BDS pumps out the hate…fistbumps

BDS Spreads Anti-Semitism Across U.S. Campuses

by Noah Beck
Special to IPT News
May 12, 2016

Anti-Semitic incidents seem to spring up each week on college campuses throughout the United States. According to a study, “The strongest predictor of anti-Jewish hostility on campus” is the presence of a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

The greater the BDS activity, especially involving faculty members, the more likely anti-Semitic episodes become, said the study issued last month by the AMCHA Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to investigating, documenting, and combating anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses.

One recent example occurred on April 15, when the City University of New York Doctoral Students’ Council passed a resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israel, 42-19. Weeks earlier, a CUNY professor and BDS advocate claimed that the killing of Palestinians in Gaza “reflects Jewish values.” On CUNY campuses, the New York Observer reports, Jewish students were harassed, with “Jews out of CUNY” uttered in at least one instance, and a professor who wears a yarmulke was called a “Zionist pig.”

On April 21, two-thirds of a union representing about 2,000 graduate students at New York University voted to approve a motion to support a BDS resolution against Israel. The motion also urges the union and its affiliate, the United Auto Workers, to divest from Israeli companies. The resolution asks NYU to close its program at Tel Aviv University, claiming the program violates NYU’s non-discrimination policy. […/]

Continue http://www.investigativeproject.org/5351/bds-spreads-anti-semitism-across-us-campuses

That’s an excellent update on the BDS and anti-Semitism movement and what’s happening across the country. It has been on the rise and radar for years.

This goes back to something Hillary said at AIPAC. In her keynote speech, she criticized the BDS movement, but never acknowledged they are her supporters and base. So Hillary’s an honest voice on BDS? Her words paper over truth and reality:

“Many of the young people here today are on the front lines of the battle to oppose the alarming boycott, divestment and sanctions movement known as BDS.

(APPLAUSE)
“Particularly at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise across the world, especially in Europe, we must repudiate all efforts to malign, isolate and undermine Israel and the Jewish people.
(APPLAUSE)

“I’ve been sounding the alarm for a while now. As I wrote last year in a letter to the heads of major American Jewish organizations, we have to be united in fighting back against BDS. Many of its proponents have demonized Israeli scientists and intellectuals, even students.

“To all the college students who may have encountered this on campus, I hope you stay strong. Keep speaking out. Don’t let anyone silence you, bully you or try to shut down debate, especially in places of learning like colleges and universities.

(APPLAUSE)
“Anti-Semitism has no place in any civilized society, not in America, not in Europe, not anywhere.”

Interesting that if it anti-Semitism were such a problem on the rise, then surely she would have mentioned it on the campaign trail or at the many college and universities she speaks to. But no. You’d think she was a national spokesperson against anti-Semitism.

Only here she stands up as if she’s been condemning it. She has mentioned transgenders and LGBTs using restrooms, but not this. Only at AIPAC she rails about it, while it is her own people spreading and breeding the hatred. Oh that is the new third rail in politics, on the Left, not to speak ill about it. You could call them the who’s who of BDS.

And as you might suspect, her words caused lots of blowback from her supporters. They came out in scathing criticism about her speech. She hasn’t acknowledged that either. Oh but she claims the mantle for standing up against bullying, anti-Semitism, and the BDS movement. Silence. But note the applause lines above.

Yet Hillary said, “Anti-Semitism has no place in any civilized society, not in America, not in Europe, not anywhere.” But no problem if you are also a Hillary supporter.

The Obama anti-Israel agenda

Remember all those statements(let’s say lies) how relations with Israel have never been better and Israel has never had a better ally or friend than Obama’s administration? Well, someone has chronicled a list showing the truth in a timeline.

We knew Obama’s bitter hatred went beyond Netanyahu to Israel itself.We knew but his puppet media played along and sang the song of no better friend to Israel than Obama. Any sane-thinking person knew that was a lie.

