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New:

Amnesty International Report: Families Under the Rubble, Israeli Attacks on Inhabited Homes, November 2014

327 Holocaust survivors and descendants call for academic and cultural boycott of Israel, August 23, 2014

Support Professor Steven Salaita against Censorship by University of Illinois





How is it possible that through two and a half years of increasingly cruel conduct of our army, the Israeli public has had almost nothing to say about soldiers...

*urinating on school computers and defecating on the rugs of homes they have garrisoned for use;

*"accidentally" demolishing the homes of innocent people that happen to be near the homes deliberately destroyed;

* preventing the residents of entire cities from leaving their houses for weeks on end (no exceptions--not for chemo, dialysis, childbirth, buying food, attending school, or visiting your sick mother);

*damaging 27 Palestinian ambulances beyond repair and wounding 187 medical personnel [www.palestinercs.org];

*and assassinating people without the niceties of trial and due process, not to mention reckless shootings in which 126 innocent children aged 13 or younger (including 19 toddlers and infants aged 5 or younger!) have lost their lives [www.btselem.org].

Why, I am trying to understand, are we Israelis so blind to this brutality?...Why are only a handful of people willing to apply the label 'war crime' to the deeds of the army--deeds that merit this designation under any objective reading of the international instruments of law?

-- Gila Svirsky,  The Great Wall of Denial, March 2003


I've been very deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa. I have seen the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about.
-- Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, April 2002

When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged roaches in a bottle.
-- Rafael Eitan, Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff, April 1983

There can be no stable and strong Jewish state so long as it has a Jewish majority of only 60 percent.
-- David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister, December 1947

If the Arabs in Israel form 40 percent of the population, this is the end of the Jewish state. But 20 percent is also a problem. If the relationship with these 20 percent is problematic, the state is entitled to employ extreme measures.
-- Benjamin Netanyahu, December 2003

Israel, the Jewish State, is predicated on a decisive and stable Jewish majority of at least 70 percent. Any lower than that and Israel will have to decide between being a Jewish state and a democratic state. If it chooses democracy, then Israel as a Jewish state will cease to exist. If it remains officially Jewish, then the state will face an unprecedented level of international isolation, including sanctions, that might prove fatal.
-- Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., May 2009


 
Israel is the most racist state in the world at this time

Zionism calls for a Jewish state.  Israel defines Jewishness, in part, in genetic terms.  A person is legally Jewish if his or her mother is Jewish, regardless of place of birth or religious belief. Israel is an apartheid state that systematically discriminates against the indigenous population, enforcing, for example, segregated buses and roads.  The result of Israeli state policies has been a 66 year program of ethnic cleansing, including expulsion of the Palestinian population, military occupation, and mass murder.

Supporting a boycott against Israel is not Anti-Semitic


Zionism is NOT synonymous with Judaism.
Supporting a boycott against Israel is no more anti-Semitic than support of the boycott of Apartheid South Africa during the 1980s was anti-White.  Many Jews of conscience and Jewish organizations condemn Israel's crimes against humanity, and support sanctions and boycott.  Among these are the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, L.A. Jews for Peace, Jews in Solidarity with Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, 540 Israeli citizens, and Israeli academics such as Neve Gordon, Emmanuel Farjoun, Rachel Giora and Kobi Snitz.

But aren't Palestinians equally responsible for the violence?

No.  Palestinians are overwhelmingly the victims of Israeli violence, much as American Indians were overwhelmingly the victims of U.S. violence in previous centuries. Israel avoids peace because peace interferes with territorial expansion and ethnic cleansing.
Israel's use of White Phosphorus furthers its
agenda of ethnic
cleansing.  This deadly weapon,
produced at Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas,
has had devastating
effects on the Palestinian
population.
For video, click here.
A statistical analysis entitled,  Reigniting Violence: How Do Ceasefires End? written by faculty members at MIT and Tel Aviv University, and a graduate student at Harvard found that "79% of all conflict pauses were interrupted when Israel killed a Palestinian, while only 8% were interrupted by Palestinian attacks (the remaining 13% were interrupted by both sides on the same day)" and that "of the 25 periods of nonviolence lasting longer than a week, Israel unilaterally interrupted 24, or 96%, and it unilaterally interrupted 100% of the 14 periods of nonviolence lasting longer than 9 days." 




Learn more
about Israel's treatment of the Palestinians, and how U.S. mainstream media distort and censor information.  Watch this balanced free Internet film: Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land: U.S. Media and the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict.


Attacking Academic Freedom
The Israel Lobby systematically attempts to stifle dissent and criticism of Israel's human rights violations.  For background, read: Academic Freedom and the Israel Lobby
and see below.

Extraordinary Courage
  This two minute video shows how a young woman faced off Israeli soldiers shooting at Palestinian children. This Youtube interview of Rachel Corrie was made two days before she was killed by Israel using a U.S. made Caterpillar military tractor.
 



