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ISM's role in Rachel Corrie's death: reckless negligence or even worse

ISM member Tom Dale's testimony. Palestinian doctors try to bring Rachel back from the dead.

Bulldozer pictures from Electronic Intifada. Evidence of  a photo- manipulated fake.

Killing Americans to make propaganda: the Lusitania.

See also Sun Tzu's Art of War and The Molly Maguires

ISM knowingly and willfully puts foreigners in harm's way

ISM encourages foreigners to commit espionage and sabotage.

ISM condones and advocates violence

Terrorists welcomed Rachel Corrie's death

Justice for Rachel Corrie: complaint filed against Electronic Intifada's parent organization

ISM Front Organizations

Royalty-free leaflet: ISM's role in a Palestinian strategy that uses both violence and nonviolence Demands Justice for Peace Activist Rachel Corrie, Victim of Palestinian Terror Organizations

It is's intention to make sure that Rachel Corrie is the last American college student whom the International Solidarity Movement ever stands in front of a bulldozer or otherwise jeopardizes for its propaganda purposes.
  1. ISM director George Rishmawi, ISM member Joseph Smith, and a Hamas terrorist state openly a motive for wanting Rachel to be killed.
    • "Recently, the Director of the Solidarity Movement, George Rishmawi, explained to the San Francisco Chronicle that the recruitment of American student volunteers is useful to the Palestinian Movement because "if some of these foreign volunteers get shot or even killed, then the international media will sit up and take notice.""
    • Joseph Smith, who was present when Corrie died and whose highest priority was apparently to take pictures, said, ""The spirit that she died for is worth a life. This idea of resistance, this spirit of resisting this brutal occupying force, is worth anything. And many, many, many Palestinians give their lives for it all the time. So the life of one international, I feel, is more than worth the spirit of resisting oppression."
    • A Hamas terrorist said openly that Rachel was worth more dead than alive. "'Her death serves me more than it served her,' said one activist at a Hamas funeral yesterday. '...Her death will bring more attention than the other 2,000 martyrs.'" Making of a Martyr by Sandra Jordan, Guardian Newspapers
    • When you are more useful to your friends dead than you are alive, it is time to find new friends.
  2. The ISM posted what look like photomanipulated fake photos in conjunction with Rachel Corrie's death.
    • If you were investigating a murder— and the ISM has accused Israel of "murdering" Rachel Corrie— and one of the witnesses to the so-called murder (the ISM) presented you with obviously-fabricated evidence, what would you think?.
  1. Several of Rachel's "friends" in the ISM testified vigorously about their eyewitness accounts of her death but not one of them lifted a finger to pull her out of the slowly-moving bulldozer's path. This suggests at best a callous disregard for the young woman's life.
      • "Her British friend and fellow activist, Tom Dale, 18, from Lichfield in Staffordshire, said he saw her die. First, he said, there was fear on her face as she realised that her defiant gesture was going wrong. Joe Smith, 21, who went to college with Corrie, said that, although they acknowledged the danger, they saw death as a 'small, unlikely, potential risk'."
        • That's very interesting. He was close enough to see the fear on her face but he stood there and did nothing to save her when HE realized that her "defiant gesture was going wrong."
      • "The activists have compelling photographic evidence to support eyewitness claims that Corrie's death was a deliberate, murderous mowing down of a unarmed protester." Photomanipulated evidence, and that says plenty.
      • "Dale watched as she knelt down in front of the bulldozer, perhaps 20 metres away, something the activists had done repeatedly that day as they had in the past. 'The bulldozer went towards her, very slowly, she was fully in clear view, straight in front of them.'"
        • He himself testifies that the bulldozer was moving very slowly-- plenty of time for him or another man to pull her out of its path when it became clear that (for whatever reason) it was not going to stop.
      • "A traumatised Smith raised his camera and took photographs: Rachel standing in front of the bulldozer; then her bloodied body being pulled from the freshly turned soil; being cradled in the arms of her friends."
        • That's interesting. Why was his highest priority the taking of photographs when his friend, or so she thought herself, was in immediate danger of life and limb??? Remember, this is from the ISM's own testimony as reported on a site friendly to the ISM and not from a pro-Zionist site.
      • "'If only they'd had a video camera,' one Palestinian journalist lamented. 'A film of the Israelis killing an American in cold blood would have ended the intifada.'"
        • The Palestinian journalist's primary lament is that they didn't have a video camera— and not that they didn't pull Rachel out of the bulldozer's path.
  2. The Palestinians have a track record for using their own people for suicide missions without their knowledge or consent, so why not kill Rachel Corrie as well?
