Friday, March 27, 2015

Akron Ohio in partnership with Israel

All -American city Akron has joined in a  $5 million partnership with 5 Israeli companies as part of an “Advanced Waste Water Treatment Demonstration Project.” MemTech, WaTech-Mekorot,  Technion-Israel Institute of Technology; and the Israel Export Institute will be involved with this project, that is poised to put Akron at the forefront of water recycling.

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic said. “This is really a significant announcement to be identified as the single place in North America for these high-tech companies, ”adding “The technology eventually could help Akron deal with its ongoing combined sewage overflow issues with the federal government as well as help with the high-tech needs of wastewater facilities”
“This Project will create new jobs and investment through business attraction, further our water initiative, and place Akron in the forefront of water innovation and technology,” said Mayor Plusquellic. “We are being entrusted with an exclusive platform and pipeline for Israeli companies to demonstrate innovative technologies and new solutions for water treatment worldwide.”

Mayor Plusquellic also mentioned Akron’s past experience with projects in Israel including: being the first US City to partner with an Israeli municipal utility in Netanya, Israel, to develop and commercialize new water technology solutions; creating a partnership with Mekorot, to promote bi-lateral cooperation and innovation; and including the Israeli water company delegation in the Akron Global Water Alliance Launch Event last October. Plusquellic particularly noted Akron’s $500,000 investment in the Targetech Innovation Center, an Israeli incubator that nurtures science, technology, research and development, and commercializes these efforts in Israeli and the U.S. market through Akron

Looks like BDS is all wet in Akron.

Documenting Palestinian war crimes during Operation protective edge

According to an Israeli  investigation, during Operation Protective Edge, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organisations violated the Law of armed conflicts, in Gaza by  intentionally and systematically employing military strategies designed to maximize harm to civilian life and property, both in Israel and in Gaza.

1. Hamas and other Terrorist Organisations in Gaza Committed War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity By Deliberately Attacking Israeli Civilians

2. Hamas and Other Terrorist Organisations in Gaza Embedded their Military Activities amongst the Civilian Population and Exploited Hospitals, U.N. Facilities, Schools, Mosques, and Homes for Military Operations

3. Hamas and other Terrorist Organisations in Gaza Directed the Movement of Civilians in Order to Shield Military Assets and Operations

4. Hamas and other Terrorist Organisations in Gaza Utilized Additional Unlawful Tactics

The conclusion:

Throughout the 2014 Gaza Conflict, Hamas and other terrorist organisations in Gaza made systematic use of blatantly unlawful military strategies that were designed to heighten civilian suffering both in Israel and in Gaza. Hamas and other terrorist organisations in Gaza intentionally attacked and terrorised Israeli civilians by way of rocket and mortar fire, causing civilian deaths, injuries, lasting psychological trauma, and civilian property damage.

For the first time, Hamas extended its assaults against civilians to an additional battlefront, this one subterranean, sending militants through cross-border tunnels to attack residents of Israeli border towns. By deliberately targeting Israeli civilians and the civilian population in these ways, as part of a widespread and systematic policy, Hamas and other terrorist organisations in Gaza violated customary norms of the Law of Armed Conflict and committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.  

Read this important paper here

Thursday, March 26, 2015

JVP values: strengthening antisemitism

Jewish Voice for Peace claims: If you want to act on your values and not just talk about them, Jewish Voice for Peace is for you.

Is strengthening  antisemitism one of  your values?  Apparently it is for JVP, who proudly proclaim in the same handout that they seek to “Strengthen the BDS movement”

JVP Values: Promoting anti-Semitic movements
Really, JVP?  These are your values?

The BDS movement seeks the end of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. It  seeks to deprive the Jewish people of self determination in their ancient homeland, and as such is an anti-Semitic movement. If you promote and strengthen a movement that believes that all people have the right to self determination except the Jewish people, you are promoting and strengthening antisemitism.

Read  Alan Dershowitz's Ten reasons why the BDS movement is immoral and hinders peace, who writes

The BDS movement is immoral because it promotes false views regarding the nation state of the Jewish people, exaggerates its flaws and thereby promotes a new variation on the world's oldest prejudice, namely anti-Semitism. It is not surprising therefore that the BDS movement is featured on neo-Nazi, Holocaust denial and other overtly anti-Semitic websites and is promoted by some of the world's most notorious haters such as David Duke.

