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August 6, 2014 5

More Extreme Rhetoric at National Anti-Israel Protest in DC

Approx­i­mately 10,000 peo­ple took part in a demon­stra­tion against Israel in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. on August 2. The demon­stra­tion, billed as the “National March on the White House,” was orga­nized by ANSWER and fea­tured sev­eral speak­ers, along with anti-Semitic signs and chants sim­i­lar to those that we have seen at other recent anti-Israel demon­stra­tions.

Cor­nel West, Pro­fes­sor of Afro-American Stud­ies and Reli­gion at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, claimed that Israel is guilty of “not just occu­pa­tion, not just humil­i­a­tion, but more and more every day: anni­hi­la­tion.” He alleged that “Ben­jamin Netanyahu is a war crim­i­nal not because he’s Jew­ish, but because he has cho­sen to pro­mote occu­pa­tion and anni­hi­la­tion.” West did not speak favor­ably of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama either who he claimed “is a war crim­i­nal, not because he’s black or half African and white, but because his drones have killed 233 inno­cent chil­dren and because he facil­i­tates the killing of inno­cent Pales­tini­ans in Gaza.”

Nihad Awad, the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and Founder of the Coun­cil on American-Islamic Rela­tions (CAIR), also spoke to the crowd, insist­ing that Israel is a “ter­ror­ist state” and that AIPAC con­trols the U.S. Con­gress. He told the audi­ence “Do not accept Israeli talk­ing points. AIPAC should have its hand off the United States Con­gress. They have cor­rupted our for­eign pol­icy; they have cor­rupted our polit­i­cal leaders.”

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Many of the anti-Israel demon­stra­tors shouted insults such as “Baby killers” at a small group of pro-Israel demon­stra­tors. At one point, when a pro-Israel sup­porter showed up and tried to enter the blocked-off pro-Israel area, one man shouted “We’ve got a Nazi here!” and “more pigs, more pigs!”

Ten­sions even­tu­ally became so high that the pro-Israel demon­stra­tors had to be escorted away by law enforce­ment, pre­sum­ably for their own safety. After the pro-Israel sup­port­ers were escorted out, the rally par­tic­i­pants marched around the White House and through the streets of Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

An Israeli flag was also burned by par­tic­i­pants at the rally.

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July 1, 2014 4

CAIR’s Nihad Awad Blames “Israeli Lobby” For Florida Terror Trial

Nihad Awad, the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can Islamic Rela­tions (CAIR) blamed “the Israeli lobby” for the suf­fer­ing of Sami Al-Arian, a for­mer Uni­ver­sity of South Florida pro­fes­sor who pleaded guilty in 2006 to con­spir­ing to aid the Pales­tin­ian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).nihad-awad-cair-israel-lobby-sami-al-arian

On June 27, Awad tweeted, “Happy News: The gov­ern­ment of the United States of Amer­ica dropped all charges against Dr. Sami Al-Arian after 11 years of suf­fer­ing because of the Israeli lobby. Con­grat­u­la­tions to him and to the lawyers team.”

A crim­i­nal con­tempt indict­ment against Al-Arian, who was pre­vi­ously sen­tenced to 57-months in prison for his role in con­spir­ing to aid PIJ, was dropped Fri­day. Al-Arian, who has been fac­ing these addi­tional charges for the last 11 years, will now likely be deported as a result of the orig­i­nal charges.

Awad has pre­vi­ously made state­ments blam­ing Israel sup­port­ers for the suf­fer­ing of Mus­lims in the U.S.  In an inter­view with Al Jazeera in August 2012, Awad claimed that Mus­lims and Islam in Amer­ica face ide­o­log­i­cal and polit­i­cal attacks pri­mar­ily from groups that sup­port Israel.

In another inter­view with Egypt­ian daily Al Masry Al Youm, in Sep­tem­ber 2010, Awad stated, “There is no doubt that the pro-Israel orga­ni­za­tions have worked exten­sively over the years in pro­mot­ing a cul­ture of hos­til­ity towards Islam, sup­port­ing anti-Islam activists, hold­ing recep­tions for them, assist­ing and fund­ing them.”

Awad’s views not only feed on the con­spir­a­to­r­ial nar­ra­tive of undue Israeli influ­ence over the Amer­i­can judi­cial sys­tem, but also ignore the active role played by sev­eral pro-Israel groups, includ­ing ADL, in fight­ing against hate that tar­gets Amer­i­can Mus­lims.

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February 10, 2012 0

Anti-Israel Hostility Pervades Penn BDS Conference

The Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS) con­fer­ence held at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia last week­end fea­tured speak­ers rep­re­sent­ing a wide range of strate­gies used to dele­git­imize Israel. As expected, many of the speak­ers pro­moted mis­truths and biased nar­ra­tives of the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict and offered strate­gies on how to advance BDS ini­tia­tives and to fur­ther dele­git­imize Israel.


Sev­eral of the anti-Israel activists who head­lined the Penn BDS con­fer­ence are sched­uled to next month’s One-State “Solu­tion” Con­fer­ence at Har­vard, includ­ing Ali Abunimah, Dalit Baum and Sarah Schulman.
Below is a sam­pling of state­ments made at the Penn con­fer­ence:
  • Omar Bargh­outi, co-founder of the Pales­tin­ian Cam­paign for the Aca­d­e­mic and Cul­tural Boy­cott of Israel, claimed that Israel is gov­erned by an “extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy” and that it is a “racist oppres­sor” and an “apartheid state.” Bargh­outi also made ref­er­ence to the dis­pro­por­tion­ate role “Israel’s lobby groups” play in the U.S., adding that “it is cru­cial to reveal how Israel is right at the cen­ter of the 1% agenda,” refer­ring to the Occupy Wall Street movement. 
  • Ali Abunimah, the founder and exec­u­tive direc­tor of “Elec­tronic Intifada,” an anti-Israel Web site,  report­edly said, “Nakba denial is the equiv­a­lent of Holo­caust denial.”
  • Pro­fes­sor Amy Kaplan, pro­fes­sor in the Eng­lish depart­ment at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, offered sug­ges­tions in a Q&A ses­sion on how BDS could be inte­grated into the class­room. Accord­ing to an audio record­ing of her response, Kaplan said, “you take a the­matic course and you bring in themes from this issue [BDS], and lit­er­a­ture is really a great way to teach stu­dents about what’s going on.”

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