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February 21, 2012 Off

American Muslims for Palestine Takes Aim at High Schools

The vir­u­lently anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion, Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine (AMP), held its first high school edu­ca­tional train­ing ses­sion of 2012 at the Islamic Foun­da­tion School in Villa Park, Illi­nois.

The train­ing ses­sion was attended by some 200 stu­dents from grades 10 to 12 and con­sisted of a half-day work­shop on a vari­ety of top­ics, includ­ing the Islamic sig­nif­i­cance of Pales­tine, accord­ing to AMP’s Web site. One ses­sion was led by AMP Direc­tor of Media and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Kristin Szrem­ski on steps stu­dents can take to uti­lize the media in their activism. Szrem­ski was a fea­tured speaker at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia BDS con­fer­ence ear­lier this month.
AMP pro­motes its extreme anti-Israel views through var­i­ous pub­lic events designed for stu­dents and non-students alike. For exam­ple, dur­ing its ses­sion at the Decem­ber 2009 MAS-ICNA con­ven­tion, speak­ers called on “all Mus­lims to lib­er­ate all of Pales­tine from the North to the South from Al Quds to the sea” and described Jews as “the worst kind of people.” 
AMP has announced that it will embark on sim­i­lar events for high schools in Chicago and Mil­wau­kee. Facil­i­tat­ing stu­dent activism was the cen­tral theme of AMP’s 2011 national con­fer­ence, where a num­ber of ses­sions were ded­i­cated to ways stu­dents can dis­cuss the issue of Pales­tine in schools.
AMP has also made a con­certed effort to engage in advo­cacy on col­lege cam­puses and facil­i­tate increased col­lab­o­ra­tion among anti-Israel stu­dents, in par­tic­u­lar the activ­ity of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP), a stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion that’s a pri­mary orga­nizer of anti-Israel events on campus.

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February 21, 2012 1

Geert Wilders Launches Anti-Immigrant Website

Rad­i­cal anti-Muslim Dutch law­maker Geert Wilders has started a new web­site pro­mot­ing his party’s anti-immigrant plat­form. The web­site, called “Hot­line for Report­ing Cen­tral and East­ern Euro­peans,” allows vis­i­tors to sub­mit a com­plaint if they have “lost [their] job to a Pole, Bul­gar­ian, Roman­ian or other Cen­tral or East­ern Euro­pean.” Wilders claims the web­site, which has been widely con­demned by sev­eral EU nations, has already received 40,000 submissions.
In the last sev­eral years, Wilders has been embraced by U.S.-based anti-Muslim big­ots like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, and has served as the keynote speaker at demon­stra­tions orga­nized by Stop Islamiza­tion of Amer­ica (SIOA), an orga­ni­za­tion led by Geller and Spencer that pro­motes a con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Muslim agenda under the guise of fight­ing rad­i­cal Islam. In 2009, Geller claimed to have per­son­ally financed Wilders’s trip to the U.S., dur­ing which he attended the Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton, DC. Soon after, Geller accom­pa­nied Wilders on a speak­ing tour, vis­it­ing syn­a­gogues and uni­ver­sity cam­puses in sev­eral U.S. cities.

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February 21, 2012 Off

Underwear Bomber Asserts Terror Attacks are Driven by Hatred of Israel

At his sen­tenc­ing last week, Umar Farouk Abdul­mu­tal­lab, also known as the under­wear bomber and Christ­mas Day bomber, threat­ened that ter­ror attacks would con­tinue “until the Jews are dri­ven out of Pales­tine.”
Abdul­mu­tal­lab pre­vi­ously linked his failed 2009 attack to Israel. When he pleaded guilty in Octo­ber 2011, Abdul­mu­tal­lab admit­ted that he planned the attack “in retal­i­a­tion for U.S. sup­port of Israel and in retal­i­a­tion of the killing of inno­cent and civil­ian Mus­lim pop­u­la­tions in Pales­tine, espe­cially in the block­age of Gaza” and “in retal­i­a­tion for… Israel [sic] mas­sacres of inno­cent Palestinians.”
In a video released by Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula in 2010, appar­ently made as a mar­tyr­dom video for the upcom­ing attack, Abdul­mu­tal­lab jus­ti­fied Al Qaeda’s actions against Jews and Chris­tians. “Broth­er­hood of Mus­lims in the Ara­bian Penin­sula have [sic] the right to wage Jihad,” Abdul­mu­tal­lab said, “because the enemy is in your land with their armies, the Jews and the Chris­tians and their agents.” Abdul­mu­tal­lab and other appar­ent Al Qaeda fight­ers are fea­tured in the video fir­ing auto­matic weapons at tar­gets bear­ing the Jew­ish star, the British Union Jack, and the let­ters “UN.”
Abdul­mu­tal­lab was sen­tenced to mul­ti­ple life sen­tences for attempt­ing to blow up an inter­na­tional flight from Ams­ter­dam to Detroit on Decem­ber 25, 2009.

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