    1. "Sending Children off to die." In March 2004, Palestinian terrorists gave 11-year-old Abdullah Quran a shrapnel bomb (without his knowledge, which emphasizes the importance of never accepting any kind of package from a stranger at an airport) which they could detonate by remote control. Israeli soldiers saved the innocent boy's life by finding the bomb but the lesson is clear. Palestinian terrorists are willing to murder Muslim boys by using them as unwitting bombs, so they're obviously willing to kill infidel American women  if that will help them make propaganda.
      1. Guardian Limited story
      2. Crime Library story
    2. "World Watch" by Ian Black (The Guardian) reminds us of this one as well: " Looking back to 1986, to the case of a Jordanian called Nezar Hindawi, some curious parallels emerge. Hindawi duped his Irish girlfriend, pregnant with his child, into trying to board an El Al plane at Heathrow with a bomb he had secretly hidden in her luggage."
    3. Rachel Corrie was alive when she was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she died. Since Hamas is in the business of murder and it said openly that Rachel was more useful to them dead than alive, one wonders if air bubbles or potassium chloride got into her intravenous line... or maybe her mouth and nostrils were just pinched shut for a while to make sure she would "bring more attention than the other 2000 martyrs," to use Hamas' own words.
    4. Conclusion: Rachel Corrie, a female and an infidel (and therefore worth little more than a domestic animal to many Islamofascists, noting that Saudi law values a Christian female at one-quarter the value of a Muslim male) was expendible. The only remaining question is how much of a role the Palestine Solidarity Movement had in "expending" her.
ISM member Tom Dale's testimony from the ISM's own Web site
Many of you will of heard varying accounts of the death of Rachel Corrie, maybe others will have heard nothing of it. Regardless, I was 10 metres away when it happened 2 days ago, and this is the way it went.
We’d been monitoring and occasionally obstructing the 2 bulldozers for about 2 hours when 1 of them turned toward a house we knew to be threatened with demolition. Rachel knelt down in its way. She was 10-20 metres in front of the bulldozer, clearly visible, the only object for many metres, directly in it’s view. They were in Radio contact with a tank that had a profile view of the situation. There is no way she could not have been seen by them in their elevated cabin. They knew where she was, there is no doubt.
The bulldozer drove toward Rachel slowly, gathering earth in its scoop as it went.
[If the bulldozer was demolishing houses, why bother to scoop up earth? Why not just drive through the houses?]
She knelt there, she did not move. The bulldozer reached her and she began to stand up, climbing onto the mound of earth. She appeared to be looking into the cockpit. The bulldozer continued to push Rachel, so she slipped down the mound of earth, turning as she went. Her faced showed she was panicking and it was clear she was in danger of being overwhelmed.
 [Note that this individual says nothing whatsoever about his own actions, or lack thereof, while the bulldozer slowly-- to use his own words-- ran over her. A young and able-bodied man should have easily been able to traverse 10 meters in less than three seconds, grab Rachel's arm, and pull her out of the way.]
All the activists were screaming at the bulldozer to stop and gesturing to the crew about Rachel’s presence.
[The activists had been screaming at the bulldozer all day, so the driver probably assumed it was just more protesting. Remember also that he was inside an armored cabin with a very large engine running beneath him.]
We were in clear view as Rachel had been, they continued. They pushed Rachel, first beneath the scoop, then beneath the blade, then continued till her body was beneath the cockpit. They waited over her for a few seconds, before reversing. They reversed with the blade pressed down, so it scraped over her body a second time. Every second I believed they would stop but they never did.
I ran for an ambulance, she was gasping and her face was covered in blood from a gash cutting her face from lip to cheek.
[This reinforces's contention that a hard hat, which the ISM recklessly and negligently chose not to provide, might have prevented Rachel's head injuries and perhaps saved her life-- especially if "brain hemorrhaging" played a role in doing her in.]
She was showing signs of brain hemorrhaging. [How do you know, "Doctor" Dale?] She died in the ambulance a few minutes later of massive internal injuries.
 [As shown here, however, "Palestinian doctors try to save the life of Rachel Corrie at the Najar hospital in the southern Gaza town of Rafah." Do doctors normally try to save the lives of dead people?]
Palestinian doctors try to save the life of Rachel Corrie at the Najar hospital in the southern Gaza town of Rafah
Palestinian doctors try to save Rachel Corrie's life even though Tom Dale says she died in the ambulance.
Bulldozer pictures being circulated by pro-Palestinian sources on the Internet
Evidence of ISM's fake photo
Note also that the sun on the building that faces the bulldozer is consistent with the sun falling on the back of the bulldozer blade. The same goes for the lack of sunlight on the right side of the bulldozer blade and on the side of the building.

