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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 13, 2012 6

Disturbing Messages about Female IDF Soldier Circulated Widely on Facebook, Twitter

Update, Decem­ber 17, 2012: After ADL urged Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Lee Bollinger to take action regard­ing the dis­turb­ing pic­ture of an IDF sol­dier, the pic­ture was sub­se­quently removed and no longer appears on the Face­book page of the Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity employee men­tioned below.

The pro­gram direc­tor of Colum­bia University’s Cen­ter for Pales­tine Stud­ies, Maryam Zohny, shared a pic­ture on Face­book ear­lier today of a female Israel Defense Forces sol­dier that describes the sol­dier as a “ter­ror­ist” and “killer” and claims that she is “WANTED by the RESISTANCE.” The image con­tains the logos of var­i­ous Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist groups, includ­ing Al Qas­sam Brigades Al Aqsa Mar­tyrs Brigades, Pales­tin­ian Islamic Jihad and the Pop­u­lar Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine.

Other ver­sions of the image that have been posted by oth­ers on Face­book and Twit­ter have also included a pic­ture of the sol­dier with a gun being pointed at her head and a mes­sage claim­ing that she’s “Wanted” by Al Qas­sam Brigades, Hamas’s mil­i­tary wing.

These images have gen­er­ated an out­pour­ing of com­ments from indi­vid­u­als across the Mid­dle East call­ing for her death; one com­menter, for exam­ple, wrote, “May Allah make 60 bul­lets emp­tied in her head.” Oth­ers wrote, “God will­ing they will shoot you and they will leave no spot in your body with­out a bul­let” and “ a soul for a soul… pun­ish­ment, punishment.”

The sol­dier is allegedly respon­si­ble for shoot­ing and killing a Pales­tin­ian teenager in Hebron ear­lier this week after he pointed what turned out to be a toy gun at another Israeli sol­dier stand­ing near her.

The Cen­ter for Pales­tine Stud­ies was cre­ated in Octo­ber 2010 as an aca­d­e­mic pro­gram ded­i­cated to Pales­tin­ian his­tory and writ­ings. Since its incep­tion, how­ever, the Cen­ter has hosted numer­ous anti-Israel events, includ­ing “Debunk­ing the Myth of Israeli Democ­racy,” “Some­one Please Call 911: Israel’s Fail­ure to Pro­tect Pales­tini­ans and their Prop­erty” and “Gaza: Israel’s War and the Gold­stone Report,” which fea­tured Nor­man Finkel­stein, an anti-Israel speaker who has accused Israel of com­mit­ting a “Holo­caust” in Gaza, expressed sup­port for Hezbol­lah and described Israel as a “satanic state.”

The Cen­ter also co-sponsored a panel dis­cus­sion last year at Colum­bia Law School’s Cen­ter for Gen­der and Sex­u­al­ity Law. The event fea­tured three speak­ers who claimed that Israel “pinkwashes” the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict by pro­mot­ing its pro­gres­sive record on LGBT issues in an effort to dis­tract atten­tion from the occupation.

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