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January 30, 2012

Five Days to the Penn BDS Conference

Now that the Penn BDS conference is officially less than one week away, it’s time to take stock of how ADL has advocated on this issue. Since learning about the conference about six weeks ago we have:

·       Worked with several Jewish community organizations to issue a “Statement of Solidarity” condemning the goals of the conference.
·       Briefed members of the Jewish community and Hillel in Philadelphia about the conference’s invited speakers and posted background materials about the conference on our Web site.
·       Issued a statement expressing our concern with the conference.

And now, five days before the event in question, we’d like to draw your attention to some of the more virulent anti-Israel speakers who plan to attend this weekend’s conference. For the next five days, we will spotlight 5 of the most anti-Israel speakers on the conference agenda.

#5 J Kehaulani Kauanui

Professor Kauanui is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University and an advisor to the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. Kauanui is scheduled to participate in a breakout session called “The Academic Boycott” during the conference. Academic boycotts, for those who aren’t familiar, focus on boycotting Israeli academic institutions and universities as part of a larger effort to paint every aspect of Israel life as complicit in the Israeli government’s policies.

Kauanui, in a February 2009 article, stated that Palestinians “have the right to engage in armed resistance” against Israel because of the occupation. Stay tuned for #4 tomorrow.

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January 30, 2012

Video Suggests Military Shooter Motivated by Extremist Ideology

A video showing former Marine Corps reservist Yonathan Melaku shooting at military facilities in the fall of 2010 has been released by federal prosecutors. Melaku, who pleaded guilty to weapons violations and causing property damage to government facilities earlier this month, is shown wearing a mask and firing his gun at the National Museum of the Marine Corps while repeatedly chanting “Allahu Akbar” and saying “mission accomplished” with Islamic music playing in the background.

Melaku, a naturalized citizen originally from Ethiopia, was arrested on June 17, 2011, for trespassing in Arlington National Cemetery. Spent shell casings, a notebook that contained references to the Taliban, Al Qaeda and mujahideen, were found in his backpack at the time of his arrest, along with powder that was later confirmed to be ammonium nitrate, a substance which can be used in bombs.  Forensic analysis linked Melaku to a string of late night shooting attacks at the Pentagon, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and two military recruiting centers in 2010.
Melaku’s comments in the video, along with the other evidence, suggest that his attacks were motivated by an extreme ideology that has motivated other attacks and plots against the U.S. military.

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January 25, 2012

Tampa Terrorism Suspect Broadcast Anti-Semitism Online

Our take on the arrest earlier this month of Sami Osmakac, a Florida resident accused of plotting to attack various sites in Tampa in violent retaliation for America’s “war against Islam,” was published in the Tampa Tribune

Although Osmakac is not alleged to have targeted Jews or Jewish institutions, a series of videos posted on YouTube reveal his intense hatred of Jews. Osmakac compared Jews to animals and accused them of worshipping the devil and corrupting all religions. He asserted that “Jews… killed all the prophets” and predicted that the antichrist will be Jewish politician who will unite the Christians and Jews against the Muslims.

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