The Need to Hold Abbas Accountable

May 4, 2016

The west’s blind eye hurts both Israelis and Palestinians

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CAMERA Fellow Suri Bandler.

On April 18, a bus was bombed in Jerusalem in a terror attack. Hamas, the internationally recognized terror organization that controls the Gaza Strip, praised the attack and said that the group “blesses the Jerusalem operation.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack immediately, pledging to hold the terrorist accountable. So far, President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas has remained silent. In February 2015, a federal jury found the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian Liberation Organization responsible for supporting six terror attacks in Israel — including similar bombings and deadly shootings — that claimed the lives of American victims. However, the western world and the U.N. continue to believe Abbas’s claims that he is eager to make peace. Perhaps they are influenced by some of his favorable-sounding comments over the years.

On making peace: While addressing the U.N. General Assembly in September 2015, Abbas claimed, “We are working on spreading the culture of peace and coexistence between our people…”

On rejecting violence: While addressing the U.N. General Assembly in 2011, Abbas said: “The PLO and the Palestinian people adhere to the renouncement of violence and rejection and condemning of terrorism in all its forms…”

On aiming for a two-state solution: Also in his 2011 address to the UN, Abbas stated, “The goal of the Palestinian people is the realization of … their independent State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on all the land of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip…”

Abbas addresses the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

Abbas addresses the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

As a result, Abbas is viewed by many influential world leaders as a partner for peace. In a 2013 address to the people of Israel, President Obama stated, “I genuinely believe that you do have a true partner in President Abbas.”

In reality, Abbas says one thing to the U.S. and the west and quite another to his people and the Arab world. Both through his words and through his actions, Abbas contradicts his claims that he desires to live in peace with Israel. By evaluating his statements that were not directed at the west, it becomes clear that Abbas and the P.A. promote hate, incite violence, reject a two-state solution, and deny Israel’s right to exist.

On promoting hate: Abbas’s party, Fatah, releases hateful political cartoons that often use classic forms of anti-Semitic imagery. For instance, Fatah released two cartoons following the November 2015 Paris attacks. One depicted Netanyahu and an ISIS figure crouched on a balcony aiming a gun with the Eiffel Tower in the background, implying that Israel was behind the attacks in collaboration with the terrorists. Another depicted a matchbox with the word “terrorism” written across the front containing an “ISIS” match and a “Jewish” match. Meanwhile, some schools under the P.A.’s ministry of education are named after terrorists.

On inciting violence: Abbas says that he’s opposed to violence, and yet just last month he referred to the current terror wave of stabbings and vehicular ramming attacks as “legitimate peaceful protest.” He meets with the families of terrorists and has praised them as martyrs, and his government builds memorials in their honor. Abbas says that Israel is defiling the temple mount, and on Palestinian television he said, “We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem.” His party Fatah released a music video on its TV channel calling on Palestinians to “drown [Israelis] in a sea of blood, kill them as you wish.”

On rejecting a two-state solution: Although he has repeatedly told the U.N. that he supports a two-state solution, Abbas rejected Prime Minister Olmert’s proposal in 2008 that would have established a Palestinian state in the West Bank (after land swaps), with the eastern parts of Jerusalem as its capital, the Old City under international control, and a tunnel built connecting the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Similarly, in March 2016, Abbas rejected a U.S. peace initiative offered by Vice President Biden that included designating the eastern part of Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state and a halt in settlement construction in return for the recognition of Israel as the Jewish State.

On denying Israel’s right to exist: At the same time, Abbas denies Israel’s right to exist. In a Palestinian TV interview in March 2016, Abbas referred to all of Israel as occupied territory and claimed that “we’ve been under occupation for 67 or 68 years.” By claiming that an occupation began in 1948, when Israel was reestablished, and not 1967 when Israel gained control of the West Bank in a defensive war, Abbas denies Israel’s right to exist even according to the 1947 Partition Plan. He publically claims that settlements are the obstacle to peace, but also claims that the whole nation is occupied, therefore contradicting himself. On Palestinian television in 2014, Abbas was even more direct: “The Palestinians won’t recognize the Jewishness of the State of Israel and won’t accept it.” Other politicians in his Fatah party are entirely explicit. A senior official of the P.A., Abbas Zaki, said in a 2011 interview, “If I say that I want to remove [Israel] from existence, this will be great, great, [but] it is hard. This is not a [stated] policy. You can’t say it to the world. You can say it to yourself.”