Jewish Voice for Peace values. Providing cover for anti-Semites

In Israel, nearly anyone can be an archaeologist

Israel stands at the crossroads of civilization, and is so rich in archaeology and antiquities that even today, new discoveries are being made, sometimes in the most unlikely manner.

Via Biblical Archaeology

While patrolling the Roman-Byzantine ruins at Horbat Siv in central Israel,  inspectors from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) found an intact 1,400-year-old oil lamp that had been dug up by a porcupine.

In response, the  Israel Antiquities Authority  put out a warning to all amateur porcupine archaeologists:

“The IAA calls on all porcupines to avoid digging burrows at archaeological sites and warns that digging at an archaeological site without a license is a criminal offense.”
Porcupine in Israel

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jewish Voice for Peace Values. Supporting Terror

Jewish Voice for Peace claims: If you want to act on your values and not just talk about them, Jewish Voice for Peace is for you
JVP values
Is promoting terror one of  your values?  Apparently it is for JVP, who proudly proclaim in the same handout that they “organized a solidarity fast for Khader Adnan

JVP Values: Supporting Terror
Khader Adnan? 

Really, JVP?  These are your values?

Khader Adnan is a leader of Islamic Jihad  widely recognized as a terrorist organization by the EU, US, UK, Israel, Australia, Canada, and Japan.
Islamic Jihad's handiwork

Islamic Jihad's handiwork
Check out Adnan’s terrorist ideology and his extremist rhetoric as he solicits suicide bombers at a 2007 event, urging   “Who among you will carry the next explosive belt? “Who among you will fire the next bullets? Who among you will have his body parts blown all over?”

Jewish Voice for Peace values. Providing cover for terror

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cesar Chavez on Zionism

This month we celebrate the birthday of Cesar Chavez, a friend to Israel and the Jewish people.

Following the 1974 UN Resolution equating Zionism with racism, Chavez  wrote to Rabbi Sidney Jacobs of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

From the letter, reproduced below:

The following statement was adopted by the National Executive Board of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO

The recent United Nations resolution condemning Zionism as racism is an affront to the Jewish people who have been history’s primary victims of racism.

As an embattled minority who have suffered the humiliation and degradation of racial and economic discrimination in this country, we know first hand the ravages brought by intolerance and prejudice. This resolution will encourage the latent anti-semitism that has been a blot on world history and continues to stain the conscience of mankind

A national Home for the Jewish People is the natural and legitimate aspiration of one of history’s most oppressed minorities. We are proud to stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters in America in affirming Israel’s right to live in peace with her neighbors. As  democratic trade unions and human beings we can do no less.

Warmest personal regards. Viva la Causa!

Cesar Chavez, President

Friday, March 20, 2015

Are the bus ad battles coming to an end?

In  2010, King County officials in Seattle initially agreed to accept  an anti-Israel ad  but backed off after getting after considerable  public outcry. Soon afterward  Metro transit system  barred all political advertising on buses. The federal appeals court was asked to determine if the County’s decision violated the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaigns (Seamac) first amendment rights in refusing the ad.   In Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign v. King County, 11-35914,  the court  has decided 2-1  that King County Metro Transit did not violate free-speech rights , ruling in the county's favor:

 “The county’s decision to reject SeaMac’s ad was both reasonable and viewpoint neutral, and thus did not violate the First amendment."

Judge Paul Watford, joined by Judge Alex Kozinski  ruled  “Because the county simultaneously rejected all of the proposed ads on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - from opposing viewpoints - no reasonable jury could find that it engaged in viewpoint discrimination” and concluded "We believe the county’s decision to reject  Sea Mac’s ad was indeed reasonable, given the serious threat of disruption running the ad would have posed".

The ninth circuit decision may give our local MUNI an escape clause allowing them to reject the divisive and provocation ads promoted by such fringe groups Jewish Voice for Peace and American Muslims for Palestine

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BDS LARP ing at Hewlett Packard

From Emunah:

In 2002  Tzipi Shemesh, 29, was one of three people killed and 86 injured  in Jerusalem when a suicide bomber detonated his bomb. It was packed with nails and metal debris meant to maximize human suffering.  Tzipi was killed instantly. Her husband,  Gadi died shortly afterwards in hospital. Tzipi was 5 months pregnant with twins.

They left behind their two daughters - Shoval, age 7 and Shahar, age 3.

