The so-called “apartheid wall”, erected year after year on the UC Irvine Campus by the Muslim Student Union, never looked better or more truthful.
The University of Manitoba Student Union (UMSU) bans anti-Israel “Israel Apartheid Week” and strips anti-Israel group of official status.
(JNS.org) The University of Manitoba Student Union (UMSU) in Canada has become the first student group in North America to ban the anti-Israel “Israel Apartheid Week” and strip the anti-Israel “Students Against Israel Apartheid (SAIA)” group of official status.
The motion, which passed 19-15, bars SAIA from receiving student funding or using student activity space on campus, the Winnipeg Jewish Review reported.
Pro-Israel students argued that the anti-Israel student efforts violate university policy which protects the “dignity and self-esteem” of its students and prevents them from “discrimination or harassment.”
“According to the UMSU policy, I didn’t have to prove that IAW has actually incited hatred, but that it is likely to undermine the dignity or self- esteem of students on campus who are Zionists,” pro-Israel UM student activist Josh Morry told the Winnipeg Jewish Review.
The move at the University of Manitoba comes amid recent battles on North American college campuses between pro-Israel and anti-Israel students.
Last week, the student government at the University of California (UC), Santa Barbara rejected a resolution to divest from Israel, joining several other California schools—UC Riverside, UC Berkeley and Stanford University—who have rejected Israel divestment resolutions. But the student union at Toronto’s York University, Canada’s largest, recently endorsed an Israel divestment resolution.
Are you still being told that things have gotten better for Jewish university Students? Have you been fooled!
New intifada on campuses abroad
They meet in small groups on campus; funded by foreign money. They understand that this method of operation gives them more influence than any act of physical violence would. They are young people who convince others; they are builders of public opinion. Step by step they take control of the leaderships of student unions and organizations; pro-Palestinian activists join extreme left-wingers in activism against Israeli elements.
This is the new intifada. You won’t hear about in the next news update; it is not an uprising within Israel’s borders, and it stopped being just about the settlements, occupation and peace treaties a long time ago. It is far away from us; it is influential, exhilarating; it speaks in a new, young language and has one goal: The annihilation of Israel as a Jewish state.
The battle for America / Tzipi Shmilovitz
Special: Israeli, Jewish students fighting back as hostility grows on leading campuses in America
Anti-Israeli elements have reached the conclusion that burning an Israeli flag does not make for good photos. It is too extreme, too controversial, and too barbaric; it doesn’t do the job anymore; the world has changed. They found that burning the Zionist idea rather than the flag is much more effective.
Over the past few months this campaign has been taken to the next level. At the University of California public university system, at the University of California, San Diego, at Brooklyn College in New York, at Oxford University in Britain and on other campuses there are calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, and activists also disrupt lectures of Israeli representatives – it is all part of a broad campaign to delegitimize Israel.
It is not coincidental that a significant part of the delegitimization campaign against Israel is talking place on campuses. The arena was carefully selected. Campuses have always been fertile ground for exchanging ideas, for activity aimed at fomenting social change and for calls for universal ideals because it is easier to plant the seeds of unruliness in the minds of 18 year olds, who are more open to innovative and revolutionary ideas. Within a decade millions of young, influential people within government, the economy, the arts, culture, the judicial system and research – those who have been inculcated with the anti-Israel idea – may adopt the notion that Israel does not have the right to exist as a Jewish state. ‘Why do the Jews need a state of their own?’ They will wonder. (more…)
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BDS Advocate Appointed To Chair Committee Combating Anti-Semitism At California State University System?
Gary Fouse forwarded this article to OCITF:
Israel-Bashing CSU Prof to Fight Anti-Semitism?
by Lee Kaplan
December 11, 2012
Does appointing an advocate of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel to chair a committee aimed at combating anti-Semitism in the California State University system make sense? That’s exactly what happened in the case of Manzar Foroohar, a well-known anti-Israel activist who teaches modern Middle Eastern and Latin American history at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. The Iranian immigrant was placed in charge of an Academic Senate 2012/2013 CSU committee charged with implementing the “Governor’s Task Force on Tolerance and Anti-Semitism Training,” an effort that originated in 2010 under former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Foroohar does indeed have extensive experience in training students and faculty members—in how to delegitimize and demonize the state of Israel, an activity that hardly promotes an environment of “tolerance” for pro-Israel CSU students.
