Warning: Massive rant and probably Trigger warnings are appropriate, but I’m not sure what they are.

You see, my Rabbi and others are being targeted as “terrorists” by Hands up United.  Not because of her actions with regard to Ferguson. Hell, we live in St. Louis, she’s been at Ferguson marches, I’ve seen pictures of her on the national stage, protesting and being arrested for protesting.

No. They’re calling her a terrorist for defending Israel. Not their actions. At High Holidays, she mentioned the dichotomy of loving Israel, but hating the way they treat Palestinians. Of needing to find common ground and a new path where everyone’s kids are safe and secure.

But this isn’t enough for them, because she’s not denouncing Israel’s right to exist, because she’s bringing light to the Jews who are suffering in the Palestinian attacks (they’re freaking stabbing everyone right and left right now). No, she’s a terrorist unless she unilaterally condemns Israel.

And as if that weren’t enough, the local chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace wrote a letter basically calling her out for the same thing. And didn’t denounce Hands Up United’s attacks.

And if any of you want to say she’s a bad ally, let me tell you one thing: One of our congregants, we’ll call him T (and yes, he’s black), lives in Ferguson, he knew Mike Brown. Rabbi Susan talked him into going up to march. There they are, side by side, and one of the cops calls out to her and says “Rabbi Susan, do you remember me, you did my bar mitzvah.” So she goes up to him, and she says, “This is T. I did his bar mitzvah too.”

So here’s a person, who basically wants all people to live in a world where they’re safe and secure, black, white, brown, Jewish, Muslem, and she’ s being called a terrorist for daring to call out the Hamas for what they do to Israelis.

And now if I see reference to Hands up United or Jewish Voice for Peace, even other chapters, even doing good things, my stomach just churns, because of what they’re saying and doing to someone that I care about and trust who’s one of the best people I know. These are groups whose main objectives I support, but I just want to strangle, because they’re basically trying to destroy someone who disagrees on how to achieve their aims.

Joke’s on them. Rabbi Susan did the afternoon Hannukah party candle lighting at the White House. With President Obama and the President of Israel. Take that haters.

A branch of Israel Hasbara, their literal freaking Western propaganda arm, is suing a Canadian university for discrimination/“anti-Semitism” because the university endorsed BDS and didn’t allow the organization to host an event on campus


“Anti-Semitism” because a university had the mind to forbid a freaking anti-Palestinian/pro-Israeli propaganda machine from operating on campus

And that’s why figures you see/stories you hear about “rising anti-Semitism” should be examined critically and are often overblown…because so many bodies literally consider speech/criticism against Israel as inherently anti-Semitic, to the extent that a freaking pro-Palestinian event will just be another “anti-Semitic incident” tally for the Zionist/pro-Israel crowd

That’s not at all to dismiss genuine anti-Semitism, but that it’s in the interest of Israel and anti-Palestinian orgs to inflate the numbers in their efforts against the Palestinian cause

Germany: Leipzig University students declare BDS anti-Semitic

Via Jerusalem Post:

Students at one of the world’s oldest universities – Leipzig University in the German state of Saxony – passed a resolution this month opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement because it is anti-Semitic.

According to the resolution, the student council voted “to condemn the anti-Semitic BDS campaign,” and is “against anti-Semitic measures such as disinviting Israeli academics.”

The Leipzig University student council sees BDS as a danger to academic freedom and that the BDS measures resemble the Nazi-era slogan “Don’t Buy from Jews!” BDS’s goal is the “abolition of the State of Israel,” the resolution said.

The student council initiated the resolution after a University of London professor appeared at a June event at Leipzig University. Anthropologist Lori Allen held an event regarding her book titled, The Rise and Fall of Human Rights: Cynicism and Politics in Occupied Palestine, and used the talk to promote BDS and to minimize terrorism, according to the resolution.

The pro-boycott event was sponsored by the European Network in Universal and Global History, and the university’s Center for Area Studies and Center for Global and European Studies. The event was also supported by Stanford University and the German federal Ministry for Education and Research.

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The New Antisemite:
University of Michigan says death threats to pro-Israel students are 'activism'

Adam Kredo reports that a University of Michigan official has dismissed death threats by BDS supporters against pro-Israel students asactivism.’

The University of Michigan has allowed known pro-Hamas activists to openly organize riots on their campus and create an environment in which pro-Israel students had their lives threatened,” said one high-level official with a prominent pro-Israel organization.

“Now, after months of watching outside groups coordinate hateful stunts, university administrators are allowing students to be bullied into taking an anti-Israel vote with a gun pointed to their heads,” added the source. “They’ll have to answer for this, certainly politically and probably legally.”

The BDS brouhaha first began earlier this month when the school’s student government overwhelmingly suspended consideration of a divestment resolution. That prompted the pro-Palestinian group Students Allied for Freedom and Equality to hold protests on campus and inside student government chambers.

On Wednesday evening of last week during one of these sit-ins, a student opposed to the BDS resolution had “threats of violence” shouted at him by two “Arabic males,” according to a police report filed that evening.

