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The Ten Worst U.S. Purveyors of Antisemitism, #2: Students for Justice in Palestine

Brutal bigots are attacking, harassing, and intimidating people at a campus near you.

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P. David Hornik

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February 2, 2014 - 9:00 am
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Students for Justice in Palestine is a vicious, violent, antisemitic organization that hopes to contribute to Israel’s destruction. With U.S. campuses a hotbed of antisemitic and anti-Israeli agitation driven mainly by Muslim and leftist organizations, the Anti-Defamation League has called SJP the “most ubiquitous” of these groups.

SJP was founded by Islamic and Marxist activists at Berkeley in 2001. One of its cofounders, Hatem Bazian, is a senior lecturer at UC Berkeley who won notoriety in 2004 by calling for an intifada in the United States. Before cofounding SJP, Bazam was a student activist at San Francisco State University and, according to Rabbi Doug Kahn, “more responsible than any other student on campus for trying to make life miserable for Jewish students.” That included working to keep students with Jewish last names out of student government.

SJP’s other cofounder is Snehal Shingavi, a Marxist and member of the International Socialist Organization. Shingavi, now at the University of Texas at Austin, made a national splash in 2002 when he offered a course at Berkeley on “Palestinian Resistance” and said conservatives need not apply. He has praised the Taliban, Iraqi terror, and Hamas, and his collaboration with Bazian was a classic case of the Red-Green Alliance.

SJP, which is closely allied with American Muslims for Palestine, has kept growing and now has about 90 chapters at American universities. It held its first national conference at Columbia in 2011. There it promulgated its “Points of Unity,” which state that SJP is

committed to ending Israel’s occupation and colonization of all Arab lands…. It calls for respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194.

In line with this destroy-Israel agenda, based in part on a nonbinding GA resolution that was unequivocally rejected by the Arab world at the time, SJP mounts “apartheid wall” displays on campuses, campaigns for divestment from Israel, equates Israelis with Nazis, disrupts events with Israeli and pro-Israeli speakers—and worse.

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When I was a student there was a place on campus, It was a sort of free speech zone where you could set up a table and promote your cause. We just called it "the bridge". Mostly just typical student stuff, frats, sororities, football team support, but also political activism. You just applied to student council and if you a legit student group you got permission.

This was during the first intifada and Israel Palestinian relations were horrible. I knew the primary Palestinian activists on campus at the time. We had some coffee and conversation, not about Israel. They knew that I was very much on the opposite side. Nobody was trying to convince the other.

These guys were for the most part clever, articulate and charming. They were in fields like engineering, chemistry or math. The political science, and feminist studies girls I knew, well some of them anyway were in thrall. They hosted frat type parties.

We israel supporters got our permit one day to set out a table on "the bridge" and handed out pieces of cake in honor of Israel Independence Day.

I remember one of the Palestinian guys I knew walking by. He coiled like a snake and lashed out loudly at us. He meant to intimidate. I showed him the cake and stood there looking him in the eye, until he left. He looked rather sheepish actually, slumping away after screaming at us by himself as we handed out smiles and slices of blue and white frosted cake.

The way to shut these guys down is to teach and encourage pro Israel students to show more backbone. Campus tends to allow a lot of leeway, it should. Few American Jewish young people today have encountered overt antisemitism and do not know how to respond.

My suggestions:

Stand your ground. Do not let your opponent intimidate you.

Learn and study. Succeed in your career. This is the most important. That is what you went here for to begin with. Your opponent is no smarter or more capable than you are.

Be a warrior. The world is a terrible place sometimes.





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Food for thought.

Justice Matthew Cooper who is Jewish, is convinced I am anti-Semitic. But, why would he conduct himself from the bench in such a way that would fuel anti-Semitism? Unless his outburst is an inspection of his own brain for his hatred of Gentile fathers of European decent.

Maybe he knows Jay Lefkowitz who said to The New York Times:

“Deep down, I believe that a little anti-Semitism is a good thing for the Jews – reminds them who they are" (New York Times Magazine, February 12, 1995 p. 65). These comments were made by Jay Lefkowitz, a lawyer, who served as President Bush’s Special Envoy for Human Rights. The fact that the comments originated with a lawyer is uncanny, but even more so because of his background and his status as a Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea. What the comments really demonstrate is that a desirable amount of anti-Semitism – Mr. Lefkowitz needs “a little anti-Semitism", not a lot – whenever absent, can and must be induced by provocation to perpetuate the cause for Jewish group stratagem.

