From the Streets to the schools and back again!
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke
To set the stage and show that the Obama Administration officials are on the same page as Hamas, Iran, Hezbolla and not with our long time ally (Israel) -- here we have John O. Brennen (White House Homeland Security Chief) calling “Jerusalem” – “Al Quds” (Arab meaning). This is the same guy who is tasked with the investigations of the Ft. Hood & Christmas Day terror incidents. The speech he gave was on May 19, 2010 just 12 days before the “flotilla” incident.
Keep in mind that the flotilla, according to the White House, MSM and those who hate Israel nothing more than “unarmed peace activists” bringing humanitarian aid to the Gaza strip which is under the control of the terror organization Hamas.
What the White House, MSM and those who hate Israel did not tell you was that 3 days prior to the flotilla, Hamas TV (not to be confused with CNN) featured a Yemeni professor (perhaps a colleague of Professors Ayres & Dohrn) boasting that “"as much as the heroes on the flotilla want to reach Gaza, the option of martyrdom is more desirable to them." while the same day news (Al Jazeera) coverage reported -- "Before Its Departure for Gaza: Activists on Board Chant Intifada Songs and Praise Martyrdom."
So, here in the West the “flotilla” was filled with “peace activists” and all through the Muslim world these activists sang “intifada songs praising martyrdom” and the desired outcome isn’t landing with humanitarian supplies, but becoming martyrs.
While the MSM was “under-reporting” Bill Ayres during the 2008 Presidential campaign of Barrack Obama by focusing the brunt of their articles of the “weatherman underground” bombings across American in the late 60’s and early 70’s they did not dig into his current radical involvement in 2007 and 2008 (with the exception that he is a respected college professor). If the media would have even just scratched the surface (this includes Fox News as well as the bloggers) then we would have learned that Ayres and his wife as well as Jodie Evans of Code Pink were already in the Middle East with the first attempts to “break Israel’s blockade of Gaza” with the “Free Gaza Movement” and in direct collaboration with Hamas. In November 2007 the “Free Gaza Movement” organizers received the following letter from “Palestinian National Authority in Gaza for the Hamas led government”.
In August 2008 just two months after Obama won the Democratic nomination for President, Ayres, Dohrn, Evans (Code Pink founder) and the Free Gaza Movement staged violent protests in Cairo with the intentions of boarding the first successful boat flotilla aimed at breaching the Israeli blockade . Ayres, Dohrn and Evans were not permitted (by Egyptian authorities) to board the ships as they only allowed 100 of the 1,100 “Free Gaza” peace activists agitating the violence. Instead, Dr. Larudee (friend and colleague of Ayres and Dohrn) was allowed to board that day and was given a “hero’s welcome” by Hamas upon landing in Gaza replete with medals and media fanfare (except US media was silent probably due to the Ayres/Obama ties).
As you can see from the photos below, Larudee (second from left) is in full solidarity with Hamas and is wearing not one, but two medals.
Never mind the anti-terror laws for aiding and abetting known terror organizations which Ayres, Dohrn, Evans and the entire American contingent of “Free Gaza Members” who attended this action in August 2008 -- The US Neutrality Act was also violated big time when they set upon the confrontation with the Israeli Navy enforcing the blockade.
The U.S. Neutrality Act provides that:
"Whoever, within the United States, knowingly begins or sets on foot or provides or prepares a means for or furnishes the money for, or takes part in, any military or naval expedition or enterprise to be carried on from thence against the territory or dominion of any foreign prince or state, or of any colony, district, or people with whom the United States is at peace, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both."
Furthermore – “the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is lawful under international law and recognized as such by the U.S. government. In addition, pursuant to the Oslo Accords signed by both Israel and the PLO, the Gaza coastline is under strict control of Israel until a Palestinian state is created.”
“The Free Gaza Movement (FGM)”, which had organized the earlier Gaza flotilla in 2008, raises funds in the U.S. via its website: www.freegaza.org although it remains formally unorganized there. The website explains that the FGM does not have tax-free status in the U.S. and therefore relies upon another anti-Israel organization, the American Educational Alliance, which issues tax receipts on its behalf.
Israel sent a formal letter to Attorney General Holder requesting his office “take all necessary and appropriate actions to uphold the laws of the United States, to investigate those that are organizing the flotilla, money laundering and funding this illegal effort and to enjoin any unlawful activity on the part of the FGM and the American Educational Trust.
The entire letter reads:
June 7, 2010
Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Sent Via Fax: (202) 307-6777
Re: Violation of the U.S. Neutrality Act, 18 U.S.C. § 960, by Free Gaza Movement
Dear Attorney General Holder,
As you are no doubt aware, this past week a boat flotilla organized by anti-Israeli NGOs and Islamic terrorists set out to provoke the Israel Defense Forces and to violate Israel's military blockade of the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip. The flotilla's efforts resulted in the deaths of 9 armed militants and the serious injuring of numerous Israeli soldiers.
