Saturday, April 19, 2014

USA Today: Tel Aviv is the world's #1 Beach town

Its enough to make Jerusalem blush.

Via USA today

Matador Network's new travel guide, 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die, features hilarious-yet-useful advice, stunning photography and plenty of fun destination ideas. But the section on beaches stands out. As the book's editor, David Miller, says, "There's an innate sensuality to being in the sun, being by the water. Of wearing less (no?) clothes. Swimming, surfing, diving. Eating local food." Here, Matador shares their ultimate beach-party bucket list with USA TODAY, so raise your glass and take a tour of the 15 best beaches for a rockin' good time:

And the number 1 spot belongs to Tel Aviv, Israel
Israel's financial hub sure knows how to throw a party. Business licensing is lax here, which means there's always a new hotspot on the scene, with new clubs sometimes literally popping up overnight. News spreads on the beach, so skip the recommendations in the guidebook and catch a few rays while chatting up some locals to find where the pulse is beating that night.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pharell Williams' "Happy" the Gaza Concentration camp edition

Variations of Pharell Williams' feel-good anthem  "Happy"  have been going viral all over Youtube.  Nearly 800 different versions of Williams' song have been uploaded to Youtube from over 90 countries. Check out the latest- the Gaza Concentration camp edition.  Note the broad boulevards, the swimming pools, discotheques, and the fully stocked grocery stores. 

This is Gaza, the world's largest open air prison.



Incidentally, the Tel Aviv version of  "Happy" was chosen by  Pharrell Williams for use in the UN’s  second International Day of Happiness.

 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yet Another Gaza Work Accident

Oops.

From Ma'an

Three Palestinian men were killed and four others injured in an explosion in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, medical sources said.

A spokesman of the Hamas-run Gaza ministry of health told Ma’an that the circumstances behind the explosion were not clear.

Ashraf al-Qidra added that ambulances evacuated two dead men and one critically injured person. The third victim was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived at the European Hospital in Kahn Younis.

Eight others sustained minor wounds caused by shrapnel. They were in stable condition.

Hamas sources told Ma'an that the victims were members of the group's al-Qassam Brigades militant wing, and were killed while preparing explosive devices.

They were identified as Rami Mishmish, Yousif Thabit and Abu Ashour Hajji.

Yousif Thabit: a fine upstanding citizen

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Code Pink apologists attempt to spin Medea Benjamins' Caterpillar investments

As the co-founder of Global Exchange and Code Pink , Medea Benjamin is at the forefront of the BDS movement except apparently, when it interferes with her own opportunities for financial gain.  As  Medea Benjamin is confronted by her peers regarding her foundations' investments in Caterpillar the explanation  spin has taken some curious routes.

Via Twitter:
In this discussion, Benjamin Doherty 's (@bandpound)  protected tweets seem to imply that this was  a strategy to allow Medea to vote at Caterpillar shareholder conferences, but that assertion is challenged by  Daniel Shunra, who asserts that the $120,000 investment is beyond what is needed to vote.


Alli McCraken, one of Medea's employees at Code Pink claimed that the investment was a holdover from the days when Medea's father ran the Foundation

Financial disclosure forms indicate that Susan Medea Benjamin was in control of the Benjamin foundation from at least 2009, so no, Alli.  Nice try, though.

Liars and hypocrites clearly need to spend more time fine-tuning their back-stories.  

Incidentally, the 2012 990s  for the Benjamin  Foundation no longer list Caterpillar as an asset, but  holdings in Intel and General Electric, also touted as "complicit in the occupation"  remain.

The take-home lesson from this episode?   For at least some  "progressive" ideologues,  profit trumps politics.  Medea Benjamin is a true 1 per-center


Saturday, April 12, 2014

The racism of the Israel haters

Chloé Simone Valdary is an undergraduate at the University of New Orleans and founder of the Allies of Israel Association. This thoughtful and determined young woman has been subject to a barrage of vicious and racist attacks by members of the so-called “progressive “ movement because she defies their expectation of political correctness and is an avowed supported of Israel

 The attacks on Chloe are documented by Anthony Hardy Williams,  the Democratic whip of the Pennsylvania State Senate. His father, Hardy Williams, worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr.  In his piece in The New York Post , The racism of the Israel-haters he writes that the attacks on Chloe  represent “a deeply troubling trend in an anti-Israel movement that goes way beyond honest criticism of Israeli policy to dehumanize and vilify Israel, Israelis and anyone who supports the Jewish state” he condemns the silence of the progressive community in condemning this abject racism, writing “ As a civil-rights activist and leader in the African-American community, I’m exceptionally disturbed to discover that the response to this attack on Valdary has been subdued, almost nonexistent”

Writing about Seattle blogger Richard Silverstein’s notorious comment “They finally did it: found a Negro Zionist: Uncle Tom is dancin’ for joy!”, Williams says
The attacks from his allies are offensive enough, but Silverstein’s racial slurs are beyond the pale. And his river of hate continued to flow, as he called this young African-American woman a “house slave” and said the “Israel Lobby is her Master.” His racist intent with such loaded language could hardly be more clear.

