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Horowitz’ list of BDS supporters shows massive US support

‘Endearing’ Zionist Islamophobe David Horowitz today ran an ad 20120424113007773 (1) in the New York Times, linking the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to the tragic murders of three Jewish children and four adults in Toulouse, France in March. Horowitz goes on to belittle the Holocaust by invoking its savage memory in attempts to frame the BDS movement as one promoting hate.

The ad smears Berkeley Professor Dr. Hatem Bazian, who is also the chairman of the organization for which I work, The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), as well as Joseph Massada and Bill Ayers, among others.

Actually, Horowitz did the BDS movement a big favor by listing the more than 1,0000 organizations and individuals who support the life-affirming, inclusive movement that wants to hold Israel accountable for its  numerous violations of international and law and flagrant abuse of Palestinian human rights. He did us a favor because we can be emboldened by the long list of supporters. We can also be motivated to action because so many worthwhile organizations and individuals were not included. This can only make us redouble our efforts to do more for BDS.

So, I guess we should thank David for bringing attention to  BDS in the mainstream media. For anyone who wants more info on BDS, go to www.bdsmovement.net. And enjoy Horowitz’ list of BDS supporters below:

Endorsements from Colleagues at American Institutions:
Note: institutional names are for identification purposes only.

Elizabeth Aaronsohn, Central Connecticut State University
Elmaz Abinader, Mills College*
Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University***
Mohammed Abed, California State University, Los Angeles
Thomas Abowd, Colby College
Khaled Abou El Fadl, University of California, Los Angeles, Law School
Feras Abou-Galala, University of California, Riverside***
Matthew Abraham, DePaul University
Wahiba Abu-Ras, Adelphi University
Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Montclair State University
Roberta Ahlquist, San Jose State University
Neel Ahuja, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Andrew Aisenberg, Scripps College
Kazem Alamdari, California State University, Northridge
Norma Alarcon, University of California, Berkeley
Charlotte Albrecht, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Lisa Albrecht, University of Minnesota
Ammiel Alcalay, Queens College/ CUNY Graduate Center
Alexander Alekseenko, California State University, Northridge
Anthony Alessandrini, City University of New York, Kingsborough
Hamid Algar, University of California, Berkeley
Nosheen Ali, Stanford University
Diana Allan, Harvard Society of Fellows
Sama Alshaibi, University of Arizona
Naser Alsharif, Creighton University
Akram Alshawabkeh, Northeastern University
Evelyn Alsultany, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Floyd Anderson, State University of New York, Brockport
Sinan Antoon, New York University*
Ibrahim Aoude, University of Hawai‘i
Anjali Arondekar, University of California, Santa Cruz
Naseer Aruri, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Barbara C. Aswad, Wayne State University
Sophia Azeb, University of Southern California
Bill Ayers, University of Illinois, Chicago
Barbara Nimri Aziz, anthropologist and independent scholar, Pacifica Radio
Alice Bach, Case Western Reserve University
Paola Bacchetta, University of California, Berkeley
Karran Baird-Olson, California State University, Northridge
Raymond William Baker, Trinity College, Hartford CT
Joanne Barker, San Francisco State University
Ian Barnard, California State University, Northridge
Trisha Barua, University of California, Davis
Ryvka Bar Zohar, New York University
Elisabeth Bass, George Washington University
Anis Bawarshi, University of Washington
Rosalyn Baxandall, SUNY Old Westbury
Nabil Bayakly, University of Memphis
Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
Nagwa Bekir, California State University Northridge
Jonathan Beller, Pratt Institute
Anzia Bennett, University of New Mexico
Susan E. Benson, University of Washington
Michael Bentley, University of Tennessee
Joan Berezin, Berkeley City College
Gerald Bergevin, Northeastern University
Judith Berlowitz – Independent scholar
Lincoln Bergman, University of California, Berkeley
Tithi Bhattacharya, Purdue University
Alisa Bierria, University of California, Berkeley
Jack Bishop, University of California, Los Angeles
John D. Blanco, University of California, San Diego
Dreama Blankenbeckler, Antioch University Seattle*
Judith Blau, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Hagit Borer, University of Southern California
Eileen Boris, University of California, Santa Barbara
Purnima Bose, Indiana University
Issa Boulos, University of Chicago
Mary Pat Brady, Cornell University
Amy L. Brandzel, University of New Mexico
Bruce Braun, University of Minnesota
Gray Brechin, University of California, Berkeley
Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota
Steve Breyman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Robert Brooks, Cornell University
Anna Brown, Saint Peter’s College
Jayna Brown, University of California, Riverside
Kevin Bruyneel, Babson College
Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley
Bill Buttrey, University of Southern California
Umayyah Cable, University of Southern California
Eduardo Cadava, Princeton University
George Caffentzis, University of Southern Maine
Michael Cahn, University of California, Los Angeles
Catherine Caldwell-Harris, Boston University
Steve Cameron, North Iowa Area Community College
Scott Campbell, New York University
Darshan Elena Campos, scholar
Corey N. Capers, University of Illinois, Chicago
Micha Cardenas, University of California, San Diego
Berenice A. Carroll, Purdue University
Courtney Carter, Hood College
Rand Carter, Hamilton College
Margaret Cerullo, Hampshire College
Sarika Chandra, Wayne State University
Shefali Chandra, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Piya Chatterjee, University of California, Riverside
Claudia Chaufan, University of California, San Francisco
Jolie Chea, University of Southern California
Michele Cheung, University of Southern Maine
Eric Cheyfitz, Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies, Cornell University
Dennis Childs, University of California, San Diego
C. Francis Chun, University of Hawaii
Andy Chung, San Francisco State University
Mark S. Clinton, Holyoke Community College
Dana Cloud, University of Texas, Austin
James Coady, Ohio University
Marjorie Cohn, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Peter Collas, California State University, Northridge
William A. Cook, University of LaVerne
Michael J. Coyle, California State University, Chico
Elyse Crystall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Ofelia Ortiz Cuevas, University of California, Riverside
Patricia Cull, Mission Campus, City College, San Francisco
Bouthaina Shbib Dabaja, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University**
Christopher Dale, New England College
Lawrence Davidson, West Chester University**
Angela Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz
Ashley Dawson, City University of New York
Iyko Day, Mt. Holyoke College
Colin Dayan, Vanderbilt University
Ken De Bevois, University of Oregon
Chris Decker, Buffalo University
Nicholas De Genova, Columbia University
Lara Deeb, University of California Irvine***
Natalia Deeb-Sossa, University of California, Davis
Riet Delsing, independent researcher
Gina Dent, University of California, Santa Cruz
Benjamin Dharlingue, University of California, Davis
Vicente M. Diaz, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Paula DiMarco, California State University, Northridge
Roger Dittmann, Californa State University, Fullerton
Owen Doonan, California State University, Northridge
Alireza Doostdar, Harvard University
Ann Douglas, Columbia University
Eleanor Doumato, Brown University
Patti Duncan, Oregon State University
Anna Durrans, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, Linfield College
Linda Eby, Portland Community College
Ronald Edwards, DePaul University
David Eggenschwiler, University of Southern California
Saber Elaydi, Trinity University, San Antonio
Amy Elder, University of Cincinnati
Charles Elerick, The University of Texas at El Paso
Nada Elia, Antioch University, Seattle***
Martha Escobar, University of California, San Diego
C. Rueda Esquibel, San Francisco State University
Julia Matsui Estrella, University of Hawai’i adjunct faculty
Nava EtShalom, University of Michigan*
Joseph Farbrook, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
James Faris, University of Connecticut
Grant Farred, Cornell University
Sasan Fayazmanesh, California State University, Fresno
Kevin Fellezs, University of California, Merced
Nina Felshin, Wesleyan University
Margaret Ferguson, University of California, Davis
Lucy Ferriss, Trinity College
James Fetzer, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Raya Fidel, University of Washington
Les W. Field, University of New Mexico
Gary Fields, University of California, San Diego
Aisha Finch, University of California, Los Angeles
Allan Fisher, City College of San Francisco
Ana Fisher, City College of San Francisco
Chris Fitter, Rutgers University, Camden
Manzar Foorohar, California Polytechnic State University***
Paul Foote, California State University, Fullerton
John Foran, University of California, Santa Barbara
Brian Ford, Montclair High School, Center for Social Justice
Dennis Fox, University of Illinois, Springfield
Robert Frager, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Cynthia Franklin, University of Hawai’i
H. Bruce Franklin, Rutgers University – Newark
Carla Freccero, University of California, Santa Cruz
Barry Fruchter, Nassau Comunity College
Benjamin Frymer, California State University, Sonoma
Diane Fujino, University of California, Santa Barbara
Abigail A. Fuller, Manchester College
Rosa Furumoto, California State University, Northridge
Julie Gallagher, Penn State University, Brandywine
Nancy Gallagher, University of California, Santa Barbara
Keya Ganguly, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
George Garcia, University of Michigan
Jorge Garcia, California State University, Northridge
Maria Elena Garcia, University of Washington
Ednie Garrison, University of South Florida
Irene Gendzier, Boston University
Abeer Al Ghananeem, University of Kentucky
Burhan Ghanayem, National Institutes of Health (Ret.)
Jess Ghannam, University of California, San Francisco***
Rukhsana Ghazanfar, University of Idaho
Bishnupriya Ghosh, University of California, Santa Barbara
Ayesha E. Gill, UCLA
Terri Ginsberg, Manhattanville College
Him Glover, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Sherna Berger Gluck, California State University Long Beach***
Mishuana Goeman, Dartmouth College
Alyosha Goldstein, University of New Mexico
Macarena Gomez-Barris, University of Southern California
Marta Gonzales, California State University, Northridge