It may be tempting to hope that Abbas is committed to his more peaceful assertions, but in light of his own stated intentions and actions, that would be turning a blind eye. Unfortunately, that blind eye leads to disastrous consequences for both Israelis and Palestinians. It causes many in the international community to view Israel as the sole party responsible for the lack of peace in the region, which gives the Palestinian Authority the legitimacy to continue to incite violence and hatred among its people. This delays peace even further. Abbas’s duplicity, for example, has helped lead western powers such as France and Spain to draft one-sided resolutions condemning Israel’s settlement policy as the obstacle to peace, with no mention of the P.A.’s actions. Similarly, just this past week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) presented a resolution that entirely ignored Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, the Cave of the Patriarchs, and Rachel’s Tomb. Not only does this blatantly ignore history, but it also encourages violence and hatred as some Palestinians are led to believe that Israel is attempting to desecrate these sites. Terrorists then have further motive and support from their own people to attack Israeli civilians.

Abbas has shown that he is willing to lie in order to gain credibility among the international community. In the meantime, he incites violence and rejects peace. Tragically, both his own people as well as the people of Israel suffer from his duplicity. Abbas is entering his eleventh year of a four-year term, and no elections are in sight. As terror continues to plague Israel and Abbas prepares another U.N. resolution condemning settlements to divert attention from the P.A., it is crucial that western powers acknowledge his doublespeak. After all, opinions should always be based on reality rather than on selective hearing. Therefore, Abbas must be held accountable for all of his words and actions, and the role of Abbas and his government in the downfall of the peace process must be recognized and condemned on the international scale — if not for Israel’s sake, then for the sake of Abbas’s own people.

Originally published in The Tech.

Contributed by CAMERA Fellow at MIT, Suri Bandler.

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Bottle in the Gaza Sea Screening at UAA

May 3, 2016

University of Alaska Anchorage’s CAMERA supported group, Students United, screened Bottle in the Gaza Sea. Since its release in 2011, the film has received praise, including winning the Audience Award and the Young Jury Award for Best Actor at the Reunion Island Film Festival. The film takes a very human and honest look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A girl living in Israel befriends a young man from Gaza. Their friendship is chronicled, as well as the daily struggles they both face.

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“Tal is 17 years old. Naim is 20. She’s Israeli. He’s Palestinian. She lives in Jerusalem. He lives in Gaza. They were born in a land of scorched earth, where fathers bury their children. They must endure an explosive situation that is not of their choosing at an age where young people are falling in love and taking their place in adult life. A bottle thrown in the sea and a correspondence by email nurture the slender hope that their relationship might give them the strength to confront this harsh reality to grapple with it, and thereby ever so slightly change it. Only 60 miles separate them but how many bombings, check-points, sleepless nights and bloodstained days stand between them?” reads the synopsis by IMBD.

A diverse group of people ranging from their teens to late 50s, the audience was intrigued by the story and the conflicts both protagonists faced. A local high school group brought interesting questions and dialogue to the conversation. The college students were impressed by the activism of their younger counterparts, as well as their concrete understanding of the Middle East.

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The relationship seen between the young Gazan boy and Israeli girl presented the conflict in a refreshing light. Their struggles were not disregarded, rather they were emphasized. Through their mutual hurdles, they are able to reach a better understanding of the other side. Overall, viewers enjoyed the film because they saw a new approach to the conflict and saw that there is a great deal of potential for people to get along in the region.

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Painting4Peace at UWindsor

May 2, 2016

University of Windsor’s Emet for Israel group, Jewish Students Association (JSA) organized Paint4Peace, a highly successful event involving a number of campus groups. All proceeds went to Save a Child’s Heart (SACH). Over thirty law students from varying affiliations, including the Muslim Students Association, the LGBTQ club, the South Asian Law Society, and the Catholic Students Association came together to paint a beautiful themed picture.

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In order for the event to be a success, each participant donated $10 for Save a Child’s Heart, a charity based in Israel that specializes in providing urgently needed pediatric heart surgery for underprivileged children, usually from third world countries.

