Complaint alleging anti-Semitism at UC Berkeley claims Palestine activism creates ‘echo’ of ‘Nazi regime’

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maya A mock checkpoint at Columbia University (Photo: Mondoweiss)

The U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into allegations that officials at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have allowed an anti-Semitic climate to develop on campus. The allegations have been voiced by two recent Jewish graduates of UC Berkeley–students whose past lawsuit on the matter was dropped.

The Los Angeles Times reported on the investigation last week. A spokesman for the Department of Education’s civil rights office emphasized that the opening of an investigation “in no way implies that [the office] has made a determination with regard to its merits.”

The complaint alleges that activities like mock checkpoints and the annual Israeli Apartheid Week create “a disturbing echo of incitement, intimidation, harassment and violence carried out under the Nazi regime and those of its allies in Europe against Jewish students and scholars … during the turbulent years leading up to and including the Holocaust.”

But a report (pdf) on Jewish student campus life, much criticized by free speech advocates and Palestine solidarity activists on other grounds, paints a starkly different picture than the complaint does. That report, which was slammed as harmful to academic freedom and conflated anti-Semitism with Palestine solidarity activism, still noted that “Jewish students have thriving, open communities and occupy a prominent place on the campuses visited in terms of numbers, access to services and opportunities to explore their religion, its history and culture.”

An attorney for the students claimed to the Los Angeles Times that student Palestine solidarity activists posed “as Israeli guards…forc[ed] people through mock checkpoints [and] wore Stars of David and skullcaps to attack Judaism and portray all Jews as ‘bloodthirsty barbarians.’” But that claim was strongly disputed by Students for Justice in Palestine activists interviewed by the campus newspaper.

“No one is stopped at checkpoints other than the actors in the demonstration — everyone knows that,” SJP member Mariah Lewis told The Daily Californian.

The complaint was filed by Jessica Felber and Brian Maissy. Both of them had filed suit against the university last year, but it was dropped. Both students were members of Tikvah Students for Israel.

The investigation is the latest one to be opened by the Department of Education ever since Jewish groups, led by the Zionist Organization of America, successfully lobbied the department to include religious groups with shared ethnic characteristics under the rubric of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. That paved the way for Jewish students to file complaints alleging discrimination at their schools.

But so far, those claiming anti-Semitism as a result of Palestine-related activism on campus have come up short. As Naomi Zeveloff of the Jewish Daily Forward reported, “Jewish groups have yet to succeed in using this law against what they see as anti-Semitic anti-Israel activity on campus…A survey by the Forward has found that at least 10 anti-Semitism cases have been filed with either the Department of Education or in court under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In only one of these cases so far has the complainant been favored: a high school case in which Israel played no role.”

The allegations of anti-Semitism on UC Berkeley also come in the midst of a high-profile battle over Palestine solidarity activism on California campuses as a whole.

In July of this year, a report on Jewish students was issued that was criticized for recommending restrictions on speech related to Israel/Palestine. Then, a resolution was passed by the California Legislature that further tarred Palestine activism as anti-Semitic. The resolution, as reported by Mondoweiss, was drafted with the help of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the University of California, though UC backed away from support of the bill after it was passed over concerns that it could violate First Amendment rights.

Most recently, the University of California Student Association passed a resolution that condemned the legislature’s actions and called on UC to stop profiting from the Israeli occupation by divesting from companies who do business with the Israeli military.

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  1. seanmcbride
    October 10, 2012, 3:58 pm

    The complaint alleges that activities like mock checkpoints and the annual Israeli Apartheid Week create “a disturbing echo of incitement, intimidation, harassment and violence carried out under the Nazi regime and those of its allies in Europe against Jewish students and scholars … during the turbulent years leading up to and including the Holocaust.”

    So they are confessing that accurately depicting Israeli behavior invokes memories of Nazi abuses? Have they thought this through?

    One is reminded of that class of hasbara argument which tries to justify contemporary Israeli behavior on the basis of the genocidal treatment dished out against Native Americans and African-Americans during the early history of the United States. Talk about a dangerous line of inquiry to open up….

