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December 28, 2012 3

Cornell SJP Publication Features Terrorist Logo and Describes Israel as “White Supremacist State”

The mes­sage on the hand­cuffs reads, “South-African Steel/Made in Israel.”

A pub­li­ca­tion titled “Lib­er­a­tion Now: The Strug­gle for Jus­tice in Pales­tine” was pub­lished ear­lier this month by the Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity chap­ter of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine. The pub­li­ca­tion, which is designed to look like a news­pa­per, appar­ently aims to cor­rect the “mis­in­for­ma­tion” about the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict but the result is a vir­u­lently anti-Israel manifesto.

Arti­cles in the news­pa­per describe Israel as a “white suprema­cist state” that is guilty of the “crime of apartheid” and of dis­crim­i­nat­ing against Pales­tini­ans with “21st–cen­tury Jim Crow-esque laws.” One arti­cle con­spir­a­to­ri­ally claims that uni­ver­sity admin­is­tra­tors “essen­tially took orders from the Zion­ist groups on cam­pus” regard­ing an anti-Israel rally that took place dur­ing Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense. And one of the images in the news­pa­per includes the logo of the Pop­u­lar Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine (PFLP), a Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist organization.

The news­pa­per also urges stu­dents to sup­port the Boy­cott, Divest­ment, and Sanc­tions (BDS) move­ment against Israel and lists spe­cific BDS tar­gets, includ­ing TIAA-CREF, the retire­ment fund used by Cornell’s fac­ulty; Israel’s Tech­nion Uni­ver­sity because Cor­nell and Tech­nion are col­lab­o­rat­ing on a joint cam­pus in New York City; and sev­eral other Israeli com­pa­nies that Cor­nell directly or indi­rectly sup­ports like Sabra, whose hum­mus is offered in the school’s cafeteria.

The pro-boycott sen­ti­ments that appear in the news­pa­per are not lim­ited to com­pa­nies that profit from the Israeli occu­pa­tion. They instead specif­i­cally advo­cate for the Pales­tini­ans’ call for BDS as expressed by the Pales­tin­ian Cam­paign for the Aca­d­e­mic and Cul­tural Boy­cott of Israel. That BDS move­ment asks com­mu­ni­ties to boy­cott, divest from, and sanc­tion Israel until it ends the occu­pa­tion of Arab lands, grants equal rights to all its cit­i­zens, and hon­ors the Pales­tin­ian right of return.”

The stu­dents who authored the news­pa­per claim that by expos­ing and pub­li­ciz­ing their alle­ga­tions against Israel, as well as Cornell’s com­plic­ity in alleged Israeli wrong­do­ings, they will serve as a “phys­i­cal refu­ta­tion of the white suprema­cist atti­tudes of both Israel and the Cor­nell administration.…We’ll always be a threat to the Israeli lobby and its part­ner, Cor­nell University.”

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December 21, 2012 1

“Violent Resistance” Makes Comeback in Wake of Pillar of Defense

Through­out Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense, the recent clash between Israel and Hamas oper­a­tives in Gaza that came to an end almost a month ago, anti-Israel activists expressed sup­port for Hamas and vio­lent resis­tance against Israel. Ral­lies across the U.S. included chants of “intifada, intifada” and hos­tile mes­sages posted on Face­book and other social media plat­forms also sided with Hamas and joy­fully announced that the “resis­tance has reached Tel Aviv!”

Inter­est­ingly, this sort of extreme rhetoric has not fully ebbed since the lat­est oper­a­tion came to a close. At an event on Wednes­day called “Resis­tance and Rev­o­lu­tion: Gaza, the Arab Spring, and the new Mid­dle East,” which was held in down­town Brook­lyn, sev­eral pan­elists acknowl­edged that vio­lence is a nec­es­sary part of the “rev­o­lu­tion” against Israel.

Lamis Deek, a founder of Al-Awda, even crit­i­cized the Mus­lim Brotherhood’s lead­er­ship in Egypt for seiz­ing and con­fis­cat­ing an arms ship­ment en route to Gaza from Libya, using it as an exam­ple of Egypt’s exces­sive “pro-Israel” posi­tion. She also included in her remarks, which were titled “Pales­tine and the Right of Resis­tance,” praise for the lan­guage of the cease­fire agree­ment between Israel and Hamas pre­cisely because the text did not include a call for the recog­ni­tion of the state of Israel.