When asked about Foroohar’s appointment, Diana Guerin, chairwoman of the Academic Senate CSU (ASCSU) who oversees committee selections and appointments, offered the standard bureaucratic response, making sure to include politically correct praise for the professor’s “divergent” point of view:
The Executive Committee of the Academic Senate makes appointments each year based on senator interest in serving on the various committees. With over forty senators eligible to serve and approximately fifty committees to staff, this is a very involved process. We note that sometimes committees do their best work when there are divergent points of view that lead to careful consideration and thorough discussion of issues. Senator Foroohar has been elected by her peers at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo multiple terms and has served the Academic Senate of the CSU with distinction.
After further questioning, the chairwoman explained that at a 2010 meeting with the Governor’s task force at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, “Concern arose about the potential blurring of the lines between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, which are two separate issues [emphasis added]” and that, “It was important for faculty to have a voice on this type of training for our students.” This sheds light on the ASCSU’s true agenda: using the committee to promote the idea that campus anti-Zionism has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. Foroohar’s appointment to “train” faculty effectively ends any meaningful attempt by the Governor’s task force to battle campus anti-Semitism.
Among Foroohar’s anti-Israel activities: (more…)
Yudof awakens; Speaks out against disruptions and recent anti-Israel hatred at UC Davis and Riverside campuses
It is said that “its better late than never”. The Orange County Independent Task Force on anti-Semitism was copied, this afternoon with a letter from UC President Mark Yudof. The accompanying email stated: “I thought you might be interested in the attached Open Letter to the UC Community.”
In the letter Yudof denounced the repeated disruption of a presentation by Israeli soldiers at UC Davis during which one of the hecklers accused the speakers af being a rapist and a murderer. At UC Riverside, vandals defaced an Israeli flag displayed by Hillel with the word terrorist scrawled across it. We applaud President Yudof for finally gathering the courage to speak out against what has been years of harrassment and intimidation of Jewish students on UC campuses. To read the letter, click this link: http://octaskforce.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/open-letter-3-8-12.pdf
Posted By Nichole Hungerford On January 4, 2012 @ 12:02 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage
Many were disturbed at a recent video of young Jews — the hope of the next generation — “occupying” a Birthright event and spewing noxious anti-Israel rhetoric in and outside the gathering. But considering the competition Birthright is up against, it’s not difficult to see how such a scene was produced. The fact is, not only have anti-Israel activist made 21st century blood libels fashionable, but they have found a way to turn a profit from them in the process. More and more, sojourners to the Holy Land are falling into the orbit of the growing “alternative travel” or “justice tourism” industry, which specializes in politicized tourism to Israel and adjacent territories. As the name indicates, alternative travel is entirely focused on exposing tourists, not with mainstream, commonly accepted information on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but with an “alternative” account predicated on needless Palestinian suffering at the hands of their brutal Israeli oppressors. (more…)
“The singling out of Israel and the Jewish people for treatment that is not accorded any other group is textbook anti-Semitism”
Back in April, I wrote to take issue with a statement written by Kenneth Stern of the American Jewish Committee and Cary Nelson, the president of the American Association of University Professors. The duo contended that a number of recent troubling incidents involving Jewish students on American college campuses did not rise to the level of a “working definition” of anti-Semitism. Even worse, they sought to dismiss efforts to fight back against the vicious anti-Semitism that masquerades as criticism of Zionism as an unscrupulous attempt at censoring anti-Israel speech. Their stand undermined the campaign to get the government and universities to take the issue of anti-Semitism seriously. (more…)
Olive Tree Initiative Leader: “Each side has engineered a campaign so clever, so manipulative and self-destructive..”
