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Middle School Brainwashing: Would MLK Approve of Holocaust Denial and Anti-Semitism?

Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California, turns its back on its namesake's vision: it's hosting a Holocaust denier and a virulently anti-American and anti-Semitic rapper at a program tonight. Student tickets are free, of course. Update: "It’s come to this," Ed Driscoll writes: "CNN's Anderson Cooper defends segregated education."

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Laura Rubenfeld

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May 13, 2010 - 12:00 am
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Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California — a public school — will host a fundraiser for the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). The evening’s festivities are titled: “Rendezvous with Victory: Benefiting the Children in Gaza.”

Headlining the event will be Hezbollah supporter Norman Finkelstein, who will be promoting his new book, This Time We Went Too Far: Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion. He will be joined by pro-Palestinian activist Jody McIntyre and the viciously anti-American, anti-Israel rap artist Lowkey.

Perhaps all one needs to understand Norman Finkelstein is apparent in the respect afforded him by Iran:

In light of Finkelstein’s history of attacking Holocaust survivors — Elie Wiesel, he claims, lied about his background — it is not surprising that, when the Iranians convened a Holocaust-denial conference [in 2006], they invited two Americans: David Duke and Norman Finkelstein.

Finkelstein’s appearance is evidence of a school event coordinator with an agenda regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and an indifference in presenting a balanced perspective to the school’s children. However, as galling as Finkelstein’s invitation is, the presentation of anti-Israel animus in the form of a rap artist belies a complete and undeniable attempt to brainwash children with anti-American and anti-Zionist sentiment.

Lowkey performed this week at UC San Diego for the Muslim Student Association’s “Israel Apartheid Week.” He is also scheduled to perform at UC Santa Cruz and the University of Arizona.

Click here to watch Lowkey’s video for “Obama Nation.” You will see an incitement to violence against America: following brutal criticism of the U.S., the video shows a nuclear explosion superimposed with the words “Obama Nation.”

Following is a portion of the lyrics to Obama Nation“:

Since 1945, the United States has attempted to overthrow

more than 50 foreign governments

In the process the United States has ended the life

of several million people

And condemned millions more to a life of agony and despair

The strength of the dream prevents you from reason

The American dream only makes sense if you are dreaming



Take everything from me and from Africans

and wonder why I call it the racist experiment

Afraid of your melanin, that ain’t gonna change

with the race of the president.

Racism under your skin tone,

you could call it Christopher Columbus Syndrome.


Obama Nation” is mild compared with Lowkey’s “Long Live Palestine” (click here for the video):

While we listen to fools making ignorant tunes

Israel blocked the UN from delivering food

They bring in the troops and you won’t even glimpse at the news

They make money off the products that we are quick to consume

It’s not simply a question of different views

Forget emotion this is fact

What I spit is the truth

Makes no difference if you are a Christian or if you are Jew

They are just people living in different conditions than you.

They still die when you bomb their schools, mosques and hospitals,

it’s not because of rockets

Free people in Palestine

We will never let you go

Free, Free Palestine, Free, Free Palestine

Palestine remains in my heart forever

We stand for peace, in times of war we shant surrender

It didn’t start in this dark December

Every coin is a bullet if your [sic] Marks and Spencer

And when you are sipping Coca Cola,

That’s another pistol in the hearts of them soulless soldiers

You say you know about the Zionist lobby

But you put money in their pocket when you are buying their coffee

Talking about revolution, sitting in Starbucks

In fact, this is the kind of thinking that I can’t trust

Let alone even start to respect

Before you talk, learn the meaning of that scarf on your neck

Forget Nestle

Obama promised Israel 30 billion over the next decade

Their [sic] trigger happy and their [sic] crazy

Think about that when you are putting Huggies nappies on your baby

It’s not justa [sic] war over stolen land,

Why do you think little boys are throwing stones at tanks

How will never know how many people are dead

They drop bombs on innocent girls while they sleep in their beds.

Don’t get offended by facts, try and listen,

nothing is more anti-Semitic than Zionism

So please don’t bring bad vibes when you speak to me

There are plenty of rabbis who agree with me

How many more resolutions have to be violated?

How many more children have to annihilated

Israel is a terrorist state

They’re terrorists that terrorize

I testify that my television televised them telling me lies

This is not a war, it is systematic genocide

But whatever they try

Palestine will never die

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