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Martin Lindeskog follows up to my post on the terror conference in Sweden:

I saw a segment on a talk show called Debate, and they said that one of the participants at the conference is a former airplane hijacker.

This is Leila Khaled, a former hijacker and leader of the terrorist organization Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). You can bet she won’t be opposing the use of terrorism when she speaks at the conference.

What she says can be difficult for peaceniks, or pacifists, to hear – the unashamed justification for violence. Many ordinary Palestinians share her views, many politicians do not. Similarly, views on Khaled herself are mixed, even among Palestinians: some think she is an inspiring heroine, others believe she reinforces the old 70s image of Palestinians as terrorists.

 

Is she a terrorist? “Whenever I hear this word I ask another question,” she says. “Who planted terrorism in our area? Some came and took our land, forced us to leave, forced us to live in camps. I think this is terrorism. Using means to resist this terrorism and stop its effects – this is called struggle.” She recalls in her memoirs thinking of the risk to children she saw on the plane she was hijacking, and telling herself: “We Palestinians are children too and we are a part of the human race.”

 

Would she still die for the Palestinian cause? She draws on her long cigarette, and turns to face me after some silence. “Of course.” She shakes her head, smiling, cigarette burning in her hand. “Of course.”

Meanwhile, the response in the blogosphere reeks of apathy (I hope this does not preclude the possibility that scores of you have emailed the Swedish government and terror conference organizers).

 

Please help publicize this, and alert the Swedish government to the conference and its agenda. Here’s a reminder about the contact information:

 

Swedish government

Click here for details

 

Organizers

E-mail: [email protected] or Salahati2@hotmail
Mobile: 00972-59-702966 or 00972-59-482639
Telephone: +46 (0)31 – 24 44 17
Telfax: 00972-8-2842388

 

Update: Martin now provides us with a link to this article, which indicates that the government is funding the organizers!

The governmental agency Sida has contributed over 200 000 SEK [appr. 27 000 $] of the taxpayers money as aid to the organizers.
The “Palestinian solidarity conference” is organized by Revolutionär kommunistisk ungdom (RKU) [Revolutionary Communist Youth] and the sports club Proletären [The Proletarian] — both established from the mother party KPML(r) (Kommunistiska partiet marxist-leninisterna, revolutionärerna.) [Communist Party Marxist-Leninists, Revolutionarists]
According to the programme, the organizers want to scrap EU:s list of terrorist organisations and bids for “resistance struggle against the American occupation” in Iraq.
The main attraction at the conference is Leila Khaled, former leader of the terrorist listed organisation PFLP (Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine). Leila Khaled, who has taken part in two international hijackings, advocates suicide bombings and attacks against civilian Jews. …
The member of the Parliament Cecilia Wikström, fp [The Liberals], says to Expressen:
‘It’s an unbelievable scandal that taxmoney is used in this way. It’s upsetting, incomprehensible and morally offensive. It clashes with people’s sense of justice. I will question the Minister for International Development Cooperation Carin Jämtin in order to hear her view on this.'”

Notice what the politician is saying: We object to taxpayers’ money being used in this way. But she is not saying that the conference should be stopped!

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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