CAA’s Falsely Alleges that Malaka Mohammed supports terrorism and ‘anti-Semitism’
There is nothing that the fake ‘Campaign Against Anti-Semitism’ charity’ likes to do than to bully and harass someone who is vulnerable. The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism twisted and distorted what Malaka Mohammed has said, in tweets over a year old in order to portray as racist , a victim of Israel’s racist and murderous regime.
|Malia Bouattia is the latest target of the racist Campaign Against Anti-semitism as it attacks Malaka as a 'terrorist'|
What is the evidence that Malaka is an anti-Semite? Has she accused Jews of being blood suckers interested only in money, of having undesirable social and sexual traits, stereotyped them as rich and powerful, accused them of killing non-Jewish children for religious rituals (the ‘blood libel’) or called for physical attacks on them? Of course she has neither said nor done any of these things.
|The CAA's disgusting posts attacking Malaka|
When a swastika was carved into a student door at Exeter University and a ‘rights for whites’ sticker was put up on campus, Malaka organised a demonstration against racism and fascism. But you would never know this from the tirade of lies that the CAA puts up on its website.
The CAA admitted that ‘After a spate of antisemitic incidents at the University of Exeter, students decided to organise a protest march. They did what came naturally to them and asked Malaka Shwaikh, exposed by Campaign Against Antisemitism as a terrorist-supporting antisemite, to address the crowd and make Jewish students feel safe. Whilst professing an admirable desire for solidarity, Shwaikh took the opportunity not to renounce any of her views and to instead berate those “attacking” her as simply venting their “Islamophobic” prejudice.’
Perhaps there was nothing to renounce and perhaps the ‘exposure’ by the CAA consisted of nothing but smears and lies? After all, why would students ask a ‘terrorist-supporting anti-Semite’ to address them if the CAA’s lies were true?
The CAA posted a video made in a style which Leni Refenstahl, the Nazi producer of Triumph of the Will would have been proud of. It had dramatic martial music, the sound of explosions and a scary voiceover attacking Malakha. Included on this video was Malaka addressing the said students, in a passioned speech against racism that was met with whoops and cries. Clearly it was yet another lie of the CAA to say that she ‘berated’ those present.
|Another vile CAA post attacking Malaka warning of the perils of democratic|
What really concerned the despicable Zionist propagandists of the CAA is Malakha’s consistency, her opposition to racism and with it what Israel has done to her people, the Palestinians.
A good example of the way that the CAA twisted and distorted what Malaka said was in their article
The CAA print all their titles in capitals, the Internet equivalent of shouting – because shouting is what the CAA is best at.
Malaka (the CAA call her ‘Shwaikh, a name that she doesn’t use so as to avoid problems for her family) tweeted in 2015: “If terrorism means protecting and defending my land, I am so proud to be called terrorist. What an honour for the Palestinians!” The CAA use Malaka’s family name because it is their intention to try and ensure that further Israeli repression falls on Malaka’s family.
The key word here, which CAA purports not to understand, is the word ‘if’ which is the conditional. True Zionists aren’t the brightest of sparks but there is nothing in her statement which justifies terrorism. What she said was that if defending and protecting her land was terrorism, then she would be happy to be called one. In other words, what she is saying is that the legitimate right of an occupied and oppressed people to defend themselves against the occupier is not terrorism.
It is a sophisticated argument, which obviously causes CAA some difficulty. When you are in business to distort facts and engaged in the ‘art’ of smearing and defaming people, then subtlety and sophistication go out the window. Complex arguments are not what Zionism’s propagandists and smear merchants are into. It’s like a Frenchman during the war responding to Nazi accusations of ‘terrorism’ by saying that if defending themselves against fascism was terrorism then so be it.
The CAA’s real concern was that Malaka was ‘about to become Vice President of the Students’ Guild’. The idea of Palestinians being elected to a student union position is too much for the racists that make up the CAA.
Even worse Malaka tweeted that “The shadow of the Holocaust continues to fall over us from the continuous Israeli occupation of Palestine to the election of Trump”.
What can possibly be racist about this? Drawing lessons from the Holocaust is the best way one can pay tribute to those who were murdered. Ah but Malaka also claimed that “Zionist ideology is no different than that of Hitler’s”. Well there are many similarities between Zionism and Nazi ideology, just as there are between Nazism and other racist and colonial ideologies. The belief in racial superiority, building a state based on only one exclusive ethnicity (Aryan vs Jewish) is common to both Nazism and Zionism. There are many other similarities between Zionism and Nazism in the way it views the untermenschen.
