Canary Mission: Mystery website demonizing pro-Palestine students exposed

After 13 annual attempts to pass a student council resolution at the University of Michigan in support of divestment from companies that benefit from Israeli human rights abuses, activists last year succeeded in pushing a measure that asks the university to investigate its investments into such corporations.
 
What followed was jubilation from supporters of the resolution, who had distanced themselves from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. However, the success came at a cost for those who lobbied for the measure. Students who expressed support for divestment at a long meeting in November ended up on Canary Mission, a website dedicated to demonising pro-Palestinian students.
 
The initiative, which operates anonymously, blasts students and faculty who criticise Israel with accusations of anti-Semitism and supporting terrorism. With more than 23,000 followers on Twitter, it uses its reach to suppress pro-Palestine activism. The identities of the people behind Canary Mission have been unknown since it became active in 2015. But new information is starting to unravel the mystery, raising the prospect of accountability.
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