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November 26, 2012 1

ADL Report on Campus Anti-Israel Activity in 2011-12

In the past two weeks, close to 40 anti-Israel demon­stra­tions and ral­lies took place on Amer­i­can col­lege cam­puses in reac­tion to Israel’s Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense. These ral­lies, most of which were orga­nized by anti-Israel stu­dent groups like Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine, com­prised more than 1/3 of the total anti-Israel ral­lies that took place across the country.

But this lat­est burst in anti-Israel activ­ity did not take place in a vac­uum. In fact, anti-Israel stu­dent groups are increas­ingly orga­nized and deploy a vari­ety of tools to spread vit­riol about the state of Israel and encour­age other poten­tially like-minded stu­dents to join the cause.

A new ADL report, which looks at the state of anti-Israel activ­ity in the 2011-12 aca­d­e­mic year, high­lights sev­eral new trends and ini­tia­tives that have devel­oped on Amer­i­can cam­puses, includ­ing accu­sa­tions that Israel engages in “pinkwash­ing,” calls for a one-state solu­tion, Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS) cam­paigns, com­par­isons between Israel’s secu­rity fence and the U.S.-Mexico bor­der, and anti-Semitic events that took place under the guise of anti-Israel activism.

Make sure to check out the new report on our web­site: Anti-Israel Activ­ity on Cam­pus, 2011–2012: An ADL Annual Review

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March 2, 2012 0

“Occupy AIPAC” Conference Seeks to Lambast Pro-Israel Lobby and Cast Antiwar Agenda as the “99%”

An anti-Israel con­fer­ence to counter this weekend’s annual AIPAC Pol­icy Con­fer­ence will begin today and includes a vari­ety of events, ral­lies and pub­lic demon­stra­tions through March 6.
 
This year’s protest event, titled “Occupy AIPAC,” seeks to cap­i­tal­ize on the suc­cess of the Occupy Move­ment and fos­ter com­mon cause between the pop­u­lar social protests and anti-Israel efforts. The event’s Twit­ter feed tries to paint Israel and its sup­port­ers in the U.S. as part of the prover­bial “1%” and  the left-wing anti­war move­ment as the 99%, a repur­pos­ing of the Occupy Movement’s rhetoric. In addi­tion, one of the con­fer­ence ses­sions links the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street Move­ment with anti-Israel efforts.
 
The con­fer­ence ses­sion that is likely to fea­ture the most egre­gious rhetoric is titled “AIPAC: What it is, who its allies are, why it’s dan­ger­ous and how to stop it.” It will fea­ture, among oth­ers, Hatem Baz­ian, the leader of the extreme anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine; Jef­frey Blank­fort, an anti-Israel jour­nal­ist who claims that the “Israel lobby” con­trols U.S. for­eign pol­icy in the Mid­dle East; and Ali­son Weir, the direc­tor of the Coun­cil for the National Inter­est. Weir’s writ­ings and com­ments have at times crossed the line into anti-Semitism, includ­ing accus­ing Israelis of har­vest­ing Pales­tini­ans’ organs. Accord­ing to descrip­tions pro­vided on the con­fer­ence Web site, the ses­sion will include a seg­ment on how AIPAC “pro­motes Mus­lim otherness.”
 
Con­fer­ence atten­dees will have the oppor­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in sev­eral ral­lies and demon­stra­tions against AIPAC events, includ­ing protests out­side the White House dur­ing Pres­i­dent Obama’s and Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu’s speeches.
 
Occupy AIPAC’s Twit­ter feed accuses AIPAC of exces­sive con­trol over U.S. pol­icy, includ­ing posts read­ing “We want our coun­try back” and “End big money lob­by­ist con­trol of MidEast Policy.”
 
The con­fer­ence has already attracted at least one anti-Semitic attendee, Charles Carl­son. Carl­son is the co-founder and direc­tor of “We Hold These Truths,” an Arizona-based Chris­t­ian anti-Semitic group that reg­u­larly protests out­side Chris­t­ian Zion­ist churches. In a mes­sage to his mem­bers invit­ing peo­ple to join him at “Occupy AIPAC,” Carl­son wrote:
 
“Every polit­i­cal can­di­date for pres­i­dent is bow­ing and scrap­ing to the state of Israel…they are not appeal­ing for Israeli votes,  but for the tens of mil­lions of Amer­i­can Chris­t­ian Zion­ist votes…Thousands of mis­taken and oppor­tunis­tic Pas­tors also fear the truth because they have mis­lead their con­gre­ga­tions.  Knowl­edge of Chris­t­ian Zion­ism can drive a stake through it, to be some­day buried in the grave­yard of apos­tate, reli­gious acts of war.”

