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University of Michigan Professor claims of Israel’s plot to “starve” Palestinians

Middle East Studies Professor Juan Cole sees “creepy “ Israeli plot to starve Palestinians to death in Gaza

By Lee Kaplan, senior analyst, communications director

4 January 2013: As a past president of the Middle East Studies Association he led an educational organization that did little to promote truth where Israel was concerned. University of Michigan Middle East Studies Professor Juan Cole, if there is any way, will lambast Israel as victimizer of the civilized world, something he now writes on his blog is being continued against the Palestinians in Gaza by Israel through a “creepy” systematic [Cole’s words] plan to starve the Arab population there to death. Continue reading

A second look at Rachel Corrie’s parents

By Lee Kaplan, senior analyst

16 September 2012: It would appear that Cindy Corrie’s husband, Craig Corrie, has joined his wife by jumping on board of the Arab propaganda machine about his anarchist daughter, Rachel Corrie.  Craig Corrie is complaining after the two-and-a-half year long investigation by Israel of the accidental death of Rachel Corrie who wasn’t even protecting a house (that was ISM spin created around his daughter’s death) and has been telling the world that as a Vietnam vet he used to drive tractors for the US Army. One thing Craig Corrie has made clear in his comments was that as a tractor driver he was taught you must always be careful nobody is in front of the blade.  Continue reading

Did a SUNY Professor recruit Rachael Corrie to her death?

By Lee Kaplan, senior analyst 

16 September 2012: Few people know that it was a radical leftist anti-Israel ex-pat Israeli professor in “Women’s Studies” at Corrie’s alma mater, Evergreen College, who was apparently the primary motivator of Rachel Corrie, who also seems to have inculcated in Corrie the idea that one creates “peace” and “conflict resolution” by supporting and acting as a human shield for Arab terrorists, while interfering with anti-terror operations. That “professor” is Simona Sharoni, currently in the Women’s Studies Department at State University of occupied New York. Continue reading

California Imam Caught in Hezbollah Arrests in Mexico While Fleeing U.S.

By Lee Kaplan, senior analyst

10 September 2012:  Rafic Labboun, an imam from the Shiite Association Bay Area (SABA) Mosque in San Jose, California, has been arrested in Mexico by Mexican immigration authorities working in cooperation with the FBI and Homeland Security.

Labboun was taken into custody with the two known Hezbollah agents from Belize, Justin George Abdallah Elders and Yasser Safa in Merida, a Mexican city located in the Yucatan peninsula. Both men are citizens of Belize. Intelligence agencies in the United States were tracking this group as part of a cell of Hezbollah-linked Arab terrorists who were operating in Mexico and Central America.

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Recruiting HAMAS at St. Louis University this month

Jesuit college to help the ISM recruit more terrorist sympathizers

By Lee Kaplan, senior analyst

5 September 2012: Coming on the heels of the verdict exonerating the IDF of accusations it murdered Rachel Corrie, a new national organizers conference by the  International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is scheduled  to be held at St. Louis University from September 21-23, 2012. St. Louis University is a Jesuit college, yet is playing host to what amounts to an anti-Jewish, anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian festival of hate. All in the name of religious tolerance, of course. Continue reading

Verdict on Rachel Corrie case: correct decision

By Lee Kaplan, senior analyst

5 September 2012: On Tuesday, the district court of Haifa dismissed a civil lawsuit against the nation of Israel and the IDF in the death of activist Rachael Corrie. During the trial that took over a year to determine if the IDF was responsible for the “murder” of Rachel Corrie, I visited Israel and submitted evidence to the defense about the ISM and the actions of Rachel Corrie in Rafah on the day she died.  Continue reading

CAIR: Undermining Homeland Security

CAIR Linked to Radical Movement Working to Undermine National Security in Local Communities

By   Lee Kaplan , Senior analyst, Northeast Intelligence Network

26 July 2012: A study into the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon determined the various intelligence agencies in the United States that had information about Al Qaeda failed to communicate with each other  resulting in over 3,000 people killed. For example,  Hani Hanjour, one of the 9/11 terror pilots, actually had an FBI agent seated next to him after a flight school instructor notified the FBI of a suspicious student in his class long before 9/11, info not shared with other agencies.

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Bulgaria terror attacks: by-product of tolerance

The terror attacks in Bulgaria are the result of tolerance of groups like the ISM inside and outside Israel. America will be next.