The following is an excerpt from a comment posted by a Jewish member of the Olive Tree Initiative in response to our post Olive Tree Initiatives “nefarious”connections? His entire comment can be read by scrolling down to the bottom of the post to the comment section. Are these the words of a student who has become overwhelmingly supportive of Israel, or do they belie the naive notion espoused by proponents of the Olive Tree Initiative, including Jewish Federation Leaders? :That Jewish students become overwhelmingly pro-Israel by belonging to an organization which gives a platform to those who unambiguously wish to harm Israel and the Jewish people.
Judge for yourself:
“….each side believes they know the truth, and takes unprecedented steps towards disseminating such truths. Additionally each side perceives themselves in the right, and expects international solidarity against the “other”. The conflict has evolved into an international industry, a media enterprise whose sole concern is to gain popular support at the expense of civilians. Each side has engineered a campaign so clever, so manipulative and self-destructive that its intention to sway the international community ends up cultivating deep resentment and entrenched hatred.”
Richard Falk posts “vicious” anti-Semitic image on his blog. Claims ignorance of its repugnant nature “before it was pointed out to me.”
Note: Falk has taught UC Santa Barbara, at Chapman University and has appeared as a speaker at numerous anti-Israel events on Southern California Campuses including UCLA.
By Ron Kampeas · July 8, 2011
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration, joined by U.S. Jewish groups, called for the United Nations to dismiss Richard Falk, its rapporteur on Palestinian rights, after he posted an anti-Semitic cartoon on his blog.
“I am deeply disturbed that once again U.N. Special Rapporteur Richard Falk has used his personal blog to publish abhorrent material,” Joseph Torsella, the U.S. representative for management and reform to the United Nations, said in a statement on Friday. “His shameful and outrageous behavior is an embarrassment to the United Nations. Someone who publishes such vicious images has no place in the U.N. system.”
The cartoon, posted by Falk, depicts a dog wearing a shirt labeled “USA” and a yarmulke marked with a Star of David devouring a bloody human carcass. Lady Justice stands by blindfolded, holding the dog’s leash as it urinates on her foot. (more…)
While the Middle East and North Africa continue to roil in blood shed with governments in Libya and Syria gunning down civilians on a daily basis, the Muslim Student Union, fresh from its “suspension”, presents this years edition of hypocrisy and hatred :
You can express your concern by clicking Here and vote against the support of one sided divestment resolutions against Israel
By Laira Martin The Guardian, U C San Diego
Efforts stalled Wednesday to pass an A.S. Council resolution that called for the UC system to divest funds from non-neutral corporations currently providing technology to the Israeli Defense Forces. This is the second year the resolution, proposed by Students for Justice in Palestine, has been brought before council.
“Kauft Nicht Bei Juden” The BDS (Boycott Divest Sanction) Movement. Is there any difference?
Those who wish to harm the Jewish People and destroy of the State of Israel have designated March 30, 2011 as “Boycott Israel day”. You can help counter this world wide threat from haters and hypocrites by going to your local retailer and requesting and purchasing Israeli products. To find a list of Israeli Products in your city click this link
The writer is a member of the Anteaters for Israel. We commend her for her courage in speaking out. OCITF
The UN Declaration of Human Rights defines free speech as: “Everyone having the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontier.” (more…)
NGO Monitor’s report on IAW 2011 demonstrates the anti-peace and anti-human rights dimensions of this campaign. The non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that sponsor and speak at IAW events reject “two-state” approaches to the conflict and oppose the very existence of Israel.
To help students and faculty, NGO Monitor developed and is distributing the “BDS Sewer System” to partner organizations and campus activists throughout the world (see the Jerusalem Post story below). Promoting BDS is a central goal of IAW, and the BDS Sewer System provides detailed information on the sources of delegitimization campaigns against Israel.
* Read NGO Monitor’s report on IAW, including useful fact sheets on NGOs and activities.
* Learn about the legal fallacies inherent in the apartheid analogy.
* Visit www.ngo-monitor.org/bds to view the BDS Sewer System.
* To order print copies of the BDS Sewer System, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Israel Apartheid Week, and efforts to combat it, begin
By JORDANA HORN
Exclusive: NGO Monitor announces efforts to combat Apartheid Week with “BDS Sewer System” to detail sources of delegitimization campaigns.
