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We stand by free speech – thejewishchronicle.net

Its not breaking news that left-wing extremists have made a habit of shutting down, or attempting to shut down,

Israel-related events throughout the country. In January 2016 at a Wider Bridge LGBTQ rights reception in Chicago, protestors forced two speakers from the stage simply because they were Israeli. Many Jews in attendance feared for their safety. In May 2016, Students for Justice in Palestine interrupted a program organized by HIllel at the University of California, Irvine where Jewish students were screening a film about five IDF soldiers titled Beneath the Helmet. This May, protestors in Seattle disrupted a gala where pro-Israel nonprofit StandWithUs was presenting an award to Mayor Ed Murray, claiming he was a fake progressive mayor who endorses systematic racism in Seattle and Israel.

All of these actions are despicable. At best theyre anti-Israel; at worst theyre overtly and violently anti-Semitic. But it is precisely because we oppose how pro-Israel speakers are occasionally censored and because we are American Jews who support the First Amendment that we must also support Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters right to perform here in Pittsburgh. We must do so even if his anti-Semitic rhetoric fuels some of the left-wing extremism leading to protests that harm our community.

We refuse to use the same tactics on Waters that radicals like him (on the left and the right) direct toward us. We will not counter hate speech by attempting to suppress it, but rather by utilizing our own constitutionally protected right to free speech to draw attention to its hypocrisy. We would have demonstrated those values in Charlottesville, Va., had we been there last week.

Waters, an outspoken supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, will be performing in Pittsburgh on Sept. 19 during his months-long North American tour. Many pro-BDS activists such as Waters present the movement as a nonviolent means to support Palestinian rights. In reality, its a largely ineffective effort to cripple Israels economy so severely that it ceases to exist as Jewish state, all the while ignoring the collateral damage BDS inflicts on the Palestinian economy (see: SodaStream). Omar Barghouti, the movements founder, is not shy about its intentions.

Waters has encouraged major artists to boycott Israel, most recently publicly pressuring Radiohead to cancel its July show in Tel Aviv. Radiohead declined.

The Anti-Defamation League withheld public judgment on Waters anti-Jewish sentiment until then-National Director Abraham Foxman published an open letter to Waters in August 2013.

Over the past few years, you have incorporated Jewish imagery into your concert performances, painting a Star of David on your famous floating pig alongside other symbols, including a dollar sign and the sickle and hammer, Foxman wrote. You repeatedly rejected accusations of a malicious subtext to the use of the Star of David, assuring fans that you were in no way equating Jews with money or communism. We took you at your word and defended your actions as artistic expression void of anti-Semitic intent.

In recent months, however, your relentless attacks against Israel and calls for a boycott of the Jewish State have caused us to re-examine your attitude towards Jews.

Foxman continues, pointing out Waters failure to mention anything about Hamas terror activity, his inability to substantiate his claims of Israeli apartheid or ethnic cleansing with any evidence, and his willful ignorance of actual human rights atrocities from dictatorial regimes throughout the world.

How much evidence do we need?

We dont want Roger Waters in Pittsburgh. But unlike Waters and so many other BDS activists, we recognize the right of those with whom we disagree to peacefully exist among us and to exercise their First Amendment right. Just like we would of any hate group.PJC

>>For more information on Roger Waters, visit jfedpgh.org/rogerwaters

Josh Sayles is director of the Community Relations Council for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

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More Than 1000 Leftists Gathered In Chicago To Cheer A Convicted Murderer Who Hates Israel – The Federalist

More than 1,000 people packed Chicagos International Union of Operating Engineers hall on August 12 for A Farewell to Rasmea Odeh Featuring Angela Davis. The event was described as a chance to say goodbye to Odeh, a convicted murderer who will soon be deported for lying to get U.S. citizenship.

Odeh masterminded a Palestinian terrorist groups 1969 bombing of a Jerusalem supermarket that killed two Israeli college students. Her supporters on Saturday included dozens of progressive advocacy groups and anti-Israel organizations who sponsored the event, such as Code Pink, Jewish Voice for Peace, Students for Justice in Palestine and Black Lives Matter.

The convicted terrorist received well-wishers like the bride at a wedding and paused to meet children like a celebrity. Have your kids picture taken with a killer! Attendees appeared to be mostly young and of Middle Eastern descent. Quite a few of the women wore hijabs, but many others wore fully modern clothing. The room was generally young, energetic, organically diverse and united around a narrative that included a common enemy: Israel.

Hatem Abudayyeh, executive director of the Arab American Action Network, began the program by welcoming Odeh and Davis. He then thanked Odeh for her over 50 years of community organizing for the liberation of Palestine. The bombing for which Odeh was convicted took place 48 years ago.

Odehs attorneys were honored and took the stage. Michael Deutsch, a Chicago attorney, said Odehs militancy had been an inspiration to him. At first, it seemed that word choice might have been a Freudian slip, but as he spoke, it became clear it wasnt. Deutsch was the first speaker of the night to openlyif carefullycast terrorism as morally acceptable. He was proud, he said, to bring out in the federal court and in the public that the Israeli government systematically tortures political people and most importantly, we were able to put forward the idea that Palestinians have the international law right to struggle against a brutal, illegal occupation by any means necessary. The crowd cheered.

After a surprisingly good hip-hop actwith the usual messages of Israeli apartheid, mass murder, child execution and other crimes, as well as an opportunity for crowd participation by chanting the word muqawama (resistance)the speeches continued. A woman from the Minnesota Committee to Stop FBI Repression spoke about the injustices of Odehs case and her own case from 2010. This was part of a theme of the eveningthat American law enforcement and counter-terrorism efforts are racist and condemnable. The speaker never mentioned who was the U.S. president or attorney general in 2010.

Finally, Angela Davis was introduced. She gave the evenings main indictment of Israel. Her speech was a disjointed mess of invective against the Jewish state, peppered with attempts to tie her Marxism and fringe non-sequiturs into condemnations of Israel. She criticized Israel for representing itself as the paragon of democracy in the region. And specifically, the evidence it presents being that it is a haven for LGBTQ communities.

This elicited a knowing groan from the crowd. Davis continued, but Israel does not say that it is welcoming to queer Palestinians who call for justice for their people. LGBTQ Palestinians do, in fact, seek refuge in Israel and often receive it. The cheering that followed her comment suggested this information was conveniently ignored. For a culture that literally kills LGBTQ individuals, thats a curious argument to choose to go on offense.

While the cheering was muted somewhat when Davis claimed that attendees were gathered on stolen, colonized land (Chicago), it picked back up when she told the crowd that Palestine, under Israeli occupation is certainly the worst possible example of a carceral society. She name-checkedto thunderous applauseAssata Shakur, Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier. Odeh wasnt the only killer the crowd was willing to celebrate.

By the time the woman of the hour was introduced, the crowd was ready for a different feel. Her speech was warm and personal. She left the anti-Israel invective to the previous speakers. But the repeated excuses for violence and terrorism left the impression that she not only has no remorse for her actions in 1969, but feels she is morally justified to be proud of them.

In the near future, Odeh will be deported from the U.S. The community represented at this event considers this one grave injustice among many perpetrated against them by a governmentand societythat hates them. They are awash in victimhood and antipathy for the broader society in which they live.

It is easy and emotionally satisfying to dismiss them and their fringe ideas. But that is a mistake. More than 1,000 people gathered at a union hall in Chicago to cheer a convicted murderer. Ignoring that doesnt make it go away. It lets it grow.