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February 15, 2012 5

American White Supremacists Embrace South Africa…Sort Of

Mon­ica Stone speak­ing at 2011 Aryan Nations World Congress

A coterie of Amer­i­can white suprema­cists is work­ing to orga­nize “nation­wide” protests for Feb­ru­ary 27, 2012, as part of an effort dubbed the South Africa Project (SAP). This “project” has as its stated goal stop­ping the alleged “geno­cide of Whites” in South Africa. Par­tic­i­pants and orga­niz­ers include rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all five of the major white suprema­cist move­ments in the United States (neo-Nazis, racist skin­heads, “tra­di­tional” white suprema­cists, Chris­t­ian Iden­tity adher­ents, and racist prison gangs). In par­tic­u­lar, adher­ents of the racist and anti-Semitic reli­gious sect Chris­t­ian

Iden­tity are involved with the protests.
Accord­ing to SAP orga­niz­ers, events are planned at or near 13 state capi­tols around the coun­try. Sev­eral orga­niz­ers have already obtained per­mits to rally or com­pleted notices of pub­lic assem­bly as required by local ordi­nances; oth­ers plan to hold side­walk protests and demon­stra­tions. Tar­geted states include Alabama, Arkansas, Cal­i­for­nia, Con­necti­cut, Florida, Idaho, Mary­land, New Hamp­shire, New York, Ohio, Penn­syl­va­nia, Ten­nessee, and Texas.

The protests got their start in 2011 thanks to Mon­ica Stone, a long-time mem­ber of the Louisiana-based white suprema­cist Chris­t­ian Defense League and immi­grant from South Africa. In Sep­tem­ber 2011, she spoke of the alleged plight of white South Africans at Mor­ris Gulett’s Aryan Nations World Con­gress event in Louisiana. In fact, SAP uses Gulett’s Louisiana mail­ing address, while sev­eral protests are being orga­nized by mem­bers of Gulett’s Aryan Nations. For exam­ple, Robert Radyn is orga­niz­ing the Albany, New York, protest, and Ryan Mullins, the “Impe­r­ial Wiz­ard” of the Gulett-associated Aryan Nation Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, is orga­niz­ing the Nashville, Ten­nessee, event.

White suprema­cists from other groups are also involved with SAP events. California-based Mike Myers, SAP’s “Chief Coor­di­na­tor,” is orga­niz­ing the rally at Sacra­mento. Myers is a racist skin­head who claims mem­ber­ship in the Golden State Skin­heads and the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion.

The Austin, Texas, march is being orga­nized by David McGlumphy of Dal­las. McGlumphy, a mem­ber of the Texas-based street/prison gang White Knights of Amer­ica (WKOA), was released from prison in early 2010. His wife, Anna, is the Texas con­tact per­son for SAP.

Billy Roper, the for­mer leader of the Arkansas-based White Rev­o­lu­tion, is orga­niz­ing the rally sched­uled in Lit­tle Rock. In Sep­tem­ber 2011, Roper joined Thomas Robb’s Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Robb and his daugh­ter, Rachel Pen­der­graft, are sched­uled to attend the rally. Also attend­ing is Allen Tru­itt of Mis­souri, the leader of the Aryan Nations Prison Min­istry.

Ron­nie Carr, a mem­ber of the neo-Nazi group Volks­front, is orga­niz­ing a SAP event in Greenville, Ten­nessee, “for the peo­ple in East TN, West NC, and South­west VA who can’t make it to their respec­tive state cap­i­tal protests.” Don­ald Palmer, also affil­i­ated with Volks­front, is orga­niz­ing the Har­ris­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia, event.

In an effort to dis­guise them­selves as civil rights activists, SAP orga­niz­ers have attempted to dis­cour­age would-be atten­dees from wear­ing white suprema­cist shirts, Klan robes, or neo-Nazi uni­forms. Billy Roper directed one racist skin­head to cover his white suprema­cist cra­nial tat­toos with a hat dur­ing the protest. Though atten­dance over­all is expected to be low, some of the events are bet­ter orga­nized than others.

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