NEW YORK – Israeli Apartheid Week, an effort by groups and activists supporting boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel to discredit it and label it an “apartheid state,” kicked off Monday in many cities and college campuses worldwide. (more…)
(Video courtesy OC Register)
KPCC has learned that the Orange County grand jury is investigating the Feb. 2010 disruption of an Israeli diplomat’s speech at UC Irvine.
Members of UCI’s Muslim Student Union have been called to testify before the grand jury about the organization’s role in the disruption of a speech by Michael Oren, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S.
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Irvine’s law school, says he does not believe the students who disrupted Oren’s speech should face the risk of criminal charges.
The Orange County District Attorney’s office says the law prevents it from confirming or denying any activities related to the grand jury.
Kenneth L. Marcus is the director of The Anti-Semitism Initiative at the Institute for Jewish & Community Research and author of “Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America,” Cambridge 2010. He also teaches at Baruch College of the City University of New York.)
By Kenneth L. Marcus · December 8, 2010
NEW YORK (JTA) — Buried in the recent policy statement on bullying in the public schools, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced a major policy on anti-Semitism: For only the second time in its history, OCR pledged that it would use its civil rights enforcement powers to protect Jewish students from anti-Semitic harassment.
The landmark ruling bolsters the 2004 policy that I issued while heading OCR during the first George W. Bush administration but which had been abandoned or ignored in the intervening years. The new policy is a big deal for students on many college campuses, where anti-Semitism has made a startling return. However, it is hardly clear whether OCR will enforce it fully.
The new policy is certainly timely. Some say this is a “golden age” for American Jewish college students, pointing to the proliferation of Hillel houses, Jewish studies departments, Israel studies classes, and Jewish college presidents and faculty. There is some truth to this opinion.
But if it is the best of times, it is also the worst of times. The long steady progress against anti-Semitism since the end of the World War II halted nearly a decade ago at the start of the second intifada. Since then many campuses, especially on the West Coast, have seen a resurgence of anti-Jewish animosity. In many cases we see old school European-style stereotypes of greedy, conspiratorial Jews. (more…)
ADL: “These groups are not promoting peace, they are spreading propaganda to assault Israel’s legitimacy”
October 17, 2010
(JTA) — A Jewish organization is on the Anti Defamation League’s top 10 list of anti-Israel groups in America.
Jewish Voice for Peace, based in Oakland, Calif., was on the list released Oct. 14 by the ADL of the most influential and active anti-Israel groups in the United States.
It was joined by Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), the Al-Awda Council on American-Islamic Relations, Friends of Sabeel-North America, If Americans Knew, the International Solidarity Movement, the Muslim American Society, Students for Justice in Palestine and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. “While there are hundreds of groups that organize and participate in various anti-Israel activities, we have identified the largest and most well-coordinated anti-Israel groups,” said Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director. (more…)
(Beyond Hooka lounges, belly dancing and souvenir stands?)
By Sue Fishkoff · August 16, 2010
ST. LOUIS (JTA) — Amanda Boris is nervous about what she’ll face when classes resume at the University of Wisconsin later this month.
“There’s an uncomfortable amount of anti-Semitism on my campus,” said the incoming senior. (more…)
The OCITF expressed concern to University officials that during today’s anti-Israel rally, there was no police present except for an officer stationed in front of the administration building. The police officer remarked that “nothing will get done until somebody gets actually gets hurt”. It is unconscionable, given the level of overheated emotions, rhetoric and near violence that has already taken place worldwide that UCI Officials did not deem it necessary to provide an adequate police presence in what could have been a potentially volatile situation on campus.
The Gaza Flotilla and the Maritime Blockade of Gaza
Courtesy of Gary Fouse:
Comments and video are from:
SFVoice4Israel — May 02, 2010 — A rash of swastikas recently appeared at UC Berkeley. A multi-cultural group of students and community members decided to mobilize in solidarity against hate speech on campus and organized the “Anti-Semitism is Hate” rally. Prof. Andrew Gutierrez (CASAS) repeatedly heckled the rally and insulted the participants. Why would anyone protest a rally against hate speech? We can only wonder…. (more…)
Jewish student injured at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Israel Independence day celebrarion. One arrest made.
