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Over 120 Leading University of California Academics Mobilize Against Forthcoming BDS Ballot (VIDEO)

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BDS activist Lara Kiswani calls for Israel's elimination at a Nov. 12 meeting supporting UAW 2865's BDS motion. Photo: Screenshot

More than 120 faculty and staff members at the University of California have issued a petition calling for a “no” vote in tomorrow’s ballot organized by UAW 2865, the 13,000-strong union chapter representing mainly graduate workers at several UC campuses, on whether to join the “global BDS movement.”

The petition, which has been signed by several prominent academics, among them 12 emeritus professors, suggests that public opposition to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement on campus is growing, in spite of the intimidatory tactics used by its extremist proponents like Students for Justice in Palestine, a group that was suspended by Northeastern University in March this year because of its harassment of pro-Israel students.

Protesting the “selectivity of focus of the UAW Joint Council on Israel as the sole target of a BDS effort in a world that is replete with states that misuse power,” the petition notes that the BDS proposal “fails to distinguish between Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Israel’s right to exist within secure and recognized borders.”

“The targeting of Israeli academic institutions—bastions of a wide range of scholarly talent and viewpoints—will effectively stifle one of the most progressive elements in Israeli society and will bring an end to cooperation with Palestinian individuals, institutions, and organizations,” the petition declares.

As The Algemeiner reported last week, members of UAW 2865, a union comprised principally of teaching assistants at nine University of California campuses, will be presented with a ballot paper tomorrow, December 4, asking whether they should “join the global movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, until such time as Israel has complied with international law and respected the rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinian citizens of Israel, and all Palestinians refugees and exiles.”

Informedgrads.org, a group of union members opposed to the BDS proposal, has reached out to supporters asking them to double their efforts ahead of tomorrow’s vote. The group has produced a video that exposes BDS advocates engaging in visceral attacks on Israel, urging those who disagree with them to vote against a “measure isn’t about human rights or helping Palestinians: it’s about demonizing Israelis.”

Among the speakers featured in the video, filmed at a November 12 meeting staged by the UAW 2865 BDS caucus, is Oakland BDS activist Lara Kiswani. “Bringing down Israel really will benefit everyone in the world, everyone in society, particularly the workers,” Kiswani says.

Confirming that the aim of the BDS movement is the elimination of Israel as a sovereign state, Kiswani later asserts that “colonialism entails all of occupied Palestine, from Haifa to Jerusalem to Ramallah.”

Another speaker, Michael Letwin of the group “Labor for Palestine,” is shown making the libelous claim that “Zionists” made deals with the “Nazi regime to bring in Jewish settlers to Palestine while sacrificing the vast majority of European Jews to the Holocaust.” This revision of the historical record, which first emerged several decades ago in the anti-Zionist propaganda of the Soviet Union, is a staple of the BDS movement, which seeks to blame the Zionist movement rather than the Nazis for the extermination of six million Jews.

In the event that the BDS proposal is successful tomorrow, the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ,) a legal advocacy group, has warned that members of UAW 2865 and their employers “are on notice that any actions taken against Israeli individuals or institutions could result in legal action,” citing “state and federal laws and policies preventing national-origin discrimination.”

The true aims of BDS unveiled: watch informedgrads.org’s video:

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  • Mother Nature

    Islamists are genocidal not just against Israel, but against all Jews on earth. You can read it in their charters and in the Koran. What more needs to be said? If modern lefties have become rabidly racist against Israel, they are unable even to acknowledge their vile racism. This is because of the vast amount of lying propaganda against all Jews that is generated by both Nazis and Islamists, who have borrowed Nazi propaganda to the letter and the filthy cartoons they share.

  • Isaac

    Why don’t BDS members practice what they preach. They should immediately stop using products produced in Israel or made with Israeli technology: cell phones, computers, MRI’s,CAT scans, modern medications and many more products conceived in Israel. When they use these products they are the lowest form of hypocrites and should be exposed as such!

  • Alice EM Lytton

    Anyone who hates anyone else is not worth listening to! Considering how much Jewish people have suffered down the Centuries, they are remarkably tolerant and follow the Torah. That said, I do think that Israel is too hard on the Pslestinian people. In spite of the Post Traumatic-Stress suffered by both communities, they should come together and start on this common-denominator of PTSD.

  • Billy Bumps

    Well at least Lara and her group are clear…..they
    HATE Israel……include them with those who curse
    Israel…the Academics…not so clear…they are more
    concerned with what can be gleaned from beneficial
    the minds of the Jew…yeah, and with the usual
    State, Nation thing…but it was mentioned first that
    the BDS couldharm academia….THEN the cconcern for
    the Nation……backwards…..hey! There are real live
    human beings inside the NATION of Israel……they
    have been harassed, murdered, lied about, abused,
    their lives work stolen and trashed, burned and
    thrown in a heap for centuries and everybody is
    more concerned with those who perpetrate such
    crimes than the victim…..just like the professors
    and their buddies, while on the right track theirs
    is the wrong reason..backwards again….through
    Israel will all the nations of the world be blessed..
    you can ask HIM when He returns about this
    whole mess that has been going on and on and on
    ……get HIS opinion…..but I don’t want to be standing
    near you when HE answers….oh, I see….I should
    not bring the discussion to that “place”?…. Why
    not…this IS a war against the God of Israel….but,
    understand…..God doesn’t was against anyone….
    He doesn’t have to….He has already won and awaits
    His time while all of the demon inspired anti-Christs
    do their best to destroy His will….put those with
    the ones who curse Israel…it doesn’t matter.those
    who support replacement theology or not..if
    you support replacement theology that means then
    to curse Christianity is to curse Israel….either way
    like you momma used to say…ddon’t curse…she
    is/was right……I hope YOU get your thinking and
    actions right!

