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October 7, 2015 0

ADL Marks the 30th Anniversary of the Murder of Leon Klinghoffer

The Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacked by terrorists

The Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacked by terrorists

Tomor­row – Octo­ber 8, 2015 – marks the thir­ti­eth anniver­sary of the death of Leon Klinghoffer.

Leon Kling­hof­fer was mur­dered on Octo­ber 8, 1985 when ter­ror­ists asso­ci­ated with the Pales­tin­ian Lib­er­a­tion Front hijacked the cruise ship the Achille Lauro on which he was trav­el­ing in cel­e­bra­tion of his 36th wed­ding anniver­sary. Kling­hof­fer, who was wheel­chair bound, was shot in the head by ter­ror­ists, who then threw him overboard.

The ter­ror­ists who hijacked the Achille Lauro sin­gled out the Jew­ish pas­sen­gers on the ship. Thirty years later, ter­ror­ism remains inex­tri­ca­bly bound with anti-Semitism. ADL recently released a new report on the link between ter­ror­ism and anti-Semitism titled Anti-Semitism: A Pil­lar of Islamic Extrem­ist Ide­ol­ogy.

The mur­der of Leon Kling­hof­fer brought the deadly real­ity of ter­ror­ism home to Jews and Amer­i­cans. It was not only a tragedy, but also a wake-up call.

The attack was per­son­ally dev­as­tat­ing to the fam­ily of Leon Kling­hof­fer but, to their last­ing credit, his daugh­ters Lisa and Ilsa were deter­mined to ensure that their father did not die in vain. Within months of the attack, they joined with the ADL to found the Leon and Mar­i­lyn Kling­hof­fer Memo­r­ial Foun­da­tion of the Anti-Defamation League, which serves to edu­cate about ter­ror­ism and its vic­tims to this day.

ADL will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in a panel com­mem­o­rat­ing the anniver­sary of the Achille Lauro tragedy on Octo­ber 8 at 8:30 AM. The panel, Com­bat­ing Ter­ror­ism through Amer­i­can Law: On the Occa­sion of the 30th Anniver­sary of the Mur­der of Leon Kling­hof­fer, is pre­sented by the Cen­ter for Jew­ish His­tory and the Amer­i­can Jew­ish His­tor­i­cal Society.

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October 2, 2015 12

Extremists Claim Oregon Shooting Is Sign of White Genocide

The tragic shoot­ing at Umpqua Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Rose­burg, Ore­gon, in which a gun­man killed nine peo­ple and wounded a num­ber of oth­ers, elicited a strong response among a sam­pling of extrem­ists. When the media released infor­ma­tion that the shooter, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mer­cer, had listed him­self as “mixed race” on an online dat­ing pro­file, white suprema­cists called his actions a form of “white genocide.”

White suprema­cists were also quick to reject some media reports that said the gun­man had white suprema­cist lean­ings. They claimed the gun­man was moti­vated by hatred of whites and Chris­tians. They also blamed Jews for every­thing from encour­ag­ing blacks to kill whites to down­play­ing the story once the shooter turned out to be non-white.

Chris Harper Mercer online profile circulating on Stormfront

Chris Harper Mer­cer online pro­file cir­cu­lat­ing on Stormfront

Since Mer­cer had expressed an inter­est in online post­ings in Vester Flana­gan, a black for­mer reporter who shot and killed two white ex-colleagues, posters on Storm­front, the largest white suprema­cist Inter­net forum,  pro­moted the idea that blacks were tar­get­ing whites en masse. One poster called Mer­cer and Flana­gan “anti-white terrorists.”

Oth­ers on the site focused on Mercer’s mixed race her­itage as the cause of his actions. One poster wrote that “light-skinned blacks are the most racist of all. They hate their white blood with a pas­sion.” Another per­son post­ing as “White Nation­hood” claimed that Mercer’s “inter­est in the left-hand path [a ref­er­ence to the occult and black magic] plus racial anx­i­eties prob­a­bly fueled his anti-white, anti-Christian mas­sacre.” Still another wrote, “Half castes secretly wish to be white, the denial of this godly priv­i­lege makes mulat­toes insane.”

Some posters on Storm­front saw the shoot­ing as an indi­ca­tion that whites need to take action to arm them­selves or live sep­a­rately from non-whites. Some­one post­ing as “14 words of truth” wrote that the reac­tion to the shoot­ing would be “many armed men world wide bring­ing jus­tice to the guilty.” The per­son added, “All that vio­lence could be avoided by halt­ing white geno­cide and allow­ing white folk to live within our own nations in peace.”

“Ten­niel” had sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments, writ­ing, “Given the open war­fare being now per­pe­trated against Whites by non­whites, par­tic­u­larly negroes, in Amer­ica, it is vital that White peo­ple be able to be ARMED AT ALL TIMES IN ALL LOCATIONS IN AMERICA.”

Many of the posters on Storm­front blamed Jews for the shoot­ing. One poster declared, “White geno­cide is real and there is always a filthy jew [sic] behind it.” “Laidbackguy71” wrote, “Don’t let the Jews jive ya because they are the ones with blood on their hands for all of this.” Another poster claimed, “The jews [sic] keep try­ing to brain­wash peo­ple that race mix­ing is love and a demon­stra­tion of tol­er­ance and equal­ity. It is the worst thing a par­ent can do to a child.”

