On the heels of Israel Hate Week 2014, also known as "Israel Apartheid Week" hosted by SPHR at the University of Calgary, the Law Faculty hosted visiting professor Robert Wintemute. Wintemute states that he has "taken up the cause of Palestinian human rights" and has spoken at other school's "Apartheid Week" in the past.
Susan (Editor in Chief of The Gauntlet) -
Pursuant to our phone conversation several minutes ago, it is on record that you have said:
1. You will not publish our piece in its entirety because the claims are not substantiated. You said you would only print the first paragraph which is apx. 150 words. We told you all our claims can be substantiated with witnesses who will put their name behind it and/or written proof. You insisted that you will not print that we have been told by an SPHR member: "too bad the Nazis didn't finish off your family"? Why not? It happened. We have the name of this person, date, time and approximately 5 witnesses. This is the paragraph you insisted you will not print:
"Amongst the anti-Semitic propaganda that we have endured, are calls for child martyrdom against Jews, libel that Israel puts feces in the Palestinians' drinking water, yelling “racist” and “terrorist” at Jewish students for their support of Israel, propagation of conspiracy theories referring to Jews running the world, statements that CEOs of companies are “Zionists” and that Jews control the media (“Jew York Times”), declarations to our group members that “it’s too bad the Nazis didn’t finish off your family”, and propagation of demonizing lies and misinformation about Israel and historical facts. "
Susan, even when I told you ALL our claims are substantiated, you still insisted you will not print. So is it because the claims can't be substantiated, or some other reason, that you will not print the above section?
2. It is on record that SPHR made claims that were printed in The Gauntlet last week that were unsubstantiated, and you printed them. There was approximately 1600 words devoted to defamation of Israel and of CUWI last week. These claims include that CUWI "heckled" SPHR and are a security threat. These claims are slanderous, defamation of character and unsubstantiated. You printed them. Last week the unsubstantiated claims printed by the Gauntlet include:
-“We constantly get harassed by [CUWI]....They heckle at our events,”
-“At one point it got so bad that we had to ban a couple of [CUWI] members from one of our events.”
-“When it comes to people from outside [the U of C] coming to disrupt a club because they disagree with them" - we are UofC students and Alum - we are all primary stakeholders.
-SU has never received a complaint regarding SPHR
-CUWI asked for SPHR to be disbanded
-SPHR has a friendly relationship with Hillel
-Israel colonizes [the Palestinians] violently
-Zionism began after WWII as a result of the Holocaust
-Palestinians are second-class citizens
On the phone right now you closed this conversation with saying: "We stand by what we printed…I don't really feel that we need to debate this right now…K?".
3. I have asked you to NOT print our submission unless it is printed in its entirety. You verified that you will not print it now, according to our request.
Your decision is lacking in moral and journalistic integrity: all statements were made, there are witnesses and there is written proof. Why aren't you printing it? I urge you to change your mind and print the short 350 word piece. I am attaching our article here again for you to consider.
Ben Cannon stated in The Gauntlet last week: “University is about sharing ideas, not cutting them off because we don’t like them.”. Do you not like our substantiated claims? They happened and they are happening.
Current Uni of Calgary Textbook: 'Millions of Palestinians under regular attack by Israeli Helicopter gunships'
UPDATE: TEXTBOOK TO BE REMOVED FROM CLASS IN 2014/2015
This is the textbook being currently used in a University of Calgary Sociology class. Sent in today by an undergraduate student.
EoZ blog conduced a further analysis of this chapter and others problematic sections of the book: "College sociology textbook peddles anti-Isreal lies - and excuses for Bin Laden"
To see how you can help us, please read on below.
How you can help:
Calgary United with Israel is an unfunded, grassroots group of university students, alumni, parents and concerned persons. Clearly the matter of this textbook is something that affects all of us, globally. We are serving as a whisteblower in this case in order to:
1. Raise public awareness + support in order to apply public pressure on our University to remove the textbook
2. Raise public awareness + support in order to apply public pressure on the bodies and persons elected/appointed to help advocate for Jews in Canada, including Jewish students on campus - our local Federation, CIJA and Bnai Brith Canada.
