Israel National News is proud to bring its readers a new film that has been produced to explore the proliferation of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents on North American college campuses, particularly in the wake of Israel’s counterterrorism Operation Cast Lead last year in Gaza.
Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus is produced by filmmaker Raphael Shore, directed by Wayne Kopping and distributed by Imagination Productions. Shore also produced the critically acclaimed Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West and The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America. Kopping, who also worked on both films, has been featured on CNN, Fox News and a variety of syndicated radio programs.
The film looks at the financial ties between Middle Eastern Studies departments in America’s universities and the Arab states that often fund them – and the pro- Palestinian Authority education received by the students who attend college classes in those universities. It also explores the connection between the Muslim Student Association and the Muslim Brotherhood.
One unique method used in the film to differentiate legitimate criticism of Israel from anti-Semitism is Natan Sharansky’s “3-D Test” – checking for de-legitimization, double standard, and/or demonization of Israel in posters, media, speeches, classroom discussions, school events or any other communications or activities relating to Israel.
Interviews with Jewish students and campus professionals are interspersed with footage that shows the incidents experienced by those students who are actively involved in supporting the State of Israel and fighting the biased, misinformation promulgated by Israel’s enemies both in and out of the classroom.
The film features a wide variety of personalities ranging from top Jewish leaders such as Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Major American Jewish Organizations to Abdul Malik Ali, a African-American Imam and pro-Palestinian Authority activist who endorses suicide bombings as a legitimate “resistance” tactics.
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Meanwhile, the Anti Defamation League and other Jewish organizations have written to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urging him to assure that the Office of Civil Rights protects Jewish students from harassment or intimidation based on their ethnicity or religion. A statement from the ADL said: "ADL has significant concerns about harassment and intimidation of Jewish students on college campuses - including in the context of heated debate over Israel. We believe the Department of Education should use its civil right enforcement power to investigate and remedy serious incidents in which Jewish students are threatened, harassed or intimidated to the point where their college experience is impaired."