“Anti-Defamation League” seems desperate to silence pro-Palestinian voices on US campuses

The ADL has attempted to silence all critics of Israel and all supporters of Palestinian rights, by claiming that opponents of Palestinian displacement are "anti-Semitic"

posted by Citizen Action Monitor, October 17, 2011

“The Anti-Defamation League is at it again. On Wednesday, October 13, the ADL issued its latest report on student activism, trying this time to reframe all work in support of Palestinian human rights as being “anti-Israel”. The ADL report targets pro-Palestinian student groups and warns college presidents they could lose funding for protests.” Kristen Szremski

The above passage is Szremski’s opening to her article, Israel lobby empowers Palestinian solidarity, published by Al Jazeera, October 15, 2011. A slightly edited version of the piece follows with added sub-headings. (To read the full, original report, click on the linked title).

Israel lobby empowers Palestinian solidarity by Kristen Szremski, October 15, 2011

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is at it again.

On Wednesday, October 13, the ADL issued its latest report on student activism, trying this time to reframe all work in support of Palestinian human rights as being “anti-Israel”.

The ADL report targets pro-Palestinian student groups and warns college presidents they could lose funding for protests.

The report, Emerging Anti-Israel Trends and Tactics on Campus, targets Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a national, grassroots nonprofit based near Chicago. Released a few days before the first national SJP conference at Columbia University in New York was set to take place, it accuses SJP chapters of fomenting “anti-Israel” programming on their respective campuses, while charging AMP facilitates the growth and deve­­­­lopment of these students’ groups. All of this combines to create an atmosphere in which Jewish students feel “insecure and unsafe”, the ADL claims. Continue reading

National Day of Action against FBI subpoenas on Tuesday, January 25, 2011‏

[As the US government faces deepening global opposition to its wars of aggression and neo-colonial occupations, it aims its domestic fire at the activists who organize anti-imperialist solidarity with the people’s liberation movements around the world.  Seeking to crush this solidarity, the only way to defeat such repression is to defend those attacked, and intensify the commitment and work for broader, active solidarity.  We urge all to join the actions against FBI subpoenas on January 25!–Frontlines ed.]

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Join the National Day of Action on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

In December 2010, under the direction of U.S. Attorney Patrick
Fitzgerald, the FBI delivered 9 new subpoenas in Chicago to anti-war
and Palestine solidarity activists - bringing the total number of
subpoenaed activists to 23. Patrick Fitzgerald’s office is ordering
the 9 to appear at a Grand Jury in Chicago on January 25.

In response, we are calling for protests across the country and around
the world to show our solidarity. Hundreds of organizations and
thousands of people will be protesting at Federal Buildings, FBI
offices, and other appropriate places, showing solidarity with the 9
newly subpoenaed activists and with all the activists whose homes were
raided by the FBI. Continue reading 

Swedish dockworkers set to boycott Israeli ships and goods after Gaza flotilla attack

Growing worldwide boycotts of Israeli goods and Israel's corporate supporters and investors are being joined by Swedish dockworkers

STOCKHOLM — Swedish dockworkers are set to launch a week-long boycott of Israeli ships and goods to protest Monday’s raid on a Gaza-destined aid flotilla, a union spokesman said Saturday.

Nine activists died after Israeli troops intercepted the convoy. Nearly 700 activists had joined that operation, most of them aboard the lead boat from Turkey that was the scene of the violence.

Peter Annerback, a spokesman for the Swedish Port Workers Union which has around 1,500 members, said workers are urged to refuse handling of Israeli goods and ships during the June 15-24 boycott. Continue reading