Friday, September 9, 2005
I don't know how many people read the Jewish Ledger, but it's nice to see someone in the print press pick this story up -- the print press still tends to take reports of their own malfeasance more seriously when it appears in other print publications rather than blogs.
Diana Muir recounts the story you read about here in Palestine Day in Connecticut - Part 2 and Palestine Day in Connecticut - Part 2:Update -- in which young ISM dupe Chris Towne writes home from a field trip in "Palestine," courtesy of a puff-piece article in the Danbury News-Times, to regale us with tales of all the evil the Israelis have been perpetrating on innocent Palestinian widows and orphans, and the paper defends its decision to cast fact-checking to the wind.
The story featured a young man named Chris Towne who had just returned from four weeks in the Palestinian territories under the auspices of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), in a program called the Palestine Summer Encounter. But the News- Times' failed to meet journalistic standards when it described the ISM program as providing an opportunity to "work with Palestinian non-profit organizations."
In fact, Palestine Summer Encounter participants are political activists in an organization that endorses terrorism and the destruction of the Jewish State. They spend their time in aggressive demonstrations involving such "actions" as dismantling security barriers and impeding police searches for bomb factories and the arrest of known terrorists.
Young Mr. Towne returned from his summer experience imbued with hatred for Israel, and "unabashed" in his enthusiasm for the Palestinian cause. The News-Times printed the Palestinian propaganda Towne gave them as straight news, even though it included many half-truths and a number of outright untruths...
By the way, since returning home, Chris has found a comfortable place at the table (in this case literally) with other members of the "Smash Israel Society." If you're anywhere near the Unitarian Church (I'm trying not to blame the Unitarians for this, they'll rent a room to anyone.) in Manchester, CT next Wednesday, you can attend a potluck and panel discussion entitled, "Palestine & the Anti-War Movement" featuring Chris as well as
Stanley Heller, founder of the Middle East Crisis Committee
Haidar Abushaara, of the Palestine American Congress
Additional Panelist To Be Announced.
I can't wait to see who the "panelist to be named later" will be. Both Qumsiyeh and Heller are officials of Al Awda, and Qumsiyeh you may remember as the Yale professor last seen doing mischief with the email system there. Yale Herald: Prof's email sparks controversy
In the email, Qumsiyeh wrote that "the U.S. occupation of Iraq illegal and immoral (sic)" and that the YCP should "continue to challenge the hegemony of the U.S. on the Arab world." Although such opinions are certainly acceptable and even welcomed at a university that encourages the exchange of ideas, Qumsiyeh closed his email with a chilling statement: "I include here the list of members of Yale Students 'for Democracy,' the pro war cabal . . . I think you will find the list informative. Note that there is significant overlap of this list with the 'Yale Friends of Israel' listserve."
Qumsiyeh then listed the Yale email addresses of 64 students, which contained students' full names, whom he claimed belonged to Yale College Students for Democracy (YCSD), a group that supported the war in Iraq.
However, the people he listed belonged not to YCSD, but to the Yale Friends of Israel (YFI) itself...
Fine company. My advice is that if you want to be taken seriously as an individual or group that truly supports peace, try associating with individuals or groups that at least make a passing show of supporting a two-state solution.
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