Jonathan Greenberg is an ordained reform rabbi and the senior vice president of the Haym Salomon Center. An expert in Middle East policy and former staffer at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, you can follow him @JGreenbergSez.

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Activists in Vienna protest EU support for Israeli apartheid – The Electronic Intifada (blog)

Ali Abunimah Activism and BDS Beat 14 August 2017

Protester in Viennademandedend to EU cooperation with Israeli racists. (via Facebook)

Activists rallied outside the offices of the European Union in Vienna on Friday to protest the 28-nation blocs support for Israeli apartheid.

International law, human rights, democracy: These are the basic principles of the European Union, BDS Austria, a group that supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, said.

As citizens of the EU and as BDS activists in solidarity with the Palestinian people, we demand that all institutions and representatives of the EU respect these principles compromises are unacceptable.

The action, which included participants from Women in Black and Boycott from Within, was streamed live on Facebook.

BDS Austrias statement, and signs carried by protesters, referred explicitly to the hiring of an Israeli who advocates extreme violence and racism against Palestinians as the presenter of an official propaganda video for the EU embassy in Tel Aviv.

As The Electronic Intifada reported earlier this month, the EU embassy hired Israeli comedian Avishai Ivri despite his frequent advocacy of genocidal levels of violence against Palestinians.

In posts on Twitter, Ivri has called on Israel to kill 1,000 Arabs for every Israeli who dies in conflict-related violence and has urged that Israel wipe out Gaza.

He denies the existence of Palestinians as a people and has urged Israel to expel them so it can become the sovereign in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Following The Electronic Intifadas reporting, the EU embassy removed the video from its Facebook page but did not apologize or explicitly condemn Ivris violent incitement and racism.

BDS Austria notes that Lars Faaborg-Andersen, the EUs ambassador in Tel Aviv, previously downplayed Israeli threats to BDS activists that spurred Amnesty International to express its fears for the safety and liberty of Palestinian and other human rights defenders.

The protesters called for no EU cooperation with Israeli racists and for an investigation of the decision to hire Ivri.

The EU appears to be intensifying its unconditional support for Israel. A high-level official recently pledged EU support for Israels efforts to silence criticism of its policies, under the guise of fighting anti-Semitism.

EU officials also continue to smear the nonviolent BDS movement with claims that the EU cannot substantiate that BDS activities have led to a rise in anti-Semitic incidents.

BDS Austria, which has faced persistent censorship efforts by Israels surrogates, reiterated the need for political pressure on Israel in form of boycott, divestment and sanctions until it complies with international law and human rights.

This includes the end of the occupation as well as the right of the refugees to return to their homes and the implementation of full equal basic rights for everyone in Israel and Palestine, the group said.

It’s time to stop referring to Lars Faaborg-Andersen as the European Union’s Ambassador to Israel. He’s more akin to Israel’s main representative to the E.U. While welcoming all settlement products to Europe, he firmly opposes any civil boycott directed at those imports, or against Israel, as a matter of (ahem) principle. His main goal is to expand trade and security cooperation between Israel and the E.U., and he’s never evinced any disposition to act on behalf of Palestinians, even during the most intense periods of massacre and repression. He continues to call for “dialogue” and a two-state, superpower & bantustan solution to the conflict. Incidentally, he was appointed to his post by the U.K.’s Baroness Ashton of Upholland, whose own career advanced from an early involvement in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament to Blairite loyalist. As for Ivri, anyone who’s seen clips from his racist comedy series Latma will be in no doubt why he was given the job of spokesman for a propaganda project on behalf of apartheid. Or why in an E.U. teeming with racist parties, media and anti-immigrant policies he seemed such a perfect fit.

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From burlesque to free falafel: My Israel experience on campus – Jewish News (blog)

During my first years at university Liverpool Jsoc was on the ropes.

For almost two years we battled a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) motion at the students union of Liverpool University, that would simply not lie down.

Unfortunately through no fault of our own we were on the back foot from the off. The Friends of Palestine Society posted the motion on the change it page of the students union website, where they had prepared ample evidence in support of the motion. In fact, we did not even notice that the motion was on the website until the deadline to post evidence for or against the motion had almost passed!

This was followed by an emergency Jsoc meeting, where we tried to understand what this motion meant, and how best to go about beating it. Following several largely unproductive meetings with the students union officers which included the now famous one liner when asking the officers why the BDS motion was being discussed at the same time as a motion titled: Should Burlesque and Pole-Dancing be allowed to be performed by student groups in the Liverpool Guild of Students? Excuse me?! People feel very strongly about pole dancing too!

Needless to say, we were not to receive much help from the students union itself.

Following this, the motion was voted down in three successive summit meetings, over the space of four months. Yes, the motion lost three times but it still did not lose! Welcome to University.

The Friends of Palestine society created a petition, which, after receiving the signatures of 1% of the student body roughly 300 people they could take the motion to a campus wide vote.

This vote was then postponed until the following term due to exams, and did not take place until November, over a year since the original motion was posted!

Unfortunately, we lost the vote and the motion passed. Over a year of hard work had amounted to nothing, we had nothing to show for ourselves.

Throughout this whole saga, all our efforts were based on this motion. All our efforts were on their terms, this was not Israel advocacy. This was a mixture of politics and tactics on how to stop the motion, and how to try and show the student body the truth behind the BDS movement.

We were not showing Israel in a positive light, but rather we were focused on showing Israel in not a negative light.

It was not until the following year that I was introduced to a different advocacy tactic, being proactive! Rather than waiting for something to happen, be it a BDS motion or an inflammatory speaker on campus, get out there and make a difference, have the discussion on your terms.

The StandWithUs leadership programme encouraged me to initiate a campus project. An Israel advocacy project on my campus with the intention of helping people see Israel for what it is, and show them a different perspective from the BDS and Israeli Apartheid Week events normally held on campus.

Aside from that, the leadership programme enabled me to meet other pro-Israel students from up and down the country. Discussing things that worked and didnt work on campus helped me significantly to change the mood on campus in Liverpool.

A campus project I started in Liverpool was the Falafel for Facts campaign. Each week, we brought to campus falafel, pita and houmous from the local deli, as well as Israeli flags, leaflets and a small list of facts about Israel. We started giving out falafel to passersby and talking to them about Israel.

The purpose of the campaign was to start the conversation about Israel. Talking to people and asking what they already knew or had heard about the country. We occasionally corrected their facts a little but also enlightened them to know a little more.

We were talking about the 90%! Those that dont have any interest in the goings on in Israel, instead of simply battling with the 5% who have already made up their minds!

The campaign was a wholly positive affair. After each week we went home feeling proud of ourselves we were finally making a difference!

We were not alone. Last year on campus there were over 160 similar events held by Jewish students on campus! It is clear to see, being proactive is the way forward! Dont wait until its too late, do it on your terms.

A major issue facing Jewish and pro-Israel students today on campus is learning to be proactive rather than reactive. By being proactive, we can have campaigns, we can have discussions and we can educate on our terms. We dont need to do it on their terms defending every exaggeration, each fact took out of context, or every minor incident being sensationalised.

I encourage all students who are interested in showing Israel in a positive light on campus, to join us at the StandWithUs student conference on the 8th of September. Im also looking forward to working with you, the students, and the new Northern Campus Director!