  • Robert Davis

    I amglad to hear this and anyway those hysterical pressures will NOT bring down Israel,in fact it is the way around. The Israeli PM has kicked out the 2 members of his govt who kept giving in to pressures and the next govt.will be eventually much stronger. Pressures are only showing Israelis it is a major error to give in.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    There is freedom of speech in the United States. Notwithstanding, abuse of this freedom should and must be rectified to protect the rights of those maliciously accused. Emotional homicide concomitant to revisionist theories and histories by the BDS movement against Israel must be disallowed. The fact that the American Centre for Law and Justice will be monitoring the possible actions taken against Israel and will take the appropriate legal measures against those who would discriminate against Israel’s national origin may be a deterrent.

  • TheAZCowBoy, Tombstone, AZ

    Better luck next time Jewish schmucks!

    • noellsq

      Well a typical anti semetic BDS member.

    • Jacob

      Did you use a computer or phone to write that comment?

    • ahuva goldshmidt

      you f…. anti-semite!! shame on you!!

    • Jon

      That is very articulate. But, I wonder how you sent that message. Is it possible you used Israeli technology and know how? Do you use a smart phone? Instant messaging? Texting? Do you use Google? These are just a few things that are heavily influenced by Israeli technological development. I sure hope you are consistent and successful with your Boycott and that you and all the other BDS supporters follow through and stop using anything Israeli completely and without any flaw. We do not want you to be hypocritical. Go all the way. If you do……then, we won’t have to read your hate because you will have no way of getting on the internet.

      Oh yeah, please be consistent……Boycott, Divest and call for Sanctions against China (Tibet), Iran (human rights violations), Turkey (Cyprus), Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and most other Arab oil producing states (terrorism financing), Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS (terroism)……and many more. How will you get around without gas or how will you function without products made in China? Please be consistent. Boycott every other country for doing thing worse than the things you hate about Israel.

      Baloney…….the truth is you have a hatred for Israel. Period. It bothers you that it exists on any square inch. Occupied territories……to you and to the rest of the Israel haters……all of Israel is occupied territories not just the land captured in 1967. Why aren’t you honest? Be consistent and not hypocritical. More importantly……learn what the heck you are even protesting about.

    • Roy

      To AZCowBoy. Low life anti-sematic people like u are the type who are afraid to say face to face your hatred for someone. You hide behind the internet because your a coward. You may be from Tombstone but u belong under a tombstone. You wouldn’t last 2 min. in a battle with a Jew in Israel.

  • steven L

    Thanks to the INEPT and brain damaged Kiswani, BDS days, supported by petro-fanaticism, are counted. Leftists movements have brought a lot more miseries to the whole of humanity than any other human endeavor. Suffice to remember Stalinism and Maoism.

  • Paul Cerar

    Re: The Jew-hatred propaganda originated decades ago in the Soviet Union.

    It is not hypocritical for left-wing fascist Communists to collaborate with right-wing fascist Islamists. Hell calls to Hell. The Soviets collaborated with the Nazis when it suited them.

    The same sort of persons – and some of the same persons! – who would have engaged in fascism, in the name of Peace, for the Soviet Union, are now engaging in fascism, in the name of Anti-Racism, on behalf of terrorists.

    Paul Cerar
    Toronto, Canada

  • judithg

    these are not educated people. there have been so few who are educated because they’ve been greased along so as to make it appear that they have, at the very least, a normal intellect. their intellect, however, is slight. they are the Orwellian poster children yelling about eastasia whenever they’re ginned up by a yelping “leader” and some nifty graphics.
    lawfare by Israel is a good response as long as it cripples the funding for institutions that enable or even allows such anti-semitic groups from forming on their watch. threats against Jewish students are actionable, as well. show strength and they will crumple up.

  • Franz Leonhardt

    Is there a BDS movement against Qatar and Saudi Arabia who finance Hamas? One of my Muslim Arab friends claims that Hamas throws rockets only when the price of oil is in jeopardy. Also, the Salafist/Wahabi supported Hamas are known to sacrifice Muslims who are like the infidels not”accepted” by Allah and therefore expendable. That’s where the human shields come in. Also, dispatching kids into the war zone and into the cross fire, and then vilifying Israel is a brilliant idea! Eichmann couldn’t have done better. I think the BDS movement should be declared a moral threat to human civilization. Does anybody want to join me in a movement condemning the murder of almost 200,000 innocent victims in Syria, sacrificed by an Alawite prince?

  • NCS

    Bravo ACLJ!

  • BuckDePublick

    These leftist Nazis should be taught a lesson with Jewish fists!

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    Having been a strong liberal all of my life and strong supporter of unions as well, I can only say that their perspective, meaning the liberals and unions, have made me an ardent conservative who wants to see the end of what I stood for all of my life. What a disappointment, but one does have to grow up.