Coming to a campus near you: ADL recruits student politicians for Israel trips

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As the school year starts, the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) director of Campus Initiatives, Naomi Mayor, has sent personalized invitations to elected members of student government inviting them to participate in an all-expenses paid trip to Israel. (You can read the e-mail below, at the end of this article.)

Called the “Campus Leaders Mission to Israel,” these trips are one of the ADL’s most important tactics in influencing campus political decisions. Rather than focus on convincing the general student body to continue supporting the occupation, this tactic focuses on influencing student decision-makers. By convincing them to adopt political positions that support the Israeli occupation, the ADL and other groups can create a bulwark between student popular opinion and the student government’s actual votes.

It is of course inevitable that trips like this will collide with the divestment movement on college campuses and raise issues of student government ethics in the process [1]. Because the ADL actively petitions against divestment on college campuses, a member of UCLA’s student government who took the trip and later voted on divestment was accused of having a conflict of interest when he voted on the divestment question. The logic of the complaint was that by giving the student government leader a trip worth thousands of dollars, the ADL created a sense of obligation for the student to “repay” the favor by voting in the way that the ADL preferred when divestment came to the student government. Would students see their elected official opposing divestment because that position represented his or her constituents, or opposing divestment out of a sense of obligation to an organization which opposes divestment and has recently provided him or her with a lucrative financial benefit?

The trip

During the conflict of interest case at UCLA, the ADL was forced to publicly disclose the itinerary for its Summer 2013 trip, which gives outsiders a look into the trip and its political implications.

ADL Campus Leaders Mission to Israel – Itinerary by SJPatUCLA

The trip features plenty of fun (shopping, rafting the Jordan river, swimming in the Galilee, floating in the Dead Sea, exploring the Israeli nightlife), a chance to meet with entrepreneurs (surely captivating for career minded students about to graduate), and some religious and historical content, including Holocaust education. But amongst it all is a heavy dose of pro-Israel propaganda, designed to show students a view of Israel’s politics curated by one of the groups that supports the state’s policies most fervently.

In just one week, students met with an IDF spokesperson, were briefed by IDF soldiers, and ate meals with IDF soldiers. For balance, they also met an Israeli policeman turned intelligence officer. The trip also included a tour of the illegally occupied Golan Heights as well as the massive separation wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that the International Court of Justice ruled was a violation of International Law in 2005.

Although it is becoming impossible to speak credibly about Israel without at least acknowledging the occupation, having the people and groups most responsible for managing it frame the discussion seems to be an effective way to make sure that the occupation is portrayed in the best possible light. For example, one of the main takeaways from a student participant on the 2013 trip was how impressive it was that the complex border apparatus designed to cage and restrict Palestinians could detect animals and birds and would not sound any alarms when they approached. In contrast, no serious discussion of the implications of the legal, humanitarian, and human rights implications of the wall or the occupation can be found in the blog posts of students who participated on the trip.

Tokenization 

In addition to seeing the occupation from the IDF’s perspectives, students were also exposed to narratives that use tokenization to make the case for Israel. Students met with representatives of the non-Palestinian LGBT community in Tel Aviv, learning about the country’s role as a safe haven for LGBT individuals. Neither in the itinerary nor in the group’s blog is there a mention of the struggles of the Palestinian queer community, inside Israel or under occupation, who through their organizations and activism repeatedly call for ending the occupation and equal rights for all as a fundamental part of their liberation.

Similarly, students visited an immigrant assimilation center to learn about the state’s efforts to welcome Jewish immigrants from around the world, but again, the trip’s public documents make no mention of the experiences of African migrants and refugees being subjected to horrific racism, violence, repression, and expulsion at the same time as the delegation’s visit.