Still oth­ers claimed that the shoot­ing would lead to gun con­trol and dis­arm­ing the pop­u­la­tion. A poster on another white suprema­cist Inter­net forum, Van­guard News Net­work, wrote, “It doesn’t mat­ter this was a gun-free zone or that the shooter was a mulatto. Tal­mu­dic media won’t report this any­way! What mat­ters is that this story, along with oth­ers before, will be exploited to enter­tain a men­tal­ity that ulti­mately, leads towards dis­arm­ing Amer­i­can people.”

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September 25, 2015 20

University Departments Sponsor Key BDS Advocates

Uni­ver­sity depart­ments on five dif­fer­ent col­lege cam­puses have spon­sored or co-sponsored anti-Israel pro­grams pro­mot­ing Boy­cott, Divest­ment, and Sanc­tions (BDS) cam­paigns so far dur­ing the 2015–16 aca­d­e­mic year. The found­ing goals of the BDS move­ment and many of the strate­gies employed in BDS cam­paigns are anti-Semitic.  Such spon­sor­ship cre­ates the per­cep­tion that spe­cific uni­ver­sity depart­ments sanc­tion these goals and strate­gies, lend­ing an added degree of legit­i­macy and cred­i­bil­ity to anti-Israel advo­cacy and cam­paigns that may alien­ate Jew­ish and pro-Israel students.omar-barghouti-berkeley-flyer

Since the 2012–13 aca­d­e­mic year, there have been at least 99 anti-Israel events that received uni­ver­sity depart­ment spon­sor­ship, includ­ing 44 events which took place in the 2014–15 aca­d­e­mic year.

On Sep­tem­ber 18, 2015, Omar Bargh­outi, a found­ing mem­ber of the Pales­tin­ian Cam­paign for the Aca­d­e­mic and Cul­tural Boy­cott of Israel (PACBI), spoke at the Uni­ver­sity of California-Berkeley. His pre­sen­ta­tion, which dis­cussed the role which he believes acad­e­mia should play in BDS, was spon­sored by the cam­pus Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP) chap­ter and co-sponsored by eight dif­fer­ent Uni­ver­sity depart­ments, includ­ing the Cen­ter for Race and Gen­der, Asian Amer­i­can Stud­ies, Native Amer­i­can Stud­ies, Eth­nic Stud­ies, Eng­lish, Chi­cano Stud­ies, Near East­ern Stud­ies, and African Amer­i­can Studies.

Bargh­outi, a founder of the move­ment who recently stated that he believes BDS is turn­ing main­stream, has used Holo­caust imagery to con­demn Israel and its sup­port­ers in past pre­sen­ta­tions and inter­views. He also has advo­cated for a one-state solu­tion to the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict, along with the right of return for Pales­tin­ian refugees, claim­ing that one state would mean “equal­ity for everyone–irrespective of iden­tity, eth­nic­ity, reli­gion or any other attribute.”

Barghouti’s event is not unique for this year though, as the Cen­ter for Diver­sity and Inclu­sion at Michi­gan Tech­no­log­i­cal Uni­ver­sity spon­sored a sim­i­lar pre­sen­ta­tion from Israeli anti-Zionist author Miko Peled on Sep­tem­ber 15, 2015. Over the years, Peled has made sev­eral state­ments about Jews, Israel, and the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict that would not define “inclu­sion” or “diver­sity.” These state­ments include his alle­ga­tion that Israel turned Gaza into an “enor­mous con­cen­tra­tion camp” or more recently, when he stated that “nei­ther Iran, Hezbol­lah or Hamas pose a threat to Israel, they pose a threat to the Israeli occu­pa­tion and oppres­sion of Palestinians.”

Other events which received depart­ment spon­sor­ship this year include an upcom­ing per­for­mance by Remi Kanazi, an Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee mem­ber of the US Cam­paign for the Aca­d­e­mic & Cul­tural Boy­cott of Israel (USACBI), at John Jay Col­lege. At John Jay, Kanazi’s per­for­mance is being co-sponsored by the Depart­ment of Gen­der Studies.

In addi­tion, a Sep­tem­ber 16 pre­sen­ta­tion at Drew Uni­ver­sity by Bassem Tamimi, a Pales­tin­ian anti-Israel activist who has been arrested in Israel sev­eral times, was co-sponsored by the Mid­dle East Stud­ies Depart­ment; and a pre­sen­ta­tion from Vijay Prashad, the for­mer Edward Said chair in Amer­i­can Stud­ies at the Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity of Beirut, was co-sponsored by the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs Program.

While not all advo­cates of BDS are anti-Semitic and may be dri­ven by per­ceived legit­i­mate crit­i­cism of cer­tain Israeli poli­cies toward Pales­tini­ans, many indi­vid­u­als engaged in BDS cam­paigns are dri­ven by oppo­si­tion to Israel’s very exis­tence as a Jew­ish state. Because of this, it’s unfor­tu­nate that uni­ver­sity depart­ments would lend their spon­sor­ship to events that can cre­ate an envi­ron­ment that is hos­tile to Jew­ish and pro-Israel students.

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