Watch
The Case for Cultural & Academic Boycott of Israel
View David Klein's powerpoint presentation of Israel's 2009 attack of Gaza
Read Naomi Klein's interview about boycotting Israel without cutting off dialogue over Palestine (2009), and Haim Bresheth's and Sherna Gluck's article, "On the Fallacy of ‘Engaging’ with the Israeli Academy" (2013).




How You can Support the Boycott


A.  Endorse the Palestinian Unified call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions.  Add your name at: http://bdsmovement.net/

B.  Go to http://www.ijsn.net/225/ for a clear summary and further links for how to participate in any of the following:

1) Consumer boycott of Israeli goods. Support CodePink's boycott of Ahava Beauty products (to find more companies to boycott, click here.) Watch: Sodastream video

2) Academic and cultural boycott
    (see especially: http://www.pacbi.org/ and U.S. Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel)

3) Sports Boycott

4) Divestment from the Israeli Economy (Caterpillar Co.; for other examples, click here.)

5) Pressure local government to divest from and enforce sanctions on Israel. In California: Israel Divestment Campaign.  In Los Angeles, check for updates on "Thirsting for Justice" at www.bds-la.org/ (See also: Sommerville Divestment Project). 

6) Organize your union to divest from and enforce sanctions on Israel (See: Sommerville Divestment Project)

C.  California State University faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni may endorse:

An Open Letter to CSU Chancellor Charles Reed Regarding the CSU-Israel Study Abroad Program

D.  For help, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support  protects and advances the constitutional rights of Palestinian rights activists across the U.S.


Boycott News


Middle East Conflict, U.S. Campuses, Inside Higher Ed, by Elizabeth Redden, June 17, 2014

The academic boycott of Israel supports human rights, by David Klein, Daily Sundial, Feb 26, 2014

Jewish Voice for Peace answers SWU critics, by Estee Chandler, San Diego Jewish World, Feb 24, 2014

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association endorses academic boycott of Israel, December 2013

American Studies Association endorses academic boycott of Israel, December 2013

Association for Asian American Studies supports the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, May 2013

CSUN Students for Justice in Palestine + Students Nationwide Support Academic Boycott Resolution, Nov 10, 2013

Association for Humanist Sociology endorses academic and cultural boycott of Israel, October 12, 2013

Veolia Sells Off All Bus Lines in Israel/Palestine, Anna Baltzer, September 24, 2013

Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel, Guardian UK, May 7, 2013

Oberlin College student senate passes divestment resolution,
he Electronic Intifada, May 6, 2013

Association for Asian American Studies Resolution to Support the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions, April 20, 2013

UC Berkeley student government votes to divest, The Electronic Intifada, April 18, 2013


Teachers Union of Ireland calls for Academic Boycott of Israel in unanimous vote, April 4, 2013


UC San Diego student government votes to divest, The Electronic Intifada, March 14, 2013

Veolia Withdraws from California Water Contract Bidding, one-third of a billion dollars at stake, January 11, 2013


Stanley Jordan stands with Palestinians, cancelling gig at Israel's Jazz Festival, January 2013

BDS roundup: The victories of 2012, The Electronic Intifada

South Africa's ruling party endorses BDS campaign against Israel, Haaretz, Dec. 21, 2012: 'Johannesburg - The ruling African National Congress voted at its annual conference Thursday night to support the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The ANC declared it was "unapologetic in its view that the Palestinians are the victims and the oppressed in the conflict with Israel."'

New Zealand superfund excludes three Israeli firms on ethical grounds, The New Zealand Herald, Dec. 12, 2012

Students at University of Toronto, York University, Carleton University, University of Regina vote for BDS, Dec. 12, 2012

European football stars call for Israel boycott, Green Left, Dec. 9, 2012


Nobel peace laureates call for Israel military boycott over Gaza assault, Guardian UK, Nov. 28, 2012

Stevie Wonder Pulls Out of IDF Fundraiser, The Jewish Daily Forward, Nov. 28, 2012
An open letter to Stevie Wonder: How could you have considered singing for Israeli apartheid and occupation?

UC Irvine student government votes to divest; UC Irvine student government unanimously votes to divest

Religious leaders ask Congress to condition Israel military aid on human rights compliance, Oct., 2012, Presbyterian Church USA

Arizona State University student government votes to divest from Israel, The Electronic Intifada, June 6, 2012

National MEChA Endorses Palestinian Boycott Call Against Israel, March 30, 2012



Legal Reviews, CSUN Presidents' Statements, and Support for this Webpage


Letter from California Attorney General's Office, May 17, 2012

Excerpt: "Because we conclude upon review that the evidence...does not support a finding of misuse of such name and resources, we find no basis for any action on our part."


CSU Legal Analysis and Administrative Review on University Website Use, December 19, 2011

Excerpts:

"Professor Klein has every right to express his opinions about the treatment of the Palestinian people at the hands of the government of Israel. Furthermore, based upon his thoughts and feelings about the issue, he has every right to call for a boycott of the country. Neither action is anti-Semitic."