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Palestinian supporters protest on first night of Israel Folklorama pavilion – Winnipeg Sun


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Palestinian supporters protest on first night of Israel Folklorama pavilion
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A group of about 15 protesters, made up of members from several organizations including Independent Jewish Voices, Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, and Peace Alliance Winnipeg, peacefully sat across the street from the pavilion entrance at …

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Palestinian peace vigil planned to greet Israeli pavilion-goers – Winnipeg Sun

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Organizers of the Israel pavilion were unavailable for comment. It will be the fourth year that the group has done a vigil outside the pavilion, and organizations like Independent Jewish Voices, Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, and Peace

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Anna Baxter is back with a program to make Blacks hate Jews – Arutz Sheva

It is the ever-new embodiment of the old fable of the sale of the soul to the Devil. The tempter offers wealth, comfort, excitement, but in return the victim must sell her soul, nor does the other party forget to exact his due to the uttermost farthing. -William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army.

Anna Piller was a pretty young woman who had a non-religious Jewish mother and gentile father and who, by her own admission, was not raised Jewish nor did she know anything about the Jewish religion. Anna dreamed of getting a job after college that would allow her to travel with a good income and a chance to be in the limelight.

Ida Piller, Annas grandmother, narrowly escaped the Nazis in World War II and was a big supporter of Israel who even had her art displayed permanently in Israel. Anna found that sinecure of her dreams working for Hamas and Palestinian terrorists as a proud Jewish woman who supports Hamas against the Jews of Israel.

Her family hid this from grandmother Ida by having Anna change her last name to Baltzer and she went on to tour colleges, law schools, churches, even synagogues accusing Israel of atrocities that did not occur and excusing Arab terrorist attacks as resistance.

Ida Piller died recently so Anna was able to useboth the names Piller and Baltzer. Annas mother at first told her daughter she was brainwashed by the Arabs, but later decided to support Anna in her campaign of lies and anti-Semitism because, after all, Anna was acquiring money and fame. Who wouldnt want that for a child? Never mind that shewas helping to further the killing of other peoples children for fascists in Gaza.

The Hamas Charter calls for the annihilation of all of World Jewry, not just those in Israel, but Anna couldnt care less. Shes making a great living, gets to travel and the Arabs and radicals against Israel treat her like a prize cow,the Jewish spokeswoman who is against a Jewish state – and the truth. She doesnt promote peace and never condemns Hamas terrorism, instead attacking Israel by any means she can.

At the conclusion of a national conference she led in San Diego promoting BDS and training anti-Semites in how to bring down Israel, she told her adoring crowd that they all needed to descend on Ferguson, Missouri to start riots against the police there because it was going to be tied to Israel. Fergusons police force, like many others in the U.S. has gone to Israel for anti-terrorism training, so, Anna, following her marching orders from Hamas urged rioting there over the shooting death of a punk named Michael Brown who was killed by a Ferguson police officer just after Brown went for the officers gun after a robbery.

A Grand Jury that included blacks from the Ferguson community exonerated the officer as acting in self-defense, but Anna is sending out recruiting emails saying Brown was murdered. Anna also says that every armed terrorist killed in the last Gaza War fighting the IDF was also murdered.

Then again, what can one expect from someone who sells her wares to the highest bidder? In the same current broadside email she tells readers 2,200 Palestinians were also murdered by the IDF. She says nothing about 10,000 rockets fired into Israel from Hamas, nor that the majority of the Palestinians were in fact armed and trained combatants. That might interfere with herdoing her job.

The Arabs want to fool Americans into thinking Israel is an apartheid state when its the only state in the Middle East that does NOT practice apartheid. Thats Annas job too. So, she sends out a video with her missive that says, When I see them, I see us! with assorted black radicals and Arabs claiming they are concerned about human rights.

But who are the stars of this video? One is Angela Davis, who helped Black Panthers’ attempt an escape from court and prison where they killed a judge and wounded others. Then, there is Rasmea Odeh who murdered two college boys in Israel by bombing a supermarket andwas deported from the U.S. recently after getting a standing ovation from 200 other Hamas loversfor her killings. Thats right, Jews praising a Jew-killer as a hero. Noura Erekat, who leads BDS in the U.S, and the niece of Saeb Erekat, also appears in the video though none of them has any concern for Israeli children killed by Hamas rockets.

Just like their spokeswoman, Anna, the lead Hamas-lover.

Anna recently had a baby, almost on the same day that the Jewish Fogel family was butchered by an Arab terrorist. Anna expressed no sympathyfor the Jewish family, even their infant baby. But she does accuse Israel of killing Arab babies every two hours during the Gaza War, yet another myth. Its all in a days work for the Hamas-lover.

Israels black population enjoys the same civil rights as all other Israeli citizens. And Israel rescued its black citizens from Ethiopia and Eritrea where they were persecuted by other blacks.

Trying to instill racial hatred among black Americans against Jews is nothing new. Louis Farrakhan has done that for many years and was paidfor it by the late Mohammar Qaddafi. Anna Baltzer, the Hamas-lover, has no problem working with black anti-Semites to bolster Hamas and it no doubt brings financial support from other Arab interests. Traitorsseldom have scruples as to where the money comes from. Being a leader of the BDS and anti-Israel movements, Anna also works under black demagogue Al Sharpton, who has a history of attacking the Jews and runs the National Action Network to collaborate with pro-terrorist groups such as in Ferguson.

The processof American blacks unifying behind support for Hamas is already taking place where most people do not see the subversion involved to bolster the terrorist group. On a grassroots level, some black Americans, notably in the colleges, are jumping on the Its the Jews bandwagon promoting the old shibboleths of greedy Jewish bankers and landlords being responsible for black poverty.

The idea of local American police departments taking anti-terrorism training in Israel is also being promoted by the Baltzeras specific training so police can murder blacks, a lie near and dear to the Black Lives Matter movement. And if black Israeli citizens can be indoctrinated to spread the lies in Israel and abroad then maybe the world will call to dismantle Israel as was done in South Africa where real apartheid existed,

To these ends, for the third anniversaryAnna Baltzer has concocted a connection betweenthe Ferguson story and her mendacious and disproven accusations against Israel, written for the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and postedonher Facebook page:”As Mike Brown lay dying in Ferguson, 6,000 miles away, Israel was pummeling the Gaza Strip. Israels 2014 assault on Gaza claimed the lives of 2,251 Palestinians, among them 551 children. The connectionsbetween the dehumanization Palestinians experience under Israeli apartheid and that experienced by Black and brown communities targeted by US institutional racism and discrimination targeting became clearer than ever.”

Calling for more black rioting in Ferguson and calling for Black and Palestinian Arab struggle for “liberation”in the same breath is all part of Baltzer’sdoing a good job and reaping the personal benefits of her willingness to prostitute herself for Hamas.

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Is The Forward’s College Guide Misguided? – Algemeiner

A mock Israeli checkpoint set up during a past Israeli Apartheid Week at the University of California, Los Angeles campus. Photo: AMCHA Initiative.

Any effort to rank universities is fraught with land mines. Just askUS News and World Report, whose college rankings provoke arguments each year among faculty, students, administrators, alumni and other stakeholders.

Now TheForwardhas taken on the unenviable task of trying to identify the best colleges and universities for Jewish students and the paper cancount on similar criticism.

Hillel publishes a guide to give students and parents some idea about Jewish life on the nations campuses, but it does not rank schools. A few groups have put out lists of colleges that they claim to be the worst; these aretypically based on counting incidents that they define as antisemitic or anti-Israel. Iveanalyzedsome of these lists, and found themat best misleading, and at worst totally inaccurate.

TheForwardtakes a more sophisticated approach by grading schools based on 50 different factors in four categories: Jewish life, academics, Israel activity and cost. These are all useful categories to assess a college; however, the people assigning grades seem to do so arbitrarily using subjective rationales.

