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February 21, 2012 0

American Muslims for Palestine Takes Aim at High Schools

The vir­u­lently anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion, Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine (AMP), held its first high school edu­ca­tional train­ing ses­sion of 2012 at the Islamic Foun­da­tion School in Villa Park, Illi­nois.

The train­ing ses­sion was attended by some 200 stu­dents from grades 10 to 12 and con­sisted of a half-day work­shop on a vari­ety of top­ics, includ­ing the Islamic sig­nif­i­cance of Pales­tine, accord­ing to AMP’s Web site. One ses­sion was led by AMP Direc­tor of Media and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Kristin Szrem­ski on steps stu­dents can take to uti­lize the media in their activism. Szrem­ski was a fea­tured speaker at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia BDS con­fer­ence ear­lier this month.
AMP pro­motes its extreme anti-Israel views through var­i­ous pub­lic events designed for stu­dents and non-students alike. For exam­ple, dur­ing its ses­sion at the Decem­ber 2009 MAS-ICNA con­ven­tion, speak­ers called on “all Mus­lims to lib­er­ate all of Pales­tine from the North to the South from Al Quds to the sea” and described Jews as “the worst kind of people.” 
AMP has announced that it will embark on sim­i­lar events for high schools in Chicago and Mil­wau­kee. Facil­i­tat­ing stu­dent activism was the cen­tral theme of AMP’s 2011 national con­fer­ence, where a num­ber of ses­sions were ded­i­cated to ways stu­dents can dis­cuss the issue of Pales­tine in schools.
AMP has also made a con­certed effort to engage in advo­cacy on col­lege cam­puses and facil­i­tate increased col­lab­o­ra­tion among anti-Israel stu­dents, in par­tic­u­lar the activ­ity of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP), a stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion that’s a pri­mary orga­nizer of anti-Israel events on campus.

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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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