And finally, the trip included a meeting with a Palestinian journalist and three students, who criticized the occupation and praised the peace process. As described by the trip’s blog, their complaints about a lack of access to basic necessities such as water elicited some sympathy from trip participants, and complicated their views on the peace process. The fact that this was the only time on the schedule to hear Palestinian political voices belies the continued insistence of trip participants that they were learning how “complicated” and “complex” the “situation” is. The meeting with three Palestinian students took less time than the lunch trip that immediately followed it on that day’s schedule.

Privilege and Travel

It is hard to place an exact dollar value on these trips, which include international airfare, a week of accommodations and food, and access to glamorous sites and programs. But they are certainly out of reach for most students on American college campuses, and that leads to the other glaring issue that should stand out to any humane observer of the occupation – the enormous gulf of privilege between these handpicked American students and the millions of disenfranchised people living in their vacation spot.

For one entire week, a dozen American students, simply because they’re in a position of power on their college campuses, were able to float on the Dead Sea, visit the Golan, traipse through Tel Aviv, and relax in the Galilee. Meanwhile, Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are suffocated by the occupation, unable to move freely due to checkpoints, roadblocks, walls, and a brutal permit regime. In Israel, Palestinians are subject to at least 30 laws that replicate the separate and unequal circumstances of the American South. Palestinians in Gaza (whose families trace back to many present day Israeli towns) are trapped in what is now commonly referred to as the world’s largest open-air prison, unable to leave even when granted prestigious scholarships at European, British, and American universities. And Palestinian refugees in the diaspora are systematically barred from visiting their homelands, including the homes their families were violently expelled from because they were not Jewish.

While the ADL’s trip might have been a lot of fun, summer for Palestinian students is generally anything but. The Palestinian-American travel experience looks more like being denied entry like Yara Karmalawy, suffering violence including the brutal beating Florida teen Tariq Abu Khdeir endured while visiting his family in Occupied East Jerusalem, or dodging Israel’s bombs in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, the situation University of Texas at Dallas student Rawan Muhanna found herself in after travelling to Gaza this summer to attend a family wedding.

Appealing to Elites

Appealing to elites remains one area of lobbying that works well for groups like the ADL. While public opinion in the United States, among younger and diverse demographics, and certainly on college campuses, is moving in favor of Palestinian rights, elites and politicians in both parties remain beholden to the Israel lobby. No better proof exists in recent weeks than Elizabeth Warren, who despite being the country’s most progressive Senator, took a lobbying trip to Israel and later issued statements that parrot the Israeli government’s position on Gaza, despite that government’s documented hostility to sitting Democratic President Barack Obama. So it is no wonder that AIPAC officials such as Jonathan Kessler are so enthusiastic about applying the same model to American universities.

But as streets from Gaza to Shuafat continue to burn, perhaps the only surprising thing about the ADL’s trip is that they didn’t teach these student leaders how to play the fiddle.

Recruitment Email:

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: Mayor, Naomi <[email protected]>

Date: Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Subject: Campus Leaders Mission to Israel

To: “​XXX”

Dear XXX,

The Israeli-Palestinian peace process, US-Israel relations, Hamas, Gaza, and West Bank settlements make daily headlines and resonate on campuses across America.  To learn about and assess these important issues firsthand, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is offering qualified campus leaders the opportunity to participate in a unique trip to Israel, at no cost.

ADL’s Campus Leaders Mission to Israel, scheduled to take place December 28, 2014 – January 7, 2015, provides a diverse group of student journalists and politically active student leaders with an up-close and personal perspective of Israel by learning about the strategic and social challenges facing Israel today. Mission participants will meet with key decision-makers, government and military officials, diplomats, journalists, students, and everyday Israelis – both Arab and Jewish – from diverse communities, cultures, religions, and backgrounds. Participants will visit sights of historic, religious, and contemporary interest.  The Mission includes a two day orientation in New York, followed by a week traveling in Israel. The group will travel by private bus with a personal tour guide and an ADL staff leader.