Julia Good Fox, Haskell Indian Nations University
Avery Gordon, University of California, Santa Barbara
Arthur Grant, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Kiana Green, University of Southern California
Susan Greene, San Francisco Art Institute
Inderpal Grewal, University of California, Berkeley
Mindy Guilford, University of Southern California
Andrew Paul Gutierrez, University of California, Berkeley
Marilyn Hacker, City University of New York*/**
Christian Haesemeyer, University of California, Los Angeles
Elaine Haglund, California State University, Long Beach
Elaine Hagopian, Simmons College
John Halaka, University of San Diego
Sondra Hale, University of California, Los Angeles***
Dorcas Haller, Community College of Rhode Island
Leila Hamdan, George Mason University
Amir Hamdoun, Northeastern University
Sora Han, University of California, Irvine
Amira Hanafi, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Sophie Hand, North Central College
Barbara Harlow, University of Texas, Austin
Duchess Harris, Macalester College
Gillian Hart, University of California, Berkeley
George Hartley, Ohio University
John Hartung, State University of New York, Brooklyn
Mahamood Hassan, California State University, Fullerton
Salah D. Hassan, Michigan State University
Frances Hasso, Oberlin College
Paul Hatgil, professor emeritus, University of Texas
Geraldine Haynes, University of Washington
Nicholas Heer, University of Washington, Seattle
Paul M. Heideman, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey – Newark
Lyn Hejinian, University of California, Berkeley
Lynette Henderson, California State University, Northridge
Glenn Hendler, Fordham University
Edward S. Herman, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania**
Sami Hermez, Princeton University
Gerise Herndon, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Annie Higgins, Wayne State University
Chris Highley, Ohio State University
Musa al-Hindi, Independent Scholar
Lisa Maria Hogeland, University of Cincinnati
James E. Holdman, Inver Hills Community College
Janet Holmes, Boise State University*
Jim Holstun, State University of New York, Buffalo
Christine Hong, UC Santa Cruz
Giovanni Hortua, California State University, Long Beach
Hamid Hosseini, McGowan School of Business, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Nubar Hovsepian, Chapman University
LeAnne Howe, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Sally Howell, University of Michigan, Dearborn
Hsuan Hsu, University of California, Davis
Mary Husain, California State University, Fresno
Azfar Hussein, Oklahoma State University
Hussein Mohamed Hussein, New York University
Ginna Husting, Boise State University
Mahmood Ibrahim, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Noel Ignatiev, Massachusets College of Art and Design
Ibrahim Imam, University of Louisville
Foad Izadi, Louisiana State University
Pranav Jani, Ohio State University
Amira Jarmakani, Georgia State University
Robert Jensen, University of Texas, Austin
Kenneth Johnson, Pennsylvania State University, Abington
Brian Johnston, Carnegie Mellon University
Pierre Joris, State University of New York, Albany
Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis
Donna Joss, Worcester State College
Djelal Kadir, Pennsylvania State University
Mohja Kahf, University of Arkansas*
Dennis Kalob, New England College, President of the Association for Humanist Sociology
Rhoda Kanaaneh, New York University
Ronak K. Kapadia, New York University
Tomis Kapitan, Northern Illinois University
Amy Kaplan, University of Pennsylvania
Carolyn Karcher, Temple University (emerita)
Susan Katz, University of San Francisco
Walda Katz-Fishman, Howard University
J. Ke-haulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University**
David Kazanjian, University of Pennsylvania
Joseph Keith, Binghamton University
James Kellenberger, California State University, Northridge
Robin D.G. Kelley, University of Southern California**
Jenny Kelly, University of Texas Austin
Assaf Kfoury, Boston University
Issam Khalidi, Independent Scholar
Andrea Khalil, Queens College, City University of New York
Mohamed Khattab, Cornell University
Sang Hea Kil, San José State University
Elaine H. Kim, University of California, Berkeley
Elliott Kim, University of California, Riverside
Jodi Kim, University of California, Riverside
Kathleen Kinawy, University of Southern Maine
Laurie King, independent scholar
Laurence Kirby, City University of New York
Robert Kirkconnell, Academics for Justice
Kent Kirkton, California State University, Northridge
David Klein, California State University, Northridge***
Peri Klemm, California State University, Northridge
Lisa Maya Knauer, University of Massachusets, Dartmouth
Susan Kneedler, independent scholar
Harold Knight, Southern Methodist University
Yael Korin, University of California, Los Angeles
Dennis Kortheuer, California State University, Long Beach***
Eiko Kosasa, Leeward Community College, Pearl City, Hawai’i
Joel Kovel, Independent Scholar
Deepa Kumar, Rutgers University
Kevin Kumashiro, University of Illinois at Chicago
Nisha Kunte, University of Southern California
Felix Salvador Kury, San Francisco State University
Alok Laddha, Pennsylvania State University
Greta LaFleur, University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Maivan Clech Lam, CUNY Graduate Center (emeritus)
Mark Lance, Georgetown University
Werner Lange, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Margaret Langer, University of the Pacific
Amanda Lashaw, University of California, Davis
Paul Lauter, Trinity College
Gregory Laynor, University of Washington
Marisol Lebron, New York University
Henrike Lehnguth, University of Maryland
Priscilla Leiva, University of Southern California
Renee Levant, Fort Hays State University
Yi-Chun Tricia Lin, Southern Connecticut State University
Martha Lincoln, CUNY Graduate Center
Peter Linebaugh, University of Toledo
Evan Litwack, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Kawika Liu, University of Hawai’i John A Burns School of Medicine
David Lloyd, University of Southern California***
Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylvania
Claudia Garriga Lopez, New York University
Eric Lott, University of Virginia
Jose Antonio Lucero, University of Washington
Eithne Luibheid, University of Arizona
Eileen Lundy, University of Texas, Austin
Georgette Loup, University of New Orleans
Jennifer Lowenstein, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Alex Lubin, University of New Mexico
Barry Lumsden, Texas A&M University, Commerce
Laura E. Lyons, University of Hawai’i
Paul Lyons, University of Hawai’i
Graham MacPhee, West Chester University
Shireen Mahdavi, University of Utah
Sunaina Maira, University of California, Davis***
Saree Makdisi, UCLA
Sana Makhoul, Evergreen Valley College and De Anza College
Sheena Malhotra, California State University, Northridge
Harriet Malinowitz, Long Island University
Ahmad Malkawi, University of Kentucky
Brian Malovany, University of San Francisco
Amina Mama, University of California, Davis
Massimo Mandolini-Pesarisi, Yale University
Nabil Marshood, Hudson County Community College
Flo Martin, Goucher College
Joseph Massad, Columbia University
Khaled Mattawa, University of Michigan*
Todd May, Clemson University
Andrea Mays, University of New Mexico
Mike Mazon, Woodbury University
Ali Mazrui, State University of New York, Binghamton
Janet Ellis McAdams, Kenyon College*
Justine McCabe, Independent Scholar
Bryan McCann, University of Texas, Austin
Jeffery McClain, Long Island University
Kate McCullough, Cornell University
Daniel McGowan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Sarah E. McKibben, University of Notre Dame
Amanda McQuade, Clark University
Jodi Melamed, Marquette University
Jad Melki, University of Maryland
Martin Melkonian, Hofstra University
Targol Mesbah, California Institute of Integral Studies
Wiliam Messing, University of Minnesota
Gregory Meyerson, North Carolina A and T University
Frann Michel, Willamette University
Ali Mili, Rutgers University
Glen Mimura, University of California, Irvine
Yong Soon Min, University of California, Irvine
Adam Miyashiro, Stockton College
Minoo Moallem, University of California at Berkeley
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University
Kelvin Monroe, Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul, MN
Theresa Montano, California State University, Northridge
Agustin Lao Montes, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Jay Moore, University of Vermont
Manijeh Moradian, New York University
Jessica Morris, University of Louisville
Fred Moten, Duke University
Katherine Mottola, University of Washington
Fouad Moughrabi, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Aamir Mufti, University of California, Los Angeles
Ahlam Muhtaseb, California State University, San Bernardino
Bill Mullen, Purdue University**
Carlos Munoz, Jr., University of California, Berkeley
Donna Murdock, University of the South
Mara Naaman, Williams College
Nadine Naber, University of Michigan
Mira Nabulsi, San Francisco State University
Premilla Nadasen, Queens College, CUNY
Deborah Al-Najjar, Univ of Southern California
Sadu Nanjundiah, Central Connecticut State University
Brian Napoletano, Purdue University
Asma Al-Naser, University of Pennsylvania
Manijeh Nasrabadi, New York University
Sionne Neely, University of Southern California
Jytte Nhanenge, author and scholar
Gina Nobile, Teachers College, Columbia University
Panivong Norindr, University of Southern California
Anne Norton, Professor, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
David O’Connell, Georgia State University
Laura O’Connor, University of California, Irvine
Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, James Madison University
Gary Y. Okihiro, Columbia University
Daniel Olmos, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jennifer Olmsted, Drew University
Judy Olson, California State University, Los Angeles
Martin Orr, Boise State University
Larry Oviatt, California State University, Northridge
Rupal Oza, Hunter College, CUNY
Louis Palazzo, University of Southern California
Sirena Pellarolo, California State University, Northridge
David Naguib Pellow, University of Minnesota
Anthony Peressini, Marquette University
Hiram Perez, Vassar College
Juliane Perez, San Francisco State University
Marina Perez de Mendiola, Scripps College
Issa Peters, Thunderbird School of Management
Dawn Peterson, New York University
James Petras, Binghamton University**
Cecile Pineda, San Diego State University
Kavita Philip, University of California, Irvine
Adrienne Pine, American University
Julio Pino, Kent State University
Edie Pistolesi, California State University, Northridge***
John W. Ploof, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Haley Pollack, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Deborah Poole, The Johns Hopkins University
Garry Potter, Wilfrid Laurier University
Mike Powelson, California State University, Northridge
Janet Powers, Gettysburg College
Vijay Prashad, Trinity College
