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US College Sponsored Speakers: Israelis Kidnap, Torture Arab Children

Israel markets itself as a global leader in counter terrorism and counterinsurgency, but it can only do so, claim the Haverford College-sponsored speakers - because they use the "West Bank" and Gaza as labs and the Arabs as their lab rats


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Haverford College sponsored a leg of the fundraising tour for Anarchists Against the Wall on Nov. 24, 2013

Haverford College sponsored a leg of the fundraising tour for Anarchists Against the Wall on Nov. 24, 2013



At the close of the presentation one of the students in the audience asked whether the speakers thought their presentation was likely to “make students more hopeful towards finding a solution, or feel more rage, more anger towards one side.”

That was a question aimed directly at the mission of the Haverford Center for Peace.

But Wind missed the softball. Her response was that although there may be two sides to most stories, just as with the Jim Crow laws in the American South, or with Apartheid South Africa, “one side doesn’t have such a good case.”

In other words, Israel is beyond the pale.  And, not surprisingly, both speakers adamantly support the economic and legal warfare movement against Israel known as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.  They also both reject the Two States idea and instead hope to see Israel become “one secular, democratic state.” Wind acknowledged that Jews would become a minority in such a state.

“So what? Jews live very nicely as minorities elsewhere, such as in Iran, Jews are a little people, they’re going to have to get used to minority status.”

After sharing their fantasies and fabrications with the Haverford College crowd, Efrati and Wind went on to the University of Pennsylvania where they spoke Monday evening. Next up on their dance card is the University of Maryland on Dec. 2, and American University on Dec. 4. Their fundraising tour continues throughout the U.S. into this spring.

Parker Snow, executive director of the Haverford Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, failed to return numerous phone calls from The Jewish Press on Monday.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the U.S. correspondent for The Jewish Press. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she 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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