ICYMI: Today’s Roundup

Former Pink Floyd lead singer Roger Waters calls for boycott of Israel. The British musician, who played last in Israel in 2005, toured Jerusalem and Bethlehem and scrawled graffiti on the security barrier that has prevented suicide attacks in Israel since being built. He now is in favor of a cultural boycott of Israel due to the “abhorrent and draconian control that Israel wields of the besieged Palestinians in Gaza…”.

Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is trying to use Israel to help prop up his beleaguered regime.  As international pressure mounts, Gaddafi is claiming his right to violently suppress the uprising against his rule is based on Israel’s right to fight against the Palestinians in Gaza.

Pro-Arab hecklers at Belfast’s Queen’s University threatened Israeli speaker, who had to be rescued by security as his taxi was attacked. A member of the Knesset’s legal department, invited to speak by the law students of the University, was forced to abandon his lecture after Palestinian and Sinn Fein protesters shouted him down. He had to be escorted out by security, the taxi he was in was then attacked by the mob, trying to break the windows.

Thousands of Jewish texts, thought lost during World War II are surfacing in New York. The books, part of a collection in the field of the Science of Judaism, were thought lost, but many were donated to the Leo Baeck Institute where they have been sitting unknown for years.

Jewish student files suit against UC Berkeley over assault by Muslim. The lawsuit claims that the University violated her civil rights when it did not protect her from the attack. The student, who was holding a sign stating Israel Wants Peace, was rammed by a cart pushed by the head of Berkeley’s Students for Justice in Palestine. The suit claims that “physical intimidation and violence were frequently employed as a tactic by SJP and other campus groups in an effort to silence students on campus who support Israel.” SJP is financially supported by the University.