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January 30, 2012 1

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 Off

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 Off

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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