    • German Lefty
      October 10, 2012, 5:37 pm

      So they are confessing that accurately depicting Israeli behavior invokes memories of Nazi abuses? Have they thought this through?
      Yes. No.

      Besides, why are these people too dumb to make a distinction between Jews, Zionists and Israelis? Negatively criticising Zionists or Israelis is something entirely different than hating Jews.

      • eljay
        October 10, 2012, 6:22 pm

        >> Besides, why are these people too dumb to make a distinction between Jews, Zionists and Israelis?

        They’re not too dumb to make a distinction – they’re actually clever enough not to.

      • Klaus Bloemker
        October 10, 2012, 7:03 pm

        The article in the Forward says this (my emphasis):

        “Historically, Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act was used during the 1960s to desegregate public schools in the South. It prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin, but does not include religion as a protected category. But in October 2010, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a letter saying that Title VI would henceforth cover MEMEBERS OF RELIGIOUS GROUPS ON THE BASIS OF SHARED ETHNIC CHARACTERISTICS, thus opening the door for Jews to file complaints.”
        ———————————————-
        You see, it’s the ethnic definition of Jews that makes the difference.
        The claim/logic is: Zionists, Israelis, Jews are all the same ethnic-religious category. Hence a rally against Israeli policies on campus is an attack on the ethnic group of Jewish students on that campus (= antisemitism).

      • ColinWright
        October 11, 2012, 12:31 am

        Klaus Bloemker says: “… Title VI would henceforth cover MEMEBERS OF RELIGIOUS GROUPS ON THE BASIS OF SHARED ETHNIC CHARACTERISTICS, thus opening the door for Jews to file complaints.” “

        This immediately raises the question — what are ‘the shared ethnic characteristics’ we are to look for? If someone — say, Alicia Silverstone — doesn’t appear to have the right characteristics, is she excluded?

        …or is it a matter of the moral texture of the Jew? I mean, I wants to know. What — precisely — are these ‘shared characteristics’?

      • eljay
        October 11, 2012, 9:21 am

        >> The claim/logic is: Zionists, Israelis, Jews are all the same ethnic-religious category. Hence a rally against Israeli policies on campus is an attack on the ethnic group of Jewish students on that campus (= antisemitism).

        “The Arabs” should have no trouble adapting this logic to their own group and using it to their advantage. A rally against Libya / Egypt / the Palestinians / Syria – why, that’s an attack on the ethnic group of every Arab student on that campus!

      • Hostage
        October 11, 2012, 10:36 am

        But in October 2010, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a letter saying that Title VI would henceforth cover MEMEBERS OF RELIGIOUS GROUPS ON THE BASIS OF SHARED ETHNIC CHARACTERISTICS, thus opening the door for Jews to file complaints.”

        In fact, it was the US Supreme Court decisions in the St. Francis and Tefila Congregation cases which established the right of Jews to bring discrimination claims on the basis of ancestry, ethnic characteristics, or national origin – and those forms of discrimination remain a prerequisite for any investigation of antisemitism by the Department of Education or the Civil Rights Commission:

        It is important to remember that the Office for Civil Rights’ jurisdiction is based on ancestry or ethnic characteristics, since it does not have jurisdiction to investigate claims of religious discrimination per se. Hon. Stephanie Monroe, Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights,has recently stated that the Office for Civil Rights will not investigate allegations of anti-Semitic harassment unless the allegations also include other forms of discrimination over which the Office for Civil Rights has subject matter jurisdiction.

        — See the FAQ on the US Commission on Civil Rights Public Education Campaign to End Campus Anti-Semitism link to eusccr.com

        The Civil Rights Commission has no remit to engage in witch hunts in connection with pure political speech that is anti-Israel or which constitutes legitimate discourse on foreign policy.

      • Hostage
        October 11, 2012, 10:56 am

        If someone — say, Alicia Silverstone — doesn’t appear to have the right characteristics, is she excluded?

