Monday, February 11, 2008

Uh oh, the brain trust at the Cambridge Peace Commission is threatening to bring the director of a Palestinian performance group through the area later this month. You know what that means: Watch your children.

The Cambridge to Bethlehem group is announcing:

...that the Director of the Al-Rowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center in the Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem will be visiting Cambridge February 27th through March 1st 2008. The Cambridge to Bethlehem: People-to-People project will host his visit. During his visit Abdelfattah Abusrour will meet with civic leaders and members of the Cambridge community who are interested in his work. If you want to learn more about Al-Rowwad, there will be presentations, dates to be announced. There will also be a fundraiser for the Al-Rowwad Cultural Center featuring Jimmy Tingle and Scott Ritter.

Abdelfattah Abusrour (Ashoka Fellow, Palestine) founded Al-Rowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center in the Aida Refugee Camp (4000 people, 650 families) to combat violence among children, teaching them to be promoters of peace. Abed works with the children through programs offering sports, arts, and theatre to teach them alternate means of expression, acceptance of others and non-violent communication...

"Acceptance of others." That's a good one -- as long as acceptance of others means cultivating grievances and wanting to disposes your neighbors. Here's the Al-Rowwad web site. It's on "". Finally, truth in advertising. It's not culture nor education. It's politics, and using kids to do it.

Here's a little review of the Al-Rowwad road show by Stalinist Charlotte Kates: The Children of the Camps and the Spirit of Return. She loves it, which should be all you need to know, but let's look at a few quotes anyway:

...The Saturday evening show was attended mostly by the local Palestinian and Arab community, including many children; the audience cheered and clapped throughout the performance, at images of resistance and the young actors' portrayal of Palestinian courage, strength and dedication to return...

...The play itself, "We are the Children of the Camps," is a 75-minute tale of dispossession and resistance... the next moment they become the generation of the Intifada, courageously resisting the occupier, demonstrating and throwing stones until most of them are martyred...the actors queue up for a checkpoint manned by sadistic guards who steal a woman's glasses, beat a man trying to cross the checkpoint, and humiliate others, before their practices cause the death of a Palestinian baby...Four women then emerge, speaking as the sisters, wives, daughters and mothers of prisoners, exiles, martyrs and fighters, declaring "La salam" (No peace) until there is justice for the refugees, the prisoners and the martyred...

...The performance closes with a satirical commentary on the so-called "peace process"...

...their final performance, on Wednesday, June 22, sponsored by Al-Awda New York, brought Al-Rowwad to Brooklyn's Al-Noor School. The evening performance was greeted by a large and enthusiastic crowd in the Islamic school's auditorium, who again contributed generously to Al-Rowwad's fundraising to expand their center in Aida camp...

Mark my words. Watch this situation closely, especially if you have kids. Take a lesson from Connecticut (see here, here and here). Assuming this guy doesn't already have a group in tow, he's not here just to shake hands. They'll be back. DON'T let it take you by surprise.

Say, do you think when the Cambridge Peace people were in Bethlehem, they met this guy: IDF troops arrest Bethlehem head of Islamic Jihad

...Muhammad Isa Halil Abeda commanded several Islamic Jihad terror cells and was involved in planning and funding terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers, the army said. Abeda was arrested after being holed up for several hours in his house...

...or this guy: IDF arrests senior wanted man in Bethlehem

...The wanted man, Salem Abiaat, a Tanzim operative, was held for questioning by security forces. Abiaat was involved in activities against Israeli security forces and citizens.

Do you think they'll discuss these terrorists and what they do while railing against the horrors of "the wall", the life saving wall as they do their propaganda shows?

Don't be fooled by the Dabke dance. If you value your kids and your tax dollars, keep tabs on where Abusrour and his Cambridge friends visit and don't be taken by surprise.

Previous on the Cambridge Peace Commission:

From the City that Evicted the Boy Scouts -- Cambridge Sends Delegation to Israel to Play with Tear Gas
Meeting the Cambridge Peace Commission (Video)
Progress's Pilgrims -- Confronting Joel Kovel

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Do you think they'll discuss these terrorists and what they do while railing against the horrors of "the wall", the life saving wall as they do their propaganda shows?

It would be interesting and instructive if videos of Farfur, Nahoul the killer bee and Assud, the Jew-eating rabbit found their way into this show..

Please check out my coverage of the start of "Palestine Awareness Week" at U of Michigan. (Warning: offensive pictures).

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"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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