For many in the African-American community, the phrase “Uncle Tom” is as bad as, if not worse than, the N-word. The pejorative has historically been used against African-Americans seen as subservient to oppressive whites.

Few words could be more hurtful, especially from a Caucasian man publicly castigating a young African-American woman.

I’ve seen this too many times before: a supposed “progressive” stepping on the backs of African-Americans, then walking away as if the pain he’s inflicted is different from that caused by any other racist. Why should such hate speech go unchallenged, just because it’s cloaked as criticism of Israel?

Anthony Hardy Williams concludes
So while Chloé Simone Valdary continues to fight for Israel, let all good people denounce Silverstein’s racism and stand with her. This is doubly true for liberal Americans, who have so long stood for rooting out hatred, discrimination and bigotry. They should make clear that they believe in these things just as strongly when it comes to the subject of Israel.
The racial slurs and personal attacks against Chloe have only served to strengthen her resolve and commitment. She knows, as do we all that the words of Socrates still ring with truth 'When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.'

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Students for Justice in Palestine exploit Passover holiday to push their agenda

Because they can't win on a level playing field, the Students for Justice in Palestine have called for an anti-Israel day of action during Passover, when Jewish students will be celebrating with family and friends. Its cowardly and manipulative, and its just what we've come to expect from them.

Via StandWithUs

(Los Angeles, CA -- April 10, 2014) -- StandWithUs condemns Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) for planning an anti-Israel “Day of Action” during the important Jewish holiday of Passover, on April 16th. According to SJP's advertisement of this event, their actions will include promoting anti-Israel divestment resolutions in student governments, along with other public propaganda initiatives. Holding this event during Passover is insulting and culturally insensitive at best. 


“This is yet another example of how anti-Israel activists are afraid to be challenged by those who disagree with them, and prefer to silence or marginalize opposing voices instead. Many Jewish students will not have the opportunity to make their voices heard because they will be away from campus with their families, or otherwise preoccupied because of the holiday,” observed StandWithUs National Campus Director, Brett Cohen. 


Based on previous behavior, we expect SJPs at numerous campuses to exploit the Passover holiday by attempting to launch secret divestment campaigns. In 2012 the UC Students Association passed a surprise anti-Israel resolution during Rosh Hashanah. Jewish and pro-Israel student organizations were not notified in advance or given any opportunity to raise concerns about the issue. At Loyola University of Chicago, UC Riverside, and Arizona State University divestment legislation was introduced using similar underhanded tactics. These were all transparent attempts by SJP to abuse the democratic process, prevent real debate, and silence the voices of pro-Israel students. We urge all students and people of conscience to stand against SJP's corrupt methods and bigoted propaganda.

(Thanks to Avi Mayer)
                                                

Multi Millionaire BDS'er Medea Benjamin is a shareholder of Caterpillar


The anti-Israel movement is built upon a fragile foundation of lies, omissions and hypocrisy. Shake it just a bit, it comes crumbling down. Wait for the dust to clear- you’ll be surprised at what’s revealed.

Recently Max Samarov revealed that a professional agitator, Dalit Baum was the author of the Loyola divestment referendum. Rather than being a student led, student organized and student written initiative, it was the work of a paid operative.

Dalit Baum is currently working for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Previously, she was the director of “Economic Activism for Palestine” working for Medea Benjamin’s Global Exchange. There is no indication Dalit used her position to give micro loans to Palestinians to build businesses and grow their economy. In Progressive-speak, “economic activism” means just one thing- BDS.

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of Global Exchange. Wearing her Code Pink hat, she was front and center at the occupy movement, bemoaning the influence of the 1%. Yet both her and her colleague Jodie Evans are 1 percenters, who toy with their activists like true puppetmasters. Read how they set up and then abandoned their activists here

In spite of her populist rhetoric, Medea Benjamin controls the assets of a foundation worth 12 million dollars.

