Author Archives: Rebecca Pierce

About Rebecca Pierce

Rebecca Pierce is a recent graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz where she studied film production and was active in student media and Palestine solidarity organizing.

The Israel lobby’s trojan horse: ‘Reforming’ education laws to defund Middle East studies programs

Pro-Israel groups are laying the blueprint for an attack on Middle Eastern studies programs. At a recent panel in Washington, D.C., Israel advocates outlined their plan: use amendments to an education law to pull federal grants from Middle Eastern studies programs they deem overly critical of Israel.

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Expose of pro-settler student tour prompts fundraising appeal: ‘$25,000 helps student leaders fight BDS’

The pro-Israel group BlueStar PR sees a potential fundraising opportunity in an article published by Mondoweiss last week that exposed the pro-settler nature of the tour the group leads for students. On August 28 BlueStar PR founder Jonathan Carey sent out a fundraising email in response to the piece, and asked for donations of up to $50,000 to support future tours.

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War games and settlement excursions: inside a pro-Israel propaganda tour for student activists

Paintball sessions. Wine tastings. Settlement excursions. Those were some of the sites participants in the BlueStar Fellows program journeyed to while visiting Israel and the occupied West Bank. The ten-day trip this summer was part of a year-long program launched by San Francisco-based Israel advocacy group BlueStar PR with the goal of molding students into “powerful pro-Israel advocates, spokespeople and opinion leaders” on their college campuses. Above, a student participates in a paintball session at Caliber 3, a privately-owned counter-terrorism training facility in the illegal Israeli settlement bloc of Gush Etzion.

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Students slam controversial UC ‘campus climate report’ on Palestine solidarity activism

Rebecca Pierce, a student at UC Santa Cruz, has produced a video with students and critics responding to the controversial UC ‘campus climate report’ on Palestine solidarity activism.

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