Lee KaplanThe writer heads Stop the ISM. He is an investigative journalist and contributor to Front Page Magazine, senior intelligence analyst and communications director for the Northeast Intelligence Network, and also heads Defending America for Knowledge and Action (DAFKA). He appears frequently in the US media.
The recent vandalism of the Jerusalem Light Rail reveals that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are working hand in glove with the BDS Movement and its leaders in the United States. At the same time, the U.S. State Department is looking the other way and the ISM and its leadership are only encouraged by Netanyahu’s pusillanimous leadership.
As a journalist I have been following the activities of the International Solidarity Movement from Northern California and the US to the West Bank, Gaza and back since its creation in 2001. The recent kidnapping and murder of the three Yeshiva boys, while it garnered little sympathy in the Arab world, nevertheless was not image enhancing for Hamas as the terrorist group thought it would be. The ISM is, in fact, a deceptive arm of Hamas and the PFLP whose mission is to try and make it look like the PA is pursuing peace while it is in fact making war.
The recent abduction and death of a 16 year-old Arab boy by unknown assailants has drawn attention away from the Israeli boys’ murders and is said to be the catalyst for Arab rioting and calls for “revenge.” The Second Intifada was said to have started because then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount to pray. In fact, the Intifada was planned by Arafat all along as was admitted to by some of his lieutenants in Lebanon shortly after Sharon’s visit.
The Arabs tried to suggest Sharon was trying to enter the Al Aksa Mosque- a total fabrication. He was trying to make a point that Jews should be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount any time they want. One needs to only consult the newspapers today to see what the Arabs and the Waqf are doing there again.
The same tactical propaganda is being used today and the Israeli government is willing to fall for it. It has been confirmed that Hamas is paying Arab shills up to $1,500 a month to foment riots and indignation among local Arabs at the Temple Mount to lmake them look like a spontaneous grassroots movement against alleged Jewish “abuse” of the Arabs and their holy sites.
Meanwhile, the ISM has been putting out communiques in the United States and EU asking for “volunteers” to go to the 'West Bank' and Israel for three weeks in order to intensify the rioting against the IDF and the border police. The ISM organizes and stands behind the BDS Movement against Israel in cooperation with Hamas, and the PFLP. The ISM offers training and guidance in how to riot and interfere with IDF soldiers and will even pay as a last resort for mostly college aged “anarchists” and Vietnam war radical retreads to go to the 'West Bank' and help foment riots.
It is illegal for internationals to go to the 'West Bank', yet they keep pouring in as a fifth column. They say they are “nonviolent”, but this nonviolence is a ploy for them to act as human shields so the Arabs can be violent. They do, in fact, help Arabs to throw stones at Israelis and they engage in vandalism of Jewish property. They set up a “media office” where they accuse Jews in Judea and Samaria of all manner of atrocities, usually reversing what the ISM activists are doing to the religious Jews.
Radical leftist lawyers, sometimes furnished through the National Lawyers Guild then help these subversives to skirt the Israeli legal system, and leftist Israeli judges who never set foot in the area allow them a revolving door to go back and incite and riot with the Arabs over and over again. Some get deported, but the majority are allowed to stay as the legal system gets overloaded.
The Knesset fecklessly doesn’t pass laws to jail these people long term and remove the “fun” factor for these anarchists, and the Israeli Foreign Ministry trembles every time diplomats from the countries they come from ask why their national were arrested. That’s the same Foreign Ministry that opined that Israel pay reparations to the same ISM anarchists who were killed or injured on the Mavi Marmara when they were acting to aid Hamas in Gaza.
The fact is the Palestinian Authority is made up of about 3.2 million Arabs, most of whom want to work for a living and lead normal lives, but who are led by a Mafia of terrorist groups who have their own agenda of jihad or pan-Arab takeover against the Jews. This Mafia, the Hamas, PFLP, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terrorist factions has a stake in keeping the war roiling against Israel, particularly because it brings in oodles of foreign aid money they can steal.
