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February 21, 2012

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

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

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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