Furthermore, the Electronic Intifada reports,
"Picture taken between 3:00-4:00PM, 16 March 2003, Rafah, Occupied Gaza. Rachel Corrie (L) and Nick (R) oppose the potential destruction of this home (to the west of the Doctor's home where Rachel was killed). In the instance pictured, the bulldozer did not stop and Rachel was pinned between the scooped earth and the fence behind her. On this occasion, the driver stopped before seriously injuring her. Photo by Joseph Smith (ISM Handout)."
Although the picture was supposedly taken in the late afternoon in late winter, Rachel's shadow is shorter than her body. This suggests a very high sun angle, perhaps almost noon for that time and place. There are a LOT of things wrong with this photograph.

1915: The Lusitania
The British-owned passenger liner Lusitania sails from New York, allegedly with war materials (contraband) in her hold. Many American citizens are on the ship despite numerous public warnings from Germany that she was a legitimate military target (due to the England-bound war materials in her hold). A German submarine torpedoes and sinks the Lusitania, with a large loss of American life. 
Anglo-French propagandists use this incident to whip up anti-German sentiment in the U.S. This cartoon (Rogers, William A. "He Had Expected to Find the President Alone," New York Herald, 6/3/1915) is an example. Meeting of the German ambassador with President Woodrow Wilson. The banner in the background says, "Little Lost Children of the Lusitania." re: the alleged transportation of munitions in the Lusitania. My high school history book (Colton and Palmer's A History of Modern Europe, late 1960s/ early 1970s edition) also suggests that munitions were being carried by the Lusitania.
If England knowingly and willfully made the Lusitania a legitimate military target by putting war materials in her hold then England, not Germany, was responsible for the deaths of dozens or hundreds of Americans-- followed by more than a hundred thousand more when the American public and Woodrow Wilson allowed themselves to be led by this propaganda into England's, France's, and Russia's war.
2003: Rachel Corrie
The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) encouraged American citizen Rachel Corrie to stand in front of armored Israeli bulldozers that were demolishing, among other things, tunnels that were being used by terrorists. Although the ISM members had plenty of time to take pictures of Ms. Corrie doing this, none seemed able to pull her out of the path of the bulldozer that ran over her because its driver could not see her.
Now ISM, Electronic Intifada, and other Palestinian propaganda fronts are pointing emphatically to this idealistic young martyress and laying her death at Israel's feet. As shown by the story of the Lusitania, however, things are not always what they seem.
This account from Wikipedia (emphasis is mine):
  • Roughly an hour before the fatal incident the IDF used tear gas and fired warning shots to disperse the ISM protesters, who then later regrouped.
  • Tom Dale, an 18-year old British protestor and fellow ISM activist standing several yards away, said she was "kneeling in front of the bulldozer and tried to scramble out of its way."

Note that Israel tried to get the ISM demonstrators away from the area, partly for their own safety. The ISM people effectively disobeyed an order from the police (or army) to leave a certain area. If the IDF had arrested and deported these people instead of dispersing them, Ms. Corrie would still be alive.

Killing your friends to make propaganda: historical examples from Sun Tzu's The Art of War
James Clavell's translation of Sun Tzu's The Art of War (IX, "The Army on the March"), a Ch'i city was defended by T'ien Tan. Can anyone say, "Please don't throw me in the briar patch, Br'er Fox?"

"T'ien Tan openly said: 'My only fear is that the Yen army may cut off the noses of their Ch'i prisoners and place them in the front rank to fight against us; that would be the undoing of the city."
"The other side, being informed of this speech, at once acted on the suggestion; but those within the city were enraged at seeing their fellow countrymen thus mutilated, and fearing only lest they should fall into the enemy's hands, were nerved to defend themselves more obstinately than ever."
"Once again T'ien Tan sent back converted spies who reported these words to the enemy: 'What I dread most is that the men of Yen may dig up the ancestral tombs outside the town, and by inflicting this indignity on our forefathers cause us to become fainthearted."

The besiegers did this as well, with the effect of enraging the defenders even further.

T'ien Tan was therefore sufficiently ruthless to cause the mutilation of his own soldiers and the desecration of his own people's graves in order to achieve his mission. I am sure the Palestinians are sufficiently ruthless to throw a young American woman's life away for exactly the same purpose.
The Molly Maguires
Movie with Sean Connery and Richard Harris, based on actual events in Schuylkill County, PA

The private detective played by Richard Harris had to infiltrate a violent secret society, the Molly Maguires. After being arrested in a barroom brawl, he is taken to the Welsh police captain (who knows his identity). The captain remarks, "It wouldn't do to send you back unmarked," and hits the detective in the face with his nightstick. "We have to make it look good." I think the detective's answer was, "I admire a man who likes his work."

