Sunday 23 October 2016

Online database seeks to blacklist pro-Palestinian students

Published 29/05/2015 | 09:02

The Canary Mission site seeks to 'expose anti-American activities'
The Canary Mission site seeks to 'expose anti-American activities'

A new website is publishing profiles of people it claims are affiliated with pro-Palestinian groups in a bid to prevent them getting jobs in the United States.

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Canary Mission went live in mid-May and primarily targets students by including their names, photos, and a detailed list of their “anti-freedom and anti-American” activities.

The site goes so far as to link to their social media profiles and post its contexts.

The unknown group behind the website claims  it is an organisation dedicated to “documenting acts of hate, exposing them and holding these individuals accountable”.

A video published on its YouTube channel explains that the database can help to “ensure that today’s radicals are not tomorrow’s employees”.

“No one remembers their yelling profanities on campus or attending Jew-hating conferences and anti-American rallies. All evidence has been eradicated and soon they will be part of your team,” it warns.

Despite its dedication to documenting the identities of pro-Palestinian activists, Canary Mission is registered in a way that hides its ownership.

The group states that it created the website out of concern for “the rise of anti-semitic hate crimes… such as the dangerous Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement”.

The decade-old BDS movement encourages organisations and institutions to boycott and divest from Israel until “the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel” are  recognised.

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