Brookings Institution fellow briefs anti-Israel group gathering

Brookings Institution fellow briefs anti-Israel group gathering

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow, Shibley Telhami
Brookings Institution Senior Fellow, Shibley Telhami
Brookings Institution Senior Fellow, Shibley Telhami

A high profile Brookings Institution senior fellow participated Sunday in a national gathering outside Washington, D.C. of an anti-Israel group, which pushes for a boycott and economic divestment from the Jewish state, Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) reported.

In addition to his role with Brookings, Shibley Telhami is the University of Maryland’s Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, IPT stated.

In 2014, the Investigative Project on Terrorism examined the Brookings Institution’s close ties with the terror-supporting Gulf state Qatar, which has given the think tank millions of dollars over the years. Brookings, in turn, routinely gives voice and legitimacy to radical Islamists including those who advocate for Hamas, and hedges on censorship and blasphemy law campaigns by Muslim countries which are part of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The campaign's executive director, Yousef Munayyer, hosted Telhami's panel.
The campaign’s executive director, Yousef Munayyer, hosted Telhami’s panel.

In his comments Sunday, Telhami made no endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign, but summarized polling he did during the past year on American attitudes on U.S. policy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Increasingly, he said, there is a partisan divide, with data showing Democrats are more likely to want the U.S. to be even-handed rather than favor Israel or the Palestinians. When it comes to United Nations votes on establishing a Palestinian state, 53 percent of Republicans want the United States to continue voting against it. But only 19 percent of Democrats would want the U.S. to vote against it.

More than 80 percent of Democrats say they favor Israel’s democracy over its status as a Jewish state. A majority of Republicans, 57 percent, agreed.

Telhami does not ask specific questions about BDS in his polls, he said in a December interview.

“While Telhami took no position about the conference’s mission, his presence granted legitimacy upon the US Campaign and its mission. That mission includes isolating Israel politically and economically by pushing for a boycott on Israeli products, academic cooperation, pressuring corporations, and universities to divest from companies doing business in Israel, “IPT stated.

“In doing so, the US Campaign remains silent about Hamas’s rejection of any peaceful settlement to the conflict, a position established in its anti-Semitic charter which also calls for Israel’s annihilation. Hamas officials reiterate that position often.”

More at Investigative Project on Terrorism.

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