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Haters and Bigots at University Maryland issue 64 demands

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In a brazen, authoritarian act (typical of fascists and Nazi youth), bullies, antisemites and jihad groups have aligned in an axis of evil and issued a list of 64 demands on the University of Maryland. Under the euphemistic title, ProtectUMD, a coalition of the vicious seeks to do the opposite — not protect, but instead make the Maryland campus a dangerous battlefield under their control where they can aggressively bully, intimidate and harass with impunity anyone considered fair game. First up, silencing free speech, of course. It is the road taken by all fascist movements.

“We commend the students for their passionate advocacy and for coming together in solidarity on these issues. The spineless, gutless President Loh has convened a group of his staff to thoroughly review the list of demands and make recommendations accordingly. That process is well underway.”

What cowardice and intellectual sloth. Here’s a few of the demands (full list here):

As for the hate speech demands, who demands what’s hate? The terror-tied Students for Justice in Palestine?

Accountability for hate speech or action:

  • Immediate response to hate speech or actions from the University including a consequence (e.g. mark on transcript, potential suspension);;
  • A task force separate from UMPD officers to look into investigations.
  • Revamping of the Diversity and Cultural Competency General Education requirement.
    • Students that meet this requirement should take a class that allows them not only to understand other cultures …..
  • Administration should support and defend activist groups by nullifying slander and smear campaign from bigger group. Example: Many members of SJP were slandered as anti-Semitic for being pro-Palestine;

]Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is a notorious terror-tied, violent group – editor]

  • Make free legal advice available for students participating in activism who face slander or other dishonest claims while exercising their rights to protest and free speech;
  • Provide protection during campus events that might make students feel unsafe because of their political implications [ie Israel Fest for Muslim and Arab students, Columbus day and Independence Day for American Indian students etc.].
  • The University officially remove the Christopher Columbus Day holiday from all university materials and mediums. Replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day to take away the stain of colonialism from our University.
  • Acknowledge during every event, that “this is indigenous land.” Make efforts to officially recognize the tribe or nation whose land upon which the University of Maryland is built.
  • Establish an Indigenous Studies minor.
For the LGBTQIA+ Student Community
  • Mandated faculty training in the fundamentals of campus inclusion of queer folks.
  • Students be allowed the choice of different gender roommates in the residence halls through random matching.
  • Multi-stall gender-inclusive bathrooms in every building with multi-stall bathrooms.
  • Including pronouns in addition to names on student rosters seen by faculty and advisors.
  • Implementing a campus wide policy to replace male-female checkboxes with write-in boxes on all forms, surveys, and applications.
    For the Undocumented student community
  • A declaration of the University of Maryland, College Park as a sanctuary campus for undocumented and DACAmented students and their families.
  • A full-time immigration attorney for the Offices of Undergraduate and Graduate Student Legal Aid.
  • An Undocumented Student Resource Office to provide academic counseling, legal support, mental health counseling, and to guide students to university resources.
  • A system to ensure that DACAmented students can continue to receive in-state tuition if their DACA status is cancelled.
  • For the Muslim Student Community
  • Protect the names and religious/ethnic affiliations of students should they be demanded from the government for harmful use.
  • An increase in the number of safe, designated prayer areas on campus.
  • One room in each major building (e.g. SPH, Chemistry, McKeldin etc.) designated for prayer.
  • Increased discussions about the diversity of the Muslim community on campus and worldwide.
  • More classes offered pertaining to Islam and the Muslim world taught by Muslim professors, who will counteract the negativity surrounding the name of Islam that is perpetuated by our culture and media.
  • Measures to prevent situations similar to the “American Sniper” situation from happening again.
    • SEE and other organizations on campus should have better judgement when choosing to show movies that perpetuate false narratives and stereotypes of Muslim and should be held accountable if they do not take this into consideration.
  • More Zabiha options on the campus meal plan to accommodate Muslims who adhere to those rulings.
  • More counselors who are sensitive to the needs of Muslim students.
    • Additional training or staff is necessary.
  • For the Pro-Palestine student communities
  • The encouragement of equal and positive representation of Pro-Palestinian human rights activists on campus. Specifically, condemning the conflation of Pro-Palestinian activism with racism and Anti-Semitism.
  • The active encouragement of faculty and students to engage in discourse and learning about the Palestinians’ struggles and the Boycott Divest and Sanction movement without fear of consequences by the university administration.
  • Faculty and students have long been targeted for their political stances and their rights
  • The most persecuted and bullied group on campus, the Jews, are not represented in this group of whining bullies. The Jew is the problem according to this demand list. A new film, Hate Spaces, documents the outrageous mistreatment, harassment and suffering that Jewish students face. Americans for Peace and Tolerance’s (APT) new documentary, Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus reveals the mob mentality that characterizes antisemitic student groups on college campuses across the US.