        Jewish ethnic characteristics are usually considered an asset by many people in the film and television industry. In any event here are some characteristics that Silverstone has listed:

        She has fond memories of her childhood. “I was reared in a traditional Jewish household,” Silverstone recalls. “We lit candles Friday night and had seders. My brother David and I went to Hebrew school and had our bar mitzvahs. I have wonderful memories of my bat mitzvah.”

        http://www.interfaithfamily.com/arts_and_entertainment/popular_culture/Profile_of_Alicia_Silverstone–Daughter_of_Scottish_Mom_and_Jewish_Dad.shtml

      • HemiFaulk
        October 12, 2012, 8:09 am

        Arne Duncan comes out of that disastrous mess in Chicago, no surprise there, again its part and parcel of the cronyism representative of the outgoing administration in Washington. Below link shows complaints by minorities under Title VI, translate Blacks having their schools closed down recently.

        link to thenation.com

        UC Berkeley was the hotbed of early 1960s protest movements, then again maybe all protest have to be led by Israeli loving Jews to be acceptable. I am having trouble believing this story, Nazi imagery, shared ethnic characteristics, I just can’t comprehend this one.

      • manfromatlan
        October 12, 2012, 11:24 am

        Hmm, a “shared ethnic characteristic”? Does that cover white Christian Evangelicals, Arab Christians and Muslims? Can anyone complain, or only a few Chosenites?

      • Hostage
        October 12, 2012, 3:02 pm

        The claim/logic is: Zionists, Israelis, Jews are all the same ethnic-religious category.

        Yes and that’s the reason the claim fails. “Orthodox Jews United Against Zionism” and many members of JVP are also members of the same ethnic-religious category. But there’s no evidence that pure political speech that is critical of the policies and practices of the State of Israel discriminates against them in any way.

    • pabelmont
      October 11, 2012, 8:42 am

      Come to think of it, what were the Nazis saying about Jews in the bad old days? Were they making verifiable (or refutable) claims of fact (such as today’s claim of fact: “Israel maintains nasty checkpoints that look and feel like this”), or were they just spewing and encouraging expressions of their (baseless) hatred of Jews?

      Maybe today’s protesting Jewish students (mentioned above) actually believe [1] that the Nazis had cogent and justifiable reasons for their anti-Jewish actions, [2] that today’s pro-Palestine folks have cogent and justifiable reasons for their anti-Israeli actions,, and [3] that there is no difference (on that score), and therefore [4] [mindless ?] US hatred of Nazis can and should carry over into mindless US hatred of pro-Palestine expression?

      We should ask for clarification. Ask people, [1] what, precisely, was so bad about what the Nazis said and did, and [2] what, precisely, is so bad about what the pro-Palestine students are today saying and doing ? My guess is tjhat you’d find (and the USA DoEd will find) a huge difference.

      Similarly, much might also be learned by asking just what are the pros and cons of various instances of violent acts of non-state terrorism, on the one hand, and various instances of violent acts of USA’s and Israel’s (and others’) use of state non-judicial military, police, “security”, “intelligence” military power, on the other.

  2. Abdul-Rahman
    October 10, 2012, 4:05 pm

    What a RIDICULOUS and pathetic JOKE these Zionist hasbarists are openly and “proudly” (apparently) becoming in full public view! Suddenly Palestinian activism on the Berkeley campus according to them supposedly creates an alleged “echo of the ‘Nazi regime'” WOW lol. I’m guessing these are the same ilk who claim Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Norman Finkelstein, Noam Chomsky, Barack Obama (lol), etc etc etc etc are supposedly “anti-Jewish” blah blah blah blah. Nobody, who is not simply a fascist so-called “JDL” nutjob and hatemonger, could ever take these Zionist propagandist clowns seriously for even a millisecond!

  3. American
    October 10, 2012, 4:12 pm

    ”“Jewish groups have yet to succeed in using this law against what they see as anti-Semitic anti-Israel activity on campus…A survey by the Forward has found that at least 10 anti-Semitism cases have been filed with either the Department of Education or in court under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In only one of these cases so far has the complainant been favored: a high school case in which Israel played no role.”

