Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hummus-Making 101 at 'Israel Apartheid Week'

Perusing the "Israel Apartheid Week" (IAW) website, which, I hate to say, is quite user-friendly (the better to suck in new acolytes), several patterns emerge. One is the "pink-washing" meme; that is, anti-Israel activists trying desperately to explain away or distract the faithful from the fact that Israel--not "Palestine" or any Islamic country for that matter--is by far more amenable to the LGBT crowd (i.e. you won't be hanged, stoned, shot, or simply persecuted for being openly gay).

And the other theme is desperation. That's right, the anti-Israel crowd sounds rather sad and pitiful, probably because their campaign to falsely equate Israel with apartheid-era South Africa in order to undermine its very existence is not gaining steam in the U.S. Certainly, it holds sway on many college campuses and it's not be underestimated--particularly in the PR department at which it excels--but Americans, by and large, still aren't buying the lies.
Hence, inadvertently hilarious IAW events like this one (note that the ignorant are particularly encouraged) in New York City:
'Free Hummus, Free Palestine: A delicious, hands-on, anti-Apartheid cooking demo.' Come taste delicious homemade hummus while learning how to make it yourself— and support Palestinian liberation at the same time! Learn about the BDS movement, the boycott against Sabra and Tribe hummus, and culinary/ cultural appropriation. This workshop will be fun, hands-on, and accessible to those who have no prior knowledge about Palestine or Israel. Open to all!

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