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Lets start with the overall distribution of 100 points. The editors have decided that Jewish life is worth 40%, Israel activity 20%, academics 30% and cost 10%. Why these percentages? Other than noting that a guide for Jewish students should have Jewish life as the biggest category, the distribution is arbitrary. Still, if Im a parent of student and want to know if a school is a good place for a Jew, it may be helpful to see 60% of a schools score be based on Jewish life and Israel.

How do you determine how many points out of 60 to assign each school in those categories?

The Jewish life score, we are told, includes all sorts of things, such as the proximity of synagogues, attendance at Shabbat services and availability of kosher food. Does a school lose points if it lacks one of these, such as an eruv? Some of the criterion may indeed give an indication of Jewish life, but do they matter to students who are not Orthodox? Looking at the size of the Jewish student population already gives a pretty good indication of Jewish life on campus, so this scorecard does not add much.

Where the editors really skew the results is in relying on the AMCHA Initiative data on antisemitism. As Ivedocumented, this data is very problematic and leads to distorted assessments of the campus situation. TheForwarddoes not explain how this information affects their scoring. If, for example, they use AMCHAs swastika counting methodology, they are likely to unfairly deduct points from campuses where a single swastika might have been found on campus and had no impact on Jewish life.

The editors specifically do not count harsh criticism of Israel or the promotion of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement as antisemitism. This is highly problematic, since BDS is antisemitic and because it is precisely the harsh criticism of Israel and BDS activities that have created the perception that campuses are inhospitable to Jewish students.

The Israel score is based on considerations such as Israel activity on campus and whether Israel clubs reflect a broad political spectrum. For instance, the editors look at Birthright Israel trip size, which is biased toward schools that have large Jewish student populations. Though the editors say that BDS does not count in their evaluations of Jewish life, they do list whether there has been a BDS resolution and suggest it is a factor in the Israel score. The editors do not explain how they total the score for these variables. Does a BDS resolution count the same as whether there is a J Street chapter? What is the threshold for deciding how many points to assign a Birthright trip?

Cost is the only straightforward measure, which they determine based on which schools are the least and most expensive. The scores on academics, however, is more complicated. They rated schools on acceptance rates and student-to-faculty ratios. These are useful measures, but dont fully reflect the quality of an institution. State schools, in particular, would score relatively poorly because they are required to be less selective (they must give priority to residents), and their classes are often larger than elite schools. Yet some of the best schools in the country are state schools. Furthermore, if a student is interested in a particular field, certain schools will be better than others.

I have argued that faculty members have the most significant impact on attitudes toward Israel. Admittedly, their impact is difficult to measure, but failing to take faculty into account is a flaw in the methodology.

The authors do list whether each school has an Israel Studies major. Clearly, they didnt do their homework on this issue. No university offers a major in the field, and only a handful offer minors. A better measure would be to look at the number of Israel Studies courses. This, too, is an imperfect standard, but it offers a much better indication of how Israel is treated academically.

Examining specific rankings exposes how these methodological problems create confusion. Emory is a very good school, but Im not sure it deserves the top spot. A bigger question is whether there are really 18 other schools better for Jews than Yeshiva University.

One example where the ranking probably does better reflect reality than perception is Columbia. Im sure those who have railed against the university will be crazed by its #9 rank, but the truth is that it is a philosemitic university that happens to have one very bad department and several awful professors.

Readers may be more misled by some of the lower ranked schools. By putting them at the bottom, the impression is created that they are the worst places for Jews, but that is not the case for most of them. Take the University of South Carolina, which is way down at #161 out of 171 schools. It has no anti-Israel problems, but does have a Students Supporting Israel chapter, Hillel, Chabad and a decent-sized Birthright Israel trip. The Chabad rabbi said, USC has been very welcoming of its Jewish students and the general campus climate is mostly one of support for Judaism and Israel.

So, why is USC rated only 11/20 on Israel? Only 400 of USCs students are Jewish, so maybe it isnt as good a place for Jewish life as UCLA (ranked #15) where there are 2,500 Jewish students and a huge surrounding community, but should it be ranked near the bottom?

USC is rated even lower than the University of California at Irvine, which has become notorious over the years for anti-Israel activity. Still, UCIs #150 rating is a problem. Bizarrely, rather than quote someone from Hillel or Chabad, as they do for many other schools, the only comment the editors make is to note that there is a functioning nuclear reactor on campus. The school is ranked #39 in the country byUS News, but gets only 10 out of 30 points for academics from theForward. Despite its negative reputation, the paper lists only one antisemitic incident in 2016. They say a BDS resolution passed, but thats misleading, because it was adopted in 2013-14. They list several pro-Israel student groups and a large number of Birthright participants, but give Irvine only 5.33 out of 20 points on Israel and 12.67 out of 40 for Jewish life.

There is no other qualitative analysis to give any sense of how their score for UCI was derived, and it seems totally out of whack with the little information that they do provide. It is also disturbing that the rabidly anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace is lumped in the Israel-related clubs category (presumably meant to indicate support for Israel on campus), along with ZotPac- Anteaters Israel Public Affairs Committee, Students Supporting Israel, and IAC Mishelanu.

Overall, the research is lacking critical inputs. The editors apparently did not talk to students, faculty or off-campus organizations that work closely with students. This makes the analysis even more dubious.

TheForwardrankings will encourage debate, but provide little help to Jewish parents. My advice: take the information with a grain of salt, and ignore the rankings. If you really are concerned about whether a campus is good for your Jewish child, go for a visit and talk to students, faculty and campus professionals. The picture on the ground often looks much different than from afar.

Dr. Mitchell Bard is the author/editor of 24 books including the 2017 edition ofMyths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict,TheArab Lobby, and the novelAfter Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine.

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Performing in Israel means endorsing its government, Pink Floyd singer says – Daily Sabah

Popular progressive rock band Pink Floyd’s co-founder and singer Roger Waters urged participation in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights in an interview with RT, part of which was published Thursday.

Waters’ call comes as another rock band Radiohead refused to participate in the BDS movement and gave a concert in Israel in July.

The BDS campaigners, including Waters, asked Radiohead to cancel its gig in Tel Aviv as a sign of protest against Israeli oppression of Palestinians in the wake of the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

Waters said that performing in Israel means endorsing its government and its policies against Palestinians.

Radiohead rejected the call and its leading singer Thom Yorke defended holding the concert.

According to Yorke, playing somewhere does not necessarily mean endorsing the local government. He said that his band does not endorse President Donald Trump, yet still performs in the U.S.

Pink Floyd legend responded by saying that Israel’s case was different from the others.

“Thom Yorke is wrong about not endorsing the policies of the Israeli government by playing there. Spokespersons of that government have said how excited they are that this is the best thing that’s happened for their hasbara (the Hebrew word for “propaganda”), which is the explaining to the rest of the world what a wonderful and precious democracy Israel is,” Waters said.

Waters equaled performing in Israel to making a public statement about endorsing the Israeli government, “because that is what will be reported in Israel, and that is what gets reported around the world.”

Waters added that performing in the U.S. during Trump presidency is OK because American civil society has not called on the artists from the outside to not come, while Palestinian civil society came together and organized the BDS movement.

When asked about the lack of coverage the BDS receives, the Pink Floyd singer answered by saying that “it comes from above.”

“You can figure it out for yourself. It’s not rocket science,” Waters said.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions is a Palestinian-led movement that lobbies for the boycott of Israel and its products over the occupation of Palestinian land. It says on its website that BDS was “inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement.”

