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      Will Oxford Endorse Fraudulent Identity of Israel Detractor?

      Anti-Israel activist claiming to be descendant of Holocaust survivors and alumna of Birthright to speak at Oxford Union.
      By R.Hirshfeld and Lee Kaplan
      First Publish: 1/29/2013, 9:19 PM

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      Falsely claiming to be a Fulbright Scholar, a descendant of Holocaust survivors, and an alumna of the Birthright Program, Anna Baltzer attempts to advance her authority as a detractor of the Jewish state. However, thorough research on her background by the Stop the ISM organization, proves her mendacity..

      Leader of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (USCEIO) in Washington, DC., -- in fact, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) renamed for the purpose of lobbying Congress in Washington-- Baltzer has developed a platform for herself lecturing as a Jew who once supported the State of Israel, but who had an epiphany and discovered that Israel and "Zionists" were exploiting and abusing the “Palestinian” people, according to a report by the Gatestone Institute.

      Baltzer, who is scheduled to debate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at an event presented by the distinguished Oxford Union in England on January 31st. routinely speaks at anti-Israel events and promotes boycott and divestment campaigns against Israel, in support of terrorist groups such as Hamas in its plans to destroy the Jewish state.

      According to the Oxford Union's website, "The Union is the world's most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. It has been established for 189 years, aiming to promote debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe."

      Baltzer claims to be born to a Jewish family and says her grandparents were Holocaust survivors. She further claims to be a Fulbright Scholar from Columbia University, and that she was initially a supporter of Israel, until she mended her ways.

      After touring with Fulbright in 2003 in Turkey, she alleges she visited "Palestine," Syria and Iran and met "friends" who "educated" her on the suffering of the Palestinians at Israeli hands, so that today she is a dedicated anti-Zionist, the Gatestone Institute revealed.

      Baltzer has been involved with Students for Justice in Palestine at UC San Diego and has vigorously promoted boycotts, divestments and sanctions against the state of Israel.

      According to Kaplan's report, she also lied about her participation in Birthright to convey the false impression that she was once a loyal Jew who supported the Jewish homeland.

      Furthermore, after researching Baltzer's claims of being a Fulbright Scholar from Columbia in 2003, it has been determined from both Columbia's and the Fulbright websites, as well as Fulbright officials, that Baltzer claims are merely huge fabrications and that she never had the credentials she lauded.

      Baltzer claims to be a descendant of Holocaust survivors, a claim she made after researching her grandparents through the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Israel, as well as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. But this, too, seems to be fictional, according to the report.

      “An educational debate, especially at a university as august as Oxford, should feature academics or speakers who are genuine, not imposters or fakes planted to distort facts and slander and demonize a fellow democracy,” the Goldstone Institute states. “Anna Baltzer seems to be neither a Fulbright scholar, not a descendant of Holocaust survivors nor an alumna of the Birthright program. She appears to be just a fraud and a fabulist. So why is Oxford having her speak?”