Leading BDS Group Posted Tweet Mourning PFLP Terrorist

Back in 2016, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) posted a tweet mourning the death of a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist.

The PFLP is best known for pioneering airliner hijackings in the 1960s and 1970s. Its hijacking and subsequent blowing up of three airliners in Jordan in 1970 was the PFLP's most infamous terror attack. Forty hostages were taken off the planes before the PFLP destroyed them. More recently, PFLP terrorists carried out several suicide bombings during the Second Intifada. In 2017, the PFLP celebrated the 45th anniversary of its terrorist attack at Lod Airport that killed 26 Israelis.

The PFLP has become active in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, of which the USCPR is major player in the U.S. Leila Khaled – a PFLP hijacker who participated in the 1970 incident – has represented the terrorist group at numerous BDS events.

BDS aims to isolate Israel economically and politically through sanctions and economic boycotts.

"Gaza mourns PFLP activist slain by Israel during protest," USCPR tweeted in January 2016.

PFLP refers to its terrorists as "activists." An Electronic Intifada article linked to in the tweet described the funeral of Sami Madi, a PFLP terrorist, and described him as a "Devoted Comrade." The terrorist who was killed by an Israel as he approached Gaza's border.

"Sami was a lifelong PFLP activist. His affiliation to the left wing Palestinian resistance faction began during the first Palestinian intifada in the mid-1980s when as a teenager he would throw stones at vehicles going to and from the Israeli settlements built on Gaza's land," the Electronic Intifada article said.

Jamil Mizer, PFLP's leader in Gaza called Madi, "a defiant fighter whose blood will be a further step on liberation's path."

This isn't isolated. USCPR Executive Director Youssef Munayyer is sympathetic to PFLP on his Twitter feed. He posted a PFLP communiqué in June 2017 announcing an attack in Jerusalem, noting the terrorists' "previous imprisonment by the occupation." Several other tweets remind people that the PFLP and other factions including Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah are fighting alongside Hamas "against Israel in this war."

In April, Munayyer reminded readers of his Twitter feed that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh carried a photo of imprisoned PFLP General Secretary Ahmad Saadat aloft and that all terror factions were united.

USCPR's propaganda claims it just wants "a just and lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis based on human rights, international law, equality, and relevant UN resolutions." But how does that goal square with mourning a member of a terrorist group that is pledged to Israel's destruction and rejects peace negotiations with the Jewish state?

Or how does its propaganda square with the message on the "Make Israel Palestine Again" hat it sold at the recent Netroots Nation conference? These factors highlight that the USCPR is about Israel's destruction, not Palestinian rights.

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By John Rossomando  |  August 13, 2018 at 11:22 am  |  Permalink

Erdogan-Linked Group Asks Senators to Oppose Turkey Sanctions

MUSIAD USA sent letters to several U.S. senators last week protesting sanction the Trump administration's imposed on Turkey over its continuing detention of American Pastor Andrew Brunson. MUSIAD is a businessmen's association connected with Turkey's ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Its close links to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan led FBI agents to question MUSIAD USA's leaders in 2016 on suspicion they were engaged in political espionage on behalf of the Turkish government. This group also has close links with U.S. Islamists in the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO).

Despite its connection with Turkey's ruling party, MUSIAD USA remains unregistered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). All who lobby on behalf of foreign governments are required to register under this law.

MUSIAD USA President Mustafa Tuncer, one of those questioned by the FBI, posted photos of the letters opposing the sanctions on Facebook.

Tuncer also sits on the board of the Turkish-government controlled Diyanet Center in Lanham, Md. Diyanet-controlled mosques in Europe have been accused of spying on behalf of Turkey, and critics worry the Diyanet Center is involved with similar activities.

"Senior MUSIAD figures work closely with Erdogan, coordinate their actions with his office and operates as his long arm under the disguise of business interest lobby group," Abdullah Bozkurt, former editor at Turkey's Today's Zaman told the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

MUSIAD USA's connection with Erdogan was highlighted after a Marxist hacking group leaked emails belonging to Erdogan's son-in-law Berat Albayrak to WikiLeaks. Albayrak is considered Erdogan's heir apparent and was recently placed in charge of running Turkey's economy.

Albayrak learned that the FBI questioned MUSIAD officials in a September 2016 email from former Executive Director Ibrahim Uyar. Uyar noted that he organized a rally against the July 2016 coup attempt outside the White House. Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Executive Director Nihad Awad and USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal spoke at the rally. Tuncer and Uyar gave Awad a "plaque of appreciation" to Awad in 2014 on behalf of MUSIAD USA.