"Based on these administrative reviews, President Koester upheld Professor Klein’s right to express his views based on the principles and tenets of academic freedom and the nation’s guarantees of free speech."

"The University believes that removing or censoring Professor Klein’s comments because some in the campus community and/or others disagree with him and find them offensive would create a grave precedent for the University and encourage others to demand similar action on other views and comments with which they disagree. Taking action to suppress such views would also send the wrong signal to the students who we have been charged with educating about how a democracy should address issues involving differing views and be contrary to the University’s goal to tolerate open dialogue on even the most difficult issues."

"Cal State Northridge’s legal disclaimer for users notes that,

The majority of CSUN web sites do not represent the University itself in any way. Any content contained or accessible from these sites, regardless of access method (http, ftp, etc.), does not reflect the views of the Trustees of the California State University or the Executive Officers of California State  University, Northridge. Neither the CSU Trustees nor the CSUN Executive Officers endorse, warrant, or otherwise take responsibility for the contents of any material accessible from these sites."

CSUN President Koester's Statement December 5, 2011

Excerpt: "We encourage our professors—as well as students and all members of the campus community—to express their points of view, even when many others may disagree with them or even find them offensive."

"This determination does not mean that the University supports or endorses Professor Klein’s views. In fact, Professor Klein is clearly speaking for himself and does not represent Cal State Northridge as a whole. The University, as a forum for the free expression of ideas and points of view, takes no position on the individual expressions of ideas by faculty, staff, or students. But the University does uphold and preserve the principles of academic freedom—and Professor Klein’s right to express his views. Our review affirmed that this right extends to the use of an individual’s web pages, as part of the University website, as a vehicle for expression."

Letter from California Scholars for Academic Freedom to CSUN President Koester, December 16, 2011


Excerpt: "...we are writing to express our appreciation for your defense of free speech and academic freedom."

"As university faculty members, we are well aware of attempts by special interest groups to stifle critical discussion of the Middle East, and especially the Palestine/Israel conflict. By singling out individual faculty, these groups have tried to create an environment of intimidation, with a chilling effect on freedom of teaching, inquiry, and political activism. In such a poisonous atmosphere it is essential to have educational leaders, such as yourself, genuinely committed to academic freedom."

Open Letter in Support of this Website from USACBI, January 7, 2012

Excerpts: "While Dr. Klein is accused of ‘anti-Semitism’ by organizations such as 'Never Again Canada' and 'AMCHA' who seek to impose their pro-Israel, pro-Zionist politics upon the California State University, there is no content on his website that could even arguably be labeled ‘anti-Semitic’ without the offensive conflation of Jews and Jewishness with the State of Israel, its government, and its motivating ideology, Zionism..."

"This is far from the first occasion of organized pro-Israel lobbies and groups targeting faculty and students for their advocacy for Palestine. From battles over tenure faced by extraordinarily qualified Palestinian professors to unjust firings or demotions of faculty who have spoken in support of Palestine, efforts to intimidate professors are increasing."



Letter in support of academic freedom for Ilan Pappé lecture tour that AMCHA tried to prevent, by three CSU campus presidents, February 16, 2013

Excerpts:

"We are writing in response to concerns that have been raised about the appearance on our respective campuses of Ilan Pappé, Professor of History, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies, and Co-Director for the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies at Exeter University."

"The individuals who invited Professor Pappé to our respective campuses have acted within their rights to invite speakers they feel bring a perspective to an issue."

"Academic freedom and freedom of speech are not hollow ideals but rather hallowed cornerstones of higher education and a functioning democracy."

"There is no danger to a free society in allowing opposing views to be heard. The danger, instead, is in censoring them."

J’ACCUSE! THE NEW ANTI-ANTI-SEMITISM, CSUN Interim President Harry Hellenbrand, April 27, 2012

Excerpts: Many of Klein’s critics implicitly fuse the elected policy of the Israeli government with God’s covenant with the Jews as a spiritual people and/or ethnic tribe. This consolidation empowers them to denounce, with the fury of Jeremiah, dissent to policy as if it were apostasy...

AMCHA charges, too, that Klein is guilty of misusing state resources -- the CSUN web -- for political ends, citing state code. But AMCHA conducts some of its political work through UC email accounts, while SPME has solicited sponsorships for its lectures from UC departments. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with SPME and AMCHA’s political advocacy in an educational context. The context presents advocacy as a contestable proposition.

Letter from California Scholars for Academic Freedom to Los AngelesCity Attorney Trutanich, June 21, 2012

Excerpt: "We, the California Scholars for Academic Freedom, write to state our opposition to the request you received from the Global Frontier Justice Center to prosecute Professor David Klein for his website-based speech about issues pertaining to the Palestine-Israel conflict.  The Global Frontier Justice Center is asking you to abrogate the right to freedom of speech and the rights of professors to academic freedom in the name of their partisan political stance that attempts to repress any speech in the United States that criticizes Israeli policies."

