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The ISM-Terror Connection By: Lee Kaplan
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, September 13, 2006

As a front group for Palestinian terrorists, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) sends young people from all over the world to the training fields of the West Bank and Gaza to learn from terrorists and to aid them logistically. Stop the ISM has now obtained photographs of ISM leaders and organizers holding AK-47 assault rifles. The images show some of the ISM women disguised as Jews living in the West Bank and in the company of an Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade terrorist.

One of our volunteers in the United Kingdom for Stop the ISM managed to infiltrate the ISM late last June in the Holy Land where the ISM operates in direct support of terrorists. Our volunteer (who prefers to remain anonymous to avoid retaliatory attacks) has had prior experience going undercover for the police in the UK. The photos and intelligence he brought back are proving invaluable to intelligence agencies watching the ISM and have been in official hands for over a month prior to this publication.


Unfortunately, neither U.S. Homeland Security nor the Israeli security agencies have to date regarded the ISM as a serious threat. Some of these ISM people in these photos managed to escape; nevertheless, arrests have been made, and more are forthcoming.


In April 2003, Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that "ISM members take an active part in illegal and violent actions against IDF soldiers. At times, their activity in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip is under the auspices of Palestinian terrorist organizations." The ISM always tries to maintain the veneer of a “peace group”; however, ISM founders Adam Shapiro and his wife, Huwaida Arraf, and Norcal ISM’s leader Paul LaRudee, a man who Stop the ISM recently succeeded in getting deported from Israel as a security threat, began revealing their true colors recently by going to Lebanon to act as “human shields” for the Hezbollah.


Up to now, the ISM has been permitted to use our colleges and universities to find recruits to send to the Middle East to interfere with Israeli soldiers and border police. For example, every Friday, the ISM organizes riots in the West Bank. ISM members openly boast about having been arrested for vandalizing and destroying Israeli security fences and equipment. In March 2003, fugitive Islamic Jihad terrorist Shadi Sukiya was arrested in a house the ISM rented in Jenin. Two suicide bombers from the UK met with the ISM in Gaza before blowing up Mike’s Place, a bar in Tel Aviv, killing three people and wounding more than fifty in the process.


Here at home, ISM appears to blatantly violate 18 USC Code 2339a, a statute banning going overseas to aid terrorist groups. The government has also failed to enforce felony passport laws that are continually being violated by ISM activists. This allows the ISM to function across international boundaries. Rico Statutes in the US are routinely violated too through a campus network. Emiliano, an American ISM activist in these photos, was sent to the West Bank with money given to him by New York ISM as a “grant.” That means a conspiratorial subversive group is paying to send subversives to riot in an allied country in this War on Terror. When I called the San Francisco office of the FBI three times to alert them about information in this article, I was disconnected twice and the third time given a voice recorder for the duty agent. Nobody called back.

Our Stop the ISM volunteer arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv two months ago where he was immediately recruited by an ISM activist named Emiliano, who was there from the United States. A young man like our volunteer, Emiliano approached our man on arrival at the airport and asked where he was going. When our volunteer replied, “Jerusalem,” Emiliano joined him on a bus and struck up a conversation with him, recommending a youth hostel in the Israeli capital near the Damascus Gate. Destination: The Faisal Youth Hostel in East Jerusalem.


ISM activist Joseph Smith, alias Joseph Carr, has called the Faisal Youth Hostel “ISM headquarters” in Jerusalem. Carr was involved in the death of Rachel Corrie. Smith/Carr tours US colleges to drum up new ISM recruits. Two of his acolytes with the ISM from St. Louis, Missouri -- Magan Wiles and Jennifer Presson -- are also under scrutiny by the Israeli security services.


Wiles and Presson were both recruited in a Social Justice Studies class by St. Louis University professor Mark Chmiel. Chmiel encourages his students as part of his courses to conduct what he calls “insertions” to aid Palestinian irredentists. (He also has a previous arrest record.)

