Driven to national prominence by Rev. Al Sharpton, the story shocked the nation. In 1987, Tawana Brawley, a 15 year old girl was found lying inside a trash bag, her body smeared with feces, and defaced with racial insults. She claimed she had been raped and kidnapped by a group of white men in N.Y.
A state grand jury later determined that Brawley had fabricated her claims.
Should we be less compassionate towards the victims of hate crimes because of Brawley’s actions? Should we doubt the authenticity of their claims, because once we were fooled ?
Of course not.
Yet a group of extremists, in an open letter to the chancellors of UC Davis have suggested just that, implying that pro Israel activists fabricated the anti-Semitic attack on the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi.
The fringe group of activists, including
Davis Committee for Palestinian Rights
Friends of Sabeel Sacramento Region
Jewish Voice for Peace, Sacramento Chapter
Palestine American League
Palestinian American Congress
Palestine Israel Working Group of Nevada County
Sacramento Area Peace Action
Veterans for Peace Chapter 87
Wellstone Progressive Democratic Club
had the audacity to imply that the vandalism at the Jewish fraternity at UC Davis was self-imposed, writing "the spray painting might have been perpetrated in a deliberate, twisted, effort to discredit the student government action." After all, they claim, it may have happened once before. It’s an egregious and shameful implication, serving only to add insult to injury. With no supporting evidence, this group of extremists has discounted and questioned the veracity of the victims of a hate crime, using this baseless speculation to further their own political agenda. Their final scurrilous appeal to the UC Davis Chancellors ended with the request that the rejection of BDS be rescinded, writing "Finally in this context, we urge you again to reconsider your public rejection of the ASUCD Senate resolution."
Its yet another in a series of shameless attacks on the Davis pro-Israel community, adding insult to injury once more.