CSUN President Harrison's Statement, July 22, 2012

Excerpt: "The university previously found that Dr. Klein’s expression of views and use of university resources were not in violation of university or state policies, a conclusion that has been supported by the university’s general counsel and the State Attorney General. Further, this conclusion was found to be in keeping with the California State University’s Policy on Academic Freedom and Free Speech Rights, as ratified by its Academic Senate. To censor the website would be contrary to the important value of free speech and send the disturbing message that the university is willing to restrict an individual’s right to personal expression due to disagreement with those views."

Letter from National Lawyers Guild and Center for Constitutional Rights representatives, September 22, 2013

Excerpt: "It is important to understand that the attacks on Prof. Klein and the effort to rope in CSU officials, trustees, the attorney general and others do not originate with genuine concern for our universities’ reputations or conservation of their resources, as AMCHA and several similar groups would have us believe. Rather, they are motivated by an effort to silence discourse by students, faculty and others who speak out in criticism of Israeli government policies. Spurious conflation of such criticism with anti-Semitism, together with a false description of the climate on campus for Jewish students, as if they are under constant, vicious attack, are these groups’ stock in trade."

Statement to the CSU Board of Trustees from Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles, September 25, 2013

Excerpt: "We’ve recently learned about a letter to the CSU Board of Trustees accusing Prof. David Klein of misuse of his CSUN email address and website. As you are probably aware, these accusations are not new. In our opinion they are merely an attempt by AMCHA activists to revisit baseless charges, which CSUN has already rejected."

"As is true of JVP, AMCHA doesn’t represent the “Jewish community” they represent themselves. I am not here today to oppose their positions, but to reject their attempts to limit free expression and robust debate on campuses by attacking groups and individuals in order to limit criticism of the policies of the State of Israel. Shamefully, they often do so by casting the accusation of anti-Semitism or self hating Jew."

Letter to President Harrison and Chancellor White from California Scholars for Academic Freedom, October 8, 2013

Excerpt: "We, the California Scholars for Academic Freedom,** write to express our appreciation for your support of the academic freedom and first amendment rights of  faculty at your universities. We also write to urge you to make a public statement to that effect in the case of Professor David Klein. California Scholars for Academic Freedom is an organization devoted to defending academic freedom. We represent nearly two hundred faculty at universities throughout California."

"Recently, the AMCHA Initiative tried to apply political pressure on the Board of Trustees of California State University to reprimand Professor David Klein for his website-based statement pertaining to the Palestine-Israel conflict.  The AMCHA Initiative’s attempt to ask the Board to abrogate Professor Klein’s freedom of speech and academic freedom is motivated by their partisan political stance, which attempts to repress any speech critical of Israeli policies."

"The AMCHA Initiative is part of a larger campaign to repress free speech about the Palestine-Israel conflict.  This campaign conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism.  They use intimidation and harassment to silence debate. Targeting Professor David Klein is but one of their numerous harassment activities."

National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles, Letter to CSUN President Harrison, October 9, 2013

Excerpts:

"This letter addresses the more than two-year hounding of Professor David Klein of your university and other faculty members at California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) campuses by AMCHA, which aims to silence expression of personal political views critical of the state of Israel – faculty and students alike. The attacks on Prof. Klein, most recently in September 2013, have wrongly impugned his integrity and lawful status. They are also intended to cause the university to abandon its responsibility to uphold 'academic freedom and free speech, which are central to the values and traditions of academia and, indeed, a democratic society'."

"Not only is AMCHA’s argument frivolous and legally untenable; implicit in its position is that the general counsel for the university and the state attorney general are so incompetent that they did not read the entire statute before reaching their decision, but only AMCHA did. It is an astonishing claim, but totally consistent with other campaigns by AMCHA that distort the law in an effort to suppress any criticism of the state of Israel."

"The National Lawyers Guild’s (NLG) September 20, 2013, letter to the CSU Board of Trustees (cc to you and others) urged that CSU 'unambiguously and swiftly … deter further instances of harassment and defamation to which Prof. Klein has been subjected for years by AMCHA and allied groups.' All the claims raised in AMCHA’s September 18 and 30, 2013, letters (to the CSU trustees and to you, respectively) have been patiently and repeatedly answered and shown by CSU and CSUN to be unfounded. Continued patience on your and CSU’s part will exacerbate the chilling effect already felt by many students and faculty who wish to engage in serious debate about the grave human rights questions surrounding Israel and Palestine. In the words of the attorney general’s May 17, 2012, letter, 'No further action is required.'"

Seriously Free Speech Committee letter to CSUN President Harrison and CSU Chancellor White, October 10, 2013

Excerpts:

"I write on behalf of the Seriously Free Speech Committee-Vancouver (SFSC) to support your work in defense of Palestinian human and political rights. We are cheered to see that you have won every challenge from the ultra-zionists so far, and congratulate you on having been so well supported and well defended."