Just thinking out loud.


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Fanaticism is now mainstream in the legal community, that it is affecting my divorce case:
When a Judge (or the lawyers) loses his or her objectivity, then the truism applies:
Everything is religious, everything is political.


Justice Matthew F. Cooper: Sending me this about "The F--king Jews"
Mr. Santomauro: No, actually, it was the opposite of that. It was "F--k the Arabs" in the essay.
Sandra Schpoont (Attorney for my 11 year old son): Oh, that's better.
Steven Mandel (Attorney for my ex-wife): Oh, that's better.
Justice Matthew F. Cooper: Oh, that's better.


Letter from The Mandel Law Firm (Steven J. Mandel) 12-9-13
http://tinyurl.com/ozkcek8


Justice Matthew F. Cooper: "Is that [Jewish] agenda to dilute the Aryan race?" On page 20:


http://www.adelaideinstitute.org/newsletters/Newsletter%20727.pdf

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The essay in question:
+The Myth of the Innocent Civilian

http://www.nolanchart.com/article674-the-myth-of-the-innocent-civilian.html

"Justice Matthew F. Cooper has distorted, invented or misremembered almost every significant claim and phrase. In particular, 'Jewish conspiracy' is completely false, in spirit and in word.

"It is serious and upsetting. Rather than correct a smear, Justice Cooper has attempted, perhaps not surprisingly, to justify one smear with another in the same direction.

"Michael Santomauro promotes the ideal of "scientific journalism" – where the underlaying evidence of all articles is available to the reader precisely in order to avoid these type of distortions. Michael Santomauro treasurse his strong Jewish support just as he treasures the support from pan-Arab democracy activists and others who share the hope for a just world." --I.S.


Peace.
Michael Santomauro
Cell: 917-974-6367
+TWITTER: http://twitter.com/#!/Santomauro

"An anti-Semite condemns people for being Jews, I am not an anti-Semite."--Michael Santomauro.
38 weeks ago
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I'm Canadian and I've seen reports in recent years to the effect that the anti-Israel groups function very similarily here in Canada at universities like York (in Toronto) and University of Ottawa. I don't know if the same student groups are involved via Canadian chapters or whether these are different but similar groups but I certainly would not feel very comfortable on Canadian campuses if I were Jewish, assuming the accounts I've read were accurate.
41 weeks ago
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When I was a student there was a place on campus, It was a sort of free speech zone where you could set up a table and promote your cause. We just called it "the bridge". Mostly just typical student stuff, frats, sororities, football team support, but also political activism. You just applied to student council and if you a legit student group you got permission.

This was during the first intifada and Israel Palestinian relations were horrible. I knew the primary Palestinian activists on campus at the time. We had some coffee and conversation, not about Israel. They knew that I was very much on the opposite side. Nobody was trying to convince the other.

These guys were for the most part clever, articulate and charming. They were in fields like engineering, chemistry or math. The political science, and feminist studies girls I knew, well some of them anyway were in thrall. They hosted frat type parties.

We israel supporters got our permit one day to set out a table on "the bridge" and handed out pieces of cake in honor of Israel Independence Day.

I remember one of the Palestinian guys I knew walking by. He coiled like a snake and lashed out loudly at us. He meant to intimidate. I showed him the cake and stood there looking him in the eye, until he left. He looked rather sheepish actually, slumping away after screaming at us by himself as we handed out smiles and slices of blue and white frosted cake.

The way to shut these guys down is to teach and encourage pro Israel students to show more backbone. Campus tends to allow a lot of leeway, it should. Few American Jewish young people today have encountered overt antisemitism and do not know how to respond.

My suggestions:

Stand your ground. Do not let your opponent intimidate you.

Learn and study. Succeed in your career. This is the most important. That is what you went here for to begin with. Your opponent is no smarter or more capable than you are.

Be a warrior. The world is a terrible place sometimes.





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