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Thursday, August 28, 2003

DON'T FORGET ABOUT RUTGERS

"ANTI-SEMITES — rejoice! You have a pal in the New Jersey governor's mansion"
From the New York Post, July 18, by Andrea Peyser:
The Garden State's wimpy chief executive, Jim McGreevey, yesterday placed his stamp of approval on a three-day, anti-Israel hatefest that's scheduled to foul up Rutgers University this fall.

In a twist of logic that could be cooked up only in an ivory tower, then advanced by a pencil-pushing politician, the gov concluded that the way to protect freedom of expression is to turn over a public institution to hate-mongers.

Rutgers is the third university in the nation to play host to the National Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, scheduled for Oct. 10 through 12.

Here's some of what you can expect:

There'll be workshops designed to teach students how to pressure their college administrations to stop investing in companies that do business with Israel.

Also, you'll likely see members of the International Solidarity Movement telling students how they can endanger their lives by serving on the West Bank of Israel as human shields.

"This is America," spokeswoman Kathleen Ellis lectured. "Each of us in this country have the right to express our opinion."

Everyone, apparently, except Jews.

"Not at our conference," said Charlotte Kates, a Rutgers law student organizing the fest with New Jersey Solidarity, when I asked if pro-Israel students would get a chance to rebut the hate speech.

Kates is the young lady who told me that she and her organization see Israel as an "apartheid state" that does not have the right to exist. She reiterated yesterday that she personally supports armed Palestinian resistance, including homicide bombers.

"I condemn $10 billion in U.S. aid [to Israel] this year," she said.
EMAIL CHARLOTTE KATES
CKATES@PEGASUS.RUTGERS.EDU
Fortunately, some in New Jersey are not sitting idly by. Rutgers student Norman Jemal is part of a group now contacting Rutgers' biggest financial donors, urging them to withhold their funds if the conference isn't moved off public property.

The conference "completely crashes the boundaries of freedom of speech," said Jemal. "It will only lead to more anti-Semitism."
A Google search for Rutgers + antisemitism yields 1,110 hits.
With anti-semitism hyphenated, you get 4,230.

Rutgers Jew-Hating Fest has been endorsed by these organizations:
Muslim Student Association at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
New Jersey Solidarity - Activists for the Liberation of Palestine
New York Committee to Defend Palestine
Palestine Action at Union Square
Palestine Solidarity Group - Chicago
Palestine Solidarity Group - Vancouver B.C. Canada
Palestinian American Congress
The Palestinian Council for Justice and Peace - Ramallah, Palestine
Peace and Justice Alliance (Central Washington University)
Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee
Progress Acadamic Group - An-Najah University, Nablus, Palestine
Queers For Peace And Justice
Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT!) (SF Bay Area)
Sacred Roots (SF Bay Area)
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights - Concordia
Students for Corporate Responsibility - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Students for Justice in Palestine -- UC Berkeley
Students for Justice in Palestine -- University of Illinois-Chicago
Students for Social Justice - UIC
Sudanese American Society
UC Berkeley Arab Student Union
Women Against War
. . . I'm sure these organizations would appreciate hearing your free speech about their endorsements of this shonda.