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Anti-Defamation League attempts to marginalize pro-human rights activities

(CHICAGO 10/13/2011) – The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) is a key focus in a new report released by the Anti-Defamation League, which labels AMP as an “extreme anti-Israel organization.” The report goes on to call all activism that raises awareness about Israel’s continuous violations of international law and deprivation of Palestinians’ human rights as “anti-Israel.”

The report, which was released just days before Students for Justice in Palestine chapters convene their first national conference in New York, appears to be a desperate attempt to shut down the event and smear everyone involved with it. The ADL, furthermore, tries to link AMP to this conference and decries AMP’s outreach to college students.

Framing human rights advocacy for Palestinians as “anti-Israel” completely ignores Israel’s occupation, its siege on Gaza and its ongoing and flagrant violations of international law, quite an irony for an organization that says it protects rights for all people.

“We reject the ADL’s attempt to frame this discussion in such a way that ignores Israel’s atrocities against Palestinians and instead tries to demonize those who raise awareness about Israel’s violation of international law and human rights abuses,” said Dr. Hatem Bazian, AMP chairman and professor of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. “Trying to label activists is a typical MO for the ADL. We at AMP are actually heartened by their scurrilous report because it shows that our work is effective and is starting to make a difference.”

Dr. Bazian co-founded the first SJP chapter on the Berkeley campus in 2001. However, each chapter is an autonomous unit and none is associated with AMP, which acts as a resource for students by providing speakers and materials.

The ADL’s report is actually just one component of a widespread network of tactics employed by Zionist organizations to shut down all Palestinian human rights activities on college campuses. Other tactics have included sending letters to hundreds of college presidents, threatening the loss of federal funding if they allow Palestinian advocacy – or even instruction – to take place; the training of Hillel students to conduct “pro-Israel” educational activities; and the funding of the “Israel Action Network,” an offshoot of the Israel Advocacy Initiative, a blatant public relations plan to sell the occupation to the American people.

“The ADL has a long history of questionable activities, which fly in the face of their moniker of standing for civil rights for all people,” Dr. Bazian said, “They’ve been caught spying on nearly 2,000 American citizens and organization, have worked against Affirmative Action, and employed stringent censorship tactics to try to keep the truth about the occupation from the American people. We are heartened by this new report because it shows our work is being effective and making a difference on the American landscape.”

AMP calls on all people of conscience to educate themselves about the how Zionist organizations function in this country and to expose their tactics that aim to maintain the occupation of the Palestinian people.

For more detailed information about the ADL, please click here.

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AMP slams media attacks against SJP national conference

(CHICAGO 10/12/2011) – The American Muslims for Palestine condemns in the harshest possible terms attacks made by the Anti-Defamation League against the organizers of the national Students for Justice in Palestine conference, which is taking place at Columbia University this weekend.

The ADL, which says it works to protect civil rights for all, instead works diligently to deprive Americans of their guaranteed right of free speech when that speech questions policies and practices of Israel that are illegal under international law and which deprive the Palestinian people of their basic human rights.

“SJP chapters across the country are autonomous student groups with no national structure,” said Dr. Hatem Bazian, AMP chairman and co-founder of the first SJP chapter at the University of California, Berkeley. “These students came together, on their own, to organize this conference. They need to be commended for their dedication and commitment, not vilified and threatened by a multi-million-dollar organization, which has a vested interest in conflating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.”

The ADL, along with other right-wing individuals, are spreading malicious, libelous and Islamophobic propaganda to smear these students and to pressure Columbia University to prohibit the conference from taking place. AMP calls upon Columbia President Lee Bollinger and his administration to stand firm against this pressure and to uphold his university’s commitment to the free exchange of ideas that have made our universities among the best around the world.

Columbia must stand behind these students because by doing so this venerable institution is also standing for the freedoms of speech and assembly, which are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights for all people.

For AMP’s newest booklet: The Anti-Defamation League: Protector of civil rights or silencer of free speech?, click here.

For AMP’s letter to President Bollinger, click here.

For recent article about anti-Semitism charge against Columbia, click here.

The American Muslims for Palestine is a national grassroots organization, whose mission is to educate the public about issues related to Palestine and its rich cultural and historical heritage. 

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