September 12, 2005
StandWithUs Premieres Documentary Exposing Anti-Israel Speakers on
U.S. Campuses; Screenings to Be Held Sept. 19 in N.Y. and Sept. 29
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 8, 2005–StandWithUs, the
international advocacy and educational organization, has produced
its first documentary exposing anti-Israel speakers on campuses, it
was announced today by Roz Rothstein, national director. The
45-minute “Tolerating Intolerance: Hate Speech on Campuses” will be
screened in New York on Sept. 19 at the Lighthouse International
Conference Center, with the national premiere Sept. 29 in Beverly
Hills at the Writers Guild Theater.
The documentary profiles the proliferation of toxic, anti-Israel and
anti-Semitic speakers at American universities, their impact on
students, and college administrators’ reaction to the growing
problem. Footage was obtained by StandWithUs researchers of speakers
such as radical, U.S.-based Muslim cleric Abdel Malik Ali;
Washington, D.C. consultant Mohammed Al-Asi; and DePaul University
assistant professor Norman Finkelstein, who has spoken at UC Santa
Cruz, UCLA, California State University-Fullerton, and the
University of California, Irvine; among others.
“We scrutinized hundreds of hours of footage of anti-Israel speakers
and were surprised to discover how similar this type of very vocal
hatred is — and that is very frightening,” warned Rothstein, who
spearheaded the documentary team. “There is a disturbing amount of
repetition of anti-Israel comments, and part of that repetition
simply builds on centuries-old, anti-Semitic incitement against
Jews. Moreover, StandWithUs’ work with campuses reveals a disturbing
trend by administrators to look the other way.”
“We’re shedding light on what until now has been just a snapshot of
anti-Israel speakers at universities,” asserted StandWithUs board
president Esther Renzer. “These kinds of hateful speeches are made
month after month on college campuses, inside and outside of the
classrooms, usually without comment from university administrators.”
“Tolerating Intolerance: Hate Speech on Campuses” will be screened
in New York, Monday, Sept. 19, at the Lighthouse International
Conference Center, 111 East 59th St., in Manhattan, at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, contact StandWithUs NY,
212-398-2524, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Los Angeles premiere will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, at the
Writer’s Guild Theater, 135 Doheny Dr. in Beverly Hills at 7 p.m. It
will be followed by a panel discussion and dessert reception.
Tickets are $36. Contact StandWithUs at 310-836-6140 or visit
StandWithUs (http://www.standwithus.com/), an international,
non-profit Israel advocacy and education organization, creates
brochures and materials widely distributed in universities,
libraries, high schools, churches and communities, and hosts
speakers and conferences that teach about Israel’s current
struggles. Based in Los Angeles, the organization recently opened
offices in New York and Israel. SWU was founded in 2001 in response
to the second Intifada and the misunderstandings about the
challenges that Israel faces. StandWithUs Campus helps college
students fight anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias on campuses.
Stand4Facts is a password-accessible site that is a database of
information on anti-Israel speakers.
To arrange a screening in your area, call 310-836-6140 or e-mail
Roz Rothstein, 310-836-6140 or 310-245-4109