    

 
 
What does the Benjamin Foundation (Id # 84-1618483) spend its funds on?  Just what you’d expect. Extremist groups like Code Pink and JVP. Agitprop sites like Mondoweiss and Democracy now.  Thats not a surprise. However, this might be.

Where does Medea Benjamin invest her money?   In classic "Do as I say, not as I do" mode Medea's money is working hard for her in Intel, General Electric, and wait for it...Caterpillar. All objects du rage for the BDS cru. Apparently divestment does not begin at home.





Medea Benjamin may be fabulously wealthy, but she is as morally bankrupt and fundementally dishonest as the rest of the BDS cru.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Another articulate friend of Palestine

From Sussex Friends of Israel:

Presenting a well reasoned intelligent advocate for the Palestinian people.



First they ignore you.
Then they laugh at you.
Then they fight you.
Then they have hysterical manic breakdowns.
Then you win.

BDS: Hardly a grassroots movement.

There is more "Lets pretend" going on in the BDS movement than in the Magic Kingdom. With Palestinians thrilled to work at Sodastream, happy to buy and sell Israeli products, perfectly fine riding Veolia's  Jerusalem light rail, this "Palestinian civil society" we hear so much about seems as real as Cinderella's fairy godmother.  Also in the realm of fairy tales is the claim that BDS is a grassroots movement.

In the Times of Israel, Max Samarov exposes yet another dark and dirty secret regarding BDS on campus. Its not a student led initiative- the author of the Loyola divestment resolution was a paid BDS operative.

Max writes:

On Tuesday, April 1st, Students for Justice in Palestine presented the Loyola student government with an anti-Israel divestment resolution. But what they neglected to mention was that they didn’t write the legislation themselves. It turned out that the real author was Dalit Baum, a major leader in the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Baum is not a student or faculty member of Loyola or any North American university. She is a paid operative working to co-opt student governments into following the BDS Movement’s malicious, anti-Israel agenda. And if she is writing resolutions for one school, it is likely that she is writing them for others as well.

Professional anti-Israel activist Dalit Baum drafted the Loyola BDS resolution

Dalit Baum is locally well known as an anti-Israel activist. Formerly the "Director of Economic Activism for Palestine" at Medea Benjamin's Global Exchange, she is now working for the American Friends Service Committee. She'll also be a camp counselor at the JVP divestment camp this summer.

You may remember Dalit from the attack on Cliff's,  our beloved local hardware store or from showing up in her pajamas to protest a FIDF fundraiser.

Paid propagandists aren't just a local phenomenon.

 From Arutz Sheva:

Are Israel's leftists pure ideologues or guns for hire? Yotam Feldman, who was born into the leftist camp – his father is liberal lawyer Avigdor Feldman – believes the latter.

In a Hebrew language post at the "Eretz HaEmori" blog, Feldman says that in his life, he has witnessed how Israel's "human rights movement" became a source of income for its activists. He relates how his father's old Subaru "gradually turned" into a BMW, and how the family moved from a rented apartment in Yafo to a spacious Tel Aviv apartment. "


Feldman continues:

"It is a well known but seldom stated fact that a very large part of the leftist activists in Tel Aviv earn their salaries in different ways from the human rights branch. Many of the prominent – and often most vocal – activists in the demonstrations are paid spokespeople, PR people, producers and organizers and of course, lawyers who man the tip of the pyramid in these groups."

"This is a pretty confusing situation because when you are standing in a demonstration or even just engaging in idle talk, it is not clear if the person next to you is expressing his opinion as a result of inner conviction or as an inseparable part of his job…"
 No, its not quite as "grass roots" as the anti-Israel activists would have you believe. It never has been.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Welcome to Pallywood. Land Day Edition

Welcome to Pallywood.

The star of our show, filmed on "Land day" March 30, is a Palestinian woman. While the men surround her, cameras ready,  she attacks an Israeli officer. There is nothing spontaneous about this- its completely planned and staged.


 She tries to steal a weapon from the young officer

Eventually, she provokes a reaction, and is pepper sprayed. This was her goal.
 


