This month Stanford University’s Students for Justice in Palestine shut down a presentation that included the presence of Alison Weir of If Americans Knew which featured as a speaker Palestinian women. The organization later posted this online:
Ms. Weir, however, has made a number of remarks that blatantly attack the Jewish people as whole. In addition, Ms. Weir has also made derogatory remarks about Arabs, endorsed speech by a former head of the KKK, denied the impact of South African Apartheid, and referred to communism as a Jewish conspiracy.
The Palestinian women in turn has participated in an interview where she described the events:
I’m coming here to say that Israel has no right to exist. [The students] said we could discuss this kind of thing with each other, but not in front of American people… The existence of Israel, as I told the SJP, means that I have no right to exist. Because I am a refugee in a Palestinian camp inside Lebanon. The Lebanese government doesn’t want me, and we cannot return. So what are we? Are we going to stay stateless refugees generation after generation?
I have followed this matter over the past year and find it just one more instance of what I call hasbara 2.0.