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October 26, 2012 1

Member Of Islamic Jihad To Address Students At American University

Khader Adnan, a mem­ber of Pales­tin­ian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), is sched­uled to speak at Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity via Skype next Tues­day, Octo­ber 30. Adnan was invited by sev­eral stu­dent groups at Amer­i­can, includ­ing Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine, Jew­ish Voice for Peace, Amnesty Inter­na­tional, Jus­tice not Jails, and the Com­mu­nity Action & Social Jus­tice Coalition.

Adnan, who has been arrested by the Israeli author­i­ties on sev­eral occa­sions, was most recently arrested in the West Bank in Decem­ber 2011 and imme­di­ately began a hunger strike dur­ing his deten­tion. After 66 days, Israel granted his early release. He is plan­ning to speak about his expe­ri­ence as a hunger striker at next week’s event.

Adnan is widely described in the media as a “spokesper­son,” “leader” or “mem­ber” of PIJ. A Decem­ber 17, 2011 news arti­cle on Al-Arabiya, a pan-Arab tele­vi­sion chan­nel, about Adnan’s then recent arrest described him as “one of the main lead­ers of the Pales­tin­ian mil­i­tant move­ment Islamic Jihad” and as “a for­mer spokesman” for PIJ.  The New York Times, Al Jazeera and CNN fur­ther char­ac­ter­ize him as a “mem­ber” or “spokesper­son” of PIJ in the West Bank, where Adnan resides.

Andan has also pre­vi­ously expressed sup­port for ter­ror­ism. In a video that has been widely cir­cu­lated on YouTube and other video-sharing web­sites, Adnan can be seen shout­ing, “O Quds Brigades, Strike a blow! O Quds Brigades, Shake the earth! Who among you is Hasan Abu Zeid? Who among you is the next sui­cide bomber? Who among you will carry the next explo­sive belt? Who among you will fire the next bul­lets? Who among you will have his body parts blown all over?” The raw footage of Adnan was report­edly taken at a 2007 funeral of a fel­low PIJ member.

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October 23, 2012 3

Farrakhan Speaks To NOI About Jewish Control And The Holocaust

On Octo­ber 21, Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan deliv­ered the “Part 2” of his Holy Day of Atone­ment address in Chicago. While “Part 1” of his address in Char­lotte last week pri­mar­ily focused on harshly crit­i­ciz­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Gov­er­nor Mitt Rom­ney, the audi­ence at the NOI’s Mosque Maryam was exposed to Farrakhan’s views on Jew­ish con­trol in the U.S. and a litany of con­spir­acy the­o­ries. Below are some excerpts from Farrakhan’s speech in Chicago:

Jew­ish Con­trol of America

“Now you know I’m going to be lam­basted and called anti-Semitic… They’ll say Far­rakhan was up to his old canards; he said Jews con­trol Hol­ly­wood. Well, they said it them­selves! Jews con­trol the media. They said it them­selves! Jews and some gen­tiles con­trol the bank­ing indus­try, inter­na­tional banks. They do! In Wash­ing­ton right next to the Holo­caust Museum is the Fed­eral Reserve where they print the money. Is that an accident?”

“The bankers never lose. I’m sorry, Mr. Roth­schild, you and your bankers will lose today. You are not going to suck the life blood of the world’s peo­ple too much longer.”

The Holo­caust

“I don’t know how many Jews were killed. I know some­thing hap­pened in Nazi Ger­many, and if it’s one mil­lion, two mil­lion, three mil­lion; it’s one mil­lion, two mil­lion, three mil­lion too many. But to deny a per­son the right to chal­lenge your artic­u­la­tion of num­bers and to put you in jail if you deny aspects of the Holo­caust… You can’t speak about Jews. You can’t crit­i­cize Jews. If you do, you’re an anti-Semite.”

Israel

“…what kind of friend has Israel been to Amer­ica? … Do friends spy on each other? Israelis spy on Amer­ica! Do friends tap each other’s tele­phones? Do they? Mossad tapped the White House phone sys­tem! That’s how they tapped into knowl­edge of what was going on in the Oval Office that wasn’t quite kosher…Tons of ura­nium was stolen from Amer­ica; it ended up in Israel. Israel destroyed an Amer­i­can ship, the [U.S.S.] Lib­erty. Is this what friends do to friends? Amer­i­cans lost their lives!”

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October 23, 2012 3

Fighting Back Against Bullying

Octo­ber is Bul­ly­ing Pre­ven­tion Aware­ness Month:
Read this story and find out what ADL is doing to pre­vent bullying.

ADL teams with schools, gov­ern­ment and Hollywood.

“They punch me in the jaw, stran­gle me, they knock things out of my hand, take things from me, sit on me. They push me so far that I want to become the bully.” — Alex, 12

Alex, a stu­dent from Sioux City, Iowa, is a tar­get of bul­ly­ing whose story is told in the pow­er­ful doc­u­men­tary, “Bully.” The film, released by The Wein­stein Com­pany with ADL as a part­ner, vividly depicts ver­bal abuse and vio­lence that made school a liv­ing hell for Alex and four other children—two of whom com­mit­ted suicide.

ADL has used this film as a teach­ing tool. To date, we have screened it at ADL anti-bullying events in two dozen loca­tions around the coun­try to drive home a point we’ve been mak­ing for more than a decade: bul­ly­ing has seri­ous con­se­quences and must be dealt with seri­ously. Accord­ing to research by the Olweus Bul­ly­ing Pre­ven­tion Pro­gram of the Insti­tute on Fam­ily and Neigh­bor­hood Life at Clem­son Uni­ver­sity, 16.8 per­cent of youth are bul­lied two to three times per month or more.

