A pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel group at a college in New York City announced at the end of last month the launch of what students are calling the "Hunter College Apartheid Divest" campaign.
The Palestine Solidarity Alliance at Hunter College in the Big Apple is accusing Israel of an "ongoing system of military occupation, apartheid, genocide" and more.
Tammi Rossman Benjamin, who serves as director of the AMCHA Initiative – a organization that tracks anti-Semitism – contends that the charges are ridiculous.
"These are defamatory lies,” Benjamin argued. “This is not true. Israel is not perpetrating genocide. Israel is not an apartheid state. If you call Israel such, it's really in order to defame Israel – to demonize Israel [and] to paint Israel in such a way as to make it worthy of eliminating."
The activists want a resolution passed, urging the university to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
However, Benjamin asserts that passage of the resolution is only incidental.
"There's going to be anti-Semitism on the campus,” the pro-Israel advocate conceded. “There's going to be anti-Jewish hostility – whether or not the resolution passes. And they manage to inject into the campus extreme and virulent anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic sentiment."
Benjamin also points out that the pro-Palestinian group's campaign follows the same playbook as what other similar pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel groups are doing on campuses around the nation.