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December 27, 2013 1

Anti-Muslim Group Promotes Offensive Project For Police

ACT! for Amer­ica, a grass­roots anti-Muslim orga­ni­za­tion that describes Islam as a back­ward and sedi­tious polit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy that poses a threat to Amer­ica and its democ­racy, has launched a project designed to pro­vide law enforce­ment with “the infor­ma­tion, mate­ri­als and train­ing they need to effec­tively under­stand and fight Islamist terrorism.”thin-blue-line-project-act-for-america

How­ever, the Thin Blue Line Project (TBL), a web-portal launched in Octo­ber 2013 that is acces­si­ble to cur­rent and past law enforce­ment offi­cials, con­tains ele­ments that are built on dis­torted and offen­sive claims about Muslims.

For exam­ple, a sec­tion titled “Pedophilia,” advises law enforce­ment of what to be aware of when inves­ti­gat­ing a Mus­lim house­hold. It tells police that “they should be aware of any minors in the home who are not a part of the imme­di­ate family.”

In some cul­tures,” the sec­tion con­tin­ues, “as our mil­i­tary and oth­ers who have served exten­sively over­seas can attest, hav­ing young males around the house­hold who are used sex­u­ally by the men in the home, is common.”

The TBL also includes a sec­tion that advises police offi­cers on how to iden­tify a “jihadi” dur­ing rou­tine traf­fic stops. Among the indi­ca­tors, accord­ing to this sec­tion, are pam­phlets from the Mus­lim Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion, or tak­ing note of the individual’s accent and “asking[ing] where they are from in a com­fort­able non-threatening tone.”

Rec­om­men­da­tions such as these not only paint a dis­torted view of the Mus­lim com­mu­nity, but also pro­mote big­otry and mis­in­for­ma­tion to law enforcement.

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December 26, 2013 2

University Presidents Across The Country Reject Academic Boycott Of Israel

The deci­sion by the Amer­i­can Stud­ies Asso­ci­a­tion (ASA) to boy­cott Israeli aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions has yielded a sil­ver lin­ing: a wide­spread con­dem­na­tion of the deci­sion – and the broader Boy­cott, Divest­ment Sanc­tions (BDS) move­ment – by uni­ver­sity admin­is­tra­tors across the United States.asa-harvard-statement

Since the ASA’s Decem­ber 16th deci­sion to sup­port a boy­cott, which ADL decried as “intel­lec­tu­ally dis­hon­est and shame­ful,” there has been an increas­ing groundswell of rejec­tion by uni­ver­sity pres­i­dents, fac­ulty and aca­d­e­mic asso­ci­a­tions. These state­ments, which num­ber in the dozens, have force­fully and respon­si­bly affirmed the prin­ci­ples and soci­etal ben­e­fits of aca­d­e­mic free­dom and open dialogue. 

Uni­ver­sity pres­i­dents of large and small col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties have made pro­nounce­ments on the topic, including:

  • Pres­i­dent Drew Faust of Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, who said:  “Aca­d­e­mic boy­cotts sub­vert the aca­d­e­mic free­doms and val­ues nec­es­sary to the free flow of ideas, which is the lifeblood of the world­wide com­mu­nity of schol­ars. The recent res­o­lu­tion of the ASA propos­ing to boy­cott Israeli uni­ver­si­ties rep­re­sents a direct threat to these ideals, ideals which uni­ver­si­ties and schol­arly asso­ci­a­tions should be ded­i­cated to defend.”
  • Pres­i­dent Ronald J. Daniels  and Provost Robert C. Lieber­man of Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity, who said: “The Israeli-Palestinian con­flict is, of course, a com­plex mat­ter on which many in our com­mu­nity hold pas­sion­ate and com­pet­ing views. We can all agree, how­ever, that one essen­tial ingre­di­ent to the res­o­lu­tion of that con­flict will be the free exchange of infor­ma­tion and open debate of ideas. This boy­cott is a con­tra­dic­tion, one that threat­ens what it pur­ports to pro­tect: the free­dom of thought and expres­sion that is the heart­beat of our aca­d­e­mic community.”
  • Pres­i­dent Mary Sue Cole­man and Provost Martha Pol­lack of Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan, who said:  “The Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan strongly opposes the boy­cott of aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions in Israel that was recently endorsed by sev­eral aca­d­e­mic asso­ci­a­tions. While we affirm the right of indi­vid­ual fac­ulty, fac­ul­ties, and pro­fes­sional aca­d­e­mic asso­ci­a­tions to hold and express dif­fer­ent view­points, we believe that aca­d­e­mic boy­cotts vio­late the prin­ci­ples of aca­d­e­mic free­dom and free­dom of speech, which are fun­da­men­tal to our mis­sions of edu­ca­tion and research. The Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan is com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing and strength­en­ing its long-standing and pro­duc­tive insti­tu­tional rela­tion­ships with Israeli uni­ver­si­ties and institutes.”

