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Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

Nationally prominent University of Santa Cruz professor Nancy Stoller was attacked on a SF Chronicle -linked website as a "lesbian" who was ganted tenure "because she was a lesbian."
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Nationally prominent University of Santa Cruz professor Nancy Stoller was walking about in performance of her duties last week, when she came upon a doctored photograph depicting an infant. Certainly it would constitute illegal abuse of a child to post the child on flyers world wide in a manner which would make that child appear to be an armed terrorist. And in fact, the photo had been doctored to depict the child as a suicide-belt wearing jihadi, bent on martyrdom. Apparently Professor Stoller took possession of at least one such flyer, possibly as evidence of child abuse, or to remove the patently offensive material, which was not apparently authorized by any legitimate campus office.

According to Kaplan,the depictions of the enfant terrible was to promoted an event featuring a supporter of the actions of the Israeli Defense Forces. Yet, "attendance by the general student body...was minimal". Ironically, Kaplan contends that the sole reason was because of Stoller's opposition. Yet the event had been widely publicized online, as pro-and-con arguments raged over the supposed objectivity of PMW. Could it be that many UCSC students just simply didn't care to hear the presentation?

In fact, the material had been prepared by an organization with links to a foreign government. In an open publishing forum linked to the San Francisco chronicler, a statement bearing a byline of the notorious Lee Kaplan admitted as much, that the material had been prepared for and by the PMW, Palestine Media Watch, and that the speaker had been "flown in from Israel".

According to the article, the photo was entirely fake. "We put it together in Photoshop." said Tammi Benjamin a woman identified as a "scholar", without any indication of her credentials. The Kaplan article also attacked Stoller as "a lesbian" who was granted tenure soon after only because she was a lesbian.

There have also been allegations that the event's sponsors free speech was abridged by people writing "Zionism is Racism" across the flyers. But according to the Kaplan article, this was disputed. “I’ve never seen flyers defaced in this way,? said Benjamin.

Ironically, the Kaplan article, adopting a shrill tone, complains that various nefarious ne'er do wells were attempting to confront the PWM Israeli's on-campus campaign. Yet in the credits at the bottom of the article, Kaplan boasts of affiliation with an organization entitled "Stop the ISM". The ISM is a human rights organization which seeks nuetral nonviolent mediation and observation of the turmoil in the Occupied Territories of Palestine. Among its activities is the push for an investigation of the circumstances behind the killing of Rachel Corrie, and American citizen who was run over by an Israeli bulldozer operator. While it is unclear why or what particular activities of the ISM Mr. Kaplan seeks to stop, it is clear that negativity and the desire to obstruct the free speech of the ISM is as much a part of his agenda as any such constraints may be on the part of these unnamed conspirators who may be opposed to the presence of an Israeli operative on campus.

Gabriel Baramki, an education consultant in Ramallah, has reviewed the contentions of PMW and states bluntly that they are "poisonous attacks ... as a cover for their unwillingness to accept a Palestinian state, side by side with Israel, as the prerequisite to peace."

Baramki also points out, Palestinian schoolbooks cannot and should not be examined in the absence of an equal scrutiny of the Israeli textbooks." Yet the on-campus presentation presented a critique of Palestinian textbooks only. As Kaplan put it, "just another day on campus."

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Photo courtesy of UN Department of Public Information
Photo Caption: According to Kaplan, maps such as these are "propaganda'.

 
 


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Re: Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/1998/1948/406_tdrs.htm

For three decades Gabriel Baramki was vice-president of Bir Zeit University. Now he plays a leading role in raising international awareness about the dispossession of the Palestinians

 

Re: Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

Eric Stein wrote:
"was attacked on a SF Chronicle -linked website"

The above information is incorrect. The website actually is Chronwatch, and is NOT connected in any way with the SF Chronicle. It is a hate mongering right wing website which critiques any and all progressive content which may appear in the SF Chronicle.

No link is provided to Chronwatch as all links to it have been repeatedly deleted by SCIMC editors, apparently since the site violates the editorial guidelines for posting, as in the following: "For example, posts that contain blatantly racist, sexist, homophobic, or other hateful material intended to objectify, intimidate, or injure traditionally oppressed or under-represented groups or that link to websites that advocate the same, may be hidden or deleted."

If you're really interested, look Chronwatch up on Google...
 