But if you keep repeating that line, some maybe not all will believe you. All he needed was that loyal some who would repeat that mantra. While at the same time being in bed with the BDS movement and the anti-Semitism rampant on the left. That never stopped them from claiming the contrary at every opportunity. It worked: they can be Israel haters while claiming they are its best buds. It really is a schizophrenic thing.

A Complete Timeline of Obama’s Anti-Israel Hatred

by Ben Shapiro20 Mar 2015 | Brietbart

On Thursday, the press announced that the Obama administration would fully consider abandoning Israel in international bodies like the United Nations.

According to reports, President Obama finally called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him – but the “congratulations” was actually a lecture directed at forcing Netanyahu to surrender to the terrorist Palestinian regime.

For some odd reason, many in the media and Congress reacted with surprise to Obama’s supposedly sudden turn on Israel. The media, in an attempt to defend Obama’s radicalism, pretend that Netanyahu’s comments in the late stages of his campaign prompted Obama’s anti-Israel action.

But, in truth, this is the culmination of a longtime Obama policy of destroying the US-Israel relationship; Obama has spent his entire life surrounded by haters of Israel, from former Palestine Liberation Organization spokesman Rashid Khalidi to former Jimmy Carter National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, pro-Hamas negotiator Robert Malley to UN Ambassador Samantha Power (who once suggested using American troops to guard Palestinians from Israelis), Jeremiah Wright (who said “Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me”) to Professor Derrick Bell (“Jewish neoconservative racists…are undermining blacks in every way they can”). Here is a concise timeline, with credit to Dan Senor and the editors of Commentary:

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See the list, it’s like exhibit A of a rebuttal to their claims. But lying has always been second nature to Obama. (or first nature) It is great when you can say one thing while doing the exact opposite. No better friends, never been closer? Sorry, I want to barf.

Now he turns to disengage with that alliance with Israel in the UN, or basically wherever it still matters. Yet people are supposed to accept his sophistry and specious reasoning as verifiable. Well, it could be certifiable behavior. Still the Left follows him like robots.

He was only looking for an opportunity to justify his actions, so he used Bibi and his speech.(never let a crisis/speech go to waste) Except his actions are aimed at Israel. Netanyahu is just a convenient excuse. Maybe he should thank Bibi for being a scapegoat for his plans?

Adding insult to the injury, what has that position got us: more respect, more friends? No. The other countries hate us just as much, or possibly more because now they see friction between us and Israel. They see conflict, disagreement, distrust, bitterness, resentment and hatred — fruits of a love gone bad . Team Obama wears that on their sleeve. Every step or move Obama makes, he must make the one against Israel.

Worse yet, up until now he hasn’t shown his full hatred. He conceals it like Hillary does her records, but it is on display for all to see. Now he is just making the separation official, as in filing the divorce papers. It’s all there.

Carter emerges on ceasefire, right on cue

Jimmy Carter calls for recognizing terror group Hamas

Jim Michaels, USA TODAY | August 5, 2014

Former president Jimmy Carter called on the West to recognize the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas as a legitimate “political actor” that represents the bulk of the Palestinian population.

I’m back …just in time.

Carter made the comments in an article he co-wrote with former Irish president Mary Robinson in a new issue of Foreign Policy magazine. It was published as a cease-fire took hold Tuesday after four weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas, which governs Gaza.

In a sharply worded rebuke to Israel, Carter and Robinson said, “There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war.

Israel launched an air and ground offensive into Gaza in response to Hamas militants firing rockets from Gaza into Israel. The Palestinian Health Ministry said nearly 1,900 Palestinians, most civilians, have died in the fighting. Israel said 64 of its soldiers and three civilians were killed.

Hamas, the United Nations and the United States have condemned Israel for strikes on schools used as shelters that have caused many civilian casualties. The United Nations, the United States and Israel have accused Hamas of hiding weapons in schools and other civilian locations.

