Taking On Students for Justice in Palestine at Columbia

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Taking aim at Columbia University for allowing their campus to be used for the conference, Glenn Richter, former chairman of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry movement and the current director of Amcha — CJC, said, “This university has a long and shameful tradition of anti-Semitic policies, dating back over 70 years ago when brave students protested against the pro-Nazi policies of the institution’s heavy-handed president, Nicholas Murray Butler. Butler then had a leader of the protests expelled. Today we are here protesting against a different form of racist ideology, commonly known as Islamo-fascism.”

Calling the members of SJP “Islamo-Fascists For An Arab Only Palestine,” the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam issued a flyer declaring that the motivation for the conference was predicated on “bigotry, violence and genocide against the Jewish people.”  Dr. Marvin Belsky, a retired New York City physician and spokesman for HRCARI, said, “In Israel, Christians, Muslims and gays have full human rights, protection and dignity. Arabic and Hebrew are the official languages and Arabs who comprise over 1.2 million citizens serve in government, as well as assuming positions as judges, doctors, ambassadors and police and Israel remains a refuge for the world’s oppressed from Asia to Africa.”

Larry Domnitch, a prolific author, academic and historian, said he came “to express my support for Israel in the face of so much misinformation that is being disseminated on this campus and others as well. In a few weeks will be the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration which expressed the inherent and historical right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel. 94 years later that right is still being contested.”

Julian Rappaport, one of the demonstrators engaging with passers-by at the university’s gate, contended that the anti-Israel conference inside was not an expression of free speech, but “to give only one, incorrect side of the picture. Columbia has the responsibility to be more critical of what’s going on.” During a heated confrontation with an SJP member, who called for “the complete obliteration of the racist Zionist entity,” Mr. Rappaport was arrested by police for allegedly kicking the student and was charged with disorderly conduct. He was released soon thereafter and returned to the demonstration.

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  • Pathena

    "Julian Rappaport, one of the demonstrators engaging with passers-by at the university’s gate, contended that the anti-Israel conference inside was not an expression of free speech, but “to give only one, incorrect side of the picture. Columbia has the responsibility to be more critical of what’s going on.” "
    Julian Rappaport is wrong, the anti-Israel conference is an expression of free speech. So is the pro-Israel opposition, which should have a pro-Israel conference.
    Note that the "Students for Justice in Palestine" do not even know that the name "Palestine" has been synonymous with "land of the Jews" or "the Holy Land" (Jesus having been a Jew) since the Roman Emperor Hadrian changed the name of Judea to Palestina in 135 A.D., after he had defeated the last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba. That is why the Palestine Mandate awarded to Great Britain after World War I was to be the "homeland of the Jews."
    The phony history and propaganda that Arabs are "Palestinians" is the consequence of two haters of Jews, Egypt and the Soviet Union, having founded the "Palestine Liberation Organization" in Cairo in 1964. The Students for Justice in Palestine have no interest in truth, for the land of Israel is the ancient land of the Jews, going back at least to Abraham.

    • NotaBene

      This silly myth (about Palestine being imposed to punish the Jews) has no basis in fact whatever. I'd love to see a single contemporary writer who mentions it.

      • PAthena

        Why don't you read Roman history, in particular, the history of the Roman Emperor Hadrian?
        See the wording of the Palestine Mandate that was given to Great Britain after World War I, to be the "homeland of the Jews."
        Where do you think that the name "Palestine" cam from?

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    All these pro-Israel geezers look like off-campus activists.

    • NotaBene

      You know what's even funnier, FS? That Amina Fayyid person? She doesn't exist. Arutz Sheva just made her up. Wouldn't surprise me if they invented all the other quotes in the article too.

  • Western Canadian

    Another trite comment from a common jew-hater. Big deal.

  • LindaRivera

    There Never was an Arab country of Palestine. Jerusalem was Never the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in the Jewish Bible, not once in the Koran.

    The inalienable rights of Jews to the Biblical heartland must not be violated! No one is demanding Muslims surrender THEIR top religious areas of Mecca and Medina!

    In 1948, Egypt invaded Gaza, ethnically cleansing all Jews and in 1948, Jordan invaded Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem, ethnically cleansing all Jews.

    In violent opposition to G-D, Muslim Jordan destroyed 58 synagogues in Jerusalem. The jihad is against the Holy One.

    When Israel won the Arab war of aggression in 1967, Jews returned to the areas of their ancestral homeland they had been ethnically cleansed from for 19 years. Anti-Israel propaganda deceitfully calls Jews' legitimate return "occupation".

    Jews have had a continuous presence in physical and spiritual homeland Israel for 4,000 years.

    All Land and Property Stolen from Jews in the 1948 Islamic Invasion Must be Returned!