OverviewEva Kalikoff [Eva Milberg Kalikoff] has accused Jewish organizations of “white supremacy," spread hatred of Israel and promoted the Boycott Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement at Columbia University (Columbia) and Barnard College (Barnard).
In 2014, Kalikoff founded a chapter of Jewish Voice Peace (JVP) at Columbia and Barnard, called “Barnard-Columbia Jewish Voice for Peace." In 2016, Kalikoff partnered with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Columbia to form a BDS initiative called “Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD)."
Kalikoff has also demonized the Birthright Jewish heritage tour and promoted JVP’s #returnthebirthright initiative and supported an anti-Israel Agitator.
In 2016, Kalikoff was affiliated with IfNotNow (INN).
INN actions generally aim to demonize Israel, harass the American Jewish establishment and decrease support for Israel among Diaspora Jewish young adults.
However, Kalikoff apparently unsubscribed from INN’s email list in 2018, because the group was not sufficiently anti-Zionist for her.
As of January 2019, Kalikoff’s LinkedIn page said she was a student at Tulane Law School (Tulane), slated to graduate in 2021. Her LinkedIn page also said that she graduated from Barnard in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature.
Accusing Jews of White SupremacyOn April 2, 2017, Kalikoff tweeted: “Hillel in its current form represents colonialism white supremacy homophobia misogyny VIOLENCE #notmyjudaism."
On June 3, 2016, Kalikoff tweeted: “like ashkenazi jewish assimilation into whiteness, complicity w white supremacy let them participate in white institutions."
Spreading Hatred of IsraelKalikoff’s Twitter feeds is replete with tweets and retweets of anti-Israel and anti-Zionist content.
On March 8, 2017, Kalikoff tweeted: “Zionism contradicts feminism, happy #InternationalWomensDay!"
On January 26, 2017, Kalikoff tweeted: “There's nothing feminist or socialist about Zionism, an ethno-nationalist ideology that has been realized as a militaristic apartheid regime."
On November 1, 2015, Kalikoff retweeted a tweet that charged “liberal Zionism" with “perpetuating the occupation."
On December 17, 2015, Kalikoff retweeted a thread of tweets by anti-Israel activist, Julia Carmel, who alleged that Zionism “appropriated" the Holocaust to “justify colonialism" and is “anti-Semitic."
On June 21, 2015, Kalikoff tweeted: “@AviMayer don't associate my religion with violent settler colonialism!! zionism ≠ semitism and to say so is a disservice to jews everywhere."
In a March 26, 2015 Columbia Spectator editorial that Kalikoff co-authored with Christopher Godshall, the authors referred to Israel as an “apartheid state."
In the same article, Kalikoff slammed the Jewish student organization, Hillel, for refusing to partner with organizations that “delegitimize, demonize, or apply a double standard to Israel."
Pushing BDSOn February 2, 2016, Kalikoff was involved with launching a new student initiative at Columbia and Barnard called “Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD)."
CUAD is comprised of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) members, who joined forces in February 2016. The group called on Columbia to divest its equity holdings and endowment funds from companies that “profit from the State of Israel’s ongoing system of settler colonialism, military occupation, and apartheid law."
Boycotting Jewish Heritage TourOn September 5, 2017, Kalikoff shared a Facebook status supporting the #returnthebirthright campaign launched by JVP.
Kalikoff also wrote: “Birthright is racist. Sign the petition to #ReturnTheBirthright and ensure that American Jews are not privileged over Palestinian refugees who have been forcibly removed from their homes."
Return the Birthright CampaignIn September of 2017, JVP issued its #ReturntheBirthright campaign manifesto, calling on American Jews to boycott the Birthright Israel (Birthright) program. Birthright was founded by Jewish philanthropists “in 1999 to address the growing divide between young Diaspora Jewish adults and the land and people of Israel."
After decades of demographic decline in the American Jewish community, Birthright set out “to strengthen Jewish identity, build a lasting bond with the land and people of Israel, and reinforce the solidarity of Jewish people worldwide." The program offers “the gift of a life-changing, 10-day trip to Israel to young Jewish adults between the ages of 18 and 26."
JVP’s anti-Birthright campaign was launched precisely to coincide with “the very moment that college students across America are returning to campus and registration for Birthright winter visits are underway."
The #returnthebirthright manifesto accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing" and alleged “the modern state of Israel is predicated on the ongoing erasure of Palestinians."
The text claimed: “We reject the offer of a free trip to a state that does not represent us, a trip that is only ‘free’ because it has been paid for by the dispossession of Palestinians."
The manifesto concluded: “And as we reject this, we commit to promoting the right to return of Palestinian refugees… Israel is not our Birthright… Return the Birthright."
On June 22, 2017, just prior to the launch of JVP’s #returnthebirthright campaign, JVP received a $140,00 two-year grant for general support for its operations from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF).
