Muslim American activist Linda Sarsour prepares to perform "Maghrib" sunset prayers during an immigration rally and Iftar "breaking fast" during the month of Ramadan outside ICE's New York field office at Foley Square in Manhattan, New York.
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A joint conference by the University of North Carolina and Duke may be used to de-legitizimize Israel on the heels of a keynote address by anti-Israel activist and Women's March leader Linda Sarsour at UNC in February, according to the Tower website.
Sarsour was invited to deliver the keynote address at UNC at Chapel Hill’s Minority Health Conference on February 22 but spoke about Israel rather than health. “One of the areas where we don’t agree with some of our friends in the Jewish community is on Israel-Palestine," she said. "And I’m Palestinian. And I believe and I support the boycott, divestment, sanctions movement, aka BDS…I do not believe that critiquing a state or a government is akin to antisemitism.”
The joint conference,“Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities," scheduled for March 22-24, is being sponsored by UNC's Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.
The conference features numerous anti-Israel speakers, including opening remarks by speaker Laila El-Haddad, a fervent supporter of BDS. El-Haddad, a Palestinian journalist and former Gaza correspondent for Al Jazeera has tweeted "Israel is a terrorist state."
Her fellow panelist, Harvard professor Sarah Roy, a daughter of Holocaust survivors who lost 100 members of her extended family in the Holocaust, has compared Nazi treatment of Jews to Israeli soldiers' treatment of Palestinians. She claims that Nazi and Palestinian behavior "is absolutely equivalent in principle, intent, and impact: to humiliate and dehumanize."
According to Tower, "the conference lacks even a single presentation, film, or work of art concerned with the tens of thousands of Israelis who suffer from endless Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks launched from Gaza into Israel."
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