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(Updated) For calling Israeli speaker a war criminal, Boca Raton school forces 3 students to take ‘reeducation’ program from Zionist org

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I’m easily shocked, but this is shocking. Last April, students at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, interrupted, corrected, then walked out on an Israeli colonel who came to speak about the Cast Lead onslaught as a good thing. They held up a sign saying War Criminal. They were investigated for months and to escape worse punishment accepted assignment to what they describe as “reeducation” under a curriculum crafted by the Anti-Defamation League, a rabid Zionist organization. The students say the university “buckled” to Zionist organizations’ pressure.

Nadine Aly, Noor Fawzy, and Renata Glebocki write about it in a student publication. Excerpts:

In April of this year, Israeli Col. Bentzi Gruber spoke at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). His speech was propaganda, touting the ethics of the Israeli military…

Out of a resolute commitment to human rights, we attended the event and peacefully walked out in protest. After the speaker’s opening remarks, one of us stood up and read a few facts concerning the war crimes committed in Operation Cast Lead. This very brief commentary was met by derogatory slurs from non-student members of the audience, who accused us of being “spies,” “terrorists,” and other offensive names. We raised a banner that read “War Criminal” as we walked out. The duration of the entire incident was no more than one or two minutes. The event continued afterward, for about an hour and a half. We peacefully protested outside for about half an hour.

The university administration started investigating five of us that walked out, initially trying to obtain the names of other human rights activists who participated in the protest. After a four-month university effort to discipline us, all five of us—two of whom wish to remain anonymous out of fear of further retaliation—decided to sign agreements that keep the incident off of our records and confirm that we have not been found responsible for the charges brought against us. But the agreements place harsh conditions on those of us who remain at FAU this year.

Based on the agreements, two of the three of us still at FAU are on indefinite probation for the remainder of our undergraduate careers, two of us are barred from holding any leadership positions in official student organizations, and three of us are required to take part in a mandatory University Campus of Difference training program based on a curriculum created by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in the fall….

It is important to emphasize that the mandatory training program is nothing short of officially sanctioned re-education, and it implies that we are prejudiced for standing up against war crimes and human rights abuses carried out by the Israeli military against Palestinians. The injustice of it is magnified because the co-sponsoring organization, the ADL, has been vocal in attempts to malign us for our Palestinian rights activism and has pressured the University to take action against us, has a history of spying on advocates for Palestinian rights, and is a staunch opponent of the internationally recognized legal right of Palestinians to return to homes from which they were expelled 65 years ago during Israel’s creation…

But by signing these agreements we were able to avoid even greater scrutiny and harsher sanctions through a disciplinary proceeding and an extended legal battle with university administrators. Our goal is to instead focus on our education and activism….

We believe this is an opportunity to shed light on the miscarriage of justice at FAU and the clear violation of our First Amendment rights. The buckling of the administration to the demands of the ADL and several other external Zionist organizations – in this instance and multiple times in the past, is disturbing and at odds with free inquiry and the right of students to express their opposition to human rights abuses and war crimes.

Update: This undated letter to the community from an FAU executive/fundraiser boasts that the school has $2 million of its endowment invested in Israel Bonds, has set up a program with the University of Haifa, and conducts trainings on campus civility that the ADL helps to lead.

Update Number Two: A coalition of civil liberties groups–the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Lawyers Guild and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee–have sent a letter to FAU protesting the school’s sanctions on the student activists. 

The three groups criticize the school for actions that will establish a “chilling precedent” for student speech on controversial issues, especially when it comes to Palestine. They also raise questions about whether school policy on protests is in line with the First Amendment and court precedent–and assert that the student protest leading to the sanctions was constitutionally protected.

Read the whole letter here. 

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  1. tree
    tree
    August 12, 2013, 1:29 pm

    Has anyone contacted the local, or national, ACLU on this? This sounds like a case right down their ally. And yes, it is shocking, and I’m not that easily shocked.

  2. German Lefty
    German Lefty
    August 12, 2013, 1:36 pm

    Wow, that’s indeed shocking!
    Did you have a look at this website?
    http://palestinelegalsupport.org/

    • Hostage
      Hostage
      August 12, 2013, 4:46 pm

      Did you have a look at this website? . . . link to palestinelegalsupport.org

      I’ve been advising that these abuses should be made the subject of complaints to the appropriate federal agencies and federal lawsuits or counter-claim lawsuits all along.