By Lee Kaplan, Senior Analyst

21 July 2012: As Israel mourns the deaths of five members of the Jewish nation in Bulgaria from a Hezbollah terror attack, over in Northern California next Tuesday in Sonoma County local government will be courted by the International Solidarity Movement to keep the war with the Arabs roiling yet again.

On July 24th , in Sonoma County, a local “Human Rights Commission,” will take up the issue and vote on recommending that the French transportation company, Veolia, have its contract canceled with the County because the company provides bus services not only inside Israel but for the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Continue reading

DECONSTRUCTING AMERICAN -JEWISH SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL

Duquesne University—Daniel Lieberfeld shows how bashing Israel and convincing Jews to hate her is really a family affair as Carnegie-Mellon U. helps

Anti-Israel activist uses son, Jesse, to distort Martin Luther King’s messages supporting Israel in English comp contest at CMU

 

By Lee Kaplan, analyst, investigator and communications director
Daniel Lieberfeld is a Professor of Conflict Studies at Dusquesne University. Dr. Lieberfeld is also active in the campus anti-Israel movement on US campuses. Recently, Dr.Lieberfeld showed how one can make anti-Israel advocacy a family affair as he hid in the background while his son, a high school student, promoted division between American Jews and Israel. This all centered around the late Martin Luther King.
While he was still living, Martin Luther King, spoke the truth about the anti-Israel movement among the Left. He stated after the Six Day War in 1967, “”Israel’s right to exist as a state in security is incontestable.”
Only ten days before he died, King also called Israel “one of the great outposts of democracy in the world,” and he went on to say that “we must stand with all our might to protect [Israel's] right to exist, its territorial integrity.”