The detective later helps the Mollies beat up a police officer who beat one of the Irish miners. "You broke my man's jaw in two places," complained the police captain. "I had to make it look good," the detective answered.

The Molly Maguires later vote on whether to bash (beat up) or kill one of the abusive mine bosses (one of the people who is employing the detective to protect their interests). The deciding vote falls to the detective who says, "Kill the son of a bitch." The detective is willing to get someone on his own side killed so he can set the Mollies up to be tried for murder and hanged.

Would a hard hat, as is often required in U.S. construction sites, have saved Rachel Corrie's life?
Was the International Solidarity Movement negligent and reckless in allowing or encouraging its volunteers to mingle with moving construction equipment without safety apparel? (Not intended as formal engineering advice or expert engineering testimony, although I am sure professional civil engineers or certified safety professionals could be found who could provide such testimony.)
  • Exhibit 1: Head injuries were cited as a cause of Rachel Corrie's death
  • Exhibit 2: Neither Rachel Corrie nor the man with her in the pictures shown above were wearing hard hats.
  • Exhibit 3: Source: note that "head protection" is NUMBER 2 OUT OF 100
OSHA requirements for hard hats at construction sites

Palestinian-run International Solidarity Movement knowingly and willfully puts its volunteers in harm's way
Don't take's word for it; take ISM's as shown below. ISM recruits Americans and puts them into dangerous situations-- perhaps in the hope they will be killed? (6 August 2003)
The International Solidarity Movement is committed to recruiting, training, and deploying Americans and other internationals every month to do principled, nonviolent direct action to resist Israel’s occupation and force an end to it.  ...Palestinian activists trying to work or protest alone face harsh punishment from Israeli forces. This has included beatings, long-term arrests, serious injury and even death.
Well, at least they're honest. If you go into someone else's war zone and interfere with the activities of someone's armed forces and police authorities, you might get arrested, injured, or killed.

ISM encourages Americans to commit sabotage, espionage, and other crimes
From (6 August 2003)

Some actions you might take part in:

  • dismantling earthen roadblocks
  • observing and intervening at checkpoints
  • taking over a checkpoint
  • wheat-pasting a tank

Please be assured that ISM does not encourage or pressure anyone to participate in an action that is beyond their level of comfort. Some actions are riskier than others, and you should use your own judgment.

"Dismantling roadblocks" could be construed as sabotage of military operations (in peacetime). "Intervening at checkpoints" and "taking over a checkpoint" mean interfering with law enforcement and military operations. "Wheat-pasting" is a form of vandalism (malicious or criminal mischief).
"Group members have also reported Israeli troop movements to armed Palestinian units", Bedein said, and they intervene at checkpoints to facilitate the transit of Palestinians who may be terrorists. As well, they have prevented Israel from monitoring and closing tunnels used to smuggle arms into Gaza from Egypt.

Reporting one country's troop movements to opposing armed units is, I believe, commonly known as espionage, which is a capital military crime. A government would probably be within its rights to have you court-martialed and executed for doing something like this.

Facilitating the transit of armed guerrillas, and interfering with the closure of tunnels that are used to smuggle arms, are probably serious and possibly capital military crimes. Although Israel does not have the death penalty, another country could easily have you shot or hanged for doing these things. (You could certainly go to jail in Israel, possibly for life, for doing it.) And they would be within their rights under international law.

If you are thinking about interfering with the military operations of Israel (or any country), read this carefully.
 I doubt that ISM tells its volunteers just how dangerous it is to fiddle around with a military operation, but I will. During wartime (or around sensitive installations even during peacetime), you can be shot for disobeying a sentry's order to halt . This was, in fact, the fate of Israel's greatest hero, American-born David Mickey Marcus. If a sentry can kill his own country's hero (who would have complied with the sentry's instructions had he known what was going on) by mistake, imagine what can happen to you if you disobey an order to halt. This is quite consistent with the orders my father received when he stood guard duty during the Second World War. Discretion was not allowed; if it failed to stop after three challenges plus an optional warning shot, you shot to kill. That was a military order and sentries were required to obey it. (The truck bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut shows the reason behind such no-discretion orders.) There is also a story that a senty fired a warning shot at General Patton for driving past his post without stopping. Patton drove back, tore the stripes from the man's sleeve, and said, 'That's for missing!"

