On Nov. 12 a panel discussion was held at at U.C. Berkeley organized by the BDS Caucus of UAW 2865, the union for 13,000 University of California graduate student workers. The panel included 3 advocates for BDS, Michael Letwin, Clarence Thomas and Lara Kiswani and featured rhetoric so disturbing, a student left the room in tears.
From the J weekly, the weekly newspaper of the Northern California Jewish community, written by Jewish community hero, Tammi Benjamin-Rossman
Ms. Benjamin-Rossman is a lecturer at U.C. Santa Cruz
and co-founder of the Amcha Initiative, a nonprofit that combats
anti-Semitism on college campuses.
"Bringing down Israel will really benefit everyone in the world and everyone in society, particularly workers.”
words were spoken by Lara Kiswani, executive director of the Arab
Resource and Organizing Center, at a Nov. 12 panel discussion at U.C.
Berkeley organized by the BDS Caucus of UAW 2865, the union for 13,000
University of California graduate student workers. Those grad
student-teachers and other workers will be voting on a union resolution
to boycott Israel on Dec. 4.
Throughout her talk, Kiswani made crystal clear that the goal of the
boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel is not to
legitimately criticize Israeli policy, but rather to bring an end to the
Jewish state, and she claimed that UAW 2865 members will be playing an
important role in achieving that goal should they approve the BDS
resolution in their vote next week:
• “BDS is about isolating Zionism.”
• “I think you should boycott any Zionist institution, academic,
organization, whether it be from 1967 occupied Palestine or 1948
occupied Palestine, because BDS really should be about shifting the
cultural framework and shifting how we see Israel and isolating it and
making it feel unwelcome anywhere and everywhere.”
• “We have demanded that the world take a stand in isolating Israel everywhere.”
• “We’re resisting colonialism in Palestine, and colonialism entails
all of occupied Palestine from Haifa to Jerusalem to Ramallah.”
Make no mistake: Calling for the elimination of the world’s only
Jewish state is anti-Semitic. Not only do the United States and Canada
consider denying Jews the right to self-determination a prime example of
anti-Semitism, but the vast majority of Jews around the world
experience BDS and other attempts to “bring down Israel” as a deeply
anti-Semitic assault on the entire Jewish people.
Read the full account here. The entire panel discussion is available here
The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) has a long history of extremist rhetoric, intolerance and promotion of violence