Over 1,000 people attended Tzipi and Gadi's funeral.  Shoval drew a picture of a heart and flowers, and wrote a  message to her parents."I am writing you a letter because I am parting from you. I won't see you for a very long time."

During the second intifada, 1,218 Israeli people were killed and 8,341 were wounded in an unrelenting series of attacks that targeted Israeli people in buses, cafes and discos.

That number has dropped significantly in recent years, due to a series of security procedures that Israel has put in place, including its security barrier and system of checkpoints.

These procedures serve as a nonviolent way to save lives, in the absence of a real and lasting peace. Who could possibly object?

Apparently, Jewish Voice for Peace and the American Friends Service Committee and other local extremists groups object. To them, Palestinian inconvenience trumps Jewish lives. To them, nearly everything trumps Jewish lives.

On March 18, they held a protest at Hewlett Packard headquarters in Palo Alto, protesting HP’s role in developing the technology that insures Israeli citizens remain safe.

In spite of press releases sent out by Carol Sanders not a single member of the press showed up, missing what might have been one of the most bizarre and baffling anti-Israel events in recent memory

Organized in part by Dalit Baum, the AFSC “Director of Economic Activism for Palestine”  the event featured silly hats, ill fitting wigs and octogenarians engaged in what can only be described as political activism meets  LARP- live action role playing.

BDS protest at Hewlett Packard

BDS Protest at Hewlett Packard
BDS protester keeping it classy
The  “HP Stakeholders Coalition” includes American Friends Service Committee; American Muslims for Palestine; Code Pink; Ecumenical Peace Institute; Friends of Deir IbzI'a; Friends of Sabeel NorCal; International Solidarity Movement; Jewish Voice for Peace –Bay Area, Santa Cruz, and South Bay Chapters; Peninsula Peace & Justice Center; QUIT! Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism; Rossmoor Voices for Justice in Palestine; San Jose Peace & Justice Center; Bay Area Women In Black; Berkeley Women In Black; 14 Friends of Palestine; BDS Marin; Justice for Palestinians

There was also a small counter protest

People saw the flags from their office windows, and came down to join the group.

LARP ing- another jump the shark moment in the inglorious history of Bay Area anti-Israel activism.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Etsy-gate continues

Our story so far:

Paul Larudee of the International Solidarity Movement had a "shop" on the website Etsy that was shut down for a direct violation of the sites guidelines- for reselling items he did not design or make.

Although the ISM's support for terror regimes was not a contributing factor in the decision, Paul has pulled the "discrimination" card, claiming:

This is ripe for exploitation by persons who want to persecute others or sabotage their competition.  In our case, our Palestinian advocacy is not appreciated by persons or groups who would be pleased to see Palestinians disappear from the remnants of historic Palestine where they cling to existence under horrific conditions.  I can well imagine that such persons might organize in such a manner as to create a critical mass of reports in order to motivate you to close our store.  It is therefore not accurate to say that our store was not suspended due to our support of Palestinians and Palestinian human rights, only that this was perhaps not your intention.

 The Etsy representative calmly and patiently explained the policy, writing

"Based on the information you've provided, it appears that you, the person responsible for running the Etsy shop, are not making or designing the items being sold. As a result, I've determined that your business does not meet Etsy's Guidelines and suspended your selling privileges."


But Paul's a classy guy. If he's going down, everyone is going down. Speaking of  "sabotaging the competition",  he writes to Etsy, fingering all other resellers of Palestinian goods:

Here is a partial list of other Etsy producers of the same or similar keffiyehs as ours, some of them from the same producer in Palestine:

Same items from other Etsy stores, same producer as ours (Yasir Hirbawi, in Palestine), all cotton:

Made in Turkey or other countries, same manufacturing process, often with synthetic fabric.

Paul, Larudee

There you have it, activists.  As your Etsy shops get closed down, one by one, you now know who is responsible. No, its not  the Worldwide Zionist Conspiracy, though we are sitting back with our popcorn and enjoying the show.  This is in the hands of your very own Paul Larudee.

Out of Business: ISM shop shuttered on Etsy

Ah, the exceptionalism of the Palestinians and their advocates.

Paul Larudee of the International Solidarity movement (ISM) is upset. After several years of selling Palestinian olive oil, soaps and Keffiyehs on the Etsy  website, their shop was closed.  Paul howled "discrimination". but it wasn't.  