David Daniel Mickey Marcus, a tough Brooklyn street kid, rose by virtue of his courage and intelligence to help save Israel in 1948 and become its first general since Judah Maccabee.

...Tragically Marcus did not live to see the peace. Six hours before the cease fire began, in the village Of Abu Ghosh near Jerusalem, Marcus was unable to sleep. He walked beyond the guarded perimeter wrapped in his bed sheet. A Jewish sentry saw a white-robed figure approaching and, not understanding Marcus's response to his challenge, fired a single, fatal shot. (Source: Jewish Virtual Library)
Incidentally, it is doubtful that the Israeli sentry got into any trouble for killing General Marcus, who was to Israel what Lafayette, Baron von Steuben, or even George Washington were to the United States. We can imagine how the man felt about this but he was guarding his post as he had been ordered to do.

The ISM condones and advocates Palestinian violence. (6 August 2003)
As enshrined in international law and UN resolutions, we recognize the Palestinian right to resist Israeli violence and occupation via legitimate armed struggle. However, we believe that nonviolence can be a powerful weapon in fighting oppression and we are committed to the principles of nonviolent resistance.
"Legitimate armed struggle" means combat between uniformed combatants who bear arms openly and do not try to disguise themselves as noncombatants. I have yet to hear of an action between uniformed Palestinians (or even Palestinians wearing armbands that show they are combatants) against the Israeli Defense Force. I wonder what ISM means by "legitimate armed struggle," then. Blowing up Seders, dance halls, shopping centers, and buses, perhaps?
The ISM has been used for cover by terrorists

Days before a British suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt in Mike's Place, a bar in suburban Tel Aviv, the bomber and an associate took tea with members of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a pro-Palestinian group that promotes non-violent resistance to Israeli occupation.

ISM immediately disassociated itself from the bombers (one escaped), saying the pair merely tagged along with a group of new arrivals to the region, but Israeli security services quickly began to clamp down on foreign supporters of the Palestinian cause.

ISM's organizers openly proclaim a two-pronged strategy of violence and nonviolence

Two of the ISM's well-known leaders, Adam Shapiro and his wife, Huwaida Arraf, defended the use of violence against Israelis in a January 2002 article in the Palestine Chronicle:

"The Palestinian resistance must take on a variety of characteristics -- both nonviolent and violent. But most importantly it must develop a strategy involving both aspects... [W]e accept that Palestinians have a right to resist with arms, as they are an occupied people upon whom force and violence is being used. The Geneva Conventions accept that armed resistance is legitimate for an occupied people, and there is no doubt that this right cannot be denied."

ISM encourages volunteers to enter Israel under false pretenses

Many people are afraid to come via Tel Aviv because Palestinian sympathizers are being denied entry into the country.  We believe that it's less suspicious if you come through Israel but you have to have a really good story about why you are coming, and must not mention anything about ISM or knowing, liking or planning to visit Palestinians.  You must play it as though your visit is for other, Israel-based reasons, like tourism, religion, visiting an Israeli friend, etc.  So do a little bit of research and put together a story that you'll be able to answer questions about.  For example, if you say you are visiting a friend in Jerusalem, you should have the name and phone number of a real Israeli person.  If you are coming for religious purposes, have a book or two on religion and travel in Israel;  have an itinerary, etc.

Susan Barclay, the ISM organizer deported by Israel after she hid Islamic Jihad terrorist Shadi Sukiya in the ISM office in Jenin, told the Seattle Post Intelligencer that, "she knowingly worked with representatives from Hamas and Islamic Jihad -- terrorist groups that sponsor suicide bombings and exist, according to their charters, to demolish the Jewish state entirely." (Seattle Post Intelligencer, Thursday March 20, 2003, Activist's death focuses spotlight on Mideast struggle, By Sam Skolnik, Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter [ Ref12])
It sounds like Ms. Barclay provided "safe house" assistance to a terrorist, and she was lucky to have been deported instead of imprisoned (noting that Israel does not have capital punishment). One wonders if ISM might one day decide to provide "safe house" assistance to the next batch of Al Qaida who want to hijack planes full of innocent people and crash them into skyscrapers, or perhaps blow up some trains full of innocent commuters.

In fact, [ISM member Susan] Barclay said in an interview with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, she knowingly worked with representatives from Hamas and Islamic Jihad -- terrorist groups that sponsor suicide bombings and exist, according to their charters, to demolish the Jewish state entirely.

