Update - Below I promised more information about the PSM meeting. Here it is Palestine Subversion and Mendacity. The account is based on extensive notes by an observer. It reveals a strategy that is both effective and tragicomically grotesque for subverting virtually every US social, academic and political institution. Wherever there is influence to be had, PSM will be there, making believe they are Christians, women's rights advocates, black rights advocates, loyal Jews, and even Zionists. They will be anyone you want them to be as long as you let them join. The goal: to turn every cause into one cause: Destroy Israel. This is not what we say. It is what they say.
I try to refrain from extreme characterizations when they aren't warranted. Everyone is entitled to their opinion in a democracy. Some groups and some ideas are beyond the pale however. Palestine Solidarity Movement appears to be such a group - bottom feeding liars and promoters of bigotry and hate. The most obscene aspect of this group is that they spread their black filth in the name of "progressivism" and "peace" and reach impressionable campus audiences with their messages.
When you think PSM, think of George Orwell's 1984: Reaction is Progress, Lies are Truth, Murder is Non-Violence, Bigotry is Tolerance, Hate is Love. Below is a report of the recent PSM conference
at Georgetown University by Joel Mowbray. From what I know from other reports (coming soon I hope) this hardly does 'justice' to PSM.
Mowbray is worried about a little baby named "Jenin." Frankly I don't care so much if some lady wants to call her daughter "Jenin." There are worse names. The Jenin Massacre lie has worn thin in any case. It is history - or non-history. What is more important is the theme that Mowbray hints at and skirts around - the reason for the conference. This conference shaped a strategy of deliberate and knowing deception to delegitimize Israel and deny the rights of the Jewish people. Other sources reported that students were taught how to mask racism. Philip Farah told the audience to "inoculate" themselves against the charge of anti-Semitism by working with "Jews and Israelis." A Jew can't be an anti-Semite right? According to this idea, for example, it is OK to say Africans are inferior if you can get some Africans to agree, and it is OK to claim that women are stupid if you can get some women to agree.
Race hate and genocide are a semi-commercial enterprise for PSM. You could buy T-shirts and other paraphernalia that showed all of "Palestine" colored green, and sported the motto "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free." This is the "occupation" that the PSM want to end by boycotts and divestment. All of the Jewish state is "occupation" for them, and we. the Jewish people, are a sort of war crime that should not exist. Where did we hear this before?
It seems to me, if you liked Hitler, you'll love PSM. This is what is marketed as a "progressive" cause. By stealing the "progressive" label, PSM is defiling the names and memory of noble people and a noble movement that fought against fascism, race hate and real oppression. As I wrote, when you think PSM, think 1984.
Those who know history must teach these deluded students ensnared by the PSM sirens what PSM really is. Teach them to say, No Pasaran!
Stay tuned for more about PSM. Ami Isseroff The Big Lie comes to Georgetown
By Joel Mowbray
Published February 24, 2006
The Washington Times http://www.washtimes.com/functions/print.php?StoryID=20060223-094058-6793r
During the two-day Palestine Solidarity Movement conference that had received substantial advance press coverage for the organizing group's ties to terrorism and Georgetown University's willingness to play host, the most disturbing incident revolved around a baby who was several months old.
A handful of conference attendees were standing in a circle making faces at a cute, chubby infant girl, who was being cradled in the arms of her twenty-something, hijab-clad mother. When asked her daughter's name, the mother responded, "Jenin." Several cooed with delight, and one young man was particularly excited, widening his eyes and nodding his head vigorously.
The newborn's name, of course, comes from an incident that occurred in April 2002 during Israel's Operation Defensive Shield military campaign against terrorist organizations in the West Bank. To the mother and many others at the conference, it is known as the "Jenin Massacre."
Thing is, there was no massacre. But one would never know it if his only source of information was the PSM conference. For sale at one exhibitor's table was a DVD about the "massacre" that claimed to show the "footage no one was supposed to get." Only in a paranoid fantasy, however, could one make such an assertion. CNN, among others, rushed to broadcast early reports of a "massacre," interviewing on camera almost any Palestinian claiming to have witnessed atrocities. Most of the world was duped.
But when the United Nations--hardly a partisan of the Jewish state--thoroughly investigated the battle at the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, it found that no mass slaughter of innocent Palestinians had actually occurred. The UN discovered that contrary to claims of over 500 innocents perishing, only 56 Palestinians died--47 of whom were armed. So few civilians died at Jenin because of the incredible caution exercised by the Israel Defense Forces, which lost 23 of its own.
Emblematic of the PSM conference is that a beautiful young baby forever will be saddled with a name based on a slander, one that perpetuates a cult of victimology while necessarily dehumanizing the entire Jewish state.