In the middle of the evening, Zina, who works at StandWithUs Canada, gave a speech about Israel’s deep commitment to humanitarian aid. This was new information to some students in attendance, but they were intrigued by what they learned.

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The students were taught about foundations such as IsraAid, and the abundance of non-profit organizations that make up the Israeli job market; living proof of the country’s impressive humanitarian efforts.

The event aimed to bring a diverse student body together for a common cause, and to promote a positive perspective of Israel. This message was received well by all who attended, and each student learned something new about how Israel is making the world a better place.12472764_774408589327717_3923901551353165995_nThis event was co-sponsored by StandWithUs.

Has Israel replaced South Africa as an Apartheid state?

April 29, 2016

George Mason University‘s Emet for Israel group, Israel Student Association (ISA), recently hosted an event focussed on answering allegations surrounding whether or not Israel has replaced South Africa as an Apartheid state. The intention was to get to the root of this bothersome question and to tackle it head on through education.

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Benjamin Pogrund, who was jailed for acting out against Apartheid in his native South Africa, spoke of his experiences growing up there, and witnessing Apartheid first hand against Black citizens. He went on to discuss his relationship with Nelson Mandela and how they used to meet secretly and quite often to defeat the Apartheid norm that plagued South African society. This activist had tight ties with some of the most influential figures in the anti-Apartheid movement that took place in South Africa throughout the 1980s and 1990s. When Mandela had been arrested and was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage and attempting to overthrow the government, Pogrund and his wife were actually the first non-family members to visit him on Robben Island.

After sharing a number of horrifying stories, he directed the audience’s attention to the question of Israel and whether it treats Arabs as the Whites treated Blacks. He posed the questions, “how does Israeli life compare with the old South Africa?” He went on to point out that, “under Apartheid, every detail of life was subject to discrimination by law. Black South Africans did not have the right to vote. Skin color ultimately determined where you were born and lived, your job, school, which bus, train, taxi ambulance, which park bench, lavatory, and beach you were permitted to use, whom you could marry, and in which cemetery you were buried.” He firmly showed how no such things happen in Israel.

Benjamin Pogrund, with beard, next to Nelson Mandela (photo credit: courtesy Benjamin Pogrund)

Benjamin Pogrund, with beard, next to Nelson Mandela (photo credit: courtesy Benjamin Pogrund; Source: Times of Israel)

Once his goal to outlaw Apartheid in South Africa were achieved, Pogrund moved to Jerusalem and began to see how misinformation has been spreading about the Jewish state. He claims that by accusing Israel of Apartheid action, people take away from the great suffering of the Blacks of his home country. The injustices they went through are incomparable to what Arabs experience in Israel. There is no segregation, Israeli Arabs have rights to health care, voting, to move about freely and receive an education alongside Jewish Israelis. His new mission in life is to actively fight these comparisons and dangerous claims.

Recently, Mr. Pogrund published a book called “Drawing Fire: Investigating the Accusations of Apartheid in Israel,” throughout which he goes through the positions of the other side and refutes them through facts and historical knowledge. He writes that, “Yes, Israel’s Arab minority does suffer discrimination, but their lot is not remotely comparable with blacks under apartheid. To claim they are the same is to stretch, bend, twist and contort truth.” Clearly, the author is aware of the situations of both countries, thereby giving him the ability to undermine falsehoods within this debate.

Book cover of “Drawing Fire”

Book cover of “Drawing Fire”

The speaker went on to answer each question posed by the students in the audience, as they were intrigued by his life and admired his activism. ISA was pleased that in total, the event attracted forty students and two staff members. Everyone involved seemed to learn a new perspective on the Apartheid myth.

This event was co-sponsored by CAMERA on Campus, StandWithUs, The David Project, and Hillel.

Brave Miss World Screening at UMiami

April 28, 2016

The University of Miami’s Emet for Israel group had a Brave Miss World screening on March 28th, which was co-sponsored by AEPI, No Zebras, and Her Campus. The students who came watched Brave Miss World, a film that tells Former Israeli model Linor Abargil’s story and focusses primarily on women’s rights in Israel. The audience sees how one person has the ability to help thousands of people, despite her struggles.