      The very same policy letters that Ken Marcus wrote suggesting that Campus Anti-Zionism could sometimes be considered Anti-Semitic hate speech, noted that appropriated funds can’t be used to degrade, marginalize, threaten, and harass Muslim or Arab students on campuses that receive federal aid.

      There have been official criminal complaints filed against Israel by the states of Palestine and Comoros in the International Criminal Court. Conducting public propaganda campaigns on behalf of the armed forces of a country that has been accused of serious war crimes and crimes against humanity by a number of UN fact finding missions and governments is simply beyond the pale. Israel needs to do its talking in the Court room, not on US College campuses.

      The Justice Department Legal Manual on Title VI explicitly states that circumstantial evidence of discrimination or disparate treatment may be found in various sources, “including statements by decisionmakers,” and “the historical background of the events in issue” and “failure to consider factors normally considered”;

      Its nonsensical to invite Zionists to defend the morality of turning neighborhoods into battlefields and murdering the Muslim or Palestinian inhabitants in front of a campus audience that includes relatives and friends of the victims. Administrators would never dream of doing that to a Jewish audience, while ignoring the conclusions of scores of UN and NGO fact finding reports on the historical background. That’s a graphic example of disparate treatment.

  3. casaananda
    casaananda
    August 12, 2013, 1:41 pm

    What complete bastards these Zionist freaks are to go after these students. What else can one say? It’s all insane and someday it WILL stop.

  4. Cliff
    Cliff
    August 12, 2013, 1:43 pm

    Wow.

    Absolutely disgusting.

  5. seanmcbride
    seanmcbride
    August 12, 2013, 2:09 pm

    The term that always comes to mind when reading reports of these kinds of activities — Stalinism. Blunt mind control, crude censorship, reeducation camps, etc. Un-American as hell. The political methods of an oppressive cult.

  6. Betsy
    Betsy
    August 12, 2013, 2:37 pm

    the American Assoc of University Professors should get involved in this. It’s a clear question of academic freedom…

  7. annie
    annie
    August 12, 2013, 2:38 pm

    forced zionist re education requirements on US campuses. i wonder if this is the ‘big push’ we read about here recently. very freaky stuff. this has got ‘lawsuit’ written all over it.

    i wonder if the center for constitutional rights has heard about this?

    • W.Jones
      W.Jones
      August 12, 2013, 11:43 pm

      Annie,

      They said they “decided to sign agreements that keep the incident off of our records and confirm that we have not been found responsible for the charges brought against us. But the agreements place harsh conditions…”

      It reminds you of the kinds of agreements defendants sometimes make. They will agree to plead guilty to a lesser charge, while the prosecution does not have to worry about risking losing the case. Here the students apparently felt that it would be better for them to have the charges dropped and incur restrictions rather than challenge it and risk the charges.

      The final result is absurd: they have three serious penalties put on them: probation, reeducation, and a ban from holding an office, yet there is no finding of responsibility for anything!

  8. American
    American
    August 12, 2013, 3:10 pm

    [email protected]

    E mail the zios at Fla Atlantic. I just did.
    Yes they should ‘be personally’ hasseled by public…let them know people are watching them
    You can say anything you want so my attorney neighbor says…as long as you don’t threaten to actually harm them physcially ..LOL

    • W.Jones
      W.Jones
      August 12, 2013, 11:35 pm

      That’s a good idea about emailing them.

      • American
        American
        August 13, 2013, 2:21 am

        You can also mail Fla’s Gov Scott about it.
        Ask him if all Fla colleges are run by Israelis and zio nazis.

        http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/

        The good thing about mailing the gov’s office on this is all mail received
        by them has to be made part of the public record…..and published on their ”Sunburst public records website”…so everyone gets to see it.

    • W.Jones
      W.Jones
      August 13, 2013, 12:40 am

      It should go to President Crudele.
      Don’t forget to fax
      561.297.2777
      (you can try a free fax service online like myfax)

  9. American
    American
    August 12, 2013, 3:21 pm

    I wonder what US zionist would choose…. several years in US re-education, detox camps or deportation to Israel.

    • August 12, 2013, 5:27 pm

      Have you ever been to Israel? If you have please tell about your impression. If you havent – how do you imagine it looks inside? Really – take a minute for yourself and tell us. You seem to think that deporting someone to Israel is a real punishement. We can exchange thoughts about this. In general I wonder how many of you guys writing on this site have actually been to this “crminal” “apartheid”, etc country. Let’s take a count. And hear some opinions. I personally lived many years in US (mainly Boston, but also California, Seattle, …..) so it would be nice to compare.

