The BDS Movement: On the inside in disguise, Part II

How 'Stop the ISM', by going undercover, exposed the inner workings of BDS.

Lee Kaplan,

צילום: INN:LK

For part I, click here.

Undercover results

The Stop the ISM (the anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement) Organization,  by going undercover, has exposed the likes of people like Larudee on more than one occasion.

A volunteer from Stop the ISM managed during the last year to join Larudee’s group and even succeeded in attending meetings of the Board of Directors led by Larudee on a regular basis. While attending, our volunteer managed to record with  both video and sound the activities and planning sessions of Norcal ISM and the BDS movement, which accompany this article.

To expose the true face of the BDS movement to the taxpaying public, Stop the ISM has infiltrated volunteers with similar skills at other BDS organizing centers throughout the United States who are doing the same thing. In the future, other groups will be exposed by our undercover operations.

As mentioned, Stop the ISM has exposed Norcal ISM and the BDS movement in the past by infiltrating the group as far back as 2004. Our activities resulted in the past that Paul Larudee, the Northern California BDS leader, was captured on a mission to Israel under a false identity while there to aid Hamas.

Paul Larudee (left) with leader of Hamas in Gaza, Ismael Haniyah.

Larudee spent time in jail and was then deported. Larudee then joined Hezbollah in Lebanon to support the terror groups’ efforts in a summer war with Israel. Larudee returned home to continue promoting the Boycott and other pro-Hamas activities. Back in 2004, a team of ten volunteers from Norcal ISM was trained to go to Israel and make trouble there, with Larudee overseer of their training in the San Francisco Bay Area. These were all activists promoting BDS as we know it today.

All ten were captured and deported by Israel on arrival after this writer, who went undercover at their training event disguised as a Pakistani activist, provided Israeli security forces with tapes. It should be noted we at Stop the ISM operate independently and have no official relationship with Israeli intelligence or the government.

This newest undercover infiltration of the ISM and BDS leadership is even better than any previous ones. This time many hours of live steaming video with sound were obtained right from the belly of the beast as our new undercover volunteer attended and filmed many of  the Board of Directors’ meetings and planning sessions of Norcal ISM. These recordings and tapes, posted below, have provided invaluable information about Norcal ISM and the BDS movement never obtained before, identifying the highest level leadership of the group, their plans, activities and the hypocrisy of the BDS movement.

Those very same board members made admissions that were never intended to be heard by the public, nor government officials who grant them nontaxable status. As mentioned, this undercover practice is ongoing now on a national scale and opens the door to the leadership of the entire BDS movement and their activities. Few people realize just how much BDS is being funded by its taking advantage of U.S. tax laws, as these recordings show.

Specific examples of videos obtained from a Board of Directors’ coordination meeting featuring Larudee and company are posted here.

In the first one, a board meeting is held with a phone conference with Jeff Pekrul, one of Norcal ISM’s more active members and now a “trainer”.

Twelve years ago, I, Lee Kaplan of Stop the ISM infiltrated a training session of Larudee’s group and reported on their activities.  Of interest is that during the recent Board of Directors discussion in the video below, twelve years since the last expose’ of an internal training session exposing the BDS movement, they are still afraid of being again exposed by Stop the ISM for their activities or even identified to the public-at-large. The recordings and videos that follow prove invaluable in identifying who the BDS leaders are on the West Coast, their proposed activities and even how they handle money in a taxpayer-supported organization.

Below is a snippet of one of their internal meetings in which Jeff Pekrul addresses the Board about a training group he just taught. Besides discussing Lee Kaplan’s infiltration, he discusses affinity groups and his last recruitment of BDS anti-Israel activists.

Affinity groups and what they mean in BDS and support for groups like Hamas gets discussed. Affinity groups are part of keeping the anarchist movement alive today and driving in part organizational BDS. What is amusing is affinity groups are designed to serve to promote secrecy which this article and videos have shown the BDS movement is failing at, especially since their Board of Directors has been spilling the beans to Stop the ISM for a long time. Now the world gets to see them behind closed doors.

In the first video Paul Larudee holds a conference call for the Board of Directors with Jeff Pekrul who has been a member of Norcal ISM and the BDS Movement for at least twelve years. The first thing Pekrul does in recounting his teaching his first training session is mention “the Kaplan thing,” and how he failed to discuss it with his new group.

Imagine the reaction of the Board of Directors of Norcal ISM when they read this! Twelve years ago Norcal ISM had ten trainees, today they only have three. One is too many!

