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January 31, 2012 6

Four 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.

Num­ber 4: Helena Cobban
Today we pro­file Helena Cob­ban, an anti-Israel writer, pub­lisher and the for­mer exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Coun­cil for the National Inter­est, an orga­ni­za­tion that reg­u­larly sends del­e­ga­tions of its sup­port­ers to meet with Hamas and Hezbol­lah rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Mid­dle East.
Cob­ban con­sis­tently tries to por­tray Israel as the only guilty party in the con­flict and has alleged that Israel’s mil­i­tary engages in “vol­un­tary eth­nic cleans­ing” of the Pales­tini­ans. In Jan­u­ary 2009, shortly after the Gaza War ended, Cob­ban spoke at an event at George­town Uni­ver­sity where she harshly crit­i­cized Israel and Israelis, say­ing she can’t believe “how stu­pid Israelis are” and claimed that Israelis are “inca­pable of empa­thy and com­pas­sion for other people.”


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