Rules don’t apply to anti-Israel activists after all. Never mind that the Etsy marketplace deals exclusively with handmade goods, vintage goods and craft supplies, and the commercial, mass produced products marketed by the ISM were outside the scope of Etsy. Never mind that the ISM violated the very principles and mission of the Etsy, and damaged the integrity of the site by arrogantly shirking the guidelines

They are the victims. They are always the victims.

From Etsy:

In our diverse marketplace, handmade can't mean a single method or process. Instead, it's about these three principles.
A handmade item begins with you. Etsy's not the place to sell new items you had no role in creating.
Shop owners on Etsy are invested and knowledgeable about how their handmade items are made.
By being open and honest about how items are made, we create a marketplace built on trust.

Nonetheless, the ISM whines:
Etsy's complaint against us was that our items are not hand made by us. That is of course only partly true, because nearly everything that we sell requires the time and effort of our group volunteers to finish the product and make it ready for shipping.
A more telling point, however, is that there are nine other Etsy sellers offering keffiyehs for sale, and theirs are not any more handmade than ours. In fact, four of them offer the exact same product as us, from the exact same supplier in Palestine (Hirbawi factory). Why are we being singled out? We think it is precisely because we are a nonprofit supporting Palestinians and Palestinian human rights. That is the main difference between us and the other Etsy stores.
 No, packaging a product doesn't make it handmade.  And its just a matter before those other shops are closed too, for violating the ETSY principles.

Friday, March 13, 2015

#AskHamas The Hilarity Continues

The mainstream media, the Israeli Press, the Jewish press and countless bloggers have picked up on the social media phenomenon of #AskHamas

From Haaretz 
#AskHamas' Twitter campaign quickly backfires

From The Times of Israel
#AskHamas Twitter campaign backfires on Gaza group

From the Washington Post
Hamas’s #AskHamas Twitter campaign is being mocked and it hasn’t even started yet

From the Jerusalem Post
#AskHamas campaign a trending topic on Twitter as users turn Q&A into farce

From the JTA
#AskHamas is one big #TwitterFail

The attempt to create the illusion a warmer, softer, fuzzier Hamas  has turned into a failure and an embarrassment, especially for the people of Gaza.


Judea Pearl: Zionophobia is at least as evil as Islamophobia.

Behind a paywall at Haaretz

Judea Pearl, professor of computer science and statistics at UCLA writes about the anti-Israel culture at UCLA and how it relates to the attacks on Rachel Beyda for her “Jewish affiliations”

UCLA is a campus that has allowed Middle East history to be taught by instructors who demonize Israel, and has permitted its Center for Near Eastern Studies to be directed and co-directed by BDS supporters. It is a culture where a student can come to class wearing an "Israel Kills" T-shirt, yet any mention of Muslim symbols is sure to trigger the heaviest gun of political correctness, "Islamophobia!"
It is a culture where pro-coexistence students, especially in the social sciences, prefer to keep silent rather than risk mockery and social estrangement. Most importantly, it is a campus overrun by soft-spoken BDS propagandists who managed to hijack the student government's agenda with repeated proposals for anti-Israel resolutions, the purpose of which is one: to associate the word "Israel" with the word "guilty."
Coming from this culture, it is quite natural for a council member to assume that Rachel Beyda, as a Jew, is likely to have a built-in reluctance to joining the never-ending orgy of Israel indictments. Especially indictments authored by a movement like BDS, which openly denies one of Jews' most deeply held convictions – Israel's right to exist.
I am purposely using the generic term "as a Jew" here, in its most inclusive, people-based sense. I do so because a great many Jews do consider Israel the culmination of their millennia-long history. Likewise, I follow the observations of Hillel's leadership, who repeatedly assures concerned parents and outraged donors of its commitment to the Zionist dream, and to pro-Israel education.

So why all the outrage about the misuse of the inclusive term "Jewish?" Roth's mistake was not that she probed into Beyda's faith as a Jew, but that she implied that Jews can only gain social acceptance and student government credentials by joining the "indict-Israel" circus, as some of their professors have chosen to do.

Part of our outrage should also be directed at ourselves, and at our leadership, for failing to educate the campus that Jews are a people, not merely a religion, that this people has a dream called Zionism and that religion does not have a monopoly on human sensitivity. In other words, that when it comes to campus norms of civility, Zionophobia is at least as evil as Islamophobia.
By reacting to anti-Semitism with greater sensitivity than to anti-Israelism we reinforce the idea that religions are entitled to a greater protection from discrimination than other identity-forming narratives, and we thus give anti-coexistence forces the legitimacy they seek to harass Israel-supporters with ideological impunity.

