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November 16, 2012 10

Demonstrators at Anti-Israel Rallies: “Gaza is the Real Holocaust,” “Long live the Intifada!”

Vir­u­lent anti-Israel protests were held in at least two dozen cities across the United States yes­ter­day. The demon­stra­tions were orga­nized to protest Israeli air strikes against Hamas and ter­ror­ist infra­struc­ture in Gaza in an ongo­ing effort to defend Israel’s civil­ian pop­u­la­tion against the con­tin­u­ous bar­rage of indis­crim­i­nate deadly rocket fire from Gaza which now extends to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Many of the demon­stra­tions were marked by extreme and anti-Semitic mes­sages. Signs that com­pared Israel to Nazi Ger­many and expressed sup­port for “armed resis­tance” in Gaza were wide­spread. Below is a sam­pling of the demonstrations:

New York: Approx­i­mately 1,000 indi­vid­u­als attended a rally to “Protest Israeli crimes in Gaza” out­side the Israeli Con­sulate. Signs held at the demon­stra­tion read, “Pales­tini­ans are free­dom fight­ers;”  “Stop Israeli geno­cide in Gaza;” “Resistance is jus­ti­fied when peo­ple are occu­pied;” “Long live the Intifada;” “With our soul and our blood we will redeem you, Pales­tine;” and “Gaza is Today’s War­saw Ghetto.”

One after the other, dif­fer­ent speak­ers took turns con­demn­ing Israel using Holo­caust analo­gies, prais­ing “armed resis­tance,” and call­ing for “Pales­tine to be free, from the [Jor­dan] River to the [Mediter­ranean] Sea.” One speaker said, “Speak­ing of resis­tance, do you guys think resis­tance equals ter­ror­ism?” The crowd shouted, “No!!!” Another speaker claimed that “Gaza is the War­saw Ghetto of today. Sixty years ago when the Jew­ish peo­ple in the War­saw Ghetto fought back against the Nazi war machine, today it is the peo­ple of Gaza and Pales­tine who are fight­ing for free­dom against a war machine that is no bet­ter than that of the Nazis.”

The speak­ers at the rally rep­re­sented a num­ber of groups, includ­ing Al-Awda, the Arab Mus­lim Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion, New York Uni­ver­sity and Hunter College’s chap­ters of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine, Mus­lim Amer­i­can Society, ANSWER, and more (see below for videos of the event).

Los Ange­les: Sev­eral dozen stu­dents protested on UCLA’s cam­pus hold­ing signs that read, “From the River to the sea Pales­tine will be free,” “This Israeli Jew­ish Grand­daugh­ter of a Holo­caust Sur­vivor is against the Mas­sacre of Gaza,” “Blow­ing up chil­dren ≠ self –defense” and “Respect Exis­tence or Expect Resis­tance.” Another sign, which read “93% effec­tive mis­sile defense Iron Dome paid for by $250 M in US tax $,” seemed to be upset with the Israeli defense sys­tem that pre­vents rock­ets from land­ing on Israeli civil­ians. Stu­dents also chanted, “Free, Free Pales­tine; Long live the intifada” and “Israel is a ter­ror­ist state.”

Chicago: Sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers held signs that read “Gaza is the Real Holo­caust,” “Con­demn Gaza Geno­cide,”  “Divest from Israel’s Crimes,” and “Stop Israel’s Slaugh­ter in Gaza.” One per­son held a sign that showed the Star of David = Swastika. The rally was held in Pru­den­tial Plaza out­side Pres­i­dent Obama’s cam­paign head­quar­ters. It was spon­sored by sev­eral Chicago-based orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing the Chicago Move­ment for Pales­tin­ian Rights, the Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Group and Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine – Chicago. It was also endorsed by nearly 20 other orga­ni­za­tions, including 8 area chap­ters of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine and the Chicago chap­ter of Jew­ish Voice for Peace.

Boston: Pro­test­ers chanted “Resis­tance is Jus­ti­fied When Peo­ple are Occu­pied” and “Pales­tine will be free, from the river to the sea.” “Long live Intifada, Intifada, Intifada!” A large ban­ner that read “Jews for Intifada” was held by sev­eral activists at the front of the crowd as they marched towards the Israeli Con­sulate in down­town Boston. The rally was spon­sored by Jew­ish Voice for Peace, CODEPINK, the United National Anti­war Coali­tion, and Occupy-Boston. A sign that read, “Un-Occupy Pales­tine” was also on display.

Videos from the anti-Israel demon­stra­tion in New York City:

 

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June 7, 2012 2

Anti-Israel Group Increases Outreach to High School Students

Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine (AMP), a Chicago-based anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion, is plan­ning to host a joint con­fer­ence on “Pales­tine activism” with the High School Mus­lim Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia (HSMSA), an inter-high school net­work of Mus­lim stu­dent organizations.