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We stand by free speech – thejewishchronicle.net

Its not breaking news that left-wing extremists have made a habit of shutting down, or attempting to shut down, Israel-related events throughout the country. In January 2016 at a Wider Bridge LGBTQ rights reception in Chicago, protestors forced two speakers from the stage simply because they were Israeli. Many Jews in attendance feared for their safety. In May 2016, Students for Justice in Palestine interrupted a program organized by HIllel at the University of California, Irvine where Jewish students were screening a film about five IDF soldiers titled Beneath the Helmet. This May, protestors in Seattle disrupted a gala where pro-Israel nonprofit StandWithUs was presenting an award to Mayor Ed Murray, claiming he was a fake progressive mayor who endorses systematic racism in Seattle and Israel. All of these actions are despicable. At best theyre anti-Israel; at worst theyre overtly and violently anti-Semitic. But it is precisely because we oppose how pro-Israel speakers are occasionally censored and because we are American Jews who support the First Amendment that we must also support Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters right to perform here in Pittsburgh. We must do so even if his anti-Semitic rhetoric fuels some of the left-wing extremism leading to protests that harm our community. We refuse to use the same tactics on Waters that radicals like him (on the left and the right) direct toward us. We will not counter hate speech by attempting to suppress it, but rather by utilizing our own constitutionally protected right to free speech to draw attention to its hypocrisy. We would have demonstrated those values in Charlottesville, Va., had we been there last week. Waters, an outspoken supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, will be performing in Pittsburgh on Sept. 19 during his months-long North American tour. Many pro-BDS activists such as Waters present the movement as a nonviolent means to support Palestinian rights. In reality, its a largely ineffective effort to cripple Israels economy so severely that it ceases to exist as Jewish state, all the while ignoring the collateral damage BDS inflicts on the Palestinian economy (see: SodaStream). Omar Barghouti, the movements founder, is not shy about its intentions. Waters has encouraged major artists to boycott Israel, most recently publicly pressuring Radiohead to cancel its July show in Tel Aviv. Radiohead declined. The Anti-Defamation League withheld public judgment on Waters anti-Jewish sentiment until then-National Director Abraham Foxman published an open letter to Waters in August 2013. Over the past few years, you have incorporated Jewish imagery into your concert performances, painting a Star of David on your famous floating pig alongside other symbols, including a dollar sign and the sickle and hammer, Foxman wrote. You repeatedly rejected accusations of a malicious subtext to the use of the Star of David, assuring fans that you were in no way equating Jews with money or communism. We took you at your word and defended your actions as artistic expression void of anti-Semitic intent. In recent months, however, your relentless attacks against Israel and calls for a boycott of the Jewish State have caused us to re-examine your attitude towards Jews. Foxman continues, pointing out Waters failure to mention anything about Hamas terror activity, his inability to substantiate his claims of Israeli apartheid or ethnic cleansing with any evidence, and his willful ignorance of actual human rights atrocities from dictatorial regimes throughout the world. How much evidence do we need? We dont want Roger Waters in Pittsburgh. But unlike Waters and so many other BDS activists, we recognize the right of those with whom we disagree to peacefully exist among us and to exercise their First Amendment right. Just like we would of any hate group.PJC > > For more information on Roger Waters, visit jfedpgh.org/rogerwaters Josh Sayles is director of the Community Relations Council for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

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More Than 1000 Leftists Gathered In Chicago To Cheer A Convicted Murderer Who Hates Israel – The Federalist

More than 1,000 people packed Chicagos International Union of Operating Engineers hall on August 12 for A Farewell to Rasmea Odeh Featuring Angela Davis. The event was described as a chance to say goodbye to Odeh, a convicted murderer who will soon be deported for lying to get U.S. citizenship. Odeh masterminded a Palestinian terrorist groups 1969 bombing of a Jerusalem supermarket that killed two Israeli college students. Her supporters on Saturday included dozens of progressive advocacy groups and anti-Israel organizations who sponsored the event, such as Code Pink, Jewish Voice for Peace, Students for Justice in Palestine and Black Lives Matter. The convicted terrorist received well-wishers like the bride at a wedding and paused to meet children like a celebrity. Have your kids picture taken with a killer! Attendees appeared to be mostly young and of Middle Eastern descent. Quite a few of the women wore hijabs, but many others wore fully modern clothing. The room was generally young, energetic, organically diverse and united around a narrative that included a common enemy: Israel. Hatem Abudayyeh, executive director of the Arab American Action Network, began the program by welcoming Odeh and Davis. He then thanked Odeh for her over 50 years of community organizing for the liberation of Palestine. The bombing for which Odeh was convicted took place 48 years ago. Odehs attorneys were honored and took the stage. Michael Deutsch, a Chicago attorney, said Odehs militancy had been an inspiration to him. At first, it seemed that word choice might have been a Freudian slip, but as he spoke, it became clear it wasnt. Deutsch was the first speaker of the night to openlyif carefullycast terrorism as morally acceptable. He was proud, he said, to bring out in the federal court and in the public that the Israeli government systematically tortures political people and most importantly, we were able to put forward the idea that Palestinians have the international law right to struggle against a brutal, illegal occupation by any means necessary. The crowd cheered. After a surprisingly good hip-hop actwith the usual messages of Israeli apartheid, mass murder, child execution and other crimes, as well as an opportunity for crowd participation by chanting the word muqawama (resistance)the speeches continued. A woman from the Minnesota Committee to Stop FBI Repression spoke about the injustices of Odehs case and her own case from 2010. This was part of a theme of the eveningthat American law enforcement and counter-terrorism efforts are racist and condemnable. The speaker never mentioned who was the U.S. president or attorney general in 2010. Finally, Angela Davis was introduced. She gave the evenings main indictment of Israel. Her speech was a disjointed mess of invective against the Jewish state, peppered with attempts to tie her Marxism and fringe non-sequiturs into condemnations of Israel. She criticized Israel for representing itself as the paragon of democracy in the region. And specifically, the evidence it presents being that it is a haven for LGBTQ communities. This elicited a knowing groan from the crowd. Davis continued, but Israel does not say that it is welcoming to queer Palestinians who call for justice for their people. LGBTQ Palestinians do, in fact, seek refuge in Israel and often receive it. The cheering that followed her comment suggested this information was conveniently ignored. For a culture that literally kills LGBTQ individuals, thats a curious argument to choose to go on offense. While the cheering was muted somewhat when Davis claimed that attendees were gathered on stolen, colonized land (Chicago), it picked back up when she told the crowd that Palestine, under Israeli occupation is certainly the worst possible example of a carceral society. She name-checkedto thunderous applauseAssata Shakur, Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier. Odeh wasnt the only killer the crowd was willing to celebrate. By the time the woman of the hour was introduced, the crowd was ready for a different feel. Her speech was warm and personal. She left the anti-Israel invective to the previous speakers. But the repeated excuses for violence and terrorism left the impression that she not only has no remorse for her actions in 1969, but feels she is morally justified to be proud of them. In the near future, Odeh will be deported from the U.S. The community represented at this event considers this one grave injustice among many perpetrated against them by a governmentand societythat hates them. They are awash in victimhood and antipathy for the broader society in which they live. It is easy and emotionally satisfying to dismiss them and their fringe ideas. But that is a mistake. More than 1,000 people gathered at a union hall in Chicago to cheer a convicted murderer. Ignoring that doesnt make it go away. It lets it grow. Jonathan Greenberg is an ordained reform rabbi and the senior vice president of the Haym Salomon Center. An expert in Middle East policy and former staffer at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, you can follow him @JGreenbergSez.