8669_956616124433583_7040658570782136989_nThe protagonist’s positive point of view was refreshing, and because college students may find it difficult to always see the bigger picture, this film hit home for many of the attendees. Emet-Israel also wanted to show this movie in particular in order to display how a negative occurrence can change your life, for better or worse, but this all depends on the individual’s outlook. The protagonist was determined to overcome the challenges she inevitably faced and was looked upon as a hero by the end of the story.

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Because this is a true story, the film was all the more powerful. It goes through the life of Linor, who was a model in Israel, won Miss Israel in 1998, and she is then sent to Italy to advance her modeling career. However, Linor is kidnapped, stabbed, and then raped by the man who was supposed to serve as her travel agent. The rest of the movie goes on to show how she took these traumatic events and never allowed them to define her. She now works toward promoting awareness, advocates for women’s rights, and legally defends victims of sexual abuse. Her story and work provide women around the world with a sense of empowerment.

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Once the movie was finished, students who were previously unaffiliated with Emet were so inspired that they began asking members questions about their activity on campus. The floor was also opened to questions and a dialogue about women’s rights, Israel in the media, misconceptions, modern feminist struggles, and a number of other interesting topics were brought to the table. Documentaries proved to be a great way resource in bringing people together and sparking respectful conversations and seeking out answers.

Interfaith Dinner at Laurentian University

April 27, 2016

Laurentian University’s Emet for Israel group, Jewish Student Association (LUJSA), organized a great initiative, which was in partnership with LU’s Muslim Student Association and the university’s Christian Fellowship. The groups came together to hold an interfaith dinner and discussion at Tandoori Tastes restaurant in Sudbury, Ontario, which took place on the night of April 2nd.

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The event was a positive experience and highly successfully in that it sparked a respectful dialogue between these religious groups on campus, groups that may have had pre-conceived notions about the other’s belief system. Each student faith group presented the core tenets and history of their respective religions in a “What you need to know about my faith in 15 minutes” format. This interactive question and answer structure proved to be both engaging and informative.

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Following each presentation, students broke out into sessions throughout which students of opposite faiths were encouraged to ask each other anything they found troubling or unclear about their religious background. This was done in somewhat of a game show fashion. Each listener had the opportunity to answer questions about a different religious group, and could win gift cards if the correct response was given.

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In total, there were sixty participants, which was an unbelievable turn out. It showed that when given the chance, students of different religious upbringings do still possess a curiosity of the “other.” People of varying religions are open to dialogue and learning about their history and unique practices. Overall it was a truly eye opening experience for many of the attendees and a refreshing one for students who often feel threatened because of their faith. This was a step toward genuine understanding and coexistence on Laurentian University’s campus.

‘Free speech’ is Not a Cover for the Incitement of Violence

April 26, 2016

York University CAMERA Fellow Danielle Shachar

York University CAMERA Fellow Danielle Shachar

Paul Bronfman’s principled decision to pull funding from York University must serve as a wake-up call: the university has a real and pervasive problem with anti-Semitism that it is failing to acknowledge. York administrators are far more willing to moralize in hazy abstractions of “free speech” and “inclusivity” than to actually address the specific concerns articulated time and again by Jewish students – namely that “free speech” is not a cover for the incitement of violence and that inclusivity, by its very definition, cannot mean that one group is consistently excluded, demonized, and marginalized.

Even if the mural were removed tomorrow, anti-Semitism would still be rampant at York. Consider three recent examples that have gained scarce, if any, media attention:

1. This February, the student union elections were characterized by a campaign of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Supporters of the fervently anti-Israel “Student Action” slate warned voters that the opposing slate was composed of “f—–g Jews” and “Zionist pigs.”

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YUDivest students rally at York NEVER AGAIN CANADA PHOTO

2. In November, a Jewish student submitted a motion to implement online voting in future student government elections. His religion alone was used as justification to smear him as a “racist” and a “murderous extremist.”

3. Last year, when I made the administration aware that the York student group Students Against Israeli Apartheid regularly incites violence online, including the glorification of terrorist groups banned by the Canadian government, I was treated as if I was deliberately seeking offence and was instructed, by means of an official recourse, not to look at the offensive material. Furthermore, administrators made clear that what is classified as terrorism by the federal government constitutes an “alternative point of view” at York.