"The business group MUSIAD functions [as] yet another tool at the hands of current regime in Turkey to promote and export Erdogan brand poisonous Islamist ideology overseas," Bozkurt said.

Uyar has been promoted, Bozkurt said, now overseeing MUSIAD's global branches. Uyar is listed on the board of MUSIAD's main branch in Istanbul. It also describes him as the as "[c]hairman of Foreign Organization and Development Commission."

Photos taken at the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa last month highlight Uyar's closeness to Erdogan. Several shots showed him standing next to the Turkish president.

These connections highlight Erdogan's backdoor effort to influence U.S. policy toward Turkey under the cover of business concerns.

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By John Rossomando  |  August 10, 2018 at 11:36 am  |  Permalink

IPT Story Leads Amazon to Remove 'Make Israel Palestine Again' T-Shirts

Reader complaints caused Amazon to stop selling a T-shirt that said "Make Israel Palestine Again" after the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) drew attention to it Tuesday.

The slogan is an indirect call for Israel's elimination and has grown popular on social media sites.

The information outraged many readers. One complained directly to Amazon and said she was assured the T-shirt in question would be removed. The one IPT exposed Tuesday was taken down by late Wednesday evening.

Other T-shirts with the same slogan remained on the site Thursday morning, but they were gone by noon. The items were from a third-party seller using Amazon's "Merch program" that lets people create accounts to sell custom T-shirts, an Amazon spokeswoman told the IPT. There were no indications that the shirts were from third-party vendors Tuesday when the IPT clicked on the "Add to Cart" button.

The page said "Ships from and sold by Amazon.com" without any reference to a third party.

"All Merch by Amazon content creators must follow our content policy and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account. The product in question is no longer available," the Amazon spokeswoman said.

Amazon's written policies prohibit material that promotes violence, hate or intolerance.

The "Make Israel Palestine Again" slogan has been promoted by proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that seeks to delegitimize and isolate Israel. A "Make Israel Palestine Again" hat modeled after President Trump's "Make America Great Again" was sold at the booth belonging to the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) last weekend at the left-wing Netroots Nation Conference in New Orleans. USCPR is a major player in the American BDS movement.

"Shame on you @AmazonUK @amazon @AmazonHelp Is hatred what you're selling? Amazon Selling "Make Israel Palestine Again" T-Shirts," Yitzhak Intraif, a self-described Zionist rocker, tweeted.

DianaEE tweeted, "sickening! May have to find an alternative to Amazon!!"

Others called it a "blatant violation of prohibited listing[s]," and Amazon evidently agreed.

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By John Rossomando  |  August 9, 2018 at 1:56 pm  |  Permalink

Amazon Selling "Make Israel Palestine Again" T-Shirts

Update: Reader complaints to Amazon prompted the online retail giant to stop selling the shirts. Read more here.

Amazon.com is selling T-shirts that say "Make Israel Palestine Again," a not so subtle endorsement of ending the State of Israel. The shirts are listed as "In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com." This stands in contrast with some merchandise Amazon sells that comes from third-party sources.

Similar shirts are available on Etsy.com.

The slogan "Make Israel Palestine Again" is used often on social media, including a Twitter page and an Instagram account. An image on the Twitter feed shows President Trump wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat Photoshopped to say "Make Israel Palestine Again."

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activist Miko Peled used the Trump-style "Make Israel Palestine Again" hat as his Twitter avatar and in a November 2016 post. Peled linked to a petition that calls Israel's existence into question.

The BDS movement aims to isolate Israel politically and economically using sanctions and boycotts of Israeli goods.

Zazzle.com, a website that allows people to create items with their own messages and sell them, hosts a store belonging to the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR). Its store lets people buy merchandise emblazoned with the USCPR's logo.

Tax records show the USCPR acts as the U.S.-based financial agent for the BDS National Committee – the group responsible for coordinating the BDS movement worldwide. The BDS National Committee counts a group called the Council of National and Islamic Force in Palestine –a coalition that includes representatives from Hamas and other terrorist groups – as a member organization.

Amazon corporate communications did not respond to an email seeking comment.

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By John Rossomando  |  August 7, 2018 at 4:39 pm  |  Permalink

Temple University SJP Posts Column Supporting PFLP Terrorists

The Marxist-Leninist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist group is the "most ideologically clear organization in the Palestinian liberation movement," a Temple University Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) officer wrote Thursday. in a column promoted and linked to Thursday by the group.