    Haha…maybe the I-Firsters and I-Propagandist will find out that the democratic freedom of speech and right to petition the zionist have perverted to push their own agenda in the US is a two edge sword….it can be used against them also…and should be.

    • Annie Robbins
      October 10, 2012, 9:59 pm

      In only one of these cases so far has the complainant been favored: a high school case in which Israel played no role.

      that must have been a huge disappointment for them. that’s what this is about, silencing criticism of israel. criminalizing criticism of israel. they are going for the grand tamale. they’d like to adopt the criminalization of criticizing israel and treat it like europe treats holocaust denial. fining or jailing people who reject zionism. “share our values” my a**.

      • pabelmont
        October 11, 2012, 8:52 am

        Considered as pure hasbara, this UCB Jewish action is an attempt at suppression of expression for political reasons. However, at an emotional level (and those Jewish students have emotions, too, Virginia), these complaints say, “Hey, attacking Zionism-in-action attacks my belief system at its core and makes me feel horrible. I want to feel good about myself and I don’t want to run a gauntlet every day, or every year, which puts my beliefs on trial. so stop it already!”

        I fear that [we] anti-Zionism-in-action people are indeed attacking the very core of a lot of (as we see it misguided) Jewish kids’ belief system.

        Too bad for them. Their belief system justifies Israel’s behavior and is as bad — IMO — as the beliefs in German racial purity which justified the brown-shirts in their anti-Jewish acts in 1930s.

      • American
        October 11, 2012, 1:14 pm

        “I fear that [we] anti-Zionism-in-action people are indeed attacking the very core of a lot of (as we see it misguided) Jewish kids’ belief system.”…pabelmont

        IMO they have put their “beliefs” as a ethnic or religious or cultural group, whatever identification they consider their beliefs to spring from, into ‘Political Action’ within the US…… therefore they are as attackable as any other political group.
        They need to be shaken out of their ‘core’….some might grow up and see the light and some might not….but being confronted on this tells them they are out of sync with the world and need to rethink themselves.

      • Rusty Pipes
        October 11, 2012, 1:19 pm

        Part of the business of college is challenging late adolescents’ cherished childhood values and beliefs. Part of growing up emotionally and intellectually is learning how to use critical thinking and facts to respond to the challenges of adulthood and a changing world.

        Christian parents who want to protect their children from the challenges of a liberal education send their children to fundamentalist Christian colleges. If hardcore Zionist parents want to protect their children’s minds from being ideologically challenged, they can send them to private Zionist institutions.

  4. Scott
    October 10, 2012, 4:12 pm

    I’ve seen that girl in the Columbia demo. She’s actually an IDF vet, which might complicate any lawsuits against her.

    • gamal
      October 10, 2012, 5:49 pm

      ” She’s actually an IDF vet,” well respect where its due, if that is the case, how admirable of her.

    • Alex Kane
      October 10, 2012, 6:01 pm

      No, she’s not, she was someone who went to jail for refusing to serve in the Israeli army.

      • gamal
        October 10, 2012, 6:45 pm

        respect re-doubled, then.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 10, 2012, 9:49 pm

        yep, that’s Shministim Maya Wind link to mondoweiss.net

        same photo

        phil 11/18/2010

        I went to the Students for Justice in Palestine’s mock checkpoint on the Columbia campus this afternoon……Maya Wind, one of the JVP/CODEPINK Shministim [Wind refused to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces] from last year who is now a freshman at Barnard, was carrying a cardboard rifle and helping to run the checkpoint. She was completely in character as a gruff and unpleasant checkpoint guard, so I didn’t even say hello, but the photo above shows her in the role that she refused to play in real life.

        i met her when i was in israel, an amazing girl. woman now i presume. so smart and young w/conscious, determination and integrity.

  5. ColinWright
    October 10, 2012, 4:21 pm

    Anti-semitism at Cal Berkeley? I’m shocked.

