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November 4, 2014

Islamic University Of Gaza Conference Promotes Anti-Semitism

A two-day international conference at the Islamic University of Gaza titled “Future of the Zionist-Islamic conflict in Palestine” included blatant expressions of anti-Semitism.islamic-university-gaza

While very few details about the conference are available, one of the panels, according to the University’s website, was called “The future of the Zionist-Muslim conflict in light of ‘TheProtocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.’”

An Al Jazeera report on the conference, which concluded on Sunday, quoted one of the participants, Professor Riyadh Qassim, from the Islamic University in Gaza as saying that the defeat the Jews and the demise of the Zionist entity is a divine promise. Professor Qassim also reportedly listed 12 characteristics of “the Jewish personality” such as “absolute blasphemy in faith, thirst for blood shedding, treachery, violating treaties, manipulation, corruption on earth, and racial superiority.” Such qualities, according to Professor Qassim, will lead to the defeat of the Jews and a victory for Muslims.

The University’s website also indicated that 23 research papers were submitted to the conference by scholars from around the world. The research papers reportedly propagated an Islamist perspective on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, to support the prediction of an Islamic victory over the Jews.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who spoke at the opening session of the conference, expressed his pride in Moataz Hijazi, the Palestinian gunman suspected of the failed targeted terrorist assassination attempt of a Jewish man in Jerusalem last week.

The Islamic University of Gaza was founded by Hamas and includes various schools such as Medicine, Engineering and Islamic law. The University was targeted by Israel in August of 2014 because, according to a spokesperson for the Israeli army, the University “was a Hamas Qassam rocket manufacturing facility, an outpost, a center for weapons research and development, and a Hamas storage facility.”

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October 23, 2014

Tufts University Hosting National Students For Justice In Palestine Conference

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), the nation’s largest pro-Palestinian student organization with more than 80 active chapters on college and university campuses, will hold its 4th National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference at Tufts University. The conference, which runs from October 24-26, is titled “Beyond Solidarity: Resisting Racism and Colonialism from the U.S. to Palestine,” a reference to SJP activists’ efforts to connect varying struggles and movements to the Palestinian cause.sjp-national-conference-tufts-university

As with previous SJP national conferences this year’s conference is only open to students who are active with a campus group. The conference is set to feature a wide array of anti-Israel activists, including university professors, students, clergy members, and members of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Among the invited speakers are J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, an Associate Professor of American Studies & Anthropology at Wesleyan University and an advisor to the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI); Muhammad Desai, the coordinator of BDS South Africa who was seen singing the words “shoot the Jew” at a 2013 anti-Israel protest; Sara Kershner, a co-founder of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network; and several student activists from various SJP chapters.

The conference panels, according to the SJP conference website, will consist of discussions that conflate social justice with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Panel titles include: “From Ferguson to Palestine: Resisting State Violence and Racism,” and “Migrant Justice and the Undocumented Palestinian Experience in the U.S.” SJP chapters often try to link domestic issues and events, such as the Ferguson, Missouri shooting and its aftermath to the conflict in Gaza, couching hostility toward Israel in social justice terms to appeal to a broader audience. In addition, there will also be a session on “Islamic Movements of Palestine,” that will examine “how Islam informed resistance movements and what different ways Islamic movements operated in Palestine.”

In previous years SJP held its national conference at Columbia University in 2011, the University of Michigan in 2012, and at Stanford University in 2013. The conferences typically include inflammatory language and rhetoric to describe Israel, and, at times, speakers have glorified the use of violence by Palestinian groups.

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October 22, 2014

Pro-Hezbollah Hackers Target Media Group For Its Position On Israel

On October 20, pro-Hezbollah hackers took control of the Twitter account of a prominent Lebanese Christian TV station, Murr Television, known as MTV Lebanon, because the station allegedly failed to describe Hamas combatants killed in the fighting with Israel as “martyrs.”mtv-lebanon-hacking-hezbollah

The hackers changed the Twitter account’s cover image to a photo of a Hezbollah fighter under a Hezbollah flag and tweeted a message from the account stating:

“[Only] when you learn the difference between a martyr and a killed [person], between an agent [of Israel] and a resistance fighter…. [Only] When you learn that Israel is the enemy, then your account will return to you. So we don’t forget Palestine.@MTVLebanonNews.”

While no group has claimed responsibility for the hacking, Hezbollah’s media arm,Al Manar, praised the attack in a report published yesterday that read in part, “For several hours today, the flag of Hezbollah kept waving over the public page of MTV twitter account.”

The hacking of MTV Lebanon and subsequent praising of it by Hezbollah’s media arm could represent a new tactic in the way terrorist groups in the Middle East attack their opponents online and spread their ideology to a wider audience. It does not appear that Hezbollah has previously endorsed cyber-attacks against its opponents.

ADL has tracked several hacking operations against Jewish and Israeli institutions by anti-Israel groups.

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