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 Magan Wiles       Joseph Smith a.k.a. Joe Carr     Mark Chmiel


The FBI knowingly fails to act in the United States when the ISM breaks US anti-terrorism laws by fundraising for organizations linked to terrorism and even commits passport violations by teaching its members to create false identities to elude the Israeli border control. Many ISM activists deported from Israel have simply changed their identity to get back into the country illegally and to try to wreak havoc. Yearly conferences are held on American campuses to recruit and train new ISM members. ISM recruits even within Israel’s borders. 


Changing identities and countries of origin on passports are normal procedures for the most hardcore ISM “activists.” This is something taught at training sessions even at American universities despite US passport laws making such actions a felony, such as 18 USC 1542The Diplomatic Security Service in the U.S., responsible for enforcing this law, has done nothing about it.


The Faisal Youth Hostel, meanwhile, is managed by the main lead trainer for many ISM “volunteers,” Hisham Jam Joun, a “former” PFLP terrorist wounded while fighting Israelis in Lebanon over a decade ago. While Israel’s Interior Ministry is responsible for closing down such a place, including another youth hostel next door frequented by the ISM called the Hebron Youth Hostel, it has taken no action against this hostel. 


Once he arrived at the Faisal Youth Hostel, our volunteer was greeted and brought upstairs immediately to meet some friendly faces -- leaders of the ISM in the West Bank. These people included Gabi and Dave, both from Ireland. Gabi is Swedish with an Irish passport and her husband Dave is an Irish national. ISM activists use Irish passports frequently to enter Israel, sometimes under assumed names. Patrick O’Connor, an Irishman and an ISM-New York leader and organizer, has also used a U.S. passport with the name Patrick Connors. Brian Malovany, an acolyte of Paul LaRudee’s, is a US citizen and ISM trainer who uses an Irish passport obtained by using his grandmother’s Irish ancestry.


Also properly introduced to our infiltrator were Camille, a Danish volunteer, and Alan, from Scotland. All were affiliated with the ISM and have passed back and forth from the West Bank to Israel. Miliano made clear he is an American of Mexican heritage. Two other Americans joined this entourage. One was an African-American named Jonathon M. K. Amayo from the Los Angeles area in California and his girlfriend from Los Angeles. Gabi was clearly in charge of the group our infiltrator attended. Alan is from Scotland and entered Israel through Jordan, a tactic the ISM is using more frequently since border checks used at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv tend to be strict. Only recently did the Israeli border control begin noting in computers if someone had already been turned away elsewhere.


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ISMers relaxing in a Jerusalem bar. The individual (far left) with his face cut off was from Italy. To the right is Emiliano from the U.S. and then (in the middle) an unknown ISM activist from Sweden. All boasted of taking part in weekly riots in Bi’lin in the West Bank -- orchestrated in the mosques every Friday by ISM anarchist activists and their Palestinian handlers. Emiliano traveled to the West Bank on a  “grant” from ISM-New York. (Copyrighted photo by Stoptheism.com)


On his second day at the Faisal Youth Hostel, our infiltrator was invited to accompany the ISM members to the Jericho Prison in the West Bank. The Jericho Prison was involved in a recent military incursion conducted by the Israeli army to arrest the murderers of Israel’s tourism minister, Rab’aam Zevi, who was murdered by members of the PFLP.


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From left to right, Alan, the ISMer from Scotland (in baseball cap), an unknown Arab man, Camille, the ISMer from Denmark, David, an ISM leader from Ireland and ISM pack leader, Gabi, a Swede who resides in Cork, Ireland. The women are disguised as Orthodox Jewish women, even though neither are Jewish. Later joined by Emiliano, they encouraged our infiltrator to join the ISM at the Faisal Youth Hostel. Behind Alan wrapped in white cloth is an arms cache containing deadly Ak-47 assault rifles. (Copyrighted photo by Stoptheism.com)


Israel had an agreement allowing the Palestinian Authority to imprison the killers. However, with the Hamas election win, the PA administration made it clear it would not keep the killers jailed. Israeli troops in a combat operation took the killers into custody for incarceration in Israel. A special side note here is the fact that Neta Golan, one of the founders of the ISM, actually went to the battle scene and interfered with the Israeli soldiers. Golan, an Israeli anarchist, was arrested for approximately the 20th time by Israeli security forces on that occasion, yet she has never been prosecuted or jailed long-term. She resides most of the time in Ramallah among PLO terrorists. This is just another example of the incompetence of Israel’s Interior Ministry in protecting the soldiers, border policemen and ultimately the civilian population of Israel.