The discussion then goes to Eva Bartlett, a Canadian woman based in Gaza who was deported by Israel in 2007 from the 'West Bank' in the past as she was suspected of lending assistance to terrorist groups. Like Larudee, she is promoting the Assad regime in Syria but also does webmaster work for the BDS Movement and Larudee’s group. Norcal ISM sends Eva money by surreptitious means to avoid U.S. government scrutiny.

Undercover recordings reveal that Larudee’s group sends money to her in Gaza and to an Arab named Ameet in the 'West Bank' by hiding the money from government observers under the false business name of Arlington Market. Larudee and company were caught trying to send money to Lebanon earlier last year when they tried cynically addressing it to Hafez Assad, the demised dictator of Syria. In that case their U.S. bank refused to forward the funds for fear they were being used to support terrorism. Larudee and company have since sent funds to Gaza and the 'West Bank' using  Moneygrams via South America under the nose of the Feds. Watch this first snippet to see what is going on:

If anyone wonders whether these internal recordings are beneficial, the snippet of another coordination meeting of the Board of Directors is below. Larudee explains at this meeting that there are in fact not three but eight or nine organizations that are part of the BDS movement that operate as tax free 501 c3’s under the umbrella of one. This allows for maximum fundraising money going into Larudee’s pocket. Anyone viewing the tape of that meeting would learn that Norcal ISM’s BDS scams are run under another corporation’s 501c3 status, the Association for Investments in Popular Action Committees (another AIPAC!) that in fact runs, as tax free nonprofits in California, 8 or nine such political entities and draws donations to Larudee’s home address, all of which support BDS.

Why so many? The reason is to make BDS look like a larger movement and to solicit more donations by posing as multiple groups. Larudee and company chortle about their parent non-profit’s acronym as being AIPAC, the same as the Israel lobby in Washington, D.C. As you watch the tape, an acolyte of Larudee’s asks him if these entities all comprise BDS. Despite Larudee and other BDS leaders all claiming in public that they are not anti-Semitic, that they do not want Israel destroyed and that they only work for “human rights,” the recording reveals they “ don’t really care about the BDS movement” and mentions their true agenda. 

Larudee blurts out “We don’t care how we get rid of of the Israeli state.” You would never hear this in public, it was said undercover.

Other recordings of the Board of Directors meetings have brought out proof of money laundering that Stop the ISM has provided to the FBI. Larudee, as he pores over Norcal ISM’s budget at one point in the tape, tells us that an expense listed as Arlington Market is in fact a pseudonym for money his group sends over to Gaza and the 'West Bank', and not for food or marketing reasons. Larudee on other videos we have turned over to law enforcement discusses how he sends money to the Middle East regularly from his organizations, funds that may go to terrorist groups. Larudee was so cocky about this that when he sent over $3,750 to a Hamas charity front in Beirut, he again cynically marked the recipient as Hafez Assad, the long dead leader and father of the current dictator-murderer in Syria.

A sharp-eyed bank employee at Mellon bank that was handling the money transfer for Larudee’s Bank of the West account froze those funds because they looked suspicious. The bank refused to return the money, but Larudee, through an email blast, made so much noise that Bank of the West (where the funds were first sent from) returned the funds to him to avoid the hassle.

Larudee goes on to discuss trying to get American celebrities to ally with his movement, notably on the Gaza flotilla ships. The only one he says he could get is congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. McKinney attended the last flotilla and was infuriated that she had to spend time in an Israeli cell in Ashdod with the other attackers when the ship was intercepted. McKinney is a known anti-Semite, who blamed the Jews for her losing one of her election campaigns, associates with Holocaust deniers and praises Hezbollah and Hamas.

Listen in the video as Larudee discusses her aiding their goals. Larudee was in Lebanon in 2006 assisting Hezbollah during 2006 summer war immediately after Stop the ISM got him deported from Israel.

The FREE PALESTINE MOVEMENT(FPM): Finances and donations  

The snippet below is an internal Board of Directors meeting in which FPM recounts their funding and what they have available. Apparently, they have no problem raising money and have several individual “large donors” who fund them:

The ZIM shipping boycott and Block the Boat

In the snippet below, Paul Larudee discusses the BDS action against the ZIM shipping corporation, an Israeli business, efforts that sought to block ZIM ships from unloading cargo at any of the ports on the West Coast. Larudee boasts that his group cost ZIM “millions” of dollars and had a “victory,” however, ZIM executives at an interview with this reporter said the financial damage was minimal.