Re: Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

Whether the picture is fake or not is not clear. But what is clear is that Kaplan actually wrote:

"It's not that we put it together in Photoshop," said Tammi Benjamin, a member of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East who co-sponsored the event.. "What's offensive is that Palestinians teach their children to blow themselves up and kill Israelis."

The complete article can be found at:
www.chronwatch.com/content/contentDisplay.asp

Censors take note: I am not agreeing with everything that this website promotes, but it is clear what was actually said on that web site differs from what was published here.
 

Re: Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

John wrote:
"Kaplan actually wrote:

"It's not that we put it together in Photoshop," said Tammi Benjamin, a member of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East who co-sponsored the event."

No John, in reality that piece of (ahem) journalism was done by Jondi Gumz of the Sentinel. Lee Kaplan is not a journalist, he's a hatchet man...
 

Re: Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

So when liberals tear down event fliers of a political nature which is out-of-line with the liberal agenda, it's not censorship?

Whatever.
 

Stoller admitted tearing down "two" flyers

Prof. Stoller was contacted by the UCSC admin. and admitted tearing down "two" flyers, but the student who saw her, said she had a stack of the flyers in her hand at the time.

ALL of the flyers for the Itamar Marcus event were torn down and had to be reposted THREE times. Even then, most of the flyers were gone prior to the event.

The misquote from above was lifted from Jondi Gumz article, however, Lee Kaplan did confirm Tammi Benjamin's input before he wrote his article.

The 2nd misquote in the above article is putting Benjamin's comment "I've never seen flyers defaced in this way" out of context. She did not DENY that the flyers were defaced. In fact, she reported how other flyers were defaced on beyond what was printed in the Sentinel.

Tammi Benjamin is a lecturer at UCSC and the spokesperson for Mideast Scholars for Peace which hosted the speaking engagement by PMW director, Itamar Marcus.

I personally have no beef with Stoller's lesbianism. I don't know the events that revolved around her 5 year attempt to get tenure.
Kaplan reported that there was a controversy regarding her getting tenure and reported some of the commentary that went on at the time.

The "hate literature" (which was the flyer telling where and when the Itamar Marcus event was being held) included a photo of a baby dressed as a suicide bomber for jihad. Many such photos exist as some Palestinians promote their children growing up to become suicide bombers against Israel. There was no need to photoshop it.

A note on the map above: prior to 1967, 12% of Israel's population was Arab. Prior to 1967, zero percent of the West Bank was Jewish. Thats because JOrdan (the country that Israel took over the West Bank FROM in 1967)had ethnically cleansed every Jew from there in 1948. Currently Jewish settlements are on 1.7% of the land of the West Bank.

I'm sure if the eeeevvviilll Ziiiionnists had torn down flyers for a pro-ISM event, there would be no censorship of THAT here at SC IMC.
 

Re: Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

Do I have the right to remove anything on the UCSC campus I find offensive?

Honestly... Good Job Professor Stoller for showing us that you believe freedom of speech exists only for yourself!

Man, another mark against the tenure system.
 

Re: Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

Becky Johnson speaks of "freedom of speech," but as a producer of a local television show, she allows for ZERO opinions that conflict with her own on the show.

The closest she came (that I know of) is when Steven Argue wrote about the possibility of being on her show after the ensuing debate on the "Lee Kaplan, Dafka Exposed" article. She wouldn't let him appear without Lee Kaplan, wouldn't give him equal time and wouldn't insist that he not be interrupted(!!)

Does Becky Johnson only believe in "free speech" when it suits her purposes??
 

Map shows "Greater Israel!!"

Ha-aretz includes Palestinian territory as part of the map of Israel.
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Israeli mass media showing Palestinian's tiny territories as already swallowed up by the zionist Liebensraum!!!
 

Revised Full Article

Revised Article on Indybay
Eric Stein's original article was unable to be revised under his password after being moved to Local News. His password would not migrate as the move was performed under another password.
The article was lightly revised for flow and ease of understanding before posting at this link, at Indybay, under the education section.
 

Re: Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

To maintain that Becky is repressing anyone's right to free speech by not allowing them onto HER show, is like claiming I've robbed you by merely not giving you money.

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom to go where you have no right to be. To appear on Becky's show is a priviledge, not a right.

You people stretch "rights" to the point that the world owes you anything you could ever want. That's the attitude of a spoiled brat.
 

Re: Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

I think you misunderstand.

I, and others were referring to the fact that she ripped down posters she didn't approve of.
 