By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee officials said Friday that they will investigate whether student conduct rules were violated when Muslim and Jewish students clashed during a protest of a Jewish-sponsored event on campus Thursday. (more…)
UCSD resolution condemning Israel for “war crimes” “is a shameful, blatant expression of anti-Jewish rhetoric disguised as some kind of virtuous belief in human rights”
Recent news that organized groups of students at the University of California, San Diego have criticized the nation of Israel and called upon the university to divest itself of economic ties to corporations and groups that do business with the Jewish state is proof positive that the culture of intolerance exposed several months ago, then against African-Americans, has far from abated.
If UCSD is to repair its damaged reputation and be considered a campus that respects the humanity, dignity and rights of all people, UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox will refuse to overlook bigotry of any kind and will speak out forcefully against this reckless display of anti-Semitism at her school. (more…)
Note: To View the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency’s (FRA) working definition of anti-Semitism Click Here
Shades of 1930′s Germany:
Israeli Apartheid Week: A Call to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Israel – May 10th – May 13st, 2010 (more…)
Anti-Israel demonstrators reportedly attacked car following Israeli Deputy Ambassador speach at University of Manchester (UK)
Attacking the deputy ambassador’s vehicle (Photo: Joe Sheffer)
Photo Courtesy Ynetnews
By Danna Harman, Haaretz Correspondent
Talya Lador-Fresher, Israel’s deputy chief of mission at the Israeli embassy in London, had to be shuffled out a side door and into a “get-away” car by Manchester police on Wednesday, following a lecture she was gave at the University of Manchester that was crashed by pro-Palestinian student protestors. (more…)
Daily Cal Update: Divestment Battle Concludes With Failed Effort to Override Veto
(Note: The ASUC (Berkeley) Senate did not finalize the 2010-11 budget at last night’s meeting, instead steering its full attention to determining the fate of a vetoed bill targeting companies involved in alleged Israeli war crimes. Read the Daily Cal story HERE) (more…)
Email Response UC San Diego President: “I will be voting against the passage of this resolution. I urge my colleagues to do the same.”
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a friend of Martin Luther King Jr. and a fellow leader of the Civil Rights Movement, wrote in a 2002 San Francisco Chronicle op-ed, “During an appearance at Harvard University shortly before his death, a student stood up and asked King to address himself to the issue of Zionism. The question was clearly hostile. King responded, ‘When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews; you are talking anti-Semitism.’” (more…)
Note: Vote to take place Wednesday, April 27 at 6:00 PM
By Angela Chen
Proponents say the measure is meant to condemn human-rights violations worldwide.
An A.S. resolution demanding that the university stop working with companies associated with human-rights violations has come under fire from members of the pro-Israel campus community. (more…)
Berkeley Update: No Consensus reached on divestment bill. Bill was not added to the agenda for next week’s senate meeting.
ASUC Senate Fails to Reach Consensus on Divestment Bill
By Allie Bidwell | Friday, Apr 23, 2010 |
Following more than two hours of deliberation in closed session, the ASUC Senate failed Wednesday night to come to a consensus on whether to override President Will Smelko’s March 24 veto of a bill targeting alleged…Read More»
Berkeley Update: Divestment motion to be reconsidered next week. Berkeley Hillel director: Overriding the veto “…will definitely cause a decrease in the number of Jewish students willing to attend Cal”
(No Olive Trees at Cal?)
Following a nearly nine-hour discussion that began at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday evening and lasted into Thursday morning, ASUC senators have yet to reach a decision on whether or not they would uphold or override President Will Smelko’s March 24 veto of a controversial bill urging the student government and the UC to divest from two companies that have supplied Israel with materials for alleged war crimes.
I was at the senate meeting on the night of March 17 but had to leave around 1 a.m. to take my son home because he has AP exams at his high school this week.
I must be na�ve, as I left believing by far the majority of you had seen that the Israeli-Palestinian issue was far too complex for you ASUC senators to pass a resolution recommending divestment from one side. (more…)
UC Berkeley Student: Israel Divestment Bill “a travesty of justice and an enemy of a positive campus climate.”
