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  1. RE: “…the far-right Israel advocacy group [StandWithUs] is indeed sponsoring Rescuing Human Rights, and…the program will feature four controversial figures in the national anti-jihadi movement. This event is part of Israel Awareness Week on campus. This in turn is directly connected to Israel Apartheid Week…” ~ R.S.

    SEE: The Trial of Israel’s Campus Critics, by David Theo Goldberg and Saree Makdisi, Tikkun Magazine, September/October 2009

    (excerpt). . . It is an extraordinary fact that no fewer than thirty-three distinct organizations – including AIPAC, the Zionist Organization of America, the American Jewish Congress, and the Jewish National Fund – are gathered together today as members or affiliates of the Israel on Campus Coalition. The coalition is an overwhelmingly powerful presence on American college campuses for which there is simply no equivalent on the Palestinian or Arab side. Its self-proclaimed mission is not merely to monitor our colleges and universities. That, after all, is the commitment of Campus Watch, which was started by pro-Israel activists in 2002. It is, rather (and in its own words), to generate “a pro-active, pro-Israel agenda on campus.”
    There is, accordingly, disproportionate and unbalanced intervention on campuses across the country by a coalition of well-funded organizations, who have no time for — and even less interest in — the niceties of intellectual exchange and academic process. Insinuation, accusation, and defamation have become the weapons of first resort to respond to argument and criticism directed at Israeli policies. As far as these outside pressure groups (and their campus representatives) are concerned, the intellectual and academic price that the scholarly community pays as a result of this kind of intervention amounts to little more than collateral damage. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.tikkun.org/article.php/sept_oct_09_goldberg_makdisi

    1. You know it’s my backyard, but I hardly know who is organizing opposition or what’s what. This town seems dead to I/P. Advice anyone?

      1. @ David
        You’re wrong. San Doego is NOT dead as far as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is corcerned. There’ an active group of people who meet regularly, it might interest you.
        Here’a a long extract from Miko Peled’s autobiography “The General’s Son” (for those who don’t know Miki Peled: he’s the son of Matti Peled and the brother of Nurit Peled-Elhanan).
        He lives in Coronado, and in this extract he describes how he met a Palestinian for the first time in his life, at 39, living in California, though he grew up in Israel.
        The extract is long but very interesting: it’s the journey of a former Zionist who goes through a huge personal change, simply by knowing Palestinians and hearing their side of the story….in San Diego. First time he set out to visit a Palestinian in his private home, Miko’s Israeli wife was afraid they might kill him 🙁

        Pick up the phone, as Miko did 😀 Good luck

        1. Errata: San Diego, concerned, Miko.
          I have to find a way to add an English-language spellchecker…
          @ Re-David
          Here’s Miko’s personal blog. You’ll find a way to contact him I think:

        2. Deir Yassin — I recall this piece from Mondoweiss. At the time, I recalled the name “Peled” as an IDF General from way back, as well. Funny though how it knits together here in San Diego. I will seek out these groups. I do belong to Al-Awda locally and I asked them about engaging Stand With Us. Anyway, thanks.

          1. Way back in the old days the IDF actually had senior officers who were left wing, of whom Matti Peled was one. I believe he was the chief education officer. He was one of the first senior IDF officers to make common cause with Palestinians & speak with them on the same platform in Israel & abroad. In 1988, he participated in a national tour with the mayor of Nablus that was sponsored by New Jewish Agenda. I helped organize his appearance in Los Angeles.

          2. I really recommend everyone to read the excerpt of Miko Peled’s autobiography “The General’s Son”.
            I was very surprised that someone who’s the son of Matti Peled and the brother of Nurit (and by extension the brother-in-law of Rami Elhanan) could be so ignorant about history.
            Miko explains how he called his brother Yoav back in Israel to know whether what he’d been told by these Palestinians in San Diego was true. And Yoav told him that is was correct.

            If it’s possible to be that blind coming from the Peled-family (Matti Peled was also a fine scholar who mastered Arabic perfectly), no wonder some of the Hasbara-drones here seem like coming from out of space.
            I get the impression from what he writes about his father, that Matti Peled might have tried to ‘protect’ his children from the truth. In fact, Miko explains that it wasn’t until Smardar, Nurit’s thirteen years old daughter was killed in a suicide-attack in Jerusalem that he woke up.

  2. Hi Richard,
    these propaganda activities on campuses is one stunning and frightening thing, but what do you think of smuggling the “unified Israel” agenda into US state laws, as given in

    Bill Florida


    Bill South Carolina (video)

    both having almost identical texts. And what does that mean exactly: “Israel has been granted her lands under and through the oldest recorded deed, as recorded in the Old Testament”? Which borders under which interpretation of the Old Testament?

    1. This could be a positive — to have the basis for the claim cited unequivocally as the “Old Testament” because that means it has little historical or legal meaning. It is a claim based upon “fervor” or “sentimentality,” and not a hard claim at all.

  3. The Israeli Right Wing will eventually fall…and only because of excellent efforts like what we see here…

    The Israeli Right Wing look very big and powerful, ruling the country I live in with an iron fist. But it’s exactly like one of those big rubber balloon monsters that kids play on at fairs–it only stands up so long as someone is pumping air into it.

    Israel’s ‘might’ is dependent solely upon the US veto at the UN and other fora, US military support etc.

    The US is the battleground for Israel’s future, not Israel. BDS against the US for it’s support and you will not need BDS against Israel itself.

    Thanks for going for the bullet finger.

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