Barclay acknowledged that in organizing a non-violent February march on an Israel-imposed gate that divided eastern and western Nablus, she worked with representatives from the two groups.
Charlotte Kates, the organizer of the New Jersey Solidarity Movement -- an offshoot of the International Solidarity Movement -- has refused to condemn homicide bombings and other means of “armed resistance.”

ISM Volunteers: you could also be shot in the back

If you go to Israel and the West Bank as an ISM volunteer, be very, very careful. Casualties among Americans and Britons are very useful for propaganda purposes. If you go into an area in which Palestinian terrorists exchange violence with the Israeli Defense Forces, you could easily be shot in the back, from the Palestinian side of the engagement, with weapons of the same caliber as those used by the IDF. Terrorists who are willing to blow up busloads of women and children (and use 11-year-old Palestinians as unwitting bombs) are not above making American and British corpses from which to make propaganda. A skilled forensics expert could probably tell the direction of the shot that kills you, assuming that the Palestinians and their supporters don't move your body.

We really need to look into Tom Hurndall and Brian Avery, both of whom were shot and seriously injured. The weapons used were apparently of the same caliber that is used by the IDF, and they presumably used Geneva Convention (jacketed) ammunition. This does not necessarily mean they were fired by the IDF.

Tom Hurndall is being used by terrorists (Al Aqsa) to raise money.

And here is some more commentary about Tom Hurndall It suggests that he may have been armed and was firing at the IDF, which returned the fire.

Terrorist organizations were quick to reap the benefits of Rachel Corrie's death
Terrorist organizations kept their bloody hands well out of sight when their nonviolent arm, the International Solidarity Movement, recruited this innocent and well-meaning, but unfortunately impressionable, young American woman. Once she was dead, though, they  exulted in her "martyrdom" and were quick to turn her innocent blood into ink for their propaganda campaign.
In Rafah, Arafat's political party Fatah held a wake for 'Retchell Corie', attended by representatives of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs brigade, among others. These are the militant Islamic fronts condemned by Rachel's government as terrorists. Their people mingled with secular organisations and droves of ordinary Palestinians who came to pay their respects, including children carrying a sign: 'Rachel, we love you as an angel.' A little boy pointed to a picture of her and said: 'She died defending this holy and blessed land.'

It is the first time an American has been adopted as a Palestinian martyr.
Making of a Martyr by Sandra Jordan, Guardian Newspapers

Rachel Corrie's idealism and youth made it possible for skilled and experienced manipulators to deceive her into supporting their cause. She did not deserve to die for being victimized by these individuals, but she is now just as dead as the victim of a Palestinian homicide bomb or of the September 11 2001 attacks.

Electronic Intifada's pen dripping with Rachel Corrie's innocent blood:
In Gaza, Rachel is not being mourned as a victim, but rather, celebrated and honored as a martyr, a shaheeda, which is also the word for "witness" in Arabic.

...Rachel's body was fragile, no match for a US-supplied armoured Caterpillar bulldozer; it is broken now, her life extinguished. ...May the tragedy of her death, and the nobility and courage of her life, inspire all High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to do their sacred duty and halt Israeli impunity.
In other words, if you can't get them to strap on homicide bombs because they believe in peace and nonviolence, get them to kneel in front of bulldozers. That's even better because all civilized people regard homicide bombers as murderous scum, but it's also normal to sympathize with a nonviolent pacifist.
Hamas' pen dripping with Rachel Corrie's innocent blood
"'Her death serves me more than it served her,' said one activist at a Hamas funeral yesterday. '...Her death will bring more attention than the other 2,000 martyrs.'"
Making of a Martyr by Sandra Jordan, Guardian Newspapers. This Hamas activist revealed what was really on his mind, didn't he?

Justice for Rachel Corrie
        And tell the pleasant prince this mock of his
        Hath turn'd his balls to gun-stones; and his soul
        Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful vengeance
        That shall fly with them: for many a thousand widows
        Shall this his mock mock out of their dear husbands;
        Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down;
        And some are yet ungotten and unborn
        That shall have cause to curse the Dauphin's scorn.
        But this lies all within the will of God,
        To whom I do appeal; and in whose name
        Tell you the Dauphin I am coming on,
        To venge me as I may and to put forth
        My rightful hand in a well-hallow'd cause.
        So get you hence in peace; and tell the Dauphin
        His jest will savour but of shallow wit,
        When thousands weep more than did laugh at it.
-- King Henry V, Act I is looking at Electronic Intifada's inflammatory and possibly libelous propaganda (a false accusation of a crime such as murder is libel if it is directed at an individual, such as the Israeli bulldozer driver, and EI does this) to see if it is a violation of the Middle East Cultural and Charitable Society's 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Per IRS publication 557, "method used not educational" includes, with relevant criteria highlighted:
(1)  The presentation of viewpoints unsupported by facts is a significant part of the organization's communications.
(2) The facts that purport to support the viewpoint are distorted.
(3) The organization's presentations make substantial use of inflammatory and disparaging terms and express conclusions more on the basis of emotion than of objective evaluations.
(4) The approach used is not aimed at developing an understanding on the part of the audience because it does not consider their background or training.
The information at has been sent to the Internal Revenue Service; the contact address is on that page. If you find other examples of violations of the above provisions, encourages you to forward these to the IRS as well.