King also frequently denounced anti-Semitism. According to him, “the segregationists and racists make no fine distinction between the Negro and the Jew.” In a letter to Jewish leaders, he attacked anti-Semitism “within the Negro community, because it was wrong. I will continue to oppose it, because it is immoral and self-destructive.”
Yet a writing competition organized by Carnegie Mellon’s Dietrich Center has found a tie for first place winner in a high school writing contest for an article written by an 11th grade Jewish high school student who implies his religion’s attachment to Jewish existence and Israel is based on racism and contradictory to the teachings of Dr. King.
The student, Jesse Lieberfeld, an 11th grader at Winchester Thurston High School wrote of his emotional tribulations and questioning his Judaism as he sat in synagogue with his family, conjuring up a tale of dispassionate Jews and questioning the validity of his Jewish faith; bored by a musical interlude during the service, he wrote about his Judaism: “, I had always accepted this solo as just another part of the program, yet now it seemed to capture the whole essence of our religion: intelligent and well-crafted on paper, yet completely oblivious to the outside world.”
He continued about his supposed epiphany about Judaism, “When I was finally given the chance to ask a question, I asked, “I want to support Israel. But how can I when it lets its army commit so many killings?” I was met with a few angry glares from some of the older men, but the rabbi answered me. “It is a terrible thing, isn’t it?” he said. “But there’s nothing we can do. It’s just a fact of life.” I knew, of course, that the war was no simple matter and that we did not by any means commit murder for its own sake, but to portray our thousands of killings as a “fact of life” was simply too much for me to accept. I thanked him and walked out shortly afterward. I never went back. I thought about what I could do. If nothing else, I could at least try to free myself from the burden of being saddled with a belief I could not hold with a clear conscience. I could not live the rest of my life as one of the pathetic moderates whom King had rightfully portrayed as the worst part of the problem. I did not intend to go on being one of the Self-Chosen People, identifying myself as part of a group to which I did not belong. “
So in one fell swoop, young Lieberfeld at the ripe old age of seventeen condemned Judaism, describes the concept of the Chosen People as not to set an righteous example for mankind (which is its meaning), redefining it as the Self-Chosen People (meaning self-absorbed and superior to others) and then accuses Israel’s army of “so many killings” while not even acknowledging the 8,000 missiles fired on Israelis on a regular basis from Gaza nor the Palestinian insistence that Israel has no right to exist at all. He furthermore suggested he preserved the ideals of Martin Luther King regarding the Jewish people and the Jewish state.
Young Lieberfeld conflated prejudice against Black America in the 1950’s with the Palestinian anti-Semitism of Hamas that seeks in its charter to wipe Jews from the face of the Earth: “Wasn’t it the same excuse our own country had used to justify its abuses of African-Americans sixty years ago?”, he wrote,“In that moment, I realized how similar the two struggles were—like the white radicals of that era, we controlled the lives of another people whom we abused daily, and no one could speak out against us. It was too politically incorrect to do so. We had suffered too much, endured too many hardships, and overcome too many losses to be criticized. I realized then that I was in no way part of a ‘conflict’—the term ‘Israeli/Palestinian Conflict’ was no more accurate than calling the Civil Rights Movement the ‘Caucasian/ African-American Conflict.’ In both cases, the expression was a blatant euphemism: it gave the impression that this was a dispute among equals and that both held an equal share of the blame. However, in both, there was clearly an oppressor and an oppressed, and I felt horrified at the realization that I was by nature on the side of the oppressors. I was grouped with the racial supremacists. I was part of a group that killed while praising its own intelligence and reason. I was part of a delusion.”
Those self-absorbed Jews who convinced this sensitive adolescent to “never go back” to synagogue obviously sounded convincing to academic judges of his article who never read how Israel released over 1,000 terrorists, many with blood on their hands for one Jewish soldier hostage? Nor have “thousands” been killed among the Palestinians, whereas lesser numbers of armed Hamas terrorists have been killed in a war the Arabs insist will never end without the annihilation of the Jews.
Are we to believe the judges were so ignorant? Whereas the letter implies the young man engaged in soul searching, it is pure anti-Israel propaganda and was immediately distributed by Mazen Qumsiyeh of the ISM, a known anti-Semite who was fired by Yale University for using the University email system to send out anti-Semitic emails . Qumsiyeh, a founder of Al Awda that calls for the annihilation of Israel and boycotts abroad is now in the West Bank where he is loosely affiliated with the PFLP.
Aside from the blatant contradiction of Dr. King’s opinion that American blacks should support Israel and that anti-Zionism was a disguised form of anti-Semitism (per Dr. King’s wife), the Carnegie Mellon judges sought to award this young man’s ignorance a tie for first place.
Or is there more to this than it seems?
The award winning article is, in fact , a first-rate example of the propaganda rhetoric used by the International Solidarity Movement . The news of the award has been making its way around ISM propaganda lists. Was this boy recruited by the ISM to lend his name to the letter? Did he in fact, write it? The fact that the letter not only seeks to criticize Israel, but Judaism itself as an homage to Dr. King , is a puzzler.
And the judges at Carnegie Mellon who chose it as a tie for first place? An investigation shows that Professor Jim Daniels in the English department headed the competition of judges on an article about Martin Luther King. He decided that “race” was to be the central theme. Jews and Palestinians are not separate races, but apparently Daniels, a poet, thinks they are. That such an article might spew forth from the pen of an immature adolescent with no knowledge or history on Martin Luther King might be possible. But knowledgeable and mature academics who are judges would not award such a document a first place prize were it not their goal of conveying a political (and anti-Semitic) message at the same time. Just who were these other judges in the English department I asked the President’s Office? Carnegie-Mellon isn’t telling.
But then we also learn that the winner’s, that is, Jesse’s daddy, one Daniel Lieberfeld is a professor at Duquesne University who is an anti-Israel activist and writes often trying to convince American Jews not to support a Jewish state by making inaccurate comparisons with Israel and the former apartheid South Africa. Daniel Lieberfeld may not have written the article for his son, but he likely told him what distortions to say and use to be picked up by fellow traveler anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic blogs like Mondoweiss with the headline “ Today in Pittsburgh, Jesse Lieberfeld, 17, will deliver a hammer blow to American Jewish support for Israel”
Daniel Lieberfeld showed that bashing Israel can be a family affair if you know how to manipulate the Media with lies, especially trying to compare persecution of black people to Israel’s self-defense from the Arab world. Lieberfeld has even signed a petition asking for international protection for the Palestinians as they were busy blowing up Israeli civilians almost daily on buses during the height of the Intifada. It said, “We feel it is our duty to support the call for the immediate provision of an international force to protect the Palestinian people in its struggle for the exercise of its right to self-determination and freedom, and to put an end to the military occupation of its land.” The Petition was signed by a Who’s Who List of anti-Israel and anti-Zionist ex-pat Israeli academics who routinely promote the Palestinian :Revolution” against Israel; that is, Jews who pose as Jews who are against a Jewish national homeland in favor of the Arabs taking over.
That Carnegie-Mellon could be so ignorant as to play right into the anti-Israel propaganda crowd doesn’t say much for its English faculty or college President who also sponsored the competition in honor of Dr. King.

