I am an investigative journalist who has spent the last 5 years studying the ISM and Ms. Arraf herself over the last five years. I am published extensively over the Internet and am responsible for the deportations of over 200 ISM activists from Israel during that time for aiding terrorist groups.
These are the facts about Huwaida Arraf and her Ship of Fools.
I interviewed Ms. Arraf at a national conference of her anti-Israel activists at Georgetown University, where she admitted to me that her ISM organization works in clsoe cooperation with Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the PFLP, all terrorist groups that advocate the end of Israel. She even admitted doing this in the Washington Post.
Ms. Arraf's boats have Iranian "journalists" on board from Press TV. These are Iranian agents. The real purpose of these boat trips is to put pressure on Israel to reopen the shipping lanes the Iranians used to supply Hamas with rockets and other weapons used to attack Israeli communities in the Negev.
It is not progressive to support terrorist fronts like Free Gaza, ISM and Ms. Arraf, who are only interested in deceiving democracies to support Arab goals of defeating the Jews.
Hamas's charter calls for the annihilation of world Jewry--Ms. Arraf endorses them and even gets aid from them.
Ms. Arraf, in her training manuals tells her volunteers to say they are peace activists because admitting they are human shields for terrorists doesn't play well. She is making a nice living and getting free world travel and has a stake in keeping the war roiling forever. In one word, she says she's a peace activist, then justifies terrorism as "legitimate resistance." She bemoans 11,000 Arab "political" prisoners in Israel (almost all of whom were given fair trials and many of whom murdered Jews) and says nothing of Gilad Shalit, the kidnapped Israeli soldier. Ms. Arraf is a phony--not a misguided peace activisit or human rights worker.
The Nation really should be more adult in how it choses its articles. Ms. Arraf talks of 1,400 Palestinians killed in Gaza in operation Cast Lead. The real number is 1,300, per the UN almost all armed terrorists and suicide bombers or artillery crews. The Nation, by giving Ms. Arraf a platform to lie, to use hyperbole and to support through misinformation terrorist organizations that will never make peace with Israel, fails as an objective source of progressive journalism and makes itself only a willing dupe.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will end only when Ms. Arraf is marginalized along with her pro-terror front groups and real peace activists decide to allow two states to live in peace side by side. Ms. Arraf wants Israel dismantled as her only solution and for Israel to become yet another Arab-dominated dictatorship lording over the Jews. Lying and disinformation are her tools and trade; The Nation need not give her the forum in which to use them.
Berkeley , CA
Jul 27 2009 - 10:51am