    Jews excluded from groups? Religious services harassed? ‘Aryan’ dating services? ‘Just pork tuesdays’ at the cafeteria? Nazi banners in the faculty club?

    What — exactly? I’m all ears.

    Let me go out on a real limb here — by ‘anti-semitic’ they mean ‘anti-Zionist.’ As in ‘anti-Nazi’ means ‘anti-German.’

    • German Lefty
      October 10, 2012, 5:54 pm

      As in ‘anti-Nazi’ means ‘anti-German.’
      Oh! Apparently, I am a self-hating German!

      • ColinWright
        October 10, 2012, 10:06 pm

        German Lefty says: “Oh! Apparently, I am a self-hating German!”

        There you go.

  6. ColinWright
    October 10, 2012, 4:34 pm

    “An attorney for the students claimed to the Los Angeles Times that student Palestine solidarity activists posed “as Israeli guards…forc[ed] people through mock checkpoints [and] wore Stars of David and skullcaps to attack Judaism and portray all Jews as ‘bloodthirsty barbarians.’”

    Interesting. I wouldn’t mind seeing actual evidence of the skullcaps. That sounds like a bit of an embellishment.

    • ColinWright
      October 11, 2012, 1:49 pm

      So…no skullcaps?

      • Tom Pessah
        October 13, 2012, 2:36 am

        as a longtime Jewish member of SJP at UC Berkeley I can confirm we have NEVER “dresssed up” as Jews, and the whole idea is utterly absurd and offensive. The protests are held in the middle of the day, at the center of university, there have been multiple attempts to silence them, and yet no one has ever provided any proof for this absurd claim. Just like any other checkppoint protests in the country students dress as army soldiers, not Jews. These constant false claims of antisemitism blunt people’s sensitivity to what it truly is.

  7. bobsmith
    October 10, 2012, 4:58 pm

    What? Poor babies! It must have been an unimaginable flashback of Kristallnacht when the brownshirts burned down the Jewish Student Union, the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, the Judaica collection, the building housing the Jewish Studies program, the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art, Hillel, the Chabad Jewish Center, and Tikvah: Students for Israel. With all the vicious antisemites on campus, where could Jewish students cower in fear?

    As usual with Israel Firsters, the truth is somewhat different. And if there is any Jewish free speech problem, it’s quite the reverse; for example, the Jewish Student Union’s attempt to ban lefty Jewish groups, such as J Street U, from Berkeley’s large Jewish tent. Here’s an excellent piece by one UC Berkeley student:

    link to jweekly.com

  8. LanceThruster
    October 10, 2012, 5:08 pm

    I saw Dr. Finkelstein at UC Irvine during their “Israeli Apartheid Week.” Though their displays were stark, I didn’t consider it hate speech. As I recall, there were also students circulating to defend Israel (there was a similar dynamic on my own campus when a apartheid wall display was put up).

    Contentious issues can and should be debated vigorously. Supporters of the official Israeli narrative are just working the refs as much as they can, as long as they can (which I hope is not too much longer).

  9. justicewillprevail
    October 10, 2012, 5:12 pm

    Oh the irony. When they include Palestinians in their anti-semitism claims I might take them seriously, since they are among the most discriminated against and smeared, by these very complainers and whiners. Maybe they should spend some time studying their own so-called ethical codes.

  10. eljay
    October 10, 2012, 6:09 pm

    >> The complaint alleges that activities like mock checkpoints and the annual Israeli Apartheid Week create “a disturbing echo of incitement, intimidation, harassment and violence carried out under the Nazi regime and those of its allies in Europe against Jewish students and scholars … during the turbulent years leading up to and including the Holocaust.”

    Funny stuff. Zio-supremacists have been f*cking Palestinians over for 60+ years, but when you present to them their very acts of immorality and injustice, suddenly they “Remember the Holocaust!”™

    Aggressor-victimhood is one tough gig… :-(

  11. dbroncos
    October 10, 2012, 11:26 pm

    The California Zionist’s campus crusade for Israel will bring lots of attention to I/P. Keep it coming hasbaristas!