How does the mass media present this story?  This photo, by AP photographer Sebastian Scheiner is typical. It is captioned " A Palestinian woman reacts after Israeli border police officers sprayed pepper spray during a demonstration marking the Land Day at the Damascus gate in Jerusalem's old city, Sunday, March 30, 2014"

Deliberately, or through negligence AP missed a whole lot of context there, giving free reign for the propagandists to talk about the brutality of Israel


Joseph Dana of +972 -Not a real journalist

Joseph Dana, a "journalist" from +972 Magazine would be well served reading the Society of Professional Journalists Code Of Ethics

Via Israel Matzav

Journalist Joseph Dana, known in the Twitterverse as @IbnEzra, has been found guilty of interfering with the security forces in the course of carrying out their duties for throwing rocks during a demonstration at Nebi Salah in October 2010 (link in Hebrew).

On October 24, 2010, there as a demonstration of 'Palestinians,' 'internationals' and Israelis in Nebi Saleh in Samaria. One of the policemen saw Dana and someone named Yuval Oron throwing stones at the security forces. The two were arrested half an hour later for activity designed to prevent the police from fulfilling their legal duties, for participating in an illegal demonstration in a manner that disturbed the peace and instilled fear in the public.



Dana's excuse? 
He claimed that he was a journalist. 
He's not.
To Joseph Dana- if you are actively participating in an action, you are neither neutral nor objective, and any  "reporting" you do needs to be seen through the lens of your bias. You are a propagandist, plain and simple  Will +972 or Mondoweiss continue to publish Dana's reports?  I have no doubt that they will-  because to the anti-Israel cru, this has never been about presenting truth- its about promoting a one sided and twisted agenda

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Death of Yousef Shawamrah

Welcome to Pallywood



On March 19 Yousef Shawamrah was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers after vandalizing the security barrier. His two companions were arrested.

In this latest variation of Pallywood, the photos circulating on social media  and Palestinian agitprop sites show Yousef as a young boy.  This is no accident. Its a  deliberate and shamelessly manipulative attempt to illicit sympathy.  Reports from a variety of sources describe Yousef as being anywhere from 14 to 19.


Here is a  more current photo of Yousef Shawamrah

Interestingly enough, Arutz Sheva identifies Yousef as 19 years old, not 14 or 15 as  reported in the Palywood media.

 IDF soldiers shot and killed a local Arab resident near Hevron on Wednesday, as he attempted to breach Israel's security fence with two accomplices.
Earlier today three suspects sabotaged the security fence in Deir al-Asal al-Tahta, southwest of Hevron," an IDF spokeswoman told AFP. After the three ignored soldiers' warnings to leave, as well as warning shots in the air, soldiers "fired towards the lower extremities of the main instigator.

 The man was evacuated to the Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva in critical condition, but died of his wounds shortly thereafter.

 The 19-year-old was identified as Yousef Nayif Yousef Shawamrah Abu Akar, from the village of Deir al-Asal al-Fouqa, located south of Hevron in the Judea region, reports Ma'an News Agency.
 Al- Qassam also confirms that Yousef was 19

Israeli  occupation forces shot dead  a Palestinian youth near the Apartheid Wall in al-Ramadin neighborhood to the south of the West Bank city of  Al Khalil.

 Local sources reported that Yousuf Nayif Yousef Shawamrah Abu Akar,19,  from Deir al-Asal village in Dura town was on his way to the pre-1948 Palestine when the Israeli troops  shot him dead, the IOF seized his body.

 He added that the Israeli forces have yet to deliver his body.

 A state of tension prevailed in the area after the death of the youth, according to witnesses.
 Israeli sources claimed that Abu Akar was shot after he tried to pass through the Apartheid Wall
Several weeks after his death, its still unclear what exactly transpired. Whats crystal clear however is how the opponents of peace are manipulating information in an effort to paint Israel in the worst possible light. Truth always takes a back seat in Pallywood.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

JVP Attempts to get its Foot in the Door at UCLA

Jewish Voice for Peace is desperately trying to expand its reach into college campuses. If you were JVP and were anxiously trying to scrap a foothold into UCLA, where would you do your recruiting?

Yep.  You guessed it. The group most compatible with JVP's narrow focus is none other than Students for Justice in Palestine.

The Students for Justice in Palestine website is now promoting and recruiting for Jewish voice for Peace members- among its own ranks. Adding insult to injury, their meeting place of choice is Hillel's own kosher cafe.

And again, in glorious close-up



Jewish Voice for Peace is attempting to create a subset of SJP members to provide cover and legitimacy when the antisemitism of the SJP's agenda is exposed..  And yes, denying the Jewish people the right to self determination is anti-Semitic.