      • W.Jones
        W.Jones
        August 13, 2013, 9:14 pm

        I heard about northerners who stayed at southern plantations during the slave days. They were treated excellently and received warm ‘southern hospitality.’ It wasn’t particularly dangerous or scary for them to travel there. Actually, the respect they received was superb.

      • American
        American
        August 14, 2013, 1:44 pm

        fnlevit says:
        August 12, 2013 at 5:27 pm

        Have you ever been to Israel?>>>>>

        No and do not care to.
        If I were to , it would only be to observe the similarties between the general satisfaction of Israelis with their supremist society and state with the same atttudes and avoidence of truth that exsted in the German population during their journey with nazism.
        Hear no truth, speak no truth, see no truth.
        Just enjoy your llves of enhanced status within the Jewish State.

      • piotr
        piotr
        August 14, 2013, 2:16 pm

        I was in Israel once and I remember it fondly. Isn’t it a national brand there: http://www.chockfullonuts.com ?

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        August 14, 2013, 3:17 pm

        “Have you ever been to Israel?”

        Never have been, never will. I will, however, go to Palestine when the land is liberated and free of the poison of zionism.

      • Djinn
        Djinn
        August 14, 2013, 9:40 pm

        The inference that one can not have an informed opinion on the policies of a country because they haven’t been there is always odd coming from Zionists who never stop bleating about Syria or Iran.

        It is patent nonsense of course but since we’re whipping them out and measuring YES fnlevit I have been to Israel. I have also been all over the West Bank and Gaza. how about you?

  10. Reds
    Reds
    August 12, 2013, 3:29 pm

    Anyone catch this on the website?

    “A CAMPUS OF DIFFERENCE™ is a leading provider in the development and delivery of anti-bias training and resources for college and university campuses throughout the United States. Together, campus leaders explore the impact of stereotypes, bias and discrimination on individuals and on the entire campus climate. ”

    Wanna take bets people supporting the likes of Danny Dannon or made xenophobic comments against muslims or racist comments against arabs never attended?

    “Incidents of hate, bias, and bullying; concerning attitudes of incivility and exclusion; intergroup tensions and conflicts; and hate speech are all issues campus leaders face every day. ”

    Trying finding a instance in which the ADL stood up to a Settler like Nadia Matar, Rabbi Dov Lior or the stream of hate against arabs and muslims by Organizations who work with the ADL(Danial Pipes Campus Watch comes to mind).

    See

    http://mondoweiss.net/2013/02/mindset-perpetuate-worldview.html

  11. Xpat
    Xpat
    August 12, 2013, 3:32 pm

    Graduates of this ADL program will be “able to identify effective strategies to respond effectively to bias, implement effective policies on campus, and inspire students to speak out and become the advocates and voices of positive change on campus.”

    Sounds like these students are already doing just fine!

  12. justicewillprevail
    justicewillprevail
    August 12, 2013, 3:33 pm

    American institutions have been colonised and gerrymandered by the zionist thought police. What a tragic and ugly scenario these stalinist bigots promote. Clearly democracy and free speech are alien values to these people who trample all over US constitutional rights in order to protect Israeli terrorism. An Orwellian future awaits, thanks to the most self-centred, mendacious, anti-democratic cult called Israel.

  13. dbroncos
    dbroncos
    August 12, 2013, 3:37 pm

    Well done Nadine Aly, Noor Fawzy, and Renata Glebocki! Does your signed agreement preclude hiring lawyers (ACLU) or contacting the local newspapers and TV news stations? This seems like a great opportunity to take your story to local media outlets. Seems like a slam dunk in the court of public opinion and a great way to amplify your pov. You havn’t shown a sheepish deference to authority so far, don’t start now.

    “A verbal agreement isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.”

    -Yogi Berra

  14. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    August 12, 2013, 3:39 pm

    Well, in fairness, Orwell foresaw this shit.

  15. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    August 12, 2013, 3:45 pm

    RE: “The buckling of the administration to the demands of the ADL and several other external Zionist organizations – in this instance and multiple times in the past, is disturbing and at odds with free inquiry and the right of students to express their opposition to human rights abuses and war crimes.” ~ Weiss

    FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME, 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 – http://www.tikkun.org/article.php/sept_oct_09_goldberg_makdisi

  16. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    August 12, 2013, 3:48 pm

    RE: “The buckling of the administration to the demands of the ADL and several other external Zionist organizations – in this instance and multiple times in the past, is disturbing and at odds with free inquiry and the right of students to express their opposition to human rights abuses and war crimes.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: This suppression of free speech rights by Israel’s Likudnik supporters in the U.S. is yet another reason I fear that Revisionist Zionism and Likudnik Israel (specifically by virtue of their inordinate sway over the U.S.) might very well be an “existential threat” to the values of The Enlightenment [like “the right of free speech”] ! ! !
    “Down, down, down we [the U.S.] go into the deep, dark abyss; hand in hand with Israel.”