Gautam Premnath, University of California, Berkeley
Arthur Preisinger, Texas Lutheran University
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Observational Cosmology Laboratory, Goddard Spaceflight Center
David Pruitt, St. Louis Community College
Jasbir Puar, Rutgers University**
Laura Pulido, University of Southern California
Haneen Abu Qalb, University of South Florida
Richard Quaintance, Rutgers University Emeriti Association
James Quesada, San Franciso State University
Jessica Quindel, Berkeley High School
Therese Quinn, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
José Rabasa, University of California, Berkeley
Peter Rachleff, Macalester College
Leslie Radford, East Los Angeles College
R. Radhakrishnan, University of California, Irvine
Jubin Rahatzad, Purdue University
Leigh Raiford, University of California, Berkeley
Aneil Rallin, Soka University of America
Geetha Ramanathan, Westchester University of Pennsylvania
Junaid Rana, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Jacki Thompson Rand, University of Iowa
Radha Ranganathan, California State University, Northridge
Nagesh Rao, The College of New Jersey
Anita Rapone, SUNY Plattsburgh (emerita)
Kasturi Ray, San Francisco State University
Chandan Reddy, University of Washington, Seattle
Sujani Reddy, Amherst College
Shana Redmond, University of Southern California
Adolph Reed, University of Pennsylvania
Debbie Reese, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Kenneth Ring, University of Connecticut
Bruce Robbins, Columbia University
Cedric J. Robinson, University of California, Santa Barbara
William Robinson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Steve Roddy, University of San Francisco
Anthony Bayani Rodriguez, University of Southern California
Cesar Rodriguez, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dylan Rodriguez, University of California, Riverside
Ilia Rodriguez, University of New Mexico
David Roediger, University of Illinois
Lisa Rofel, University of California, Santa Cruz
Jessica Rogner, Michigan State University
Clarissa Rojas, California State University, Long Beach
David Kawalko Roselli, Scripps College
Jerry Rosen, California State University, Northridge
Mary Rosen, California State University, Northridge
Sonia Rosen, University of Pennsylvania
Andrew Ross, New York University
Suzanne Ross, United Federation of Teachers, Clinical Psychology
Marty Roth, University of Minnesota
Cheryl A. Rubenberg, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Lori Rudolph, New Mexico Highlands University
Rachael M. Rudolph, Emory & Henry University
Melanie Ruefli, Georgia Perimeter College
Ann Russo, DePaul University
Roshni Rustomji-Kerns, Sonoma State University
Adam Sabra, University of Georgia
Prantik Saha, Columbia University Medical Center
Atef Said, University of Michigan
Salwa Saif, Susan E Wagner High School
Ken Sakatani, California State University, Northridge
Steven Salaita, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Maria-Josefina Saldana-Portilla, New York University
Vida Samiian, California State University, Fresno
Rakhshanda Saleem, Harvard Medical School
Basel Saleh, Radford University
George Salem, University of Southern California
George Saliba, Columbia University
Ranu Samantrai, Indiana University
Rosaura Sanchez, University of California, San Diego
Chela Sandoval, University of California, Santa Barbara
Eleuterio Santiago-Diaz, University of New Mexico
Bhaskar Sarkar, University of California, Santa Barbara
Aseel Sawalha, Pace University
Sabina Sawhney, Hofstra University
Simona Sawhney, University of Minnesota
Seleem Sayyar, Emory University
Fayyad Sbaihat, Carnegie Mellon University***
Robert Schaible, University of Southern Maine
Damia Schnyder, University of California, Santa Barbara
Ayla Jay Schoenwald – California Institute of Integral Studies
C. Heike Schotten, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Malini Johar Schueller, University of Florida
Sarah Schulman, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York
Helen Scott, University of Vermont
James Scully, University of Connecticut
Dylan Schwilk, Texas Tech University
Sarita See, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Evalyn Segal, San Diego State University
May Seikaly, Wayne State University
Samah Selim, Rutgers University
Bharath A. Sethuraman, California State University, Northridge
Svati P. Shah, Duke University
Sima Shakhsari, Stanford University
Anton Shammas, University of Michigan*
Diane Shammas, University of Southern California
Kathryn Shanley, University of Montana
Alpana Sharma, Wright State University
Anu Sharma, Wesleyan University
Simona Sharoni, SUNY Plattsburgh
Isabel Shaw, Portland State University
Stephen Sheehi, University of South Carolina
Matthew Shenoda, Goddard College*
Scott Shepard, Richland College
Setsu Shigematsu, University of California, Riverside
Magid Shihade, University of California Davis***
Snehal Shingavi, University of Mary Washington
Ella Shohat, New York University
David Shorter, UCLA
Sriya Shrestha, University of Southern California
Tasneem Siddiqui, University of Southern California
Yumna Siddiqi, Middlebury College
Denise Silva, University of California, San Diego
Noenoe Silva, University of Hawai’i
David Simpson, University of California, Davis
Nikhil Pal Singh, New York University**
Ajay Skaria, University of Minnesota
Andor Skotnes, Sage College
Alana Smith, New York University
Andrea Smith, University of California, Riverside
Jeffery R. Smith, The New School for Social Research
Christine So, Georgetown University
Louis Solis, California State University, Northridge
Scott Sorrell, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Kathryn Sorrels, California State University Northridge
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University
Rajini Srikanth, University of Massachusetts, Boston
David Stein, University of Southern California
Nancy Stoller, University of California, Santa Cruz
Ted Stolze, Cerritos College
Beverly Stuart, Antioch University Seattle
Patricia Stuhr, Ohio State University
Circe Sturm, University of Texas at Austin
Sé Sullivan, CIIS
Abha Sur, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kenneth Surin, Duke University
Jon C. Swanson, Wayne State University
Patrick Sweeney, City University of New York
Neferti Tadiar, Barnard College**
Molly Talcott, California State University, Los Angeles
Ghada Talhami, Lake Forest College
Janet Tallman, Antioch College
Salim Tamari, Institute for Palestine Studies
Helga Tawil-Souri, New York University
Mark Lewis Taylor, Ph.D., Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary
Dorice Tentchoff, Oregon State University
June Terpestra, Northeastern Illinois University
Paul Thomas, University of California, Berkeley
William J. Thompson, University of Michigan, Dearborn
Charles Thorpe, University of California, San Diego
Daniel Tiffany, University of Southern California
Saadia Toor, City University of New York
Haunani-Kay Trask, University of Hawai`i, Ma-noa
Corbin Treacy, University of Minnesota
Robert Trivers, Rutgers University
Michael Tucker, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Sherrie Tucker, University of Kansas
Nancy Turner, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Julie Thi Underhill, University of California, Berkeley
Juan Carlos Vallejo, State University of New York
Paul Vangelisti, Otis College of Art and Design
Stefano Varese, University of California, Davis
Hypatia Varioumis, Drury University
Gina Velasco, Keene State College
Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University
Kamala Visweswaran, University of Texas
Rachael Vinyard, Oklahoma State University
Catherine Wagner, Miami University*
Dorothy Wang, Williams College
Richard Wark, University of Maryland
Robert Warrior, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Adam Waterman, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago
Brad Werner, University of California, San Diego
Johnny E. Williams, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Randall Williams, independent scholar
Mary Wilson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Howard Winant, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jessica Winegar, Temple University
Nan Withington, Santa Barbara City College (retired)
Judith Wittner, Loyola University
Hannah Wolfe, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Medical Center
Charles L. Yates, Earlham College (IN)
Emrah Yildiz, Harvard University
Cynthia Young, Boston College
Mansour Zand, University of Nebraska, Omaha
Edward Ziter, New York University
John David Zuern, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Endorsements from Cultural Workers:
Anne Marie Abowd, Norhweset Ohio Peace Coalition
Paul Abowd, journalist, Labor Notes
Susan Abulhawa, author
Ali Abunimah, writer
Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore, poet and editor
Elmaz Abinader, writer*
Deborah Acs, activist
Reham Alhelsi, Blogger
Naji Ali, journalist, Crossing the Line
Dunya Alwan, Birthright Unplugged***
Elahe Amani, poet, painter and community organizer
Sinan Antoon, poet and novelist*
Huwaida Arraf, Free Gaza Movement
Mohammed Asaad, writer, poet, critic, Kuwait
Maria Atilano, Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres
Mary Austin, Curator, Triptych Readings
Maha Bakeer, cultural worker
Sheila Baker, activist
Anna Baltzer, writer
Joslyn Barnes, writer, film producer, Louverture Films
Jesus Barraza, artist
Nora Barrows-Friedman, journalist, Flashpoints Radio
Abe Batshon, Patriarch hip-hop artist
Rachid Belbachir, MANA (Maghreb Assn of North America – for the North African community)
William Bell, cultural worker – blogger and minister
Khalil Bendib, Sculptor, political cartoonist, humorist
Oona Besman, cultural worker
Zarina Bhatia, blogger and activist
Rosa Bickerton, cultural worker, MediaCom
Alexander Billet, music journalist, Rebel Frequencies
Kamea Blackman, Storyteller
Patricia Blair, Sabeel Hawaii
Dreama Blankenbeckler, Artist*
Gloria Bletter, writer
Richard Blum, lawyer and cultural worker
Blasé Bonpane, Office of the Americas
Ricardo A. Bracho, Playwright
Bama Brand, activist
Adrienne Maree Brown, executive director of the Ruckus Society
Steve Brown, a music store owner
Rashida Bumbray, Visual and Performance artist
B. Bunsee, journalist
Shahid Buttar, poet, musician
Ellen Cantarow, independent writer
Luzviminda Carpenter, Pinay sa Seattle
Matthew Cassel, Photographer, journalist
Roqayah Chamseddine, writer
Hayan Charara, editor and poet
Kami Chisholm, filmmaker
Peter Creekmore, musician
Elizabeth C. Creely, Writer
DAM, hip hop artists, Lydd, 1948 Palestine
Ephrosine Daniggelis, anthropologist
Denise D’Anne, SEIU
Mary Ellen Davis, Filmmamker and Teacher
Raymond Deane, composer and author
José Carlos de Medeiros Gondim, journalist and cultural worker
DJ Emancipacion, DJ, San Francisco
Andrew Dougherty, researcher – FRDSCA
M. G. Duke, cultural worker
David Engle, writer
Barbara Ehrenreich, writer
Ben Ehrenreich, writer and journalist
Ihab el Hajj, Nada Foundation
Haithem El-Zabri, Palestine Online Store
Nava EtShalom, poet*