We've seen this phenomenon before . Its been dubbed "Jew-washing"

From the Jewish press

"There is nothing heroic or brave about Jews giving a “kosher hechsher” to movements and ideologies such as BDS that seek to undermine the right of the Jewish people to sovereign equality.  Let us call this activity by its rightful name: Jew-washing, and give priority to countering strategically and consistently its deceitful methods and destructive intent."

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Military Drills in Gaza via Media Town

Its not about kids throwing rocks.  Thats a myth.



The reality is quite different.  The Gaza military forces are armed and trained by Iran.

The following is footage of a military graduation ceremony  in the Gaza Strip


Time to Apply for JVP's BDS Boot camp


Last year's  JVP organized BDS boot camp was held in New York.  This year- lucky us- it will be in Northern California.

 
Because "Jewish" Voice for Peace is Jewish in name only, last years' happy campers were offered Ramadan accommodations, but not kosher food.  Marketing- its all about knowing your audience.
 
The JVP announcement follows:
Jewish Voice for Peace and the American Friends Service Committee are excited to host the 2014 BDS Summer Institute: A 5 day Student Leadership Training (SLT)!

August 10-14 in Northern California

Application deadline: May 1


Cost: $125, Receive $25 off if you apply now! Registration does not include travel costs. Travel scholarships are available.

The SLT is a five day intensive program  focused on building skills for divestment campaigns. It will be co-led by student participants and BDS movement leaders, including Rahim Kurwa of SJP-UCLA, Dalit Baum of AFSC, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support, Jewish Voice for Peace, and others. Student participants will have the opportunity to share their skills and act as peer mentors. 

The SLT is for student activists who wants to deepen their skills at:
* Building the base of support on campus for BDS!
* Researching corporate targets and university endowments!
* Fine-tuning your messaging!
*Growing & sustaining your group for the long haul!
Whether you are considering launching a campaign in the future, or are on your way to a victory, we invite you to apply to the 2014 BDS Summer Institute!

  Apply here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PGB9N5L
 Speaking at Stanford University in May 2013, Rebecca Vilkomerson JVP’s executive director said,
I think part of our job as the Jewish wing of the [Palestinian solidarity] movement, is to facilitate conversations inside the Jewish community… So, I think it’s very important to think sort of how we plan a wedge.  So, I think that the more and more we can sort of put that wedge in, saying the Jewish community’s not agreeing on these issues, the more we’ll make progress.”
Last years trained organizers have been floundering a bit.  Just tonight, the University of New Mexico SJP team led by JVP trained Danya Mustafa failed to pass a divestment resolution at their school.  Back to Summer school for you, Danya- learn to fine tune that message! (easy hint to remember- the key is saying "Zionist"  and not "Jew")

 

Monday, March 31, 2014

The ISM: Now Recruiting Human shields

The discredited and disgraced International Solidarity Movement is looking for their newest Rachel Corrie  


If you've got a hankering to be used , abused and even sacrificed by terror supporters, this is your chance. Training will be held (where else?) in Berkeley.

The head of the Northern California International Solidarity movement Paul Larudee has been under fire recently by his anti-Israel peers, who have accused him of everything from financial impropriety, to political showboating.  He has been kept at arms length by those alarmed by his allegiance to Iran, his support of violence as well as his ties to notorious anti-Semite Gilad Atzmon. Its not clear whether the disagreement is truly philosophical in nature,  or if its simply politically expedient to distance oneself from those with clear ties to terror.

Paul has been desperately trying to recapture  a place for himself in the anti-Israel movement  Its hard to feel sorry for Larudee,  who helped organize the failed Flotilla, and the failed Global March to Jerusalem

Deppen Webber Feroze Mithiborwala Paul Larudee and "Sparrow"

Will anyone (besides us) show up to the Berkeley ISM training on June 4th?  We'll let you know.  ; - )

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Revolting Race-Baiting By Extremist Jewish Voice for Peace

Race-baiting. Could this possibly be a new low for extremist Jewish Voice for Peace?

From the JVP facebook page:


A bit of background on JVP's declared intention, via NGO Monitor:

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is a U.S.-based organization, which views itself as the “Jewish wing” of the Palestinian solidarity movement.  Though JVP regards the organized Jewish community as its “enemy” and “opponent,” it nonetheless demands a seat at the communal table.  The strategy, as stated by JVP’s executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson, is to create “a wedge” within the American Jewish community to generate the impression of polarization over Israel.  The tactic is to dilute support for Israel in the Jewish community, toward the goal of reducing or eliminating the United States government’s economic, military, and political support for Israel.
 JVP stands shoulder to shoulder with conspiracy theorists


They provide cover for the anti-Semites who chant "Zionist Scum your time has come" at JVP sponsored events.