  12. eGuard
    October 11, 2012, 6:19 am

    [Jessica Felber and Brian Maissy] had filed suit against the university last year, but it was dropped.

    Interestingly, this is not correct. The filed suit, dated March 3, 2011, does not mention Brian Maissy at all and only has the signature of Jessica Felber and her lawyer.

    Still Brian Maissy, former co-president of the Tikvah SfI (Zionist) organisation, shows up in the reports (as on Mondoweiss) as being involved. He even is described as having negotiated with UC and concluding to drop the suit. Again, he is not a lawyer and he is not mentioned in the 2011 suit.

    • Alex Kane
      October 11, 2012, 10:25 am

      Both Felber and Maissy were involved in the dropped lawsuit. Every single news report on the matter confirms that.

      I think I read somewhere that Felber initiated the lawsuit and Maissy joined on.

      • Ellen
        October 11, 2012, 10:53 am

        Here is the court filing where Maissy joins it three months later. Seems to be a refiling of the original Felber filing.

        link to investigativeproject.org

        Maissy claimed that he felt unsafe on campus after the alleged attack on Felber and that he could not concentrate and maybe his grades suffered because of the Apartheid week theater.

        I wonder who financed the law suit?

        In the scheme of things a pathetic complaint.

      • eGuard
        October 12, 2012, 9:03 am

        I admit Ellen, he is in.

        This one was filed on January 6, 2012. Original plaintiff Jessica Felber left UC Berkeley December 2011, so her complaint was loosing weight. Brain Maissy was still at UC Berkeley. So when he signed in they kept an inroad in the UC regents. When he left Berkeley this summer, they dealt and withdrew the now idle complaint. Some text was literally copied by lawyer Siegel into the new complaint (would like to see a pdf of that one).

      • American
        October 11, 2012, 10:58 am

        I believe I read a while ago that the ZOA, or some other org if not the ZOA, goes out and finds students to initiate lawsuits in a effort to get ”new laws on the books” . If I remember correctly they were also behind the SC lawsuit of the Israeli who brought the suit about listing
        his birthplace in Israel…..it was some kind of effort to have the USSC recognize all of Jerusalem as Israel.

      • eGuard
        October 11, 2012, 11:44 am

        Of course his “involvement” can mean that he was doing the PR, maybe some fostering or initiating of the complaint, and the dealings with UC Berkeley for withdrawing. After all he was co-president of Tikvah SfI, where Jessica was a member. But his name is not in the suit (pdf I linked), and he did not sign it.

        The suit Jessica had initiated is another one, in 2010 (mentioned in the March 3 2011 pdf).

        There are some interesting readings in the complaint:
        2nd lawyer is Neal M. Sher from New York, former executive director of AIPAC. The actual “assault” that triggered Jessica Felders suit happened on March 5, 2010, exactly one year minus a day before the complaint was filed. “Jessica was assaulted that day because of her Jewish ancestry [...]“. (Eh, how does she know that?) Then there is the section title: “A chilling reminder of the darkest chapter of history”. And in paragraph 56 there is an early writing of exactly the quote from the current complaint: a disturbing echo of incitement, intimidation, harassment and violence carried out uder the Nazi regime ….

      • Boston
        October 12, 2012, 8:25 am

        Neal Sher? The fact he is practicing law and not in jail speaks to the power of the Jewish Lobby. This guy was in the OSI (Office of Special Prosecutions — basically a Jewish agency within the US justice system set up to prosecute Nazis decades after the end of WWII) and suborned perjury, withheld evidence, and engaged in all other sorts of dishonest activity to procure a death penalty for John Demjanjuk by “proving” he was Ivan the Terrible. Sher later was disbarred from practice in one state after he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar of the “International commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims” (another one of the Holocaust extortion rackets). But in an extremely unusual move for anyone but a member of the Zionist elite, he was allowed to keep his license in one state (I forget the details of in which state he had his license pulled and in which he was allowed to retain his license). These people are nothing but Organized Crime

