San Francisco State University is a disgrace. In 2014, they partnered with An-Najah University in the "West Bank" which is known as a "green house for martyrs" as the students there regularly support violence against the Jewish State. Last year, Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, was shouted down when he tried to give a speech at SFSU. None of the student perpetrators were punished.
Please check out this article from Middle East Forum on more details about SFSU catering to anti-Semitic elements at the school.
Contact the President of the University, Les Wong, to express your concern about the treatment of Jewish students at SFSU:
The American pro-Israel community has a lot of work to do. While many pro-Israel organizations in the United States, including AIPAC, ZOA, Christians United for Israel, Stand with US, and many others, have been effective in defending the Jewish State, there is always more we can do. At Counter Boycott we decided to make a list of the five greatest challenges facing the American pro-Israel community, and how we can tackle these challenges.
The Fringe of American Politics
The Republican Party is almost uniformly staunchly supportive of Israel. However, they must guard against the isolationists in their midst who would like to see America pull back from the world stage. The recent hysteria about Trump inciting a spike in anti-Semitism in America has been proven false, as the JCC bomb threats were perpetrated by a left-wing Bernie Sanders supporter and a troubled Jewish teen in Israel. The alt-right and neo-Nazis are a problem that must be guarded against, but they are relegated to the fringes, and have no political power or influence.
Any serious reflection by pro-Israel Democrats must conclude that there is a problem within their ranks. The left-wing base of the Democrats has been shifting away from Israel for years, culminating in the mention of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital being booed by the crowd at the 2012 Democrat National Convention. The Deputy Director of the DNC is now Keith Ellison, the most outspoken critic of Israel in the U.S. Congress. Furthermore, left-wing interest groups, like Black Lives Matter and the recent Women’s March, are led by anti-Semites, and contain vehemently anti-Israel tenets as part of their agendas.
Groups like AIPAC, and other Jewish and pro-Israel groups, must do a better job of purging the Democrat party of its anti-Israel elements.
The place we send our children to grow up and obtain wisdom, the university, is the hotbed of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment in America.
There are too many disturbing incidents to list them all, but here are some examples of campus anti-Semitism over the last few years:
▪ Last year at the Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY), SJP students were chanting, “Zionists out of CUNY! Zionists out of CUNY!” Apparently pro-Israel Jewish students aren’t welcome there.
▪ In 2014 at San Francisco State University, Mohammad Hammad, the president of GUPS (General Union of Palestinian Students) an offshoot of SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine), posted a photo on his Tumblr page in which he was holding a knife. In a caption to the photo, Hammad openly threatened murder: “I seriously can not get over how much I love this blade. It is the sharpest thing I own and cuts through everything like butter and just holding it makes me want to stab an Israeli soldier.”
▪ Also in 2014, outspoken anti-Israel SFSU Professor Rabab Abdulhadi received $7,000 from the University—taxpayer money— to travel on a “political solidarity tour” to the Middle East to meet with the most famous member of the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), a recognized terrorist organization responsible for 159 terrorist attacks, including the murder of 20 U.S. citizens.
▪ Just a few months ago, SJP held their annual conference at George Mason University, where one of their supporters was overheard saying she wanted to “fuck up a Zionist.” Another member posted a picture of the group using the flag of the Jewish State of Israel as a doormat.
▪ In 2011, a UC Berkeley Jewish student sued the University for fostering an atmosphere of intimidation and anti-Semitism after the leader of the SJP club rammed her with a shopping cart.
▪ SJP supporters regularly chant at their rallies, “We support the intifada!” The “intifada” is a term that describes the terrorist war against Jews in Israel.
Up against such hate, the pro-Israel community must fight back. The Horowitz Freedom Center has been effective, launching important counterattacks like “Islamic Apartheid Week” and the “Wall of Truth” which expose the hateful lies and hypocrisy of Israel’s enemies.
Advocacy organizations such as ZOA, Hasbara and Stand with Us have also been vital in training students how to defend Israel in the court of public opinion. The Jewish community must continue to give money to these important organizations. Also, parents should encourage their sons and daughters in college to start, or join, pro-Israel groups. Alumnus should refuse to to support Universities that go soft on campus anti-Semitism. We must all redouble our efforts, and make sure that Israel is adequately defended and promoted at American universities.
The Iran Nuclear deal was a travesty. The deal does not dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and will only slow down their race to the bomb, as the Mullah’s maintain their capability to enrich uranium. In return, the Iranians are getting major sanctions relief in the form of more than $100 billion now available to them. The tough sanctions regime, which took decades of tough diplomacy to build up, is now shattered.
Former ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton calls this deal an “abject surrender” for the United States. Bret Stephens calls it, “Worse Than Munich.” Prime Minister Netanyahu calls it “an historic mistake...this agreement has made the world a much more dangerous place.” Naftali Bennett, Chairman of the Jewish Home Party in Israel warns, “If a nuclear suitcase blows up five years from now in New York or Madrid, it will be because of the deal signed this morning.” Even Israeli left-leaning Tzipi Livni said, “This is a terrible deal that will threaten not only us [Israel], but the entire world.”
The Iran deal should be shredded, the military option should be back on the table, and sanctions should be increased. The recent chemical attack in Syria shows that deals with depots to contain WMDs rarely work. The pro-Israel community should lobby congress and the administration to effectively meet this threat.