The con­fer­ence is sched­uled to take place on June 24 at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Irvine, a cen­ter for vir­u­lently anti-Israel cam­pus activ­ity in recent years. It is part of AMP’s 7th annual cam­paign to com­mem­o­rate the “Nakba,” an Ara­bic term that means “cat­a­stro­phe” and is used by Pales­tini­ans and their sup­port­ers to describe Israel’s Dec­la­ra­tion of Independence.

AMP orga­niz­ers say the con­fer­ence is designed to help “train high school, col­lege, and non-student activists on issues per­ti­nent to Pales­tine activism.” The list of speak­ers invited to “edu­cate” stu­dents on the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict include sev­eral anti-Israel activists known for their use of rhetoric to dele­git­imize Israel.

Speak­ers include Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the anti-Israel Elec­tronic Intifada blog; Taher Herza­l­lah, AMP’s National Cam­pus Coor­di­na­tor and one of the 11 stu­dents arrested for shout­ing down Israeli Ambas­sador Michael Oren dur­ing a 2010 speech at UC Irvine; and Osama Abu Irshaid, an AMP board mem­ber who has pre­vi­ously expressed sup­port for Hezbol­lah and con­spir­a­to­ri­ally alleged that the U.S. gov­ern­ment makes deci­sions based on the “influ­en­tial Jew­ish community.”

AMP tar­geted high school stu­dents ear­lier this year when it held its first high school train­ing ses­sion in Villa Park, Illi­nois. The work­shop was sim­i­larly orga­nized to the upcom­ing con­fer­ence at UC Irvine and included work­shops on sub­jects such as the Islamic sig­nif­i­cance of Pales­tine, activism, and how to uti­lize the media.

This year’s AMP Nakba cam­paign con­sists pri­mar­ily of edu­ca­tional and train­ing ses­sions designed to “raise aware­ness about the occu­pa­tion” and to “help bring jus­tice and lib­erty to the Holy Land.” These events will be held through­out the month of June across the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia region, which include the cities of Hawthorne, Corona-Narco, Ana­heim, Temec­ula, and Lomita.

AMP has increas­ingly made an effort to engage in facil­i­tat­ing stu­dent activism on col­lege cam­puses and high schools nation­wide. The impor­tance of encour­ag­ing AMP’s pres­ence among stu­dents was the cen­tral theme of the organization’s 2011 national con­fer­ence, where a num­ber of ses­sions were ded­i­cated to how stu­dents can dis­cuss the issue of Pales­tine in schools and on cam­puses. AMP’s con­certed effort to engage with stu­dents has led to increased col­lab­o­ra­tion with on cam­pus anti-Israel groups, such as Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP).

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April 5, 2012 9

FAU Students Latest Target of Anti-Israel Mock Eviction Tactic

The mock evic­tion notices taped on more than 200 dorm room doors at Florida Atlantic Uni­ver­sity last week are part of an ongo­ing cam­paign by an anti-Israel cam­pus group to raise aware­ness to its cause through shock tactics.

Stu­dent lead­ers of FAU’s Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP) chap­ter said that the fliers are designed to show how Pales­tini­ans expe­ri­ence evic­tion from their homes by the Israeli gov­ern­ment. The stu­dents also indi­cated that they had received prior approval from the Hous­ing and Res­i­den­tial Life Depart­ment at the university.

SJP is a stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion with more than 75 chap­ters at Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties. As the pri­mary orga­nizer of anti-Israel activ­ity on cam­pus, SJP has con­sis­tently demo­nized Israel, describ­ing its poli­cies toward the Pales­tini­ans as racist and apartheid-like, and com­pared Israelis to Nazis.

This is not the first time SJP mem­bers have used mock evic­tion notices on cam­pus. In April 2011, sim­i­lar mock evic­tion notices were dis­trib­uted in stu­dent dor­mi­to­ries at Yale Uni­ver­sity to crit­i­cize the “actions of the Israeli state” and to pro­mote the group’s upcom­ing events. The group said in a press release that it aimed to star­tle Yale stu­dents and give them a sense of what evicted Pales­tini­ans must feel.

A month later, stu­dents from the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago’s SJP sim­i­larly dis­trib­uted the evic­tion notices through­out three res­i­dence halls as part of SJP’s annual “Nakba” Com­mem­o­ra­tion Week.

Dur­ing the 2011 Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine (AMP) National Con­fer­ence, a vir­u­lently anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion that aids and assists SJP activ­i­ties nation-wide, Uni­ver­sity of Chicago SJP pres­i­dent Sami Kishawi took credit for his SJP chapter’s method of activism. He also claimed that the mock evic­tion tac­tic has proven to be as effec­tive as SJP’s use of mock-checkpoints, which Kishawi explains also helps expose daily Pales­tin­ian humil­i­a­tion to a large num­ber of students.

As was the case at the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago and at Yale, the evic­tion fliers at FAU were seen by some stu­dents as dis­re­spect­ful and intimidating.

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