( Note: ASUC vote to take place Weds. April 14 at 7:00 PM)
By Brian Maissy
Special to the Daily Cal
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Editor’s Note: This piece was written as a letter to the UC Board of Regents.
As you are probably aware, bill 118, passed by the ASUC senate, vetoed by the ASUC president, and currently before the senate again for the veto to be overturned, calls upon you, the UC Regents, to divest UC funds from General Electric and United Technologies, which conduct business in Israel, including selling defense technology to the IDF. (more…)
UC Berkeley Update. ASUC Attorney General: Divestment resolution “might be in violation of the ASUC constitution. Student senate meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14
by April 8, 2010 | by Amanda Pazornic
The fate of a divest-from-Israel resolution passed by the U.C. Berkeley student senate and vetoed by ASUC’s president a week later will likely be decided at a student senate meeting Wednesday, April 14. (more…)
“Stand with the 11 hecklers” tirade: “Mr. Oren, we accept your offer to return to UCI to expose the “Israeli perspective” for what it is.”
In your open letter published in the New University, you propose a return to UC Irvine in order to “dialogue” with those whose views juxtapose yours. We willingly take you up on that offer. But to clarify, our willingness does not stem from any delusional notion that your words can right the decades of wrong and injustice. (more…)
ASUCI Resolution: 13 yes, 1 no, 1 abstain; “ASUCI opposes any academic repercussions…” No further action should be taken against 11 students
Canadian Liberal Party Leader: ” Wholesale condemnation of the State of Israel and the Jewish people is not legitimate. Not now, not ever.”
Published on March 1, 2010
OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff made the following statement today:
“On university campuses across the country this week, Israeli Apartheid Week will once again attempt to demonize and undermine the legitimacy of the Jewish state. It is part of a global campaign of calls for divestment, boycotts and proclamations, and it should be condemned unequivocally and absolutely. (more…)
Photo by: AP
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Addressing the International Conference on National and Islamic Solidarity for Future of Palestine, Ahmadinejad said that the existence of the “Zionist regime” is an insult to all of humanity, asserting that it had lost its raison d’être. (more…)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — (Marketwire) — 12/16/09 — Canada is putting a renewed focus on the new anti-Semitism, one predicated on the notion that the Jews alone have no right to a homeland, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said today in Jerusalem.
“Canada is not content to be an observer on the world stage. Rather, Canada is playing a leadership role in combating the new anti-Semitism,” said Minister Kenney, speaking at the Global Forum for combating anti-Semitism.
The Minister noted that among other things, Canada was the first country in the world to announce it would not attend the Durban 2 conference. The Governments of Israel, the United States, and much of the European Union later followed Canada’s lead and boycotted the conference. “Canada’s fears that Durban 2 would, like its predecessor Durban 1, descend into an anti-Semitic hatefest were fully vindicated,” said the Minister.
“Rather than combating racism, Durban promoted it. Our government will not allow Canada’s good name to be sullied by association with a conference whose sole purpose, it seems, is like that of the first Durban”, said Minister Kenney.
Among recent measures Canada has undertaken on the world stage to lead in the combat against the new anti-Semitism, Canadian officials walked out on a speech by Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and at a summit of francophone countries, Prime Minister Stephen Harper refused to sign a one-sided draft statement criticizing Israel.
“In addition to our leadership in combating anti-Semitism on the world stage, we have taken a hard look at Government of Canada programming as part of our zero-tolerance approach to anti-Semitism” said Minister Kenney.
“Our Government is working to dismantle the client relationship that existed between the Government of Canada and organizations whose priority is seemingly to advocate for the legalization of banned terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as deny the Jewish people’s right to a homeland,” the Minister added. “We have also taken a leadership role in condemning anti-Semitism on Canadian university campuses.” (emphasis added) (more…)
TEHRAN (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Holocaust a lie Friday, raising the stakes against Israel just as world powers try to decide how to deal with the nuclear ambitions of an Iran in political turmoil.