Thanks to generous funding from the Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, Michelle Kahn, and the Samuel and Mildred Levine Institute, there will be no cost to selected participants. This includes a travel to and from Israel, accommodations, meals, and a stipend of up to $200 for travel to New York. Please refer to the Campus Leaders Mission application website for more detailed information.  Students who will not be returning to campus following the mission or who have previously visited Israel are not eligible to apply.  If you are not eligible to apply, please forward this information to other interested student leaders at your university.

To apply for the Campus Leaders Mission to Israel, please complete the online application at www.adl.org/campusleadersmission.  The application deadline is October 15, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected] or 212-885-7836.

Sincerely,

Naomi

Naomi Mayor| Director of Campus Initiatives and Education ProjectsAnti-Defamation League | 605 Third Ave | New York, NY 10158| Phone: 212-885-7836

 

[1] In California, similar questions have arisen around free lobbying trips provided by Project Interchange to Connor Landgraf, ASUC president at UC Berkeley during its 2013 divestment resolution, Shaz Umer, who participated in the ADL’s 2013 trip to Israel and later tried to undermine a successful vote on divestment at UC Santa Cruz, and Lauren Rogers, a UCLA student government member who took a Project Interchange trip in the winter of 2013-2014.

About Rahim Kurwa

Rahim Kurwa is an active member of Students for Justice in Palestine and is currently a graduate student in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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  1. just
    August 30, 2014, 12:42 pm

    They promised to do this!

    “Conflict on campus || U.S. students ramp up BDS movement in wake of Gaza war
    Operation Protective Edge triggers growth of anti-Israel student groups – including Jewish members; Pro-Israel groups counter movement by boosting leadership training.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/.premium-1.610949

  2. amigo
    August 30, 2014, 1:02 pm

    I thought ADL meant Anti Defamation League.

    It really should be called the Anti Defamation of Jews League.It hardly ever concerns itself about the defamation of non Jews except when it is challenged to do so.

    Zionist hypocracy and exclusivity.These students are being brought to Israel to brainwash them so they can go back and posit the zionist doctrine on other students.Of course those acting against Salatia will not be seen or heard.

    • just
      August 30, 2014, 1:31 pm

      I call it the Arab Defamation League, and have so for a very long time.

    • tombishop
      September 1, 2014, 12:34 pm

      In Philadelphia the most recent example of the hypocracy of supporters of Zionism was a column in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Rabbi Uram: The moral arrogance of prejudice” http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/mike_uram/Rabbi_Uram_.html

      It has been featured prominently on the Inquirer website for two days with the comment section closed. (The Inquirer usually has comments open for the most vile comments from racists and John Birchers.)

      In his column, Rabbi Uram discusses prejudice in light of the racial prejudice rampant in our society as revealed by the killing of Michael Brown and the police and right-wing media response.

      Rabbi Uram then uses this to go into an discussion of anti-Semitism using as his example an incident that happened at Temple last week. The media reported that a Jewish student was punched in the face and subjected to anti-Semitic slurs by an “activist associated with Students for Justice in Palestine.” SJP activists have stated that the aggressor who slapped the Jewish student had no connection with their organization and just came by shortly before the incident.

      Whatever the truth of the details of this incident, to use a newspaper column to expand this incident to something comparable to Ferguson is pretty pathetic. As to “the moral arrogance of prejudice”, what about ignoring the oppression of Palestinians and the denial of their right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”?

  3. Marnie
    August 30, 2014, 1:08 pm

    Anti-democratic league. Money buys so much love.

  4. HarryLaw
    August 30, 2014, 1:51 pm

    Why don’t they just cut out the middleman and give them 5,000 dollars cash each? Discretely in a brown envelop of course.

    • LeaNder
      August 31, 2014, 9:35 am

      Harry, if they would do this they couldn’t control the matters that need to sink into student’s minds. Of cause everyone in the PR/hasbara business nowadays would choose – Black – as they emphasise even on the itinarary, as group for encounters with olim. … UN initiatives? NGO monitor? …

      In any case, one never stops to learn, or put another way to create new synapses.

