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Terror Conference at Duke University

The decision by Duke University to host the 2004 conference of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement (PSM), has sparked extensive discussion on the issue of free speech. “You should not think the truth is so weak that it needs the power of suppression,” said Duke President Richard H. Brodhead, explaining the decision to host the PSM conference because of the university’s commitment to free speech and academic freedom.

 

Speaking of truth, here are some truths on the PSM, and its conference:

 

  • Despite relying on freedom of speech, the PSM have prohibited the use of cameras and tape recorders. Perhaps they are afraid of being caught out?
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  • The list of conference speakers originally included the leader of an anti-Semitic hate group. However, as of October 11th, his name and workshop details had been (mysteriously) removed from the PSM conference website.
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  • Despite PSM claims that it “supports Israeli and Palestinian efforts for justice and peace” and “does not support or endorse terrorism”, the list of conference speakers and workshop leaders still includes Laila Al-Arian (editor of this site, and daughter of Sami-Al-Arian, who is currently awaiting trial on charges of providing support to the PLO Arab terrorist organization Islamic Jihad), Diana Buttu (who once compared PLO-Israel negotiations to “that of a child rape victim negotiating with the rapist”), Mazin Qumsiyeh (who recently wrote “Only by awakening the US public and linking it to resistance movements from within the world community {including the Iraqi resistance}, will this pathway to destruction be avoided.”) and Fadi Kiblawi (who wrote in a University of Michigan publication of his desire to “strap a bomb to one’s chest and kill those racists [Jews] … The enemy is not just overseas. The enemy is also amongst us.”)
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  • ISM co-founder Huweida Arraf led a workshop, added to the schedule at the last minute, at which Arraf told attendees that the ISM “happily works with Hamas and Islamic Jihad”, explained how to fool Israeli border control, and tried to recruit new ISM members.
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  • The PSM announced the results of a Saturday “Resolution Meeting,” at which it was decided PSM would again not condemn terrorism. This is in line with their fifth guiding principle:
  • As a solidarity movement, it is not our place to dictate the strategies or tactics adopted by the Palestinian people in their struggle for liberation.

    Two motions regarding this fifth principle were put to vote – one to alter it, and one to remove it. The motions were defeated, and delegates erupted in cheers when the vote results were announced.

     

  • The PSM guiding principles include the so-called PLO Arab “right of return” to Israel (a tactic aimed at flooding Israel with PLO Arabs, destroying Israel as a Jewish state), as well as all the lands captured in the 1967 war of self-defense. They clearly do not believe in a Jewish state and PLO Arab state living side-by-side in peace and security.
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    Update: Here is more on the PSM and its terror conference. And while you are at it, this and this are also worthwhile reads.

     

    Update: Duke President Richard H. Brodhead was glowing after the conference. This is what he had to say:

    “”We’ve had a peaceful conclusion to a lively weekend. The Palestine Solidarity Movement conference, the programs at the Freeman Center, the Concert Against Terror and other events provided our students and others an opportunity to learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and related issues. We will have more programs on these issues in the future, and expect this important discussion to continue.

     

    “From the very beginning of this controversy, Duke made clear it was not in favor of one side or the other. Rather, it embraced its role as a university in providing a setting where people can voice their opinions freely. That’s what’s happened over the past few days, and I thank everyone — our security teams, our student affairs staff and many others — who worked so hard to help us live up to our best traditions as a university. I’m especially proud of our students who, even though they have different political views, all showed great leadership in pulling off successful events amid considerable challenges.”

    Remember that the conference was a forum for finding ways to destroy the state of Israel, and not to find ways to negotiate a peaceful settlement. Despite this fact, Brodhead expressed the fact that Duke does not take sides. There is no room for even-handedness where one party wants the other party destroyed. 

     

    By the way, if you are still in any doubt about the true aims of this conference, I have provided the following picture of conference attendees and supporters marching through campus after the conference ended.

     

     

    Those are Neturei Karta members in the middle, and they completely oppose the existence of the Jewish state of Israel.

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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
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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
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