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EXCLUSIVE: SJP Founder, Hatem Bazian Caught in Another Anti-Semitism Scandal

On July 31, 2017, SJP founder and UC Berkeley Professor, Dr Hatem Bazian re-tweeted a meme from an infamous Twitter bigot and anti-Semite, Ron Hughes – an account that Bazian also Follows.

The meme was a classic anti-Semitic attack on Jews and Judaism.

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The tweet accused a “Zionist” Twitter user of supporting “apartheid, occupation, ethnic cleansing, genocide” and theft of “Palestinian land+resources+body-organs.”

The meme itself showed an image of a purportedly Jewish man with the words “MOM LOOK! I IS CHOSEN! I CAN NOW KILL, RAPE, SMUGGLE ORGANS & AND STEAL THE LAND OF PALESTINIANS *YAY* ASHKE-NAZI”

The meme included another image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wearing a yarmulke (skull-cap) along with the words “101 JUDAISM WE TEACH IT”, “GOD CHOSE ME” and “I JUST CONVERTED ALL OF NORTH KOREA TO JUDAISM….DONALD TLUMP: NOW MY NUKES ARE LEGAL & I CAN ANNEX SOUTH KOREA & YOU NEED TO START PAYING ME $34 BILLION A YEAR IN WELFARE”  

With even the briefest of looks at the Hughes account, one can see many many more examples of similarly bigoted memes and attacks:

On August 29, 2017, Canary Mission first brought to Bazian’s attention that he had retweeted a repulsive anti-Semitic meme. Since then, Canary Mission brought it to his attention a four more times.

For three months he ignored the issue. After our latest attempt, Bazian issued a confusing and rambling apology, (Nov 21, 2017)

At first Bazian seems to genuinely apologize stating “I do sincerely apologize for re-sending it… [it] does not represent my views.”

Bazian goes on to proclaim that he retweeted “without giving it much thought,” arguing he was distracted because he was abroad in Spain and France. Of course this is already a tenuous excuse (especially since he follows Mr Hughes).

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If someone was possibly considering giving Bazian the benefit of the doubt, they would be hard pressed to explain away the rest of his ‘apology’. He proclaims “my issue is with Zionism, a settler colonial movement…not with Judaism or Jews, as diverse communities”  This is a repetition of Bazian’s well documented view that Jews have no right to self-determination, and can only exist as “diverse communities” in the diaspora.

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In his ‘apology’ for his anti-Semitism, Bazian is spreading his own definition of Judaism –  bereft of its religious and historical connection to Israel.

Given that almost half of world Jewry live in the State of Israel, his suggestion that Jews should merely live “as diverse communities” is itself a deeply anti-Semitic attack.

We draw your attention to the following videos which detail further examples of Bazian’s anti-Semitism and bigotry:

The Most Dangerous Professor in America?: https://vimeo.com/230900455

Hatem Bazian in His Own Words: https://vimeo.com/230904179

The Most Dangerous Professor in America?

He has been called “The Most Dangerous Professor in America.” Nablus-born Hatem Bazian has made it his life mission, since emigrating to the United States in the late 1980’s, to spread his unique brand of anti-Semitism and stir up a violent uprising in America.

Beginning in San Francisco State University (SFSU) in the 1980’s, Bazian immediately took a prominent role in the anti-Israel community, assuming the role of president of the General Union of Palestinian Student (GUPS).

In this position he demonstrated his proclivity for aggression and intolerance, waging a “campaign” against Hillel and blocking the appointment of a Jewish student to SFSU’s Student Judicial Council “on grounds that the individual supported the state of Israel and was therefore, by definition, a racist.

A sign of things to come, Bazian founded his seminal organization – Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) in 2001, with the goal of garnering support for his cause through appealing to an audience of students seeking social justice causes. The group enthusiastically went to work practicing what he was preaching – causing civil disruptions and calling for intifada [violent uprising] in both America and Israel.

Now as an untenured professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at University of California, Berkeley, Bazian still seeks to dominate the campus discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through his brainchild, SJP. Their unceasing agenda being to systematically delegitimize any pro-Israel narrative and replace it with Bazian’s.  

Bazian, like no other professor, has an enthralling influence over students on North American campuses. This is in part due to his control over his organizations – SJP and the organization he later founded to assist the group, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), which provides material support, funding and training for SJP and its activists.