ISM Front Organizations from (Stop the ISM)
This group contends, incidentally, that the ISM gave aid and comfort to the July 2005 subway bombings in London. Maybe the following groups should be brought to the attention of Homeland Security before they help bring the London subway bombings to America
  • Al Awda
  • Middle East Children’s Alliance
  • Palestinian Right to Return Coalition
  • Palsolidarity
  • Voices in the Wilderness
  • Wheels of Justice Tour

Additional information from Stop the ISM

Electronic Intifada's Nigel Parry: Proven Liar  for ISM's Al Awda

Nigel Parry of the Electronic Intifada (part of the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Middle East Cultural and Charitable Society) recently wrote the following about Lee Kaplan of Stop the ISM. It is very poor judgment to make accusations like this while leaving proof all over the Internet that one’s own statements are blatantly false. Nigel Parry is not merely a liar, but an incompetent one in the bargain.

[Nigel Parry of the 501(c)(3) tax exempt Middle East Cultural and Charitable Society] that runs Electronic Intifada stated,  "We simply cannot be bothered to deal with the other distortions and fantasy in Lee Kaplan’s 'SFSU to host Al Awda’s tax deductible war on the Jews' — found at — because it would take all weekend and the sun is out. But the one distortion that needs to be addressed is the following:

“Al-Awda operates another website known as the Electronic Intifada.”
From the Canada Free Press website. “Free” apparently, to make up anything it pleases. (Screenshot by EI)
The fact of the matter is that Al-Awda has absolutely no role in The Electronic Intifada, nor has it ever."

Mr. Parry will not enjoy the following, but he and the Electronic Intifada are going to take it from us nonetheless.

Unlike a good practitioner of taqqiya, Nigel Parry is too stupid even to tell believable lies. “The fact of the matter is that Al-Awda has absolutely no role in The Electronic Intifada, nor has it ever.” We shall see. is actually registered to Nigel Parry himself. is, however, registered as follows.

MECCS/EI [Middle East Cultural and Charitable Society/ Electronic Intifada]
1507 E. 53rd St.
Chicago IL 60615
United States of America
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Administrative Contact:
Ali Abunimah

…Chicago IL
60615 US

Pay close attention to “Ali Abunimah.” Here is an interesting excerpt from an Al-Awda FAQ page We have replaced @ in E-mail addresses with “at” to prevent harvesting by spam software.

Al-Awda and its structure

What is Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition?

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, is a broad-based, non-partisan, global democratic association of grassroots activists and organizational representatives regardless of their religious, ethnic, political affiliation. Our objective is to educate the international community to fulfill its legal and moral obligations vis-a-vis Palestinian refugees based on The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International law and implementation of United Nations Resolutions upholding the inalienable right of Palestinians to return to their homeland and to restitution of all their confiscated and destroyed property.

…Questions, comments or suggestions to the steering committee may be directed at any time to prrc “at” Members of Al-Awda’s email list may send their inquiries to al-awda-sc “at” at any time. Questions, comments or suggestions to the steering committee may be directed at any time to prrc “at” Members of Al-Awda’s email list may send their inquiries to al-awda-sc “at” at any time. The current founding steering committee members and their direct contact information is indicated below:

Sawsan Abdulrahim, Chair, RORdocuments sawsan “at”
Nader Abuljebain nader “at”
Ali Abunimah, Co-Chair media committee ali “at”
Maha Ayoub Co-Chair Mass Rally (DC) maha “at”
Zahi Damuni Co-Chair Mass Rally (DC) zahi “at” (Tel: 717-832-1155)
Eyas Hmouz, Chair RORNetwork eyas “at” (Tel: 901-935-7986)
Merrie Najimy merrie “at”
Mazin Qumsiyeh, Co-Chair Media mazin “at”
Rabee’ Sahyoun, Chair London Rally rabee “at”