Carter has emerged in recent years as an outspoken critic of Israel, taking provocative stands on the long-running Mideast conflict.

Following Carter’s advice to recognize Hamas would alienate Israel, undermine Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a more moderate figure who governs the West Bank, and anger the Egyptians, who helped negotiate a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, Miller said.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/08/05/carter-israel-hamas/13640905/

Read the op-ed here

So Jimma is back in the news, surprise surprise! He wasted no time jumping on Israel. But then he just puts voice to Obama’s actions. I’m only surprised ol’ Jimma is not booked solid with all the Antisemitic protests taking place. He must be in high demand. But that’s probably why he had to spread it in a national op-ed, just to get the word out.

Let’s start with the real lack of “humane or legal justification” for Hamas’ actions. Oh he cares nothing about that. I know someone who cannot be wished away.

Jon Voight: letter to Holyweirdos

The actor urges colleagues to “examine their motives,” asking “Can you take back the fire of anti-Semitism that is raging all over the world now?”

The Hollywood Reporter


My name is Jon Voight and I am more than angry, I am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused.

They are obviously ignorant of the whole story of Israel’s birth, when in 1948 the Jewish people were offered by the UN a portion of the land originally set aside for them in 1921, and the Arab Palestinians were offered the other half. The Arabs rejected the offer, and the Jews accepted, only to be attacked by five surrounding Arab countries committed to driving them into the sea. But the Israelis won. The Arabs tried it again in 1967, and again in 1973, launching a sneak attack on the holiest Jewish holiday. Each time the Jews prevailed but not without great loss of life. And when Israel was not fighting a major war, it was defending itself against terrorist campaigns.

And yet Israel has always labored for a peaceful relation with its Arab neighbors. It voluntarily returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in return for peace, and gave the Palestinians all of Gaza as a peace gesture. What was the response? The Palestinians elected Hamas, a terrorist organization, and they immediately began firing thousands of rockets into Israel.

After years of trying to make peace, the wars they had to fight, being attacked by their enemies, and still being attacked, and finally after years of running into bomb shelters and having hundreds of civilians killed by suicide bombers, civilians being killed in their sleep, stabbed to pieces, finding enough is enough and finally retaliating, instead of my peers sticking up for the only democratic country in that region, they go and take out poison letters against them.

You have forgotten how this war started. Did Hamas not kidnap and kill three young teenagers for the sake of killing, and celebrated after the killing? What a travesty of justice.

I am asking all my peers who signed that poison letter against Israel to examine their motives. Can you take back the fire of anti-Semitism that is raging all over the world now?

You have been able to become famous and have all your monetary gains because you are in a democratic country: America. Do you think you would have been able to accomplish this in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, et cetera? You had a great responsibility to use your celebrity for good. Instead, you have defamed the only democratic country of goodwill in the Middle East: Israel.

You should hang your heads in shame. You should all come forth with deep regrets for what you did, and ask forgiveness from the suffering people in Israel.

Institutionalizing Anti-Semitism Pt-2

Calif. Taxpayers Funded Professors’ Meeting with Terrorists

Documents show San Francisco State University spent $7,000 to send professors on terror tour

BY: Adam Kredo | Washington Free Beacon
May 30, 2014 12:44 pm

San Francisco State University (SFSU) spent more than $7,000 to send two of its professors to the Middle East for a series of meetings with two convicted terrorists, according to funding documents obtained from a California Public Records Act.

SFSU professors Rabab Abdulhadi and Joanne Barker were awarded the money by the university for a trip to Jordan and the West Bank where they met with two notorious terrorists tied to Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), both of which are designated as terrorist groups by the U.S. State Department.

Abdulhadi, an ethnic studies professors, is already a controversial figure at SFSU, having organized anti-Israel events and served as the faculty adviser to an SFSU student who was booted from the school for posting a picture of himself holding a knife with a caption that read, “I want to stab an Israeli soldier.”

