u­larly in more main­stream cir­cles. For­mer Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michele Bach­man encour­aged peo­ple to view it, urg­ing, “After 100 killed by Mus­lims, watch this video on migrants.” In addi­tion, Wash­ing­ton Times con­trib­u­tor and radio show host Steve Deace devoted an entire col­umn to the video. He writes dis­parag­ingly of the refugees going to Europe and says that the video shows what could be at stake in Amer­ica, “if we con­tinue to let our own cul­tural her­itage bleed out.”

“With Open Gates” demon­strates graph­i­cally how the ideas of extrem­ists and white suprema­cists can res­onate with a wide audi­ence. It also illus­trates just how recep­tive so many peo­ple in North Amer­ica and Europe are to anti-immigrant and anti-refugee fear and loathing.



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November 23, 2015 2

Anti-Semite Claims Prominent BDS Activist Invited Him To Berkeley Conference

Anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist Kevin Bar­rett claims he was accepted to present a paper at the 3rd Islam­o­pho­bia and Civil Soci­ety Con­fer­ence in Paris, spon­sored by Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berkeley’s Cen­ter for Race & Gen­der.

Kevin Barrett's GoFundMe page

Kevin Barrett’s GoFundMe page

The con­fer­ence, which appears to have recently been can­celed, was orga­nized by BDS activist and Berke­ley pro­fes­sor Hatem Baz­ian, the Chair­man of Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine (AMP), the lead­ing orga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing anti-Zionist train­ing and edu­ca­tion to stu­dents and Mus­lim com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions in the country.

Bar­rett, a for­mer Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison instruc­tor, is a fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to Iran’s Eng­lish lan­guage pro­pa­ganda news net­work Press TV and Vet­er­ans Today, a U.S.-based web­site that presents anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries as news. Even Bar­rett him­self seems sur­prised he was accepted to present at Bazian’s con­fer­ence. On his GoFundMe page, where he has raised $2,175 to fund his trip to Paris, he wrote, “Amaz­ingly, I just had a hard-hitting, truth-telling paper accepted for a main­stream aca­d­e­mic con­fer­ence: The 3rd Islam­o­pho­bia and Civil Soci­ety Con­fer­ence to be held in Paris Decem­ber 11th-12th 2015.” Bar­rett hoped that by pre­sent­ing at the con­fer­ence, he could send the mes­sage, “Keep our uni­ver­si­ties open to peo­ple who are will­ing to think taboo thoughts and ask the hard questions!”

In Barrett’s syn­op­sis of the paper he was accepted to present, titled “Taboo on Ques­tion­ing: Silenc­ing the Mus­lim Other,” he alludes to his typ­i­cal anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries. In a dis­cus­sion on whether the Jan­u­ary 2015 ter­ror attacks at the Char­lie Hebdo office and a kosher super­mar­ket in Paris were “largely fab­ri­cated by West­ern secu­rity agen­cies to mobi­lize pub­lic opin­ion for a war on Islam,” Bar­rett exam­ines ques­tions like “What are we to make of Netanyahu’s repeated threats dur­ing the run-up to the shoot­ings that if France rec­og­nized or sided with Pales­tine it would be hit by terrorists?”

Try­ing to blame Jews or Israel for acts of ter­ror­ism is noth­ing new for Bar­rett. Some recent exam­ples of his anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries include:

  • In a Novem­ber 13 Vet­er­ans Today arti­cle titled “Another French False Flag?” Bar­rett states that “Since we now know the Char­lie Hebdo attack was a…false flag by the usual sus­pects (NATO hard­lin­ers and Zion­ists), can we safely make the same assump­tion about these new Fri­day the 13th Paris atroc­i­ties? I think we can.” Bar­rett added “The first ques­tion, as always, is: Who gains? And the answer, as always, is: Author­i­tar­ian insid­ers. Zion­ists. Mil­i­tarists. Islam­o­phobes. New World Order-Out-Of-Chaos freaks.”
  • In Barrett’s book We Are Not Char­lie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Ques­tion the French 9/11 he claims that the Jan­u­ary Paris attacks were just one in a long his­tory of events – such as the 9/11 attacks and the 2001 anthrax poi­son­ings – per­pe­trated by Israel in order to “incite hatred of Mus­lims and sol­i­dar­ity with Israel.”
  • In a Jan­u­ary 20 Press TV arti­cle titled “Zion­ist NWO mur­ders Iran­ian gen­eral, Amer­i­can film­maker,” Bar­rett claims that “The Zion­ists cre­ated ISIL and sent it to fight Mus­lims and Chris­tians in Syria and Iraq…New World Order Zion­ism is also tar­get­ing the USA for destruction.”
  • Bar­rett stated in a Feb­ru­ary 17 Press TV arti­cle titled “9/11 attack was Zion­ist coup d-etat to seize power in US: Scholar” that “…Zion­ist pre-emptive mur­der­ers excel at ‘killing the future’…A team of Zionist-liked pro­fes­sional killers exe­cuted a total of 77 peo­ple [2011 attacks in Nor­way], while Zionist-freemasonic assets in the Nor­we­gian police and mil­i­tary stood by.”
  • In the same Feb­ru­ary 2015 arti­cle Bar­rett stated that “The Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001 attacks in the United States were a Zion­ist ‘coup d’etat’ to seize power in the coun­try and launch a per­ma­nent war on Islam on behalf of Israel…”


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