Though media was barred from most sessions, this journalist attended the entire conference and enjoyed ample interaction with the 200 or so mostly college students in attendance. While the bulk of the attendees were idealists searching for their own Vietnam, the organizers were knowing manipulators crafting a narrative designed to satisfy that quest.
From the moment an attendee steps past the registration area, the storyline is quite clear: Israel is evil, and Palestinians are pure. Israel is labeled the new South Africa, which is directly tied to the conference's primary theme: the movement to divest from Israel. Largely ignored were the recent Hamas victory and the campaign of suicide bombings perpetrated by brainwashed Palestinian youths.
It's not that participants weren't aware of Palestinian terrorism. One hushed conversation in a hallway overheard by this journalist involved a white woman from the Green Party who kept asking, "Who are we to judge an oppressed people resisting occupation?" The one person in the small group who felt it was appropriate to condemn terrorism nonetheless was quick to add that such criticism "should not be emphasized."
To perpetuate the story line of Israel as aggressor and Palestinians as victims, the PSM conference constructed an alternate reality, weaving together half-truths and outright fiction to justify the "solidarity" with a society that alternately condones and supports the intentional mass murder of innocent civilians.
What is clear is that most of these young do-gooders do not support terrorism. But they also don't despise it anywhere near as much as genuinely peaceloving people should.
If attendees didn't spend much time concerned with Hamas' victory or Palestinian terrorism, they could be forgiven; neither issue was raised by any of the speakers. Stressed instead were Israel's "enslavement of Palestinians" starting in 1948, the "massive ethnic cleansing" of 1948 and that the Holocaust has continued since 1948: "Only the victims have changed."
All the talk about 1948 -- the year the Jewish state was founded -- belies the common perception that Palestinian activists simply want a state side-by-side with Israel. The PSM conference organizers don't just want Israel out of the West Bank and Gaza; they want Israel out of Israel.
So naïve were the participants that many genuinely believed that a single, unified "Palestine" governed by Muslims would make a hospitable home for Jews. This obviously displays a startling ignorance of both history and modern-day Jew-hating rampant through the Arab and Muslim worlds, but it is in keeping with the conference's depiction of Palestinians as pristine and peaceful.
By twisting the truth, the PSM conference is not simply warping the minds of impressionable youths with the admirable impulse to save the world. They and other Palestinian partisans are creating a fantasy world so vivid and so rich that it passes as its own reality. This kills any hope for rational debate.
After all, what room is there for meaningful conversation when one side labels Jews as Nazis and believes in a massacre that simply never happened?
Joel Mowbray occasionally writes for The Washington Times.
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TERROR CONFERENCE HELD AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
BY: FERN SIDMAN
In the midst of much controversy and after weeks of planning, preparation and debate, administrators and organizers have put the final touches on the Palestine Solidarity Movement Conference to be held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The conference is expected to have 500-600 attendees. Georgetown has resisted calls from pro-Israeli activists to cancel the conference on the grounds that the conference promotes terrorism. The conference is being hosted by a campus group called Students for Justice in Palestine.
University President John J. DeGoia said at a meeting with students last month that university-sponsored groups like SJP have the right to host peaceful meetings on campus regardless of their viewpoints. The PSM has received criticism from some groups for advocating divestment of US business investments in Israel and for its' members reluctance to openly condemn Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens.
According to a letter published in The Washington Post (February 12, 2006) from two noted academics, Eric Adler and Jack Langer, they assert that the PSM certainly is controversial and also dangerous.
"The purported aim of the PSM is to encourage divestment from Israel. To this end, its conferences boast a cavalcade of anti-Israel speakers whose speeches often degenerate into anti-Semitism. At the 2004 conference at Duke University in North Carolina, for example, keynote speaker Mazin Qumsiyeh referred to Zionism as a "disease." Workshop leader Bob Browm deemed the Six Day War "the Jew War of '67." Not to be outdone, Nasser Abufarha praised the terrorist activities of Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
The PSM maintains that it is a separate organization from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which sends foreign students to the West Bank and Gaza to foment anti-Israeli sentiment. All the same, the two groups seem to have intimate ties. At the 2004 PSM conference, for instance, the International Solidarity Movement ran a recruitment meeting called "Volunteering in Palestine: Role and Value of International Activists."
In that session, the organization's co-founder, Huwaida Arraf, distributed recruitment brochures and encouraged students to enlist in the ISM, which she acknowledged, cooperates with Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Another co-founder, George Rishmawi, told the San Francisco Chronicle in a July 14, 2004, news story why his group recruits student volunteers.
"When Palestinians get shot by Israeli soldiers, no one is interested anymore," he said. "But is these foreign volunteers get shot or even killed, then the international media will sit up and take notice."
