Canary Mission blacklists college students and faculty for anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and pro-Islamic Jihad views. But first, a little background on one of the main reasons Canary Mission was founded: The Southern Poverty Law Center
The SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) has become the US hate monitor and is the basis for censorship by Twitter, Face Book, Google, and You Tube. The fact that SPLC has been discredited by the FBI is ignored. Anti-Islam groups comprise one of the largest sections of the list but virulent Jew/Christian-hating groups like CAIR are never included on the list as you can see below.
The purpose of the SPLC is to censor all those who have different political ideas. They oppose free speech as hate speech. They reject fact based reasoning and critical thought. Far Left Jewish groups and Christian groups that are apologists for Islam often partner with these SPLC totalitarians.
MediaBiasFactCheck/barenakedislam According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Bare Naked Islam is a news and opinion website with an extreme right wing bias. This source promotes extreme Islamophobia and is classified as an Anti-Islam hate group by SPLC. Inclusion on that list has resulted in PayPal, Amazon, Youtube, and certain advertisers cutting off their associations with BNI.
The SPLC list of alleged “hate groups” includes anti-Islam and pro-Christian sites like Bare Naked Islam, Jihad Watch, ACT for America, Alliance Defending Freedom, American Freedom Defense Initiative, America’s Promise Ministries, American Family Association, Center for Security Policy, Family Research Council, Jewish Defense League, Oath Keepers, Traditional Values Coalition, WorldNetDaily, Clarion Project, Understanding the Threat, Refugee Resettlement Watch, and more.
SPLC list of alleged extremists includes Frank Gaffney Jr., David Horowitz,David Yerushalmi, Joseph Francis Farah (World Net Daily), Larry Klayman, Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin (Ret.), Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and more.
With more than $300 million in its coffers, the far left Southern ‘Poverty’ Law Center focuses at least 90% of its smears on conservatives and Islam critics. In fact, the Southern Poverty Law Center is the biggest hate group in America, and continues to be funded by multinational billionaires like George Soros and corporations like Apple and Microsoft.
In 2014, the FBI cut ties with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Department of Justice removed SPLC as a reference after its erroneous labeling led to public safety threats against individuals and businesses included on their lists. Source Judicial Watch.
Congressman Steve Scalise and four others were gunned down in a rampage by James T. Hodgkinson who liked the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Facebook page. In 2014, the Southern Poverty Law Center repeatedly implied that Scalise associated with white supremacists and other groups the organization had deemed “hate groups,” including the Family Research Council. Source SPLC. In 2015, SPLC implied that because Scalise lives in the same state as Ku Klux Klan members, he “associated” with them. Source SPLC
CANARY MISSION’S BLACKLIST OF PRO-PALESTINE ACTIVISTS IS TAKING A TOLL
Michigan Daily – Canary Mission is an anonymous blacklist created in April 2015 that publishes political dossiers on student activists, professors and organizations. The website reads, “IF YOU’RE RACIST, THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW,” claiming to document “people and groups that promote hatred of the USA, Israel and Jews on North American college campuses.” There are more than 2,000 people listed on Canary Mission’s website.
Canary Mission has been criticized for using “McCarthyesque” tactics to silence freedom of speech, with opponents saying it’s designed to deter its subjects from advocating for Palestine.
Associate Professor Samer Ali, director of the Center for Middle East and North African Studies and the Islamophobia Working Group, says, “It’s a complete surveillance operation,” Ali said. “You’re going to feel like you’re being watched, targeted.
The explicit purpose of Canary Mission is to make it difficult for people to graduate and find jobs, internships or apply for funding because any employer who googles them, some of what they’ll find are these blacklists.” (Exactly what the Southern Poverty Law Center does to people who disagree with its Leftist views)
Canary Mission articulated its vision and strategy in its April 2015 debut video below. Along with the ominous video, Canary Mission’s website went live with dozens of profiles of students and academics who were critical of Israel.
The profiles feature students’ names, professions, photos, screenshots of social media posts that included critiques of Israel, and allegations that Students for Justice in Palestine intimidates and assaults Jewish students. Many allegations of anti-Semitism are based on declarations of support for Palestine and the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement that targets Israel over human rights abuses.
Canary Mission’s ethics policy states the blacklist profiles anyone who falls under the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism; disrupts Jewish or pro-Israel speakers or events; or uses language or speech that demonizes Jews, Israel or supporters of Israel.
According to Ali, Canary Mission’s job is simply to create doubt. “The only thing that needs to happen for Canary Mission to work is for an employer to doubt,” Ali said. “They’ll go with the candidate with less questions to answer.