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Activists in Vienna protest EU support for Israeli apartheid – The Electronic Intifada (blog)

Ali Abunimah Activism and BDS Beat 14 August 2017 Protester in Viennademandedend to EU cooperation with Israeli racists. (via Facebook) Activists rallied outside the offices of the European Union in Vienna on Friday to protest the 28-nation blocs support for Israeli apartheid. International law, human rights, democracy: These are the basic principles of the European Union, BDS Austria, a group that supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, said. As citizens of the EU and as BDS activists in solidarity with the Palestinian people, we demand that all institutions and representatives of the EU respect these principles compromises are unacceptable. The action, which included participants from Women in Black and Boycott from Within, was streamed live on Facebook. BDS Austrias statement, and signs carried by protesters, referred explicitly to the hiring of an Israeli who advocates extreme violence and racism against Palestinians as the presenter of an official propaganda video for the EU embassy in Tel Aviv. As The Electronic Intifada reported earlier this month, the EU embassy hired Israeli comedian Avishai Ivri despite his frequent advocacy of genocidal levels of violence against Palestinians. In posts on Twitter, Ivri has called on Israel to kill 1,000 Arabs for every Israeli who dies in conflict-related violence and has urged that Israel wipe out Gaza. He denies the existence of Palestinians as a people and has urged Israel to expel them so it can become the sovereign in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Following The Electronic Intifadas reporting, the EU embassy removed the video from its Facebook page but did not apologize or explicitly condemn Ivris violent incitement and racism. BDS Austria notes that Lars Faaborg-Andersen, the EUs ambassador in Tel Aviv, previously downplayed Israeli threats to BDS activists that spurred Amnesty International to express its fears for the safety and liberty of Palestinian and other human rights defenders. The protesters called for no EU cooperation with Israeli racists and for an investigation of the decision to hire Ivri. The EU appears to be intensifying its unconditional support for Israel. A high-level official recently pledged EU support for Israels efforts to silence criticism of its policies, under the guise of fighting anti-Semitism. EU officials also continue to smear the nonviolent BDS movement with claims that the EU cannot substantiate that BDS activities have led to a rise in anti-Semitic incidents. BDS Austria, which has faced persistent censorship efforts by Israels surrogates, reiterated the need for political pressure on Israel in form of boycott, divestment and sanctions until it complies with international law and human rights. This includes the end of the occupation as well as the right of the refugees to return to their homes and the implementation of full equal basic rights for everyone in Israel and Palestine, the group said. It’s time to stop referring to Lars Faaborg-Andersen as the European Union’s Ambassador to Israel. He’s more akin to Israel’s main representative to the E.U. While welcoming all settlement products to Europe, he firmly opposes any civil boycott directed at those imports, or against Israel, as a matter of (ahem) principle. His main goal is to expand trade and security cooperation between Israel and the E.U., and he’s never evinced any disposition to act on behalf of Palestinians, even during the most intense periods of massacre and repression. He continues to call for “dialogue” and a two-state, superpower & bantustan solution to the conflict. Incidentally, he was appointed to his post by the U.K.’s Baroness Ashton of Upholland, whose own career advanced from an early involvement in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament to Blairite loyalist. As for Ivri, anyone who’s seen clips from his racist comedy series Latma will be in no doubt why he was given the job of spokesman for a propaganda project on behalf of apartheid. Or why in an E.U. teeming with racist parties, media and anti-immigrant policies he seemed such a perfect fit.

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From burlesque to free falafel: My Israel experience on campus – Jewish News (blog)

During my first years at university Liverpool Jsoc was on the ropes. For almost two years we battled a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) motion at the students union of Liverpool University, that would simply not lie down. Unfortunately through no fault of our own we were on the back foot from the off. The Friends of Palestine Society posted the motion on the change it page of the students union website, where they had prepared ample evidence in support of the motion. In fact, we did not even notice that the motion was on the website until the deadline to post evidence for or against the motion had almost passed! This was followed by an emergency Jsoc meeting, where we tried to understand what this motion meant, and how best to go about beating it. Following several largely unproductive meetings with the students union officers which included the now famous one liner when asking the officers why the BDS motion was being discussed at the same time as a motion titled: Should Burlesque and Pole-Dancing be allowed to be performed by student groups in the Liverpool Guild of Students? Excuse me?! People feel very strongly about pole dancing too! Needless to say, we were not to receive much help from the students union itself. Following this, the motion was voted down in three successive summit meetings, over the space of four months. Yes, the motion lost three times but it still did not lose! Welcome to University. The Friends of Palestine society created a petition, which, after receiving the signatures of 1% of the student body roughly 300 people they could take the motion to a campus wide vote. This vote was then postponed until the following term due to exams, and did not take place until November, over a year since the original motion was posted! Unfortunately, we lost the vote and the motion passed. Over a year of hard work had amounted to nothing, we had nothing to show for ourselves. Throughout this whole saga, all our efforts were based on this motion. All our efforts were on their terms, this was not Israel advocacy. This was a mixture of politics and tactics on how to stop the motion, and how to try and show the student body the truth behind the BDS movement. We were not showing Israel in a positive light, but rather we were focused on showing Israel in not a negative light. It was not until the following year that I was introduced to a different advocacy tactic, being proactive! Rather than waiting for something to happen, be it a BDS motion or an inflammatory speaker on campus, get out there and make a difference, have the discussion on your terms. The StandWithUs leadership programme encouraged me to initiate a campus project. An Israel advocacy project on my campus with the intention of helping people see Israel for what it is, and show them a different perspective from the BDS and Israeli Apartheid Week events normally held on campus. Aside from that, the leadership programme enabled me to meet other pro-Israel students from up and down the country. Discussing things that worked and didnt work on campus helped me significantly to change the mood on campus in Liverpool. A campus project I started in Liverpool was the Falafel for Facts campaign. Each week, we brought to campus falafel, pita and houmous from the local deli, as well as Israeli flags, leaflets and a small list of facts about Israel. We started giving out falafel to passersby and talking to them about Israel. The purpose of the campaign was to start the conversation about Israel. Talking to people and asking what they already knew or had heard about the country. We occasionally corrected their facts a little but also enlightened them to know a little more. We were talking about the 90%! Those that dont have any interest in the goings on in Israel, instead of simply battling with the 5% who have already made up their minds! The campaign was a wholly positive affair. After each week we went home feeling proud of ourselves we were finally making a difference! We were not alone. Last year on campus there were over 160 similar events held by Jewish students on campus! It is clear to see, being proactive is the way forward! Dont wait until its too late, do it on your terms. A major issue facing Jewish and pro-Israel students today on campus is learning to be proactive rather than reactive. By being proactive, we can have campaigns, we can have discussions and we can educate on our terms. We dont need to do it on their terms defending every exaggeration, each fact took out of context, or every minor incident being sensationalised. I encourage all students who are interested in showing Israel in a positive light on campus, to join us at the StandWithUs student conference on the 8th of September. Im also looking forward to working with you, the students, and the new Northern Campus Director!

