Smear Attack Against Israel Defenders at UC San Diego

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Why is that statement hypocritical? On April 18, 2012, SJP members dressed up as Israeli soldiers and conducted a mock “Israeli Check Point” in the middle of the UCSD of campus. It was done to “mock and ridicule” the kind of check points used by Israel in the West Bank to prevent terrorist attacks against civilians. Ironically, this demonstration occurred only four days after UCSD reached an agreement with the federal departments of Justice and Education in the aforementioned Compton Cookout investigation, after which the university promised to maintain an Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination that would receive, investigate and resolve such complaints.

As for The Guardian, it not only scrubbed the offending article from its website, it issued a retraction. In that retraction, we get to the gist of the controversy. “Cohen, who is Jewish, voted against the resolution to divest from companies involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; this undoubtedly plays into this issue, as he says that several people have linked the photo to his background and divestment.” The paper also gave Cohen the opportunity to write an editorial rebuttal.

He minced no words in explaining the motivation behind the original article. “This is clearly a politically motivated attack since I voted against divesting from Israel. Many Council Members accusing me of being racist and demanding for me to be ‘held accountable,’ referenced my vote against divestment. Their libelous accusations are meant to silence my voice. I will not be bullied into silence.”

Tellingly, despite both this retraction and the above video evidence demonstrating that accusations against both men were nothing more than trumped up charges, none of the students involved in either incident have been held responsible in any way for their actions. Furthermore, in an ugly display of bias, a letter condemning the actions of  “a faculty member” who “verbally harassed a student outside of the 4th floor Forum” remains posted on a website sponsored by the San Diego Faculty Association (SDFA), despite Mr. Dubnov’s exoneration. It is signed by Ivan Evans, President; Luis Martin-Cabrera, Vice-President; Adam Burgasser, Jody Blanco, Yen Le Espiritu, Tara Knight, Jin-Kyung Lee and Rosaura Sanchez.

Furthermore, an email received by Front Page signed by Evans and dated March 10, 2012 reveals that the SDFA “st[ood] behind its statement,” which was released prior to any investigation by the administration. In other words, Evans, and the other SDFA members who signed the letter, were more than willing to accept the now-discredited version of the fairy tale spun by the SJP before the facts were known.

Despite his ordeal, Ashton Shahyad Cohen remains optimistic. The senior, who is headed to law school after graduation, closed his rebuttal editorial with the idea that students and faculty at UCSD, “must all maintain a firm commitment to engage in respectful dialogue and put our cultural differences aside.” That’s a wonderful sentiment. Unfortunately, as long as false accusations made by students and supported by faculty members remain beyond reprisal, respectful dialogue and the commitment to put cultural — or more accurately, ideological — differences aside is likely to remain a pipe dream. As for professor Dubnov, the effort by SJP students to smear his name, as well as the continuing effort by SDFA professors to keep that smear alive, is shameful.

UCSD may have an Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination. But until they address the issues outlined here, it remains one in name only.

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  • Unflomp

    Learn the truth about the BDS fascists at pacbi.com

  • oldtimer

    $7000. Free money always finds its way in.

  • Marty

    muslims have very delicate sensitivities and simply are unable to abide anyone who is critical of their death cult's genocidal plans for Jews and western civilization. Divestment in Israel is strictly for anti-semites who champion and are advocates of Jew-hatred and palestinian terrorists. Please consider investment in Israel (as have MIcrosoft and Oracle). I've purchased Caterpillar stock. Its products include bull dozers used by Israelis to destroy homes where terrorists store weapons and missiles to slaughter innocent men, women, and children – what nerve. Caterpillar is one of the divestment targets and I've enjoyed a good return.

  • maria

    muslims use tactic to pose themself as "offended" but in reality they aggressivly offend jews, Christians, Americans overall.
    As PM of Australia said " If you don't want to share our values, you must go to where you came from. We did not invite you but you asked us for being here." Muslims lie contstantly to decept gullible people to promote Islam and when they failed they have no punishment. It is not right. I believe that it should be law for false, fabricated accusation they should be charged by some big money penalty and for the next one such cause their organization should be banned. Let we demand our State Representatives to implement such law to protect American citizens.

  • maria

    I learnt recently that Best Buy is one of the main financial supporter of Hamas tied "CAIR". On the one hand muslims organizations have a link to terrorists islamic Hamas demand BDS agains only one loyall ally Israel in ME and in another hand some US companies support those terrorists Islamic organizations who killing Amnericans, who proclaim "Death to America". Let we boycott Best Buy. Insted to buy there we can buy it in costco, Tigerdirect. com. Amazon.com, Sears, etc. Who don't want that Best Buy use their money to finance 'CAIR" and Hamas can call Best Buy connection with customers branch by ph 612-295-6397 to express our opinion about their connection to Islamists.

    • cjk

      I very much appreciate your effort in bringing to light this truth even on a comment forum .

    • Raymond in DC

      Let's not overstate this. This is not Best Buy "national" or CAIR "national". As I understand it, this is Best Buy in Minneapolis sucking up to the local CAIR office, as Muslims (mostly Somali) are growing in numbers in that locale. It's a classic "suck-up" by folks with few principles.

  • cjk

    The evil hypocrisy of these fiends borders on the incredible. They charge others with the exact crime they commit by falsely charging them fully hoping that their victims will suffer the consequences due the charges.
    When the fiends are found to be guilty of their own charges, nothing is done?
    A lawsuit should be brought against both the students and faculty. This is coming from someone who detests the cult of profit via litigation, but how else to dislodge these creeps from their positions?
    Shame them with the truth?…………Ha, ha, ha, didn't work on the Nazis or Communists either.