The Loathsome Paul Larudee

* See updates below *
The ISM lament Israel’s barring of peaceful piano tuner, Dr Paul Larudee.
“This is something small I can do to make life under occupation just a little more bearable for people, so I do it.”

Paul Larudee, Ph.D, a 60-year-old piano tuner from El Cerrito, California travels with the tools of his trade and had twenty piano-tuning engagements scheduled around the occupied West Bank.

However, when he got off the plane in Tel Aviv Sunday night, Israeli authorities pulled him from the line, interrogated him about his political beliefs, not about his ability to tune pianos, and took him to an immigration detention center at Ben Gurion Airport. They intend to put him back on a plane today.

Oh the inhumanity of it all! And what makes it worse is Dr Larudee’s precarious health situation.
His family and friends are concerned for his health while he’s in detention, since he is diabetic and has specific dietary and medical needs.
Pray tell, why has Israel brutally barred this frail humanitarian?
Although never arrested or detained in the past, Israeli authorities have now decided to deport him based on his outspoken support for the work of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and the Palestinians’ right to nonviolently resist occupation.

Israeli attorney Gabi Lasky stated: “The policy of blacklisting a nonviolent peace activist as persona-non-grata, then denying them access to the Occupied Territories because of their nonviolent activities raises questions regarding Israel’s intentions to resolve the conflict through dialogue and nonviolent means.”

Ahh yes, a non-violent peace activist who supports the palestinians’ right to nonviolently resist occupation. About that..
Listen to Paul LaRudee, the Northern California head of the ISM….Explained LaRudee:
We believe in the application of international law. Although we are totally dedicated to nonviolence, we recognize not everyone in the Palestinian community is dedicated to nonviolence and under international law we recognize that violence is necessary and it is permissible for oppressed and occupied people to use armed resistance and we recognize their right to do so.
Dr Larudee is also proud of the fact that he once slept in the bed of a suicide bomber.

Even the leftist Jewish site Tikkun issued this qualification before publishing a piece by Larudee:

In this case, we present Paul Larudee’s screed against Israel piece that we find extremely unsympathetic to the situation of the Jewish people in Israel.
It goes without saying that Larudee is also a big fat liar, willing to say anything to further his cause (the destruction of Israel):
“Palestinian society is as diverse in attitudes about gender and sexuality as is U.S. society.”
So that’s pretty much the reason why Israeli authorities “interrogated him about his political beliefs, not about his ability to tune pianos.” He’s a terror supporter – plain and simple – who’s just lucky that Israel sent him back to the US on a plane, instead of making him stand trial.
Update: Larudee’s email is [email protected], in case you want to let him know how you feel about his support of terrorism.

Update: The Jerusalem Post have additional information about Larudee:

But according to security officials, Larudee’s name appears on a Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency)-compiled list of foreign far-left activists suspected of involvement in dangerous anti-Israel activity. The Ministry of Interior is responsible for ensuring that the suspect is not allowed into Israel.

Security officials said that Larudee was one of the ISM’s top leaders and was behind anti-Israel activity during IDF operations in the territories during the height of the Intifada between 2002 and 2004. Officials said that he was once found in the home of a suicide bomber and that he participated in a violent anti-Israel demonstration.

“This person is a danger to the state,” one official said. “He is one of the ISM leaders, was in the past involved in anti-Israel activity and therefore will not be allowed to stay in the country.”
And the lies continue..
“[Larudee] has been here four times before and has never been arrested. He has never done anything illegal,” continued Golan, adding that the activist, who is a piano tuner by trade, was here to tune more than 40 pianos in the Palestinian Authority areas, said Golan.
I say ‘lies’, since this is textbook ISM methodology.

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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