Hasbara Fellowships is housed under Aish International (7), an organization which has helped disseminate Islamophobic materials (8) on campuses and around the country. These materials portray the Muslim community as threats, have incited violence against Muslims, and serve to marginalize Muslim students on campus.
We further ask that USAC Council Members do not accept free or sponsored trips that marginalize communities on the UCLA campus (9). This includes any outside non-student organization that promotes discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, physical ability, mental ability, marital status, financial status or social status, or which engages in any form of systematic prejudiced oppression. The UCSA and USSA conferences are deemed acceptable as these conferences deal directly with student issues and do not marginalize any community.
Please sign as a candidate in the upcoming USAC elections assuring the campus that you will decline these trips while in elected office:
(5) see reference 2
(8) http://www.alternet.org/world/follow-money-islamophobia-israel-right-or-wrong, http://ipsnorthamerica.net/news.php?idnews=1705
(9) see reference 1