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Ahead of ‘Israeli Apartheid Week,’ Clandestine Group Releases Dossiers of Anti-Israel Activists at Columbia U

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Columbia University "Israeli Apartheid Week." Photo: Facebook

Columbia University “Israeli Apartheid Week.” Photo: Facebook.

A clandestine organization that documents anti-Israel campus activity last week released a detailed report on Columbia University, just as the school’s annual “Israeli Apartheid Week” was set to kick off. The report was produced in response to “numerous student requests that we urgently investigate … radical anti-Israel activity,” Canary Mission’s press release stated, claiming that “Columbia University has become a hotbed of hate, serving as a home for extreme anti-Israel and anti-American groups.”

Canary Mission’s report profiled thirty-nine of the major campus activists over the past several years, including students and professors. Many of these individuals, it noted, belong to groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).

One undergraduate profiled, for example, is a member of both SJP and the Muslim Student Association. According to the report, she has worked to bring speakers to campus who sided with Palestinian terrorists; rejected the designation “terrorist” applied to a person convicted in US Federal Court of responsibility for deadly bombings in Israel; helped construct the mock “apartheid” wall on campus during “Israeli Apartheid Week;” and publicly denied that Jews have the right to define Judaism and Zionism for themselves.

A graduate student profiled, also a member of SJP, played “an integral part” in “Columbia’s [recent] Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign,” called “Columbia University Apartheid Divest,” as reported in The Algemeiner in early February. The report also noted that he has led teaching workshops promoting BDS, regularly promotes social media links from the anti-Israel website Electronic Intifada and openly supports violent Palestinian uprisings against Israelis, commonly knows as “intifadas.”

Of the eight professors profiled, among the most well-known is Joseph Massad, professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History. The Canary Mission report documents his ongoing anti-Israel research and teaching, including a 2013 essay published by Al Jazeera, titled “The Last of the Semites,” which prominent journalist Jeffrey Goldberg described as “one of the most anti-Jewish screeds in recent history.”

Last year, Columbia topped a list of universities “with the most antisemitic activity,” as reported by The Algemeiner. Its annual “Israeli Apartheid Week” commenced Monday with a panel discussion promoting the academic boycott of Israel.

Canary Mission was founded in 2015, according to its website, “to document the people and groups that are promoting hatred of the USA, Israel and Jews on college campuses in North America.” It maintains a high degree of secrecy about its members and operations.

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  • Sheldon

    All alumni of Columbia should be demanding that the administration denounce this anti-Semitic activity and withhold or withdraw all financial support for this university. Complaining on Web sites does very little. Pulling your financial support out of Columbia does a lot. Get smart!

  • Susan singer

    How can this be ALLOWED to happen??

  • Dr. Stephen Steinlight

    I’m a very strong supporter of Israel, and the viciousness as well as the amount of anti-Israel activity at my Alma Mater, Columbia (I graduated the College in 1970) fills me with disgust, anger and shame. I applaud the work of those seeking to ferret out the backgrounds of those leading what is an anti-Israel and anti-Semitic campaign at Columbia. The article, however, ever, repeats a mistake that was acknowledged when the list of the “top ten” anti-Israel universities was first published. Columbia was at the top only as a product of the list being in alphabetical order. This hardly exonerates Columbia — what goes on there is appalling — but it’s good to keep facts straight.

  • Atilla

    WTF is ANY US university teaching ” Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History ” ?

    This is just a petri dish for sick leftists to mutate into rabid anti-Semites.

    • Acher E BenAbuya

      ” Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History ” Is this a two-hour seminar; with an hour lunch-break?

      It can be summed up, in its entirety, in one sentence

      “The Jews Ate Our Homework”

    • Sheldon

      First time I’ve seen “intellectual” and “Arab” used in the same sentence.

  • erik keller

    clandestine organization must contribute a lot to good atmosphere at the University!

  • stevenl

    It is high time to name names! No generalities please.

  • Peter Joffe

    Why do people get involved in politics and hatred when they are supposed to promote good will and understanding at places of learning. The people on the list are very happy if others die so why do they not join Hamas or the PLO and go to the middle east and do something themselves. Perhaps they can start a Martyr club of Colombia University students or teachers who died for Allah.

  • the pupils in the campus do not know the difference between academic apartheid and physical apartheid. The blasphemy law is practised by Palestine Authority and it kills the christians in bethlehem. But it defiled the Bethlehem church of nativity. But israel does not defile al aqsa or christian churches. No scientific study is allowed in islam. Salman rushdie the writer still has to hide from Iran. then who is practising apartheid ? Is israel or palestine?

  • Frank C.

    Columbia Students should yell “BOOM!” in the face of the gate minder as they go past, simulating a suicide attack.

    100 yelled “BOOMS” per day will get the point across.

  • Bertie

    A “clandestine” what prepared dossiers? Why not a legitimate investigative group that is unbiased?? I tend to think this “release” should be ignored.

  • Sandy Wasserman

    FANTASTIC – a million times over!

  • Jonas

    Time to get rid of the garbage.

  • Mother Nature

    Jewish Vice for peace is actually House Jew voice for the genocide of Jews. Israel apartheid week [sic] was conceived and produced by Iran: