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Anti-Israel Propaganda - Now, in U.S. Elementary School
Anti-Israel propaganda has long been a problem on US university campuses - but now it has trickled down to the elementary school level as well, it seems.
Infamous Palestinian Arab "activist" Bassem Tamimi spoke at an Ithaca, NY elementary school on Friday to present to third-graders a presentation on the "suffering" of Palestinian Arab children in Israel.
Tamimi's visit to Beverly J. Martin Elementary was arranged via anti-Israel activist Ariel Gold, the current head of the North American branch of Sabeel International - an anti-Israel Christian organization actively working to skew Christian dominations toward divestment resolutions against the Jewish state.
Gold and Tamimi met in late 2014, during the former's visit to the PalestinianAuthority (PA) town of Bil'in; she has since then become Tamimi's officialagent for international trips to hawk anti-Israel propaganda. Gold proudly posted a photo from his visit to the school on Facebook.
Tamimi is infamous for using his young children as props in anti-IDF media films; he was convicted in 2012 for orchestrating rock-throwing attacks from the rooftops of the Arab settlement of Nabi Saleh.
One of his relatives, Ahlan Tamimi, personally brought the suicide bomber Izzadin Al-Masri by taxi and bus through the security checkpoints and into Jerusalem to the site of the Sbarro restaurant and fled the scene after instructing Al-Masri not to explode until she was safe. This attack at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem in August of 2001 was one of the deadliest terror attacks in Israel's history, and it took place during the Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo War. 15 people were killed in the Sbarro attack, including five members of the Schijveschuurder family from the community of Neria in Binyamin and 130 wounded, including one young mother who has never regained consciousness.
Ahlam Tamimi has been filmed expressing her pleasure over her role in killing innocent Jews during the attack, and has been hailed as aPalestinian hero - even more so after being released as part of the 2011 Gilad Shalit deal.
Beverly J. Martin has not yet responded to requests for comments on the presentation, its content, and how a controversial political figure was allowed access to young children.
Ithaca, NY has become infamous for its pro-Palestinian, and even Islamist, activities.
In March, Cornell University - which is proudly located in the otherwise lesser-known town - became the subject of scrutiny after video footage surfaced of its dean openly sanctioning an Islamic State (ISIS) and Hamas training camp on campus.
Two months later, an Ithaca co-op, GreenStar Cooperative Market, narrowly averted a resolution to adopt a boycott against Israel after being targeted by Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) activists.
More recently, the city hosted a film festival "documenting Palestinian life" just last week, and several other pro-Palestinian films are being shown in October and November.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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