      So there is linguistic space, even today, beneath Judea and Samaria? I wasn’t aware of that.

      Map of Yehuda and Shomron

      Does this usage signify the religious versus the secular Israeli expansion camp? Or is there no difference really. … How independant is ADL Israel, which I suppose controls the travel agenda?

      How comes I never read these terms in this context?

      In any case, by now I am rather familiar with Judea and Samaria I wasn’t really with the usage of these terms outside history. And yes of couse Judea and Samaria are too. But there seems to be more beneath it.

      Returning to Win Forensics.

  5. bilal a
    August 30, 2014, 2:35 pm

    Israeli critic George Galloway’s jaw broken over ‘holocausst’:

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/29/george-galloway-injured-london-street-attack

    The ADL has not claimed responsibility.

    • bilal a
      August 30, 2014, 2:38 pm

      Police arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of assault and he remains in police custody.

      The spokesman did not know whether the attacker was an Israeli, an EDL-supporter or had some other motivation for attacking the Bradford West MP.

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2738230/Attacker-breaks-George-Galloway-s-jaw-street.html#ixzz3BtzTVkx3
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      • bilal a
        August 30, 2014, 2:42 pm

        A man has been charged with religiously-aggravated assault after MP George Galloway was attacked in a west London street.

        The Respect MP for Bradford West was posing for pictures in Golborne Road, Notting Hill, when he was assaulted on Friday evening.

        He suffered bruising to his head and is believed to have had some ribs broken.

        Neil Masterson, 39, of Camden Hill, will appear at Hammersmith Magistrates Court on Monday.

        He has also been charged with common assault against a man in his 40s who came to the victim’s aid, police said.

        Mr Galloway was posing for pictures with people in the west London street when a man “leapt on him and started punching him”, a spokesman for the MP said.

        The assailant also made reference to the Holocaust, the spokesman said.

        http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-28998607

      • bilal a
        August 30, 2014, 3:04 pm

        Facebook comments of individual alleged to have attacked Brith MP Galloway : Islamaphobia, Jewish souls, #Yes2Israel, Anti-Catholicism, of course pam geller Islamaphobia

        ———
        Neil Masterson
        [Jewish soul ? ] I wouldn’t trade one single Jew for all the things in the world: my soul is too important.
        It is the Jewish way to dispense wisdom for all…They’re greatest gift to the British surely had to be our [OUR] ‘common’ sense. Noble sense would be an equally suitable description, also.
        #Yes2Israe photos

        [threats ] If someone gets to him before be me, thanks for the public service
        This cult has nothing but cynicism to offer… Kill the beast, it is up to us to destroy it where we find it – until it begins to destroy itself…

        [anti-catholic ]Catholic antisemitism created the holocaust; Islamic antisemitism will create a monster far worse…
        The only way a catholic can be safe is to love their fellow Jew as they claim to love god… Show it by deeds and words at all times. Love.

        https://www.facebook.com/neil.masterson.5?fref=nf

      • just
        August 30, 2014, 3:54 pm

        ugh, ugh, ugh.

        I hope Masterson gets the book thrown at him– all of the “books”!

    • Kay24
      August 30, 2014, 4:56 pm

      Some people cannot stand the criticism they damn well deserve. Intimidation and threats, the characteristics of a zio devotee.

      • ritzl
        August 31, 2014, 1:14 pm

        It never ceases to amaze me the thought process that must have to occur for a member of a VERY SMALL minority on the planet (Zionists) to think that beating up on a member of a VERY LARGE majority (the rest of the people on the planet) can not possibly come to anything other than a violent reversal of circumstances.

        The “can not” part is important because they’re so used beating and killing Palestinians with impunity that the possibility doesn’t seem to enter into their JDL/Israel/hasbara-addled pea-brains.

        That sort of a “tyranny of the minority” arrogation is an inversion of power politics. A political inverted pendulum (picture a big watermelon balanced on a broomstick) that does no one any good in the end.