It is important to know that a nuclear Iran threatens the U.S. as well as Israel.
Jews shouldn’t be ashamed to say that support for Israel ranks among their most important political priorities. If it doesn’t, then there is a problem. The pro-Israel community must do a better job of encouraging our friends and family to become more educated and politically active, in order to promote a strong American- Israel relationship. We must understand that the welfare of Israel is not disconnected from that of American Jews. Jews in America underestimate how important a strong and prosperous Israel is to the collective Jewish psyche. If something terrible were to happen to Israel, or should there be a mass migration of Jews out of Israel, the status of the Diaspora would be negatively impacted forever.
A strong Israel with a strong military also serves as a deterrent against terrorist attacks against Jews all over the world. Furthermore, a strong Israel is in America’s rational self-interest, as Israel is on the front line in the war against radical Islam. With much of the Arab world caught up in violence and instability, Israel is the one country we can count on for support and reliable intelligence, and to serve as a check against radical elements that threaten America everyday.
The BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign-- which seeks to isolate Israel as a unique menace in the world, unworthy of normal standing among the community of nations-- was launched against Israel several years ago. The campaign is meant to portray Israel in the same light as apartheid South Africa, a country that institutionalized segregation. Of course, this is complete nonsense, as two million non-Jews in Israel enjoy the same rights as Jews. Furthermore, there are many non-Jews serving in the Israeli Knesset.
This campaign encourages people to refrain from doing business with Israeli companies and universities. Many college professors and pop music figures in America have embraced this campaign. Roger Waters, the former lead singer of Pink Floyd, is spearheading it. He refuses to perform in Israel and is encouraging his musical cohorts to join him. Elvis Costello and The Gorillaz have followed his lead, and have all canceled their scheduled performances in Israel.
This is unacceptable. The pro-Israel community must make it known that boycotting the only Jewish State will not go unnoticed. It is one thing to criticize Israel, which, in proportion and without demonizing, is totally acceptable. However, it is totally unacceptable to try to destroy Israel economically, which is the BDS campaign’s primary goal. The pro-Israel community should not support those who engage in the BDS campaign; don’t buy their CDs, don’t go to their shows, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
And, of course, lastly, BUY ISRAEL!
Prime Minister Netanyahu supports President Trump's military strikes against the butcher Assad, in response for the chemical attack against innocent civilians.
So far, the only two suspects in the wave of recent anti-Semitic bomb scares at Jewish Community Centers in the U.S. are a Bernie Sander's supporter and a troubled Jewish Israeli Teen.
Read more on this story at Legal Insurrection
Hillel Neuer, head of the excellent organization UN Watch, goes into the lion's den and shows how true apartheid occurs in the many Arab States that have ethnically cleansed their countries of Jews:
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Europe better stay vigilant. Read the entire story on the Jerusalem Post.
At Counter Boycott, we are startled by the recent vandalism at Jewish cemeteries, and bomb scares at JCCs across the country. All available resources should go towards finding the perpetrators and prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law. It certainly appears that anti-Semitic incidents have increased in the U.S. during the last several months. However, blaming these incidents on President Trump are misguided. At this point, we have no idea who the perpetrators are. They could be neo-Nazis, Islamists, or even left-wing hoaxers trying to incite hatred against the new administration. Until the criminals are identified we should not point any fingers.
There is no question that Jews have enemies on both fringes of the political spectrum, but anti-Semitism is not a new phenomenon that started once Donald Trump became President. It's been with us for thousands of years. And if we're going to be honest, in the United States, most of the ant-Semitism over the last couple decades has come from the left, not the right. In response to the accusations against Donald Trump, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren stated, "during my time in Washington [as Israeli ambassador], I never encountered right-wing anti-Semitism, but I experienced a lot of anti-Semitism, mainly on campuses. Ask Jewish students in America if they fear anti-Semitism. They do — not from the right, but from the left.”
Michael Oren is right. According to a comprehensive study on the subject by AMCHA Initiative, an organization that fights campus anti-Semitism:
“A survey of U.S. Jewish college students by Trinity College and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law revealed that 54% of surveyed students reported experiencing or witnessing instances of antisemitism on campus during the first six months of the 2013-2014 academic year. Another survey of campus anti-semitism conducted by Brandeis University in the Spring of 2015 found that three-quarters of North American Jewish college student respondents had been exposed to anti-semitic rhetoric, and one-third of students surveyed reported having been harassed because they were Jewish.”
These anti-Semitic campus acts are not being perpetrated by neo-Nazis.
In addition, there is an unbelievable story that has gone unnoticed by the mainstream media. Democrat Congress-woman Jan Schakowski recently shared a stage with a Palestinian terrorist with Jewish blood on her hands--Rasmea Odeh--who was convicted of masterminding a terrorist attack in Israel, and later released in an Israeli prisoner swap deal. Where is the outcry from the ADL and the AJC? Could you imagine if a Republican official shared a stage with a KKK member convicted of murdering black Americans? The national outcry would be swift, and that individual would rightly be shamed into leaving office. But with this terrible incident there is silence. This is unacceptable.
As Israel supporters, we must condemn anti-Semitism wherever it rears its ugly head, and we should be just as outspoken in calling out anti-Semitism on the left as we are to call it out on the right.
The Counter Boycott Team