What bears study is that FPM managed to get people in the dockworker’s union to join in and refuse to unload the ships. The BDS movement has managed to have a few activists seize control of the Presbyterian Synod to promote boycott and the same tactic was used with the union.

Of similar importance is that Larudee mentions AROC, the Arab Resource Organizing Center is San Francisco as being the driving force behind the ZIM confrontation, with FPM playing a supporting role. The value of the undercover is immeasurable as we hear Larudee discuss future plans for attacking the ZIM corporation,

If one visits the AROC website it is festooned with articles praising and in support of convicted Palestinian terrorist Rasmeah Odeh. Odeh murdered two college students in a bomb attack she arranged in a super market. Although sentenced to a long prison term, she was paroled by Israel and entered the U.S. not identifying that she was a convicted murderer. ICE is now trying to deport her and the Palestinian and BDS groups are rallying behind her as a heroine.

The video below shows in vivid detail the planning Norcal ISM is planning to promote BDS against ZIM. In it Larudee mentions they attended an action at the World Social Forum in Tunis in 2015 that endorsed BDS and feel solidarity with Palestinian goals to bring down Israel. While there, Larudee’s people were able to try and promote BDS worldwide. Although in the tape Larudee bemoans AROC's having the lead in promoting BDS against ZIM, the Board of Directors and Larudee discuss taking the lead in coming actions against the company. This is invaluable in anticipating BDS and what they are planning.

Listen as Larudee describes their actions:

A  money making operation

In the video that follows Larudee discusses how Norcal ISM will make money selling olive oil and gift boxes to raise money for BDS. Listen, as he talks about putting “Jews on a guilt trip.” Larudee and company bottle olive oil at the Grassroots House in violation of health laws on preparation of food.  All funds obtained from sale of merchandise are sent to Larudee’s home address, $100 per box. Larudee cynically says the project will sell the idea that “Palestinians are suffering” then breaks out laughing.


Northern California BDS leadership

In this video, Larudee and his acolytes introduce themselves at a board meeting. Of those in attendance, those who stick out are F. W. Sparrow, Jamie (pronounce High-Me) Cader and Paula Rainey.

Sparrow (with the cowboy hat) is so old he looks like the Crypt Keeper (Larudee has described him in private to our undercover volunteer in the past as such.) He introduces himself as a member of the Wobblies (“Workers of the world unite!”). A communist labor movement known for its activities mainly in the 1930’s, it is mainly history now. A former lawyer, Sparrow feels that boycotting Israel goes with opposing capitalism and America, a throwback to the communism in the U.S. labor market one can read about in history books.

In future videos we will see him tell a potential new member that “BDS doesn’t really work, but we do it anyway.” He lives in a retirement community in Strawberry Canyon in Oakland where Larudee and others speak to the denizens frequently about boycotting the Jewish state.

Paula Rainey is of small consequence, except that these videos show her telling her peers that she will soon journey to the'West Bank' for the ISM. After we sent these videos to the Israelis, she was stopped at the Allenby Bridge  border between the 'West Bank' and Jordan and denied entry.  She’s written long emails about how she had to spend her time in the Middle East cooling her heels in the Hashemite Kingdom rather than in the 'West Bank' where she could make trouble for Israel. Little did she know this undercover video sealed her fate. 

Jaime Cader (seated to Larudee’s right) mentions he worked with LEAP, one of the myriad Palestinian charities in Lebanon in the so-called “refugee” camps. In an article Jaime wrote home on the Nor-Cal ISM website, he tells us of a lecture he attended by an elderly Palestinian man who blames the Jews for forcing him from his home in 1948, yet the old man tells Jaime he left in 1948 thinking he would be able to come back after the Arabs were victorious against the Jews.

Jaime recounts made up history in one article saying that the British armed and trained the Haganah, the Jewish precursor to the IDF (in fact, the British armed the Arabs and even fought to a small degree against the Jews and Haganah.) Jaime lives with his mother who is also at the meeting and he has an obsession about Jews he has voiced to our undercover volunteer over and over on videos. Jaime has visited the 'West Bank' and written back to his colleagues in the group before.

Lenore Sheridan is another board member who discusses her trips to “Palestine” and frequently organizes ISM activities. “Nadia” speaks of her family coming from Gaza and Katya (wearing the hijab) is from the Middle East and engages in demos for BDS and the ISM including de-shelving of Israeli products in stores.. 