It is a widespread fallacy that Nazism was only about the Holocaust but the Nazi regime lasted from 1933-1945, the Holocaust took place from 1941 onwards. For the first years of the Nazi regime, from 1933-39 much of the British press was extremely supportive of the regime. The Daily Mail and Express supported much of what Hitler did. The Times under Geoffrey Dawson refused to print criticism’s of Hitler’s anti-Semitism.
The fact is that many Jews and Israelis have made comparisons with the Nazis. Malaka wrote that “Hitler did his deed and the Palestinians had to pay for it.” Apparently this too is anti-Semitic. Not only is the CAA nasty and vindictive, but their racist Chairman, Gideon Falter, is not only spiteful and malicious but stupid too.
|The CAA posted an article saying that Jackie Walker had posted text saying that Hitler wasn't to blame for the Holocaust. In fact the quotation below was from Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion!|
|This 'Hitler justifying quotation' was from David Ben-Gurion, quoted in the autobiography La Paradox Juif (the Jewish Paradox) of Nahum Goldman, President of the World Zionist Organisation and the World Jewish Congress|
It was not long ago that the CAA accused Jackie Walker of being anti-Semitic on the basis of a quotation from Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion. The reason being that Ben Gurion had said that the Palestinians could hardly be blamed for the anti-Semitism of the Nazis, even though they were paying the price. When the CAA found out who they were accusing of making anti-Semitic statements, they deleted the post, but not before we took a screenprint. Ben Gurion’s statement was:
‘Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been antisemitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that?
The CAA asserted that ‘according to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.’ If that is so (the IHRA definition isn’t so categorical, it says ‘might be anti-Semitic’) then the definition is wrong. But the CAA believe that anything they disagree with is automatically anti-Semitic, which is why they accuse so many people of being anti-Semites.
Saying that the shadow of the Holocaust continues to fall over us simply means that the racism of the Nazis still continues in one form or another. Quite why this is anti-Semitic, even accorded to the polluted channels of Gideon Falter’s mind is baffling. But Falter is nothing if not a dishonest cutter and paster, because as Malakha says below, this was a follow-up to a tweet which stated that “the Holocaust was one of the bleakest chapters in the history of the 20th century”. Perhaps the latter was also anti-Semitic? The CAA found it more convenient not to mention it.
Like the Police State organisation that they are, the CAA boast that they have appealed to Exeter University to expel Malakha, thus demonstrating that they hold freedom of speech and thought in utter contempt. They inform us that
‘Disgracefully, the University of Exeter has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that it “cannot comment on individual cases.” We are not so easily deterred.’
What can possibly be disgraceful in refusing to comment to a group that has no business interfering in the internal politics of Exeter University to begin with?
CAA were even more put out that Malaka had received ‘the glowing endorsement of Malia Bouattia, the President of the National Union of Students’. As Malia is another Black woman who has been the target of the CAA for ‘anti-Semitism’ one can understand their discomfort!
Malaka Mohammed on March 4, 2017
Malaka Shwaikh (Photo credit: Jeremy Abrahams)
The past month has been an incredibly difficult time as I have had to endure an apparent organised campaign against me, a 26-year-old student. The campaign hinges around a false belief that I am a racist and is designed to silence and punish me for my Palestinian activism. Not only have I been smeared, but my work in anti-racism, including recently co-organising a march against anti-Semitism, has been completely ignored as clearly it does not fit the narrative used to discredit me and my activism for Palestine.
|Signs posted around Exeter campus announcing Anti-Facist March, co-organized by Malaka Shwaikh, in response to racist vandalism on campus including a swastika carved into a door. Photo Credit: The Tab|
I have been subjected to bullying, harassment, threats, and serious defamation of character. There have been multiple articles written about me including one by an Exeter student for the Times of Israel in which I am called a terrorist supporter. I do not need to explain how serious this is in the current global atmosphere of Islamophobia.
These attempts at character assassination are part and parcel against those involved in the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. As I will show below, there is no truth in them whatsoever.
|Malaka Shwaikh addressing the Lammeh Conference, Istanbul Feb. 25, 2017.|
However the point of these attacks is not to determine the truth, but rather to bully those who speak up for Palestinian rights, in order to scare others away from Palestinian activism.
The ‘evidence’ used to smear me is largely based on my tweets, taken entirely out of context and manipulated to create the worst possible picture of me. Most of these tweets were posted back in 2012–2015 and have previously been brought to discredit me in other institutions.
