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December 28, 2012 3

Cornell SJP Publication Features Terrorist Logo and Describes Israel as “White Supremacist State”

The mes­sage on the hand­cuffs reads, “South-African Steel/Made in Israel.”

A pub­li­ca­tion titled “Lib­er­a­tion Now: The Strug­gle for Jus­tice in Pales­tine” was pub­lished ear­lier this month by the Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity chap­ter of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine. The pub­li­ca­tion, which is designed to look like a news­pa­per, appar­ently aims to cor­rect the “mis­in­for­ma­tion” about the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict but the result is a vir­u­lently anti-Israel manifesto.

Arti­cles in the news­pa­per describe Israel as a “white suprema­cist state” that is guilty of the “crime of apartheid” and of dis­crim­i­nat­ing against Pales­tini­ans with “21st–cen­tury Jim Crow-esque laws.” One arti­cle con­spir­a­to­ri­ally claims that uni­ver­sity admin­is­tra­tors “essen­tially took orders from the Zion­ist groups on cam­pus” regard­ing an anti-Israel rally that took place dur­ing Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense. And one of the images in the news­pa­per includes the logo of the Pop­u­lar Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine (PFLP), a Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist organization.

The news­pa­per also urges stu­dents to sup­port the Boy­cott, Divest­ment, and Sanc­tions (BDS) move­ment against Israel and lists spe­cific BDS tar­gets, includ­ing TIAA-CREF, the retire­ment fund used by Cornell’s fac­ulty; Israel’s Tech­nion Uni­ver­sity because Cor­nell and Tech­nion are col­lab­o­rat­ing on a joint cam­pus in New York City; and sev­eral other Israeli com­pa­nies that Cor­nell directly or indi­rectly sup­ports like Sabra, whose hum­mus is offered in the school’s cafeteria.

The pro-boycott sen­ti­ments that appear in the news­pa­per are not lim­ited to com­pa­nies that profit from the Israeli occu­pa­tion. They instead specif­i­cally advo­cate for the Pales­tini­ans’ call for BDS as expressed by the Pales­tin­ian Cam­paign for the Aca­d­e­mic and Cul­tural Boy­cott of Israel. That BDS move­ment asks com­mu­ni­ties to boy­cott, divest from, and sanc­tion Israel until it ends the occu­pa­tion of Arab lands, grants equal rights to all its cit­i­zens, and hon­ors the Pales­tin­ian right of return.”

The stu­dents who authored the news­pa­per claim that by expos­ing and pub­li­ciz­ing their alle­ga­tions against Israel, as well as Cornell’s com­plic­ity in alleged Israeli wrong­do­ings, they will serve as a “phys­i­cal refu­ta­tion of the white suprema­cist atti­tudes of both Israel and the Cor­nell administration.…We’ll always be a threat to the Israeli lobby and its part­ner, Cor­nell University.”

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December 28, 2012 4

Anti-Semitism Right on Your iPod

Inter­ested in lis­ten­ing to an anti-Semitic lec­ture while com­mut­ing to work or going for a run? A vari­ety of anti-Semitic pod­casts by scholars and reli­gious lead­ers in the Arab world are avail­able for down­load through iTunes.

A down­load­able lec­ture by Abu Bakr al-Jaza’iri, a promi­nent scholar and Islamic stud­ies pro­fes­sor who lives in Saudi Ara­bia, accuses Jews of spread­ing athe­ism and cor­rup­tion in the world. The lec­ture, titled “The Role of Jews in Defam­ing the Hijab,” blames Jews for set­ting off a women’s lib­er­a­tion move­ment in Islam and claims that Jews aim to spread the same cor­rup­tion and immoral­ity among Mus­lims that they pre­vi­ously spread to Euro­peans. Al-Jaza’iri says, “They [the Jews] tar­geted Europe. How did they attack it? They founded the Bol­se­vik sec­u­lar athe­ist sect also known as Marx­ist Communism…humanity never knew athe­ism before the Jew­ish gang plot.” He also accuses Jews of caus­ing world wars: “The Sec­ond World War was sparked by the Jews… no world war was started with­out the Jews.”

Another avail­able lec­ture refers to the Tal­mud to advance anti-Semitic the­o­ries about Jews. The lec­ture, by promi­nent Egypt­ian Sheik Muham­mad Has­san, is called “Black Pages From the His­tory of Jews” and describes the Tal­mud as a “filthy sex­u­ally per­verted vul­gar book.” Sheik Has­san also claims that Jews are guilty of “cheat­ing and spread­ing cor­rup­tion on Earth.” The lec­ture orig­i­nally aired on Al Rahma, an Egypt­ian Islamist tele­vi­sion station.

