Why should college students and other activists spend their time and hard-earned money to travel all the way to Georgetown University to gratify the egos of the Palestine Solidarity Movement's self-serving manipulators and medicine show frauds?
Regarding the ISM, verify to your own satisfaction that the following things are true.
Let's examine the Palestine Solidarity Movement's five Lies of Unity, excuse us, Points of Unity:
1. End the Israeli occupation of Palestine
2. Equality under the law for Palestinians living in Israel
3. Right of Return for Palestinian refugees
4. Opposition to all forms of oppression (Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, etc.)
5. Divestment is our tactic of resistance
The primary emphasis is on item #4, "Opposition to all forms of oppression (Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, etc.)" . The Palestine Solidarity Movement supports the agenda of a government-- formerly the Palestine Authority and now Hamas-- that advocates, sanctions, and promotes sexism, homophobia, and religious oppression.
If you are a Christian, a woman, and/or gay, the Palestine Solidarity Movement supports the oppression, enslavement, brutalization, and quite possibly the murder of people just like you in Gaza and the West Bank.
This is what the PSM has in mind for Palestinian Christians. If you don't like the references or think they are biased, here is a Google search that brings up thousands of Web pages and you can pick the ones you like. Or do a Google search with your own keywords; the important thing is that you see for yourself.
Palestinian Christians Face Persecution by Chris Mitchell, Christian Broadcasting Network
"WEST BANK - Two thousand years after the birth of Christ, Christians are leaving the Holy Land in record numbers, and a new report suggests persecution against Palestinian believers is getting worse." "…since Israel withdrew from the Palestinian populated areas of the West Bank and Gaza …[Christians] fear for their own lives, they fear for their own family, they fear for the future of their community."
"The general plan of Hamas also includes the imposition of a special tax, called al-jeziya, upon all of the non-Muslim residents in the Palestinian territories. This tax revives the one applied through all of Islamic history to the dhimmi, the second-class Jewish and Christian citizens." "In an interview with Karby Legget, published in the December 23-26 edition of The Wall Street Journal, Masalmeh, the leader of the Hamas contingent at the municipal council of Bethlehem, confirmed: "We in Hamas intend to implement this tax someday. We say it openly – we welcome everyone to Palestine but only if they agree to live under our rules."
International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem
" 'Palestine' is an Islamic state, top Arafat advisor tells pastors concerned about Christian persecution under PA." o "In recent issues, the ICEJ's Digest has reported on the Palestinian Authority's oppression of Arab Christians in the self-rule areas. (see Tortured for their faith, Aug 1997; The price of conversion, October 1997; PA persecution of Christians, Nov/Dec 1997). Despite noteworthy efforts to end this official campaign of persecution, the PA is unrelenting, particularly in its targeting of Christian converts from Islamic backgrounds." "ARAB Christian Mohammed Bak'r is entering his sixth month in a PA prison for openly proclaiming his faith."
This is what the Palestine Solidarity Movement has in mind for Palestinian women:
Again, here is a Google search if you don't like our references.
"Every year, hundreds of women and girls are murdered in the Middle East by male family members. The honor killing— the execution of a female family member for perceived misuse of her sexuality— is a thorny social and political issue. Palestinian activists campaigning for equality find it difficult to stop the killings altogether. Legitimacy for such murders stems from a complex code of honor ingrained in the consciousness of some sectors of Palestinian society."
"A Palestinian girl who was raped and impregnated by her two brothers was later murdered by her own mother – even though her daughter was the crime's innocent victim – in another of the disturbingly common, if vastly underreported, instances of "honor killings." The mother will be sentenced in two weeks, but a harsh penalty is not expected."
Furthermore, Sharia or Islamofascist law is the basis of the Palestinian "constitution." This means, among other things, that a woman's court testimony might be valued at only half that of a man's testimony. If the Saudi "blood money" system is implemented, it means a woman's life is worth only half that of a man of the same religion. Even during the bad old days of slavery in the United States, a slave was considered three-fifths of a person.
