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February 1, 2012 0

Three 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 Kristin Szrem­ski, the media direc­tor of Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine, an extreme anti-Israel group based in Chicago that spends sig­nif­i­cant resources on orga­niz­ing and coor­di­nat­ing anti-Israel activ­ity on col­lege campuses.
Szrem­ski will speak on the topic of “Talk­ing to Begin­ners about BDS, Israel and Zionism.”
Dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion in Wash­ing­ton DC in Sep­tem­ber 2011 with a fel­low activist from the Inter­na­tional Jew­ish Anti-Zionist Net­work, Szrem­ski spoke about “legal and pop­u­lar approaches to chal­leng­ing Zion­ist orga­ni­za­tions” and advo­cated against inter­faith dia­logue with Jew­ish groups because it leads to “creep­ing nor­malcy” with Jews who may be Zionists.
On her Twit­ter page, Szrem­ski has described Illi­nois Sen­a­tor Mark Kirk as an “Israel-firster,” alleg­ing that he has more loy­alty to Israel than the United States.
She has also stated that Israel con­trols the Amer­i­can media, a typ­i­cal anti-Israel con­spir­acy the­ory. Speak­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois at Urbana-Champaign sev­eral years ago about the Gaza War, Szrem­ski cryp­ti­cally alleged: “The media that is sup­posed to be in the posi­tion of power is [sub­ject­ing] itself to censorship…It’s impos­si­ble to get fair cov­er­age from one source who con­trols all that power.”
Num­ber 5: J Kehaulani Kauanui

Num­ber 4: Helena Cobban

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