Anti-Zionist students at Columbia University in New York have called for a boycott of “pro-Israel” campus clubs, and equated Zionism, the movement for Jewish national self-determination, with antisemitism.
In a statement shared on Sunday, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) urged “our peers and allied organizations to boycott all pro-Israel advocacy groups and clubs,” specifically naming Students Supporting Israel (SSI) at Columbia and Aryeh: Columbia Students Association for Israel.
J Street CU, a third campus advocacy group that in part describes itself as “Pro Israel,” was not explicitly mentioned.
“Any advocacy on behalf of the State of Israel effectively amounts to a defense of its settler-colonial foundations and apartheid
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The statement came a less than a week after SSI invited SJP and its allied organization, Jewish Voice for Peace, to host a joint event that would allow students “to engage with our various perspectives” through debates and conversations.
The initiative would aim to improve student understanding and “create a less divisive relationship between our groups,” SSI wrote in its email invitation, which was also sent to members of the Columbia College Student Council (CCSC).
Last month, the CCSC rejected an SJP and JVP proposal to issue a campus-wide referendum on divesting from companies over their ties with Israel.
Columbia SJP declined the invitation in a Sunday email, and shared a link to a longer statement that accused SSI of attacking and silencing “Palestinian voices on campus,” most recently by advocating against the divestment referendum.
After affirming its opposition to debates with Zionists that don’t abide by “anti-normalization guidelines,” as shared by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, SJP shared “a list of [SSI’s] racist, belligerent, and downright bizarre anti-Palestinian activities on campus.”
These ranged from promoting Zionism “as a multicultural indigenous liberation struggle” and collaborating with “unsavory propaganda groups,” to recording SJP and JVP events without permission and filing complaints against the groups with Columbia administrators.
“We … believe that social ostracization is a powerful tool that the student body can use to voice their rejection of Zionism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and other oppressive ideologies,” SJP wrote in explaining its call for groups including SSI, among them Columbia University College Republicans, to be “effectively deplatformed.”
In a response on Sunday, SSI said SJP “virulently used made up claims and half-truths to justify their insistence on marginalizing and boycotting pro-Israel voices on this campus.”
“SSI’s invitation to host a joint event came as a result of SJP claiming that they want to promote dialogue on this issue on campus,” the group continued, calling the boycott “downright preposterous, frustrating and reprehensible.”
“We hope that SJP members come to their senses and instead of making aggressive public Facebook posts targeting other student groups on campus, work with us towards a better future for both the Israelis and the Palestinians,” it added.
Corinne Greenblatt, president of J Street CU, said her group “respectfully [disagrees] with the statement and boycott call.”
“Time and time again we’ve seen issues of moral purity prevent dialogue between individuals on campus who actually agree on fundamental issues,” she told The Algemeiner in a statement on Monday.
Last April, SJP at nearby New York University led more than 50 campus groups in announcing a boycott of the school’s two Zionist student clubs, Realize Israel and TorchPAC, with signatories agreeing not to co-sponsor events with them.
Others on the SJP blacklist included the Anti-Defamation League civil rights group and all Israeli academic institutions, as well as “Israeli goods and goods manufactured in the Occupied Territories, except for those manufactured by Palestinians.”
Menachem Begin in December 1942 wearing the Polish Army uniform of Gen. Anders’ forces with his wife Aliza and David Yutan; (back row) Moshe Stein and Israel Epstein
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Aalst’s organizers have sold hundreds of “rabbi kits” for revelers to dress as hassidic Jews in the carnival’s parade. The kit includes oversized noses, sidelocks (peyot) and black hats. The organizers plan to bring back floats similar to the one displayed in 2019 featuring oversized dolls of Jews, with rats on their shoulders, holding banknotes.
Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the Basilica of Saint Nicholas in the southern Italian coastal city of Bari, Italy February 23, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli.
Pope Francis on Sunday warned against “inequitable solutions” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying they would only be a prelude to new crises, in an apparent reference to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace proposal.
Francis made his comments in the southern Italian port city of Bari, where he traveled to conclude a meeting of bishops from all countries in the Mediterranean basin.
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Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have reached an agreement to end a five-month long trade dispute, officials said on Thursday.
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Antisemitic caricatures on display at the annual carnival in Aalst, Belgium. Photo: Raphael Ahren via Twitter.
Disturbing images emerged on Sunday of the annual carnival at Aalst, Belgium, showing an astounding number of antisemitic themes, costumes, displays and statements.
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Following the publication of the list, Bruno Stagno Ugarte, deputy director for advocacy of NGO Human Rights Watch, stated, “The long-awaited release of the U.N. settlement business database should put all companies on notice: To do business with illegal settlements [sic] is to aid in the commission of war crimes.”
One of the many things that annoys me about politicians is how sure they are of themselves. Everything is black and white. Every idea is good or bad. Take globalism, for example. You either love it or hate it. It works or it doesn’t.
Another thing that annoys me is how so much of a politician’s life revolves around power: Do everything you can to get it, and everything you can to keep it.
Why am I ranting? Because, while our politicians have been consumed with power and the media with the fights over power, a threat to our nation has been virtually ignored.
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The Times of Israel reported that at a campaign stop in front of English-speaking Israelis, Gantz accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “of neglecting bipartisan ties in favor of exclusive support from U.S. President Donald Trump’s Republican Party,” under the headline “Gantz pledges to mend ties with U.S. Democrats if elected.”
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Suddenly, the House Speaker applauded. Trump then introduced “the true and legitimate president of Venezuela: Juan Guaidó.”
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