"Although we do not take a position on BDS or one-state/two-state, we firmly believe that criticism of Israel is not anti-semitic and that the Zionists do not speak for all Jews. It is encouraging to note their defeat in such cases as yours; we hope for many more such defeats and that academics who have not been so fortunate in allies will eventually receive the justice we are all working for."

Independent Jewish Voices Canada Letter to CSUN President Harrison and CSU Chancellor White, October 12, 2013

Excerpts:

"I am writing on behalf of Independent Jewish Voices (IJV). Our organization represents Jews across Canada who are working for a just resolution to the dispute in Israel and Palestine through the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties."


"IJV has a great deal of experience with groups like the AMCHA Initiative. We categorically reject these and other, similarly outrageous, campaigns to limit freedom of expression, which have been carried out periodically in Canada, as well."

"Vigorous debate of such vitally important topics as the ongoing crisis in Israel and Palestine must be allowed to fluorish on our university campuses. We urge you to protect those who engage in them."


Petition: "Defend Dr. Klein's academic freedom"


Sample statements from signers:

* "As an Israeli Jew, I extended my support to all those that join the Palestinian campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions. In a country that is not only complicit with the Israeli policies of occupation, apartheid and ethnic cleansing, but fund a vast amount of these crimes with 3billion dollars a year, Dr. Klein made the only moral choice. His act should be celebrated, and his bravery respected, not persecuted."

*"Eventually logically-challenged Zionist ideologues will drop these silly labels of "anti-semitic" and "self-hating Jews" and realize that most moral people will choose universal justice over propaganda-driven myths, regardless of their backgrounds. Freedom of speech on crucial issues is being attacked at the federal level, and all decent people need to prioritize what is important in the Constitution. This is at the very top, and whether you agree or disagree with Mr. Klein's positions, he has every right to make them public, just as his opponents have the right to refute them."

*"As an academic, I know that the integrity of the academy in its mission of seeking truth requires academic freedom. As a Jew, I laud Dr. Klein for practicing the primary Jewish value of seeking justice. It is Dr. Klein's detractors who are anti-semetic in their identification of Judaism with the injustice practiced by the Zionist state."

*"My family is Palestinian Christian and their facing this Zionist regime! i have already lost many family members in the Lebanon - israel war! its time this mass murder ends"

*"As the daughter of German Jews who survived the Nazi years, I fully support Dr. David Klein's boycott, divestment and sanctions website. My parents would have been outraged that free speech against Israel's policies is being equated with anti-Semitism."


Press Coverage of this Website

Documents reveal Zionist group spied on US student delegation to Palestine, by Nora Barrows-Friedman, The Electronic Intifada, Jan 29, 2014

Voice of Palestine (Canada) interview of David Klein

Two academicians challenge anti-Israel professor from CSUN,
by Tom Tugend, Jewish Journal, Oct. 9, 2013

Zionist group renews attacks on California professor,
by Nora Barrows-Friedman, The Electronic Intifada, Sept. 27, 2013

Here we go again: California group attacks state professor for pro-BDS website, by Alex Kane, Mondoweiss, Sept. 26, 2013

Jewish Group Takes California State University Trustees to Task Over Anti-Israel Professor, by Joshua Levett,
the algemeiner, Sept. 25, 2013

In new assault, Israel group's US front asks City of Los Angeles to sue professor for criticizing Israel,
by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, June 12, 2012

In blow to Zionist censors, California backs professor’s right to call for Israel boycott on state university website, by Ali Abunimah,
The Electronic Intifada, June 5, 2012

CSU study abroad program to Israel reinstated amid controversy, by Laura Davis, Daily Sundial, May 7, 2012

Rossman-Benjamin: A Good Example of the Low Academic Standards of US Zionist Jewish-Holocaust Studies Departments, Tony Greenstein's blog, Feb. 2012

California professor under attack for opposing "study in Israel" scheme, by Nora Barrows-Friedman, The Electronic Intifada, Jan. 25, 2012

Israel program back after safety concerns, by Kasia Hall, Daily 49er (CSU Long Beach), Jan. 23, 2012

CSU Students Protest Reinstated Israel Study Abroad Program, by Kashi Khorasani, The Guardian (UCSD), Jan. 11, 2012

CSU system debates restarting Israel study abroad programs, by Tom Tugend, Jewish Journal, Jan. 4, 2012

The ‘Anti-Israel’ Charge, by James Joyner, Outside the Beltway, Jan. 1, 2012

Cal State’s Chutzpah, by Bruce Kesler, City Journal, Dec. 29, 2011

CSUN Web page called anti-Semitic, by Dana Bartholomew, Los Angeles Daily News, Dec. 17, 2011

Politicization of Study Abroad, by Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 5, 2011

Cal State University’s Israel program under attack — again, JWeekly, by Sue Fishkoff, Nov. 23, 2011


Hate Mail

Hate Mail, Opposition, and Expressions of Racism from Zionists in Response to the Open Letter and this Site

Sample excerpts

*"All Palestinians must be kicked out of America once and forever. PLO, Hammas, IJ, PFLP must be totally and unconditionally exterminated to the last member."