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    Authenticated cell-phone videos and recorded interviews transport viewers to hate-crime scenes where Jewish students are subjected to verbal and physical abuse, and are intimidated even by college professors and administrators. This is not a propaganda film about the Middle East conflict, Avi Goldwasser, the documentary’s executive producer, tells JNS.org. It is strictly “a film about what’s happening on campus,” he says.

    Indeed, recent events at schools like Northeastern University in Boston deserve scrutiny. On that campus, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) protesters have chanted, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, the state of Israel has got to go!” Statues of Jewish donors have been vandalized, while cruel sticker campaigns and “apartheid walls” are used to single out and shame individual Jewish students regardless of their opinions about Israel.

    In April 2013, Northeastern University SJP activists stormed into a classroom and interrupted a Holocaust memorial service. “The lessons of the Holocaust were not learned, you are child murderers,” SJP members are caught shouting on camera. Going beyond Northeastern, Hate Spaces tours the country, revealing a long list of hotspots where the BDS movement is spiraling out of control.

    The rigid ideology of BDS

    A quote from George Packer’s 2011 New Yorker article, “Deepest Cuts,” gets to the core of what is wrong with BDS: “Ideology knows the answer before the question has been asked.” The scenes depicted in the documentary clearly demonstrate that a rigid ideology has taken hold of BDS supporters on college campuses. Groups like SJP use megaphones to shout their rallying slogans, but adherents are fundamentally uninterested in engaging in a serious, civil debate with anyone who questions their self-proclaimed righteous position.

    “No other minority group would stand for such treatment on campus,” Goldwasser says of Jewish students’ plight.

    Hate Spaces meticulously charts the flow of money from dictators in Muslim countries to American universities, suggesting that this transfer of capital buttresses support for Islamic causes among academics. Devoid of intellectual integrity, professors choose a path of least resistance when discussing Israel and the Palestinian territories, and are unfairly sympathetic to the BDS agenda. The result is a classroom where one side of the debate is permitted to demonize the other, and pro-Israel students are systematically denied a voice.

    The problem “has metastasized,” APT President Dr. Charles Jacobs tells JNS.org. He helped produce the 2004 documentary Columbia Unbecoming, which ignited a fierce debate on academic freedom when it uncovered an institutional bias and outright antisemitism among professors at Columbia University.

    According to Jacobs, what’s changed during the 12-year period between the two films is that “Muslim and Arab groups have determined to link their cause to the infrastructure of the ‘left’ on campuses.”

    “Now you have so-called human rights groups — black groups, Latino groups, gay groups — all lining up with the Palestinians against the Jews, and that, of course, is very dangerous,” he says.

    Israel held to an ‘impossible standard’

    The pity of it all is that Israel is “singled out” and held to “an impossible standard…of perfection,” British author and journalist Melanie Phillips observes in the film. Israel’s human rights record isn’t perfect, but audiences should be aware that the totalitarian governments across the Arab world are far more repressive and brutal toward their citizens. The Jewish State is in fact a bright spot on an otherwise bleak map, commentators who appear in Hate Spaces point out.

    Wall Street Journal foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens describes a “blizzard of lies” that have distorted Israel’s image. Likewise, Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick reflects on the outcomes of prolonged exposure to misinformation, saying, “Once you believe that the only democracy in the Middle East, the only human rights respecting government, the only place where Muslim women are given the rights and the full protection of the law is the worst oppressor, then you can believe anything.” This is how scapegoats are born.

    Anti-Zionism is the “cause du jour” of the political left, Goldwasser says, boiling down the psychological elements contributing to BDS support on campus. Guilt for the post-colonial world order underlies anti-capitalist progressivism among leftist groups, and Israel becomes a symbolic target that galvanizes activists who want to believe they can be instrumental in bringing social justice to the world.

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    “We commend the students for their passionate advocacy and for coming together in solidarity on these issues. President Loh has convened a group of his staff to thoroughly review the list of demands and make recommendations accordingly. That process is well underway.”

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    Of course, the increasingly debased Washington Post thinks it’s terrific.

    Minority students at University Maryland issue 64 demands

    By Valerie Strauss The Washington Post, January 4, 2017:

    A coalition of 25 student organizations representing eight minority communities at the University of Maryland has presented a list of 64 demands to the administration. They include increased mental-health support and scholarships for marginalized students, as well as prayer rooms in every “major” building and shuttle service for Muslim students to a Muslim center.

    The coalition, called ProtectUMD, sent a letter with the demands to officials at the University of Maryland at College Park in late November and met with a group of them at President Wallace D. Loh’s request, according to the Diamondback, the school’s major independent student newspaper. The Diamondback recently published a special project explaining each specific demand as it relates to students.