Bringing in ISM activists from abroad is necessary because the majority of Arabs are not part of the Mafia and don’t want to march every day against the IDF and throw rocks at police. The unemployed, the radicalized students and those with family in the terrorist Mafia have a stake I keeping these violent attacks on Jews going on indefinitely. The Israelis, mostly Jews, have lacked the will to stop this subtle means of warfare against the Jewish state
If Israel collapses from without and within (and if they don’t change course this is going to happen) the Arabs and the ISM will go back and look at the archives they are keeping of how they succeeded in their “revolution”. They literally are keeping numbered archives about their activities against Israel (I’ve seen them) and refer to archives of previously “successful” revolutionary movements in history to hone their tactics and training.
Israel was providing a successful bus service for Arab workers to get from their homes in Judea and Samaria and back from work. The fare was cheaper than these Arabs usually paid private vans or taxis and public buses and these bus routes were very popular. The ISM and BDS movement started a campaign in the US claiming the buses were promoting “apartheid” among the Arabs like in the former South African state. They even ran a campaign where they used the name of Rosa Parks and tried to suggest Israel engaged in segregated bus systems like American blacks endured during the era of Jim Crow in the US south.
Huwaida Arraf, one of the co-founders of the ISM ,did a big publicity stunt trying to enter Israel without her Israeli ID on one such bus. The border police officer who detained her did not know that Arraf held US and Israeli citizenship as the daughter of an Israeli Arab and thought she was trying to enter without ID.
This canard of apartheid on the buses continued even though Israel by law doesn’t allow restrictions on who can ride a bus. This campaign continued until the foreign corporations that ran the bus lines for the rest of the working Arabs got tired of being bombarded with accusations of human rights violations and sold off their interests. The buses still ran under Israeli ownership but the ISM boasted back in the US they managed to get overseas companies to divest from Israel. This served the Mafia well, as they could announce victory in divestment actions and try to promote the conflict still further with more divestment actions.
The riots over the 16 year-old Arab boy who was kidnapped and killed are another example of how the ISM and BDS movement are trying to control the scene. The boy’s mother has made it plain she hates the Jews who she accuses of kidnapping the boy. The father says Arabs have tried kidnapping his younger son. The mother is more than willing (for money, maybe?) to foment the Arabs to riot over her dead son. Ringleaders among those who organized the “spontaneous” riots against the IDF and Border Police over the boy (that also distracted from the three Yeshiva boys’ funeral) were probably paid by Hamas and are most likely local Arab members of the ISM. Apparently these rioters don’t have regular jobs to be at.
All of which brings us to the Jerusalem Light Rail train. The train is very popular among the working Arabs and used by both Arabs and Jews. The train had nothing to do with the Arab boy either. Despite its popularity, the BDS Movement has been trying to get the light rail boycotted, but has been unsuccessful precisely because the majority of working Arabs want it there and it is highly profitable for the international investors.
I have no doubt the BDS leaders in the US cooperated with the Arab Mafia to attack the train and vandalize it. This was done to make the international owners throw up their hands and leave. Wars are traditionally fought by destroying the opposition’s infrastructure such as trains, from the air or with ground troops.
The riots closing down the train for months were no less a military strike, a new manner of warfare - and Israel once again fell for it.
The riots over the 16 year-old Arab boy were coordinated with the BDS Movement in Israel and abroad. Watch the BDS leaders in the US and Israel boast now how they got the light rail system closed down suggesting they persuaded international corporations to quit the Jewish state over phony “human rights violations.”
It was nothing less than a bombing attack with the bombs replaced by the ISM and paid Arab rioters, and Israel still has n’t understood this. The real losers, as with the buses, are the Arabs who can’t get to work and who will be incited by their leaders that it’s the fault of the Jews and that Israel must become Palestine at all costs.
The war marches on with the “resistance” as the Mafia and ISM talk “peace ” to a naïve world.