Read below for some info on our editorial and contributing team:
DAFKA is a consortium of students, faculty members, journalists and concerned community activists who are tired of the Palestinian propaganda being dispensed on our country's college campuses and in the community in general. We seek to educate with the truth.
LEE KAPLAN, DAFKA's chief editor is an investigative journalist, news bureau head, businessman and political activist. He formed DAFKA to create a more proactive movement against the Saudis' well-financed campaign against Israel on US college campuses and elsewhere, as well as the professional propaganda plans of PASSIA. Readers of the DAFKA website can read about PASSIA in our opening issue and in later issues can find this information under our search engine. DAFKA chapters on college campuses nationwide play Palestinian Television for all to see the reality of the Arab movement to create a "Palestinian" country to destroy Israel.
NONIE DARWISH is a US citizen of Middle East/Moslem origin. She is dissapointed over what happened on 9/11 by the very culture she grew up in. This is not disloyalty but love for her culture of origin. She feels that she could both support the existence of the State of Israel and fight anti-Semitism and at the same time support the welfare of Arabs and Moslems. She is a freelance writer and many of her articles are published at www.frontpagemag.com and www.worldnetdaily.com. Her website is www.noniedarwish.com . She is not Jewish but supports the state of Israel and America.
BECKY JOHNSON is a San Francisco Bay Area leftist who has been active in leftist anti-war and anti-poverty movements for over a decade. A homeless advocate with HUFF (see: www.huffsantacruz.org ), writer and television producer of "Club Cruz" in Santa Cruz, she has written articles on police brutality, welfare, and anti-homeless laws. She was a member of the Free Radio Santa Cruz collective for ten years, producing "Bathrobespierre's Broadsides: Civil Rights for the Poor" until May of 2006. She is the grand-daughter of Finnish Communists and a registered Green, yet supports Israel as a progressive, socially conscious nation. She is not Jewish.
FRANCISCO GIL-WHITE was originally a supporter of the PLO against Israel. Gil-White began researching the history and geopolitics of the Middle East like a competent scholar. He is an anthropologist, psychologist and historian. He was fired as a professor from the University of Pennsylvania for defending Serbs and Jews after he documented publicly on campus that the PLO's controlling core, Al Fatah, was created by a leader of Adolf Hitler's Final Solution with the purpose of seeing it through. You will find this documentation at the following link: http://www.hirhome.com/israel/pal_mov4.htm . Documentation of how Gil-White was fired from his post at U of P for supporting Israel is available here: http://www.hirhome.com/bio.htm. Gil-White's academic credentials are here: http://www.hirhome.com/academic.htm . Francisco's experiences help tremendouly as examples of how American universities have been taken over by anti-Israel and anti-US activists who replace scholarship with indoctrination. Gil-White is a top flight researcher and analyst who brings fresh insights to history-in-the- making. He is not Jewish.
DR. RACHEL EHRENFELD is author of Funding Evil; How Terrorism is Financed—and How to Stop It, Director of American Center for Democracy and a member of the Committee on the Present Danger. She is the world’s leading expert on Narco-Terrorism and a noteworthy authority on international terrorism, political corruption, money laundering, drug trafficking, and organized crime. Most recently, she was a consultant for the Department of Defense’s Threat Reduction Strategy. She is a member of DAFKA's Board of Directors.
DAVID MEIR-LEVI is an American-born Israeli currently living in Palo Alto, Ca. He holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, and an MA in Near Eastern Studies from Brandeis University. He taught Archaeology and Near Eastern History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the University of Tel Aviv in the '60's and '70's, during which time he completed his service in the Israeli military. Upon returning to the USA, Mr. Meir-Levi has worked as a Jewish educator, most recently in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mr. Meir-Levi is the Director of Research and Education at the Israel Peace Initiative (IPI), a grass-roots not-for-profit organization in the San Francisco Bay area working to educate the American public and its leaders in the history of the Arab-Israel conflict and realistic options for resolution. see: www.ipi-usa.org
LAINA FARHAT-HOLZMAN, PhD, is a political writer who spent many years living and working in Iran.
ARIELLA KRAPELNER, our development and fundrasing director, was born and raised in Israel. She has lived in the U.S. most of her life. Ariella is Founder and President of Living & Education, Inc., a nonprofit foundation. She is a licensed Private Postsecondary School Director in California and has a radio show on KCLA-FM on matters of survival to Israel and the U.S. Ariella wasn't much interested in current events and politics until she began hearing the deadly Jihadist libel campaign against Israel, at which time she began looking for the most effective way to combat those who would dismatle her country. She found the DAFKA program to be a most effective tool to accomplish taking back our campuses from anti-Israel, anti-Semitic and anti-US propaganda.
Other contributing writers:
Bill Levinson, Joe Kaufman, Arlene Kushner, Cinnamon Stillwell, Walid Shoebat, David Bedein, Sheikh Pahlazzi, Ted Belman, Jerry Gordon,
and many more...
So there you have it. We are made up of Jews, Muslims and Christians or Secularists, both from the Left and the Right who believe in the fundamental value of American democracy and in the democratic Jewish State of Israel.
DAFKA, despite our differences, we are here to tell the truth about the Arab attempt to destroy Israel by creating a "Palestinian State". We don't pull any punches and you will find within these pages things you never knew about the Middle East.