ADL » ADL Blogs
Posts Tagged ‘ADL’
April 24, 2014 1

Momentum For Divestment On California Campuses Falters

Despite the best efforts of anti-Israel stu­dent groups, divest­ment res­o­lu­tions debated on two Cal­i­for­nia cam­puses failed last night by wide mar­gins, while a third passed by just one vote.sdsu divest logo

Stu­dent Sen­a­tors at San Diego State Uni­ver­sity (3 Yes-16 No-3 Absten­tions) and the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Santa Bar­bara (8–16-0), rejected res­o­lu­tions that called on their respec­tive uni­ver­si­ties to with­draw invest­ments from multi­na­tional com­pa­nies that work with Israel. A sim­i­lar res­o­lu­tion did, how­ever, pass by a razor-thin mar­gin at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Riverside.

The results of the River­side res­o­lu­tion, though not favor­able, are telling in and of them­selves about the state of sup­port for BDS on Amer­i­can col­lege cam­puses. The final vote was 8–7 and that was only after the Sen­a­tors voted to con­duct a closed vote so that the rep­re­sen­ta­tives would not have to openly declare their anti-Israel views.

More­over, it appears that the pres­i­dent of the Sen­ate did not sup­port the res­o­lu­tion. Based on live-tweeting from the event, it seems that the pres­i­dent, Sai Pata­dia, asked those in favor of divest­ment to explain why it was legit­i­mate to sin­gle out Israel for pun­ish­ment, an issue often cited by the pro-Israel com­mu­nity. [Last Novem­ber, Pata­dia also tried to resolve an issue that had arisen when a divest­ment res­o­lu­tion on cam­pus was intro­duced in stealth, strip­ping pro-Israel stu­dents of the oppor­tu­nity to present an alter­na­tive view­point.  This time around, Pata­dia encour­aged Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine to reach out to the pro-Israel com­mu­nity and let them know when the res­o­lu­tion was drafted, accord­ing to an arti­cle in the cam­pus newspaper.]

UC River­side and UC Santa Bar­bara have both dealt with sim­i­lar res­o­lu­tions before. A res­o­lu­tion sev­eral months ago was voted down and last March, a res­o­lu­tion passed but was then rescinded a month later. At UC Santa Bar­bara, a vote last April failed 10–11-1 where­upon pro-Israel stu­dents took it upon them­selves to run for Stu­dent Sen­ate, pre­sum­ably in the hopes of avoid­ing a sim­i­larly close vote this year.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

April 24, 2014 1

Holocaust Denial Film In Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

zundel-off-your-knees-germany

Screen­shot from “Off Your Knees, Germany!”

The Myr­tle Beach Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, to be held in South Car­olina April 23–26, 2014, is fea­tur­ing a film about German-born Holo­caust denier and anti-Semite Ernst Zun­del.  Enti­tled “Off Your Knees, Ger­many!,” the doc­u­men­tary focuses on Zundel’s views and his two tri­als in Canada in the 1980s for “know­ingly pub­lish­ing false news” about the Holocaust.

Ingrid Rim­land, Zundel’s wife and a fel­low Holo­caust denier, pro­duced “Off Your Knees, Ger­many!” around 2011.  The film por­trays Zun­del as a vic­tim of Jew­ish inter­ests that allegedly con­spired to deprive him of his right to express his views on Germany’s actions dur­ing World War II. In the film, Zun­del denies that the Holo­caust ever took place and claims that Ger­many has been maligned by Jews. He asserts that he is try­ing to reclaim Germany’s honor. 

Zun­del argues in the film, “If I was a mem­ber of the Zion­ist lobby that has conned itself to a pin­na­cle of influ­ence and power in this soci­ety based on vic­tim­hood that they were hard­ened by, by my Ger­man peo­ple in the Sec­ond World War, I maybe would also hate a guy like the Paul Revere of the Ger­mans to come along and ring the bells of freedom.”

Although Zun­del was found guilty of spread­ing false news about the Holo­caust in 1985, the case was later dis­missed due to pro­ce­dural errors. A sec­ond trial in 1988 also led to a guilty ver­dict for Zun­del, but he was released from prison pend­ing an appeal. In 1992, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in his case and struck down as uncon­sti­tu­tional the law ban­ning the spread of false news.

Zun­del left Canada to come to the U.S. in 2001 to join Rim­land. Since the mid-1990s, Rim­land has been pro­mot­ing Zundel’s writ­ings and phi­los­o­phy through Zun­del­site, one of the ear­li­est web­sites devoted to the reha­bil­i­ta­tion of Adolf Hitler and the denial of the geno­cide of Euro­pean Jews dur­ing World War II.

In 2003, U.S. author­i­ties deported Zun­del back to Canada on visa vio­la­tions. Two years later, Canada deported Zun­del to Ger­many, where he served five years in prison for incit­ing racial hatred and deny­ing the Holo­caust.  He con­tin­ues to live in Ger­many since his release in 2010.

Rim­land is pro­mot­ing the Zun­del doc­u­men­tary through a com­pany she formed called Soar­ing Eagles Stu­dio and Gallery, based in Ten­nessee. She is cur­rently try­ing to raise funds for the com­pany by request­ing spon­sors to help fund films, paint­ings and books that appeal to white suprema­cists and anti-Semites. The com­pany says it plans to fea­ture speak­ers, week­end sem­i­nars, exhibits, print pub­li­ca­tions, art and stage and video pro­duc­tions, all pur­port­edly in the name of pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing Euro­pean culture.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

April 10, 2014 3

Egyptian Government Website Includes Arabic Copy Of The Protocols

egypt-state-information-service-protocols

Intro­duc­tion page to the Pro­to­cols on the SIS website

An Ara­bic copy of the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion is avail­able on the Egypt­ian government’s State Infor­ma­tion Ser­vice (SIS) website.

The web­site is described as “Your gate­way to Egypt” and is affil­i­ated with the office of the Pres­i­dent. “Egypt State Infor­ma­tion Ser­vice is the nation’s ‎main infor­ma­tional, aware­ness and pub­lic rela­tions agency. The SIS web­site was launched in 2009 and on 6/9/2012 a decree was issued to trans­fer the affil­i­a­tion of (SIS) from the Min­istry of Infor­ma­tion to the Pres­i­dency of the Repub­lic,” a state­ment on the web­site reads in part.  It is unclear when this PDF copy of the Pro­to­cols was posted to the SIS website

The book is an Ara­bic trans­la­tion of the orig­i­nal Pro­to­cols by an Egypt­ian writer, Abbas el-Akkad. The book first appeared in the early 1960s and includes a warn­ing to the reader that the Jews will fight this book any­where it appears.

The web­site offers other pub­li­ca­tions and arti­cles on Egypt’s cul­ture, his­tory and pol­i­tics orga­nized by sec­tions. The Pro­to­cols, how­ever, is avail­able on the web­site with­out any clas­si­fi­ca­tion or edi­to­r­ial lan­guage and can be accessed via a direct link or through a tra­di­tional search engine.

While anti-Semitism themes are not new in Egypt or to its elected offi­cials, a gov­ern­ment web­site pro­vid­ing access to the Pro­to­cols is a trou­bling reminder of just how steeped these nar­ra­tives are in Egypt­ian society.

Tags: , , , , ,