||End the Occupation Conference has Terrorist Connections
To: Provost, George Mason University
Dr. Peter Sterns
Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens
cc: IsraPundit and other Web logs
We are writing to you about the “End the Occupation” conference that is scheduled for September 7-10 at George Mason University (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/). There are things this organization might not have told you, and that might have affected your decision to allow it to use George Mason University facilities had you known about them. You should be aware that End the Occupation is part of the International Solidarity Movement (aka Palestine Solidarity Movement).
(1) The ISM says openly that it has direct contacts with Foreign
Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) as defined by the U.S. State Department
(1) The International Solidarity Movement has direct contacts with Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and other terrorists. We direct your attention to “Huwaida Arraf” on the Steering Committee of U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation. Note that this is from their own Web site.
Current Steering Committee members of the US Campaign, followed by the year in which their
Eric Adler and Jack Langer disparaged the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a movement that I co-founded in the spring of 2001 in the occupied territories of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem to help draw attention to the human rights abuses suffered by Palestinians as a result of Israel’s occupation. The ISM also is a resource for Palestinian nonviolent resistance to the occupation. The ISM believes that average civilians can bring about change, and it tries to unite Palestinians, Israelis and other people in nonviolent resistance to Israel’s occupation policies.
When I “acknowledged” that the ISM “cooperates with Hamas,
the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine,” I was offering concrete examples of the ways in which
these groups were engaging in nonviolent resistance.
(2) The International Solidarity Movement recruits American college students for the purpose of getting them hurt or killed in confrontations with the Israeli Defense Forces. This is what happened to Evergreen College student Rachel Corrie in March 2003. Two ISM members stated openly that they had a motive for wanting her dead. While GMU students are legal adults, is this an activity to which GMU really wants to expose them?
http://www.standwithus.com/news_post.asp?NPI=85 “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 (http://www.freepalestinecampaign.org/Stranger%20article.htm) “”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.” (Rachel Corrie’s life, as opposed to his own, of course.)
A Hamas terrorist said openly that Rachel Corrie 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 (http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/3-22-2003-37821.asp) by Sandra Jordan, Guardian Newspapers
(3) ISM affiliates (Al-Adwa) have allegedly solicited acts of terroristic violence on the Internet: specifically the suicide bombing of Ariel Sharon’s hospital room.
A member of Al-Awda (Right of Return), an International Solidarity Movement affiliate, allegedly posted a solicitation for a “martyr” to bomb the Hadassah Hospital in Israel, where Ariel Sharon is being treated for a stroke. (This was, incidentally, forwarded to law enforcement when we saw it.)
From: raja chemayel
Open letter to
Dear Abou el Fidda’ ,
If you are next Martyr on the waiting list
[specific information deleted for online posting, in case Mr. Sharon is still at the same hospital, although this is more than a year and a half old]
Once you reach that very-well-guarded-room [deleted for online posting]
Show again your fake-Press-Card and start
Then , order for yourself a cup of coffee,
If by then ,
This man under intensive care will anyhow die,
(4) The ISM has provided “safe house” assistance for actual terrorists.
http://home.comcast.net/~jat.action/ISM_info.htm “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.)
http://home.comcast.net/~jat.action/ISM_info.htm “The immediate goal of the ISM is to hamper the ability of the IDF to prevent terrorist attacks on civilians.” “The ISM sees itself as working in tandem with the terrorist organizations: Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade. Those organizations use violent means, while the ISM undertakes such aggressive non-violent actions as blocking the progress of Israeli soldiers on their way to arrest terrorists. The intention of the ISM in these actions is to protect terrorists from interference by the IDF.”
–Bill Levinson (phone number given to GMU)
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