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Mock “Apartheid” Wall Kicks off Palestine Awareness Week at UCLA

Mon­day, Feb­ru­ary 27, marked the start of Pales­tine Aware­ness Week at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia — Los Ange­les. The week­long event, timed to coin­cide with the Israeli Apartheid Week is spon­sored by the university’s chap­ter of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP), the pri­mary orga­nizer of anti-Israel activ­ity on campus.

A large out­door “apartheid wall” con­tain­ing extreme anti-Israel imagery and text has been erected at the university’s cen­tral pub­lic gath­er­ing space, Bruin Plaza.Texts on the pan­els include accu­sa­tions that Israel is an apartheid state that per­se­cutes and deprives Pales­tini­ans of their fun­da­men­tal rights.

“Apartheid Wall” at UCLA

There are also Holo­caust analo­gies com­par­ing the Nazi ghet­tos of Europe with con­di­tions fac­ing Pales­tini­ans in Gaza. Com­par­isons to the Holo­caust are dis­played under the ban­ner of “Never Again? His­tory Repeats Itself.” The pan­els also fea­ture sta­tis­tics and “facts” por­tray­ing a skewed and inac­cu­rate image of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The “apartheid wall” has also been dis­played at a pub­lic area across the Stu­dent Activ­i­ties Cen­ter in Wil­son Plaza in order to more broadly reach the stu­dent public.

In addi­tion to the “apartheid wall,” SJP mem­bers gath­ered Tues­day evening to denounce Israel with dele­git­imiz­ing slo­gans like “Israel is a ter­ror­ist state.” Other events sched­uled for Pales­tine Aware­ness Week include a one-state solu­tion lec­ture by UCLA pro­fes­sor Sari Madi­son and a panel on Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS).

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February 28, 2012 Off

Profile on Stephen Walt, Speaker at Upcoming “One State” Conference

Stephen Walt, an Inter­na­tional Affairs Pro­fes­sor at the Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment, is sched­uled to speak at this weekend’s one-state solu­tion con­fer­ence at the Kennedy School. Walt will par­tic­i­pate in a panel dis­cus­sion called “What Hap­pened to the Two-State Solu­tion?” The two other pan­elists, Ali Abunimah and Eve Span­gler, are both sup­port­ers of a one-state solu­tion, which would nec­es­sar­ily result in the dis­man­tle­ment of Israel as a Jew­ish state. 
Walt’s anti-Israel posi­tions were most promi­nently aired in his 2007 book, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. For­eign Pol­icy,” which he co-authored with John Mearsheimer. Since its pub­li­ca­tion, Walt has spo­ken to a vari­ety of audi­ences about U.S. pol­icy on the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict, assert­ing that the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S. has exces­sive power and divided loy­al­ties and uses its power to sti­fle crit­i­cism of Israel against America’s true interests. 
Walt also reg­u­larly focuses on Israel on his blog on ForeignPolicy.com. In the past year, Walt has authored more than a dozen posts about Israel, most of which focus exclu­sively on why the spe­cial rela­tion­ship between Israel and the U.S. neg­a­tively affects Amer­i­can inter­ests and should there­fore cease to exist.
Walt’s fram­ing of the issue makes it seem like pro-Israel forces in the U.S. engage in coer­cive tac­tics and com­pel U.S. pol­i­cy­mak­ers to take harm­ful deci­sions on mat­ters related to Israel. In a Novem­ber 2011 post titled, “Is Israel REALLY a strate­gic asset?,” Walt writes, “Israel is the only coun­try in the world that main­stream U.S. politi­cians (and most mem­bers of the foreign-policy estab­lish­ment) can­not openly criticize.”

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February 28, 2012 Off

Anti-Semitic Prelude to Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day Diatribe

In a pre­lude to Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic keynote address at the United Cen­ter in Chicago  on Feb­ru­ary 26, the Nation of Islam held a ple­nary ses­sion titled “Busi­ness is War­fare: The Secret Rela­tion­ship Between Blacks and Jews” as part of its Sav­iours’ Day weekend.
Dur­ing the Feb­ru­ary 24 ses­sion, named after a set of NOI books alleg­ing that Jew­ish exploita­tion of Blacks dur­ing the slave trade has caused deep and pro­longed reper­cus­sions for African-Americans, sev­eral speak­ers pro­moted anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries in line with Farrakhan’s record. 
  • Refer­ring to Jews, Louis Farrakhan’s daugh­ter Donna Far­rakhan said, “They didn’t intend for us to have free­dom, jus­tice and equal­ity. They built it on our backs, our blood, our sweat, and our tears.”
  • Leonard Jef­fries

    Leonard Jef­fries, for­mer head of the black stud­ies depart­ment at City Col­lege of New York, said Jew­ish owned banks lent money to slave traders. “The evil genius of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity was to put together their pow­ers to make busi­ness their reli­gion and make it part of their culture.”

  • Dr. Ridgely Muham­mad, Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture for the Nation of Islam, said, “The so called Jews were the ones sup­port­ing the KKK and financ­ing them. They formed the KKK.”
Over the past three years, the Nation of Islam (NOI) has engaged in a wide-ranging cam­paign to demo­nize Jews. Not only have the speeches deliv­ered by Louis Far­rakhan been among the most hate­ful of his 30-year career as head of the NOI, but the organization’s media arm has also rein­forced these mes­sages through a range of propaganda.

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