A sampling of "Reflections of 2009" from the Facebook page of Students for Israel at California State University/Northridge:
4) Our members serve as AIPAC campus liaisons/cadre members, Hillel interns, CAMERA Fellows, Hasbara Fellows, StandWithUs Emerson Fellows, DavidProject Fellows, and are involved with other activities on campus.
5) We sent various CSI delegates to pro-Israel conferences and trainings in Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Israel, Oxnard, San Francisco, San Diego.
6) Three representatives will be attending the Hagshama Student Leadership Summit in Miami, FL in late January 2010.
7) We’ve established connections and work closely with AIPAC, StandWithUs, Hasbara, CAMERA, Legacy Heritage, Hagshama, The DavidProject…
CSUN Students for Israel
Peace. Love. Israel.
The president of the Israel Club is Jonathan "Yoni" Mann, a paid Emerson Fellow.
The hasbara and astro-turfing on my campus is seriously too overwhelming to even fathom and document. I’m President of Students for Justice in Palestine at CSUN, and I can’t even keep track of all the times I’ve been smeared and harassed by the lobbyists.
Yoni with his Israel Lobby buddy NY Congressman Eliot Engel at "Israel Amplified, AEPi Convention, BBR, UJC General Assembly 2009"
One case in point is being censored at my campus newspaper, the Daily Sundial. Last year I wrote an article called, "Shut up About the Two-State Solution". It was a plea for the one-state solution, as in my eyes the "peace process" is a sham and 2 states are no longer possible. Here’s one choice quote from "Roman Titerman" from the comments section:
The one-state solution screams “death to Israel, death to Israel.” It appears the author has a lot in common with All-Hailed & Glorified President Ahmadinejad of Iran, who believes and publicly denies the tragedy of the Holocaust.
The last line of my article says, "Stay tuned for Part two: Israel and Palestine already live in one state. Let’s make it official (and fair)." But part two never happened. The lobbyists, including Yoni and Cayley "It is for these individuals that the fictionalized term “Palestinian people” now applies" Lazarus (who happens to be a CAMERA lobbyist) pressed my editor and the publisher at the Sundial.
So the Sundial shut me out on this subject for the rest of last semester. I snuck through a report from my Gaza trip earlier this semester; but after that I was informed the Sundial won’t allow any author to mention Israel or Palestine in any article for the rest of the semester!
"Make this your default profile pic and join the fight against censorship. As students, we should not be told who we can and cannot listen to"
That’s the caption to this image on Yoni’s facebook page. Strategically "tagged" is the CSUN’s student body Vice President. Also seemingly strategic is the similarity to the green revolution "Where’s My Vote" Facebook pics of recent memory.
Hilariously funny are some of the responses of those unwittingly tagged and caught up in this hasbara nightmare:
Martel Okonji: sure wont…
Victor Manuel Diaz: What made you tag me homie? Lol. Great seeing you at THE SPOT the other night lol.
I went to this website, wewontbesilenced.com, which is actually about silencing the Irvine 11, the members of the Muslim Student Union disciplined for disrupting the Michael Oren speech at UC-Irvine. Among other things, it informs students that:
MSU unveiled a scary reality: under current university policies, MSU and other radicals can with relative ease control what we listen to on campus. This reality must change.
A cursory google search for "Jonathan Mann" turns up a site dedicated to launching "Israel Peace Week"; apparently some sort of counter to Israel Apartheid Week and Palestinian Awareness Week. In the "History" section:
Israel Peace Week began as the vision of five ambitious college students from universities around North America. After completing Hasbara Fellowships, an intensive Israel activism trip based in Jerusalem, these students felt compelled to proactively demonstrate the truth in the face of a wave of hateful propaganda on college campuses. Since the launching of the initiative in early February of 2010, many respected universities and organizations have offered support and joined the mission.
These Hasbara graduates weren’t influenced by their paychecks or indoctrination. No, they were simply "compelled" in a grassroots way to challenge the campus Israel-haters like myself!
Mann is listed on the website as the "regional coordinator" for Israel Peace Week at CSUN. And listed on the hasbara group’s page is "resources," aka links to other lobbyists, including: John "God made the holocaust happen to the Jews for their own good" Hagee’s Christians United for Israel and The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs(!)
Other examples of Israel lobby activity at CSUN: pictures on Yoni’s page of him at AIPAC lobbyist training conferences, "Holocaust Remembrance" events at CSUN run by Israel club, and Roz Rothstein of StandWithUs smearing the Shministim when we hosted them at CSUN.
This is just a small sampling of one lobbyist’s work on one campus. The full extent of this web is endless.
I’ll end this article with a cute pic of our favorite campus lobbyist:
A real photo of Yoni speaking at an "Embassy of Israel, Washington" lectern (from his Facebook page)