The revelation that California taxpayers footed the bill for the trip has sparked accusation that Abdulhadi obtained the funding on false pretenses and led a delegation of Jewish group to demand that SFSU launch an investigation into what they dubbed an “egregious misuse of university and taxpayer funds.”

During the January trip Abdulhadi and Barker met with terrorist Leila Khaled, a convicted hijacker and member of the PFLP, which has launched dozens of terrorist attacks and is responsible for the deaths of more than 20 U.S. citizens.

They also met with Sheikh Raed Salah, who has been convicted of funding Hamas and served prison time for inciting violence.

Jewish advocacy groups, including the AMCHA Initiative and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, among others, have expressed outrage over the meeting and demanded that SFSU promptly launch an investigation to examine if Abdulhadi improperly spent taxpayer funds provided by the school.

“Evidence demonstrates that Abdulhadi always intended to use the university-funded trip to build relationships with anti-Israel political activists to promote anti-Semitic academic, cultural, and economic boycotts of Israel and the meetings were set before Abdulhadi requested university approval,” the Jewish groups wrote in a recent letter to SFSU administrators, all of whom are documented to have signed off on the trip.

“We believe that there was some fraud going on in order to get the money, approval, insurance, she essentially defrauded the state and the taxpayers of California,” Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, the AMCHA Initiative’s co-founder, told the Washington Free Beacon.

Abdulhadi initially stated in funding proposals that the purpose of her trip was to attend an academic conference at the American University in Lebanon. However, Abdulhadi was dropped from the conference just weeks before she was scheduled to arrive.

“On at least four official university documents signed by several SFSU and CSU administrators, including SFSU President Wong and CSU [California State University] Chancellor White, Abdulhadi concealed the fact that the true purpose of her trip was political activism, as well as the fact that she had planned to meet with individuals affiliated with organizations on the U.S. State Department’s list of Designated Terrorist Organizations,” the Jewish groups stated in their letter.

The groups argue that there is clear evidence Abdulhadi “always intended to use the university-funded trip to build relationships with anti-Israel political activists to promote anti-Semitic academic, cultural and economic boycotts of Israel and the meetings were set before Abdulhadi requested university approval.”

Abdulhadi has long been at the center of anti-Israel activities on SFSU’s campus.

The professor organized a March event in which she “glorified and condoned terrorism to SFSU students,” according to AMCHA.

Boycotts against Israel also were celebrated at the event, which was reported to have left Jewish attendees in “tears,” according to video and eyewitness accounts.

An earlier anti-Israel event organized by Abdulhadi last year urged students who attended to make signs that read, “My heroes have always killed colonizers.”

Abdulhadi also sparked controversy earlier this year for serving as the academic adviser to student Mohammad Hammad, who was ejected from SFSU after groups such as AMCHA highlighted internet postings in which the student wished violence on Jews and threatened to kill Israeli soldiers.

Hammad, who was eventually investigated by the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force, was initially invited by Abdulhadi to attend the controversial trip and participate in the meetings with terrorists.

Hammad, in a Tumblr posting, stated that Abdulhadi had asked him to “join her and a delegation that she is taking to Palestine on a 10-Day trip … during which we will be visiting with prominent figures associated with the Palestinian Resistance Movement.”

“I WILL GET TO MEET [terrorist] LEILA KHALED,” Hammad wrote at the time.

SFSU officials, including President Wong and Chancellor White, did not respond to Free Beacon requests for comment about the controversy.

Abdulhadi also did not respond to an email request seeking comment.

SFSU spokeswoman Ellen Griffin told the Free Beacon on Friday that university professors are encouraged to communicate with whomever they like.

“Universities respect and encourage academic freedom and do not censor their scholars or condone censorship by others,” Griffin said in a statement. “Faculty can and do communicate with others relevant to their research, communicating by various methods that can involve travel.”

The potentially improper use of funds will be investigated, Griffin said.

“Any allegations that a member of the university community misused state funds will be investigated,” she stated.