Sev­eral Amer­i­can Stud­ies depart­ments have also resigned from the ASA.  

ADL has com­piled a list of select state­ments which we are updat­ing daily.  Other blog­gers are also main­tain­ing full lists of all uni­ver­sity state­ments and actions. 

Here’s what you can do:

Check these lists to see if offi­cials at your alma mater have spo­ken out.  If they have, write the pres­i­dent or chan­cel­lor to com­mend them. 

If they have not, con­tact the office of the pres­i­dent or chan­cel­lor and call on them to join their col­leagues around the coun­try in con­demn­ing the aca­d­e­mic boy­cott of Israel and stand­ing firm in sup­port of aca­d­e­mic freedom.

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December 26, 2013 2

Anti-Semites Take Credit For Mainstreaming Anti-Israel Sentiment

Anti-Semite Patrick Slat­tery and anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor Kevin Mac­Don­ald have asserted that main­stream fig­ures have adopted their anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views in end-of-year fund-raising appeals.  david-duke-anti-israel

Slat­tery, who made an appeal to sup­port­ers on behalf of his close asso­ciate David Duke, claims that Duke influ­enced main­stream fig­ures like Pro­fes­sors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt and musi­cian Roger Waters in their views on Israel and the “Israel lobby.” 

Slat­tery asserts that Waters sounded like Duke when Waters talked about a pow­er­ful “Jew­ish lobby” in the U.S. in an inter­view in Coun­ter­Punch Mag­a­zine.  In that same inter­view, Waters also claimed that the Jew­ish lobby pre­vented more celebri­ties from join­ing the Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS) movement.

Like­wise, Slat­tery argues that Mearsheimer and Walt sounded like Duke when “they pub­lished their book on the power of the Israel Lobby.” The two pro­fes­sors wrote a 2008 book, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. For­eign Pol­icy, in which they assert that the “Israel lobby” uses pres­sure to sti­fle crit­i­cism of Israel and to ensure America’s pro-Israel pol­icy, against America’s true interests.

In the appeal, Slat­tery writes, “These peo­ple sound like Dr. Duke because, directly or indi­rectly, they are get­ting their infor­ma­tion, their exam­ples, their sources, their ideas, their nar­ra­tive from him.”

In MacDonald’s fund-raising let­ter to sup­port­ers of Occi­den­tal Observer, an anti-Semitic online mag­a­zine he edits, he also cited Waters’ state­ments in Counter-Punch and the Amer­i­can Stud­ies Association’s boy­cott of Israeli aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions as proof that more main­stream groups have accepted his view that Israel is a “pariah state.”

Mac­Don­ald writes, “There has been a notice­able increase in crit­i­cism of Israel,” and takes credit for attack­ing the Jew­ish state and the “Israel lobby” in var­i­ous columns in the Occi­den­tal Observer.

While cer­tain anti-Israel cam­paigns have occa­sion­ally received main­stream atten­tion, there is no link­age between these cam­paigns and white suprema­cists like Mac­Don­ald and Duke.

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