They conspire to silence points of view that dispute their limited vision.

They promote events with anti-Semites

They bastardize and belittle  traditional Jewish rituals and practices

They accept  membership from those who exploit and degrade the Jewish people

Hassan Fouda. Egyptian activist, JVP member and contributor. Not a Jew

It is rather far afield for an organization that claims to represent "Jewish values"



Ali Oops: Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah shows his ignorance again

From the  Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah:  Is Ali all atwitter because Israel's Arrow missile defense system has the potential to save Israeli lives?


 Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah shows his ignorance


What Ali describes as "teaching hate and violence"  at Israel Science Day in Rabin Square is in reality the Arrow Weapon System - Israel's national missile defense system.  The  Arrow defense system  is designed to track  and disable into missiles above the earth's atmosphere, high enough to disable chemical, biological or nuclear warheads safely.  Arrow is designed to save lives, Ali.  You run a website about the Middle East.  Its time to get up to speed on some basic facts.

If Ali Abunimah  really cared about teaching "hate and violence", you'd think he'd have said something about the latest public art in Gaza.

Its a life-size model of a large  M75 rocket with a range of up to 75 miles. These rockets were launched at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012.

Palestinian militants of Hamas armed wing Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades stand in front of a model of an M75 rocket at al-Jalaa Square on March 10, 2014 in Gaza City (AFP Photo/Mahmud Hams )

 The words of peace that accompanied this fine bit of Palestinians public art:

“Hamas managed to take the battle to the heart of the Zionist entity (Israel) after developing its rocket system, succeeding where many Arab armies had failed.”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Loyola Student president vetoes Israel Divestment Bill

On Wednesday, March 24, Pedro Guerrero, the president of the  Unified Student Government Association of Chicago's Loyola University  vetoed a divestment bill that had been passed the previous night. The full text of his statement follows:



Thank you, Pedro, for this brave and principled stand.

True to form,  the Students for Just us in Palestine nonetheless declared this a "victory" . President of SJP and USGA senator Nashiha Alam stated, "we still see this as a victory and a step in the right direction."

Divestment Hearings: Loyola and University of Michigan

If you ever needed any proof that BDS is a violently divisive, intimidating and disrespectful thing to thrust on a campus, you need look no further than on twitter and in the live feed of the divestment hearings at Loyola and at the University of Michigan.

There were insults: (Zizi is short for zio-nazi)

 There was classic antisemitism



 There was race-baiting and general misogyny

And there was no attempt to achieve consensus or mutual understanding
In the week prior to the hearing at U Michigan, pro-Israel students on campus were taunted with racial epithets, threatened and harassed.  Fearing for their safety, the student council chose to vote by secret ballot, and overwhelmingly defeated the resolution by a margin of 25-9.

The Loyola United Student Government Association voted March 18 to call on the university to divest from eight companies The vote on a measure proposed by the Loyola chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine passed 26-0 with two abstentions. SJP had 8 representatives on the council, and pro-Israel students were not given the opportunity to formulate a response.

From JNS:

Brett Cohen, a Loyola University alumnus and National Campus Program Director with StandWithUs, told JNS.org that the divestment resolution was introduced suddenly “using undemocratic tactics and no debate or opposition.”

“Students for Justice in Palestine introduced the bill without warning at the meeting, precisely to prevent debate. The BDS movement often relies on these unseemly political maneuvers to force through their agenda, which shows that they are afraid to debate this issue on its merits,” he said.

Cohen added, “The student government was hoodwinked by a movement which is openly against coexistence and a two state solution, and seeks the destruction of Israel.”
The resolution was reintroduced, and  last night, after hours of debate, narrowly passed by a vote of 12-10 with nine abstentions 
 
Today, Pedro Guerrero, the president of the United Student Government Association (USGA) at Chicago’s Loyola University, vetoed the  resolution, writing,
 " ...the undemocratic way in which the resolution was introduced, the harm the resolution caused to the Loyola University community, and the fact that divestment and socially responsible investment are two separate issues which the resolution conflated.
 “This legislation was framed in a manner that infers socially responsible divestment in a vacuum,”  “If we want to enact change, we must understand that our university will respond to a broad coalition of student concern, not an isolated one.”
Its been a good week for the forces of truth, justice and democracy.