Read it all here

Thursday, March 12, 2015

#AskHamas. What could possibly go wrong?

Inspired by the phenomenally successful #AskGalloway campaign, the media wing of Hamas has announced a new  social media operation .  Senior members of the terrorist group will answer questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskHamas, presumably to show a softer, gentler Hamas.

Hamas media coordinator Taher al-Nunu announced the launch of a weeklong interactive campaign starting Friday on social media outlets under the hashtag #AskHamas.

The campaign aims at answering any questions that might be raised by European communities with the approach of the time limit, on March 18, of the EU appeal of an earlier court ruling calling for the removal of Hamas from EU’s terrorism list.

Nunu said, in a speech during a media workshop on Thursday, that the campaign would primarily target western audiences, especially in the EU.

“It will send messages reflecting Hamas’s opinions and attitudes towards many issues that concern the western people and demonstrate that Hamas is not a terrorist group”, he explained.

Its going quite well.

This will be going on all week. Join in the fun, and #AskHamas anything.

Anything at all.

Rasmea Odeh sentenced to prison, deportation

Rasmea Odeh, a member of the PFLP terror group was convicted of a 1969 bombing that killed Hebrew University students Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner,  as well as the attempted bombing of the British Consulate in Israel.

She served 10 years of a life sentence before being released in a prisoner exchange in 1979, and came to America.  In November 2014, Rasmea was convicted in federal court in Detroit of lying on her immigration paperwork by denying her Israeli convictions,  incarceration, and affiliation with terror groups

Today, Rasmea Odeh was sentenced to 18 month in prison and stripped of her citizenship. She will be deported to Jordan at the end of her sentence. She is free on bond pending a planned appeal.

Anti-Israel activists attempted to turn this trial into a highly politicized  anti-Israel circus. It didn't fool Judge Gershwin Drain

"It's not about freedom fighters,"  Judge Drain said. "It's about telling the truth."

Victims of Rasmea Odeh: Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner

Funeral of Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Surprising reaction by the family of Israeli Teen assasinated by ISIS.

Accused of being a spy by ISIS, 19 year old Israeli Arab Muhammad Said Musallam was assassinated this week.

His parents'  reaction may surprise you. From an interview with Said Musallam, Muhammd's father

Via the Jerusalem Post

“I understood from my son that Islamic State lied to him,” he said.

“I will sacrifice myself and my three other sons to go to war and fight against Islamic State with Israel. The leader of Islamic State will die the way my son died. His death is coming.”

His son had been killed, Said said, because he knew too much.

“Muhammad was knowledgeable about Islamic State – the maps, territories, locations, everything,” he said. “The reason Islamic State was scared was because if he came back to Israel, he could tell the Mossad the information and destroy them because he knew everything.”

Despite his son’s decision to join the terrorist organization, Said emphasized that he and his family stood with Israel.

“My loyalty is to Israel, because my family lives in Jewish neighborhoods and no one gives us any trouble or complications,” he said.

“We believe that we are family. We have the same father, Abraham.”

Anti-Semitism at the University of California: Its getting hard to ignore

UC President Janet Napolitano and UC Board of Regents Chairman Bruce D. Varner made the following statement today (March 11):

Recent instances of anti-Semitism at University of California campuses compel us to speak out against bigotry and hate, wherever it might occur and whoever might be targeted.

Like other members of the University of California, we were appalled when student government representatives at UCLA doubted the ability of a Jewish student to serve on the Judicial Board without bias simply because of her faith. While the student government representatives ultimately realized they were wrong to treat this student as they had, and voted unanimously to appoint her to the Board, the initial action wounded the entire UC community. 

Earlier this year, vandals at UC Davis defaced a Jewish fraternity house with anti-Semitic graffiti, including two swastikas — a hateful affront to all across the UC system. Administrative leaders and students quickly decried the crime as repugnant and a gross violation of our values. But the damage was done, to all of us.

Anti-Semitic incidents such as these, as well as bigotry directed against any members of the UC community because of their faith, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, will not be tolerated. They deserve our condemnation. We applaud the UCLA and UC Berkeley student governments for unanimously passing resolutions condemning anti-Semitism.