For example, my tweet on Holocaust Memorial Day:
“The shadow of the Holocaust continues to fall over us from the continuous Israeli occupation of Palestine to the election of Trump”
was a follow-up to a tweet where I said:
“the Holocaust was one of the bleakest chapters in the history of the 20th century”
Both tweets are inter-linked and cannot be separated. I have never denied the horrific crime of the Holocaust that was inflicted upon the Jewish people and others, neither have I ever made light of it. The tweet in question was referring to how following this genocide in Europe, and in an attempt at making amends, European powers supported a settler colonial project which would see Palestine wiped off the map. The message of the tweet was that Palestinians have been made to pay for a genocide that was committed in Europe. The tweet prior to that recognized undoubtedly the horrors of the Holocaust. 140-character tweets are not enough to elaborate on the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but my social media audience usually has a strong contextual background. Conveniently the first tweet was ignored by these media outlets that have been attacking me.
Three tweets from the 8th February 2013 were inserted by a hack. The tweets follow the same format and content, and they were all tweeted in a short space of time. I also had other social media accounts hacked at some other time. As soon as I saw these tweets, I removed them, changed all of my passwords and took further security measures for my social media accounts. It is very common for social media accounts of Palestine solidarity activists to be hacked in this way and the false content used to smear.
Without understanding the wider context, the ‘terrorist’ tweet:
“If terrorism means protecting and defending my land, I am so proud to be called terrorist”
Posted in January 2015, it may appear as a radical statement that could raise serious concerns at both the University of Exeter and its Students’ Guild. However, it is my honest belief, and as I will attempt to explain, these kind of statements by Palestinians in general, and me in this instance, are most commonly in response to efforts by Israel advocacy groups and the Israeli government to demonize and dehumanize Palestinians. This is done by using the emotive dog whistle by Israeli descriptors of ‘terrorist’ and ‘terrorism’ whenever referring to the ‘Arab’ population. Palestinians who throw stones in response to Israeli soldiers invading their villages are labelled violent thugs, rioters and terrorists. Palestinians who nonviolently protest the illegal occupation are portrayed as violent individuals who terrorize Israeli Jews. Practically any Palestinian who resists the Israeli occupation and its plethora of human rights violations, war crimes and serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law is stigmatized in this way. It is absolutely vital to understand the wider issues before making a judgement on that particular tweet. So far the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) has not demonstrated anywhere that I condone or support violence against civilians in any way — nor for that matter have they produced any evidence that I have incited violence towards anybody, since clearly I have not. How this particular tweet has anything to do with anti-Semitism is beyond me — this connection also wasn’t explained by the CAA in any of their publications or communications.
Other social media posts that have been brought up by individuals attempting to discredit me were written between 2012–2015. During these years, the Gaza Strip was still devastated by heavy Israeli bombing campaigns, as well as subjected to a heinous Israeli military attack in 2014 in which over 2000 Palestinian civilians were killed. As a Palestinian from Gaza, during these years I experienced trauma and devastation that I would not wish on anyone. Many family members, friends and neighbours of mine were killed by the Israeli Army. My posts were written in an incredibly emotional state when my very existence and that of my loved ones were in danger.
Like most people, as I gain more life experience, I express myself differently and all these posts if written today would reflect this.
I believe the attacks against me have been an attempt to defame my character, particularly as a Palestine activist and as a Muslim woman. It is no coincidence that they coincide with my election to various positions in Exeter University Students’ Guild.
Current NUS president Malia Bouattia faced similar, if not worse, attacks when she ran for and won her position. This pattern of attacks against Muslim women of colour who are elected into positions of power serves to silence and exclude us and demonstrates that racism is not a thing of the past, it continues to infiltrate our institutions at all levels.
I should also point out that these unfounded charges against me will certainly have an effect on my freedom of movement. Countries do not need much of an excuse to refuse visas to Muslims and a simple google search of me reveals many of these inflammatory and abusive articles calling me an anti-Semite and a terrorist. The fact that mainstream media has, in an extremely one-sided way to date, reiterated these untruths gives further weight to the slurs and defamation. It will also have serious implications when I return to Gaza — threats have already been sent to my family back home. Gaza is under siege by Israel and all movement in and out is controlled by the Israeli military occupation making it highly likely that they will not let me out again, that is if I ever manage to get back in.
|One of several signs posted around Exeter campus announcing the Anti-Facist March, in response to racist vandalism on campus including a swastika carved into a door. Photo Credit: The Tab|
Even this current horrendous attack will not stop me continuing fighting against all forms of racism, including antisemitism and Islamophobia. My activism for Palestine is not contradictory to, but indeed is totally compatible with fighting against all forms of racism. In fact the struggle for Palestinian human rights is part of a struggle against racism and for all human rights globally. My commitment to equality will guide me in my newly elected positions as Trustee, NUS delegate and VP Postgraduate Research. I will represent all students equally regardless of their faith, or none, race, gender and sexual orientation.
