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  • Co-founder of the anti-Israel group, Boston to Palestine
  • Encourages activists to travel to Israel and demonstrate against the Israeli army



Ben Scribner is a co-founder (along with John Petrovato) of Boston to Palestine (B2P), an International Solidarity Movement (ISM) affiliate that describes itself as “a group of Boston-based activists who work in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their non-violent struggle to resist and end the occupation of Palestine by the Israeli Defense Forces [IDF].” Scribner and his fellow B2P members, along with their ideological kin in the ISM, have traveled to Israel to demonstrate against, and to disrupt the anti-terrorism activities of, the IDF. Scribner describes Palestinians who are killed in the course of waging war against Israel as “martyrs.”

In February 2002, Scribner wrote:

“We as U.S. citizens play a huge role in the [Arab-Israeli] conflict by pumping billions of dollars in tax-bought weapons into the occupation, where they are used to mow down Palestinian children, demolish Palestinian homes and carry out political assasinations [sic].”

In June 2003, Scribner and John Petrovato co-authored an article from an apartment where they were staying in the West Bank. Specifically, they detailed their effort to help dismantle a roadblock which the IDF had set up as part of its anti-terrorism efforts outside the city of Nablus:

“Sometimes I feel like we are the hospice for a dying [Palestinian] society. We are writing … from the ISM apartment in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus. The apartment is upstairs from a martyr’s home, now slated for demolition [by the IDF]…. We managed to enter through a small checkpoint where we claimed to be child psychologists visiting the hospital. Our first evening we sat in on the ISM group’s planning meeting for the next day’s activities. It was decided that we would attempt to join Palestinians in a village just outside Nablus to remove one of several roadblocks. The catch was that there is a checkpoint on our side of the roadblock. One of the Palestinian coordinators had information that the checkpoint is sometimes open just before dawn, so we decided to wake up at 4am and march from Balata, through Askar refugee camp and out to the roadblock.... It was still completely dark. Some of us had concerns about moving in the dark, even with  reflective vests, as the military might still be active and we could also be mistaken for soldiers by the Palestinian resistance. Also, we could hear military drones flying above, a possible indication that the army was still in the area. Luckily, we encountered no military vehicles …”

At a January 2005 event outside the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church in Somerville, Massachusetts, Scribner led a B2P presentation highlighting the suffering of the Palestinians while minimizing the impact of Arab terrorism on Israel. One observer, Dexter Van Zile of the “David Project,” an initiative which seeks “to understand the complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict by promoting critical thinking [and] historical accuracy,” reported the following:

“Astonishingly, ISM activist Ben Scribner was unable answer simple, obvious questions: [W]hat is the status of gays and lesbians in Palestinian controlled areas? How many Palestinians were killed by other Palestinians during the second intifada? (hundreds -- three quarters of whom, by the way, were Christian). Scribner was unable to provide a cursory explanation the events leading to the wars in 1948, 1967 and 1973 -- all of which were started by Israel’s Arab neighbors. I asked him about this in response to his description of Israel ‘conquering territory’ in 1948 and 1967. Scribner didn’t know …”

 

 

 

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