Sherry Wolf, an activist with the Inter­na­tional Social­ist Orga­ni­za­tion and the event’s spon­sor, sim­i­larly claimed that out­siders “can’t dic­tate the type of resis­tance” used by Pales­tini­ans and that there should be no expec­ta­tion of a “resis­tance ‘Dream Team.’” Wolf has pre­vi­ously advo­cated an explic­itly pro-terrorist posi­tion. On Novem­ber 20, a day before the cease­fire was declared, Wolf pub­lished an arti­cle on the Social­ist Worker’s web­site titled, “Gaza’s Right to Resist Israeli Ter­ror.” In the arti­cle, she called “Hamas’ mil­i­tary resis­tance” a “source of tremen­dous pride” and said that those who stand with the oppressed ought to defend the “right of Pales­tini­ans to resist the ter­ror of the Israeli mil­i­tary machine.”

Wolf has been invited to speak on sev­eral col­lege cam­puses in recent weeks, includ­ing at New York Uni­ver­sity and Williams Col­lege in Mass­a­chu­setts. Her appear­ances are gen­er­ally spon­sored by social­ist stu­dent groups and Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine.

There is also evi­dence of increased sup­port for Pales­tin­ian resis­tance beyond the U.S. At the Uni­ver­sity of Lon­don tomor­row, an event called “Gaza: Refo­cus­ing Resis­tance, How the resis­tance in Gaza has refo­cused the Arab Spring” will take place. Speak­ers sched­uled to appear at the event include Roshan Muhammed Salih, a cor­re­spon­dent for Iran’s government-run Eng­lish lan­guage news net­work PressTV, and Sukant Chan­dan, a London-based activist who sup­ports Hezbol­lah and praised the sec­ond intifada dur­ing his speech at an Al Quds Day rally in Lon­don last August.

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November 21, 2012 1

“Netanyahu, you can’t hide. We charge you with genocide!”: A Round-Up of Anti-Israel Protests in the U.S. on November 20

At least ten ral­lies were held on Tues­day to protest Israel’s oper­a­tions in Gaza to thwart rocket attacks that tar­get Israeli civil­ians. Below is a sam­pling of yesterday’s anti-Israel protests:

Atlanta, GA

A rally was orga­nized by a group called “In Sol­i­dar­ity With Gaza” that drew approx­i­mately 150 peo­ple. Demon­stra­tors chanted “From the river to the sea, Pales­tine will be free,”  “Free, Free Pales­tine. Long live Pales­tine!” and “From the beach to the water, Israel is respon­si­ble for slaughter!”

A num­ber of pro­test­ers held signs that used inflam­ma­tory rhetoric, includ­ing “Israel, the new Nazis,” “Stop the geno­cide in Gaza!” “Stop the geno­cide. Save the chil­dren!” and a sign that had a Star of David with a swastika drawn in the cen­ter of it. Some of the pro­test­ers also used chalk to write mes­sages on the side­walk near the demon­stra­tion, includ­ing “Fuck Zion­ism,” “Arab Holo­caust” and “No To Genocide.”

Birm­ing­ham, AL

Approx­i­mately 30 stu­dents on cam­pus got together for an “emer­gency rally” for Gaza, accord­ing to the Uni­ver­sity of Alabama, Birmingham’s cam­pus news­pa­per. Stu­dents chanted “Gaza, Gaza, don’t you cry, Pales­tine will never die,” “Netanyahu, you can’t hide. We charge you with geno­cide!” and “From the river to the sea, Pales­tine will be free!”

The stu­dent news­pa­per also showed pho­tographs of stu­dents hold­ing signs that read, “Gaza, declared by UN, as world’s largest open-air prison” and “U.S. Tax $$ funds eth­nic cleans­ing, APARTHEID, and human rights violations.”

Boston, MA

Approx­i­mately 1,000 peo­ple ral­lied in Cop­ley Square at a demon­stra­tion orga­nized by the North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity chap­ter of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine. The demon­stra­tors held signs that said “65+ years of Israeli col­o­niza­tion and eth­nic cleans­ing,” “End Israeli apartheid,” We say NO to Israel’s war crimes,” “US: Stop sup­port for mur­der­ous, apartheid Israel. Save the peo­ple of Gaza!” and “The mas­sacre goes on! Gaza needs your voice NOW.”

For infor­ma­tion about other anti-Israel protests that have taken place since the start of Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense, please see these pre­vi­ous posts:

“End the Nazi Occu­pa­tion in Gaza”: A Round-Up of U.S. Anti-Israel Protests on Novem­ber 19

“Israel should be Ended Once and For All,” “Cru­cify Him, Cru­cify Them…Israel’s Pol­icy:” A Round-Up of Anti-Israel Protests in the U.S., Novem­ber 17–18

Demon­stra­tors at Anti-Israel Ral­lies: “Gaza is the Real Holo­caust,” “Long live the Intifada!”

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