      • eGuard
        October 12, 2012, 1:20 pm

        Neil Sher in Washington DC: And, on Aug. 28 [2003], the D.C. Court of Appeals stripped him of his D.C. law license. The move comes roughly one year after Sher conceded he had made “unauthorized reimbursements” of travel expenses from the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, where he served as its chief of staff. He resigned from that position in June 2002. link to ukemonde.com

        He is still registered in New York. link to iapps.courts.state.ny.us

        Jessica Felber must have felt lucky to find this man to trust.

  13. gitelsura
    October 11, 2012, 11:11 am

    The complainant Jessica Felber was a co founder of Tikvah at the UCB campus and a Senior Hasbara Fellow during her college years. She was then employed by Hasbara Fellowships as their California Campus Coordinator and then as their West Coast Campus Coordinator.

    Hasbara works in conjunction with the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs to bring hundreds of students to Israel every year, training them in techniques to fight “anti-zionist” and “anti-Israel” activity on campus which Hasbara describes as “modern day forms of anti-semitism”on its website

  14. DICKERSON3870
    October 11, 2012, 1:04 pm

    RE: “The U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into allegations that officials at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have allowed an anti-Semitic climate to develop on campus. . . The complaint was filed by Jessica Felber and Brian Maissy. Both of them had filed suit against the university last year, but it was dropped. Both students were members of Tikvah Students for Israel.” ~ Alex Kane

    SEE: “The Trial of Israel’s Campus Critics”, by David Theo Goldberg & Saree Makdisi, Tikkun Magazine, September/October 2009

    [EXCERPT]. . . It is an extraordinary fact that no fewer than thirty-three distinct organizations – including AIPAC, the Zionist Organization of America, the American Jewish Congress, and the Jewish National Fund – are gathered together today as members or affiliates of the Israel on Campus Coalition. The coalition is an overwhelmingly powerful presence on American college campuses for which there is simply no equivalent on the Palestinian or Arab side. Its self-proclaimed mission is not merely to monitor our colleges and universities. That, after all, is the commitment of Campus Watch, which was started by pro-Israel activists in 2002. It is, rather (and in its own words), to generate “a pro-active, pro-Israel agenda on campus.”
    There is, accordingly, disproportionate and unbalanced intervention on campuses across the country by a coalition of well-funded organizations, who have no time for — and even less interest in — the niceties of intellectual exchange and academic process. Insinuation, accusation, and defamation have become the weapons of first resort to respond to argument and criticism directed at Israeli policies. As far as these outside pressure groups (and their campus representatives) are concerned, the intellectual and academic price that the scholarly community pays as a result of this kind of intervention amounts to little more than collateral damage. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to tikkun.org

  15. yourstruly
    October 11, 2012, 1:42 pm

    Palestine activism creates echo of Nazi regime?

    contrariwise, the apartheid regime recreates the Nazi regime, whereas, Palestine activism tries to undo the Nazi-like apartheid regime.

  16. ColinWright
    October 11, 2012, 2:57 pm

    Got another stray ‘un. This looks like a good place to stick it.

    “Emory University apologizes for anti-Semitic past
    University President James Wagner delivered the apology at a special event Wednesday night that included 32 former students now in their 70s and 80s.
    By JTA | Oct.11, 2012 | 7:07 PM

    Emory University issued a formal apology to Jewish dental students who attended the school between 1948 and 1961 and faced anti-Semitism…”

    I’d been wondering why Emory seems to be a nest of Israel-love. Now I know — it’s an attempt to compensate.

    We had that ‘Professor of Genocide’ who showed up here with his evil little attempt to promote a war upon Iran. He was from Emory. Deborah Lipstadt — she of ‘Jimmy Carter is practicing soft-core Holocaust denial’ — is also from Emory.

    Okay, two doth not a pack make. But I had been wondering what was with Emory — and here’s a possible explanation.

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