Since 2015, JVP has received $280,000 from RBF, which has a history of supporting anti-Jewish causes, including BDS campaigns and various organizations that promote BDS campaigns throughout the United States.
Supporting an Anti-Israel AgitatorOn January 22, 2018, Kalikoff shared a graphic on Facebook calling to “Free Ahed."
Ahed Tamimi was detained after she was filmed punching and kicking Israeli soldiers. She has a long history of physically attacking Israeli soldiers.
Tamimi is the daughter of Bassem Tamimi, who is notorious for exploiting young children as political props in staged confrontations with Israeli soldiers. In 2011, he was jailed for organizing violent rallies and inciting minors to commit violent crimes such as rock-throwing.
INN ActivismOn August 29, 2016, Kalikoff was featured in a Facebook photo participating in an INN NYC August orientation training weekend.
INN actions generally aim to demonize Israel, harass the American Jewish establishment and decrease support for Israel among Diaspora Jewish young adults.
JVP Columbia was founded in March, 2015 by Barnard College senior Eva Kalikoff, primarily to shatter "the illusion of a Jewish consensus on the policies and actions of the State of Israel." Kalikoff co-chairs the group, with Columbia senior Chris Godshall.
JVP SJP Demonizing Israel
On April 28, 2015, JVP Columbia and CSJP co-hosted an event that featured Haneen Zoabi, called "Israel, Racism, and Apartheid: An Insider's View." Zoabi, a member of Israel’s parliament (the Knesset), has been investigated for inciting violence on a number of occasions. In July 2014, Zoabi was suspended from the Knesset after she excused the Hamas terrorist kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers — declaring that the abductors were "not terrorists." The kidnapped boys were later found in a field — executed by their Hamas kidnappers.
In October 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initiated a criminal investigation against Zoabi after she doubled down in a Hamas-affiliated newspaper, Al Resalah — imploring Muslims to give a wave of murderous “individual attacks ... popular support," and calling for the “outpouring of thousands" to create a “real intifada."
On December 10, 2015 JVP Columbia politicized the issue of sexual violence to demonize Israel — by linking all victims of sexual violence to the Palestinian cause. JVP Columbia and CSJP hijacked the global problem — alleging that "... sexual violence is intimately connected with colonialism, imperialism, and other forms of state violence. As shown by the stories of Rasmeah Odeh and countless Palestinian survivors, sexual violence has routinely been used as a tool of oppression against Palestinian women."
On January 27, 2016 JVP Columbia joined in Palestine Legal’s support for Rasmea Odeh.
Odeh was a key military operative with the terrorist group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). In 1969, Odeh masterminded a PFLP bombing that killed two college students in a Jerusalem supermarket. Odeh also attempted to bomb the British consulate.
Odeh confessed, in a highly detailed account, the day following her arrest. In a 2004 documentary, one of Odeh’s co-conspirators directly implicated her as the mastermind.
In 1970, an Israeli court tried and convicted Odeh for her involvement in both bombings and sentenced her to life imprisonment. However, Odeh was released 10 years later, in a prisoner swap and emigrated to the United States.
On November 10, 2014, a Michigan federal jury convicted Odeh for immigration fraud because she failed to disclose her prior conviction and life sentence on her immigration application. On March 12, 2015, she was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
In 2017, after an appeal and a lengthy court battle, Odeh admitted to immigration fraud, was stripped of her U.S. citizenship and deported to Jordan.
Standing with Terror
The student body elected Hamas to power in 2003, 2015 and 2016.
JVP Columbia - Protesting Israeli Aid to Syrian Refugees
In the article, Fineman and Hansen politicized IsraAids work and claimed that "there can be no such thing as an “apolitical" celebration of Israel" until the “Palestinian refugee crisis" — which they blamed solely on Israel— is solved. Fineman and Hansen also falsely accused Israel of denying humanitarian aid to Palestinians.and charged Aryeh with “hypocrisy" for celebrating Israel’s assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan and Europe.
The same day, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Columbia (CSJP) members held a demonstration on campus, displaying posters that declared: "Celebrating Israel is celebrating Apartheid" — The placards also misrepresented that Israel was created in 1948 “through the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians … and that Israel maintains itself today “through ethnic cleansing ...expulsion and Jewish only settlements."
CSJP - Whitewashing Anti-Semitic Hate Speech as "Pro-Palestinian Speech"
On November 19, 2014, CSJP hosted professor Steven Salaita, who misleadingly claimed the University of Illinois (U of I) silenced him for articulating pro-Palestinian views when it withdrew an offer of employment in 2014 — after becoming aware of his anti-Semitic tweets.
