[Marxism] Stanford SJP shuts down Palestinian refugee event, falsely blames it on Alison Weir

A.R. G amithrgupta at gmail.com
Sun Apr 10 14:31:36 MDT 2016

Hi Jeff,

Given that you generally ignore evidence related to this issue, I don't
think it would matter, but as for everyone else, yes I am speaking with the
Nakba survivor on the tour and we'll probably be releasing some statements
in their own words about what happened. Stanford SJP is lying out their ass.

On Sunday, April 10, 2016, Jeff via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>

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> At 20:00 09-04-16 -0400, A.R. G via Marxism wrote:
> >
> >SJP shut down an event featuring an 85-year-old Nakba Survivor, one of two
> >people who have spent their entire lives in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Now
> >they are claiming -- falsely -- because Alison Weir (remember her
> ><
> https://louisproyect.org/2015/06/25/the-jewish-voice-for-peace-attack-on-alison-weir-jvp-loses-its-balance-2/
> >?)
> >was in the audience.
> >
> On the face of it, stopping a Palestinian survivor from speaking on the
> basis of that person's views is inexcusable. However Amith has presented no
> evidence that:
> >Stanford SJP is lying. It had nothing to do with Alison Weir and
> everything
> >to do with the fact that one of the speakers wanted to question Israel's
> >right to exist as a regime
> If Amith has some evidence to that effect, he hasn't shared it with us. I
> went to the website of SJP Stanford and found nothing to the effect that
> they supported  "Israel's right to exist as a regime" let alone that they
> would prevent a Palestinian from speaking who did challenge that non-right.
>      https://sjp.stanford.edu/about/
> So we've only heard one side of this story, from the single link Amith gave
> us to the statement of the Free Palestine Movement which itself doesn't
> make
> any accusation as outrageous as Amith has made ostensibly on their behalf.
> http://freepalestinemovement.org/2016/04/07/why-was-the-nakba-tour-canceled-at-stanford/
> Having heard one side regarding this incident, I suspect that a more
> thorough report of this matter would reveal otherwise. I would suspect (but
> granted, can't say for sure) that it DID have everything to do with Alison
> Weir and her right-wing backers through which she is (at the very least)
> connected to antisemitism. It is not at all unusual for antisemites to be
> excluded from a pro-Palestinian event for the very reasons we have
> discussed
> previously and which I don't think are controversial (at least among
> leftists).
> In that regard, I can only note that SJP has been involved in a struggle to
> defend its legitimacy within the University of California system (which
> doesn't formally include Stanford) on the very basis of their anti-zionism
> being a form of antisemitism:
> http://sjpwest.org/2016/03/27/sjp-west-relieved-that-uc-regents-affirmed-legitimacy-of-anti-zionism-looks-forward-to-continuing-to-grow-movement-for-palestinian-rights/
> So, again making an educated guess, it might be that the domination of an
> event (at least in terms of the literature available there) by a right-wing
> organization connected to antisemitism would have undercut that very
> campaign for legitimacy undertaken by SJP. The SJP, like most Palestinian
> organizations, has nothing to do with antisemitism and struggles against
> the
> use of the charge of antisemitism to attack and discredit the Palestinian's
> struggle for liberation.
> If Amith has any actual evidence to his claim or can refute what I have
> written I suspect to be true, then I await his reply. However I have no
> interest in rehashing the formalistic claims by Alison Weir to oppose
> antisemitism, let alone the notion that her right-wing organization doesn't
> accept and embrace antisemites.
> - Jeff
> >
> >
> http://freepalestinemovement.org/2016/04/07/why-was-the-nakba-tour-canceled-at-stanford/
> >
> >Alison Weir had nothing to do with the event...
> >
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