It is 2020, and Antisemitism is alive and well. Just this week, San Francisco State University’s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies (AMED) was planning on featuring a documented Palestinian terrorist in their September 23 event, “Whose Narratives? Gender, Justice, & Resistance: A conversation with Leila Khaled,” It was to be hosted by SFSU professors Rabab Abdulhadi, who has a history of anti-Israel activism, and Tomomi Kinukawa.
Khaled was one of the hijackers on TWA Flight 840 from Rome to Tel Aviv in 1969 and on El Al Flight 219 in 1970 from Amsterdam to New York City. In 2017, she was barred entry to Italy.
At the last hour, Zoom, Facebook and YouTube would not allow their platforms to be used.
What is more alarming is how we got to a place where San Francisco State University thought it was ok to host a terrorist.
WESPAC (Westchester People’s Action Coalition) Foundation is a left-of-center nonprofit that supports advocacy movements for social reformation. Founded in 1974, WESPAC advocates for progressive social change. It is a supporter of the Green New Deal, Strike With Us, and Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS). The Green New Deal has nothing to do with the environment; it is a top-down overhaul approach of our economy to go Socialist. WESPAC is funded by elite Democrats, including cable and media moguls.
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (better known by its acronym, BDS)
is an international campaign to delegitimize the State of Israel as the expression of the Jewish people’s right to national self-determination by isolating the country economically through consumer boycotts, business and government withdrawal of investment, and legal sanctions.
BDS focuses its efforts on left-of-center university campuses, academic organizations, and cultural figures. The movement has limited support from the mainstream center-left.
One of the most prominent BDS victories was the 2013 announcement by noted physicist Steven Hawking that he would not attend an event in Israel honoring then-Israeli President and former Prime Minister and Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres. Hawking had previously attended events in the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China.
BDS activists have targeted academics’ professional associations, seeking to sever ties between American researchers and their Israeli counterparts. In 2013, the American Studies Association passed a resolution boycotting Israel; the decision was repudiated by the ASA’s California and Eastern divisions and led to substantial departures. Opponents of the boycott resolution have sued to have the resolution overturned.
In 2016, the American Anthropological Association narrowly rejected a proposal to boycott Israeli academic institutions. In response to a boycott proposal, the Modern Language Association of America passed a separate resolution, which called for the MLA to “refrain from endorsing the boycott” of Israeli academic institutions.
and that’s why on December 12, 2019 U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order steeped in controversy that seeks to thwart the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and what he and others say is rampant anti-Semitism on college campuses.
The order will change enforcement of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to apply to anti-Semitic discrimination by defining Judaism as a nationality, not a religion. The law currently prohibits “discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.”
It does not explicitly address religion, and Trump said his executive order seeks to allow the federal government to withhold funds to colleges, universities and educational institutions it deems to be hotbeds of anti-Semitism.