Bazian is keenly aware of the numbers advantage that the anti-Israel community has over Jewish students on North American campuses. His words “We are many, they are few! We are many, they are few!” should send a chill down the spine of anyone who hears it.

Bazian is a chameleon.

In the academic world, he is slick and intellectual. In his writings he has a sophisticated anti-Zionist narrative that delegitimizes the Jewish people’s history, identity and connection to Israel.  

At panels and presentations, he borrows the ideas of the far right, pushing conspiracy theories of Jewish domination of America.

At rallies he switches to mesmerizing rhetorical tools, calling for violent uprisings in both America and Israel.

Our personal profile and video on Bazian help elucidate just how diabolical this man’s actions and intentions are and the type of damage he is doing to the next generation.

Students for Justice in Palestine Manipulates Passover

In April 2017, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and supporters of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement used the Jewish holiday of Passover to their advantage. They specifically chose this time of year to introduce anti-Israel divestment motions on various campuses in order to exclude Jews from the vote. The motions were brought forward suddenly and at a time when many Jewish students had traveled home for the holidays.

On April 9th, the night before Passover, SJP at Tufts University brought forward and passed an impromptu divestment resolution. SJP admitted that they had been working on the resolution all semester, but had only brought it forward once many of their own supporters could be present.

Three days later, on April 12th, during the week of Passover, BDS supporters at the University of Wisconsin (UW) motioned for a sudden divestment vote. Several members of the student council were strongly opposed to the motion due to the absence of many Jewish students. Rep. Diego Villegas walked out of the proceedings, stating: “This seems really vicious considering this legislation is… of great importance to members of the Jewish community, and they are not here because they are observing a holiday for themselves… And I am just disgusted by that action.” Despite their objections, the bylaws still passed its first round of voting.

The following day, on April 13th, while it was still Passover, BDS supporters at Concordia University hijacked the Jewish holiday with their own event.

“Passover Against Apartheid” was co-hosted by the Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA), the Concordia Student Union (CSU) and Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR). The event included a discussion on ways to replace the famous, “Next Year in Jerusalem” line in the traditional Passover seder. This line has been sung by Jews at the end of the Passover seder for thousands of years.

The story of Passover celebrates the Israelite nation being taken out of slavery from Egypt, into their ancestral homeland, Israel. To eradicate “Jerusalem” from the end of the Passover seder, is to erase the story of the Jewish people.

Finally, on April 16th, on both Passover and Easter Sunday, SJP at Claremont College initiated an impromptu divestment vote. Fourteen senators were absent from the meeting, many of them due to religious observance of the two holidays. The Algemeiner reported that “Jewish student leaders … felt ambushed” by the unexpected vote.

SJP have been struggling to pass anti-Israel motions in student governments over the past year. It comes as no surprise that they have yet again stooped to underhanded means in order to exclude Jewish students, eradicate the Jewish narrative and push their agenda.

Houston, We Have a Problem

The University of Houston prides itself on being “the second most diverse public research institution in the country” and yet Canary Mission has discovered that they have an alarming anti-Semitism problem. Members of both Houston SJP and MSA have tweeted horrifying statements.

 

The tweets include praise of Hitler, distasteful anti-Semitism and a desire to harass or do bodily harm to Jewish students. It is our obligation to show you what is happening on college campuses today. As we told the Algemeiner, “Unfortunately, we are still scraping the surface of rampant antisemitism, racism and bigotry on North American campuses. There is more to come.”

Click here to view the complete report.

Anti-Semitism at Ryerson

The pro-Israel community has for years been contending that anti-Zionism is just a modern strand of anti-Semitism. That the State of Israel has become a proxy for Jews and Judaism, providing cover for those who choose to demonize Jews through the more palatable trend of demonizing Israel. We are constantly told that “even Jews join the fight against Israel,” so anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism couldn’t possibly be the same (leaving the history of self-hating Jews aside). However it struck no one at Canary Mission as odd when Ryerson University in Canada showed everyone that classic anti-Semitism is alive and well, within the “anti-Zionist” groups on their campus.