All of us bear responsibility for preserving and strengthening the University of California’s bedrock values of respect, inclusion and civility. Doing so requires the constant attention and the enduring commitment of every member of our community, every day, everywhere.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cal Student Sumayya Din trivializes murder

Via StandwithUs

An anti-Israel candidate for student senate, Sumayya Din, at UC Berkeley decided to promote her campaign with a play on the word, "Intifada." 

On this day, March 9, 2002, during the Second Intifada, 11 Israelis were killed and 54 were injured (most severely) when a Palestinian terrorist blew up a Cafe in Jerusalem.

This candidate's slogan makes light of a massive campaign of violence (The Second Intifada) in which racist terrorist organizations killed over 1,000 Israelis.

Intifada Is Murder. Not A Campaign Slogan.

A student senate candidate at the University of California, Berkeley is under fire after making reference to the murder of innocent men, women and children as part of her campaign platform. 

Despite the fact the UC Berkeley recently unanimously passed a bill condemning anti-Semitism, Sumayyah Din, a candidate on the "Independent Voice" slate, made use of the term when she launched her campaign late Sunday evening. 

"I am honored to have the opportunity to run for ASUC Senate as an independent candidate," wrote Din. She added:
I believe it is tremendously important for ALL students at Cal to have a voice in our student government and I want to represent my communities in this space. My vision encompasses a collaborative force on campus that utilizes our collective identities for an inclusive campus climate. I hope to move forward with the utmost transparency, compassion, and vigor. Vote the Independent Voice for an Independent Choice! #DIN4THEWIN #DINASTY #DINTIFADA #DOIT4THEDIN
An intifada is defined literally as "uprising" or "resistance." During Palestinian intifadas, attacks have included Islamist suicide bombers detonating themselves in public areas within Israel and have led to the deaths of hundreds of innocent men, women and children of all faiths. Din edited her post and removed the intifada reference hours after posting.

Can't help but wonder if those who dismiss this as a  "manufactured controversy" feel that way about campaigns against made in New Jersey hummus, or boycotts of Israeli modern dance troupes.

I'd guess not.

Jewish Voice for Peace: Still spreading lies

If groups like Jewish Voice for Peace have their way, the indoctrination of our young people will begin well before college

The annual California Council for the Social Studies Conference was held last weekend at the Oakland Marriott. In addition to the usual textbook and software vendors, the fringe group of anti-Israel activists also had a booth. 

 NGO Monitor on Jewish Voice for Peace

 (JVP) ...views itself as the "Jewish wing" of the Palestinian solidarity movement.  Though JVP regards the organized Jewish community as its "enemy" and "opponent," it nonetheless demands a seat at the communal table.  The strategy, as stated by JVP's executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson, is to create "a wedge" within the American Jewish community to generate the impression of polarization over Israel.  The tactic is to dilute support for Israel in the Jewish community, toward the goal of reducing or eliminating the United States government's economic, military, and political support for Israel.

JVP activists lured people to their table with a huge pile of Hershey's miniatures, and reeled in their unsuspecting victims by encouraging them to take a spin on their wheel of "truth"  Those who fell for it were subjected to a false historical narrative of out of context quotes, misrepresentations, deletions and downright lies.

In the JVP mindset, Israel "seized" the Gaza strip and the West bank, but Israel's near miraculous defeat of 6 Arab armies in that war was not worth a mention. To JVP, Israel's "wall"- never mind that 97% is a fence- exists to prevent Palestinian access to Israel. Its security function and its success at  protecting the Israeli population went unmentioned.  The mythical "right" of return, the libel of "Jewish only" roads, the lie of racial segregation- long discredited tropes were dug up and displayed at this convention. History and truth were discarded.

The mission of the  California Council for Social Studies  states

"We want our students to understand the value, the importance, and the fragility of democratic institutions to develop a keen sense of ethics and citizenship, and to care deeply about the quality of life in their community, their nation and their world." 

It hard to see how the lies and demonization spread by  JVP work towards that aim.

One teacher painstaking explained to the activists why the 4 part maps that were distributed did not show a historical reality. She was summarily and rudely dismissed.

We'll give her the last word.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Jewish Voice for Peace. Aiding and Abetting Anti-Semites. Again.

