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Three Days of Anti-Israel Venom at U Penn

What do the administrators at the University of Pennsylvania know about
the 2012 National Conference of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
movement about to take place at Penn and when did they know it?

Three Days of Anti-Israel Venom at U Penn

Posted by Sara Dogan on Jan 20th, 2012

What do the administrators at the University of Pennsylvania know
about the 2012 National Conference of the Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions movement about to take place at Penn and when did they know
“BDS,” as this virulent anti-Israeli hatefest is commonly called, is
coming to the Penn campus on February 3-5, but university officials have
hid from the implications of hosting such an event. They say that the
university is on record as not supporting this movement, yet they let
the event go forward, providing space and possibly funding, despite the
fact that the sponsors may not meet school requirements as a recognized
group and that their anti-Semitic message is deeply hostile to academic
freedom and basic human decency. The university appears to be bending
rules that would be rigidly enforced for sponsors of another cause.
U Penn’s willingness to enable the BDS conference is particularly
inexplicable given the fact that this growing movement to boycott Israel
and Israeli-produced goods, force divestment from any companies that do
business with Israel, and establish sanctions against Israel due to its
supposed violations of human rights, was created by nations and groups
seeking to delegitimize and destabilize Israel such as the
terrorist-sponsoring nation of Iran and the terrorist groups Hezbollah,
and Hamas.
As Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz has noted, the BDS movement
abets terrorism: “People who advocate boycotts and divestiture will
literally have blood on their hands,” he said. “They encourage terrorism
and discourage the laying down of arms.” Even Noam Chomsky stated
recently that BDS was “hypocritical” in its pretense to be concerned
about Israeli human rights violations and that the movement could be
called anti-Semitic “with justice.”
Among the scheduled speakers at the upcoming conference is Anna
Baltzer, a “Jewish American Palestinian human rights activist,” who
summarizes the line of attack on Israel when she bluntly states that its
polices of “ethnic cleansing and apartheid must be stopped.” These
terms are not arguments; they are knowing lies designed to weaken the
Jewish State and soften it up for the kill. The insidious segregation of
“apartheid” does not exist in Israel. Arabs are granted full civil
rights under Israeli law, which forbids discrimination on the basis of
race, creed, or sex. Israeli Arab citizens vote in national elections,
have representatives in the Israeli Parliament, serve as tenured
professors teaching in Israeli colleges and universities, and sit on the
benches of Israeli courts (including the Israeli Supreme Court). They
have more rights, and enjoy more freedom, education, and economic
opportunity than the Arabs of any Arab state.