Anti-Israel crusade on U.S. campus (The usual suspects)

The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit college.  One thing of interest is how the Catholic Pope during World War II did nothing to help the Jews during the Holocaust. In following tradition, USF’s campus President and Reverend Stephen Privett  is no better. Alerted that one of his faculty, the virulently anti-Israel and anti-US Stephen Zunes arranged for a recruiting session to boycott the Jews on the Bay Area campus sponsored by Global Exchange, a non-profit group that gave $600,000 in aid to al Qaeda while our marines were fighting in Fallujah and provides aid to Hamas, Pruitt followed the example of the World War II Pope: He did nothing to stop it.  In fact, he stonewalled any communication with the Jewish community.

Lying by omission: University of San Francisco’s Middle East Studies Department hosts  Dalit Baum’s lecture to recruit more BDS activists and financially ruin the Israeli economy

By Lee Kaplan, investigator, analyst

On November 9th, 2011, the University of San Francisco’s Middle East Studies Department and International Studies Professor Stephen Zunes, the school’s Muslim Students Association (MSA), as well as the Bay Area non-profit Global Exchange all sponsored little more than an indoctrination session against the Jewish state of Israel and Jewish businesses. The event promoted the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement against Israel while trying to pass itself off as an academic event. Professor Zunes has a long history of antipathy against Israel as a US ally.

The guest speaker for that evening was Dalit Baum , who runs the website Who Profits? and is an Israeli leftist who in the past has called for the dismantling of the Jewish state and who boasted she has already cost the Israeli economy in excess of 1.5 billion dollars in promoting BDS against Israeli firms worldwide. Baum bills herself as a “feminist scholar” and was introduced as such by Zunes, even though she holds only a degree in math and has never published any academic work regarding feminism. Baum made clear during the evening she was at USF to present to the students “information” and “tools” they could use to boycott and divest from the Jewish state. Zunes remarked at Baum’s courage speaking at USF because of Israel’s new law allowing lawsuits by companies affected by BDS against activists like Baum.

As a form of perversion, the BDS Movement gets touted on college campuses by the likes of Zunes and Baum as some form of fighting “oppression” and “human rights abuses” when it is actually an extension of the Arab League Boycott  against Israel that was created in 1950. Boycotting was the first political action step taken by the Nazi Party in 1933 that led to the Final Solution. It is a form of economic warfare to force Israel’s government to capitulate to Arab demands.  Zunes and Baum also tried to conflate their boycott efforts by fallaciously comparing Israel today with the 1980’s apartheid South Africa in order to instill in those attending the idea that they were fighting “oppression.”

Global Exchange, Baum’s main sponsor, is the fundraising arm for Medea Benjamin’s Code Pink, an NGO that routinely provides monetary and physical aid to the terrorist group Hamas whose charter calls for not only the killing and dispossession all of Israel’s Jews, but the complete annihilation of all world Jewry, so already the event was off to a shaky start. Code Pink/Global Exchange also sent $600,000 in aid to the “Iraqi Resistance” while US marines were fighting in Fallujah.

A photograph of Medea Benjamin was flashed on the screen demonstrating against Israel overseas, but few in the audience would have seen the connection or recognized her and Zunes mentioned the organization as if it were a purveyor of brotherly love.  Dalit Baum also condemned the US presence in Iraq and Afghanistan suggesting it was mainly for profits and like the dispute between Israel and the Palestinian Authority a form of “neo-colonialism.”

In order to put some distance between the event and itself after some Jewish groups expressed alarm the event would be held on the Jesuit campus, the administration required the head of the Muslim Students Association read a disclaimer that stated, ”The presence of a guest speaker on the campus of the University of San Francisco does not necessarily imply approval or endorsement by the University of the views expressed by the guest speaker or by anyone present at the event.” A communiqué also went out assuring critics that a question and answer session would follow to allow for differing points of view. 2 x 4 cards were passed out with instructions to write questions down that would be addressed later that evening.