PFLP's goal is Israel's complete destruction.

The PFLP rejects "concessions made by the Arab misleadership class, which has supported so-called 'peace' agreements with Israel," wrote Temple SJP Vice President Brandon Do. "These agreements have allowed the forces of occupation to extend deeper into Palestine and diminished chances of Palestinian liberation."

The PFLP rose to notoriety in the 1960s and 1970s through a series of airline hijackings, including the 1976 hijacking of a Paris-bound Air France flight to Entebbe, Uganda. It also was responsible for a 1972 airport massacre that left 26 people dead. During the Second Intifada, several PFLP terrorists committed several suicide bombings.

Do also has supported PFLP terrorist Rasmieh Odeh, who played a key role in a 1969 Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two people. A 2016 picture posted by the Temple SJP chapter shows Do holding a sign calling for the charges against Odeh to be dropped.

In the column, Do praised PFLP founder George Habash, who has been called the "Godfather of Middle East terrorism," as an authority for "raising the Arab world's consciousness" against Israel. He attacked Palestinians who he claimed "sell out" their own people to Israel. The Palestinian Authority's establishment following the 1993 Oslo Accords, he says, created a "crypto-Zionist front."

Do's SJP chapter has praised other PFLP terrorists, including Leila Khaled, who hijacked two planes in 1970. Khaled currently is a member of the PFLP's political bureau and has been involved in fundraising for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. BDS aims to economically isolate Israel by encouraging the boycott of Israeli goods and divestment from the Israeli economy, and impose sanctions.

SJP is a key component of the BDS movement in the U.S.

Do attempted to link black Americans with the Palestinian fight against Israel.

"By embracing our shared destiny with Black America and those living under the degradation of imperialism worldwide, the Palestine solidarity movement in the United States will say that a free Palestine is possible, and that with struggle, we can restore humanity back to its rightful place, where the civilizations of the world are once again united and no longer living under the threat of invasion, partitioning, and mass exploitation," Do wrote.

The PFLP has repeatedly drawn the same connection in articles on its website.

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By John Rossomando  |  August 2, 2018 at 3:25 pm  |  Permalink

Bogus Apartheid Claims Follow Passage of Israel Nation-State Law

Anti-Israel groups in the United States are using a recently passed Israeli law to ramp up false claims of apartheid. The "nation-state" bill defines Israel as "the national home of the Jewish people" with Jerusalem as its capital.

"Israel arrogantly enshrines Jim Crow laws," the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter at New York's New School blasted on Facebook.

"Apartheid is a legal term, not an insult. It's the most suitable label to describe Israel's treatment of millions of Palestinians over the last seven decades," read a graphic shared via Facebook by Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).

SJP and JVP are known for their animosity towards Israel. The groups normalize hate, promote anti-Semitism, and previously hosted convicted-terrorist Rasmieh Odeh at a national conference in 2017.

"What this law really does is it enshrines racisms and discrimination and like you said apartheid into the foundational constitutional law of the state of Israel," JVP Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson said in an interview with MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin. "So that means the 20 percent of Israeli citizens who are not Jewish are being told, and the state is actually now obligated with this law to treat them unequally."

"Formalizing de facto apartheid, the Israeli Knesset passes the racist nation-state law, which officially designates Palestinian citizens of Israel...along with all other Palestinians living in historic Palestine under Israeli sovereign power—as second-class citizens," claimed Columbia University's Students for Justice in Palestine chapter.

Apartheid is a term used by anti-Israel activists and groups to smear and delegitimize Israel. And unlike apartheid South Africa, both Jewish and non-Jewish Israelis receive full voting rights, hold elected office, serve in the military and prominently on Israeli courts.

The nation-state bill passed the Knesset in a 62-55 vote. Israel's Druze community voiced concern over the bill. But President Reuven Rivlin assured a delegation "that is the basis of the state we founded – the Zionist movement in full partnership with all who live here in this good land, which is good for all of us and where we can exist in equality without any problem."

Still, the bill's passage prompted Stanford University SJP member Hamzeh Daoud, a residential assistant, to threaten to "physically fight" pro-Israel students. He later changed the wording in his Facebook post from "physically" to "intellectually" and noted that "I edited this post because I realize intellectually beating Zionists is the only way to go. Physical fighting is never an answer to when trying to prove people wrong."

