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May 12, 2009

Using Anne Frank during Palestinian Awareness Week

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Source: OC Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism

Last year I attended Palestinian Awareness Week at UC Irvine. That’s where this “Death to Apartheid” banner appeared. The series of events, for which speakers like Amir Abdel Malik Ali and Norman Finkelstein are brought in, can be categorized as pseudo-academic Israel bashing.

Sadly, the real issues that all Americans can be concerned with in the Palestinian territories get lost in the hyperbolic rhetoric of “Zio-Nazis” and “Fourth Reich.”

This photo, of what appears to be a large cardboard Israeli tank, includes a panel on “Fashion Sense” that shows Anne Frank smiling and wearing a red keffiyah beside these words:

The keffiyah (scarf in the picture) symbolizes freedom and solidarity for Palestine. “I simply can’t build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery and death ... I think ... peace and tranquility will return again”—Anne Frank.

The Orange County Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism sent me an e-mail today saying the Muslim Student Union has achieved a “newer low ... by mocking Anne Frank.” They demand, as they have for more than a year, demanded UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake “unequivocally and unambiguously speak out against the hatred on his campus.”

Here was Drake’s response last spring at the Hillel Summit in Washington.

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