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Palestinian supporters protest on first night of Israel Folklorama pavilion – Winnipeg Sun

Winnipeg Sun Palestinian supporters protest on first night of Israel Folklorama pavilion Winnipeg Sun A group of about 15 protesters, made up of members from several organizations including Independent Jewish Voices, Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid , and Peace Alliance Winnipeg, peacefully sat across the street from the pavilion entrance at …

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Palestinian peace vigil planned to greet Israeli pavilion-goers – Winnipeg Sun

Palestinian peace vigil planned to greet Israeli pavilion-goers Winnipeg Sun Organizers of the Israel pavilion were unavailable for comment. It will be the fourth year that the group has done a vigil outside the pavilion, and organizations like Independent Jewish Voices, Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid , and Peace … and more »

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Anna Baxter is back with a program to make Blacks hate Jews – Arutz Sheva

It is the ever-new embodiment of the old fable of the sale of the soul to the Devil. The tempter offers wealth, comfort, excitement, but in return the victim must sell her soul, nor does the other party forget to exact his due to the uttermost farthing. -William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army. Anna Piller was a pretty young woman who had a non-religious Jewish mother and gentile father and who, by her own admission, was not raised Jewish nor did she know anything about the Jewish religion. Anna dreamed of getting a job after college that would allow her to travel with a good income and a chance to be in the limelight. Ida Piller, Annas grandmother, narrowly escaped the Nazis in World War II and was a big supporter of Israel who even had her art displayed permanently in Israel. Anna found that sinecure of her dreams working for Hamas and Palestinian terrorists as a proud Jewish woman who supports Hamas against the Jews of Israel. Her family hid this from grandmother Ida by having Anna change her last name to Baltzer and she went on to tour colleges, law schools, churches, even synagogues accusing Israel of atrocities that did not occur and excusing Arab terrorist attacks as resistance. Ida Piller died recently so Anna was able to useboth the names Piller and Baltzer. Annas mother at first told her daughter she was brainwashed by the Arabs, but later decided to support Anna in her campaign of lies and anti-Semitism because, after all, Anna was acquiring money and fame. Who wouldnt want that for a child? Never mind that shewas helping to further the killing of other peoples children for fascists in Gaza. The Hamas Charter calls for the annihilation of all of World Jewry, not just those in Israel, but Anna couldnt care less. Shes making a great living, gets to travel and the Arabs and radicals against Israel treat her like a prize cow,the Jewish spokeswoman who is against a Jewish state – and the truth. She doesnt promote peace and never condemns Hamas terrorism, instead attacking Israel by any means she can. At the conclusion of a national conference she led in San Diego promoting BDS and training anti-Semites in how to bring down Israel, she told her adoring crowd that they all needed to descend on Ferguson, Missouri to start riots against the police there because it was going to be tied to Israel. Fergusons police force, like many others in the U.S. has gone to Israel for anti-terrorism training, so, Anna, following her marching orders from Hamas urged rioting there over the shooting death of a punk named Michael Brown who was killed by a Ferguson police officer just after Brown went for the officers gun after a robbery. A Grand Jury that included blacks from the Ferguson community exonerated the officer as acting in self-defense, but Anna is sending out recruiting emails saying Brown was murdered. Anna also says that every armed terrorist killed in the last Gaza War fighting the IDF was also murdered. Then again, what can one expect from someone who sells her wares to the highest bidder? In the same current broadside email she tells readers 2,200 Palestinians were also murdered by the IDF. She says nothing about 10,000 rockets fired into Israel from Hamas, nor that the majority of the Palestinians were in fact armed and trained combatants. That might interfere with herdoing her job. The Arabs want to fool Americans into thinking Israel is an apartheid state when its the only state in the Middle East that does NOT practice apartheid. Thats Annas job too. So, she sends out a video with her missive that says, When I see them, I see us! with assorted black radicals and Arabs claiming they are concerned about human rights. But who are the stars of this video? One is Angela Davis, who helped Black Panthers’ attempt an escape from court and prison where they killed a judge and wounded others. Then, there is Rasmea Odeh who murdered two college boys in Israel by bombing a supermarket andwas deported from the U.S. recently after getting a standing ovation from 200 other Hamas loversfor her killings. Thats right, Jews praising a Jew-killer as a hero. Noura Erekat, who leads BDS in the U.S, and the niece of Saeb Erekat, also appears in the video though none of them has any concern for Israeli children killed by Hamas rockets. Just like their spokeswoman, Anna, the lead Hamas-lover. Anna recently had a baby, almost on the same day that the Jewish Fogel family was butchered by an Arab terrorist. Anna expressed no sympathyfor the Jewish family, even their infant baby. But she does accuse Israel of killing Arab babies every two hours during the Gaza War, yet another myth. Its all in a days work for the Hamas-lover. Israels black population enjoys the same civil rights as all other Israeli citizens. And Israel rescued its black citizens from Ethiopia and Eritrea where they were persecuted by other blacks. Trying to instill racial hatred among black Americans against Jews is nothing new. Louis Farrakhan has done that for many years and was paidfor it by the late Mohammar Qaddafi. Anna Baltzer, the Hamas-lover, has no problem working with black anti-Semites to bolster Hamas and it no doubt brings financial support from other Arab interests. Traitorsseldom have scruples as to where the money comes from. Being a leader of the BDS and anti-Israel movements, Anna also works under black demagogue Al Sharpton, who has a history of attacking the Jews and runs the National Action Network to collaborate with pro-terrorist groups such as in Ferguson. The processof American blacks unifying behind support for Hamas is already taking place where most people do not see the subversion involved to bolster the terrorist group. On a grassroots level, some black Americans, notably in the colleges, are jumping on the Its the Jews bandwagon promoting the old shibboleths of greedy Jewish bankers and landlords being responsible for black poverty. The idea of local American police departments taking anti-terrorism training in Israel is also being promoted by the Baltzeras specific training so police can murder blacks, a lie near and dear to the Black Lives Matter movement. And if black Israeli citizens can be indoctrinated to spread the lies in Israel and abroad then maybe the world will call to dismantle Israel as was done in South Africa where real apartheid existed, To these ends, for the third anniversaryAnna Baltzer has concocted a connection betweenthe Ferguson story and her mendacious and disproven accusations against Israel, written for the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and postedonher Facebook page:”As Mike Brown lay dying in Ferguson, 6,000 miles away, Israel was pummeling the Gaza Strip. Israels 2014 assault on Gaza claimed the lives of 2,251 Palestinians, among them 551 children. The connectionsbetween the dehumanization Palestinians experience under Israeli apartheid and that experienced by Black and brown communities targeted by US institutional racism and discrimination targeting became clearer than ever.” Calling for more black rioting in Ferguson and calling for Black and Palestinian Arab struggle for “liberation”in the same breath is all part of Baltzer’sdoing a good job and reaping the personal benefits of her willingness to prostitute herself for Hamas.