Some background. On November 29, the Ryerson Student Union (RSU) was having their annual membership meeting. On the docket was a resolution to “..celebrate the official Canadian Holocaust Education Week (or dedicate a full five work days annually and consecutively) which numerous events/education programs are offered in collaboration with the remembrance and history of the Holocaust.” In short, it was a resolution to introduce the Canadian Holocaust Education Week programming into the university. Seems innocuous, right? Who could possibly take issue with informing and educating university students about the horrors of the Holocaust? Who could take issue with exposing the younger generation one of the most tragic events in human history, so that they could become active participants in ensuring “Never Again?”

According to the Hillel Ryerson community, students from the university’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA) first called for an amendment to the motion to include all forms of genocide, essentially erasing anything unique to the Jewish people or the Nazi Holocaust.

It is a fair point to make that Jews deserve a space in which to validate their own unique historical pain without having that experience drowned out by the experiences of others. However, not everyone was prepared to acknowledge or respect the right to such a space for Jews at Ryerson on November 29.

Jewish Ryerson student Aedan O’Connor reported, “When presenting the motion we were snickered at and told to sit down and not present by other students. When it approached the time to vote on this motion a large group of students started messaging each other and coordinated a walk out to rid the assembly of quorum.”

But then they walked out, causing the meeting to lose quorum and the vote to die, Hillel Ryerson’s Aedan O’Connor reported.

“Instead of going through with trying to amend it, they … decided to walk out,” she said.

Amanda Hohmann, national director of B’nai Brith’s League for Human Rights, condemned the act as a clear case of anti-Semitism.

“When they realized the original motion would likely pass as it was presented, (they)… got up and walked out as a way of removing quorum so that the motion couldn’t pass,” she said.

“There is no other way to characterize this, but (as) anti-Jewish sentiment,” she added, urging the government to intervene.

“It’s a systemic issue… (on) many university campuses across Canada… Universities are funded by taxpayer dollars and there needs to be some accountability at the government level.”

Let’s be clear. This resolution had absolutely nothing to do with Israel. There was no pro-Israel messaging involved, no request to purchase Israeli-made items, nothing to link this resolution to the ongoing campus debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This was solely a resolution to bring Holocaust awareness and education to the general Ryerson student population.

Rather than jumping to conclusions, we researched both the MSA and SJP Facebook pages to see their reactions to the uproar. The Ryerson MSA acknowledged that they have been accused by many to organizing a walkout and that “Allegations that we organized or directed the loss of quorum are completely false and hurtful.”

They went on to insist that “We strongly believe in free speech, the right for all paying members of the RSU to put forth motions, and the importance of motions being debated and put to a democratic vote.”

This statement flies in the face of their behavior at the meeting. They actively aborted the possibility of both debating and voting on the motion by leaving and ruining the quorum. While trying to absolve themselves, they demonstrated that while they might theoretically honor debate and democracy, neither applies when the resolution is something they don’t agree with. SJP hasn’t offered a statement, but they did promote the RSU meeting on their Facebook page, encouraging their members to attend and offering them free dinner. On pure speculation, one might wonder why they were so keen to see their membership show up to this meeting, while a cursory glance at their previously promoted events shows no other RSU meetings. It does make one wonder why they wanted so many members to attend this specific meeting if the walk-out wasn’t previously planned.

Additionally, there is the recent allegation that the president of the RSU Student Union, Obaid Ullah, was possibly involved in the walkout, with a purported text to those who left with the words “Leave now.” It will certainly be interesting to see if and how Ullah responds to these allegations. If proven true, it would surely add a new layer to the accusations of anti-Semitism extending to those who’ve been elected to represent their fellow students. Last year, for example, questions arose from members of Ryerson’s Muslim Student’s Association, questioning whether Ullah’s association with the RSU’s IMPACT slate would impede on his previous activism for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement at the university.

Hasbara Fellowships, a leading pro-Israel advocacy organization, wrote a letter voicing their concern to the president of the RSU.

“Today anti-Israel activists let their guard down,” according to Robert Walker, National Director for Hasbara Fellowships Canada. “Today we saw concrete proof that for many students, there really is a core anti-Semitic hatred of Jewish students.”

Ryerson has a history of anti-Israel hostility, becoming one of the first North American campuses to successfully pass a BDS resolution in April 2014, targeting the State of Israel for boycott. The resolution prohibits the university from having ties with companies that do business in Israel, including Home Depot, Costco and Sears, and removed Sabra hummus from the campus cafeteria. Additionally, the university came under fire for allowing a violent anti-Israel rally to take place on its campus, and sponsoring a pro-BDS event with taxpayer money, while repeatedly taking down videos posted to Facebook by pro-Israel students.

