OverviewRudi Barwin has supported an anti-Israel agitator and promoted the #returnthebirthright initiative launched by Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) against the Birthright Jewish heritage tour (Birthright).
Barwin has also promoted the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement at Carleton University (Carleton) in Canada, and is a member of the Facebook group International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN).
Barwin is an activist with Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) at Carleton/ University of Ottawa (uOttawa). IJV has promoted Holocaust denial and has been accused of peddling “antisemitism under the guise of radical anti-Zionism.”
As of May 2018, Barwin’s LinkedIn page said she was slated to graduate Carleton in 2019, with a degree in Linguistics & Human Rights. Her LinkedIn also said that she worked at the International Development Research Centre in the Student, Donor Partnership Division/Office of the Vice President Programs.
Supporting an Anti-Israel AgitatorOn January 19, 2018, IJV Carleton posted a picture to their Facebook page of Barwin holding a sign that read: “FREE AHED,” in reference to Ahed Tamimi.
Tamimi is the daughter of Bassem Tamimi, who is known 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.
Condemning Jewish Heritage TourOn April 12, 2018, IJV Carleton posted a letter written by Barwin to their Facebook page, soliciting funds to charter a bus from Canada to an April 15 Return the Birthright protest in New York City. In the letter, Barwin announced that “IJV has officially partnered with Jewish Voice for Peace on the Return the Birthright campaign.”
Barwin continued, “How can I, a Jew in the diaspora, take a free trip to Israel while Gazans face brutal violence for participating in nonviolent protest, and Palestinian refugees cannot return to their homes?” Barwin then accused Israel of an “ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine.”
Barwin letter referred to the Hamas-organized “March of Return.”
On March 30, 2018, some 30,000 Palestinians in Gaza approached Israel’s border to take part in “Land Day Protests” or the “March of Return.”
On March 30, 2018, some 30,000 Palestinians in Gaza approached Israel’s border to take part in “Land Day Protests” or the “March of Return.” The March of Return was organized and funded by Hamas as a campaign of violent protests along Israel’s border to spotlight the demand of Palestinians to “return” to Israel.
The “right of return” is a Palestinian demand discredited as a means to eliminate Israel.
March participants sent scores of kites bearing explosive devices across Israel’s border to burn Israeli crops and homes. Participants also attempted to breach the border fence, which caused the Israeli Defense Forces to respond with live fire.
On May 16, 2018, a Hamas senior official stated that 50 out of 62 protesters killed during a May 14 protest were Hamas operatives. Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) also claimed that three of its members were killed at the same protest.
IJV Carleton-UofOttawa - Return the Birthright
On March 28, 2018, IJV Carleton-UofOttawa endorsed the Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP)’s “Return the Birthright” campaign on Facebook.
In September 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: “ Israel is not our Birthright… Return the Birthright.”
On April 15, 2018, IJV Carleton-UofOttawa co-hosted a protest of a Birthright Israel event honoring Birthright donor Sheldon Adelson. The Facebook event described Israel as “racist” and “apartheid.”
BDS SupportOn December 4, 2017, Barwin co-authored a letter to her university’s student newspaper titled: “The BDS Movement is About Justice in Palestine.”
In the article, Barwin claimed that “Zionism is a political ideology which advocates for Israel to remain an exclusionary society, one that places the maintenance of ethno-nationalism over the freedom and basic rights of Palestinians”
Barwin concluded by saying, “After all, what is more divisive than apartheid?”
IJV Carleton-UofOttawa - Anti-Israel Campus ActivismIn 2018, IJV Carleton-UofOttawa worked closely with Students for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) at UOttawa to co-host anti-Israel events, including Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) and a BDS initiative.
Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) is presented as “an international series of events that seek to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people” and build support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. IAW has been re-named Palestine Awareness Week.
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