  17. seanmcbride
    seanmcbride
    August 12, 2013, 3:57 pm

    One is struck by the radical cultural differences which separate the traditional Republican and Democratic Parties from what might be termed the Zionist Party.

    Traditional Republicans and Democrats welcome and expect fierce and rough-and-tumble debate about their ideas and policies — it’s the American way. Zionists demand absolute obedience and submission from everyone — adoration, even — hence the often emotional and weepy declarations of eternal love and devotion by both Republicans and Democrats for Israel, Israeli policies and the Israel lobby.

    We have definitely moved into Crazy Land in the good ol’ United States — well into weird messianic cult territory. We’ll eventually wake up — guaranteed — and then the pendulum will move in the opposite direction, no doubt to an equal extreme.

  18. just
    just
    August 12, 2013, 4:13 pm

    We are in deep trouble as a Nation………… this makes me furious!

    No freedom of speech/thought??? At a University, no less.

    C’mon Mr. and Mrs. Obama– here’s perfect opportunity to speak out against this intimidation loud and clear. Remember we have a Constitution! This is a PUBLIC University……….

    It is beyond belief that this is tolerated.

  19. just
    just
    August 12, 2013, 4:30 pm

    Perhaps Miko Peled and Mohammed Assaf should speak/sing at FAU…………….. sounds as though there are plenty of folks that could benefit from their insight, experience, and profound honesty.

    That would be some worthwhile re-education. Or, maybe any of our great contributors here at MW could pay a visit.

  20. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    August 12, 2013, 4:41 pm

    Did not the Goldstone report, an official UN one, come to the conclusion that war crimes were committed by the Israelis, so these students are being punished for telling the truth.

  21. frankier
    frankier
    August 12, 2013, 5:35 pm

    Follow the money… If I had time I would try to find out who are the donors for this so called high education institution and why its leadership squirms under the threat of being labelled antisemitic.

    Free speech and debate in the US about anything that remotely doesn’t look in line with Israeli policy is quickly silenced by the deep and extended web of philanthropic involvement by Israeli sympathizers who openly or subtly threaten to withdraw financial support to various non-profit entities in the US. Just like the Congress elections, money is quickly redirected to entities supporting Israeli policy.

  22. just
    just
    August 12, 2013, 5:39 pm

    Interesting:

    “Mary Jane Saunders Resigns
    Florida Atlantic University president Mary Jane Saunders tendered her resignation late Tuesday, May 14, 2013, after months of controversies at the public college.

    Florida Atlantic University president Mary Jane Saunders has resigned.

    Saunders announced her resignation, effective immediately, in a letter submitted to the FAU Board of Trustees late Tuesday.

    “There is no doubt the recent controversies have been significant and distracting to all members of the University community,” Saunders wrote. “The issues and the fiercely negative media coverage have forced me to reassess my position as the President of FAU. I must make choices that are the best for the University, me and my family.” ”

    No mention of this abhorrent situation………

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/15/mary-jane-saunders-resigns-fau-president_n_3280631.html

    More here:

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/15/3398706/fau-president-mary-jane-saunders.html

  23. just
    just
    August 12, 2013, 5:43 pm

    From the above link in the Miami Herald article:

    “In her resignation letter, President Saunders wrote, “ When I accepted the presidency of FAU three years ago, I did so with a vision to expand upon the excellence of this richly diverse and strong institution with a focus on academics and student success. We, as a campus community, have successfully accomplished these goals.”

    I must have missed the “diversity” thingy…

  24. August 12, 2013, 6:02 pm

    About UN resolutions – do you know that 38% of all UN Human Rights Council rsolutions have been directed at Israel alone. That the Councel has a permanent agenda govering session 10 items, one of which is ALWAYS reserved for criticizing Israel. That between 2006 and 2012 48 reports condemned Israel, 9 reports condemned Syria, 3 reports condemned Iran and 0 reports condemned China.
    One of their members claimed that 9-11 and Boston terrorist attack were US fault or inside job. But may be some of you believe in this too…

    • Hostage
      Hostage
      August 13, 2013, 9:02 pm

      About UN resolutions – do you know that 38% of all UN Human Rights Council rsolutions [sic] have been directed at Israel alone.