Then-president of RSU Rajean Hoilett explained, “I think it’s very important for people to know the difference between freedom of speech and hate speech.”

Based on university precedent, however, it would seem that those definitions are at the mercy of the biases of anti-Israel Ryerson students.

“What starts with BDS does not end with BDS,” warned Hohmann. “More often than not, BDS is simply a gateway drug to more blatant forms of anti-Semitism.”

On December 19, 2016, the Ryerson Student Union held a meeting to table the motion that was previously scuttled, and the motion passed unanimously. It appears that the outcome of the backlash was overwhelming support for the motion, which relieved those involved in the bill’s passage. “This has been the second year in many that Jewish students can feel safer and included on campus. I am excited that my student union acknowledges the importance of education about the Holocaust and I could not be more proud” said Rebecca Katzman, president of Students Supporting Israel at Ryerson.

All’s well that ends well, but the reverberations of this situation will certainly be felt in the future. From this incident, it’s quite clear that the fine line between campus anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism is not only blurred but sometimes becomes indistinguishable altogether.

BREAKING: SJP Founder Meets British Opposition Leader

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn met last night with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) founder Dr. Hatam Bazian, at the latter’s book signing in London. Corbyn’s anti-Israel biases have been well-known, even beyond Canary Mission circles, for some time. Corbyn’s coddling of Hamas and Hezbollah has made even traditional Labour party supporters uncomfortable in the past.

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The Growth of Bazian’s Power

The fact that Britain’s opposition leader took the time to attend Bazian’s event and show solidarity with one of the most notorious fathers of anti-Israel agitation in academia indicates that Bazian’s influence is increasing. This should alarm everyone concerned with the growing acceptance of anti-Jewish rhetoric on college campuses. As an activist professor at UC Berkeley, Dr. Bazian was the intellectual pioneer who perfected the technique of co-opting the values of the left for the purpose of demonizing Israel in the minds of an entire generation of progressive students. Corbyn’s display of solidarity indicates that Bazian’s stature and international relevance is on the rise.

The Implications for Britain’s Future

Today’s meeting should also alarm the United Kingdom’s Jewish community. Although Corbyn has gone to great lengths to downplay and even obscure his past support for the likes of Hamas and Hezbollah, his overt display of solidarity with Bazian makes clear that these moves represent only tactical political maneuverings and not a genuine ideological shift on his part. Corbyn’s open support for the demagogic founder of SJP, who once called for an intifada in the United States and created the most influential student vehicle for the delegitimization of the Jewish people’s history and very identity, shows that Corbyn is the same Corbyn he’s always been. As the UK’s opposition leader, Corbyn’s schedule must undoubtedly be overwhelming. The fact that he took the time for such a display of solidarity with Bazian indicates that he views the “Israel issue” as central to his foreign policy agenda.

Despite the fact that Canary Mission generally focuses its attention on anti-Jewish sentiment in North America, we felt responsible to draw attention to Corbyn’s meeting with Bazian, as evidence of both Bazian’s growing stature, and the centrality that hatred for the Jewish state occupies in Corbyn’s worldview.   

What do anti-Israel campus leaders say when the spotlight isn’t on them?

‘Peace and Equality! Justice! Anti-Racism! Indigenous Rights!’

Draped in a Palestinian flag and brandishing a bullhorn, a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) leader can sound like they care about these causes. The same is especially true when a reporter’s voice recorder is switched on in front of them.

But what do they say when the spotlight isn’t on them? Scratch the surface and chances are you’ll find they don’t demand these rights for Jews.

Let’s take the example of Mohammad Sajjad Soltanmohammadi from the University of Maryland at College Park (UMD).

On April 19, 2016, Soltanmohammadi led an SJP UMD “die-in” that disrupted a campus pro-Israel event where SJP blocked student walkways, which was against university rules.

He declared on behalf of SJP that “we have nothing against the Jewish religion or the Jewish people.”

On the same day, Soltanmohammadi was quoted in a UMD student publication saying he wanted people to “live in peace and equality.” He was further quoted: “We want to show that we are not against the Jewish people, but we are pro-equality and humanitarian acts for everyone.”

But make no mistake. Soltanmohammadi is a liar.

