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Israeli Defense Forces vs. the International Solidarity Movement
By Leslie Susser
June 13, 2003

 


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  • Founder of the Alternative Tourism Group
  • Founder of the International Solidarity Movement
  • Opponent of Israel

 

A Christian Palestinian physics professor at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank, Ghassan Andoni is the founder of the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG), a Palestinian non-governmental organization located in Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem. According to its website, this group specializes in giving tours that "allow the Palestinians to present their own views and culture" to those visiting. But in reality, ATG acts as a propaganda mouthpiece for Palestian terrorist elements that have no interest in peace. “The Palestinian people,” the ATG website continues, “besieged and largely abandoned by the international political community, desperately need your support. Since the start of the second Intifada, the three million inhabitants of the Occupied Territories have been attacked, imprisoned, impoverished and traumatized – all for the 'crime' of aspiring to independence. They remain undeterred in their resolve to achieve a just peace, but they cannot withstand Israel’s devastating military attacks and its cruel war of attrition forever. International public opinion – the Palestinian people’s only hope and ally -- must be mobilized.”

Andoni is also the founder of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which recruits anti-Israel activists to challenge Israeli authority by such actions as trying to remove roadblocks, defying security checkpoints, and publicly demonstrating in the streets. But much like their ATG counterparts, ISM demonstrators are merely the public-relations tools of Palestinian terror groups. Such was the case of Rachel Corrie, the 23-year-old ISM member who chose to become a human shield, dedicating her life to protecting tunnels, dug from inside Palestinian homes under living rooms, that were used to smuggle weapons and bombs from Egypt into Gaza; these tunnels had been dug, of course, for the ultimate purpose of facilitating the killing of Israelis. But Corrie herself was accidentally killed while obstructing an Israel Defense Forces bulldozer that was engaged in tunnel- and mine-clearing operations near the Israel/Egypt border.

 

 

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