“Bruce” explains he is an off-and-on ISM member who was in the 'West Bank' in 2003 but hasn’t been active for a while due to an injury that he explains “was not because of the Zionists” (he means Jews).

Videos like that below give a face to BDS leadership and activists in Northern California who promote BDS. Jeff Pekrul joined the meeting later, not seen on this copy of the video.

Destroying Israel by any means

Larudee actually complains about BDS to the Board of Directors in this video because some activists in BDS don’t necessarily want Israel wiped off the map. He laments that some BDS groups are only concerned about the 'West Bank' as opposed to destroying all of Israel.

Our undercover reporter tells us that Larudee on another occasion has suggested that Norcal ISM “do something illegal” without citing specifics. Larudee tells the Board that every and any effort to boycott, divest or sanction Israel should be supported. “We don’t care how we get rid of the Israeli state,” he says, “but, however we can, well….”

Sparrow chimes in as the conversation goes to the Jewish Community Relations Council and how effective it is. They lament the JCRC getting the Oakland Museum to get rid of an exhibit that featured children’s cartoons of suicide bombings and terrorist attacks. “They were very effective,” he laments, at getting government to remove murals that encouraged terrorism against Israel and Jews.

Here we have a video that shows the true face behind BDS in Northern California and who its leaders are.

The organization of BDS

Larudee discusses in the next video how there are 173  organizations that make up the BDS movement, many of which don’t know what the issues are but still work together to bring down Israel. “Not all are Palestinian ‘” Larudee states, and he tries to explain away anti-Semitism in the movement during his conversation.

He does mention there are atheists in the movement too, but really doesn’t say why people in the BDS movement work to end Israel’s existence. He even mentions the Arab front group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) that was set up by Marxist “Jews” who support the old Stalinist mantra against a Jewish state. Larudee says JVP won’t condemn Zionism, the notion that Jews have a right to a national home of their own to be free of persecution.

This video shows how the use of deception is key in the BDS movement  JVP does not condemn terrorism that murders Jews and they especially do not condemn Hamas whose charter calls for complete annihilation of world Jewry as an end goal after the annihilation of the Jewish state. Larudee, in true radical style, deceives his board members by ignoring what JVP really does,which is to support Arab-Muslim irredentist goals.

The JVP website accuses Israel of creating ten million Palestinian refugees in 1948 by winning a war [they did not start]—a blatant lie, then the website calls for a memorialization of the Nakba (catastrophe in Arabic) when Israel was created.

JVP says they are only interested in Jerusalem, the 'West Bank' and Gaza, but then says any Arab who wants to claim his ancestors lived in the rest of Israel in 1948 has the right to go back and claim the same spot. This is the mantra of the terrorist groups that JVP repeats and supports. JVP was set up to gain access to Jewish organizations like campus Hillels so this same deception could be continued  in front of impressionable Jewish students lacking knowledge of history. Arab refugees in 1948 numbered, according to the UN, 250,000 and there are not even ten million Arabs in the entire world today who call themselves Palestinians.

Larudee mentions that some BDS groups reject anti-Semitism, a practice that Larudee considers “horrible”. Larudee’s group recently objected vociferously to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation’s (USCEIO) due to its removal of a BDS group, If Americans Knew, and its leader, Alison Weir. Weir has appeared many times in support of David Duke of the Ku Klux Klan and has endorsed Holocaust denial.

USCEIO lobbies Congress and relies on the same deception as Paul Larudee does. For example, they readily endorse Hamas by not condemning its anti-Semitism. But if they appear openly anti-Semitic like Weir does, they find it hard to garner support in Congress. In fact, USCEIO leaders are of Jewish family lineage but have admitted they weren’t raised Jewish and know nothing of the religion, and support the Intifada (and terrorism) against the Jews. Their anti-Semitism is expressed by tacit support for the goals of terrorist groups.

A lot of the explanations of the groups that make up BDS above are not necessarily visible in the video below. But it does show how deception is taught and bandied about continually at board meetings of the BDS movement . This is the true face of the BDS movement.  They also explain how BDS tries to pass itself off as myriad groups but in some cases, as with Larudee’s FPM and No Tax Dollars for Israel, they are made up of the same people and not really different groups at all.

There are many more undercover recordings and videos that Stop the ISM will make available in the near future. Our undercover people will continue to bring out the truth about BDS to the world.