According to our volunteer’s report, he was greeted warmly at the prison entrance by a guard and some other Arabs who took him and his ISM pals on a tour of the prison.


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In the middle is Stop the ISM’s volunteer whose face is hidden for security reasons. To his left is a PA policeman or guard at the prison. To the right is a man who has identified himself as a member of the al Aksa Martyrs Brigade. Since a known terrorist is giving tours of a Palestinian government “prison” in the West Bank, the link between the PA and terrorists become obvious. (Copyrighted photo by Stoptheism.com)


Our volunteer was escorted around the prison after by a man who stated he was a member of the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade. During the visit, this man also showed our volunteer a bullet wound on his left wrist and leg (from the same bullet), the result of a battle with IDF forces.


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David (far left) and Camille (far right) both sport AK-47’s as a Palestinian police official looks on laughing. Our volunteer  (seated, center) was asked to pose with them. (Copyrighted photo by Stoptheism.com)


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Dave, the ISM organizer from Ireland, was photographed just this past Friday, August 25th (above, back center), at a riot staged in Bi’lin that was posted on the ISM’s official website. Jennifer Presson, an ISMer from St. Louis traveling under the alias “Anna,” is  pictured here interfering with an Israeli Border Policeman. Emiliano also participated in another violent demonstration where he was injured as well. (Copyrighted photo by Stoptheism.com)


According to our volunteer, “Knowing the situation I was in, I wanted a picture of me with them, so I asked for a picture next to a Palestinian policeman who was present. I sat next to him, and the next thing I knew there were between four to six AK-47 assault rifles in the room being passed about for us to have photographs with. The guns were on the bed under the white cover behind Alan.”


Our volunteer was encouraged to join the other ISM activists as they all posed with the AK-47 machine guns next to the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade terrorist.


Lest the ISM try to claim the individuals with guns and other ISMers in these photos are not with the ISM, its own website features Dave from Ireland and Julie Presson (alias Anna), mentioning they were “wounded” by rubber bullets fired by Israeli Border Police during the weekly Bi’lin village riot last August 25th. Magan Wiles was also “wounded” at the riot. Besides the photo plainly showing Dave and “Anna,” the ISM web page describes in detail all of their wounds and arrests:


Under Injuries and Arrests: 

  • Dave from Ireland suffered beatings and a rubber bullet wound to the back.
  • Anna from US suffered injuries on her hand as well as 2 rubber bullets, one in the back and hip.
  • Magan from US suffered harsh beatings with the baton, including one to her head, resulting in a concussion.

(Emiliano was also listed among ISM injured in Bi’lin at a more recent demo, though not on the ISM website). 

According to Stop the ISM’s volunteer, “The ISM are sending young people from all over the world to the training fields of the West Bank and Gaza to learn from terrorists. In my view that makes the ISM and its leadership a supporter of terrorism...President Bush said ‘either you are with us or with the terrorists.’ What better proof is there than what can be seen in these photos?” 

