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May 12, 2014 0

Pro-“Resistance” Conference In Beirut Draws American Activists

A recent con­fer­ence held in Beirut to dis­cuss issues related to Pales­tin­ian polit­i­cal pris­on­ers fea­tured the par­tic­i­pa­tion of mem­bers of sev­eral Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist groups, as well as the atten­dance of at least three Amer­i­can activists.Arab-International Forum of the Solidarity Organizations Supporting Freedom Prisoners in the Prisons of the Zionist Occupation

For­mer U.S. Attor­ney Gen­eral Ram­sey Clark, a founder of the Inter­na­tional Action Cen­ter (IAC), report­edly brought an Amer­i­can del­e­ga­tion to the con­fer­ence, billed in the Arab media as “The Arab-International Forum of the Sol­i­dar­ity Orga­ni­za­tions Sup­port­ing Free­dom Pris­on­ers in the Pris­ons of the Zion­ist Occu­pa­tion.” The Amer­i­can activists were joined by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Pop­u­lar Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine (PFLP) and Pales­tin­ian Islamic Jihad, as well as ambas­sadors from sev­eral coun­tries, includ­ing Syria, Venezuela, Iran, Yemen, Morocco, and Sudan.

The con­fer­ence took place at the Com­modore Hotel in Beirut on April 30. Maher al-Taher, the Polit­i­cal Sec­re­tary of the PFLP, spoke at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the con­fer­ence and deliv­ered greet­ings from the PFLP’s Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Ahmad Sa’adat who is cur­rently serv­ing a 30 year sen­tence in an Israeli prison for his role in lead­ing the PFLP. In his remarks, Al-Taher said, “Sa’adat’s mes­sage is to end the nego­ti­a­tions entirely; they have failed and this has been proven repeat­edly. We must develop a new strat­egy on the basis of Pales­tin­ian resistance.”

Char­lotte Kates, a long­time activist with Al-Awda and a coor­di­na­tor for the North Amer­i­can Net­work for the Stead­fast Sup­port of Pris­on­ers, also spoke at the con­fer­ence. Accord­ing to a news arti­cle about the con­fer­ence in The Ambas­sador, a daily Lebanese Arabic-language news­pa­per, she said: “We remain in sup­port of the cause, which the pris­on­ers have been killed and fought for…and top­ping it is the Right of Return and the lib­er­a­tion of their coun­try from the occupation…We are in sol­i­dar­ity with the pris­on­ers and in sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tin­ian cause, and we declare and stand by the side of the Pales­tin­ian and Arab resistance.”

Accord­ing to a news arti­cle about the con­fer­ence from Al Watan Voice, a daily Pales­tin­ian Arabic-language news­pa­per, other notable atten­dees of the con­fer­ence were Issa Qaraqe, the Pales­tin­ian Min­is­ter of Pris­on­ers’ Affairs and Fadwa Bargh­outi, the wife of impris­oned Fatah leader Mar­warn Bargh­outi. Dur­ing her address, Bargh­outi report­edly said, “We are here to revive the issue of the pris­on­ers and to expose the crimes of the Israeli occu­pa­tion in inter­na­tional forums.”

This is not the first time a con­fer­ence held in Beirut fea­tur­ing Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist groups has attracted West­ern­ers. In Jan­u­ary 2009 and 2010, sim­i­lar con­fer­ences were held in Beirut, which Clark and other Amer­i­can activists attended as well.

News reports indi­cate that this year’s con­fer­ence con­cluded with a series of pro­posed action steps, includ­ing an affir­ma­tion by par­tic­i­pants “that the Resis­tance option in all its forms is the short­est way to lib­er­ate the pris­on­ers from Israeli jails.” A sec­ond action step from the con­fer­ence report­edly called for Boy­cott, Divest­ment, and Sanc­tions (BDS) cam­paigns against “all for­eign com­pa­nies and states that pro­vide logis­tic, secu­rity, or admin­is­tra­tive sup­port” to Israel on issues related to deten­tion of pris­on­ers in Israeli jails.

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December 28, 2012 3

Cornell SJP Publication Features Terrorist Logo and Describes Israel as “White Supremacist State”

The mes­sage on the hand­cuffs reads, “South-African Steel/Made in Israel.”

A pub­li­ca­tion titled “Lib­er­a­tion Now: The Strug­gle for Jus­tice in Pales­tine” was pub­lished ear­lier this month by the Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity chap­ter of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine. The pub­li­ca­tion, which is designed to look like a news­pa­per, appar­ently aims to cor­rect the “mis­in­for­ma­tion” about the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict but the result is a vir­u­lently anti-Israel manifesto.

Arti­cles in the news­pa­per describe Israel as a “white suprema­cist state” that is guilty of the “crime of apartheid” and of dis­crim­i­nat­ing against Pales­tini­ans with “21st–cen­tury Jim Crow-esque laws.” One arti­cle con­spir­a­to­ri­ally claims that uni­ver­sity admin­is­tra­tors “essen­tially took orders from the Zion­ist groups on cam­pus” regard­ing an anti-Israel rally that took place dur­ing Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense. And one of the images in the news­pa­per includes the logo of the Pop­u­lar Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine (PFLP), a Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist organization.