        Cue the wails of “Victim!” and/or “Extradition!” if this guy gets charged with a hate crime.

      • Mooser
        August 31, 2014, 3:29 pm

        “Cue the wails of “Victim!” and/or “Extradition!” if this guy gets charged with a hate crime.”

        Or, possibly, a Ziocaine Syndrome defense? Leading to a plea of mitigated responsibility for actions? I never dreamed it would be so soon.

      • ritzl
        September 1, 2014, 7:26 am

        @Mooser- “Or, possibly, a Ziocaine Syndrome defense?…”

        Seriously. The guy physically assaults a sitting British Member of Parliament. It’s either that or a very long prison term (the new Pollard?).

        I’d love to see “Zionism as mental defect” or some such enter into British common law, even as an accepted argument let alone as a basis for an affirmative decision. Truly a “Miracle on 34. Street” life-imitates-art kind of potential.

    • PeaceThroughJustice
      August 31, 2014, 2:17 pm

      Headline we won’t see: “Galloway Attacked by Jewist Extremist”

      Here is the wide range of Neil Masterson’s interests, from his Facebook page–

      Conservatives, David Cameron, Better Together, MiG-29 Fulcrum, United with Jerusalem, With Israel. Against fascist Hamas., Rupert Hayes Hairdressing, ‎‎‎‎רפואת ילדים להורים‎, ‎אגדה מתחם האירועים‎‎, ‎‎משרד עורכת דין עדי ביבר לקואה – דיני עבודה‎, JMA Jewish Media Agency‎‎, Beta Gershom, American Friends of LIBI, I love Israel, Canaan Online‎‎‎, World Forum of Russian-speaking Jewry, Shadows of Shoah | Holocaust, Sharing Israel, ARCHEOLOGY ISRAEL, Creative Community For Peace, I Care About the IDF, Tel Aviv, ‎‎KLM UK, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, ‎‎חרם על מוצרים מתורכיה‎, ‎אמרי יוסף‎‎‎, ‎‎Pat Condell, ‎הפטריה- טיפול בפטרת ציפורניים‎‎, Campaign Against Antisemitism UK, Israël : Je me Defends donc je Suis, Britain First‎‎‎, ‎‎‎Cioccolato valore italiano 1895, Bobby Bruce sweet, ‎‎דנה זוהרים – זוהרים לאירועים • מסיבת רווקות • אביזרים למסיבות‎, ‎לאקי סטייל נושי בע”מ‎‎‎, RC Collezioni Milano Italia, Standing With IDF-Worldwide, Supporting Israel, Yes 2 Israel‎, Seaside Caravans, Man City, Man City Fans, Never Again, Jews News, The Jewish Press, John Hagee Ministries, VirtualJerusalem.com, Israel Forever Foundation‎‎, ‎The Israel Project, Spirit of Israel, I stand with Israel, Stand with Israel, Aphrodite Creations, Shavei Israel, StandWithUs, World Jewish Congress, IDF Spokesperson, World Zionist Organization – Israel, UK friends of Israel, Israel Solidarity Campaign, UK., Conservative Friends of Israel, Conservative Friends of Israel, I Support Israel, Israel, Jerusalem, Capital of Israel, ‎‎‎‎‎Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו‎, IDF Women‎, The Prime Minister of Israel, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs‎, Jerusalem Prayer Team, United With Israel, The Jewish Agency for Israel, The White House‎, Stand for Israel, The Times of Israel, Israel Navy, Friends of the IDF (FIDF), The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com, Israel Air Force, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), Israel Defense Forces, Marcus Borg

      • just
        August 31, 2014, 2:58 pm

        I did see a photo of Masterson wearing an IOF tshirt…won’t post it cause I can’t verify it.

        He looked possessed in the photo, as well as in others…

  6. Kay24
    August 30, 2014, 2:37 pm

    The brainwashing and buying loyalty for junket trips continues. Soon they will be recruiting gullible Americans from Middle/High schools. After their bloody war in Gaza, they will be even more anxious to mess with American minds, just to make sure the loyalty and devotion will continue among the next generation.
    I agree with others here, the main purpose of the ADL is to make sure the interests of Israel and the Jews will be the priority among Americans, the others are on no consequence.

