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WE DID IT! AS A RESULT OF THE LEE KAPLAN VISIT TO ISRAEL TWO WEEKS AGO 8 ISM ACTIVISTS WERE JUST CAUGHT AND DEPORTED FROM THE VILLAGE OF SAFA IN JUDEA AND SAMARIA. THEIR PURPOSE THERE WAS TO FOMENT THE TYPE OF WEEKLY RIOTING THAT OCCURS IN BI\'ILIN BY ISM ANARCHISTS. YOU CAN WATCH A VIDEO ON THIS ON THE PALSOLIDARITY WEBSITE (BEFORE THEY HIDE IT) BY LINKING HERE: http://palestinesolidarityproject.org/2010/11/14/5-internationals-arrested-1-beaten-in-saffa/ PLEASE NOTE: THE LAND IN QUESTION DOES NOT BELONG TO THE ARABS WHO CLAIM IT DOES, THE ISM ALWAYS USES THAT LINE. NOTE THAT MORE ARRESTS OF THE ISM IN THE WEST BANK (JUDEA AND SAMARIA) ARE IN THE PIPELINE. TUNE INTO THE JIM KIRKWOOD SHOW ON K-TALK.COM AT 8 PM WEST COAST TIME NOVEMBER 16, 2010 FOR MORE INFO. THE SHOW WILL BE ARCHIVED IF YOU MISS IT. ALSO A VIDEO INTERVIEW OF LEE KAPLAN IN FRONT OF THE KNESSET IS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING HERE: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/140255.
By Toby Klein Greenwald
Thu Oct 20 2010
Is the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) composed of non-violent peace activists or supporters of terrorism?
The answer is clear to Lee Kaplan, investigative journalist, Senior Intelligence Analyst and Communications Director for the Northeast Intelligence Network, who is currently in Israel to consult to the Israeli Justice Department on the involvement of the ISM in the cases of the flotilla and Rachel Corrie. The trial has already determined that Rachel Corrie was not protecting a house as earlier claimed. Cindy Corrie, RachelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mother, is still claiming her daughter also served as a human shield to \"protect\" Palestinian water wells and municipal water workers from the IDF. Kaplan says those wells were in fact weapons smuggling tunnels and those workers were Hamas terrorists. Corrie, he says, was trying to help kill IDF soldiers as well as civilians in Israel.
Kaplan began his examination of the ISM seven years ago. He monitors their activities and fundraising and tries to alert both the American and Israeli governments to their activities in advance, he says, "to save Israel problems." Both U.S. and Israeli security officials have used his reports to undertake legal action against ISM activists in Israel and the United States.
According to Kaplan, the ISM has consistently shown itself to be on the side of terrorist movements that prolong the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and prevent peace. At the same time, he says, Israel's fear of creating international incidents has prevented her from cracking down on foreign nationals who are trained to work in solidarity with Arab terror groups.
Kaplan cites sources statements made by ISM leaders at national conferences in the US and even a letter to the Washington Post in which ISM leaders such as Huwaida Arraf and Paul LaRudee, both well known ISM leaders, have openly stated they work with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and even Hezbollah. This new effort on the part of the ISM, says Kaplan, is being organized to deliberately help the Hamas terrorist regime recruit more ISM activists again for Gaza to break Israeli control of seaports that can be used to smuggle weapons and terrorists into Gaza.
Kaplan says, "The ISM poses a greater threat to Israel's existence than the armed terrorists do. It is funded by Saudi Arabia, the PLO, Hamas, organized originally by the PFLP. They are the revolutionary communist party wing of the PLO and the ISM follows that line. This is one reason that they're aligned with communist and anarchist groups in the US and Europe, for example, International ANSWER or its parent, the International Socialist Organization that calls for a violent overthrow of the US government to create a dictatorship of the proletariat. They march in support of Hamas and all the terrorist groups, like Columbia's FARC, and others. They are in close contact with all the terrorist groups in the US too." He refers one to his website: www.StoptheISM.com .
Kaplan's revelations about the movement and how they train volunteers to be supportive of terrorists are chilling. And how Kaplan fell into this role is a story of its own. In his youth, he worked out of college as a writer and editor, eventually becoming the owner of a successful jewelry business, one of whose stores was located on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.
The change in his life occurred as he watched the growing presence of Hamas and similar groups on campus. But the watershed came in 2003 when, "I had gone over to the campus to participate in the Holocaust Day memorial ceremony. I was wearing a jacket with an Israeli flag on the back and reciting the names of the dead, and a young woman, from the Hillel organization, came over to me and asked me to not participate in the Yizkor service because of my Israeli flag jacket.
I asked her if she was joking and she said that it offended the Jews for Palestine and pointed over to Sproul Plaza, the campus commons, where that group was having a demonstration for the Students for Justice in Palestine, targeted against Israel. I noticed that on the Pro-Palestinian side they had megaphones and signs and all kinds of displays and on the Jewish side they had nothing. I said to the pro-Israel demonstrators, Doesn't Hillel provide you any kind of support? and they said that Hillel didn't give them any help at all. I've got some money, I told them, because I had just sold my business.I'm going to help you fight back. It was then that he created DAFKA ( www.dafka.org ). It is, he says, "A perfect name. It's an acronym for Defending American for Knowledge in Action but it also means, in Hebrew, in your face and in spite of everything." "It also refers to the time manna fell from heaven and saved the Jews when they were their most desperate, a most fitting name."
"We were enormously effective," says Kaplan. "We had Jewish students coming up and crying and thanking us for being there. We screened videos by the PLO and Palestinian television. The Muslim and Palestinian students would rant and rave and we'd say, Show us one thing on the table not from your media, and they had nothing to say. One woman came up wearing a chador and she screamed, You're prejudiced against the Muslim people, and I'm going to complain, and I told her, Take everything on the table into the office and complain and she did, and I didn't hear anything after that because it was all from their own media."
But Kaplan says, "We did not have as many problems with the Arab students as we did with the Jews." DAFKA and the ZOA were voted out of the Hillel Jewish student union because of leftists within conspiring against them and radicals of Jewish descent who really were helping the Palestinian group. "When they held the vote to vote us out, they didn't notify us so our student leader did not attend, so it was a kangaroo court."
Kaplan became immersed in investigative journalism, including working for Front Page Magazine, and he was hired by its editor, David Horowitz, as a campus organizer for Students for Academic Freedom. While he worked for that foundation, he began doing research on anti-Israel activism on the campus and on Middle East studies abuses on the part of the faculty, and on the part of campus organizations such as Students for Justice in Palestine.