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September 18, 2013

San Diego State SJP Launches Recruitment Effort Comparing Israel To Nazi Germany

The Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter at San Diego State University (SDSU) recently unveiled an online slideshow and ad campaign to advocate for the Palestinian cause and recruit new members to join SJP which “enables you as a student to act on the truth.”sjp-sdsu-right-side-campaign

The campaign, “The Right Side: A Guide to the Moral High Ground,” repeatedly compares Israeli policy to the Holocaust, including analogizing a supporter of modern-day Israel to a “grandson of a Nazi” and claiming that the international community’s willful ignorance of Israel’s transgressions is comparable to the Europeans’ obliviousness of the horrors of the Holocaust in the 1930s and 40s.

The recruiting tool – which is available on SJP’s website as a slideshow and has been displayed on flyers around campus – is rife with extreme propaganda and claims that Israel is guilty of apartheid and “war crimes” against the Palestinian people. It further alleges that American politicians turn a blind eye to these injustices because they “receiv[e] money in exchange of a political stance.” One of the slides even repeats UN Rapporteur Richard Falk’s infamous line: “Is it an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment with Palestinians with the criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity? I think not.”

The first slide, titled “The Racist Grandpa,” claims that “no grandson of a Nazi, or a KKK clansman or a supporter of apartheid in South Africa can be proud of their grandfather. The last thing you want to be is that racist grandpa in the future.” The slide then warns: “Today, many of us could be racist grandpas or grandmas in the future if we continue to let ourselves be fooled by politicians, lobbyists and the media” with regard to Israel.  

The web page featuring the slideshow also contains images of well-known figures who have expressed anti-Israel views in recent years, including Alice Walker, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, former president Jimmy Carter and Lupe Fiasco, a rapper who is critical of Israel.

The SJP chapter at SDSU is very active on campus and has existed since at least 2009. In the past year, the group has sponsored speaking appearances by Norman Finkelstein, a for­mer pro­fes­sor at DePaul Uni­ver­sity and noted critic of Israeli policy, and organized events with Mexican student groups like MEChA that sought to compare the U.S.-Mexico border fence to the security fence in the West Bank.  The group refuses to dialogue or meet with the pro-Israel organization on campus, Aztecs for Israel, an anti-Israel tactic predicated on a rejection of “normalization” of the pro-Israel position.

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October 5, 2012

Anti-Israel “Tribunal on Palestine” to Take Place at Cooper Union this Weekend

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RTOP), which aims to bring the issue of Palestinian rights to “a court of the people,” will hold its fourth and final session this weekend at Cooper Union in Manhattan. Three previous RTOP sessions that have taken place in Barcelona, London and Cape Town since 2009 produced concluding documents calling Israel an apartheid state, describing the Gaza blockade as “slow motion genocide” and denouncing alleged “corporate complicity” in the Israeli occupation.

The tribunal’s “jury” and “witnesses” are comprised of anti-Israel activists and analysts like Cynthia McKinney; Mairead Maguire, a participant in the May 2010 flotilla; and John Dugard, a South African attorney and former Special Rapporteur on human rights for the U.N. who authored a report comparing Israeli policies to apartheid, as well as Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Alice Walker, the author of The Color Purple. In light of this extremely biased composition, it is obvious what the final “verdict,” which will be announced at a press conference on Monday, October 8, will look like.

A number of prominent anti-Israel activists are also scheduled to speak at specific sessions, including Huwaida Arraf, co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement; Phyllis Bennis, a co-founder of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation; and Diana Buttu, who recently appeared at a “one-state solution” conference at Harvard University.

In fact, the tribunal’s website makes it clear that it will not be an objective inquiry: “The Tribunal aims to bring attention to the complicity and responsibility of various national, international and corporate actors in the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the perpetuation of Israel’s impunity under international law.”

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