A publication titled “Liberation Now: The Struggle for Justice in Palestine” was published earlier this month by the Cornell University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. The publication, which is designed to look like a newspaper, apparently aims to correct the “misinformation” about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but the result is a virulently anti-Israel manifesto.
Articles in the newspaper describe Israel as a “white supremacist state” that is guilty of the “crime of apartheid” and of discriminating against Palestinians with “21st-century Jim Crow-esque laws.” One article conspiratorially claims that university administrators “essentially took orders from the Zionist groups on campus” regarding an anti-Israel rally that took place during Operation Pillar of Defense. And one of the images in the newspaper includes the logo of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Palestinian terrorist organization.
The newspaper also urges students to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and lists specific BDS targets, including TIAA-CREF, the retirement fund used by Cornell’s faculty; Israel’s Technion University because Cornell and Technion are collaborating on a joint campus in New York City; and several other Israeli companies that Cornell directly or indirectly supports like Sabra, whose hummus is offered in the school’s cafeteria.
The pro-boycott sentiments that appear in the newspaper are not limited to companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. They instead specifically advocate for the Palestinians’ call for BDS as expressed by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. That BDS movement asks “communities to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel until it ends the occupation of Arab lands, grants equal rights to all its citizens, and honors the Palestinian right of return.”
The students who authored the newspaper claim that by exposing and publicizing their allegations against Israel, as well as Cornell’s complicity in alleged Israeli wrongdoings, they will serve as a “physical refutation of the white supremacist attitudes of both Israel and the Cornell administration....We’ll always be a threat to the Israeli lobby and its partner, Cornell University.”