AMCHA’s Rossman-Benjamin said that Abdulhadi’s anti-Israel activism on campus is part of a larger effort by university professors across the nation to boycott Israel and take aim at Jews.

University “faculty [are] simply abusing academic freedom and using their classrooms and conference walls to promote their own animus to the Jewish state and Jews,” she said.

Temple University recently came under similar fire for refusing to condemn a professor who questioned the deaths of 6 million Jewish in the Holocaust and engaged in anti-Semitic discourse on a secret listserv.

Other professors on the secret listserv operated by members of the Modern Language Association—which is currently engaged in efforts to boycott Israel—were similarly caught engaged in anti-Semitic rhetoric, the Free Beacon reported.

Welcome to academia activism 101 in 2014.

Institutionalizing Anti-Semitism Pt-1

Professors Engage in Anti-Semitic Rhetoric on Secret Listserv

Professors for BDS slam ‘Zionist’ control of the media, academia

BY: Adam Kredo | Washington Free Beacon
May 27, 2014 12:25 pm

Leaked messages from an internal listserv of university professors involved in the debate surrounding an effort to boycott Israel have revealed a deep bias against the Jewish state and anti-Semitic accusations that Zionists and Jewish people control academia.

The highly charged rhetoric about Israel, revealed last week on a leaked listserv, show that some professors involved in the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) resolution to boycott Israel are motivated by the belief that Jewish people are nefariously pulling the strings in American academia.

The leaked comments have spurred accusations of anti-Semitism in the MLA’s ranks and prompted outrage among Jewish leaders who say that this type of discourse is motivated by a deep seated bias against Jewish people and the state of Israel.

The charges of anti-Semitism were underscored by a controversial Facebook posting by one of the professors involved in the debate questioning the deaths of 6 million Jewish people in the Holocaust.

Other professors involved in the debate referred to colleagues who oppose the boycott measure as “Zionist attack dogs” and claimed that they “control and twist the media.”

The MLA, a 30,000 member-strong organization of academics, is currently considering a resolution to censure the Jewish state. The measure is being viewed as part of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which is behind multiple efforts to isolate Israel from the halls of academia.
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This is certainly no surprise to anyone. So the hate campaign continues at record pace.

Plus, kids, summer is here again. Yes, that means it must be about time for more anti-Israel, BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) summer camps. Children as young as eight were being recruited last year. So plan you academic calendars accordingly.

They had them in upstate NY the last few years, to train and strategize youth to take campaigns back to campuses in the fall.

[6/21/13]“Efforts to isolate Israel on campus do not cease with the end of the school year,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “These organized summer camps serve to indoctrinate the next generation of activists with biased messages intended to single out Israel. Organizers of the college-level programs seek to provide students with tools to steer public opinion away from the Jewish state.”

Just trying to get ahead of the summer rush on that reminder.

RightRing | Bullright

Op-Ed: Mainline American Christians Against Israel


Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld – Arutz Sheva
Published: Monday, July 08, 2013 8:07 AM

Manfred Gerstenfeld interviews Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein of the Wiesenthal Center:
“They claim to support the underdog against ‘powerful and evil Israel.’”

“The leadership of most American ‘mainline’ Protestant churches is top-heavy with anti-Israel agitation, especially among those on mission committees. By now, a substantial number of their members have been influenced by anti-Israel rhetoric. Furthermore, younger members, due to anti-Israel attitudes on campus, are increasingly hostile to Israel. If the Palestinians make further progress here, it will be a great blow to the self-understanding of America as ‘firmly in Israel’s camp.’

“These very liberal churches include Presbyterians, Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, and the United Church of Christ. They presently number about 16 million. Their membership and influence in the United States continue to decline. These churches’ rhetoric is usually outdone by an even harsher one of a small group of so-called ‘peace churches,’ including the Mennonites and Quakers.”