 The 2015 AIPAC Policy conference was the largest ever, with over 16,000 supporters of strong bonds between Israel and America attending.  Of those, 3,000 were college students, ground zero in the campaign against Israel.  A variety of fringe groups protested the event. Jewish Voice for Peace proudly stood shoulder to shoulder with notoriously anti-Semitic groups in its protest of the conference. The group was silent as a Hezbollah terror flag was unfurled at their protest.  Later that week, the same groups joined forces to protest Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to Congress

In an email, Hatem Bazians' American Muslims for Palestine boasted of the alliance, which also included such fringe groups as the Neturai Karta and Code Pink

In Algemeiner, Yizthak Santis asks  "Why is a self-styled “Jewish organization” collaborating with rabid anti-Israel campaigners, including antisemites?", chronicling how Jewish Voice for Peace's partnership with groups that use anti-Semitic rhetoric belie its claims  that “as Jews, we have no tolerance for antisemitism”

He writes:

With such partners, it should come as no surprise that JVP endorses the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This is consistent with JVP activities such as attempting to block ZIM cargo ships from unloading in Tampa and in Los Angeles, participating in the Free Gaza flotillas, and raising funds for the anti-Zionist International Solidarity Movement.

Why does JVP associate itself with such radical, hateful organizations? Perhaps it is because they share the same goal: Israel’s demise. To this end, JVP advances a one-sided anti-Israel narrative, refers to Israel as an “apartheid” state, and lobbies to distance the United States from Israel. JVP views itself as the “Jewish wing of the Palestinian Solidarity movement” and is an integral part of this anti-Israel coalition, serving as its “Jewish shield,” washing away the moral stain of antisemitism from their partners’ records.

Given JVP’s emphatic statement that “as Jews, we have no tolerance for antisemitism,” the organization should be the first to speak out against its allies’ antisemitic rhetoric. Yet JVP remains silent, showing it has a blind spot when anti-Jewish hate emanates from its anti-Israel comrades. This willingness to consort with antisemites hiding behind an anti-Zionist façade says much more about JVP’s character than Israel, the sole target of its vitriolic and obsessive criticism.

Read it all here:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

"Censoring Palestine at the University: Free Speech and Academic Freedom at a Crossroads"

The academic gatekeepers  who cry “Islamophobia” in an  effort to prevent meaningful discourse on the role of religion in the worlds conflicts are having a conference tomorrow at UC Berkeley. The same groups that decry "normalization" and dialog - the same groups that shout down speakers they disagree with will be discussing "censorship".

"Censoring Palestine at the University: Free Speech and Academic Freedom at a Crossroads" is sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine, Council on American Islamic Relations-SF Bay Area, Jewish Voice for Peace-Bay Area Chapter, Students for Justice in Palestine-Berkeley and the Muslim Students Association.

March 6th, 2015
9:00AM- 6:30 PM
100 Boalt Hall School of Law
University of California, Berkeley

Panel One
9:30AM - 11:15AM
An Overview of Palestine at the Academy
Yaman Salahi, Staff Attorney at Asian Law Caucus
Rahim Kurwa, SJP UCLA
Taliah Mirmalek, SJP UC Berkeley
Moderator: Liz Jackson

Panel Two
11:30AM- 1:15PM
Typology of Palestine's Censorship at the Academy
Prof. Hilary Aked
Typology of Censorship
Prof. Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco
"Balancing" Moderates with Extremists: How Academic Administrators Demand Inclusion of Supporters of Occupation
Rahim Kurwa, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, UC Los Angeles
Censorship of pro-Palestinian Speech at the University of California since 2009

Panel Three
2:15PM - 4:00PM
Academic Discourses on Palestine: Structured Limits
Prof. Lara Deeb, Chair of Anthropology at Scripps College
Prof. Jessica Winegar, Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University.
Fears of Attacks on Academic Freedom: Anthropologists Navigate Israel/Palestine
Prof. Deborah A. Gordon, Chair and Associate Professor, Center for Women's Studies and Religion Department, Wichita State University
Honor Diaries: Islamophobia in Zionism's Retort to Palestine on Campus

Panel 4
4:30 - 6:30PM
Censoring Palestine at the University: Free Speech and Academic Freedom at a Crossroads
Prof. Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University
Censoring Palestine at the University: Free Speech and Academic Freedom at a Crossroads
Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies
Resisting the New McCarthyism: Campus Activism and Zionist Backlash at San Francisco State University
Dr. Hatem Bazian, Near Eastern and Asian American Studies Departments at UC Berkeley, Professor and Co-Founder of Zaytuna College.
Institutional Gate Keepers and Seamless Censorship

The audience appears to be rather limited

Censoring truth. This was a public conference in a public university yet the photographer was threatened for taking this snapshot.