Two months after the rally, on his Facebook page Soltanmohammadi shared a video that featured virulent anti-Semite David Duke, former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, full of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Duke is notorious for comparing Israel to Nazi Germany — a modern form of anti-Semitism — and Soltanmohammadi has made the same accusations on his Twitter account.

Out of the spotlight, in his various social media accounts, Soltanmohammadi is a supporter of the anti-Semitic terrorist organizations Hezbollah and Hamas.

On August 5, 2014, Soltanmohammadi tweeted: “All of Palestine is Hamas. All of the support is Hamas. We are Hamas. We are the resistance. We are the Intifada, and were [sic.] going Global.”

Soltanmohammadi’s Youtube page is full of Hezbollah propaganda videos, including one that calls for a recreation of the early seventh century Battle of Khaybar where Jews were slaughtered, en masse. Those who use the term “Khaybar” as a chant — as Hezbollah does — generally use it as an explicit call for war on Jews. Soltanmohammadi even posts pictures on social media of himself posing in front of a Hezbollah flag.

In October 2015, during a month of religiously incited violence against Israeli civilians — known variously as the “Knife Intifada” or the “Stabbing Intifada” when scores of Israelis were stabbed and attacked — Soltanmohammadi shared an image of a Palestinian man draped in a bloody keffiyeh and called for “Intifada” violence.

One day after the “die-in”, Soltanmohammadi spread lies denying Jewish history and the connection of the Jews to their most important sacred site in Jerusalem — the Temple Mount, mentioned countless times in ancient Jewish texts. He spread similar lies in the weeks after the rally.

Would Soltanmohammadi explicitly declare support for David Duke, Hamas or Hezbollah at a public rally? We did not see him do that. Although earlier in the rally he whitewashed the war crimes of Hamas rocket fire at Israeli cities, he did not express the same outright support for Hamas that he did on his Twitter account.

Would Soltanmohammadi publicly declare support for the stabbing of innocent Jews? Likely not. But he will readily declare his desire for Intifada violence on Facebook.

The pattern of deceptive tactics is clear. It is in this way that Soltanmohammadi began his speech at the April 19th “die-in.” Couching his language in peaceful overtones, he employed a tactic that SJP and other anti-Israel movements use to subtly deny Jewish nationalism as an authentic part of Jewish identity.

He declared: “I want to start out by saying Shalom and Salaam, extending peace to everyone here and to say that not every Zionist is Jewish and not every Jew is a Zionist. I really believe this. We have nothing against the Jewish religion or the Jewish people but we have something against the Zionist apartheid and Israeli apartheid.”

On the one hand, he publicly reassured anyone sensitive to anti-Semitism that he and SJP have “nothing against the Jewish religion or the Jewish People” and in the same breath he divorced Jews from one of the central tenets of their heritage — their connection to their ancient homeland. In the forum of the protest, his hateful double-talk went unchallenged.

So next time you hear an SJP or Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) leader get up and support causes you care about, be critical of what they are actually saying and consider what might be going on behind the scenes when the spotlight isn’t shining.

The NY Times Calls out “Jewish Voice for Peace” for Another Anti-Israel Hoax

Looks like Canary Mission isn’t the only watch-dog reporting on the lies, half-truths and hoaxes propagated by the hate-group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).

On August 11, 2016, the New York Times called out JVP in an article for creating a fake GIF.

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The GIF that JVP posted on Twitter claimed that “Up until July 25 the word Palestine was on Google’s map.” Tweeted by JVP on August 9th, the GIF showed a “before-and-after” shot of the word “Palestine” being replaced with “Israel” on Google Maps.

The scandalous GIF was a wild success. An online petition from March 2016 condemned Google and implied that its “two Jewish founders” removed the word “Palestine” because of their “links” to Israel. The petition collected over 180,000 signatures in one day. Twitter was awash with anti-Israel tweets. There were calls to boycott Google.

A few days later the truth was revealed. Google matter-of-factly stated that there had never been a Palestine label on Google Maps.

JVP’s accusation that Google had replaced “Palestine” with Israel, was a lie. The GIF was a fraud.

What JVP did next can only be described as incredible.

JVP spokesperson, Naomi Dann, clumsily told The New York Times that the GIF “was created by one of her colleagues.” She also attempted to further deflect, by placing the blame on an outside source.

