Sunday, February 7, 2010

Reuters sanitizes the International Solidarity Movement

Reuters reports this morning on the arrest by Israeli security forces of two members of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) for participation in violent riots and for visa violations.  Correspondents Erika Solomon and Ori Lewis characterize the ISM as having been:
established in 2001 to mobilize international support for Palestinian activism against Israeli occupation... Protesters stage weekly demonstrations in various Palestinian villages against Israel's construction of West Bank walls and fences that have denied them access to their land.
Here's what they don't tell us:
ISM members openly  advocate the "liberation" of Palestinians "by any means necessary," including "legitimate armed struggle."

Led by Palestinians working closely with American recruiters, ISM invites American volunteers to travel to the Palestinian territories and disrupt the actions of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), which is engaged in anti-terror operations in the region. ISM maintains a continual, low-level presence in the territories year-round, punctuated by occasional large, episodic campaigns. At various times, ISM members have temporarily taken over Israeli military checkpoints, interfered with the arrests of Palestinians charged with terrorism, and attempted to prevent the destruction of Palestinian homes containing subterranean tunnels for weapons smuggling.
ISM co-founder Huwaida Arraf has acknowledged that her organization cooperates with Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
But one might expect this type of skewed reporting from a media organization that actively encourages violence when Palestinians riot.

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