“The impact of unchecked bul­ly­ing is one that car­ries over beyond the school years and affects the behav­ior of adults and the entire soci­ety,” ADL National Direc­tor Abra­ham H. Fox­man wrote about the movie in an arti­cle for The Daily Beast/Newsweek.

“ADL’s mis­sion to fight hate and prej­u­dice does not stop at the school­house door,” says ADL Civil Rights Direc­tor Deb­o­rah Lauter. “We con­tinue our work so that all chil­dren feel truly pro­tected, includ­ing stu­dents who are bul­lied because of their ances­try, color, dis­abil­ity, eth­nic­ity, gen­der, gen­der iden­tity or expres­sion, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, national ori­gin, reli­gion or race.”

 

A Holis­tic Approach

ADL is unique because we fight bul­ly­ing holis­ti­cally, by track­ing the nature and mag­ni­tude of the prob­lem, devel­op­ing edu­ca­tion pro­grams for par­ents, teach­ers, admin­is­tra­tors and stu­dents, and by craft­ing legal and leg­isla­tive responses. “It takes a whole com­mu­nity to allow bul­ly­ing to go on, and it takes a whole com­mu­nity to make sure it doesn’t,” Mr. Fox­man says.

“ADL’s anti-bias, anti-bullying pro­grams, which reach over two mil­lion every year, sen­si­tize par­tic­i­pants to the pain inflicted by bul­ly­ing and cyber­bul­ly­ing and train teach­ers, stu­dents, par­ents and admin­is­tra­tors to respond effec­tively,” notes David Waren, ADL Edu­ca­tion Divi­sion Direc­tor. “Our pro­grams give a voice to the tar­get, build empa­thy in the per­pe­tra­tors and inspire bystanders to become allies.”

“If just one per­son had spo­ken up for me, maybe the bul­ly­ing would have stopped,” said ADL Peer Trainer Nikki Allinson at a Con­gres­sional brief­ing in May. She had been tor­mented for being Jew­ish dur­ing her child­hood in Con­necti­cut. “Bully” direc­tor Lee Hirsch and ADL Wash­ing­ton Coun­sel Michael Lieber­man also spoke at the brief­ing, which was hosted by Rep. Sheila Jack­son Lee (D-TX)—a par­tic­i­pant in an ADL “Bully” screen­ing pro­gram in Houston.

 

Train­ing Secu­rity and Legal Experts

Because first respon­ders to bul­ly­ing are often school police offi­cers, ADL is train­ing them as well. School secu­rity offi­cers in Los Ange­les are learn­ing about the char­ac­ter­is­tics and impact of cyber­bul­ly­ing, and how to inter­vene and pre­vent it. In Chicago, ADL trained approx­i­mately 1,500 Chicago Pub­lic School secu­rity offi­cers about the nature and dan­ger of cyber­bul­ly­ing and key legal issues includ­ing free­dom of speech and its lim­its, pri­vacy, Illi­nois’ anti-bullying law and crim­i­nal law issues.

With so many legal ram­i­fi­ca­tions, ADL is help­ing legal experts keep up to date on bul­ly­ing and cyber­bul­ly­ing case law. More­over, ADL has part­nered with sev­eral state Attor­neys Gen­eral and U.S. Attor­neys to train law enforce­ment offi­cers, school admin­is­tra­tors, social work­ers and oth­ers about legal issues raised by bul­ly­ing and cyber­bul­ly­ing.

 

Cre­at­ing Smart Laws

ADL is pro­mot­ing state laws that man­date school bul­ly­ing poli­cies. “A law gives schools the power to do some­thing about a bul­ly­ing prob­lem,” says ADL Civil Rights Direc­tor Deb­o­rah Lauter. “With­out a law, schools may choose not to cre­ate anti-bullying poli­cies, or may not actu­ally enforce policies.”

In 2009, ADL cre­ated a model anti-bullying statute that out­lines what an effec­tive law should include, for exam­ple: a strong def­i­n­i­tion of bul­ly­ing that includes cyber­bul­ly­ing; enu­mer­ated cat­e­gories to explic­itly address bul­ly­ing moti­vated by per­sonal char­ac­ter­is­tics; clear bul­ly­ing report­ing pro­ce­dures; and required reg­u­lar train­ing for teach­ers and stu­dents about bul­ly­ing and cyber­bul­ly­ing. Partly because of ADL’s advo­cacy, 49 states and the Dis­trict of Colum­bia have anti-bullying laws on the books, and we are work­ing to strengthen those that are not comprehensive.

ADL is also sup­port­ing two pieces of fed­eral leg­is­la­tion, the Tyler Clementi Higher Edu­ca­tion Anti-Harassment Act of 2011 and the Safe Schools Improve­ment Act. The first would require col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties to rec­og­nize cyber­bul­ly­ing as a form of harass­ment and fund anti-harassment pro­grams. The sec­ond would help schools develop and imple­ment bul­ly­ing pre­ven­tion poli­cies and pro­grams, and would require states to gather and report infor­ma­tion about bul­ly­ing and harassment.

“The law is a blunt instru­ment when address­ing bul­ly­ing. It’s much bet­ter to pre­vent it in the first place,” says ADL Wash­ing­ton Coun­sel Michael Lieber­man. “But these fed­eral laws would pro­vide an impor­tant frame to com­ple­ment our edu­ca­tion and train­ing initiatives.”

 

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