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March 28, 2014 1

MPAC Steps Up Involvement In Anti-Israel Activity

The Mus­lim Pub­lic Affairs Coun­cil, one of the lead­ing Amer­i­can Mus­lim advo­cacy orga­ni­za­tions in the U.S., has shown increased involve­ment in grass­roots anti-Israel activ­ity this month.

On March 30, the group will co-sponsor pre­sen­ta­tions by anti-Israel activist Mazin Qum­siyeh at two churches in Cal­i­for­nia. The pre­sen­ta­tions, titled “The Impor­tance of Pales­tine in Mid­dle East Pol­i­tics and The U.S. Citizen’s Role,” will be deliv­ered at All Saints Church in Pasadena and St. Mark Pres­by­ter­ian Church in New­port Beach.

Qum­siyeh, a pro­fes­sor at Beth­le­hem and Birzeit Uni­ver­si­ties and for­mer pro­fes­sor at Duke and Yale Uni­ver­si­ties, has a long record of engag­ing in extreme cam­paigns against Israel, includ­ing advo­cat­ing for a one-state solu­tion to the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict, sup­port­ing the Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tion (BDS) cam­paign against Israel, and par­tic­i­pat­ing in “non­vi­o­lent” protests against Israel in the West Bank that often turn violent.

Al Marayati at IAW Loyola

Salam Al-Marayati post­ing at Loy­ola Marymount’s mock “apartheid wall.”

After the Boston Marathon bomb­ing last April, Qum­siyeh wrote a post on his blog derid­ing the “Zion­ist spin” of the story, which he claimed was try­ing to hold Mus­lims respon­si­ble for the attack but ignored “past false flag oper­a­tions by the Israeli Mossad.” He has pre­vi­ously accused Israel and its sup­port­ers in the United States of being respon­si­ble for “wars on Arab and Mus­lim countries.”

In addi­tion, last week, Salam Al-Marayati, pres­i­dent of MPAC, par­tic­i­pated in the first Pales­tine Aware­ness Week at Loy­ola Mary­mount Uni­ver­sity in Los Ange­les. The event was orga­nized by the newly formed chap­ter of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine on cam­pus. On his Face­book page, Al Maray­ati posted a pic­ture of him­self stand­ing near the mock “apartheid wall.”

Although MPAC expressly sup­ports “a just and com­pre­hen­sive two-state solu­tion,” its coop­er­a­tion with and par­tic­i­pa­tion in events that sup­port BDS and a one-state solu­tion to the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict raise seri­ous con­cerns about the organization’s stated platform.

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February 7, 2012 Off

Israeli Apartheid Week Video Legitimizes Violent Resistance

A newly released pro­mo­tional video for this year’s Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) con­tains the type of provoca­tive mes­sage that is often pro­moted at anti-Israel events, includ­ing IAW pro­grams in recent years.

About 20 sec­onds in, the video depicts a Pales­tin­ian with a kef­fiyeh cov­er­ing his face and aim­ing a sling­shot. The text reads, “When a peo­ple fight the occu­pier, it is not ter­ror­ism. It is resis­tance.” 

Sim­i­lar mes­sages, which delib­er­ately down­play the ongo­ing threat of ter­ror­ism faced by Israelis, have been expressed at past IAW pro­grams. For exam­ple, dur­ing the IAW event at Yale Uni­ver­sity in 2011, Mazin Qum­siyeh defended Pales­tini­ans’ right to resist by any means. Speak­ers at other IAW pro­grams have described Hamas as a “resis­tance” orga­ni­za­tion and chants of “Long live the Intifada,” which cel­e­brate a vio­lent upris­ing against the State of Israel, have marked IAW ral­lies.

Since its incep­tion in 2005, IAW has served as an annaul plat­form for anti-Israel activists to focus on ways to demo­nize and iso­late Israel, includ­ing through BDS (Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions) campaigns.

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