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Is The Forward’s College Guide Misguided? – Algemeiner

A mock Israeli checkpoint set up during a past Israeli Apartheid Week at the University of California, Los Angeles campus. Photo: AMCHA Initiative. Any effort to rank universities is fraught with land mines. Just askUS News and World Report, whose college rankings provoke arguments each year among faculty, students, administrators, alumni and other stakeholders. Now TheForwardhas taken on the unenviable task of trying to identify the best colleges and universities for Jewish students and the paper cancount on similar criticism. Hillel publishes a guide to give students and parents some idea about Jewish life on the nations campuses, but it does not rank schools. A few groups have put out lists of colleges that they claim to be the worst; these aretypically based on counting incidents that they define as antisemitic or anti-Israel. Iveanalyzedsome of these lists, and found themat best misleading, and at worst totally inaccurate. TheForwardtakes a more sophisticated approach by grading schools based on 50 different factors in four categories: Jewish life, academics, Israel activity and cost. These are all useful categories to assess a college; however, the people assigning grades seem to do so arbitrarily using subjective rationales. August 10, 2017 3:57 pm Lets start with the overall distribution of 100 points. The editors have decided that Jewish life is worth 40%, Israel activity 20%, academics 30% and cost 10%. Why these percentages? Other than noting that a guide for Jewish students should have Jewish life as the biggest category, the distribution is arbitrary. Still, if Im a parent of student and want to know if a school is a good place for a Jew, it may be helpful to see 60% of a schools score be based on Jewish life and Israel. How do you determine how many points out of 60 to assign each school in those categories? The Jewish life score, we are told, includes all sorts of things, such as the proximity of synagogues, attendance at Shabbat services and availability of kosher food. Does a school lose points if it lacks one of these, such as an eruv? Some of the criterion may indeed give an indication of Jewish life, but do they matter to students who are not Orthodox? Looking at the size of the Jewish student population already gives a pretty good indication of Jewish life on campus, so this scorecard does not add much. Where the editors really skew the results is in relying on the AMCHA Initiative data on antisemitism. As Ivedocumented, this data is very problematic and leads to distorted assessments of the campus situation. TheForwarddoes not explain how this information affects their scoring. If, for example, they use AMCHAs swastika counting methodology, they are likely to unfairly deduct points from campuses where a single swastika might have been found on campus and had no impact on Jewish life. The editors specifically do not count harsh criticism of Israel or the promotion of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement as antisemitism. This is highly problematic, since BDS is antisemitic and because it is precisely the harsh criticism of Israel and BDS activities that have created the perception that campuses are inhospitable to Jewish students. The Israel score is based on considerations such as Israel activity on campus and whether Israel clubs reflect a broad political spectrum. For instance, the editors look at Birthright Israel trip size, which is biased toward schools that have large Jewish student populations. Though the editors say that BDS does not count in their evaluations of Jewish life, they do list whether there has been a BDS resolution and suggest it is a factor in the Israel score. The editors do not explain how they total the score for these variables. Does a BDS resolution count the same as whether there is a J Street chapter? What is the threshold for deciding how many points to assign a Birthright trip? Cost is the only straightforward measure, which they determine based on which schools are the least and most expensive. The scores on academics, however, is more complicated. They rated schools on acceptance rates and student-to-faculty ratios. These are useful measures, but dont fully reflect the quality of an institution. State schools, in particular, would score relatively poorly because they are required to be less selective (they must give priority to residents), and their classes are often larger than elite schools. Yet some of the best schools in the country are state schools. Furthermore, if a student is interested in a particular field, certain schools will be better than others. I have argued that faculty members have the most significant impact on attitudes toward Israel. Admittedly, their impact is difficult to measure, but failing to take faculty into account is a flaw in the methodology. The authors do list whether each school has an Israel Studies major. Clearly, they didnt do their homework on this issue. No university offers a major in the field, and only a handful offer minors. A better measure would be to look at the number of Israel Studies courses. This, too, is an imperfect standard, but it offers a much better indication of how Israel is treated academically. Examining specific rankings exposes how these methodological problems create confusion. Emory is a very good school, but Im not sure it deserves the top spot. A bigger question is whether there are really 18 other schools better for Jews than Yeshiva University. One example where the ranking probably does better reflect reality than perception is Columbia. Im sure those who have railed against the university will be crazed by its #9 rank, but the truth is that it is a philosemitic university that happens to have one very bad department and several awful professors. Readers may be more misled by some of the lower ranked schools. By putting them at the bottom, the impression is created that they are the worst places for Jews, but that is not the case for most of them. Take the University of South Carolina, which is way down at #161 out of 171 schools. It has no anti-Israel problems, but does have a Students Supporting Israel chapter, Hillel, Chabad and a decent-sized Birthright Israel trip. The Chabad rabbi said, USC has been very welcoming of its Jewish students and the general campus climate is mostly one of support for Judaism and Israel. So, why is USC rated only 11/20 on Israel? Only 400 of USCs students are Jewish, so maybe it isnt as good a place for Jewish life as UCLA (ranked #15) where there are 2,500 Jewish students and a huge surrounding community, but should it be ranked near the bottom? USC is rated even lower than the University of California at Irvine, which has become notorious over the years for anti-Israel activity. Still, UCIs #150 rating is a problem. Bizarrely, rather than quote someone from Hillel or Chabad, as they do for many other schools, the only comment the editors make is to note that there is a functioning nuclear reactor on campus. The school is ranked #39 in the country byUS News, but gets only 10 out of 30 points for academics from theForward. Despite its negative reputation, the paper lists only one antisemitic incident in 2016. They say a BDS resolution passed, but thats misleading, because it was adopted in 2013-14. They list several pro-Israel student groups and a large number of Birthright participants, but give Irvine only 5.33 out of 20 points on Israel and 12.67 out of 40 for Jewish life. There is no other qualitative analysis to give any sense of how their score for UCI was derived, and it seems totally out of whack with the little information that they do provide. It is also disturbing that the rabidly anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace is lumped in the Israel-related clubs category (presumably meant to indicate support for Israel on campus), along with ZotPac- Anteaters Israel Public Affairs Committee, Students Supporting Israel, and IAC Mishelanu. Overall, the research is lacking critical inputs. The editors apparently did not talk to students, faculty or off-campus organizations that work closely with students. This makes the analysis even more dubious. TheForwardrankings will encourage debate, but provide little help to Jewish parents. My advice: take the information with a grain of salt, and ignore the rankings. If you really are concerned about whether a campus is good for your Jewish child, go for a visit and talk to students, faculty and campus professionals. The picture on the ground often looks much different than from afar. Dr. Mitchell Bard is the author/editor of 24 books including the 2017 edition ofMyths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict,TheArab Lobby, and the novelAfter Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine.

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Performing in Israel means endorsing its government, Pink Floyd singer says – Daily Sabah

Popular progressive rock band Pink Floyd’s co-founder and singer Roger Waters urged participation in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights in an interview with RT, part of which was published Thursday. Waters’ call comes as another rock band Radiohead refused to participate in the BDS movement and gave a concert in Israel in July. The BDS campaigners, including Waters, asked Radiohead to cancel its gig in Tel Aviv as a sign of protest against Israeli oppression of Palestinians in the wake of the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Waters said that performing in Israel means endorsing its government and its policies against Palestinians. Radiohead rejected the call and its leading singer Thom Yorke defended holding the concert. According to Yorke, playing somewhere does not necessarily mean endorsing the local government. He said that his band does not endorse President Donald Trump, yet still performs in the U.S. Pink Floyd legend responded by saying that Israel’s case was different from the others. “Thom Yorke is wrong about not endorsing the policies of the Israeli government by playing there. Spokespersons of that government have said how excited they are that this is the best thing that’s happened for their hasbara (the Hebrew word for “propaganda”), which is the explaining to the rest of the world what a wonderful and precious democracy Israel is,” Waters said. Waters equaled performing in Israel to making a public statement about endorsing the Israeli government, “because that is what will be reported in Israel, and that is what gets reported around the world.” Waters added that performing in the U.S. during Trump presidency is OK because American civil society has not called on the artists from the outside to not come, while Palestinian civil society came together and organized the BDS movement. When asked about the lack of coverage the BDS receives, the Pink Floyd singer answered by saying that “it comes from above.” “You can figure it out for yourself. It’s not rocket science,” Waters said. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions is a Palestinian-led movement that lobbies for the boycott of Israel and its products over the occupation of Palestinian land. It says on its website that BDS was “inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement.”

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