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Opening a Door for Al-Awda By: Lee Kaplan
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, May 24, 2007

On May 25-27, Al-Awda (a.k.a. the Palestine Right to Return Coalition), one of the most virulently anti-Semitic and warmongering groups within the anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement, is planning to hold its Fifth International Conference at Embassy Suites (a Hilton Hotel) in Garden Grove, California.

This conference was originally scheduled to take place at the University of California at Riverside until this author showed the university’s administration the real face of Al Awda and detailed why it did not belong on an American university campus: Specifically, it is a training and strategy event to attack Jews in America and abroad with boycotts and divestment, calling to mind what the Nazis did when they began their attacks on the Jews in 1933. Al Awda also openly supports the Ba'ath Party that funds and aids the terrorists who kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

Scheduled for Memorial Day weekend when the nation celebrates and honors those who died in service of our freedom, the Al Awda conference will be dedicated to the promotion of militant Islamist ideals. Especially depressing and outrageous is that many of the dead we are honoring died fighting against these same enemies of freedom.

Al Awda actively works to boycott Israeli goods and its associated websites link to the American Nazi Party. Al Awda claims it is not anti-Semitic, yet it works with the website Radio Islam, which features a letter from the Nazi leader of the Aryan Nations, another Nazi group, as well as a anti-Semitic blood libel as vile as anything found during the Holocaust. In contravention of federal anti-discrimination laws, Al Awda has even barred admittance to some Jews to its conference. At its conference, Al Awda will also welcome acolytes from abroad, among them one who wrote a poem glorifying suicide bombing and murder.

Hilton Hotels allowed Al Awda a venue in one of their hotels because they did know the truth about Al Awda’s conference, which aims to cause the economic collapse of the Jewish state, thus making it easier to dismantle. By some estimates, thirty percent of Israel’s elderly and children go to bed hungry at night because of this boycott. Al Awda will also strategize how best to harm American businesses managed by Jews.

Hilton's management has refused to back down from holding the conference. However, now that they know what Al Awda is about, they will not have them back. In fact, Hilton only just learned that they, too, are on Al Awda’s boycott list for doing business with Jews and were only used by Al Awda when UC Riverside rejected their hate conference.

For Hilton, this isn’t about free speech or contracts; it’s strictly about money. But if an organization came to Hilton asking to boycott African-American businesses, we all know that Hilton would cancel it immediately on learning the facts. When it comes to American Jews and Israel, however, even promoting the goals of an organization that seeks to harm Hilton itself elicits stonewalling from the management. For this reason, we are asking you to sign our petition to Hilton to cancel this event and not provide a venue for a new generation of anti-Semites and warmongers like Al Awda. To sign the petition, click here.

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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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