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Two Days to the Penn BDS Conference

In advance of this weekend’s BDS con­fer­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, we are high­light­ing five of the most anti-Israel indi­vid­u­als sched­uled to speak at the conference.

Today we pro­file Ali Abunimah, the founder and exec­u­tive direc­tor of “Elec­tronic Intifada,” an anti-Israel Web site. Abunimah is sched­uled to be the keynote speaker at this weekend’s conference.
In his book “One Coun­try: A Bold Pro­posal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse” and dur­ing var­i­ous speak­ing appear­ances, Abunimah advo­cates a one-state solu­tion to the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict, which would dis­man­tle the Jew­ish state. He has not hes­i­tated to com­pare Israel to South African apartheid and Nazi Ger­many, includ­ing describ­ing Gaza as a “ghetto” and a “con­cen­tra­tion camp” and argu­ing that “Zion­ism is not atone­ment for the Holo­caust, but its con­tin­u­a­tion in spirit.”
Abunimah also claims that many of Israel’s security-related poli­cies are pred­i­cated on racism and not gen­uine secu­rity con­cerns. For exam­ple, in a June 2011 inter­view on the news chan­nel Rus­sia Today, he claimed that Israel imposes a block­ade on Gaza “because they are not Jews” and described it as “fun­da­men­tally racist.”
  • Anony­mous

    You couldn’t dare accuse him of Anti Semi­tism I see. It would be inter­est­ing to know why you couldn’t make that claim.

  • Anony­mous

    @First com­ment… You are such a retard , is this all you came up with… Dude the whole blog exposes your hate agenda and you expose your low IQ.
    Good job ADL.… Actu­ally, great job

  • Anony­mous

    Ali is a well edu­cated and respected aca­d­e­mic who oper­ates with the high­est degree of integrity. He has ded­i­cated his life to expos­ing the harsh real­i­ties fac­ing the Pales­tin­ian nation which is widely ignored or dis­torted in the US and UK. He does not sub­scribe to anti-semitism, only the truth. Many peo­ple in the pro Israel com­mu­nity would have you believe oth­er­wise due to their unre­lent­ing cam­paign to silence legit­i­mate crit­i­cism of Israel but thanks to the inter­net the world is wak­ing up.

  • Anony­mous

    Dear ADL, I’m inter­ested in find­ing the part of your orga­ni­za­tion that addresses anti-Palestinian rhetoric. Wait, what’s that? It doesn’t exist? Enough said.

  • Anony­mous

    I tried to believe you anti-Israel groups are not evil, but I was wrong.
    Find me one Arab orga­ni­za­tion that defends Jews.
    The entire blog defends Mus­lims and Arabs. Oh that doesn’t count , it must attack Israel to be good enough

  • Anony­mous

    Yes, because evil isn’t torch­ing Pales­tin­ian olive groves or bull­doz­ing Pales­tin­ian vil­lages, evil is speak­ing out when white phos­pho­rous is rained down on chil­dren and when whole neigh­bor­hoods are dec­i­mated in sus­tained air raids.

    The ADL has viciously attacked Desmond Tutu and /that/ tells you who the real racists are. The ADL is just another AIPAC shill.

  • Anony­mous

    Olive trees again…man grow up. Stop vic­tim­iz­ing your self, we got tired of your lies. Give me facts.
    Stop being: poor me Pales­tin­ian vic­tim who hates the whole world

  • Anony­mous

    Remem­ber the Holo­caust! But take a dump on every­one else’s suffering!”

    The ADL is just another batch of whores mak­ing money off of Jew­ish suf­fer­ing and mean­while, holocaust-denying the suf­fer­ing of oth­ers. You peo­ple should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Too bad hon­or­able Jews like Hedy Epstein, Nor­man Finkel­stein and Ilan Pappe get harassed and sup­pressed by awful Zion­ist gang­sters like you and your lot.