But Nigel Parry wants us to believe, “The fact of the matter is that Al-Awda has absolutely no role in The Electronic Intifada, nor has it ever.” Now, Mr. Parry, do you want to tell us that again? And don’t bother deleting these Web pages, because we have downloaded all of them for future reference. Furthermore, Al-Awda is, like the Electronic Intifada, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization whose own activities require considerable scrutiny.


by Ali Abunimah

May 6, 2001

CHICAGO — \”Arafat is filthy swine, there is no Palestine,\” and \”Thank you for killing my cousins in Israel,\” were some of the more polite slogans shouted at Al-Awda activist Benjamin Doherty and me as we protested silently at the annual \”Walk With Israel\” on Chicago\’s lakefront today, Sunday. The Jewish United Fund (JUF)-sponsored event, a fundraiser for Israel attended by over a thousand local Zionists, was billed as a \”Family Walk.\” Despite this, a man with his two young daughters was not the only one to give us the finger and shout \”F**k You\” as we stood, just the two of us, surrounded by a half dozen police officers, on a pleasant late spring day by Lake Michigan.

But Mr. Parry said ” Al-Awda has absolutely no role in The Electronic Intifada, nor has it ever.” How does this statement reconcile with the Electronic Intifada’s leadership team as listed here–not at Lee Kaplan’s Web site, but at your own?

EI Team

Executive Director Ali Abunimah
Managing Editor Maureen Clare Murphy
Assistant Editor Matthew Cassel
Technologist Benjamin Doherty
DesignKen Harper
Contributing Editor Arjan El Fassed  (he is Al Awda co-founder)
Contributing Editor Laurie King

In fact, Mr. Parry, we see another name here, Arjan El Fassed. Let’s take a good look at him.

4 January 2001

PRRC strongly believes that the struggle for peace and justice must be democratic and reflect the Palestinians’ desire and right to return. PRRC appeals to people of conscience and peace advocates to seize the opportunity now to help raise Palestinian voices that have been silenced for 52 years for a just and sustainable peace rooted in granting the
Palestinian people their legitimate right to freedom and return.

For further information or to arrange interviews contact:

In the United States: Elias A. Rashmawi Tel: (530) 304-4573, Amira Solh Tel: (212) 529-6934
In Europe: Arjan El Fassed Tel: +31 (6) 16854541

Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition
P.O.Box 401
Hummelstown, Pa 17036

Ali Abunimah, whom Nigel Parry would have us believe has nothing to do with Al-Awda, also wrote the following.


By Ali Abunimah



Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC) calls on all people of conscience to call, email, and/or fax the White House and State Department to express their concern about the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to the United States, and to demand that the United States cooperate in bringing Sharon to justice on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity before, during and after Israel’s 1982 invasion and occupation of Lebanon.

Please cc your correspondence to Al-Awda-Alerts “at”

Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition
P.O.Box 401
Hummelstown, Pa 17036
Fax: (717) 832-1123
E-mail: prrc “at”

Ali Abunimah
ali “at”

Again, Nigel Parry of the 501(c)(3) tax exempt Middle East Cultural and Charitable Society would have us believe, “The fact of the matter is that Al-Awda has absolutely no role in The Electronic Intifada, nor has it ever.” We hope he exucses us for being at least slightly incredulous of this claim in light of the following. Again, this is from, not Lee Kaplan,, or other pro-Civilization sources.

DON’T LET ETHNIC CLEANSING WIN - Prevent the Erosion of International Law
3 January 2001

Washington, DC (January 3, 2001) - In a letter sent to the Palestinian Authority, the United States and the European Union, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition (known in Arabic as Al-Awda) wrote that “no agreement, negotiations or parties which purport to trade away the right of return or any other inalienable rights can have any legal basis and cannot bind or compel the Palestinian people to end the struggle for the fulfillment of their internationally recognized rights.”

…For further information or to arrange interviews contact:

In the United States: Ali Abunimah Tel: (312) 806-7153
In Europe: Arjan El Fassed Tel: +31 (6) 16854541

Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition
P.O.Box 401
Hummelstown, Pa 17036


Didn’t we just see those two names somewhere else? Of course we did:

Electronic Intifada’s leadership team

EI Team

Executive Director Ali Abunimah
Managing Editor Maureen Clare Murphy
Assistant Editor Matthew Cassel
Technologist Benjamin Doherty
Design Ken Harper
Contributing Editor Arjan El Fassed
Contributing Editor Laurie King

Uh-huh. “The fact of the matter is that Al-Awda has absolutely no role in The Electronic Intifada, nor has it ever.”

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