Turned Tables

To maintain that SC IMC is repressing anyone's right to free speech by hiding their racist posts, is like claiming I've robbed you by merely not giving you money.

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom to go where you have no right to be. To post on SC IMC is a priviledge, not a right.

You neocon zionists stretch "rights" to the point that the world owes you anything you could ever want. That's the attitude of a spoiled brat.
 

Steve Argue has been on my show more than once

Since the last 35 or so postings of mine have been deleted, I hesitate to write anything here. Since "Freedom of Speech" chose to criticize me directly, I hope the SC IMC CENSORS won't instantly hit the flush button when they see that is me speaking, and allow me the opportunity to defend myself.

Putting aside my own ire at the "Free" speech advocates who can't tolerate an opinion different than their own (and I really think they started deleting my comments because I was doing so much damage with my well-researched commentaries---if you can't win an argument fair and square--cheat!!)

My television show, Club Cruz, which is on at 7PM on channel 27 and repeated on Thursdays at 7PM, has taped nearly 250 shows.

Steve Argue has appeared on 3 or 4 shows. Likewise, Maureen Smith of the Peace and Freedom Party has been on my show and spoke out against Israel during her time to speak.

Of the 7 or so shows Lee Kaplan and I have taped, two of them were debates with the Resource Center for Nonviolence mideast coordinator, Scott Kennedy.

So we don't even remotely fit the generalization that Freedom of Speech makes.

I wonder what Freedom of Speech thinks about the show, Voices (Mark Halfmoon, producer) which recently did an expose on Lee Kaplan and myself, without informing us, or contacting us?

Their "excuse" for not contacting us for so much as a statement was that since my show didn't have anti-Israel people on it (in their view,lacking balance), then they didn't need to involve us in their show.

What does Freedom of Speech have to say about
Prof. Nancy Stoller who teaches a class on Freedom of Speech, but doesn't get it that to be a good citizen and supportive of freedom of speech you have to model respect for those who hold a contrarian point of view?
 

Re: Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

I read the Chronwatch article. It doesn't state that Nancy Stoller was hired for being a lesbian.
It says some of her opponents claimed she was granted tenure merely because she sued saying her tenure was denied not due to faulty scholarship as the University claimed, but rather because she was a lesbian--a clear difference to what the article above claims. The writer who wrote the article for this thread either sought to deceive the readership or is too ignorant to make political statements in such a forum.
 

Re: Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

"I hesitate to write anything here"
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that's not necessarily a bad thing
 

Re: Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

BJ:"I hesitate to write anything here"

That's actually a VERY GOOD thing.
 

Re: Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

O:"I read the Chronwatch article"

OO: Sure you didn't write it?

Whether or not you did you didn't read it very carefully.

It did NOT attribute "her opponents" (O) but just "some people" - a convenient rhetorical trick to dodge responsibility for inuendo- "she was granted tenure soon after only because she was a lesbian. " Emphasis added. This is clearly a snide form of gay-baiting. Kaplan (would that be you?) deceives no one by attributing his snide comment to "some people".

As if there could be any doubt as to his "journalistic" sincerity, he himself says

"so one might call Stoller’s position a cushy job supported by the California taxpayer."

Again, he ducks responsibility for his words with a convenient little "so one might call"...

He's a bit too clever for himself...one might say...some say...blah blah blah.

Obviously, it is Kaplan's gaybaiting pure and simple.

 

Re: Santa Cruz Professor Attacked as Lesbian After Removing Hate Literature

BECKY: "the creation of a lucrative job especially for her lesbian partner"

BECKY: "Kaplan believes that Stoller only got her tenure because she's a lesbian. He found comments to that effect on the internet and reported them in his article."

BECKY: " BECAUSE they are lesbians, that would be wrong. You don't have to be a gay-basher to think that."

No one said you guys were gay-bashing. We said you were gay baiting. That was the whole point of the article that started the thread. But you guys are more interested in picking apart every nuance to get Kaplan off the hook than in defending Lesbian Rights to not be Gay-Baited in Academia. Sort of like your deep concern over Darfur...

 

Becky's Boyfriend is a Plagiarist

"Kaplan did most of his research on the internet --hence the liberal use of the quotes in Jondi Gumz's Sentinel article."

Hmmm, you call it "liberal use" while others see it as plagiarism.

It figures, you making up pathetic defenses for your boyfriend.

Maybe you have a bit of a conflict of interest? You always having your boyfriend on your show?
 

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