University officials in recent days have helped broker a deal that led to an apology from the student government’s president for tabling the divestment initiative. The university has helped ensure that the initiative comes to a vote in the coming days.

University of Michigan spokesman Rick Fitzgerald—who first said that he did not understand a reporter’s questions—declined multiple requests to comment on the death threats and violent rhetoric from activists, saying that the school encourages “students to report them to police.”

Fitzgerald—who adopted an incredulous tone when faced with questions—additionally refused to connect a Free Beacon reporter with the university’s provost or other high-level officials, saying that the issue does not rise to the level of their involvement.

This is activism of students with their student government,” he said. The BDS activists “do not believe their voices were heard.”



Chloé Simone Valdary, a University of New Orleans sophomore – who also happens to be non-Jewish and African-American — who created the campus-based group “Allies for Israel.” 

It is comprised of both Jews and non-Jews and it’s aim is to fight BDS, anti-Israel sentiment and anti-Semitism on campus.

The University of New Orleans has a tiny Jewish community that consists of 75 students, out of a total student population of 13,000 people. There are no Jewish studies courses, no kosher food, and is no Hillel on the campus, yet the University of New Orleans does have a Muslim Student Association and General Union of Palestinian Students.

Yet, thanks to Chloe Valdary, the few Jewish students who study at the University of New Orleans now have a pro-Israel voice in which to stand up for Israel. 

Read more here and here

Dorm storming at NYU targets Jewish students (Updates)

Mock eviction notices slid under doors in dorm known to have high concentration of Jewish students, including only “Shabbat elevator”

“Dorm Storming” is a tactic used by anti-Israel activists at many campuses to slide mock eviction notices under student bedroom doors in the middle of the night, allegedly to let students know how Palestinians feel when served with eviction notices prior to demolition of their homes. The content of the flyers, including the frequency, number, and practice of such pre-demolition eviction notices is disputed, but that’s somewhat besides the point.

Students for Justice in Palestine frequently is the perpetrator of these dorm stormings, as happened at Northeastern University recently, resulting in SJP’s suspension.

The point of sliding political flyers under dorm doors, rather than handing them out on the street as students enter and exit, is to intimidate students in their most vulnerable place, their bedroom, and at their most vulnerable time, while they sleep. That is why many if not most universities ban the practice.

Universities have a legitimate interest in protecting student privacy in their homes (dorms) and bedrooms (dorm rooms).

Assuming the constitutional right to free speech applied to private college campuses as in public spaces, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld ordinances protecting homeowners against unapproved intrusions.  Rowan v. U.S. Post Office Dept., 397 U.S. 728, 738 (1970)(“We therefore categorically reject the argument that a vendor has a right under the Constitution or otherwise to send unwanted material into the home of another…. That we are often ‘captives’ outside the sanctuary of the home and subject to objectionable speech and other sound does not mean we must be captives everywhere.”)

The latest dorm storming was at Palladium Hall at New York University early this morning, before students awoke, as reported by NYU student Laura Adkins at The Times of Israel.  (added) According to an email forwarded to me, such dorm storming would violated Palladium policy: “All people/clubs must have their flyers approved for posting at the Palladium RC. No flyers are permitted to be slid under apartment doors.”

An important point, Adkins makes, is that Palladium Hall is known on campus for having a high concentration of Jewish students to the extent that it is the only dorm with a Shabbat elevator (which runs automatically during the Sabbath, so religious Jewish students do not have to press the buttons to go to and from their dorm rooms):

On the morning of April 24th, 2014, Jewish students that live in the Palladium residence hall of New York University (NYU) awoke to quite a shock. Slinking quietly through the night, members of NYU’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) had distributed mock eviction notices to students in this dorm (which is known across campus as one with a high concentration of Jewish residents, and is the only NYU dorm with a Shabbat elevator), listing distorted facts and with the stated purpose of “ draw[ing] attention to the reality that Palestinians confront on a regular basis.”

One Jewish resident of Palladium and Steinhardt Sophomore, speaking anonymously told me, “Being very straightforward, this made me feel targeted and unsafe in my own dorm room and I know others feel exactly the same as myself. I understand free speech rights but if this was targeted solely to Jewish students then this appears to be of a more threatening nature rather than informative.”

Here is the Eviction Notice distributed:

Adkins provided me with this additional statement:

“I woke up this morning to frantic text messages and pictures of the flyers from many of my Jewish friends who live in Palladium, the dorm where these flyers were distributed.

They expressed that waking up to these flyers, slipped under their doors in the dark of night, made them feel violated and unsafe. Slipping these flyers under students’ dorm room doors, in flagrant violation of NYU housing policy, creates a hostile environment for Jewish students.”

SJP and other anti-Israeli activists often deny that they target Jewish students, but it’s hard to understand why Palladium Hall, with its known concentration of religious Jewish students, was targeted.

This is part of a growing aggressiveness of anti-Israeli activitists at NYU and elsewhere.

Read the detailed update here