      Are you aware that Israel is one of only four new states that were created through partition by the United Nations Organization, and that in each case, the fundamental human rights of religious groups, ethnic minorities, and women were placed under the protection of the United Nations Organization in-line with the requirements of customary international law?

      The UN HRC still manages to perform in-depth Universal Periodic Reviews of all the members states in the remaining 62% of its time. It is assisted in that undertaking by a number of NGOs, including HRW, AI, et al.

      Maybe if Israel had actually secured a Jewish national home in accordance with public international law, as the Zionists had promised, instead of in violation of nearly all of its principles, Israel wouldn’t come under so much scrutiny and waste so much of our valuable time.

      • just
        just
        August 13, 2013, 9:11 pm

        Nor would they “waste” so many Palestinian lives.

    • talknic
      talknic
      August 14, 2013, 12:07 am

      fnlevit “do you know that 38% of all UN Human Rights Council rsolutions have been directed at Israel alone”

      Yes. Something to do with the fact that Israel has been acting “outside the State of Israel” for 65 years http://wp.me/pDB7k-Xk in breach of International Law and the UN Charter. The vast majority of UN/UNSC/UNHRC resolutions are reminders to Israel of its legal obligations

      If a customer doesn’t pay their bill as required by their contract, is the electricity company biased when it sends out reminders?

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      August 14, 2013, 1:31 pm

      “About UN resolutions – do you know that 38% of all UN Human Rights Council rsolutions have been directed at Israel alone.”

      MUCH too few. The israelis have been running a human rights oppressing state for 70+ years.

  25. ritzl
    ritzl
    August 12, 2013, 6:19 pm

    Given that that punishments were exceptionally harsh and the submission by the protestors too complete, for really modest (though seemingly very effective) protest action, there had to be something else going on here.

    A para from the NLG-CCR-ADC letter:

    Rather than bowing to the pressure by disciplining students’ constitutionally protected speech activities, the University should be protecting the rights of students expressing these viewpoints on campus. Over the last couple years, we understand that students involved with SJP have received death threats, have been publicly and unfairly maligned for their views, and have been threatened with legal and disciplinary actions. Many have expressed fear and anxiety about engaging in speech on an issue they feel deeply about because of these overwhelming pressures on them. This disciplinary action has added significantly to that anxiety, as the students have spent months dealing with the process.

    There’s a pattern of harassment at FAU, against pro-Palestine protesters. This may actually be a test case for an actual hostile environment (as opposed to the whiney, “sometimes people say things we don’t like to hear” pro-Israel version), and not in the way the pro-Israel Campus Watch-types expected it to be.

    Another blowback event?

  26. lyn117
    lyn117
    August 12, 2013, 6:36 pm

    I hope they’re the only students in the “class”

    Below are some excerpts from the ADL On-capmpus affairs guide. As you can tell, they’re more concerned with anti-Israel speech than anti-semitism.

    Any chance of re-educating other students? Certainly, take good notes to see if any falsehoods are taught. In fact, bring a camera and record it. And sue the school if there are.

    • up-to-date information on current events affecting Israel and resources for
    Israel advocacy
    • in-depth background information on anti-Israel groups, speakers and campaigns
    •expertise in countering extreme anti-Israel activity
    •advice on how to respond to anti-Semitic and racist incidents
    •collection of discrimination and bias incidents
    •delivery of anti-bias training programs for students, faculty and staff
    •an annual mission to Israel of campus leaders, enabling outstanding
    students to experience Israel first-hand
    •speakers on subjects including the Arab-Israeli conflict, anti-Semitism,
    extremism, free speech, hate crimes

  27. joer
    joer
    August 12, 2013, 7:07 pm

    At least you only had to attend one workshop-most Jewish kids have to endure years and years of that crap. It’s pretty annoying, isn’t it? At least you didn’t have to have a bar mitzvah.

  28. Djinn
    Djinn
    August 12, 2013, 7:10 pm

    If the students had called Bush or Cheney a war criminal does anyone think they would have been required to take America appreciation classes?

  29. Les
    Les
    August 12, 2013, 7:43 pm

    Richard Falk can set both sides straight in an informative fashion. He gave an hour long talk a year ago available on youtube that begins in 1967 with Israel’s attempt to sink the USS Liberty. Of course his is an American perspective which is apparently what the Florida school opposes.

