Fadi Kiblawi is upset that the Fifth Annual Student Divestment Conference of the International Solidarity Movement scheduled for Georgetown University later this month has been getting some bad press. In a letter to the campus newspaper, Fadi Kiblawi denied reports in the Hoya that at a previous national ISM conference at the University of Michigan attendees yelled “Kill the Jews!” Kiblawi cited as “proof” quotes from a U Michigan college dean named Ed Willis who claimed he never heard such threats or calls to violence.
Kiblawi was half right, since indeed the Dean did not hear “Kill the Jews” said at an event he helped sponsor and in a language he understands. What Kiblawi does not reveal is that Willis does not speak Arabic, which was the language of attack at Michagan. An affidavit by two attendees at the Michigan conference claims threats were indeed yelled in Arabic: “Charad al yahood!" (Annihilate the Jews).
At that Michigan predecessor of the upcoming Georgetown conference Kiblawi also wrote of his desire to strap on a belt and become a suicide bomber. That article appeared in the Muslim journal Al-Risalah of June 24, 2001 and rhapdsodized over the desire "to strap a bomb to one's chest and kill . . .” and noted pointedly that “the enemy is not just overseas, the enemy is also amongst us."
Kiblawi also lectured at the Ohio State ISM conference two years ago on how to take over campus newspapers across the country to check the influence of the “Zionists.” He will no doubt be speaking and running workshops along similar lines at Georgetown. A law student at nearby George Washington University, Kiblawi was arrested in Israel for trying to bring down the Security Fence to keep out suicide bombers while serving as a human shield for Palestinians who throw rocks and attack Israeli soldiers.
At the last ISM conference at Duke University, Kiblawi condemned the shut down of the Global Relief Foundation and the arrest of its manager, Rabih Haddad. The Holy Land Foundation and its director were found to be funding terrorism and involved with an organization that has about the same attitude toward Jews as Kiblawi does—Hamas. In fact, Kiblawi, an executive committee member of the Ann Arbor branch of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, tried to get Haddad released from jail by helping to mount demonstrations asking for the terrorist fundraiser’s release. Haddad was eventually deported to Lebanon for a visa violation, but it is widely felt in national security circles that the government deported him for supporting terrorism.
In the run-up to the previous Palestine Solidarity Conference at the University of Michigan three years ago, Kiblawi chaired the local arrangements committee that sent out the following e-mail broadcast over his signature to a broad public list of Michigan students, faculty and staff:
For almost 55 years now, Jews in Palestine have systematically destroyed the lives of the indigenous Palestinians who had lived there for hundreds of years. It is time for us to speak out and be heard, and you can be a part of this revolution! We, as the Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, will not remain silent while the Israeli S.S. Nazis destroy the homes of Poor Palestinians who have no choice but to respond through what others call "terrorism," but we call "justified resistance." Help us speak out against the Israeli Apartheid! With your help, we can bring down the Zionist country, and thereby rid the world of another racist country, just as we (the Academic community) rid the world of Apartheid South Africa only 20 years ago.
Kiblawi likes to call attention to ISM members of his group who are of Jewish ancestry as proof that he and his movement are not anti-Semitic. These are Jews who for the most part gave up their Judaism for the god of radical socialism and revolution long ago. Like the rest of the ISM leadership he will embrace anyone who will aid the ISM goal of destroying Israel “by any means necessary” to aid the PLO.
The most telling thing I saw of Kiblawi at the fourth annual ISM conference at Duke University in 2004 was during a seminar he was leading on “The One State Solution and Bi-Nationalist Politics Impact on Activist Discourse,” I was disguised as a Pakistani and at one point, a young neo-Nazi in the audience began to speak up about how the governor of New Jersey had had an illicit gay love affair with an Israeli Jew. “The Jews are in control of everything,” the young man said, “They control the government and the media and nobody ever does anything to stop them. They even tried to sink that US Navy ship the Liberty and nobody does anything about them.”
“I know,” replied Kiblawi. “Isn’t it disgusting?”
This is the man now preparing another campus hatefest at Georgetown and claiming as part of his advance work that neither he nor the movement he represents has the slightest inclination to anti Semitism.
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