Both Daoud's Facebook and Twitter accounts have been deactivated.

Most analyses conclude the law is more symbolic than substantial. It does nothing to change the rights of Israeli Arabs, although many are displeased at its recognition of Hebrew as the country's official language, seeing it as downgrading Arabic.

People are free to criticize Israel and the bill. But it's clear that groups like SJP and JVP will do anything to bash Israel and delegitimize its existence.

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By Ariel Behar  |  August 1, 2018 at 1:45 pm  |  Permalink

Senior MB Official Touts Linda Sarsour's Gaza Video

When Linda Sarsour speaks, a senior Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood official apparently likes what he hears.

Gamal Heshmat shared an anti-Israel video by Sarsour on his Facebook page last Friday. In it, Sarsour glosses over Hamas' role coordinating the "Great March of Return" in May.

She fails to inform viewers that the protesters used kite bombs, incendiary balloons and rockets to try to attack Israeli civilian areas. She does speak about the death toll, however, noting that 50 Gazans died on May 14.

"...[These] people didn't choose to die. People were killed. They were massacred at the hands of snipers," Sarsour said in the video originally posted in May.

Subsequently, Hamas leaders took full credit for the violence, boasting that the overwhelming majority of casualties were members of the terrorist group. Subsequent Israeli analysis confirmed the Hamas claim.

"This is not peaceful resistance," Hamas Politburo member Mahmoud al-Zahhar told Al-Jazeera on May 13. "Has the option (of armed struggle) diminished? No. On the contrary, it is growing and developing. That's clear. So when we talk about 'peaceful resistance,' we are deceiving the public."

Heshmat belongs to the Brotherhood's Shura Council, the legislative body that sets the group's agenda. It isn't clear what prompted him to post the two-month old video Friday, but tried to pretend the prominent Hamas role instigating the violence somehow was a secret.

"The crimes of the Zionist Entity are increasing in light of international protection which betrays its principles, and an Arabic guardianship which thwarts its Umma, and an Islamic silence which harms the Religion and forsakes the Truth, we will expose it to everyone to publish and distribute," Heshmat wrote in the post.

Having a senior Brotherhood official tout her video is a bad look for Sarsour, said Zuhdi Jasser, founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD).

"It's no longer credible to say that it's guilt by association when a major thought leader in the Muslim Brotherhood is using her material to establish a political agenda," Jasser said.

Sarsour's video calls for a Palestinian right to "return to their original homelands" – a demand which would effectively eliminate Israel as a Jewish state. She also called a "prison" due to a blockade aimed at preventing Hamas from smuggling weapons into the area for future terrorist attacks.

Top Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh cited the same talking points in a June 7 column posted on Hamas' website. Hamas wants Israel's destruction, nothing less.

Despite her hateful rhetoric, Sarsour remains a hot political commodity. She spent the weekend in Michigan campaigning for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed.

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By John Rossomando  |  July 31, 2018 at 3:10 pm  |  Permalink

Senior Hizballah Officials Acknowledge Group's Presence in Syria and Beyond

A top Hizballah official acknowledged that the terrorist organization remains in Syria and is consolidating its presence across the Middle East, the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reports.

In a July 21 speech, Hashem Safi al-Din – Hizballah's executive council chief – bragged about his organization's role in helping the Syrian regime takeover south Syria and fueling conflicts throughout the region.

Al-Din is a member of Hizballah's Shura council and is regarded as one of its most influential figures.

Another Hizballah official, deputy executive council chief Sheikh Ali Da'mush, also praised the terrorist group's successes against militant groups in south Syria, during a statement broadcast on Hizballah's al-Manar TV channel a day before al-Din's speech.

Before these declarations, Hizballah avoided publicly admitting to its role in helping the dictator Bashar Al-Assad's regime re-take territory in southern Syria.

These high-level statements are meant to shore up support from Hizballah's constituency and signal the group's resolve to outside powers such as Israel, the United States, and even Russia, the Meir Amit report said. Recent reports suggest that Russia is considering ways to limit Iran and Hizballah's military presence in south Syria.

Hizballah's leadership is now making it clear that they will not withdraw from the area without a fight.

"Anyone who imagines that the United States or the Arab states or any other country in the world can determine the future of the region, from Yemen to Iraq, to Syria, to Lebanon, to Palestine, to the entire region – without the presence of the resistance [Hizballah], is mistaken," al-Din said.