There have been instances of government agencies using information procured from the blacklist. According to Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, the Israeli government has used data from Canary Mission to ban activists from entering Israel. The Intercept reported there have been at least two instances of FBI officials questioning students about pro-Palestinian views, referencing information from Canary Mission.
UC Berkeley Professor Hatem Bazian founded Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and American Muslims for Palestine:
The Intercept – Since it first splashed on the web three years ago, the blacklist has taken a remarkable toll on activists’ mental health and ability to engage in free speech and public advocacy on Palestine.
A survey of over 60 people profiled on Canary Mission, conducted by the group Against Canary Mission, found that 43 percent of respondents said they toned down their activism because of the blacklist, while 42 percent said they suffered acute anxiety from being placed on the website.
The Intercept spoke with 13 people, all of them current or former students, who are profiled on Canary Mission. The majority of them requested anonymity because they were afraid that speaking out about the blacklist would result in additional harassment.
Their shared experiences include feelings of anxiety and paranoia, and in some cases, stepping back from Palestinian rights activism — mirroring the results of the Against Canary Mission survey. Some reported receiving death threats online when Canary Mission tweets about them, and others said they believe they have had a tough time finding a job because of their inclusion on the list.
SJP at Florida State University is filled with anti-Semites and Bigots, and has a record of spreading incitement to terror, and defending the Knife Intifada.
The Canary Mission blacklist has become especially frightening, some activists said, because it’s being used by law enforcement in Israel and the United States. Palestinian rights advocates have been interrogated and deported from Israel because of their Canary Mission profiles. Others have been interrogated by the FBI, as The Intercept reported in June.
While Canary Mission promotes itself as a group working against anti-Semitism, the blacklist’s effective goal is to clamp down on growing support for Palestine in the United States by intimidating and tarnishing Palestinian rights advocates with the brush of bigotry. Many students were added after they got involved in campaigns led by Students for Justice in Palestine to get their universities to divest from corporations that support the Israeli occupation of
“Targets of Canary Mission have been denied entry to Palestine (Where is Palestine? Can’t find it on a map), fired from jobs, interrogated by employers and university administrators, and targeted with death threats and racial, homophobic misogynist harassment from Canary Mission followers,” said Liz Jackson, a founding staff attorney for Palestine Legal, a group that has interviewed over 200 people targeted by Canary Mission.
“We know one person who was denied a bank account. People have reported their relationships with parents and business relationships being damaged. And that doesn’t begin to describe the self-censorship and psychological warfare effects.”
Canary Mission also exposes fringe so-called Jewish groups like the Jewish Voice for Peace which is anything but. It’s a pro-Palestinian activist group that is among the most anti-Semitic groups in America.
The website continues to add information on Palestinian rights advocates, and has continued to single out activists on Twitter, which in turn leads Canary Mission’s followers to harass those activists. (Canary Mission has been suspended from Twitter twice, but its account was reinstated both times.)
In its dossiers, Canary Mission also links to the Facebook profiles of the activists it targets. R.G., a member of SJP at the University of California, Los Angeles, said that after Canary Mission added him to its blacklist, he started receiving threatening messages to his Facebook account.
“When you’re Arab and you’re on it, you’re automatically guilty. There’s no question that you’re an anti-Semite, or whatever it is they want to accuse you of,” said one woman blacklisted by Canary Mission. She noted that the uniqueness of Arabic names makes it more likely that Arabs on the list will be impacted by the dossiers.
Canary Mission has also led people to quiet their support of Palestinian rights. One organizer of a national Students for Justice in Palestine conference held in mid-November said many students decided not to attend because of fear of the blacklist.
SJP chapters regularly post their endorsement of “Intifada” on their official social media pages. Their members often chant pro-“Intifada” slogans at their events, demonstrations and disruptive activities.
“It’s killing the student movement,” said Rani al-Hindi, who was a member of Palestine activist groups at Hunter College in New York. “We’re not able to organize any big actions, have any big events, organize for the divestment campaign that has launched. There is a lot of intimidation.”
ONLINE BLACKLISTS OF advocates for Palestine have existed for more than 15 years. The most notable precursor to Canary Mission was Campus Watch, a website run by Daniel Pipes, an academic known for his hawkish foreign policy views and antipathy to Arabs and Muslims. Pipes’s blacklist, launched in 2002, targeted professors who were critical of Israel and U.S. foreign policy, and encouraged students to report their professors to Campus Watch.
But Canary Mission, born in an era of ubiquitous social media use, is of a different breed.
It lists many more people than Campus Watch did at any time. It targets students, rather than well-known professors, and it often appears as the first Google result for a search of a student’s name. It has also leveraged the power of social media, tweeting its dossiers and giving Israel’s most vociferous online warriors a list of targets to harass.
UCLA has become a hostile and unsafe environment for Jewish and Pro-Israel students.