Jody Evans, Code Pink
Angela Fautt, KPFA 94.1 Berkeley
Andrew Felluss, music producer***
Jordan Flaherty, writer
Eileen Fleming, We Are Wide Awake; writer and producer
Bill Fletcher, Executive Editor, The Black Commentator **
Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report **
Richard Forer, author of Breakthrough: Transforming Fear Into Compassion
Sesshu Foster, poet
Hassan Fouda, NorCal Friends of Sabeel
Stacie Frost, Texans for Accountable Government
Racheli Gai, Tucson Women in Black
Thomas Gibson, cultural worker
Rozina Gilani, Indian classical dance instructor
Louis Godena, writer
Mark Gonzales, poet, Human Writes Project**
Zoe Goorman, Visual Artist
Matthew Graber, radio producer, WPEB 88.1 West Philadelphia
Mary Anne Grady Flores, Ithaca Catholic Worker
Pamela Grieman, cultural worker, UCLA American Indian Studies Center
Patrick M Griffin, activist, Wabash, IN
Marilyn Hacker, poet*/**
Sousan Hammad, writer, journalist
Hind Hamzah, Iris Paris
Mary Harb, Palestinian American Women’s Association
Wes Hare, Salaam Shalom Support Group, Presbyterian Church
Lily Haskell, Arab Resource and Organizing Centre
Stanley Heller, retired West Haven CT teacher
Nadia Hijab, writer
Heidi Hoffman, freelance artist
Brian Hohmann, Education activist
Janet Holmes, poet*
Adam Horowitz, journalist, blogger
Lydia Howell, writer, poet, radio journalist and producer, Minneapolis
Libby Hunter, musician
Jeff Hunziker, artist
Mahmood Hussain, cultural worker
Perla Issa, Filmmaker
Annemarie Jacir, Filmmaker **
Elyse Jajuga, Mt. Pleasant Free School
Mohja Kahf, poet*
Remi Kanazi, poet, writer, editor***
Rima Najjar Kapitan, Managing Partner, Amal Law Group
Christine Karatnytsky, Scripts Librarian, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Hugo Herlych Karlsen, author and publisher, Denmark
Charlotte Kates, Labor for Palestine ***
Judith Kazantzis, poet and writer, UK
Theryn Kigvamasudvashti, cultural studies writer
Michelle Kinnucan, Middle East Task Force of Ann Arbor, MI
Jeff Kipilman, Temple Beth Israel, Midrasha Instructor
Sonali Kolhatkar, KPFK
K-Salaam & Beatnick, hip-hop artist
Paul Laverty, screenwriter
Jeffrey Layton, songwriter/producer, Los Angeles
Kent Lebsock, Owe Aku International Justice Project
Eloise Lee, Media Alliance
Stephen Lendman, The Global Research News Hour
Howard Lenow, American Jews for a Just Peace
Michael Letwin, New York City Labor Against the War
MaGestiK LeGenD, hip-hop artist
Mandolyn Ludlum, Mystic, hip-hop artist
Lisa Suhair Majaj, poet, scholar/critic
Fatima Mansour, writer
Claude Marks, The Freedom Archives
Khaled Mattawa, poet*
Monami Maulik, DRUM, Desis Rusing Up & Moving
Ahmina Maxey, East Michigan Environmental Action Council
David B. Maynard, District 1 Hillsborough County Soil and Water Conservation Board
Janet Ellis McAdams, poet*
James E. McDowell, Multicultural Seniors
Dan Taulapapa McMullin, indigenous artist, writer and filmmaker
D.H. Melhem, poet, novelist, scholar/critic
Linda Milazzo, Managing Editor, OpEdNews.com
Momina Mir, Central Student Association, University of Guelph
Mirna Miranda, activist
Jennifer Mogannam, Palestinian Youth Network (PYN)
Mike Montagne, PEOPLE For Mathematically Perfected Economy
Maureen Murphy, journalist, editor
Tom Mysiewicz, freelance writer
Matt Nelson, Graphic Artist
Germana Nijim, Peacemakers of Michiana
Anggia Putri Nilasari, blogger, radio producer
Jaisal Noor, Democracy Now!/the Indypendent
Rayleen Nunez, poet and writer
Kiilu Nyasha, SFLive TV program
Corey Olsen, musician/activist, Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm
Martin O’Quigley, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Kay Osatenko, cultural worker
Maher Osseiran, freelance investigative journalist
Frank Panzarella, AFM Local 400
Nigel Parry, writer
Shailja Patel, poet, performance artist
Pathanapong Pathanadilok, Alternative Intervention Models
Katrina Pestano, Writer and hip-hop artist
David Peterson, writer, Chicago
Dennis Phillips, poet
Don Prange, Minister, St. James United Church of Christ, Lovettsville, VA
Renee Price, Free Spirit Freedom
Emily Ratner, Director, Patois: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival
F. D. Reeve, poet
Leila Nachawati Rego, blogger, Spain
Dick Reilly, Media activist
Adrienne Rich, poet, essayist**
Mark Richey, retired teacher
Elizabeth Robinson, journalist, KCSB Radio
Stephen Rodefer, writer
Darlene Rodrigues, poet
Sam Romero, visual artist
Amber Rose, singer/songwriter/musician
Joseph Saad, writer
Asad Sadiq, Shia Association of North America
Khadiga Safwat, Oxford Women Network for Justice and Peace
Andrea Scarpino, poet
Richard Schaaf, poet, founding editor of Azul Editions
Sarah Schulman, fiction writer
Susan Schuurman, videographer/ video production instructor/producer
Moses Seenarine, Writer & Independent Filmmaker
Mark Segal, Museum Educator
Adil Semmar, film critic & journalist, Morocco
Ibrahim Shalay, artist
Celia Shallal, Arab American National Museum
Anton Shammas, novelist*
Adam Shapiro, Documentary Filmmaker, Co-Founder ISM
Deema Shehabi, poet, San Francisco
Guenter Schenk, Strasbourg, France, publishers consultant for Alawi-Verlag
Matthew Shenoda, poet*
Michel Shehadeh, Executive Director, Arab Film Festival**
Rich Siegel, RS Musical Services
Andrew Silvera, Action4Palestine
Rose Sims, SPEAK!
Adam Smith, folk musician
Scott Stanton, librarian
Thomas Immanuel Steinberg, journalist, Germany
Sainatee Suarez, violnist, Philadelphia
Simone Swan, The Adobe Alliance
Joe Truss, Some of All Parts hip hop group
Sandra Turner, MD
Laura C. Stevenson, writer
Lawrence Swaim, Interfaith Freedom Foundation
Wesley Taylor, Emergence Media
Tiffany TenEyck, Labor Notes
Jake Terpstra, cultural worker, Institute for Global Education
John and Roberta Thurstin, Episcopal Church
Gale Khoury Toensing, journalist
Shelby Tucker, author
Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town**
Jason Villani, Reference Librarian
Catherine Wagner, poet*
Jeff Warner, Los Angeles Jews for Peace
Ellen Wasfi, activist
Ilana Weaver, Invincible, hip-hop artist
Irving Weinman, writer
Barbara Williams, Dare to Dream Network
Rev. Gretchen Winkler, Lutheran Church of Martha and Mary Mt. Prospect, IL
Tami Woronoff, Television and Film Producer, GRITtv with Laura Flanders
R. Worrell, writer
Jillian C. York, blogger
Will Youmans, Iron Sheik, hip-hop artist
Edgar Zarifeh, Benevolent Alliance of the Custodians of the Ancient Tomb (at Tyre, Lebanon)
Daniel Zwickel – Musician, composer, website designer
Endorsements from International Colleagues:
Ahmed Abbes, University of Rennes 1
Noha Taha Abokrysha, Cairo University
Fatima Yasbeck Asfora, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco
Mona Baker, University of Manchester
Mikhael Balabane, Universite Paris 13
Rana Barakat, Birzeit University
Katherine Bullock, University of Toronto, Mississauga
Coskun Cakir, Istanbul University
Chris Collom, University of Calgary
David Comedi, CONICET, Laboratorio de Física del Sólido, Departamento de Física, FACET, UNT, San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
Robert Boyce, London School of Economics
Haim Bresheeth, University of East London
Jean Bricmont, Universite de Louvain
C.J.Burns-Cox MD, Medical Doctor and Human Rights Worker
John Christensen, John Cabot University, Rome
Muhammad Talha Cicek, Sabanci University
Ned Curthoys, Australian National University
Mike Cushman, London School of Economics and Political Science
Bucker Dangor, Imperial College, London
Uri Davis, Al-Quds University, Palestine
Benedict E. DeDominicis, Catholic University of Korea
Randi Deguilhem, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Herman De Ley, Ghent University, Belgium
Judit Druks, University College London
Ira Dworkin, The American University in Cairo
Ivar Ekeland, University of British Columbia, Canada
Yara El-Ghadban, University of the Witwatersrand
Walid El Hamamsy, Cairo University
Mahmoud El Lozy, American University in Cairo
Shadia Elshishini, Cairo University
Hani Faris, University of British Columbia, Canada
Emmanuel Farjoun, Hebrew University
Rachel Giora, Tel Aviv University
José Carlos de Medeiros Gondim, Jornalista, Produtor Cultural
Benjamin Greer, University of London
Peter Hallward, Middlesex University, UK
Jens Hanssen, University of Toronto
Michael Harris, Universite Paris 7
Nigel Harris, University College London
Ruth Heilbronn, Institute of Education, University of London
Khalil Hindi, American University, Beirut
Huma Ibrahim, Zayed University
Najla Jarkas, American University of Beirut
Kathleen Kamphoefner, Executive Director, St. Andrew’s Refugee Services, Cairo, Egypt
Musa Karam, City University, London, UK
Michael Keefer, University of Guelph
Paul Kelemen, Univ of Manchester
M. Moncef Khaddar, Eastern Mediterranean University
Aziza Khalidi, Islamic University of Lebanon
Anastasia Khawaja, Alghurair University, Dubai
Lilia Labidi, University of Tunis
Michael A Lebowitz, professor emeritus of economics, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Malcolm H Levitt, University of Southampton
Ronit Lentin, Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Abby Lippman, McGill University
Anna Lise, Toronto District School Board
Moshé Machover, London School of Economics and Political Science
Gerald MacLean, University of Exeter
Mudasir Marfatia, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario
Rania Masri, University of Balamand
Anat Matar, Tel Aviv University
Patrick McGreevy, American University of Beirut
Rima Najjar Merriman, Arab American University, Jenin
Ibrahim Al-Mohandes, University of Waterloo
Khalid Mohiuddin, University of Damascus
Ali Mokdad, Universite de Montreal
Chivvis Moore, Birzeit University
Assim Nabawi, Menoufiya University, Egypt
Marcy Newman, Amman Ahliyya University, Jordan***
Maire Noonan, McGill University
Sam Noumoff, McGill University
Joseph Oesterle, Universite Paris VI
Ilan Pappé, University of Exeter**
Lucia Quaresma, University of Rio de Janeiro
Mary Queen, American University of Kuwait
Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities
Diana M.A. Relke, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Mary Rizzo, art restorer, writer, translator – Italy
Kelly T. Roberts, Queensland University of Technology
Donna M. Ruzzano, Eastern Mediterranean University
Rima Sabban, Zayed University, Dubai
Hanan Sabea, American University in Cairo
Mehmet Murat Sahin, Middle East Technical University, Ankara
Nicholas Sammond, University of Toronto
Richard Seaford, University of Exeter
Sherene Seikaly, American University in Cairo
Ur Shlonsky, University of Geneva
Marcus Slease, Ealing and West London College
Kobi Snitz, Technion, Israel
Douglass St. Christain, University of Western Ontario
Paul Taber, Lebanese American University
Lisa Taraki, Birzeit University**
Jason Thomas, Kosin University, Korea
Sunera Thobani, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Jean-Pierre Thys, Brussels University
Stellan Vinthagen, Gothenberg University, Sweden
David Wilmsen, American University of Beirut
Rami Zurayk. American University of Beirut
Elia Zureik, Queen’s University
Organizational Endorsements:

10/15 Anarchist Collective, Toledo,OH
Action 4 Palestine
The Adobe Alliance
Al Awda
Al-Nakba Awareness Project
American Jews for a Just Peace
Another Jewish Voice, Santa Fe
Arab Resource and Organizing Center
Artists Against Apartheid, USCEIO affiliate
Birthright Unplugged
BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS call from within
Break the Siege (Bay Area)
British Committee for the Universities of Palestine
Cafe Intifada – film/cultural group
Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid, Southern California
Code Pink
Committee for Palestinian Rights
Emory Advocates for Justice in Palestine
The Free Palestine Alliance (USA)
Friends of Bil’in in USA
Green Party of the United States
Harrisburg Middle East Justice and Peace (South Central Pennsylvania)
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network – Los Angeles Chapter
Los Angeles Jews for Peace
Los Angeles Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee
Nakba Archive
National Council of Arab Americans
New York City Labor against War
NorCal Friends of Sabeel
Palestinian Economists Association
PATOIS: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival
PEOPLE For Mathematically Perfected Economy
Radian Records, LLC, music production company
Radical Arab Women’s Activist Network
Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI)
Right to Education Campaign Campaign, Birzeit University
Scientists Without Borders
Shi’a Organization of America
Students Creating Radical Change, New York University
Students for Justice in Palestine, Northeastern University
Students for Justice in Palestine, Northern Arizona University
Students for Justice in Palestine, UC Davis
Students for Justice in Palestine, University of Pittsburgh
Teachers Against the Occupation, Minnesota
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
US Palestinian Community Network
* Cross listed as Cultural Worker and Academic
** Advisory Board Member
*** Organizing Committee Member/Founding Member