  7. CloakAndDagger
    August 30, 2014, 3:13 pm

    And for my fellow Americans, lest you forget, it is our tax money that is sent to Israel each year, a part of which returns to fund the likes of AIPAC, ADL, et alia. So, like it or not, we are all involuntarily complicit in what these organizations do.

    And yet, neither the FBI, nor the CIA, nor the IRS can find the testicular fortitude to list them as agents of a foreign government, and neither does any politician for fear of being JFK’ed.

    We are truly fuck’d.

    • JeffB
      September 1, 2014, 8:17 am

      @CloakAndDagger

      And yet, neither the FBI, nor the CIA, nor the IRS can find the testicular fortitude to list them as agents of a foreign government, and neither does any politician for fear of being JFK’ed.

      Or how about they aren’t listed a foreign lobby because the AIPAC, ADL… don’t come anywhere near to meeting the definition? It couldn’t possibly be something like that. No it has to be some sort of conspiracy.

      A foreign lobby is a lobby controlled (funded) by people outside the United States. A domestic lobby is a lobby controlled (funded) by Americans. Much as you may resent the fact, the people who pay for AIPAC, ADL… are Americans. Americans have the right to advocate for whatever policies they want including ones you disagree with. An American who thinks Likud’s policies are the right policies is no more the agent of a foreign government than the USA peace groups that think the UN’s policies are the right policies or BDS which is basically supporting the European Green party’s positions.

  8. CloakAndDagger
    August 30, 2014, 3:36 pm

    “Land of the free, and the home of the brave” – yeah, right!

    We are not free by any stretch of the imagination if we are arrested for petitioning our government as is our constitutionally protested right, or harassed by uniformed goons for protesting the actions that our government takes in our name.

    Meanwhile, our “brave” politicians are the most craven and cowardly of representation of the scum of this earth, and we dutifully reelect them like clockwork. At the very least, term limits would rid us of these vipers, but who is going to make that the law? The foxes are guarding the henhouse.

    We are truly fuck’d.

    • just
      August 30, 2014, 5:56 pm

      And thru us, the lives of Palestinians have been f/u for DECADES!

  9. CloakAndDagger
    August 30, 2014, 4:39 pm

    According to the New Yorker, the Lobby may have built a bridge too far.

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/01/friends-israel

    selected excerpts

    :
    :
    This difference represents a schism among American Jews—AIPAC’s vital core. For decades, the Jewish community was generally united in its support for Israel. Today, a growing number of American Jews, though still devoted to Israel, struggle with the lack of progress toward peace with the Palestinians. Many feel that AIPAC does not speak for them.
    :
    :
    Shimon Peres, who served as Prime Minister and, most recently, as President, says, “My impression is that AIPAC is weaker among the younger people. It has a solid majority of people of a certain age, but it’s not the same among younger people.”
    :
    :
    Obama’s aides were alarmed by the possibility that AIPAC might endorse new sanctions legislation. They invited Howard Kohr, the group’s chief executive officer, and officials from other prominent Jewish organizations to briefings at the White House. Members of the Administration’s negotiating team, together with State Department officials, walked them through the issues. “We said, ‘We know you guys are going to take a tough line on these negotiations, but stay inside the tent and work with us,’ ” a senior Administration official recalled. “We told them directly that a sanctions bill would blow up the negotiations—the Iranians would walk away from the table. They said, ‘This bill is to strengthen your hand in diplomacy.’ We kept saying, ‘It doesn’t strengthen our hand in diplomacy. Why do you know better than we do what strengthens our hand? Nobody involved in the diplomacy thinks that. ’ ”
    :
    :
    The Obama Administration was furious. “It’s one thing to disagree on some aspect of the peace process, on things that are tough for Israel to do,” the senior Administration official told me. “But this is American foreign policy that they were seeking to essentially derail. There was no other logic to it than ending the negotiations, and the gravity of that was shocking.”
    :
    :
    she has recently been involved in conversations with AIPAC staff and board members about finding ways to improve AIPAC’s connections with progressive Democrats. “They are exploring how to reach progressives, but they’re lost on this!” a leader in the pro-Israel community who is knowledgeable about the effort said. “They don’t know how to bridge the gap. People see AIPAC as representing issues that are anathema to them. It’s an enormous challenge.”

