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November 26, 2012

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

“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

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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