*"Luckily, only those not bright enough to get into UC go to CSU, so Klein's indoctrination goes only to the hireling class anyway; same for the faculty. Perhaps some Irgun-legacy people can STERNLY speak with the schmuck."  (web source)

*"we will be working to expose what I consider to be one of the worst forms of campus anti-Semitism in America today... It is difficult to understand the logic in appointing an interim President who counts himself among the haters of Jews and Israel and I advise Dr. Hillenbrand to step down now due to his conflict of interest with Jewish staff and students at Cal State."

*"Palestine is an invented nation and the Palestinians are an invented people. Israel's response to terrorists threats is appropriate."
Hebron Grafitti
Breaking the Silence photo of graffiti in Hebron



Ilan Pappé
's visit to California State University, Northridge, February 20, 2012


Flyer 1   Flyer 2

Letter in support of academic freedom for Ilan Pappé lecture tour signed by three CSU presidents

State University Hosts Israeli Historian Ilan Pappe - Says No to McCarthyite Campaign, by Cecilie Surasky, Muzzle Watch (of Jewish Voice for Peace) Feb. 18 2012

Anti-Palestinian group fails to disrupt Ilan Pappe’s tour at California state universities, by Nora Barrows-Friedman, The Electronic Intifada, Feb. 18, 2012

Zionist Attempts to Prevent Ilan Pappe Speaking at University of California Fail, Tony Greenstein's Blog, Feb. 20, 2012

Rossman-Benjamin - the Face of a Police State Academic, Tony Greenstein's Blog, Feb. 23, 2012

Tony Greenstein rebuts Rossman-Benjamin, July 21, 2012



Photos, Videos, and Audio Resources

T-shirt worm by some Israeli soldiers
Casualties of Israel's attack of Gaza
T-shirt worn by some Israeli soldiers:
cross hairs on pregnant woman, "1 shot 2 kills"
 
   
The Power of Our Voices: A Zine About the Palestinian Call for the Cultural Boycott of Israel

Boycott Songs, by Dave Lippman (listen online)

BBC -
while eating chocalate and chips, israeli soldiers shot children

Break the Bones Strategy (youtube), video of Israeli soldiers following policy of using rocks to break bones of Palestinians

Estee Chandler speaks about her efforts to bring about peace in Israel, Video, Jan 2012

Extraordinary Courage, 2 minute video

Gaza Villages Wiped Off the Map, Video, 21 January 2009

Gaza University
, photographs and video of the destruction

Ilan Pappe Describes Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine in 1948 (Nakba): Video

Israel killed medics, attacked ambulences and half of Gaza's hospitals, Video from Guardian U.K.,  23 March 2009

Israeli settler makes threats

Naturei Karta Rabbi Weiss on Fox News, August 2006

Norwegian Doctor in Gaza, Video of hospital, patients, and bombing, 5 January 2009

Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land: U.S. Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, a must-see Internet Documentary

Photographs of Chemical Warfare Victims of Israel


'Phosphorus shells' hit Gaza UN school, Video narrated by John Ging, head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency

Aftermath of the shelling of Beit Lahia school, Gaza

Rachel Corrie: Photo Story of her Murder by Israel

Rachel Corrie Interview, two days before she was killed, Youtube video

Rapture Ready: The Christians United for Israel Tour

Soldiers using rocks to break bones of Palestinian Prisoners

The New Black by The Mavrix

Thousands of Israelis protest against the war in Gaza

U.S. Activists urge boycott of Israeli companies

White Phosphorus Victim in Gaza, BBC Video

"Zionists won't let you see this on your TV," includes narration by Richard Falk and video of Rachel Corrie

The Zionist Story, an independent film by Ronen Berelovich, is the story of ethnic cleansing, colonialism and apartheid to produce a demographically Jewish State.


Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing, "de-Arabisation," and Israel's "Demographic Problem"

Watch the video the New York Times didn't Want You to See, Max Blumenthal explained how The New York Times commissioned the 11-minute video, but after the paper’s editors saw it, refused to publish it

Israeli court rejects Israeli nationality, saying it could undermine Jewish character, Washington Post, Oct. 3, 2013

Discriminatory Laws in Israel, Adalha
    New Discriminatory Laws and Bills in Israel, Issued June 2011, updated October 2012, Adalha

“Castrate them!” “Burn them!” “Bullet in the head!”: Facebook Israelis react to photo of Palestinian kids
The Electronic Intifada, 3/22/ 2013

Israeli corporal Ari Ben Reuven says: “break every bone” of crying Palestinian boy seized on way to school
The Electronic Intifada, 3/24/ 2013

Israeli poll finds majority in favour of 'apartheid' policies: Two-thirds say Palestinians should not be allowed to vote if West Bank was annexed, while three in four favour segregated roads, Guardian UK, Oct. 23, 2012

Survey: Most Israeli Jews would support apartheid regime in Israel, Haaretz, Oct. 23, 2012