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Gabi laughs it up while Alan, the other ISM volunteer who works at the Faisal Youth Hostel, smiles with his machine gun. To the far right is the al Aksa Martyrs Brigade terrorist overseeing the festivities. Real “peace activists” don’t pose with machine guns in the company of terrorists, but the ISM does. The above photo was shot at the Jericho Prison in the West Bank. (Copyrighted photo by Stoptheism.com)


He continued, “After posing with the machine guns and terrorists, we were given a tour of the prison to see what it was like. I spied on one wall a photo of Osama bin Laden, where one might see a pinup picture of a movie star in the West. We than left the prison and went into Jericho and then got a taxi and bus back to the Faisal Youth Hostel. On the way to the prison in the taxi I had to take everyone’s passports to show the Israeli border guards at the checkpoint for leaving Israel. I noticed Gabi’s passport was a photocopy.”


ISM activists are instructed to photocopy their passports because if detained by police they can try to escape in the confusion generated during “direct action” demonstrations. Sadly, the Israeli Interior Ministry is even too lazy to insist that original passports must be presented to police. Magan Wiles was arrested at the Bi’lin riot and released despite the fact she did not have even a photocopied passport on her. 

He continued, “When I got back to the Hostel I got washed up and changed and went with Alan, Milliano, the Italian guy and the Swedish guy to watch the England football game against Portugal as photographed in the bar scene.”


“After the game we went back to the Hostel. I was showing a few people my photos of the day and I showed the Swedish guy some, who then told a red-haired woman who had just arrived about the photos. Apparently this woman was a bigger fish in the ISM, because they went out of the room and I know they where talking about us the photos to Hisham Jam Joun. I went and took the memory chip out of my camera just in case they tried forcing me to give them my pictures.” He continued, “They then sat us down and told us we had to delete the pictures. Alan and Dave deleted theirs in front of them and I just sat there with my arms folded.”


The next day our infiltrator and an Italian from the hostel went to Hebron, when our reporter “bumped into an Israeli-Arab Christian who invited me to stay with him and his family in the north of the country for a few days.” He accepted the offer and left the hostel -- and the ISM -- behind him.


The revelations of this article should serve as a wakeup call to the Interior Ministry in Israel and the Department of Homeland Security here in the United States. Our volunteer told me that guns were brought out of the cache by the Palestinians present and that the ISM “peace activists” were laughing and anxious to hold them. Do the hardcore ISM activists in the West Bank undergo weapons training by the PLO and Hamas? One  e-mail sent to our volunteer by Dave from the West Bank contained an ominous sentence in it: “Palestinians are growing tired of nonviolent resistance.” Non-violent resistance? Israel has experienced over 25,000 terrorist attacks on its civilians since year 2000. Is the next intifada soon to commence? If so, what will be the ISM's role in it?


Due to the bureaucratic delays of Israel’s intelligence services, Gabi and Camille managed to get out of Israel before being apprehended. Both are no doubt recruiting other ISM activists back home in Ireland and Denmark, respectively. However, thanks to our volunteer and Stop the ISM’s team efforts, Dave from Ireland and Alan from Scotland are both currently in Israeli custody.


Huwaida Arraf, an ISM founder was recorded at two national conferences on two occasions admitting the ISM works with terrorist groups like Islamic Jihad, the PFLP and Hamas. She even wrote to the Washington Post admitting as much. Paul LaRudee was deported after it was determined he changed his name to defraud Israeli border authorities to meet and work with groups that even he says might be affiliated with Hamas, he just “doesn’t ask these things.”


All these groups should be investigated -- perhaps even by Congress -- and every college administrator in the country should read this article before allowing the ISM to stage another conference on a US campus. Spread the word.


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Lee Kaplan is an undercover investigative journalist and a contributor to Front Page Magazine. He is also a regular columnist for the Israel National News and Canada Free Press and a senior intelligence analyst and communications director for the Northeast Intelligence Network. He heads the organizations Defending America for Knowledge and Action (DAFKA) and Stop the ISM. He has been interviewed on over one hundred nationally and internationally syndicated radio shows and been a guest on Fox Cable TV’s Dayside with Linda Vester and Bill O’Reilly’s The Factor. He is a guest every Tuesday on the Jim Kirkwood Show on Utah's K-Talk Radio am630. He is currently working on a book about America's colleges in the War on Terror and the International Solidarity Movement.

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