The group got its wish in 2003, when ISM member Rachel Corrie 23, was killed while trying to block Israeli bulldozers from demolishing Palestinian houses in Gaza. The Israelis said the houses were covering tunnels used to smuggle weapons to Hamas.
In another letter published by Lee Kaplan of Front Page Magazine, it states, "Please note the following recruitment and training seminar given at this event this Saturday to be hosted by Huwaida Arraf and Joseph Carr. Titled, "Supporting Palestinian Non-Violent Resistance to Occupation: Volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement."
The above session will be to recruit students to go to the West Bank and stand as human shields for terrorists and stone throwers who will attack the Israeli army, try to remove the Security Fence built to keep out terrorists and to interfere with checkpoints set up to interdict suicide bombers. In addition, Israel recently deported all Jews from Gaza last year, and 98 percent of the Palestinian population in the West Bank is under Palestinian Authority.
"Occupation" at this conference refers to Israel's existence as a Jewish state, albeit a pluralistic democracy and ally of the USA, and calls to end Israel's "occupation" are in fact calls for the end of Israel. The Conference seeks to do this also by openly promoting the Arab League boycott of Israel that is illegal under US law. Please note that Noura Erekat, another guest speaker at this event, has openly stated in e-mails that Israel within 1948 borders is "occupied Palestine."
It is now a matter of record that the Palestine Solidarity Movement, also known as the International Solidarity Movement, has contacts with Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) as defined by the U.S. State Department. The fact that the collaboration is nonviolent may not matter, as US law prohibits any material support (other than medical supplies and religious items) to Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
There is no question that the Palestine Solidarity Movement calls for the complete eradication of the State of Israel. If there is one thing you can say about Hamas is that they are honest. Unlike the other “Palestine” oriented organizations who couch their rhetoric is more palatable or subliminal ways, Hamas states their truth and the other “Palestinian” organizations feel the same way, but don’t have the courage to say it, in the fear it will alienate their Western supporters, particularly liberal, leftist Jews.
Here is what Hamas had to say this week. The Hamas web site this week presented the parting video messages of two Hamas suicide terrorists, according to Palestinian Media Watch. The first said: “We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that there is no blood better than the blood of Jews. We will not leave you alone until we have quenched our thirst with your blood, and our children’s thirst with your blood.”
The second said: “We will destroy you, blow you up, take revenge against you, [and] purify the land of you, pigs that have defiled our country.” Let’s not kid ourselves. Fatah, Hizbullah, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Islamic Jihad, the PFLP, and other more upscale intellectual Palestinian organizations concur with this vociferous, vitriolic, hate filled speech. When are we going to get it? THEY DON’T WANT PEACE !!!
The issues surrounding the controversial conference to be held at Georgetown University are not about free speech, but rather, about a conference which promotes terrorism. Any conference which seeks to, “recruit students to go to the West Bank and stand as human shields for terrorists and stone throwers who will attack the Israeli army, try to remove the Security Fence built to keep out terrorists and to interfere with checkpoints set up to interdict suicide bombers”, is plainly advocating terrorism.
President Bush stated during his recent State of the Union address that if people are talking to Al Qaeda or promoting terrorism, he wants to know about it. This conference is a platform for all kinds of Islamic terrorists to promulgate their beliefs. Of course, they are organizing this conference under the banner of “academic freedom” and “freedom of speech”. How easy it is to whitewash terrorism under such innocuous labels. This conference deserves to be condemned by all those who claim that global terrorism will not be tolerated or supported.
FERN SIDMAN, Sunday, March 26th
You are unfortunately quite right. It is a combination of historical developments and technical ones. Effective terror is made possible of course by modern explosives, not to mention NBC. Once person with explosives can today do the destruction that was done by a reasonably large army in the past. It is made respectable and legitimized by a long series of historical developments - some quite legitimate and well meaning. At some point the distinction was lost between gangsters who murder civilians on the one hand, and on the other hand, partisans fighting an occupation army or colonial rule, or the sharpshooters shooting at Germans in occupied Belgium for example. Not every country was as fortunate as India and liberated itself from colonialism by nonviolent means.
The rise of national liberation movements established a tradition that was respected and also let a very bad genie out of the bottle.
It is dangerous not only for Israel and India of course. Many of the very same countries who financed this terror with petrodollars are now afraid that the Frankenstein is about to devour them. They don't talk so much about 'legitimate resistance' anymore and instead organize anti-terror conferences and vow to wipe out terror.
Moderator, Tuesday, March 7th
off late we are seeing acceptance of terrorism as a way of life by the world. Tolerating Hamas, Iran and relgious zealots protests on cartoons are just some examples. islam in all its forms, radical, fundamentalist, moderate, is gaining rapid progress in being accepted by the world. this is truly dangerous.for Israel, and also for India, adn ultimately for the whole world.
Anubhav Singh, Tuesday, March 7th
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