Contacts for Public Pressure:
Elizabeth Cannon, University of Calgary President
University of Calgary - Chairperson of the Board
Judy Shapiro, Associate Executive Director, Calgary Jewish Federation
Shimon Fogel, CEO, (Canadian) Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
Jewish Federations of Canada
Frank Dimant, Executive VP, B'nai Brith Canada
Thank you again for your support. We will keep everyone informed as we see change happen.
If you write a letter to one of the addresses above, please add us to the CC or BCC line: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, if you hear back from the parties above, especially the university, please keep us appraised.
Below is one of the several letters already sent to the University of Calgary from a concerned member of the public:
Jan. 20, 2014
Elizabeth Cannon, President
University of Calgary
Dear President Cannon,
It has come to my attention that the U of C sociology department is using a textbook; Culture of Prejudice: Arguments in Critical Social Science," (2003, 2008) by Judith C. Blackwell, Murray E. G. Smith, and John S. Sorenson. The textbook purports to provide provocative arguments on contemporary subjects. Well the textbook definitely lives up to its goal.
It not only makes excuses for Osama bin Laden, [Israel made me do it], which by the way is historical revision at its worst, but it portrays Israeli Jews as drunk with the religious imperative to live as God’s chosen people in the land of Israel that they stole from the real inhabitants the Palestinian Arabs.
Here’s the truth that I hope you will share with U of C sociology department. Jews do not have any such imperative to be the ‘chosen people’. We make fun of it saying as did Tevya in the Fiddler on the Roof, “why couldn’t God have chosen someone else for a change.” There’s no synagogue in the world that ever brings it up. It’s a biblical gag. Jews are not religious supremacists. Ironically, many radical Muslims are, and in a classic case of projection accuse the Jews of their own supremacist dreams. It is pathetic that this moral inversion has made its way into the sociology curriculum at the U of C.
This theological junk is also concocted and disseminated by Arab Christians organizations who despise Jews for failing to accept Christ as their savior, and of course for killing Christ. Yes there are such people. In another letter, I would be happy to give you the sorry details about these creeps. Unfortunately, these creeps have influenced Protestant denominations and human rights groups devoted to the Palestinian cause, and it looks like the authors of the book too.
The text offers a distorted one sided picture of the Holy Land (it has a hard time even uttering the word Israel), that is right out of the Hamas playbook. To the authors of the textbook, Israelis kill and pillage the Palestinians with planes tanks bombs etc. while the poor Palestinians live in squalor with no rights and no hope. This is despicably twisted from the real situation. Vindictiveness oozes from the pages.
Nowhere does the book acknowledge that Jews are the aboriginal people of the region having lived there uninterrupted for over 3000 years. Palestinian Arabs have gone into denial mode about the Biblical stories linking Jews to the land as well as archeological information, carbon dating etc that proves Jews lived there. Perhaps a good sociological study might be to compare the radical American Christian right that denies environmental and biological science to negate global warming and evolution, with the Palestinians who deny all history and science linking Jews to the land of Israel.
I have one final thought for you Madame President, and that is that if I had children or grandchildren attending the U of C, I would strongly urge them to skip the hate indoctrination that is now part of the sociology curriculum.
UPDATE: This story was picked up the National Post, The Blaze, Israel National News and many independent blog sites.
On October 8, 2013, the University of Calgary allowed SPHR bring in guest speaker Miko Peled who spent the hour defaming Jews and Israel. The event was also a fundraiser for the "Disappearing Palestine" bus adverts defamation campaign, which has been banned where they were initially submitted in Calgary and Toronto, for "inaccuracies".
SPHR took footage of Peled's talk and promised the crowd it would be posted. To this day SPHR has not released the footage. Some of the statements made on the University of Calgary campus that day by Peled:
When someone asked a question that challenged Peled's thinking, he would yell out "fool" and "you uneducated racist". Below is a pamphlet that was disseminated at the event, revealing Peled's hateful mistruths (click on title for PDF).