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December 28, 2012

Cornell SJP Publication Features Terrorist Logo and Describes Israel as “White Supremacist State”

The message on the handcuffs reads, “South-African Steel/Made in Israel.”

A publication titled “Liberation Now: The Struggle for Justice in Palestine” was published earlier this month by the Cornell University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. The publication, which is designed to look like a newspaper, apparently aims to correct the “misinformation” about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but the result is a virulently anti-Israel manifesto.

Articles in the newspaper describe Israel as a “white supremacist state” that is guilty of the “crime of apartheid” and of discriminating against Palestinians with “21st-century Jim Crow-esque laws.” One article conspiratorially claims that university administrators “essentially took orders from the Zionist groups on campus” regarding an anti-Israel rally that took place during Operation Pillar of Defense. And one of the images in the newspaper includes the logo of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Palestinian terrorist organization.

The newspaper also urges students to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and lists specific BDS targets, including TIAA-CREF, the retirement fund used by Cornell’s faculty; Israel’s Technion University because Cornell and Technion are collaborating on a joint campus in New York City; and several other Israeli companies that Cornell directly or indirectly supports like Sabra, whose hummus is offered in the school’s cafeteria.

The pro-boycott sentiments that appear in the newspaper are not limited to companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. They instead specifically advocate for the Palestinians’ call for BDS as expressed by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. That BDS movement asks communities to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel until it ends the occupation of Arab lands, grants equal rights to all its citizens, and honors the Palestinian right of return.”

The students who authored the newspaper claim that by exposing and publicizing their allegations against Israel, as well as Cornell’s complicity in alleged Israeli wrongdoings, they will serve as a “physical refutation of the white supremacist attitudes of both Israel and the Cornell administration….We’ll always be a threat to the Israeli lobby and its partner, Cornell University.”

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November 20, 2012

“End the Nazi Occupation in Gaza”: A Round-Up Of U.S. Anti-Israel Protests On November 19

Close to two dozen anti-Israel rallies took place across the United States on Monday, from Greensboro to Gainesville, Seattle to Santa Cruz. Nearly half of Monday’s demonstrations occurred on university and college campuses, an indication of how student-driven the anti-Israel reaction is to the latest round of violence taking place in the Middle East.

Below is a sampling of yesterday’s anti-Israel protests:

New Brunswick, NJ

At Rutgers University, a state university with more than 50,000 students, a rally organized by Students for Justice in Palestine drew approximately 150 demonstrators to Brower Commons. One of the signs displayed by students read, “It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists do to Palestinians much of what Nazis did to Jews.” Demonstrators also chanted “Intifada, Intifada” during the evening protest.

At least four representatives of Neturei Karta, an ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionist organization, participated in and spoke at the rally. Jewish anti-Zionist groups often view their role as “protecting” the anti-Israel movement from allegations of anti-Semitism. It seemed to work here. Shortly after the protest ended, several students expressed how happy they were to have the Neturei Karta representatives, with one student noting, “I’m tired of being criticized as an anti-Semite for having critical views of Israel, when in fact I have no qualms with our Jewish brothers and sisters, but rather an apartheid nation.”

San Francisco, CA

A rally outside the Israeli Consulate drew activists from Jewish Voice for Peace who held banners and signs that read “The Siege of Gaza Betrays Jewish Values” and “Israelis Against War and Apartheid.”

Chicago, IL

More than 300 demonstrators rallied outside a Federal Building in Chicago and then proceeded to march to Daley Plaza, chanting “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” Speakers alleged that Israel is a “terrorist state,” a “brutal killing machine” and that Jerusalem is “occupied.” One young woman held a sign that read, “End the Nazi Occupation in Gaza!” The same sign also showed the Israeli flag with a large red swastika drawn over it and the words “real terrorists.” The rally attracted the support of American Muslims for Palestine, Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, Palestine Solidarity Group, US Palestinian Community Network and Jewish Voice for Peace.

Ithaca, NY

Anti-Israel students at Cornell University squared off against pro-Israel students who were holding a rally to support Israel’s actions and then marched across campus chanting, “Hey Netanyahu, what do you say, how many kids did you kill today?” “Brick by brick, wall by wall, Israel’s apartheid’s got to fall” and “When people are occupied, resistance is justified.” The rally, called “Solidarity from Ithaca to Gaza,” was heavily attended by Jewish anti-Zionists, including representatives of Jewish Voice for Peace-Ithaca who held signs that read, “Jewish Voice for Peace Says Divest From the Occupation” and “I am another Jew opposed to Israeli attacks on civilians.”

Tallahassee, FL

The Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at Florida State University organized a protest that drew several dozen students. The students held signs that read, “Resist Zionism and Imperialism,” “Support Peace, Defend Gaza” and “Denouncing Israel’s War Crimes is not Anti-Semitic.” One of the leaders of SJP was interviewed by local media and said, “We’re out here because Palestinians are being brutalized, are being bombed, are being killed every single day with American tax dollars and we think that’s inherently wrong.” He also apologized for Palestinian terrorism, saying it is the result of how “miserable and hopeless” the Palestinians feel and predicted that the “extremism” will only end when the situation for Palestinians improves.

For information about other anti-Israel protests that have taken place since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, please see these previous posts:

“Israel should be Ended Once and For All,” “Crucify Him, Crucify Them…Israel’s Policy:” A Round-Up of Anti-Israel Protests in the U.S., November 17–18

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

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