After the disclaimer was read, Professor Stephen Zunes immediately stood before the room and stated he felt obliged to “declaim” the disclaimer. “I’ve been teaching here for 15 years, “ he said, “and it’s the first time I’ve ever heard it explicitly said. Why it had to be said is an indication it’s a challenge to raise human rights issues when you are dealing with a strategic ally of the United States [Israel]. Zunes reminisced about his own activism in boycotting South Africa and tried to conflate what when on there in the 1980’s with what Israel is dealing with in the Palestinian Authority. While he mentioned whites discriminated against blacks in South Africa, he avoided mentioning that Arabs who are Israeli citizens enjoy full civil rights the same as Jews and even have affirmative action programs in Israeli universities, own businesses and serve as judges, policemen and even in parliament . “There is much to be said,” he continued, about boycotts, divestment and sanctions as a way to raise a challenge to the Israeli occupation.” However, he made no mention that the Palestinian Authority does practice genuine apartheid against Jews (not to mention terrorism) and even has a law on the books that metes out a death penalty for selling land to a Jew, even retroactively, and a constitution modeled after those of Iran and Saudi Arabia that do discriminate against religious minorities.

Zunes then introduced Baum as an “outstanding scholar” and “human rights activist.” Baum began her lecture by first asking the audience how many of them had heard of the BDS movement or participated in it. She remarked that few in the audience knew about it as she thanked specifically Zunes and the MSA for inviting her explaining that her purpose there was to “report back” to USF students on the BDS movement and give them “tools” by which to engage in boycotting Israel “over here.” She thanked specifically Zunes and the MSA for inviting her.

Baum’s lecture could only be described as a form of “lying by omission”; that is, a style of presenting just enough information about a topic to elicit a positive or negative reaction without presenting all the facts just as Professor Zunes had done in trying to conflate South Africa’s apartheid years with Israel’s current dilemma with the Palestinian Authority. In some instances she just outright lied.

Baum began by saying, “The idea of having a Jewish only organization in Israel is like having a whites only racist organization here in America.” She explained how the activist organizations she belonged to had been fortunate enough to join Arab groups “in solidarity”  to oppose Israel’s current existence as a Jewish state. She spoke of an Arab civil society of women’s groups, educators, unions, Muslim groups, even communists that was working to “end the occupation” (she made it a point not to mention the myriad terrorist groups that make up the Palestinian Authority government-to-be or that these “civil groups” support the terror groups in their activities). She claimed she would speak only of the 1967 occupation of the West Bank but alluded many times to events in Gaza without mentioning rockets fired on Israeli communities. Baum began by showing a map of Israel and the Palestinian Authority then saying that Israel has no borders. She claimed that 3.5 million Palestinians live in the area but that the Israeli communities (settlements) had control over the main roads and implied only Jews were allowed to use them. She referred to the areas around the settlements as being “ethnically cleansed,”  to suggest racism when the Arabs and most Israeli Jews are racially the same, but practice different religions. She made no effort to point out that Arabs who are Israeli citizens are the same ethnic and religious makeup as Arabs in the Palestinian Authority nor about how various security measures were needed because Palestinian terrorists routinely attack Israelis who use those roads. Nor did she say Arabs from the PA can use those roads after getting security clearance, such as taxi drivers. She told her audience, “If you are Jewish you can go to some areas and if you’re not you can’t go to other areas all in a country that has no borders.” This was an example of leaving out just enough information to make a false impression. The truth is that if a person is an Arab and an Israeli citizen he is permitted to go anywhere any Jewish Israeli citizen goes.

Palestinian Authority Arabs are restricted due to terror attacks on Israelis. Israel’s lack of permanent borders is because the Arab states back in 1967 all agreed to refuse to make peace with Israel so the “borders” are in fact temporary armistice lines subject to final negotiations as part of a peace deal. None of the students attending her lecture would have known this and clearly Baum and Zunes didn’t want them to.

Baum then accused Israel of “profiting from the occupation” by selling inferior goods to the Arab population in the West Bank such as spoiled food, what she attributed to “neo-colonialism” . She later tied this profiteering as being behind the security costs in the West Bank. “The security costs are the costs of the Palestinian resistance” she said. Meanwhile, she made no comment of terror attacks on Israeli citizens both in or outside Israel. She made no attempt to suggest that the Palestinian Authority government is run by a terrorist organization (Fatah) and myriad such organizations run things there such as Hamas and even the PFLP that works with her organizational network in Israel. Nor but  did she mention that the Oslo Accords sought to set up an independent Palestinian state there years ago but  terror attacks against Israelis had made this impossible. Through some twisted logic she determined that Israeli corporations that provide jobs for Palestinian Arabs should be boycotted in order to make Israel leave the area to the Palestinians, without once explaining how any such activity would benefit the average Palestinian Arab.