This is what the Palestine Solidarity Movement has in mind for Palestinian gays. Again, here's an impartial Google search for "Palestinian" and "gays" so you can see for yourself.
The Yale Herald (November 2004) reports,
"The Palestinian Authority subsequently arrested Adam three times for his sexual orientation, torturing and humiliating him. It is illegal to be gay in the Palestinian Authority, Eli said, and the police actually employ special undercover agents that seek out gay men, whom the police then torture, kill, or force to work as prostitutes. It is not surprising, Eli said, that he and Adam decided to flee to Israel, the only place where they would not be persecuted for their sexuality."
"Gay Palestinians Suffer under Arafat" says in part,
"It is not widely known that, along with its war against Israel, the Palestinian Authority is conducting a vicious campaign against its own homosexual population. The New Republic, in its Aug. 19 issue, exposed hideous human rights violations by the Palestinian Authority, which employs special police squads to capture men who have sex with each other. The lucky ones are forced to stand in sewage water up to their necks or lie in dark cells infested with insects; others are simply starved to death."
Gay Man Criticizes Palestinian Society (Alex Tehranian, Special to The Hoya Friday, October 22, 2004; Page A1):
"A Palestinian man described the challenges of living as a homosexual in what he deemed an oppressive society last Tuesday in New South. …He said he was unwilling to reveal his last name or hometown for fear of being discovered by the Palestinian Authority."
Palestinian Gays Seek Safety in Israel:
"For these gay men, life in the seedy parts of central Israel is far better than the virtual death sentences they fled in the West Bank and Gaza Strip." "Torture by Palestinian Authority security services or vigilante attacks by relatives is a fate suffered by countless gays in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where sodomy carries a jail term of three to 10 years." "Islam prescribes capital punishment for homosexual activity."
So if ISM activists are female, gay, or Christian, they might want to ask who their real enemies are, the Jews in Israel or the PLO whose agenda is destroyhing Israel.
Rank-and-file ISM members should ask, how do you feel about leaders who consider YOUR life expendible for the Cause? That is apparently how George Rishmawi and Joe Smith felt about "peace activist" Rachel Corrie; an idealistic young women who probably joined the Palestine Solidarity Movement for the same reasons you did. Rachel was an American anarchist into "peace, justice, and so on," but only for the Arabs, not the Jews and other Israelis and it cost her her life. The following information (plus a lot more) has incidentally been placed in the mail to Caterpillar Corporation's legal department and it should probably be sent to the Corrie family as well.
"Recently, the Director of the Solidarity Movement, George Rishmawi, explained to the San Francisco Chronicle that the recruitment of American student volunteers is useful to the Palestinian Movement because "if some of these foreign volunteers get shot or even killed, then the international media will sit up and take notice.""
Do you want to belong to an organization whose leaders think it is useful to have you shot or even killed?
Joseph Smith, who was present when Corrie died and whose highest priority was apparently to take pictures that he later doctored in Photoshop, said "The spirit that she died for is worth a life. This idea of resistance, this spirit of resisting this brutal occupying force, is worth anything. And many, many, many Palestinians give their lives for it all the time. So the life of one international, I feel, is more than worth the spirit of resisting oppression." (This is from a source friendly to the Palestine Solidarity Movement; note the Web domain.)
If you believe that, Joe Smith, why didn't you stand in front of the bulldozer yourself? Why was it worth Rachel's life and not yours?
A Hamas terrorist said openly that Rachel was worth more dead than alive. "'Her death serves me more than it served her,' said one activist at a Hamas funeral yesterday. '...Her death will bring more attention than the other 2,000 martyrs.'" "Making of a Martyr" by Sandra Jordan, Guardian Newspapers
I guess Rachel was worth more to her "friends" dead than she was alive. When you are more useful to your friends dead than you are alive, it is time to find new friends-- quickly.
Stop the ISM now has the IDF video of the incident when Rachel Corrie was killed. She was not protecting a house (ISM claims she was protecting Sami Nasraalha's house but it was not demolished the day Rachel was killed due to her "selfless act." The film will clearly show noen of this is true. We need to translate the Hebrew in the film so bear with us. Coming soon.