“The pretext (Holocaust) for the creation of the Zionist regime (Israel) is false … It is a lie based on an unprovable and mythical claim,” he told worshippers at Tehran University at the end of an annual anti-Israel “Qods (Jerusalem) Day” rally.
“Confronting the Zionist regime is a national and religious duty.”
Ahmadinejad’s anti-Western comments on the Holocaust have caused international outcry and isolated Iran, which is at loggerheads with the West over its nuclear program.
The hardline president warned leaders of Western-allied Arab and Muslim countries about dealing with Israel.
“This regime (Israel) will not last long. Do not tie your fate to it … This regime has no future. Its life has come to an end,” he said in a speech broadcast live on state radio.
Germany said Ahmadinejad was a “disgrace to his country.”
“This sheer anti-Semitism demands our collective condemnation. We will continue to confront it decisively in the future,” Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. (more…)
In contrast to the comments in the previous post:
” …Hate speech is difficult to define precisely.” It is largely defined by the person individual hearing it: what some or many might find hateful or offensive, others may not….” UCI Chancellor Michael Drake ” Message on hate speech” May 26.2006.
“..One persons hate speech is another persons education” — UCI Vice Chancellor Manuel Gomez October 18, 2006.
“We have 1,000 guest speakers on campus every year. Could I evaluate them and say this one is anti-Semitic? I could not. What I could say is that as a person and a campus, we abhor hate speech, period.” – UCI Chancellor Michael Drake May 30, 2007.
“…I do agree there were certainly instances of boorish and intimidating behavior. Some of this behavior involved people not associated with the University. Neither the University nor the Police Department has the means or ability to control such rude or obnoxious behavior…” UC Irvine Police Chief Paul Henisey—January 20, 2009
“…UC Irvine did experience instances of racist, hateful and anti-Semitic speech on our campus last month. The Chancellor has stated on many occasions that he personally finds this type of speech abhorrent, offensive and counterproductive…” Ramona H. Agrela, UCI Associate Chancellor–June 12, 2009
Student David Elmaleh discusses how the college campus has become a hub of anti-semitism
Shouting, anti-religious slurs, evil glares and anti-Semitic rhetoric often get thrown my way as I walk through the halls during one of the countless anti-Israel demonstrations at York University. Am I a walking target? I often wonder if I am drawing a bull’s eye for myself when I dress in a way that identifies me as a Jew on campus. Indeed, the distinction between anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish is becoming increasingly blurred.
In several cases, these rallies have deteriorated into soapboxes for Jew bashing. I have been called names and been insulted for simply wearing my kippah. One day, while hurrying to a class, a few individuals stopped me in the hallway and began berating me about Israeli policies.
The campus newspaper has not been very helpful; it consistently presents editorials and articles that blast Israel, while very few pro-Israel pieces make it into the paper. Last year, after the fatal terrorist attack at the Mercaz HaRav yeshivah in Jerusalem, a York student wrote an op-ed for the campus paper entitled “Jewish Attack Not a Surprise,” which defended the massacre and called on continued resistance in order to end the occupation in Gaza. Jewish students of all walks of life felt outraged and hurt that their paper had printed such a hate-inspired editorial. It sparked intense debate among all factions of students, and, as usual, Jews were targeted.
Below is my response to the op-ed. (more…)
NEW YORK (JTA) — New York University canceled an anti-Israel event disguised as an event about climate change. The event, originally slated for May 4, was titled “The Hidden History of Zionism: The Road to Gaza’s Killing Fields,” and its organizers promoted it with flyers around the campus that some decried as anti-Semitic, Ynet reported. University officials confirmed the cancellation of the event but stressed it was because of its fraudulent nature.
“…The global Zionism is the complete symbol of racism, which with unreal reliance on religion has tried to misuse the religious beliefs of some unaware people and hide its ugly face. But what should be seriously considered are the goals of certain superpowers and those in possession of major interests in the world; those who try their best through economic power and political influence and wide media means, to lessen the crimes and ugliness of the nature of the Zionist regime….”
*Note the disturbing similarities to the anti-Semitic hate speakers and who are regularly presented on the UC Irvine campus by the Muslim Student Union. (more…)