Baum displayed a photo of boys at a weekly demonstration in the village of Bi’ilin. She urged people in the audience to boycott an Israeli firm that manufactures tear gas because “tear gas” can make you very sick and you could die”, but she completely ignored that the Arab population in B’ilin every Friday stages a riot at the Security Fence where rocks, Molotov cocktails and other incendiaries are thrown as Israeli soldiers. She called these riots demonstrations and declared them “nonviolent”. then said she never attends them physically herself because she is scared of the violence that goes on only from the Israeli police.

Baum then explained the three purposes of her movement and BDS: The first one was Repression which she explained was Israel’s need to control the population in the West Bank. She complained that security companies in the West Bank were profiting from the occupation and this was why the “occupation” would not end (no mention of Arab terror attacks on Israelis or the recent murder of an Israeli father of four on the highways which is an almost weekly occurrence). Baum displayed a photo of a section of the Security Fence that comprises large security walls and towers around Jerusalem but is really only about three per cent of the entire fence that is mostly barbed wire. The fence in the photo was set up to block sniper shots into the Jewish neighborhood of Gilo in Jerusalem from the surrounding hills. Nobody in the audience would know
this and apparently Baum didn’t want them to. Attempts to raise this information denied and referred to the 2x 4 cards to be answered “later.”

Baum explained her own history as beginning with the anarchist lesbian group Black Laundry is Israel. She elicited giggles from audience as she explained “funny” things her group would do in near weekly demonstrations against the Israeli military.  None of her audience would have known that just for being lesbian in a Palestinian state she would subject to murder, let alone practice her sexual orientation openly as in Israel, nor that homosexuals in the PA routinely flee to Israel for refuge. She described Black Laundry as “the first time part of a huge nonviolent movement that was facing a very violent Israeli military” had done anything.” She continued, “being a nonviolent activist, I don’t’ like violence” (yet she had no qualms about stopping the Israeli military that protects Israelis from violence).

Baum next tied Israeli security companies, some that do business in the US because Israel profits from US subsidies. She declared this was  done to provide Israel with free security products.

It was at this point that Baum also began explicitly lying in her presentation, not just omitting facts for an unknowing audience she and Zunes hoped to recruit. She displayed a photograph of Ofer Prison in the West Bank where the military and police incarcerate terrorists or violent rioters. She described it as “a very terrible prison for Palestinian “political prisoners.” She later said that she had never been inside or toured the prison herself nor that Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s system routinely earn even Master’s degrees and PhD’s while in prison at the expense of the Israeli taxpayer.

She described the administrative courts near the prison and accused Israel of arresting “13 year-old kids dragged from their houses in the middle of the night” and brought there.” Nobody in the audience would know these are the same rock throwers who attack Israelis on the highways and at riots such as in Bi’lin.” The implication was
that Israeli police just raid homes for no reason at all.

She objected to an unmanned robot vehicle Israel builds and uses that patrols the border urging the manufacturer be boycotted. She talked of Caterpillar and Rachel Corrie and Gaza and told the audience Israel routinely bulldozes homes with people in them. She falsely claimed the Israelis just pull up to civilian homes for no reason and give the occupants only a few moments to flee. “if you are very old or unlikely you die.” This was blatant lying. Home demolitions only are used to destroy homes that were used as bomb factories or homes of suicide bombers and they are not random.

Settlements was her second issue she said “because  they are illegal”…She said that since WWI international law consensus was it’s not a good idea to let states hold onto what they occupy of other countries in a war, because it leads to later wars. She never told her audience that Jewish settlements were in the West Bank and Gaza  before the war in 1948. She claims to cite international law by the 4th Geneva convention which states no state can take over another country’s land by force. “Such occupation it says must be temporary until agreement reached over time.” But this is exactly what Israel has been doing  all along Baum has no international law degree nor is the Geneva Accords even applicable as it only is between established states that are signatories to the accords. There was no Palestinian state in 1967 and the West Bank and Gaza were Jordan and Egypt who ceded the land to Israeli control after the war, in essence dumped the Palestinian population in Israel’s lap.