  30. W.Jones
    W.Jones
    August 12, 2013, 9:52 pm

    I’m surprised that the school would be so ignorant in equating a protest against military actions with racism.

    The penalties are severe, particularly considering that they submitted to the university: not only reeducation that presumes they are racist by protesting military acts, but being placed on “indefinite probation for the remainder of our undergraduate careers, [and being] barred from holding any leadership positions in official student organizations”. But severe treatment of Palestinian activists is not uncommon, as they are particularly targeted.

  31. W.Jones
    W.Jones
    August 12, 2013, 10:10 pm

    I was surprised though to hear about the case of Riad Hamad. In this movie he talks about how the FBI investigated him because he had a charity to send clothes, rosaries, books, and cards to refugee children: “I was not scared, because I was never involved in any militant group.”
    http://blip.tv/waronterrorlie/free-speech-tv-a-conversation-with-riad-hamad-851003

    The Austin Chronicle reports:

    The Uneasy Death of Riad Hamad
    By Michael King, Fri., May 9, 2008

    According to Austin Police Department Sgt. Joe Chacon, the death of Austin schoolteacher and peace activist Riad Hamad remains under investigation. Chacon says homicide investigators are “open to all possibilities” but that the initial investigation reflects that Hamad appears to have committed suicide [by drowning].

    A[ustin]PD released a statement saying, “The bindings of his hands and legs and placement of the tape were consistent with Hamad having done this to himself.”

    Hamad, who was originally from Lebanon but had lived in Austin for more than 30 years, taught business education… at Small Middle School… and was very active in Austin-based charity work– most specifically via the Palestine Children’s Welfare Fund, through which he sold Palestinian crafts to raise funds for destitute Palestinian families.

    http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2008-05-09/621848/

  32. Phan Nguyen
    Phan Nguyen
    August 12, 2013, 11:30 pm

    Folks may recall that this group of student activists were the target of an international hoax last year that was meant to smear them as vile anti-Semites—and which resulted in death threats against the students. The ADL had gotten involved then as well:

    http://mondoweiss.net/2012/04/jewish-press-concoct-threat-against-200-jewish-students-in-florida-university.html

    • Cliff
      Cliff
      August 13, 2013, 4:48 am

      Swifting through all the slimey lying and dishonesty and b.s. from robinseyes and hoppy was saddening.

      Little has changed here. The same Zionist trolls and sockpuppet accounts continue to lie and lie endlessly.

  33. American
    American
    August 13, 2013, 2:13 am

    It appears FAU is a hot bed of trouble.

    “STOMP JESUS” PROFESSOR’S CONTRACT RENEWED AT FAU …
    teapartyorg.ning.com/xn/detail/4301673: Comment: 1620320‎
    Jun 22, 2013 – Dennis J. Crudele. “”

    This one was about a professor who made his students write ‘Jesus’ on a piece of paper then throw it on the floor and stomp on it. Oddly enough in this case nothing was done about it.

    And it appears the move on the FAU students in I/P activist case was started by a Jewish man in Boca, Alan Bergstein, who put up you tube videos about Jewish ‘persecution’ at FAU.
    He’s one of those real Zio nazis, some of his actvities below:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Boca+Raton+Jewish+activist+Alan+Bergstein&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7GGHP_enUS481

  34. braciole
    braciole
    August 13, 2013, 11:57 am

    Is zionist org related to sea org? Is the ADL a cult like the Church of Scientology is alleged by some to be?

    BTW, you know these recent attacks on Vladimir Putin for his alleged homophobia, some influential people have been claiming that what is happening to homosexuals in Russia is the same as happened to Jews in Nazi Germany. In the past when people have made such claims, the ADL has objected, if my memory serves me right. This time round nary a dicky-bird as far as I can make out.

  35. piotr
    piotr
    August 14, 2013, 12:08 am

    http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2013/08/fau_student_protest_pealstine_isreal_gruber.php

    This is not an average American university. The last paragraph of the cited newspaper article:

    This continues a tumultuous year for FAU. President Mary Jane Saunders resigned after protests over the school’s move to name a stadium after private prison operator GEO Group. Students who protested that initiative likewise had problems with administrators over their rights to protest. Professor Deandre Poole faced controversy over the “step on Jesus” free-speech exercise in his class. FAU’s “free speech zones” have been mocked, and the Daily Caller last week called the school “the worst place in America to attend college” because of its “speech code.”

    “Naming a stadium after private prison operator” … is hard to characterize. Real life exceed possible satire. Makes you wonder if F in FAU stands for Fascist.

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