"Apartheid without shame or guilt: We're racists, the Israelis are saying, we practice apartheid and we even want to live in an apartheid state. Yes, this is Israel." by Gideon Levy, Haaretz, Oct. 23, 2012

Israel's prohibition of interracial sex (youtube)

How to Criticize the Israeli Government: "The other day I tweeted an article that reported on a rather horrible story.  It seems that the Israeli government gives African women drugs that keep them from reproducing."  December 2012

Arab MK: Israel world's most racist state: "Israeli Arab Knesset members slam results of Israel Democracy Institute's survey showing 62 percent of Israelis want to encourage Arab emigration" Ynet news, May 2006

It is Apartheid (itISapartheid.org)

South African academic study finds that Israel practices apartheid and colonialism

Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,
A Report by Human Rights Watch, 2010

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

General Assembly: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk, August 30, 2010

The Russell Tribunal "finds that Israel subjects the Palestinian people to an institutionalised regime
of domination amounting to apartheid as defined under international law," November, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, and Mairead Maguire describe Israel as an Apartheid State:
Carter; Tutu; Maguire

Israel's law keeping Arab families apart, By Martin Linton, New Statesman January 2012

Israel's Marriage Law, by Justin Huggler, Znet, August 2002

How to fight the Israel-Apartheid analogy in four easy steps – a guide for useful Hasbara idiots, by Ran Greenstein, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Targetting Israeli Apartheid: A Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Handbook, produced by Corporate Watch

Eyewitness to Israel's ethnic cleansing, by Bill Mullen, Socialist Worker, Jan. 24, 2012

Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

UN Official: Israel Engaging in Ethnic Cleansing, Ynetnews 3/21/11

Road Map to Sustainable Ethnic Cleansing, by Edward Herman, July 2003

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, by Ilan Pappe

Harvard Fellow calls for genocidal measure to curb Palestinian births, The Electronic Intifada, 22 February 2010

Superflous Young Men [referring to Palestinians], a blog by Martin Kramer

Ending the West's Proxy War Against Israel: Stop funding a Palestinian youth bulge, and the fighting will stop too, Gunnar Heinsohn, Wall Street Journal, 12 January 2009

Banned goods from Gaza, May 2010 included: toys, chocolate, musical instruments, sewing machines, newspapers, various foods, and much else

Genocide in Gaza, by Ilan Pappe, The Electronic Intifada, September 2006


Racism in Israeli School Books

Israel's right targets textbooks, by Jonathan Cook, Aljezeera, October 2013

Book review: how Israeli school textbooks teach kids to hate, The Electronic Intifada, 11 August 2012

Israeli Textbooks and Children’s Literature Promote Racism and Hatred Toward Palestinians and Arabs,
by Maureen Meeha, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, September 1999

Israeli Racism: Death Camps and Text Books, by Stephen Lendman, The Palestine Chronicle, January 2011

Academic claims Israeli school textbooks contain bias: Nurit Peled-Elhanan of Hebrew University says textbooks depict Palestinians as 'terrorists, refugees and primitive farmers', Guardian UK, August 2011

Reports on Palestinian kids’ hatred grossly exaggerated, by Len Traubman, JWeekly.com, February 2004


Censorship and Academic Freedom

"By academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true. This right implies also a duty: one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true. It is evident that any restriction on academic freedom acts in such a way as to hamper the dissemination of knowledge among the people and thereby impedes rational judgment and action." -Albert Einstein


Letter from California Scholars for Academic Freedom Regarding AMCHA's attacks of SFSU Faculty, March 2014

Journal of Academic Freedom, Vol. 4 (2013) discusses Palestine, Boycott, and Academic Freedom

Petition to support Professor of English Harriet Malinowitz, denied a sabbatical from Long Island University-Brooklyn for her research on Zionism and Propaganda

Guardian U.K., Glenn Greenwald Sept 11, 2013  NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel   Also, Read the NSA and Israel's 'memorandum of understanding'

University of Sydney professors facing "lawfare" attacks from Israel: Defend Free Speech, Human Rights, and Support BDS, September 2013
    BDS campaigner targeted by law firm with links to Israeli intelligence, October 2013

Students forced to sign "civility" statements for walk-out protest, Northeastern University, by Tori Porell, The Electronic Intifada, August 2013

Free speech violations and re-education program at FAU [Florida Atlantic University], by Nadine Aly, August, 2013

The full story behind the war against free speech in Israel’s universities, by Jonathan Cook, October, 2012

An Open Letter from California Scholars for Academic Freedom Regarding House Resolution 35, August 2012

LA professor "wakes up to hate mail" for linking to anti-Zionist material, by Nora Barrows-Friedman, The Electronic Intifada, August 2012

Silencing pro-Palestinian speech on campus, by Remi Kanazi, Aljezeera, July 2012,

University of California Takes Aim at Human Rights Activists, by Stephen Zunes, Truthout, May 2012

Arab Studies Quarterly, Special Issue: Academic Freedom, Ideological Boundaries, and the Teaching of the Middle East, Vol. 33, Summer/Fall 2011

