Three dozen student and community members gathered in Boalt Hall on October 5 to hear a panel presentation on the launch of a new campaign, Palestine Exception. The name is aptly chosen. Particularly on campus, Palestinians and their supporters have come to regard themselves as exceptional, and above the rules.
Speaking were Liz Jackson of the Palestine Legal Solidarity, a branch of the Center for Constitutional research (CCR) that offers free legal advice and representation only to Palestinian activists. In spite of a repressive climate on campuses for students nationwide, the only ones are covered under the largess of this organization are Palestinian activists. That’s the Palestine Exception.
Cheryl Davila, the Berkeley Human Welfare Commissioner fired from her post for bypassing the poor of Berkeley in favor of the Palestinians exhorted the room to attend a city of Berkeley Oct 21 divestment vote, and to sign the anti-Israel petition. When it comes to Palestine, you don’t even need to be a Berkeley resident to weigh in on how Berkeley spends its time and money. That’s the Palestine Exception.
Lara Kiswani of the Arab resource and Organizing Center was vocal in her support of convicted terrorist and Jew-killer Rasmea Odeh, who lied on her US immigration papers and faces deportation. Filing out government documents truthfully is apparently optional for Palestinian community activists. That’s the Palestine Exception.
Lee Garagliano of the IJAN gave a baffling presentation which concluded that many Jewish philanthropists donated heavily to Jewish and pro-Israel causes, and that this is part of a broad and vast conspiracy targeting Palestinian activists and Muslims. Think everything always revolves around you? That’s the Palestine Exception
Kumars Salehi, a UC Berkeley Graduate student described disciplinary proceeding against SJP after his group “violated a tiny rule”. Yes, THIS Kumars Salehi. Tweeting from the Berkeley SJP account he boasted of his role in covering up posted material placed by other student groups. Now he complains about his voice being silenced.
SJP and its allies believe that long established campus protocols don’t apply to them. That’s the real Palestine Exception.