Dann claimed that JVP sourced the information from a journalist who released a statement published by the Forum of Palestinian Journalists. According to the New York Times, the author says he “heard” the claim that Google removed the word ‘Palestine’ from the website of a Palestinian organization in Lebanon “whose name he could not remember.”

As if this wasn’t enough, rather than remove the GIF, on August 11th JVP re-tweeted it and blamed “the internet” for being “wrong.”

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JVP also had the gall to cast doubt on the veracity of Google’s statement and asked a random Twitter follower who claimed to have seen the word “Palestine” on Google Maps, “if you learn more let us know.”

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Eventually however, JVP caved. Sometime between August 12th and August 14th, they deleted the fraudulent GIF from their Twitter feed.

Even if JVP’s story is true and they did receive an incorrect piece of information, there can be no pleading innocence. The fact is that a JVP member doctored a Google Maps image by inserting the word ‘Palestine’ where there never was one. 

Perhaps the New York Times has a particular interest in exposing JVP deceptions.  After all, the Times was also targeted, earlier this year, by another of JVP’s elaborate anti-Israel hoaxes. JVP created a fake Supplement Edition of the paper, with bogus stories demonizing Israel. It was reported that over 10,000 copies of the fake supplement were distributed throughout New York City.

This episode raises the question of just what else JVP conceals under its veneer of “peace” activism in its zeal to falsely demonize Israel.

Intersectionality or Just Blaming the Jews?

Over the last few years, the radical Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and their primary campus agitator — Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) — have developed a new strategy: forging alliances with human rights groups campaigning through social action. This technique has been labeled “intersectionality.” In most instances, worthy causes now have an additional masked message — “it’s the Jews fault,” repackaged for a modern generation by taking aim at the Jewish state.

In 2014,  when Michael Brown was shot by police in Ferguson, MO, African Americans were struggling with issues of community safety and institutionalized racism within the Ferguson police department,  the BDS movement moved to harness and leverage Black anger — hijacking the shooting to fraudulently mischaracterize Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza as racially motivated.

1The anti-Israel website Electronic Intifada (EI) wrote regarding a Ferguson protest: “Some young people responded by throwing bottles and rocks at police, prompting comparisons to Palestine, where children often toss stones at Israeli occupation forces as a means of resistance and self-defense.”

It is true that Palestinians have thrown rocks at Israelis and that here protesters threw bottles at the police. However, the insinuation by EI that — because responses to Israel and the U.S. police have similarities, therefore their underpinning issue must be the same — is highly manipulative.

EI then took the so-called link between Israel and Ferguson a step further pointing to the fact that the St Louis police department had traveled to Israel to attend a LEEP conference in 2008. Here, Israel was portrayed as an actual endemic cause of this American problem!

2Another target of the BDS movement is the LGBTQ community. Israel is without comparison the most accommodating country in the Middle East. However, BDS draws this community into its fold by cynically alleging that Israel uses its Western liberal tolerance as a diversion tactic to whitewash — or “pinkwash” — its so-called human rights violations against Palestinians.

On January 22, 2016, nearly 200 protesters, including members of SJP U of C and JVP UChicago crashed a major U.S. LGBTQ conference in Chicago and shut down a talk that featured both a Jerusalem and American LGBTQ group.

The protesters stood outside the venue yelling, “Shut it down!” and “Racists go home!” Other disruptors shouted calls for Israel’s destruction —  including “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free!” and “Zionism has got to go!” Protesters eventually broke into the event room and shouted down the speakers.

At Oberlin College in Ohio, Students for a Free Palestine (SFP), an affiliate of SJP, tried to enlist the support of the Mexican community for BDS by fabricating a link between Israeli policy and U.S-Mexican border issues. The SFP Facebook page states that its goal is for Oberlin College to divest from six corporations that do business with Israel that “militarize the US-Mexico border wall, create drones and surveillance technologies in prisons.”

3BDS is also not above stepping on the trauma of sexual assault victims in order to prop up their anti-Israel agenda. At DePaul University, SJP members piggybacked on a campaign called Take Back the Dorms — a campaign concerned with issues of sexual assaults and rape on campus in Chicago. SJP protesters trying to promote a divestment resolution, held signs that read “From Palestine to our university. SJP DePaul stands against sexual violence and exploitation,” along with the hashtags #TakeBackTheDorms and #DePaulDivest.