The BDS conference at Penn will feature, in addition to BALTZER, a
cavalcade of anti-Israel speakers, including founder of the Electronic
Intifada Ali Abunimah, whose views are summed up when he says, ”Israel
is a society where virulent anti-Arab racism and Nakba denial are the
norm although none of the European and American leaders who constantly
lecture about Holocaust denial will dare to admonish Netanyahu for his
bald lies and omissions about Israel’s ethnic cleansing of
the Palestinians.”
The BDS National Conference at U Penn is by no means a stand-alone
event. In fact the BDS movement shares radical political DNA (and
personnel) with the international “Israel Apartheid Weeks” and
“Palestine Awareness Weeks” scheduled to take place on campuses around
the country this spring. The goal of these events, designed by Muslim
Brotherhood-affiliated organizations the Muslim Students Association
(MSA) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), is to garner support
for the Palestinian Authority and Hamas who seek to “push the Jews into
the sea” and annihilate the Jewish state. These “weeks” have regularly
sought to intimidate Jewish students, occasionally through acts of
physical violence, and have become frequent occurrences at campuses like the University of California, Irvine.
The growing BDS movement pursues these same ends by other
means—delegitimating Israel by cutting its financial and cultural ties
to America. Along with others in his group, Omar Barghouti, the founder
of the BDS movement, is a regular speaker on college campuses during
Israel Apartheid Week. Barghouti expresses the genocidal logic at the
heart of the anti-Israel movement when he says of its attempt to defend
itself: “Israel is never retaliating, because it’s the occupying power,
and occupation by definition is aggression and violence.”
Despite the intention of the BDS conference to preach three days of
systematic ethnic hatred against Jews that the university would not
countenance if it were directed, say, at Muslims, U Penn officials have
turned a blind eye (and deaf ear) to the growing public outcry about
the conference, claiming that it is solely a student matter and that, to
stretch credulity, the university literally has no information
regarding the conference, its funding, its sponsors, or its arrangements
to use university facilities.As a concerned Jewish-American citizen (and someone whose mother,
coincidentally, is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, in part
because other schools like Harvard and Yale had strict quotas on the
number of Jews who could attend in the early ’60s) I made several calls
to university officials to see if I could uncover the truth about Penn’s
sponsorship or funding of or cooperation with the BDS conference.
I first spoke with Executive Director Karu Kozuma at the Office of
Student Affairs and hit a brick wall. Kozuma claimed that all funding
decisions are handled by students themselves and he did not have any
information on whether PennBDS receives student funds either in general
or for the upcoming conference. Finding it a bit hard to believe that a
university would exercise no oversight in such matters, I asked if there
was a list showing all the Student Activities Council allotments for
student organizations in the past year. Kozuma claimed there was no
public record of this. He claimed to have forwarded my inquiries to
the student leaders of PennBDS but I received no response.
A week after my initial call Kozuma responded by email to clarify that PennBDS had only recently become a recognized student
organization and as such was not eligible to receive student activities
funds for three months. He went on to explain, “As a student
organization, Penn BDS receive a number of privileges to use at their
discretion as resources are available. These include staff consultation
and advising, administrative support, and free use of available common
campus spaces. Depending on the campus space and type of activity,
university facility hosts may charge student organizations for
audio/visual, labor, security, and other costs. Use of the space itself
is generally gratis. With the planned upcoming event, Penn BDS has
reserved available campus spaces and is working with facility hosts to
determine its A/V, labor, and other needs, which would incur costs as
for other student groups.”
Many observers and critics of the PennBDS conference and movement
note that it appears to have sprung up overnight out of thin air. Yet
Penn does have rules and regulations governing how long a student
organization must be in existence before it may be officially recognized
by the University and thereby be eligible to use university facilities
The Student Activities Council (SAC) website notes that in order to
apply for recognition, the first step toward achieving funding, a
student organization at Penn must fulfill several criteria. As the
website specifies, “All groups seeking SAC recognition must have been in
existence for at least one year. Additionally, the group must
have a board with a mix of upper classmen and a roster of past events
the group has already put on. The group must also demonstrate an appeal
to a reasonable portion of the Penn Community” (emphasis added).
I once again emailed Kozuma to inquire whether PennBDS had met
these criteria– in particular, whether the group had existed for a full
year prior to its recognition by the Student Activities Council. My
inquiries met with no response, raising questions about whether the
Student Activities Council and the administrators who oversee it may
have bent the rules for PennBDS. Attempts to contact PennBDS directly to
ask these questions were also ignored.

I also tried to extract information from the university’s main public
relations line and was again told that the conference was strictly a
student affair being handled by PennBDS, that the university was not
sponsoring it, and “it didn’t go through our office.” I reminded him
that there had been a national public outcry over Penn’s hosting of the
conference—I thought that at least the university would have drafted a
standard statement for reporters–and tried asking for more information,
but was again shut down. I tried asking whether Penn BDS was being
required to pay for the use of university rooms and facilities but was
told again, “I don’t know anything about it.”
This unconcern and lack of transparency on the part of Penn, a
university that once had a reputation for being more welcoming to Jews
than its Ivy League counterparts, was disturbing. The BDS movement is
steeped in hatred and anti-Semitism, yet Penn has taken the stance that
it has no authority to forbid such hatred access to its property or even
to oversee basic details regarding the organization’s use of university
facilities and resources. Would Penn take the same line if the
conference was being sponsored not by BDS but by the Aryan Brotherhood
or the KKK, organizations similarly devoted to hatred?
The University of Pennsylvania’s straddle on this issue comes from
the fact that it knows full well that there is a war taking place at
universities across the country over the Mideast conflict. And that the
army now occupying the most ground on campus is pro-Palestinian and
pro-jihad and anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. The university’s task,
therefore, is to appear above the fray while secretly appeasing the
aggressors and providing loudspeakers for their message of hate.
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  • when the revolution comes to the US the first group to be purged will be the mealy-mouthed, left wing, weasels running our failed 'education' system.

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  • Anti-Semitic my ass...the BDS movement is full of Jews

    As per usual any criticism of Israel gets attacked with the 'Nazi/KKK' tag

    Pretty pathetic to be using the race-card on a knee-jerk basis

    The Israel lobbies standard assault on everyone: 'You're a RaAAAACCIISSST' Lol

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    • @ElegantDecline - I've never called you RaAAAACCIISSST. Anti-Demetic, Anti-Jewish, misguided, deliberately ignorant, dumb - sure. But nothing as bad as RaAAAACCIISSST.

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  • Islamists shilling parts of beat up this piece of garbage, it is easy to be a keyboard warrior.

    I d'ont give damn fook because the clash of civilisation is about to happen.

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  • Bullshit post.

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