I believe that free speech must be given a wide berth. I believe that alternative points of view add to the richness of Canadian diversity. But there are certain things that are unequivocally wrong – the promotion of violence and the demonization of Jewish students being a prime example.

In the same way that the university wouldn’t hang a mural of a KKK member holding a noose in his hands alongside a Confederate flag, it should not hang a mural of a Palestinian man poised to throw rocks alongside a map that eliminates Israel. This is especially true at a campus like York, where murals that portray violent stone throwing are not mere art pieces devoid of tangible repercussions. York officials are being dishonest by not acknowledging that the mural is one piece of a much larger problem.

Originally published in Canadian Jewish News.

Contributed by CAMERA Fellow at York University, Danielle Shachar.

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The Time is Now

April 25, 2016

CAMERA Fellow Shoshana Kranish.

CAMERA Fellow Shoshana Kranish.

Picture this: advocating on a college campus for a democracy that has legal protections of LGBT individuals, equal rights for men and women, protections of religious minorities, and has a vibrant economy that’s home to incredible technological, medical, and agricultural innovation. Then imagine being attacked, threatened, or shoved aside for doing this. Now you can better understand what it’s like to be a pro-Israel advocate at universities across the nation.

The pro-Israel movement at Syracuse University isn’t huge, but with upwards of 3,000 Jewish students, it has the potential to be. There are small-scale events which receive little attention, and are contributed to with little, if any, school funding. Currently, the sole pro-Israel group on campus operates under the umbrella of a larger prominent Jewish organization. For the most part, that group – which I am the president of – has been left in the dust.

In January, when I applied for my group to become an independent, recognized student organization on campus, the application was rejected. The grounds for this decision were that we had the capacity to function under the larger umbrella organization under which we were founded. The Office of Student Activities also shared concern with our group not being inclusive enough – that is, they felt the pro-Israel group would not be a space that was open to people of different racial, political, ethnic, and national backgrounds, and for students with varying opinions on Israel. It doesn’t take a genius to see through this message. The office had first forced us to remain under a Jewish organization – forcing the group to retain a Jewish aspect that could serve to turn away potential members – and then claimed that, as such, the group would not be open to the greater community.

Hall of Languages, Syracuse University, May 9, 2014

Hall of Languages, Syracuse University, May 9, 2014

When given the opportunity to appeal this decision, I was told unanimously not to by the staff of the prominent Jewish organization that the group operates under. In accepting this decision, the staff assured me the group would receive considerable help in terms of financial and logistical support. However, four months later, Syracuse Students for Israel has yet to receive a penny from this organization, nor from the Student Association. The only help I’ve received as president has been 3 meetings with a staff member and the ability to book rooms for our events. Because of the decision by the Office of Student Activities – and the fact that it was encouraged by university staff – students on campus are missing out on engaging, enriching events as the voice of the pro-Israel group has been stifled.

Recently, when a student on campus who currently serves as the president of the Middle East Dialogue Group on campus approached this Jewish organization with a proposal for a J Street event in their building, they were all too happy to accommodate this request. They had but one stipulation: the students could not promote BDS. The mission of J Street is to condemn Israel and Israeli policies while hiding behind the guise of being ‘progressive.’ As a progressive, Jewish, Israel advocate myself, J Street does not speak for me, nor do I imagine, does it speak for many members of this campus community.

The pro-Israel group that I head up on campus is one that celebrates Israel through the country’s democratic policies of granting freedoms to LGBT individuals and ethnic and religious minorities. We pride ourselves on promoting the liberal ideals of the sole democracy in the Middle East and the fantastic technological and agricultural innovations it has produced in the last 68 years. J Street’s vision is not this. Allowing a J Street chapter on campus would only serve to divide the already-small pro-Israel community. The campus community at Syracuse is largely apathetic, and given the choice between a group that calls itself pro-Israel and a group that actually is pro-Israel will only lead them to shy away from discussion and discourse. What we need is unity, not internal divisions.

