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February 21, 2012

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

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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