She complained Israel held land 44 years without mentioning the “3 no’s” announced by the Arab League after the ’67 war: “No negotiations, no peace, no Israel. The settlements she claimed are illegal by international law but again they are not since UN Resolution 242 of the UN allowed Israel to regain land lost in 1948 as part of a negotiated peace settlement and final borders. “We have the law on our side,” she said but the audience would never know she was referring to kangaroo courts that routinely find fault with anything dominated by totalitarian regimes that condemn anything a democracy like Israel does. Baum is not an expert in
international law.

Baum then mentioned Israeli companies the BDS movement was targeting such as Lev Leviev. She showed photos of activists picketing the store in New York and crowed how successful they were, that they had allegedly getting his company to stop building settlements in the West Bank.”This is a huge victory for a small group singing and dancing in New York.

Her third issue was “Land Exploitation” she said as she accused Israeli companies of  exploiting “cheap land.”. ”Why is it cheap?” she asked the audience. An MSA student blurted out “It’s stolen!” “Right!” she replied.  In fact, land taken by Israel for industrial uses or settlements is only former government land that belonged to the Jordanian government or Egypt’s. No private property of Palestinians is taken. Baum directly lied to the audience suggesting Israel just takes Palestinian private homes for its own use, taken with no legal
recourse.

Baum specifically targets the Ahava Company in the West Bank that makes cosmetics from Dead Sea mud boasting that the BDS campaign had forced the closure of the Ahava store in London . The audience would never know that the store closed not because people boycotted Ahava products but because BDS activists prevented the surrounding stores from doing any business so the landlord refused to renew Ahava’s
lease due to riots.

Again, playing international lawyer, Baum accused Israel of conducting “pillage” for selling mud. Israel employs Arabs in the West Bank, and is trying to set up an independent Palestinian state that applauds murdering Jews and repeatedly says it will take over all of Israel, but the Jews are responsible for pillage.

Baum also attacked Soda Stream, boasting how BDS activists got the. European Court of Justice to force them from saying Made in Israel on their products because their factory was in the West Bank. “You should educate people about that” she said, ”the most important category is exploitation of resources and the
Palestinian labor. At this point Professor Zunes recommended a film called the Bottomline about corporate exploitation of blacks in South Africa under apartheid. This was another false allusion to apartheid South Africa.

“Maybe you should have a training night one night where you can screen this film,” said Baum,” It shows how corporations supported the S. Africa apartheid regime” and she suggested this scenario be used to attack Israel.

A training night? For an academic lecture?

“Try and find something around you that connect to the crimes in Palestine. And try to find something you can do over here that will influence the bottom line over there…..you can be effective.”She urged students to … “ want  to know how I am implicated,  how products I buy are related to ‘crimes’ over there.   Not
to make them feel guilty but to make a difference.”

She concluded with a swipe at Ariel Sharon who decided to build the Security Fence and said that years of Likud governments had exploited the West Bank. She made no mention of the horrendous bus bombings and terror attacks and murders of Israelis, may paid for by the late Saddam Hussein for the PLO and other
Palestinian terror groups that necessitated the fence, nor how terror attacks dropped 97% since its installation.

I raised my hand at the conclusion and to ask Prof. Zunes if I could ask him a question about bringing in a lecturer who could show how many falsehoods were just presented….Zunes replied I should fill out a 2 x4 card with my question for the question and answer session that was now to begin. I did so and handed him the card with my business card.  Baum took all the 2 x 4 cards and each time she came on a question by a pro-Israel member of the audience she simply said, “I don’t want to answer this question.” She then answered questions that only supported what she said earlier, ignoring any questions that might elicit discussion. Zunes ignored my question.

Threatened with arrest… for daring to ask a question?

When the event broke up I approached Zunes at the front of the room and politely asked him, “Professor Zunes, you didn’t answer my question. Can I bring in a lecturer to lend balance to what was presented to your students here tonight?”

“You’re a liar!” Zunes screamed at me. A plainclothes security guard from USF stood next to me and threatened to handcuff me and throw me out of the room if I did not leave immediately. I asked the guard, “What? For asking him a question? He’s the one who is yelling.” I left. A complaint to the Administration with
recording and eyewitness by me the next day was only stonewalled.

This is the state of Middle East Studies at the University of San Francisco. Welcome to 1933 where students are taught to boycott, divest from and sanction Jewish businesses and it passes as an “academic lecture.” Reverend Privett should be proud of upholding the tradition on the Jesuit campus.