    The petitioners listed the communities of students that participated in the initiative this way: “Marginalized, American Indian, Black, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, Muslim, Pro-Palestine, Undocumented.” No Jewish group at the university signed the list of demands, which include a call for “the active encouragement of faculty and students to engage in discourse and learning about the Palestinians’ struggles and the Boycott Divest and Sanction movement without fear of consequences by the university administration.” The BDS movement is a Palestinian-led global campaign to put economic and political pressure on Israel, and it is opposed by many Jewish students.

     Asked for a comment about the demands and what the university would do in response, a university spokesman sent this response:

    “We commend the students for their passionate advocacy and for coming together in solidarity on these issues. President Loh has convened a group of his staff to thoroughly review the list of demands and make recommendations accordingly. That process is well underway.”

    A short time after the demands were publicized, white-nationalist posters appeared on the College Park campus; authorities said they appeared to be part of an effort targeted at colleges in a number of states.

    Among the 64 demands:

    • Required diversity training for Greek organizations and groups recognized by the Student Government Association.
    • An immediate response to hate speech or actions from university officials, including a consequence for the perpetrators.
    • Penalties for groups that screen movies that “perpetuate false narratives and stereotypes” of Muslims.
    • Acknowledgment during every campus event that “this is indigenous land,” along with efforts to “officially recognize the tribe or nation whose land upon which the University of Maryland is built.”
    • One room in each major building designated for prayer.
    • A full-time undocumented-student coordinator to advocate for, advise, represent and protect undocumented and “DACAmented students.” (DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields some undocumented immigrants from deportation.)
    • A declaration of the College Park campus “as a sanctuary campus for undocumented and DACAmented students and their families.”
    • Converting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program into a department in order to provide curricular autonomy.
    • University System of Maryland divestment from Maryland Correctional Enterprises, the prison industry arm of Maryland’s Division of Corrections, as well as “student divestment from businesses and companies invested in MCE and the prison industrial complex.”
    • Shuttle service for students on the College Park campus to the Diyanet Center of America in Lanham for “Muslim students to have access to a place of worship and participate in the many activities that the center hosts.”

    The absence of Jewish groups from the initiative underscores continuing tensions between the Jewish and pro-Palestinian communities at the College Park campus.

    In April, for example, a celebration hosted by the Jewish Student Union called Israel Fest was protested by a few dozen students who carried pro-Palestinian flags, chanted and lay on the ground. The protesters left after security intervened. The Jewish Student Union’s website says it is the largest cultural and social organization recognized and sponsored by the university.

    A statement issued to the Diamondback from ProtectUMD about why no Jewish groups signed the demands said that any community was welcome to participate. It said in part:

    “ProtectUMD is a coalition of organizations throughout the University of Maryland’s campus dedicated to uniting the different voices into one voice for change. When the coalition was created, multiple organizations were contacted to participate while others contacted us themselves. Not all organizations chose to be a part of the coalition. ProtectUMD respects this choice. No one organization is in charge of the coalition and as such, the purpose of ProtectUMD is not to prioritize demands but uplift the needs of all marginalized communities. As a result of this, we did not turn away any communities that wished to stand with us.”

     The newspaper’s project includes video responses from a few Jewish student leaders about why their groups did not participate. Sam Fishman of the Jewish Student Union said, for example:

    “In the ProtectUMD letter, they kind of indirectly call out JSU for smearing them as anti-Semitic. And the exact quote is, ‘Administration should support and defend activist groups by nullifying slander and smear campaign from bigger group.’ JSU also happens to be one of the largest student groups on campus. ‘Example: Many members of [Students for Justice in Palestine] were slandered as anti-Semitic for being pro-Palestine.’ That is a clear reference, I believe, to our response to the protests at Israel Fest last year. And first of all, if you read my opinion piece in the Atlanta Jewish Times and [JSU President Julia Ring’s] in the Diamondback, you will not see the words ‘anti-Semitic’ anywhere. You will not see us accusing them of hating Jews. We rebuke their positions on Israel, sort of. And we call for why they should not have protested our event. But never do we smear them as anti-Semitic. And I think to call JSU out for that is completely ridiculous.”

    The groups that signed the list of demands are: the African Students Progressive Action Committee; Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority,Theta Nu chapter; Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Iota Zeta chapter; the American Indian Student Union; Ashley Vasquez, Behaviorial and Social Science College, University Senate, Committee on Committees undergraduate representative; Bisexuals at Maryland; the Black Student Union; Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Chi chapter; the Coalition of Latinx Student Organizations; Community Roots; Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, Eta Beta chapter; the Ethiopian Eritrean Student Association; Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Kappa Phi chapter; Katherine Swanson, student body president; U-Md. NAACP; Lambda Theta Alpha Latin sorority, Upsilon chapter; Lambda Theta Phi Latin fraternity, Delta Eta chapter; the Muslim Students Association; True Colors of Maryland; Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society; Preventing Sexual Assault; the Pride Alliance; Students for Justice in Palestine; the Student Labor Action Project; and Our Revolution.

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