Geostrategy-Direct, www.geostrategy-direct.com, May 2, 2007
Palestinian insurgents have been recruiting Westerners to join the fight against Israel. Westerners and other foreigners are being used as human shields, weapons and money couriers, and as provocateurs to portray Israel as an aggressor.
Much of the recruitment of Westerners takes place in universities in the U.S. and Europe by the International Solidarity Movement. ISM is run by Palestinians tied to Fatah and Hamas and includes relatives of Palestinians educated abroad. Every few weeks, ISM brings volunteers to Israel disguised as tourists and provides them as cannon fodder for Palestinian terrorists.The indoctrination begins in the West with classes that teach foreigners to hate Jews and the Jewish state. ISM, which includes more than a handful of Jews, demonizes the Jewish state and teaches recruits how to attack Israeli civilians and soldiers while avoiding arrest. The recruits are told that their governments would quickly pressure Israel to release anyone arrested.
ISM wants to bring thousands of foreigners to disrupt the Jewish state for what it terms the 40th anniversary of the military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. The group ignores the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005 and the daily Palestinian missile attacks on Israel since.
"When international volunteers are absent, the Israeli army uses lethal tactics of repression, such as live ammunition on unarmed protesters," ISM said in an appeal for volunteers. "Your presence means Palestinians can peacefully protest without being threatened with death."
The current ISM effort is to attack Jewish communities in the West Bank, particularly the Jewish community in Hebron. ISM brings foreign volunteers to harass Israeli soldiers and civilians, provoke violence and then film the Israeli response for media in their countries.
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