Confronting intimidation, working for justice in Palestine, by Ilan Pappe, The Electronic Intifada, December 2011

Gaza children’s images of war censored under pressure from US Israel lobby, by Nora Barrows-Friedman, The Electronic Intifada, September 2011

Pro-Israel group monitoring, intimidating Columbia faculty, by Jared Malsin, The Electronic Intifada, April 2010

Uphill battle for academic freedom in US universities, by Nora Barrows-Friedman, Electronic Intifada, January 2010

Terri Ginsberg vs. Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina.  The case alleges a series of First Amendment speech violations by North Carolina State University (NCSU) pertaining to Ginsberg’s scholarship and teaching on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The Deployment of "Anti-Semitism,"" Controversy," and "Neutrality" in Ginsberg v. NCSU, by Terri Ginsberg, Arab Studies Quarterly 33.3-4 (Summer/Fall 2011): 228-243

Marc Ellis: Please join Cornel West, Rosemary Ruether, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu signing this petition

Douglas Giles, fired because he allowed students to ask questions about Zionism: Politics and Palestinians at Roosevelt, Znet, August 2006

Joel Kovel, Anti-Israel Prof Loses Post at Bard, Inside Higher Ed, February 2009

Academic Freedom Threatened in Ontario Universities, by Margaret Aziza Pappano

Committee to Defend Academic Freedom at UCSB, the case of Prof. William I. Robinson

Exposed: University of Toronto suppresses pro-Palestinian activism

Ithaca College professor denied tenure, article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 September 2008

Ithaca College faculty fight censorship of criticism of Israel


The Question Of Palestine And The Subversion Of Academic Freedom: Depaul's Denial Of Tenure To Norman G. Finkelstein, by Matthew Abraham, Arab Studies Quarterly, Special Issue: Academic Freedom, Ideological Boundaries, and the Teaching of the Middle East, Vol. 33, Nos. 3/4, Fall 2011, pp. 179-203

Why is Norman Finkelstein Not Allowed to Teach?, by David Klein, Works and Days 51/52 & 53/54
Academic Freedom and Intellectual Activism in the Post-9/11 University, Vol. 26 & 27, 2008-09

A Word about Free Speech
, by David Noble

The Collapse of Academic Freedom in Israel: Tantura, Teddy Katz and Haifa University, by Zalman Amit,  Counterpunch, May 2005

Road to Tantura, 20 minute video, by Hala Gabriel

Living Title VI: A UC Santa Cruz Account, By Gal Beckerman, The Jewish Daily Forward, February 23, 2012

Department of Acceptable Truths, University of Toronto: a model for satire and "responsible free speech" that does not criticize Israel


Other Links

Amnesty International Report 2014 TRIGGER-HAPPY: Israel's use of excessive force in the West Bank

Amnesty International Report 2012 Starved for Justice: Palestinians Detained without Trial by Israel

Amnesty International Annual Report 2011 on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Amnesty International Report, 2009 Fuelling conflict: Foreign arms supplies to Israel/Gaza

Amnesty International Report, 2009 on Israel's use of White Phosphorus in Gaza

B'Tselem

Anna Baltzer's site: A Witness in Palestine

British Committee for the Universities of Palestine

BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within: Palestinians, Jews, Citizens of Israel, join the Palestinian call for a BDS Campaign against Israel

Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid--Southern California

Caterpillar Company, article by Steven Zunes

Chomsky: Undermining Gaza

Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism (CODZ)

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Conference, University of Pennsylvania, 2012 Video Archive

Electronic Intifada

Enough. It's time for a boycott, by Naomi Klein,
and "Naomi Klein Shows You Can Boycott Israel Without Cutting Off Dialogue Over Palestine" by Cecilie Surasky

Global BDS Movement: Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions for Palestine

In Defense of Academic Boycotts: A Response to Martha Nussbaum,  by Mohammed Abed

Indian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Ilan Pappé: the boycott will work, an Israeli perspective

Irish Call for Boycott of Israel, a petition published in the Irish Times, 31 January 2009, and signed by members of the Irish Parliment, Irish Representatives to the European Union, professors, cultural figures, and citizens

Israel Wanted a Humanitarian Crisis, by Ben White

Jews in Solidarity with Palestine

Jewish Voice for Peace

L.A. Jews for Peace

Likud Charter Does Not Recognize Palestine, by Frank Barat

NYACT: New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership


Palestinian Campaign for the Boycott of Israel

Palestine Solidarity Legal Support

Reigniting Violence: How Do Ceasefires End?

Sommerville Divestment Project

Support of Israel must stop, by David Klein

The Politics of an Israeli Extermination Campaign, by James Petras

US Campaign to End the Occupation

U.S. Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel

Who Profits? Exposing the Israeli Occupation Industry


Why American academics must join boycott of Israel, by Rania Masri and Marcy Newman

Zionism, Anti-Semitism, and the People of Palestine, by Noel Ignatiev