    At the conference, the extent of the challenge was clear. Even Netanyahu seemed struck by the mood. At one point in his speech, he said, “I hope that the Palestinian leadership will stand with Israel and the United States on the right side of the moral divide, the side of peace, reconciliation, and hope.” The audience members responded with scant, listless applause. “You can clap,” the Prime Minister said.

  10. laurabrit2
    August 30, 2014, 6:57 pm
  11. lyn117
    August 30, 2014, 7:47 pm

    If somehow we can combine the person for whom “being Palestinian got me barred from visiting Palestine” with the ADL …

    Then if they’re barred, I wonder if they can sue the ADL for discrimination, get them barred from campus under whatever title it was that StandWithUs was suing campus groups for creating a hostile environment for Jews?

    • just
      August 30, 2014, 8:07 pm

      Very interesting proposition, lyn.

      From the ADL website:

      “The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.”

      http://www.adl.org/about-adl/

  12. Kay24
    August 31, 2014, 7:08 am

    Jon Stewart: Criticizing Israel doesn’t make me anti-Israel
    Daily Show talks about his directorial film debut ‘Rosewater,’ explains why it wasn’t shot in Israel and answers accusations of being a ‘self-hating Jew.’

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.613275

    • just
      August 31, 2014, 7:45 am

      I watched the Colbert Report the other night and laughed myself silly.

      Here’s the clip with reference to the really funny stuff at the end, including ‘President Netanputu’. (I wish I could clip the clip, but the video is ca. 6 minutes total)

      http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/yr7egy/isis-panic—announcing-reagan-s-return

      • just
        August 31, 2014, 7:47 am

        Wrong clip above– whoops! Here’s the one:

        http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/2x4lop/isis-panic

      • Kay24
        August 31, 2014, 8:16 am

        Thanks for that funny clip. I certainly missed that episode and many others. I somehow cannot keep up when it comes to Colbert report. At the end of Jon Stewart I am asleep.

      • just
        August 31, 2014, 8:34 am

        I stopped watching anything ‘funny’ during this last massacre– life felt distinctly awful! That was the first Colbert I’ve watched this summer.

        It’s good that we can all slumber a bit now… and laugh. Isn’t it odd that there is never a shortage of tears? Sometimes I wonder why the well never seems to dry up.

  13. concernedhuman
    August 31, 2014, 9:11 am

    The Obama administration this week declassified papers, after 45 years of top-secret status, documenting contacts between Jerusalem and Washington over American agreement to the existence of an Israeli nuclear option. The Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), which is in

    http://www.archives.gov/declassification/iscap/pdf/2009-076-doc1.pdf

    More good news, its US that let israel go NUKLAR !!

    • just
      August 31, 2014, 9:54 am

      Thanks conceredhuman.

      In related news, the US slapped more sanctions on Iran Friday, never mind that David Cohen says it’s just ‘enforcement’:

      “US sanctions against Iran will hinder talks over the country’s nuclear programme, the Iranian foreign ministry has warned. The comments came as Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said the country should “resist” the measures.

      On Friday, the US imposed sanctions on more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals it suspected of working to expand Iran’s nuclear programme, support terrorism and help Iran evade existing sanctions.

      The measures bar Americans from engaging in transactions with any of the designated parties, freeze their assets and block their property under US jurisdiction.

      Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Marzieh Afkham said the new sanctions would jeopardise a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.