I am writing to bring to your attention to a serious matter regarding the flotilla and what might have been a violation of the U.S. Neutrality Act, 18 U.S.C. § 960, regulations of the Internal Revenue Service and an attempt to aid & abet the Hamas terrorist organization, which has occurred within the United States.
The radical pro-Hamas organization, the Free Gaza Movement ("FGM"), has been raising funds for its extremist activities within the United States. The FGM was one of the driving forces behind past efforts to organize a flotilla to Gaza in 2008, and its members raised funds in the U.S. and directed the current Gaza flotilla campaign from Cyprus. These activities would appear to be a violation of the U.S. Neutrality Act, which provides:
"Whoever, within the United States, knowingly begins or sets on foot or provides or prepares a means for or furnishes the money for, or takes part in, any military or naval expedition or enterprise to be carried on from any thence against the territory or dominion of any foreign prince or state, or of any colony, district, or people with whom the United States is at peace, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both."
This past week U.S. Vice- President Joseph Biden declared that the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is lawful and pursuant to international law. The blockade was established in June 2007, after terrorist from the Hamas organization violently took control of the territory and ousted the members of the Palestinian Authority security services. Since that time, Hamas has engaged in a relentless campaign to obtain weapons and explosives and to terrorize Israel's civilian population. In an effort to prevent Hamas from obtaining any additional military equipment and to impose economic pressure on the Hamas leadership in Gaza, the Israeli Security Cabinet imposed a series of sanctions on the Gaza Strip including a coastal blockade that is being implemented by the Israeli navy. The naval blockade is particularly important in light of previous attempts by the Iranian government to transfer weapons to Palestinian militants at sea such as occurred in January 2002 when the Israeli navy seized the "Karine A" ship that was loaded with 50 tons of Iranian supplied weaponry.
Moreover, there are several provisions within the agreements signed by Israel and the Palestinian Authority that grant Israel the right to implement a naval blockade on the Gaza Strip. Specifically, the September 28, 1995 Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip which was signed in Washington D.C., which provides that Israel has "the responsibility for defense against external threats, including for defense against external threats from the sea and from the air." In addition, it was agreed that that foreign vessels would "not approach closer than 12 nautical miles from the coast" unless specifically authorized by Israel. As such, the Israeli blockade on Gaza is lawful and the waters outside of Gaza are legally controlled by Israel.
The FGM has a website at: www.freegaza.org. Those who wish to support the FGM'ts activities, including the organizing and outfitting of the boat flotilla which attempted to engage the Israeli navy and run the Gaza blockade, are asked to donate to the FGM. As the FGM website plainly explains ( http://www.freegaza.org/en/usa-donations ), however, that since the FGM does not "currently have 501(c)3 status" donations to the group will be channeled through the American Educational Trust, the publishers of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, who "have generously agreed to serve as our fiscal sponsor in the United States. Through the American Educational Trust you can make U.S. tax-deductible donations to us either with PayPal or by check." Potential donors are informed that if they "would like to make a U.S. tax-deductible donation to the Free Gaza Movement by check, please make out the check to: "American Educational Trust LE" and write "Free Gaza" in the memo section . . ."
In addition to organizing boat flotilla's that contain weapons and supplies the Israeli government has deemed harmful to its security and which it seeks to smuggle into Gaza which would constitute a violation of the Neutrality Act, it is hard to believe that the IRS would authorize an outlaw organization like the FGM, which does not appear to be incorporated nor have tax-free status in the United States to have another organization like the American Educational Trust issue tax receipt to donors on its behalf. This is a clear case of money laundering by the FGM and the American Educational Trust and an effort to defraud the regulations of the IRS. It is both the FGM and the American Educational Trust, as well as its donors, who are knowingly engaging in this fraud on the IRS.
Nevertheless, despite the clear unequivocal policy of the United States to support Israel's right to control the security of the territorial waters around Gaza and to isolate Hamas from external support, the FGM and the American Educational Trust are attempting to undermine the foreign policy of both the United States and Israel, and attempting to aid and abet the Hamas terrorist organization, by raising money to smuggle in weapons and supplies in direct violation of the Interim Agreement regarding foreign vessels and to undermine Israel's sovereign authority.
The FGM and the American Educational Trust has openly soliciting financial support in the United States for its hostile expedition against a friendly nation in violation of the U.S. Neutrality Act. As such, the actions of the FGM and the American Educational Trust are nothing short of an attempt to violate the laws of State of Israel and to engage in conduct that has the effect of undermining the national security of a U.S. ally.
Consequently, I respectfully request that your office take all necessary and appropriate actions to uphold the laws of the United States, to investigate those that are organizing the flotilla, money laundering and funding this illegal effort and to enjoin any unlawful activity on the part of the FGM and the American Educational Trust.
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Esq.
As you can see the “Free Gaza Movement” is working hand in hand with Hamas to break the blockade to allow the free importation of weapons which Hamas fully intends to use against Israel. Bill Ayres is no long content with his scholarly and respectable teaching position any longer because he is engaging in “jihad” against Israel and by extension the United States which he has long desired to overthrow. The involvement of Obama’s long time friends and radicals begs a bigger question – Is Obama aware? Of course he is!