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Where are the children?

167 children have not been released and remained jailed in Israeli prisons

(CHICAGO 10/19/2011) – No Palestinian children were among the 477 political prisoners released from Israeli jails on Tuesday and it is no longer certain whether they will be part of the deal to swap 1,027 Palestinians for one Israeli soldier, who was returned to his family this week.

An official from Ramallah-based Defence for Children International – Palestine Section confirmed to AMP this morning that 164 Palestinian children still are behind bars.

“So far, Israel didn’t release any children,” said Ayed Abu Qtaish, DCI accountability programs director. “One-hundred-sixty-four Palestinian children are still in prison and their rights are being violated during their arrests, during their interrogations and during their court proceedings.”

Abu Qtaish said he did not know whether the children, some as young as 12 years old, will be included in the second prisoner release, expected in about two months.

Earlier media reports had indicated all children would be released, along with all women and elderly.

According to the latest figures released by the Israeli Prison Service and DCI-Palestine, at the end of September there were 164 Palestinian children, aged 12 to 17 years in Israeli detention facilities, including 35 kids between the ages of 12 and 15.

Each year, Israeli military courts prosecute about 700 Palestinian children from the West Bank, according to DCI. Since the year 2000, the Israeli military occupation authorities have detained about 7,500 kids, who are often harassed or tortured.

TAKE ACTION
Call your elected representatives in Congress and demand they pressure Israel to release the children. Find your representative here.

TALKING POINTS

  • Holding Palestinian children in Israeli prisons violates the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits an occupying power from transferring the population it is occupying to its own territory.
  • Incarcerating minors, especially holding them without charge in administrative detention, violates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Continuing to support Israel with more than $3 billion in military aid and loan guarantees while it continues to violate international law is not in our best interest. This weakens the U.S. stance throughout the Arab and Muslim world, threatens our national security and calls into question our role as the ‘honest’ broker in the Middle East.

For more information on Palestinian child prisoners, please click here.

The American Muslims for Palestine is a national grassroots organization, whose mission is to educate the public and media about Palestine and its rich, cultural heritage. For more information, go to www.ampalestine.org.

 

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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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By Kristin Szremski
AMP director of media and communications

This article first appeared on July 29 on the Electronic Intifada.

A number of new initiatives to curtail freedom of speech by conflating opposition to Israeli crimes with anti-Semitism are underway in the United States and Canada.

The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism (CPCCA) issued a report in early July recommending the adoption of strict new standards defining anti-Semitism and the types of speech and campus activities that would violate them. Its report urged the Canadian government to adopt the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia’s definition of anti-Semitism (“Report on the Inquiry Panel,” 7 July 2011 [PDF]). That definition suggests that any questioning of whether Israel has the right to exist as a state that privileges Jews over people of other religions or ethnic backgrounds amounts to anti-Semitism.

 

Though the Canadian group is not linked to the Ottawa government, it has 22 parliamentarians as members. Activities it deems as anti-Semitic and, therefore, calls to be banned, include events such as the Israeli Apartheid Week that was founded in Toronto and now takes place on college campuses internationally every March.

The Canadian report is just the latest attempt at stifling public discourse about Israel. Free speech and the unimpeded exchange of ideas are also under attack on America’s college campuses. Pro-Israel supporters have targeted federal funding for academic institutions, including support for research and academic conferences, under the pretext that criticism of Israel is “hate speech.”

Federal authorities from the Office of Civil Rights with the US Department of Education are investigating charges of anti-Semitism against the University of California Santa Cruz, as well as at other institutions within the California university system, according to published reports. These are the first investigations taking place since Title VI of the Civil Rights Act was re-interpreted in October 2010, allowing Jewish students, as members of a religious group, to claim discrimination under a provision that previously applied only to racial and ethnic bigotry.

A “dear colleague” letter issued by the Office of Civil Rights in October 2010 said that discrimination against a student who is a member of a religious group violates Title VI when the discrimination is based on the group’s “actual or perceived shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics … or when it is based upon the student’s actual or perceived citizenship or residency in a country whose residents share a dominant religion or a distinct religious identity,” David Thomas, a US Department of Education spokesman, explained by email.

Bowing to the Zionist lobby

Major pro-Israel organizations such as the Zionist Organization of America and the Anti-Defamation League have lobbied for this re-interpretation for years. Title VI now can be applied to Jewish students who claim universities create hostile campus environments if they allow pro-Palestinian events or even class lectures critical of Israeli policies.

In other words, since Israel bills itself as a Jewish state, of which all Jews everywhere are automatic citizens, Jewish students can file complaints of anti-Semitism and discrimination based upon their perceived ethnicity and citizenship or residency in a country that has a “dominant religion.”

Dr. Hatem Bazian, a Palestinian-American professor of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, who founded the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) there in 2001, takes issue with the amended understanding of Title VI. While he agrees that Jewish students, as well as Muslim students, should be protected from discrimination based on their religious identity under Title VI, he believes the reinterpretation is actually being used to silence debate about Israel.

“Attempts to silence opposition to the illegal Israeli occupation and policies is un-American and amounts to political and academic censorship,” Bazian said via email. (Bazian is also the chairman of American Muslims for Palestine, the organization with which this writer is employed).

The Title VI reinterpretation and the subsequent case against Santa Cruz is part of a growing trend of stifling of protected political speech on college campuses. Several lecturers and professors have been censured and even denied tenure because they openly criticized Israeli policies or advocated for Palestinian rights.

Perhaps the most widely publicized cases are those of former DePaul University professor Norman Finkelstein and North Carolina State University professor Terri Ginsberg, both of whom were not given tenure because of their open criticism of Israeli policies in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Ginsberg initiated legal action against North Carolina State and her case is currently on appeal.

Freedom of information denied

The new interpretation has rejuvenated a 29-page complaint brought against the University of California Santa Cruz in June 2009 by lecturer Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, the contents of which have been kept secret by the Department of Education and university officials.

On 13 April, American Muslims for Palestine filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the complaint with the San Francisco Office of Civil Rights. Federal authorities declined the request on 22 April, saying that supplying the complaint would “constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy” and that it could “reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings,” both of which are listed as exemptions under the federal FOIA statute.

What is so troubling in the University of California Santa Cruz investigation is that the amended interpretation is being applied retroactively to Rossman-Benjamin’s complaint, which she filed more than one year before the October 2010 “dear colleague” letter. No one contacted from the university or the Department of Education would discuss how an institution can be held liable for something that was not considered to be a violation at the time it occurred.

“[The Office of Civil Rights] received the UC-Santa Cruz complaint … on 25 June 2009,” Thomas wrote in an email to American Muslims for Palestine. “On 7 March 2011, OCR formally notified the university and the complainant that OCR was opening for investigation the allegations that a hostile environment existed for Jewish students at the university in 2009 in violation of Title VI and that the university had notice of the hostile environment but did not have a process to adequately respond to hostile environment complaints.”

Thomas failed to respond to American Muslims for Palestine’s direct question about how the new interpretation could be applied retroactively, though it was posed three times in three separate emails on 13 and 15 April.

Jim Burns, a University of California Santa Cruz spokesman, also would not address that issue and instead referred it back to the Department of Education’s civil rights office. He did tell American Muslims for Palestine in an email, however, that the Office of Civil Rights is reviewing a complaint that “speech on campus that is critical of Israel creates a hostile environment for Jewish students.”

“We believe that [the Office of Civil Rights’] investigation will ultimately conclude that [the University of California Santa Cruz] diligently enforces laws, policies and practices that protect our students’ civil rights. But we also believe that our review of the matter with OCR will provide us with an opportunity to examine our relevant policies and practices to ensure that is the case,” he added.

If federal investigators find a university to be in violation of Title VI and the institution does not remedy the situation satisfactorily it could lose federal funding. This is a worst-case scenario to be sure, but it is one that seemingly threatens the open exchange of ideas on college campuses.

“While some of the recent allegations … might well raise a claim under Title VI, many others simply seek to silence anti-Israel discourse and speakers. This approach is not only unwarranted under Title VI, it is dangerous,” Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Presidents (AAUP), and Kenneth Stern of the American Jewish Committee, wrote recently in an open letter on AAUP’s website.

“The purpose of a university is to have students wrestle with ideas with which they may disagree, or even better, may make them uncomfortable. To censor ideas is to diminish education, and to treat students as fragile recipients of ‘knowledge,’ rather than young critical thinkers,” they added.