      “These actions have a negative and non-constructive impact on the trend of the talks. The Islamic Republic of Iran rejects any unilateral and self-serving interpretation of last year’s Geneva deal,” she said. “Iran strongly believes that the sanctions are against commitments made by the United States under the Geneva deal.”

      Rouhani also attacked the sanctions, saying they were an “invasion of the Iranian nation”. He said: “We should resist the invasion and put the invaders in their place. We should not allow the continuation and repetition of the invasion.””

      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/30/iran-us-sanctions-hinder-nuclear-talks

      Incredibly stupid move. Cui bono? Certainly not us nor the Iranians.

      • concernedhuman
        August 31, 2014, 12:53 pm

        Just, isnt it strange that US sanctioned Iran when P5+1 are at talks and IAEA gets all access for inspections and co-operation from Iran as per the commitment made between P5+1 and Iran.

        On other hand israel that has pulled out of peace talks and entered war, gets ammunition and military aid though israel keeps violating international laws time and again.

        The state has announced plans to appropriate about 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank, close to the spot where three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed in June, the military said Sunday.

        “The decision to appropriate 4,000 dunams (1,000 acres) and make them state land is unprecedented and changes the reality in the region of the Etzion Bloc,” Oppenheimer said, adding that there has not been such a large land seizure since the 1980s.

        -TOI
        Israel not only has killed many innocent women and children, caused destruction in gaza but israel announced to occupy more land its a slap on the face of peace talks?

        And when palestinians talk of joining ICC and UN bodies US stops them and tells them go TALK TO ISRAEL !!

  14. Nevada Ned
    August 31, 2014, 4:38 pm

    The so-called “anti” defamation league (ADL) specializes in accusing Israel’s critics of being anti-Semites. The ADL is part of the Israel Lobby, not a civil rights organization. They really ought to be called the PDL (pro-defamation league) because they specialize in defamation.

  15. Accentitude
    September 1, 2014, 7:30 am

    The ADL really needs to consider what its initials represent unless of course they intend to change it to more accurately fit their agenda in which case, they can begin to call it: ADLFDIJOBNOGWDCNATWMASJMC (Anti-Defamantion League Fighting Defamation of Israelis and Jews Only Because No Other Group is the World is Defamed Certainly Not Arabs They are War-Mongering Anti-Semitic Jihadist Murderers Of Course)

    Can that fit on the side of their headquarter? It won’t look bad if it hangs off the side of the building, right?

  16. Atlantaiconoclast
    September 1, 2014, 11:07 am

    Why don’t pro Palestinian groups take a similar strategy? I abhor what Israel does, but marvel at its excellent OR strategy. Our groups should be taking student leaders on a tour of Palestinian refugee camps. They might be blocked by Israel from sponsoring visits to Palestine, but they could at least host visits to the ones in Lebanon!

  17. Atlantaiconoclast
    September 1, 2014, 11:08 am

    Sorry, I meant Israel’s PR strategy!

  18. Kathleen
    September 2, 2014, 12:20 pm

    BDS etc will certainly “collide” with ADL’s new efforts to influence by offering free trips etc to college campus leaders who are politically involved. But for any student who is thinking fairly the racism inherent in ADL’s stance will become apparent. Increase on college campuses in the Palestinian justice movement is growing by leaps and bounds…pressure on Israel is and will continue to grow no matter how many U.S. students ADL, Birthright etc send into the conflict.

  19. Chu
    September 3, 2014, 9:54 am

    ADL is trawling campuses. What a thoroughly dishonest organization.
    They should rename themselves the global hasbara thought police.

    What’s next – high schools, grammar schools, county fairs?

  20. The JillyBeans
    September 3, 2014, 10:34 pm

    So where do I sign up to participate in the Dennis Rodman North Korean Scholar group for a propaganda trip to Pyongyang?

    Absolute rubbish that the ADL seems to be taking over for AIPAC-Hillel

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