There are also sev­eral down­load­able pod­casts that fea­ture sup­port for ter­ror­ism and calls for vio­lence against Jews. One such lec­ture by Saudi cleric Sheik Khalid al-Rashid, who is cur­rently serv­ing a 15-year prison term because of crit­i­cism of the Saudi gov­ern­ment, glo­ri­fies Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ism and tells the story of a Pales­tin­ian sui­cide bomber who attacked “the ene­mies… the Jews, who are the sons of apes and pigs.” The sheik weeps emo­tion­ally as he describes how the sui­cide bomber then ascended to par­adise. The lec­ture is titled “Khaiber Khaiber Ya Yahood,” which refers to an Islamic story of an allegedly vio­lent bat­tle between the prophet Muham­mad and the Jews of the town of Khaibar, which resulted in the sub­ju­ga­tion of the Jews of Arabia.

A sim­i­larly themed lec­ture by promi­nent Saudi cleric Sheik Salih al-Munajjid calls on Mus­lims to attack Jews. The lec­ture, titled “Oh Jews, the Mus­lims are Com­ing,” advo­cates for jihad and explains that “to assas­si­nate Jew­ish lead­ers is a great Sun­nah [Islamic way].”

Hezbol­lah and a Pales­tin­ian media orga­ni­za­tion that claims to be the mouth­piece for Hamas have pre­vi­ously launched smart­phone appli­ca­tions via iTunes. The Hezbol­lah app was removed last July.

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December 26, 2012 1

New “Environmentalist” Book, Life on the Brink, Features Anti-Immigrant Writers

Phil Cafaro

Life on the Brink: Envi­ron­men­tal­ists Con­front Over­pop­u­la­tion, a book released in Decem­ber 2012, fea­tures essay­ists that have strong ties to the anti-immigrant move­ment, a detail that is miss­ing from the authors’ bios.

Phil Cafaro, pres­i­dent of the DC-based anti-immigrant group Pro­gres­sives for Immi­gra­tion Reform (PFIR), and Eileen Crist, an envi­ron­men­tal sci­ences pro­fes­sor at Vir­ginia Tech, co-edited the book. It con­tains many essays that argue for reduc­ing immi­gra­tion for envi­ron­men­tal rea­sons. This argu­ment is one of the key themes pro­moted by the anti-immigrant move­ment in the United States.

Essay­ists in the book include:

Phil Cafaro – co-editor of the book and pres­i­dent of PFIR. Cafaro is a for­mer fel­low for the DC-based anti-immigrant group Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS). In 2010, Cafaro wrote two blogs for the Vir­ginia based anti-immigrant group Num­ber­sUSA.

Al Bartlett – a Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor and friend of John Tan­ton, the racist founder of the mod­ern day anti-immigrant move­ment. To date, Bartlett has pub­lished ten arti­cles, dat­ing back to 1995, in Tanton’s quar­terly jour­nal, The Social Con­tract (TSC). TSC has pub­lished the writ­ings of known white suprema­cists such as Sam Fran­cis and Jared Tay­lor.

Don Wee­den –head of the Wee­den Foun­da­tion, a group that has donated hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars to anti-immigrant groups through­out the years. Wee­den is also an “inde­pen­dent advi­sor” for Num­ber­sUSA. CIS has invited Wee­den to speak on many panel dis­cus­sions orga­nized by the group over the years.

Leon Kolankiewicz – a senior writ­ing fel­low for the Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group Cal­i­for­ni­ans for Pop­u­la­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion (CAPS). Over a half dozen arti­cles by Kolankiewicz appear in issues of TSC, dat­ing back to 2001. He has pub­lished numer­ous reports for both CIS and Num­ber­sUSA in the past. Kolankiewicz sits on the advi­sory boards of CAPS and PFIR and is also the for­mer vice-president of the anti-immigrant group Car­ry­ing Capac­ity Net­work, based in San Francisco.

Richard Lamm– the for­mer gov­er­nor of Col­orado and a for­mer mem­ber of Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion (FAIR)’s board. He cur­rently sits on   FAIR’s advi­sory board as well as the advi­sory boards of CAPS and PFIR. Lamm also co-edited a report for CIS in 2001 and is pub­lished in two issues of TSC. He is also a close friend of Tanton’s.

William Ryer­son – for­mer pres­i­dent of PFIR and for­mer advi­sory board mem­ber of CAPS. He cur­rently heads two pop­u­la­tion aware­ness groups, the Vermont-based Pop­u­la­tion Media Cen­ter and the DC-based Pop­u­la­tion Insti­tute. Ryer­son is also a con­trib­u­tor to TSC.

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