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International Solidarity Movement statement on reported FBI probe

International Solidarity Movement | April 7, 2020

Recently, the Intercept published a report of a surveillance investigation conducted by the FBI on the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). The highly invasive investigation targeted ISM activists, their associates, and other organizations ISM worked with, from 2004 – 2006, using informants as well as physical and telecommunications surveillance.

We, at the International Solidarity Movement, denounce this shameless abuse of power and misuse of public funds in an attempt to criminalize Palestinian solidarity and anti-occupation activism, as well as the current ongoing campaign in some American states to criminalize the BDS movement. ISM activists have been secretly spied on and targeted by various intelligence services, including British, Israeli, and U.S.,  for over 19 years, merely for standing up for the rights of Palestinians.

We call on those who believe that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity to take action and raise awareness about local, state, and national attempts to criminalize nonviolent resistance such as BDS and Palestinian advocacy, and boycott those profiting off the Occupation of Palestine.

According to the Intercept report, an FBI investigation was launched after an American volunteer with ISM was shot and wounded by Israeli forces at a protest in Occupied Palestine. Instead of investigating the foreign army that injured an American citizen exercising his First Amendment-protected right to peaceful protest, the FBI’s response was to probe the survivor. While the 2 primary investigations were launched by the Los Angeles and St. Louis FBI Field Offices, agents from at least 11 cities were involved in spying on various ISM activists and related organizations. Using far right and extremist news sources, the investigation attempted to link ISM to international terrorism.

After two years of investigation, multiple rights and privacy violations, hundreds of pages of reports and tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars wasted, the investigation only proved what we have always maintained: ISM is a non-violent movement committed to ending the Occupation of Palestine through non-violent means.

Notably, the investigation began in March 2004, shortly after the murder of American Rachel Corrie and Briton Tom Hurndall (2003) by the Israeli army. The probe coincided with an Israeli government campaign to de-legitimize ISM and discredit Palestinian rights activists. It also reflects the increase in recent years of FBI investigations into non-violent activist organizations such as Black Lives Matter and Antiwar.com. Today, lobby groups, politicians, and leaders in the United States continue to violate First Amendment-protected rights to free speech through criminalizing non-violent Palestinian activism, such as the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

“The fact that ISM was under this kind of extensive investigation is ridiculous and a complete waste of taxpayer money. ISM has always been open and transparent about who we are, what we do, and what we stand for, which is purportedly what this country stands for — freedom and human rights.” — ISM co-founder Huwaida Arraf

“In Dr. King’s time, surveillance was justified in terms of alleged Communist influence; in recent years, surveillance has been justified by alleged association with terrorists. In both cases, U.S. citizens were employing nonviolent action to confront injustice and oppression.” — ISM activist spied on by the FBI, Mark Chmiel

April 8, 2020 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Full Spectrum Dominance | , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. The persistent vendetta says something about Jewish power in American society. High praise to ISM for having stood up to the pressure and pursued its legitimate work. Vive la Palestine !

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    Comment by traducteur | April 8, 2020 | Reply

  2. Damn. Has Herbert Hoover come back from Hell, again to persecute truth-telling, justice-and-peace-seeking real American patriots? The frustration….

    I’d gladly join and donate to a specific class-action suit designed to force the FBI to admit, and issue a minutely detailed mea culpa statement mandatorily entered into all MSM channels, that its Zionist-goosed foray into Palestinian activism was a huge, tax-sucking and anti-American-values failure. Rachel and Tom probably wouldn’t rest at deserved peace, but it might provide some respite and solace to their families and associates.

    I refer again to Alison Weir’s indispensable “Against Our Better Judgment….”

    (An incidental thought popped into my head: it was in this approximate time frame that Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire was shot in the leg by IOF goons during a non-violent protest in the Illegally Occupied West Bank. I attended a convocation at a local Catholic university’s site (the “Rose Chapel”–a mostly glass, soaring, light-filled, uplifting venue) not long after; although the day was themed around international women’s issues, I had the chance to meet Laureate Maguire and inquire about her condition. I suppose it’s possible that the convocation was under FBI/Mossad/police-state surveillance. It was in those days that our shopping-center malls were filled with kiosks manned and womaned by youthful Zionist espionage operatives keeping their eyes open; I had a near-fisticuffs encounter with one burly 28ish caucasian-Jew-Zionist punk who bragged openly that he was about to finish his stint and get himself over to Gaza to “kill myself a few Palestinians.” My partner had to drag me away from the scene….)

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    Comment by roberthstiver | April 8, 2020 | Reply

  3. To deny the international scope of Jewish/Zionist influence, as continually revealed by this and other reports, is to deny reality itself.

    How this influence has come to dictate policy domestically in the United States is the subversion of America: its Constitution; its Bill of Rights; its Amendments; and last, how this influence is promoted on the State level is to the demise of liberty and freedom so many have struggled to achieve.

    Cowardice and greed have bought those willing to do its bidding. The result is the stunting of morality, the enslavement of America.

    And woe betide those abroad who will be subject to how this enterprise will dictate American foreign policy and especially woe betide those who see it, object to it and attempt to confront it… but valor and encouragement to those who do.

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    Comment by michael | April 8, 2020 | Reply


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