4In spite of Israel being a welcoming home to many migrant workers from the Philippines, this did not stop the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) at San Francisco State University (SFSU) from successfully forging an alliance with Kapit Bisig Kabataan Networka “national Filipino-American youth and student led relief network built in response to Typhoon Haiyan.” This alliance came together to shout down Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, while he was speaking at SFSU.

Upon entering the room where Barkat was speaking, GUPS SFSU President Lubna Morrar led the group in yelling, “Get the f**k off our campus!” Following that, fellow GUPS SFSU member Linda Ereikat led the group in other aggressive and violent chants including “Intifada, Intifada!” as well as, “If we don’t get no justice, then you don’t get no peace” and “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free!” — a call for Israel’s destruction.

When attempting to enlist the support of human rights groups, BDS first follow a strategy of demonization and dehumanization of Israel. They avoid stating at the outset that their goal is the end of the Jewish state, as this would be recognized as racist and malevolent by human rights-minded students. Thus, their first move is to compare “relatable evils” and package them up with Israel. Now the campaigners can sell the idea that “Israel is evil.”  The final stage is to vilify Israel with more outrageous and severe lies: genocide, ethnic cleansing, organ harvesting of Palestinians, using Palestinians as guinea pigs to test chemical weapons etc. Once the dehumanization of the Jewish state reaches a certain point, it can appear —  even to a human rights-minded student —  that Israel shouldn’t exist.

Dehumanization of Jews by accusing them of the worlds worst evils is nothing new. It can be found in classical anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Renaissance blood libels of Jews poisoning water, murdering children and drinking blood have been resurrected by the Palestinian Authority and can be found across anti-Israel media and propaganda websitesThe Protocols of the Elders of Zion conjured the conspiracy of a network of Jewish power and control over governments. Modern-day anti-Semites repackage this idea — such as with John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt’s essay the Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy in order to push the idea that Israel is a sinister entity that doesn’t deserve existence.

Whether its capitalizing on the Black Lives Matter campaign, or through lumping Israel divestment together with fossil fuel divestment, intersectionality is the manipulative tool of the BDS movement to enlist well-intentioned, human rights-minded individuals into blaming their problems on the Jews — so BDS can continue their propaganda campaign to eliminate the Jewish state.

Why Are ‘Peace-Activists’ at U South Florida Rallying for a Convicted Terrorist-Murderer?

On January 20, 2016, a Canary Mission tweet featured an image of students from the University of South Florida (USF). It seems innocent but a closer look reveals something very disturbing – they are standing in solidarity with a convicted murderer.
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The image was of the group, The Committee to Stop FBI Repression – Tampa, at a fundraiser they threw for Rasmea OdehOdeh is a PFLP terrorist convicted for the bombing of a Jerusalem supermarket that killed two students in 1969.

The Committee to Stop FBI Oppression ignored our tweet. However, we were surprised when – one day later – Students for Justice in Palestine at USF attacked us.

SJP USF responded to the tweet with the following message, “Love how Canary Mission…tries to depict USF students as sympathizers of terrorism with a “Drop BOOKS Not bombs” canvas in the background.”

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It seems that SJP believes that as long as there is a sign with the words “DROP BOOKS NOT BOMBS,” they can support terrorism.

SJP members brand themselves as advocates of peaceful justice of the “Drop Books Not Bombs” variety. But once you start digging even a little bit, you discover that their true “justice” has really nothing to do with peace.

SJP routinely accuses pro-Israel supporters of encroaching on their safe spaces on campus, whilst simultaneously aggressively intimidating and harassing those same students.

With breathtaking mental gymnastics, SJP will sing about peace and seconds later follow with an infamous chant calling for the destruction of the Jewish homeland – “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free.” They then usually continue with other chants to destroy Israel in graphic detail.

They stand behind a quote of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr while calling for Intifada. Or they compare themselves to Gandhi while running Israeli Apartheid Week – a dangerous event that often violates the safety of students on campus. The list goes on and more instances surface every day of their incredible calls for “peace” and “justice” whilst supporting violence.

Peace will always be elusive while groups like SJP foment aggression and hatred by supporting terrorists such as Odeh and her group the PFLP.

So, to the students in that photo, if you really are peace activists, we have one message for you:

Tell the genocidal organizations like PFLP to “Drop Books Not Bombs.” Relay that idea to the cold-blooded murderer Odeh who, in 1969, set off her own bomb killing two university students just like you.

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