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December 28, 2012

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

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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