Hizballah has been a decisive factor in preserving the Assad regime throughout the Syrian civil war. It originally viewed Assad's collapse as an existential threat, given its reliance on Iranian weapons transfers through Syria. But after its early successes, Hizballah's leadership saw an opportunity to open a new Syrian base of operations to threaten Israel. The terrorist group's leadership is increasingly confident and now looking to expand its presence in ongoing conflicts beyond Syria.

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By IPT News  |  July 30, 2018 at 10:46 am  |  Permalink

U.S. Muslim Leaders Mourn Jordanian MB Leader

A who's who of anti-Israel radical leaders in the U.S. Muslim community mourned last week's death of Ishaq al-Farhan, the co-founder of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood political wing, the Islamic Action Front (IAF).

"May God have mercy on the thinker, the Islamic leader, and Jordanian national personality, Professor Dr. Ishaq al-Farhan. He lived for his religion, his Umma and Palestine, from which he descended, and people remember his virtues ... This is a great loss, not only for Jordan, Palestine and the Islamic movement, but also a loss for this whole Umma (Islamic nation)," wrote American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) National Policy Director Osama Abu Irshaid. Sabri Samirah, who worked as chairman of the now-defunct Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), posted video of al-Farhan's funeral from Jordan on Abu Irshaid's Facebook timeline. IAP was the propaganda arm of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee, and Marzook served on its board. The Palestine Committee was created to serve Hamas politically and financially, court records show.

Samirah served as IAF's spokesman during a period of exile in Jordan for due to his pro-Hamas sympathies that began in 2002. He returned to the U.S. in 2014.

Abu Irshaid served as served as editor of Al-Zaitounah, a pro-Hamas Arabic periodical published by the IAP.

Al-Farhan also served as a trustee of the Brotherhood-linked International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT) based in Herndon, Va. and as Jordan's education minister. In 1996, he wrote to the Clinton administration protesting efforts to extradite then Hamas Politburo chief Moussa Abu Marzook to Israel. Marzook ultimately was sent to Jordan and remains a top Hamas leader. The effort showed that the administration was "captive to the Zionist will," al-Farhan wrote.

His letter was sent from the same fax line as a Hamas statement also protesting the extradition effort, a U.S. Embassy in Amman cable said.

Hamas also mourned al-Farhan's death with a press release. "Palestine and the nation have lost one of their finest men," Hamas said.

Former Muslim American Society (MAS) President and current Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Society board member Esam Omeish called al-Farhan "the giant, the martyr of the Brotherhood and the Umma."

AMP Chairman and University of California Berkeley Lecturer Hatem Bazian also mourned al-Farhan, saying, "Allah have mercy on him."

This outpouring serves as a reminder of the loyalty that many leading U.S. Muslims have to foreign Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

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By John Rossomando  |  July 12, 2018 at 2:41 pm  |  Permalink

IRGC-affiliated Group Spreads Radical Ideology Beyond Iran's Borders

An NGO affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) continues to spread the regime's radical ideology within Iran and throughout the region, according to a new Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center report.

The Arts and Media Owj Organization promotes content sympathetic to the IRGC, focusing its work on influencing Iran's film and television industries. It also produces computer games, books, documentaries, and children's videos.

Hostility towards Israel and the United States are at the core of Owj's activities, reflecting the Iranian regime's worldview, the Meir Amit report said. For example, Owj helped finance the 2013 "Death to America" media competition in Tehran. And the organization frequently hosts Holocaust denial events.

In light of recent protests against the regime, the Owj seeks to sway Iranian public opinion in favor of more hardline elements and the country's military expansion throughout the region.

Beyond Iran, the Owj is increasingly targeting populations in Syria and Iraq to enhance the Islamic Republic's soft power presence in these countries. The Iranian NGO also hosts events and activities commemorating IRGC fighters killed in Syria and Iraq.

These activities "make the Owj Organization into a leading player in the intensive hearts and minds campaign waged by the Islamic Republic internally and regionally," writes the report's author, Raz Zimmt.

In February, the Owj's director boasted that his organization receives IRGC funding and logistical support. The director also received significant praise from senior Iranian officials, including Iran's foreign minister, the IRGC's commander, and Qassem Soleimani – the head of the IRGC's Qods Force.

Last month, Aleppo's governor praised Owj's efforts in Syria after the group established a children's center in the city that hosts cultural events. These efforts are in line with Iran's goals of entrenching its military, economic, and social presence in neighboring countries.

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By IPT News  |  July 9, 2018 at 11:12 am  |  Permalink

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