The proposed J Street event was eventually postponed, but that doesn’t mean that J Street is gone. There is no doubt that a small group of determined students will try to bring a chapter to campus in the near future; there’s also no doubt that they will seek to operate under the same Jewish organization my group is currently forced to be under. As a Jewish organization, J Street may turn non-Jews away because of its religious affiliation, and may turn Jews away because of its pseudo-‘support’ of Israel through constant scathing criticism of the Israeli government. However, Syracuse Students for Israel is open to students of all religious, cultural, political, ethnic and national backgrounds. It was a mistake for the Office of Student Activities to refuse recognition to the sole pro-Israel group on campus. What are our prospects when another group that claims the same purpose comes along?

Contributed by CAMERA Fellow at Syracuse University Shoshana Kranish.

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Next Year in Jerusalem

April 22, 2016

 

CAMERA Fellow Maria Lilly.

CAMERA Fellow Maria Lilly.

They wandered in a desert for forty years. They were exiled from their land. They were enslaved. They were persecuted. They were outcasts. They were blamed for natural disasters; blamed for economic woes. They were forced from their homes. They were slaughtered by the millions, several times over.

And every year they said, “Next year in Jerusalem,” remembering the homeland of their fathers.

They arose, decimated, from amidst their own ashes and found the courage to return to their only home. They valorously chose to hope they may one day be free from the grip of tyranny and senseless death. They had the foresight to ensure their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren would one day live in freedom and security. They made a way in the wilderness for their posterity to be able to protect themselves and the generations to come from those who would wish to wipe them from the face of the Earth.

Jews at the Western Wall praying on Passover.

Jews at the Western Wall praying on Passover.

And they said, “Next year in Jerusalem,” fearing their children may grow up to see their homeland taken.

They had the bravery to be a nation amidst those who would kill them and establish a state, which would be a haven for all people. But more than anything, they found their way home to Jerusalem. They claimed what had been taken from them.

And standing in the city of their forefather’s they said, “Next year in Jerusalem,” remembering their fathers and mothers killed in camps still saying those very same words.

They faced down enemies who wished to destroy them before they could have a chance to be whole again.

They survived and now they have thrived.

They returned home.

They still say, “Next year in Jerusalem,” but with the hope Jerusalem will be there for them.

And when faced with senseless hate, they ask, “Why?”

We are a people; we are a state born of strife.

We are a diamond pressed by hate.

We hear the call of our homeland.

We weep for the ones stripped away from us.

We live in their memory.

We are Israel.

In 1948 we said for the first time in thousands of years on the streets our forefathers walked, “Next year in Jerusalem.”

So call me Israel. Call me Jew.

This is my homeland. This is where I am free and where I will stand.

For posterity I will say, “Next year in Jerusalem.”

For posterity, together, we will say, “Next year in Jerusalem.”

Contributed by CAMERA Fellow at Alaska University Maria Lilly.

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The West’s Pro-Palestinian Obligation

April 21, 2016

CAMERA Fellow Maria Lilly.

Any person who claims, publicly or privately, to value human life, freedom, truth, equality, self-determination or any other human rights claim must stand in support of the Palestinian people.

As shown by the Jerusalem Institute of Justice’s research the Palestinians’ basic human rights are violated daily, their children are indoctrinated and senselessly murdered. Palestinian women are left in danger of death at family members’ hands because of assault or perceived misconduct. The Palestinian lives in poverty under the thumb of an elitist and extravagantly wealthy governing body. As a people the Palestinians represent the West’s tolerance of human rights abuses.

Gaza is under the control of Hamas, a recognized terrorist organization under the leadership of Khaled Mashaal: billionaire amidst a sea of poverty. Hamas during the 2014 50-Day Gaza War carried out missile attacks on its own people, used children to dig terror tunnels into Israel, many of those children died. This, the same organization involved in the trafficking of African refugees, has killed Palestinians suspected of working with Israel, without the benefit of free and fair trial. Palestinian children grow up indoctrinated and watching violence endorsing, anti-Semitic televisions shows: Barney with bloodlust. Rather than touting kindness these children’s shows teach songs written upon the premise wiping Jews from the face of the earth would be a global positive.

For the full article, visit The Times of Israel.

Contributed by University of Alaska CAMERA Fellow Maria Lilly.

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