Rabbi Yitchok Adlerstein is the Director of Interfaith Affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He is the Adjunct Chair, Jewish Law and Ethics at Loyola Law School. He is the Founding Editor of the Jewish Orthodox blog Cross-Currents.

“Mainline churches claim many members from Congress. They represent America’s heartland and have adopted a range of resolutions hostile to Israel. They include calls for boycotts plus divestment and sanctions (BDS). Some are aimed at Israel, others focus on the ‘settlements.’ Several churches supported the hateful Kairos Palestine Document published in 2009 by some Palestinian Christians. There is also tourism to Israel under Palestinian auspices.

“BDS started with the passage of a resolution in 2004 at the Presbyterian Church (USA) calling for selective divestment of shares of American companies doing business in Israel. Long before that, the World Council of Churches (WCC) founded in 1948, aligned itself with ‘third world’ countries and thinking. This is an international umbrella group of mainline churches which claims denominational membership of 590 million people. It has frequently condemned Israel, yet never protested attempts by Israel’s neighbors and by terrorists to erase it from the map.

“The churches’ salaried officials often harm Israel, without a specific mandate from a convention floor. For example, in fall 2012 just before the U.S. presidential elections, a consortium of church officials sent a letter to members of Congress questioning how U.S. military aid was being used by Israel, and calling for cutbacks in that aid.

“Several of these churches also publish extremely anti-Israel educational materials. These are often the only ones members will view. The Methodists produced a study guide a few years ago authored by an apostate Jewish pastor. He admitted to hating Judaism. It featured illustrations of Israeli soldiers reminiscent of Nazi guards at a concentration camp.


Easter message 2001: ‘It seems to many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around him.

“The motives of these churches differ. Some aim to delegitimize the State of Israel as ‘a colonialist enterprise conceived in sin.’ Others desire to give Christian witness to the lack of peace in the Holy Land. These churches have discarded much of their grandparents’ beliefs and practices, retaining sympathy only for the powerless. In defending the Palestinians, they claim to support the underdog against ‘powerful and evil Israel.’

“Theology is playing an increasing role in mainline churches’ anti-Israel activity. It began with the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center and its head, Dr. Naim Ateek. Many liberal churches have partnered with Sabeel. Ateek used crucifixion imagery in his Easter message of 2001: ‘It seems to many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around him.’

” This reintroduces the ancient murderous Christian charge of deicide against the Jews. Ateek and others deny that the Bible speaks of any covenant of land with the Jews. This is a renewal of the replacement theology and supersessionism, and is extremely dangerous for Jews around the world, especially at a time of rising anti-Semitism.

“Palestinian influences in anti-Israel hate mongering is huge. They have sent teams of Palestinian Christians around the U.S for a decade, tugging at Christian heartstrings with emotional tales of woe. They are more effective than Palestinian Muslims, who don’t come as ‘brothers.’

“Still, there are surprises. In 2012, several denominations substituted positive investment resolutions in place of divestment. In some cases, votes that looked like they were heading in the anti-Israel direction were saved by impassioned speeches by pastors who spoke about the impact such a resolution would have on Jewish-Christian friendships and partnerships in their churches.

“I frequently converse with friends in churches, pondering the sundry causes of anti-Israel sentiment. When I attribute much to the misdirection of Christian love, I am often interrupted by someone saying: ‘Rabbi, I wish it were true. There is far more old-fashioned anti-Semitism in this church than any of us would like to admit.’”

“The actions of these mainline churches have poisoned the well of Christian-Jewish dialogue. Jews entered the dialogue, which has been fruitful at times, on the basis of assurances that Christian partners left contempt for Jews and Judaism behind, and had made serious attempts to understand what was important to Jews. The way in which these churches treat Israel shows that neither is true.”

About author: The writer has been a long-term adviser on strategy issues to the boards of several major multinational corporations in Europe and North America.He is board member and former chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and recipient of the LIfetime Achievement Award (2012) of the Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/13524#.Ud33_6x-r4v