CSJP’s event description quoted Salaita saying “I posted tweets critical of Israel’s actions..." and went on to say “Salaita's story is only one of many instances of the silencing of pro Palestinian speech"
One tweet, Salaita posted shortly after Hamas kidnapped and murdered three teenage Israeli high school students, read: "You may be too refined to say it, but I’m not: I wish all the f**king West Bank settlers would go missing." A month later, Salaita tweeted, "Zionists: transforming "antisemitism" from something horrible into something honorable since 1948." On July 8, 2014, he tweeted: "There's something profoundly sexual to the Zionist pleasure w/#Israel's aggression. Sublimation through bloodletting, a common perversion."
U of I defended its decision to withdraw the job offer to Salaita in a January 29, 2015 press release, saying: “These statements [his tweets] and many more like them demonstrate that Dr. Salaita lacks the judgment, temperament and thoughtfulness to serve as a member of our faculty in any capacity, but particularly to teach courses related to the Middle East."**
CSJPIn November of 2015, CSJP also attacked the pro-Israel group, Aryeh, for embracing IsraAid, an Israeli organization that provides humanitarian aid globally to those in suffering from natural disasters with banners saying “celebrating Israel is Apartheid," and ‘Ethnic cleansing."
In March 2014, CSJP members hung a banner on Barnard Hall, the entryway of the college, to initiate Israeli Apartheid Week. The banner featured a map of Israel, Judea-Samria and the Gaza Strip, with no internal borders, colored uniformly green— visually eradicating the state of Israel. The next morning, the banner was removed after Barnard received numerous complaints from students and alumni who felt uncomfortable and unsafe.
Some students felt the banner was an overt display of anti-Semitism. Following this incident Kalikoff said “I was certain that there needed to be a Jewish voice standing in support of Palestinian students on our campus."
In February 2012, CSJP staged a mock house demolition, on Columbia’s Low Plaza — claiming Palestinians do not have the same building rights in Israel as “Jews" and that Palestinians are therefore “forced" to build illegally.
In November 2010, CSJP staged a mock Israeli checkpoint on Columbia’s Low Plaza, in which group members portrayed “Israeli soldiers" by harassing and yelling at passers-by. They also blindfolded, and placed tape over the mouths of other students, who were meant to portray security detainees.
A video CSJP uploaded of the event claimed “91% of students at An-Najah University miss classes because of delays at checkpoints." The video omitted that An-Najah University, located in Nablus, remains notorious for its Sbarro Cafe Bombing Exhibition, celebrating the 2001 suicide bombing attack on the Sbarro Cafe, which killed 16 people — including 8 children and a pregnant woman — and wounded 130.
JVP was founded in Berkeley, California in 1996, as an activist group with an emphasis on the "Jewish tradition" of peace, social justice and human rights. The organization is currently led by Rebecca Vilkomerson and its board members include controversial Israel critics Naomi Klein, Judith Butler, Noam Chomsky and Tony Kushner.
JVP, which generally employs civil disobedience tactics like disrupting pro-Israel speakers and events, consists of American Jews and non-Jewish "allies" highly critical of Israeli policies. A staunch supporter of the BDS movement, JVP claims to aim its campaigns at companies that either support the Israeli military (Hewlett-Packard) or are active in the West Bank (SodaStream).
Although several Jewish groups critical of Israeli policies, like J Street and Partners for a Progressive Israel, make efforts to operate within the mainstream American Jewish community, JVP functions outside. The group is often criticized for serving as a tokenized Jewish voice for the pro-Palestinian camp and is widely regarded as the BDS movement's "Jewish wing."
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has accused JVP of being "the largest and most influential Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States," and said the group "exploits Jewish culture and rituals to reassure its own supporters that opposition to Israel not only does not contradict, but is actually consistent with, Jewish values... JVP consistently co-sponsors rallies to oppose Israeli military policy that are marked by signs and slogans comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, demonizing Jews and voicing support for groups like Hamas and Hezbollah."
According to the ADL website, JVP "uses its Jewish identity to shield the anti-Israel movement from allegations of anti-Semitism and provide it with a greater degree of legitimacy and credibility."
The BDS movement was founded in 2005 by Omar Barghouti and asserts that it "works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law."
The movement's most notable achievement has been the infiltration of university campuses through lobbying for "BDS resolutions." In these cases, backed by university anti-Israel affiliates, student governments have brought to vote on some form of boycott of — or divestment from — Israel and Israeli-affiliated entities. These resolutions, although non-binding, have been passed by student governments on numerous North American campuses.
BDS activity is often aggressive and disruptive. It has been noted that universities that pass BDS resolutions see a marked increase in anti-Semitic incidents on campus. In 2013, when the student government of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) debated a BDS resolution, reports emerged of violent threats and the spitting on a student wearing a Star of David necklace. As a result, the student government chose to vote via a "secret ballot" in order to ensure its members' safety.
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