The news­pa­per also urges stu­dents to sup­port the Boy­cott, Divest­ment, and Sanc­tions (BDS) move­ment against Israel and lists spe­cific BDS tar­gets, includ­ing TIAA-CREF, the retire­ment fund used by Cornell’s fac­ulty; Israel’s Tech­nion Uni­ver­sity because Cor­nell and Tech­nion are col­lab­o­rat­ing on a joint cam­pus in New York City; and sev­eral other Israeli com­pa­nies that Cor­nell directly or indi­rectly sup­ports like Sabra, whose hum­mus is offered in the school’s cafeteria.

The pro-boycott sen­ti­ments that appear in the news­pa­per are not lim­ited to com­pa­nies that profit from the Israeli occu­pa­tion. They instead specif­i­cally advo­cate for the Pales­tini­ans’ call for BDS as expressed by the Pales­tin­ian Cam­paign for the Aca­d­e­mic and Cul­tural Boy­cott of Israel. That BDS move­ment asks com­mu­ni­ties to boy­cott, divest from, and sanc­tion Israel until it ends the occu­pa­tion of Arab lands, grants equal rights to all its cit­i­zens, and hon­ors the Pales­tin­ian right of return.”

The stu­dents who authored the news­pa­per claim that by expos­ing and pub­li­ciz­ing their alle­ga­tions against Israel, as well as Cornell’s com­plic­ity in alleged Israeli wrong­do­ings, they will serve as a “phys­i­cal refu­ta­tion of the white suprema­cist atti­tudes of both Israel and the Cor­nell administration.…We’ll always be a threat to the Israeli lobby and its part­ner, Cor­nell University.”

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December 13, 2012 6

Disturbing Messages about Female IDF Soldier Circulated Widely on Facebook, Twitter

Update, Decem­ber 17, 2012: After ADL urged Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Lee Bollinger to take action regard­ing the dis­turb­ing pic­ture of an IDF sol­dier, the pic­ture was sub­se­quently removed and no longer appears on the Face­book page of the Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity employee men­tioned below.

The pro­gram direc­tor of Colum­bia University’s Cen­ter for Pales­tine Stud­ies, Maryam Zohny, shared a pic­ture on Face­book ear­lier today of a female Israel Defense Forces sol­dier that describes the sol­dier as a “ter­ror­ist” and “killer” and claims that she is “WANTED by the RESISTANCE.” The image con­tains the logos of var­i­ous Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist groups, includ­ing Al Qas­sam Brigades Al Aqsa Mar­tyrs Brigades, Pales­tin­ian Islamic Jihad and the Pop­u­lar Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine.

Other ver­sions of the image that have been posted by oth­ers on Face­book and Twit­ter have also included a pic­ture of the sol­dier with a gun being pointed at her head and a mes­sage claim­ing that she’s “Wanted” by Al Qas­sam Brigades, Hamas’s mil­i­tary wing.

These images have gen­er­ated an out­pour­ing of com­ments from indi­vid­u­als across the Mid­dle East call­ing for her death; one com­menter, for exam­ple, wrote, “May Allah make 60 bul­lets emp­tied in her head.” Oth­ers wrote, “God will­ing they will shoot you and they will leave no spot in your body with­out a bul­let” and “ a soul for a soul… pun­ish­ment, punishment.”

The sol­dier is allegedly respon­si­ble for shoot­ing and killing a Pales­tin­ian teenager in Hebron ear­lier this week after he pointed what turned out to be a toy gun at another Israeli sol­dier stand­ing near her.

The Cen­ter for Pales­tine Stud­ies was cre­ated in Octo­ber 2010 as an aca­d­e­mic pro­gram ded­i­cated to Pales­tin­ian his­tory and writ­ings. Since its incep­tion, how­ever, the Cen­ter has hosted numer­ous anti-Israel events, includ­ing “Debunk­ing the Myth of Israeli Democ­racy,” “Some­one Please Call 911: Israel’s Fail­ure to Pro­tect Pales­tini­ans and their Prop­erty” and “Gaza: Israel’s War and the Gold­stone Report,” which fea­tured Nor­man Finkel­stein, an anti-Israel speaker who has accused Israel of com­mit­ting a “Holo­caust” in Gaza, expressed sup­port for Hezbol­lah and described Israel as a “satanic state.”

The Cen­ter also co-sponsored a panel dis­cus­sion last year at Colum­bia Law School’s Cen­ter for Gen­der and Sex­u­al­ity Law. The event fea­tured three speak­ers who claimed that Israel “pinkwashes” the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict by pro­mot­ing its pro­gres­sive record on LGBT issues in an effort to dis­tract atten­tion from the occupation.

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