Latest update: February 26th, 2015
Why is the ardently pro-Israel Jewish senior at Brandeis University, Joshua Nass, offering $5000 to promoters of anti-Israel propaganda?
The answer is, Nass wants whoever deceitfully inserted a news clip of him into a promotional trailer for Israeli Apartheid Week to come out of hiding, admit his wrong doing, and debate Nass in the public square.
Joshua Nass, a native New Yorker, is now in his senior year at Brandeis University, located in Waltham, Massachusetts. Nass is unusual in many ways. He began his own non-profit organization – Voices of Conservative Youth – he has appeared on Fox News dozens of times, and he has his own YouTube channel.
On national television, Nass has debated such hot topics as whether or not Obamacare will lead to job loss, how the Republican party needs to focus more on smaller government and less on social wedge issues, and on the marketing of Obamacare.
On Jan. 2, 2014, Nass was on Varney & Company with Stuart Varney, on the Fox Business Channel.
Nass was on air speaking about the decision of the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli academic institutions, and the response by (at that time, it’s now well more than doubled) more than 90 university presidents, who rejected the ASA’s boycott.
Varney was incredulous that the boycott of Israel proponents had gotten a toehold onto the American college campuses. Nass explained that this effort was rooted in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, which had met with some success in Europe.
“The BDS movement is rooted in intellectual dishonesty. They try portraying the Israelis as occupiers, there is no such thing as Israeli occupiers, there is no such thing as occupied territories, there is no such thing, in my opinion, as disputed territories,” Nass explained.
Varney says, “Five thousand American academics voted to boycott Israel? It is absolutely incomprehensible, that the only democracy of any sort in the Middle East, the only one, and they are going to boycott it?” and Nass responds, nodding, “it is astounding.”
The clip goes on a bit, with Nass ultimately ending the segment by calling on the universities to fire every academic who voted in favor of the boycott.
Nass thought he was done with that segment, until he was riding in a bus on his way back to Brandeis this past Sunday, Feb. 23. As he was riding, he received an email from someone he knew back in sixth grade. Nass hadn’t heard from the guy in all those years, so when he read the email, which said “Josh, when did you start working for the other side?” he was doubly confused.
The friend from his past forwarded a promotional clip for the upcoming Israel Apartheid Week. In it, Nass appears, nodding, as if he is in agreement with the views of those promoting BDS and Apartheid Week.
Nass was incensed.
Since Sunday, Nass has received dozens of emails, asking him how he could be promoting the BDS movement and supporting those that say Israel is an Apartheid state.
“To be honest, it has been gratifying to publicly and resoundingly reject any association with that despicable movement,” Nass told The Jewish Press on Tuesday afternoon, “and it is helpful to be able to show, point blank, how desperate and despicable are the people behind the BDS movement.”
“Still, it is beyond distasteful to in any way be associated with those who spew such thinly veiled anti-Semitism.”
When asked why he thought the clip of him was inserted into footage that include such outspoken opponents of Israel as Roger Waters, Stephen Hawking and Fareed Zakaria, Nass had an interesting reply.
“I’m one of the only young people they could find to insert in this promotion of Israel hatred,” he said. “The fact that I was actually saying the opposite of what the BDS people tried to show just reveals what a tired effort they are promoting.”
On Feb. 23, Nass sent out a tweet, asking who was behind the deceptive editing of his Fox News segment to make him appear to be a supporter of the BDS movement and Apartheid Week on U.S. campuses. “I want to know who is behind this video. A name. Don’t be a coward. Reveal yourself. #BDSFail #ApartheidWeek Who are you?????”
To date, the only person to claim responsibility is an Australian who is clearly anti-Israel, but who has been on Twitter for nearly two and a half years and only has 17 followers – which makes him an unlikely legitimate credit claimer.
Nass challenged the BDS promoters, during his interview with The Jewish Press, to respond to his challenge.
I will donate $5000 of my personal money to a mutually agreed upon charity, if whomever edited me into the Apartheid Week promotional trailer does the following:
1. Reveals him or herself;
2. Removes my images from the trailer;
3. Issues a public letter of apology for using my likeness without my consent, and in a manner intended to misrepresent my actual beliefs; and
4. Agrees to debate me on the merits of the “Israel as Apartheid State” in a public forum of my choosing.
So there is the challenge issued by a college senior to people who created a promotional video for the upcoming “Israel Apartheid Week” on American campuses.
And for students or faculty who read this and who are on campuses where “Israeli Apartheid Week” events take place, remind them of the challenge. See if the people behind the anti-Israel hatefests have the courage of their convictions. If they don’t, ask them why not.
About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com
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