American Muslims for Palestine’s Hatem Bazian said the implications of the re-interpretation go far beyond free speech in the classroom and at extra-curricular events. Funding for scholarly research and academic conferences that bring up “legitimate criticism of Israel” may be at stake, he said.

“The new interpretation will directly, first and foremost, impact those who administer Title VI funding, and they for sure will be more hesitant and will engage in self-censorship in funding research or activities that are critical of Israel,” Bazian said.

Indeed, the Anti-Defamation League was one of 12 national organizations that urged the Department of Education to amend its Title VI interpretation. It may have just been a co-signer in that battle but the ADL has taken the lead in many high-profile cases to stifle free speech and public debate in its hundred-year history.

In March, the ADL, along with the American Jewish Committee and the Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council, protested an academic conference at the UC Hastings College of the Law in March entitled “Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights?” Their protest was so effective the university board voted to remove its name and endorsement for the event and it prevented university Chancellor Frank Wu from making opening remarks.

Challenging Israel on campus

Writing about the incident in the San Francisco Chronicle, Cecilie Surasky, deputy director of Jewish Voice for Peace, stated that “Perhaps for the first time in US history, there is an aggressive challenge to a one-sided narrative that covers up or justifies ongoing Israeli repression of Palestinians” (“Pressure on law conference threatens free speech,” 21 April 2011).

Surasky added, “The center of that challenge is on campuses, which is why those who have traditionally adopted knee-jerk defenses of Israeli policies are attempting to stigmatize or shut down alternative viewpoints.”

The same threats of losing federal funding because of an “anti-Semitic and hostile environment” are being leveled at Rutgers University in New Jersey, thanks in large part to a 15-page letter written to the university by Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein, and copied to the state’s governor, its US senators and representatives and other officials.

These recent moves, according to Surasky, “suggest that legitimate criticism of Israeli policy is being conflated with anti-Semitism. If this is allowed to happen, then serious debate on Israel’s illegal actions in the Palestinian territories will be shut down.”

Rossman-Benjamin’s complaint against University of California Santa Cruz could very well be a test case under the new interpretation of Title VI. The reinterpretation, when viewed against the backdrop of professors being censured or denied tenure because of their political views, could have an adverse affect on the free exchange of ideas on college campuses at a time when debate and concrete examinations of US foreign policy in the Middle East is needed more than ever.

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Challenging AIPAC and confronting “US interests”

By Kristin Szremski, Monadel Herzallah, Sara Kershnar and Max Ajl and Kristin Szremski
First published on The Electronic Intifada

This week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the largest pro-Israel lobby organization in the United States, is holding its annual policy conference in Washington DC.
The roster of speakers — from Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to Christian Right paragon Ralph Reed, President Barack Obama and several members of Congress — is clear evidence that the relationship between and interests shared by AIPAC, the religious right and the US government continue unabashed and unchallenged.
For too long this stronghold of the US-Israel alliance has rolled forward unimpeded, funding, defending and capitalizing on Israeli policies and the Israeli settler-colonial enterprise in Palestine.
Challenging AIPAC is part of our larger effort to stop the United States’ financial and military support for, corporate investment in and political coverage for Israel. If the goal is to expose and ultimately restrain the role that Israel plays in US foreign policy, focusing exclusively on AIPAC is an insufficient project.
The $60-million-per-year organization certainly represents a lot of financial clout in favor of what are called “Israeli interests.” But it is not AIPAC alone that secures more than $3 billion a year in unconditional military aid and an additional $2.5 billion in other forms of aid and loan guarantees for the State of Israel.
AIPAC and “US interests”
We must look carefully at whose interests in the United States are served by the US-Israel alliance and whose interests are harmed. For only then can we develop an effective strategy to successfully expose and challenge the network of Zionist organizations, the ultra-right wing and religious right, American corporations and the military and foreign policy interests that are served by this alliance.
Moreover, with an understanding that the interests of the vast majority of people and communities in the United States are not served but are, in fact, harmed by this alliance, we can build the movement necessary to form this successful strategy.
Casting AIPAC as a foreign contaminant poisoning US foreign policy and interests is inaccurate. The global power of the American military, government and corporations largely relies on exporting weapons to the Middle East, extracting profits from elevated gas prices, and opening doors for US trade and multi-national corporate profit.
The US strategy for maintaining control in the region has included US military aggression and occupation of countries whose governments challenge American interests; the creation of dependency on US aid and the economic and political alliances with repressive regimes; and building and protecting Israel’s ability to act as a military force to defend these interests.
In turn, Israel has become one of the world’s most powerful militaries, which it uses not only to maintain the occupation of Palestinian and other Arab lands, but also as a threat against its neighbors. As important, it enjoys uncritical support from the US government and its representatives in the United Nations.
US, Israel and the religious right
This mutually beneficial relationship then capitalizes on the interests of the conservative religious right. An extreme but significant and well-funded fundamentalist network supports Israel as part of its belief that this will herald the return of Christ.
One of these groups is the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a Chicago-based group that donated as much as $70 million to Israel in 2009 alone, according to published reports.
The US-Israel alliance serves powerful interests and therefore AIPAC and the network of Zionist organizations have powerful allies. But these interests serve a small percentage of the people and communities in the US who are paying the taxes to maintain that alliance. Moreover, the parallel domestic policies in place that protect the interests of this alliance are damaging and repressive to the majority of people in the US.
The domestic practices funded and mobilized by a range of Zionist organizations, including but not limited to AIPAC, include anti-Arab and Islamophobic attacks and unconstitutional prosecution of communities and organizations; anti-immigrant policies and militarized borders; FBI raids and grand jury investigations and indictments; and increased surveillance and policing of communities of color in the United States.
In addition to AIPAC, many right-wing Zionist organizations, such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), have a direct interest in fomenting Islamophobia and anti-Arab bigotry in the United States to create ideological cover for American and Israeli militarism and occupation in Muslim and Arab countries.
The PATRIOT Act, related anti-immigrant policies, and the ability to implement unconstitutional FBI raids and grand jury investigations and indictments come directly out of anti-terrorist laws that were instituted in the 1980s. Now, as then, Zionist think tanks and institutions, such as the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, and the US government partner in drafting and passing this legislation and play a role in the unconstitutional surveillance of individuals, communities and human rights, anti-war, international solidarity and community-based organizations.
A similar situation was uncovered in 1993, when federal agents discovered the California offices of the ADL held thousands personal and confidential files — many obtained illegally from law enforcement officers — on more than 1,300 private individuals and organizations. The ADL admitted to selling some of this illegally-obtained information on anti-apartheid activists to the apartheid South African government.
Security Solutions International, a US-based private security firm which advises the Department of Homeland Security, has a reputation for hiring Israeli military veterans. They have advised over 700 law enforcement agencies since 2004. Their “curriculum” includes a good deal on the threat posed by radical Islam.
The Israeli military itself is contracted by numerous US police forces across the country and by the Coast Guard for training in domestic “population control.” The racialized approach to security that Israeli military personnel have been indoctrinated with translates into dehumanizing people of color here in the US.
More generally, the billions of dollars spent on Israel are taken from desperately needed health care, the revival of our faltering public education system, housing and employment programs, to name a few. These are as central to security for the people of the US as is a shift in our foreign policy.
Meanwhile, AIPAC, like other Zionist institutions, is attempting to enlist communities of color to defend its agenda. A recent example involves a letter from a black academic excellence student group, the Vanguard Leadership Group (VLG), criticizing campus organizing against Israeli apartheid for “appropriating” the history of the South African anti-apartheid struggle.
VLG leadership was honored at an annual AIPAC banquet following a Zionist-funded trip to Israel. In carrying out AIPAC’s agenda, VLG not only betrays the Palestinian and popular movements for self-determination, democracy and rights and the history of the South African anti-apartheid struggle and South African solidarity with Palestine, but also the interests of the vast majority of people in the communities of color they claim to speak for and serve.
Thus, an effort to truly confront and ultimately strip the power of the pro-Israel lobby must become part of a broad, grassroots, mass movement. This movement must based on the interests shared by the many communities impacted by the devastation and repression caused by the alliance between Israel, Zionist organizations in the US, the US military, corporations and the fundamentalist religious and conservative right.
Challenging business-as-usual in Washington
As has been proven time and again, communities in the US or elsewhere will never be secure with a US foreign and domestic policy driven by the interests of its military, military profiteering, war and occupation, and multi-national corporations.
Whether in the Middle East, Central and South America or at the US-Mexico border, American policy will not produce just outcomes until it is made to do so. To that end, we do not think our efforts should be pitched to cajoling domestic elites into adopting a just-slightly more sane policy in the Middle East. If they do so, and this gives the Palestinian people a bit more breathing room, that is all to the good.
But we must look to further horizons. Rather than pitching Palestinian emancipation as amenable to imperial US national interests, activists and community organizers must take our role seriously and recognize that there is an inherent problem with negotiating Palestinian rights in Washington.
We must follow the lead of the Palestinian movement domestically and in Palestine, and heed the logic of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions — movement to movement, person to person, local government to regional government to national government.
It is this work that will make the costs of continuing the “special relationship” between the United States and Israel, and Washington’s support of dictatorships blighting the Middle East, higher than the costs of giving them up.
We have much work ahead, but writing from the US, we take tremendous inspiration from movements across the Middle East. While still in flux, in some cases they have successfully taken down US-supported dictators.
The lesson is clear: only a powerful grassroots movement rooted in community and transformative in its goals and organizing will bring Israel and its Zionist guardians in the US and US imperialism to its knees.
Monadel Herzallah is a labor organizer and a member of the Coordinating Committee of the US Palestinian Community Network.
Sara Kershnar is an international organizer with the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.
Max Ajl studies development sociology at Cornell and works with the ISM in the Gaza Strip. He also blogs at http://www.maxajl.com.
Kristin Szremski is an independent journalist and currently the director of media and communications for the American Muslims for Palestine.

This week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the largest pro-Israel lobby organization in the United States, is holding its annual policy conference in Washington DC.

The roster of speakers — from Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to Christian Right paragon Ralph Reed, President Barack Obama and several members of Congress — is clear evidence that the relationship between and interests shared by AIPAC, the religious right and the US government continue unabashed and unchallenged.

For too long this stronghold of the US-Israel alliance has rolled forward unimpeded, funding, defending and capitalizing on Israeli policies and the Israeli settler-colonial enterprise in Palestine.

Challenging AIPAC is part of our larger effort to stop the United States’ financial and military support for, corporate investment in and political coverage for Israel. If the goal is to expose and ultimately restrain the role that Israel plays in US foreign policy, focusing exclusively on AIPAC is an insufficient project.

The $60-million-per-year organization certainly represents a lot of financial clout in favor of what are called “Israeli interests.” But it is not AIPAC alone that secures more than $3 billion a year in unconditional military aid and an additional $2.5 billion in other forms of aid and loan guarantees for the State of Israel.

AIPAC and “US interests”

We must look carefully at whose interests in the United States are served by the US-Israel alliance and whose interests are harmed. For only then can we develop an effective strategy to successfully expose and challenge the network of Zionist organizations, the ultra-right wing and religious right, American corporations and the military and foreign policy interests that are served by this alliance.

Moreover, with an understanding that the interests of the vast majority of people and communities in the United States are not served but are, in fact, harmed by this alliance, we can build the movement necessary to form this successful strategy.

Casting AIPAC as a foreign contaminant poisoning US foreign policy and interests is inaccurate. The global power of the American military, government and corporations largely relies on exporting weapons to the Middle East, extracting profits from elevated gas prices, and opening doors for US trade and multi-national corporate profit.

The US strategy for maintaining control in the region has included US military aggression and occupation of countries whose governments challenge American interests; the creation of dependency on US aid and the economic and political alliances with repressive regimes; and building and protecting Israel’s ability to act as a military force to defend these interests.

In turn, Israel has become one of the world’s most powerful militaries, which it uses not only to maintain the occupation of Palestinian and other Arab lands, but also as a threat against its neighbors. As important, it enjoys uncritical support from the US government and its representatives in the United Nations.

US, Israel and the religious right

This mutually beneficial relationship then capitalizes on the interests of the conservative religious right. An extreme but significant and well-funded fundamentalist network supports Israel as part of its belief that this will herald the return of Christ.

One of these groups is the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a Chicago-based group that donated as much as $70 million to Israel in 2009 alone, according to published reports.

The US-Israel alliance serves powerful interests and therefore AIPAC and the network of Zionist organizations have powerful allies. But these interests serve a small percentage of the people and communities in the US who are paying the taxes to maintain that alliance. Moreover, the parallel domestic policies in place that protect the interests of this alliance are damaging and repressive to the majority of people in the US.

The domestic practices funded and mobilized by a range of Zionist organizations, including but not limited to AIPAC, include anti-Arab and Islamophobic attacks and unconstitutional prosecution of communities and organizations; anti-immigrant policies and militarized borders; FBI raids and grand jury investigations and indictments; and increased surveillance and policing of communities of color in the United States.

In addition to AIPAC, many right-wing Zionist organizations, such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), have a direct interest in fomenting Islamophobia and anti-Arab bigotry in the United States to create ideological cover for American and Israeli militarism and occupation in Muslim and Arab countries.

The PATRIOT Act, related anti-immigrant policies, and the ability to implement unconstitutional FBI raids and grand jury investigations and indictments come directly out of anti-terrorist laws that were instituted in the 1980s.

Now, as then, Zionist think tanks and institutions, such as the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, and the US government partner in drafting and passing this legislation and play a role in the unconstitutional surveillance of individuals, communities and human rights, anti-war, international solidarity and community-based organizations.

A similar situation was uncovered in 1993, when federal agents discovered the California offices of the ADL held thousands personal and confidential files — many obtained illegally from law enforcement officers — on more than 1,300 private individuals and organizations. The ADL admitted to selling some of this illegally-obtained information on anti-apartheid activists to the apartheid South African government.

Security Solutions International, a US-based private security firm which advises the Department of Homeland Security, has a reputation for hiring Israeli military veterans. They have advised over 700 law enforcement agencies since 2004. Their “curriculum” includes a good deal on the threat posed by radical Islam.

The Israeli military itself is contracted by numerous US police forces across the country and by the Coast Guard for training in domestic “population control.” The racialized approach to security that Israeli military personnel have been indoctrinated with translates into dehumanizing people of color here in the US.

More generally, the billions of dollars spent on Israel are taken from desperately needed health care, the revival of our faltering public education system, housing and employment programs, to name a few. These are as central to security for the people of the US as is a shift in our foreign policy.

Meanwhile, AIPAC, like other Zionist institutions, is attempting to enlist communities of color to defend its agenda. A recent example involves a letter from a black academic excellence student group, the Vanguard Leadership Group (VLG), criticizing campus organizing against Israeli apartheid for “appropriating” the history of the South African anti-apartheid struggle.

VLG leadership was honored at an annual AIPAC banquet following a Zionist-funded trip to Israel. In carrying out AIPAC’s agenda, VLG not only betrays the Palestinian and popular movements for self-determination, democracy and rights and the history of the South African anti-apartheid struggle and South African solidarity with Palestine, but also the interests of the vast majority of people in the communities of color they claim to speak for and serve.

Thus, an effort to truly confront and ultimately strip the power of the pro-Israel lobby must become part of a broad, grassroots, mass movement. This movement must based on the interests shared by the many communities impacted by the devastation and repression caused by the alliance between Israel, Zionist organizations in the US, the US military, corporations and the fundamentalist religious and conservative right.

Challenging business-as-usual in Washington

As has been proven time and again, communities in the US or elsewhere will never be secure with a US foreign and domestic policy driven by the interests of its military, military profiteering, war and occupation, and multi-national corporations.

Whether in the Middle East, Central and South America or at the US-Mexico border, American policy will not produce just outcomes until it is made to do so. To that end, we do not think our efforts should be pitched to cajoling domestic elites into adopting a just-slightly more sane policy in the Middle East. If they do so, and this gives the Palestinian people a bit more breathing room, that is all to the good.

But we must look to further horizons. Rather than pitching Palestinian emancipation as amenable to imperial US national interests, activists and community organizers must take our role seriously and recognize that there is an inherent problem with negotiating Palestinian rights in Washington.

We must follow the lead of the Palestinian movement domestically and in Palestine, and heed the logic of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions — movement to movement, person to person, local government to regional government to national government.

It is this work that will make the costs of continuing the “special relationship” between the United States and Israel, and Washington’s support of dictatorships blighting the Middle East, higher than the costs of giving them up.

We have much work ahead, but writing from the US, we take tremendous inspiration from movements across the Middle East. While still in flux, in some cases they have successfully taken down US-supported dictators.

The lesson is clear: only a powerful grassroots movement rooted in community and transformative in its goals and organizing will bring Israel and its Zionist guardians in the US and US imperialism to its knees.

Kristin Szremski is the director of media and communications for the American Muslims for Palestine.

Monadel Herzallah is a labor organizer and a member of the Coordinating Committee of the US Palestinian Community Network.

Sara Kershnar is an international organizer with the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.

Max Ajl studies development sociology at Cornell and works with the ISM in the Gaza Strip. He also blogs at http://www.maxajl.com.

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