|“Rights for Whites” (Photo Credit: Susannah Keogh/ Exeposé)|
Just last week, I co-organised a march with my friends in Exeter University against fascism in response to a swastika and a “Rights for Whites” notice that were found in halls of residence earlier in February. The march was an attempt to send a clear message to all those whom these racist attacks were intended to incite against, including all my Jewish colleagues and friends, that you will never be alone. We stand in solidarity with you and we will defend you. A few weeks earlier, I co-organised the largest protest in Exeter in twenty years against the USA Muslim travel ban (My name is Malaka Mohammed in both articles — I have not used my family name ‘Shwaikh’ previously since this can have serious consequences to the safety of my family back home in Gaza because they are under Israeli military occupation and siege). However, conveniently, my role in organising these protests has never been mentioned by the Campaign Against Antisemitism. I have been attacked, threatened, and bullied throughout without a single attempt to clarify with me the true facts. After I changed my Twitter username @MalakaMohammed, it was hijacked in an attempt to discredit me even more (my current Twitter username is @MalakaShwaikh).
The attacking media defamed me without even seeking my response, denying me the right to reply. While in Gaza Israel used its military arsenal and now in the UK I’m targeted by the media. Every tweet, post and comment I ever said is sifted through in search for ammunition to tarnish my reputation and silence me. With all these resources going into what I said, or didn’t, the attacking media showed no appetite to find out my thoughts and beliefs. For example, as a campaigner for justice and equality I believe in a One-State Solution, a state that is based on equality and justice for all regardless of their ethnicity, political identity, religious beliefs or none. But this is really what Israel fears, a solution with equal rights for all the people, without apartheid. The reality is that Israel imposes apartheid even against the Palestinians with Israeli citizenship.
Why are the CAA and so much media dedicated to attacking me? Is it because I’m a Palestinian woman from Gaza daring to speak out and enjoying the respect of many? It’s natural that we Palestinians resist the Israeli occupation and oppression, like in all struggles for freedom. This is why I support the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), which is modeled on the boycott campaign against apartheid South Africa. BDS is a human rights based campaign, to bring non-violent international pressure on Israel to abide by international law. As governments have failed to push for justice, people of conscience are supporting BDS, including Israelis and people across the world.
On the other hand, the media has shown little interest in scrutinizing the Campaign against Antisemitism (CAA) — an organization with a large credibility gap, which is currently facing serious complaints. There is also a national petition against the Campaign. It is a great pity that the CAA act in this way, because at this time especially, we need a proper campaign against anti-Semitism, rather than a group which seeks to defend Israel by attacking its critics by falsely accusing them of anti-Semitism.
I’m inspired by the letter of support signed by over 130 students’ leaders and PhD researchers at Exeter University in solidarity with me:
“Following the recent defamation, attacks, and threats that our new VP research postgrad has received based on 140-character tweets posted some four years ago, mistranslated and taken out of context, we, the postgraduate and wider student community in Exeter, wish to show our support and solidarity with Malaka.”
|Shwaikh is a popular inspirational Palestinian human rights speaker who has addressed international audiences in close to 100 cities about her experiences in activism, anti-racism, BDS, and the power and influence of women and youth.|
This article was originally posted on Medium.
Letter of support for Malaka Shwaikh following the recent attacks, threats, and defamation
To be forwarded to the University of Exeter and the Exeter Guild of Students:
Following the recent defamation, attacks, and threats that our new VP research postgrad has received based on 140-character tweets posted some four years ago, mistranslated and taken out of context, we, the postgraduate and wider student community in Exeter, wish to show our support and solidarity with Malaka. Some of us have known Malaka since she came to Exeter some two years ago; during that time, she has been a non-stop activist fighting all forms of racism, from Islamophobia to antisemitism. She has been a loud voice against discrimination and bigotry for a long time. As a Palestinian herself, she has been touring the world to speak up for justice and to defend the Palestinian right to freedom, justice and equality. We firmly believe that seeking justice for and defending the rights of Palestinians is important. Smears of antisemitism to counter this and digging up tweets from several years ago and taking them out of context are disingenuous. We in the student community can disagree and still respect each other, unless our disagreement is rooted in oppression and denial of basic human rights.
We are calling on the University and the Guild to:
• Recognise that fighting for justice in Palestine and the Palestinians does not equal antisemitism.
• Publish a statement in solidarity with Malaka against all the attacks and threats and defend her as a student, activist, trustee, and an elected member of the Guild.
• Guarantee legal protection for Malaka including against the calls to have her deported.
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Charlotte Sefton, PhD student, second year
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Cameron Rose, Society executive for Political, Campaigning and Causes
Charlotte O'Halloran, NUS delegate elect
Aida Magluba, Trustee Board, the Students’ Guild
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Victoria Amanfo, Feminist Society
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Mateo Peyrouzet, Spanish Society
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