More Human Shields enroute to Lebanon

BEIRUT, Aug 8 (Reuters) – International and local activists are planning on Saturday to bring a civilian convoy to southern Lebanon, worst hit by Israel’s 28-day-old war on Hizbollah, to deliver aid and show solidarity with suffering residents.

“We hope this will be the first of what will become continuous convoys to show that there are civilians being killed and affected by this war,” Adam Shapiro, an American documentary filmmaker and human rights activist, told Reuters.

Shapiro, 34, is among several activists from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a pro-Palestinian group that usually works to bring attention to Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, who have travelled to Lebanon seeking non-violent ways to support local groups protesting the war.

This time, however, the activists will not be facing Israeli soldiers, tanks or bulldozers but aerial bombardment.

One idea they are considering is to bring large numbers of people, rather than a few activists, to the Hizbollah strongholds of south Lebanon or south Beirut to try to protect them or draw attention to the plight of civilians there.

So far, activists who have shown up in Lebanon from the United States and Europe are part of an exploratory group, but Shapiro believes they can attract hundreds more, including from Arab states, once they come up with a strategy.

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A little Background on the ISM

  • Radical, anti-Israel organization that recruits westerners to travel to
    Israel under false pretenses and obstruct Israeli security operations
  • Justifies Palestinian terrorism against Israeli civilians

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) was founded in 2001 and professes its dedication to raising “awareness of the struggle for Palestinian freedom.” While ISM members recognize the Palestinians’ right to “armed struggle” – in other words, they give terrorism against Israelis a pass – they claim that they personally only use “non-violent” techniques to achieve their aims. Led by Palestinians working closely with American recruiters, the International Solidarity Movement invites individuals from the West to come to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and disrupt the actions of the Israeli Defense Force. The ISM seems to believe that the Western citizenship of these activists gives them the immunity to do whatever they wish within Israel – i.e., treating them as criminals or terrorists would cause too much controversy for the Israelis in the international community. Using this “first-world privilege,” the ISM has temporarily taken over Israeli military checkpoints, interfered with the arrests of Palestinians charged with terrorism, and attempted to prevent the destruction of homes containing tunnels for weapons smuggling. Since August 2001, the group has conducted several large, episodic campaigns in Palestinian territories and maintains a continual, low-level presence year-round.

And a bit about Adam Shapiro

Shapiro, a Jewish-American born in Brooklyn, NY, gained media notoriety when he was trapped overnight in Palestine leader Yasser Arafat’s Ramallah compound. He has also produced a crockumentary about Iraq.

Frankly I hope that Israel ignores the presence of these morons… Whatever happens to them happens… If they end up getting killed, Well lets just say I won’t miss them.

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  1. These folks are morons. But the Mizzies just love them.

    We had lightning last night, ran into the house somehow. Destroyed one of hubby’s computers, printer, network box, my laptop, network card, and who knows what else. The insurance company won’t be happy. I’m using dial-up now. Arrrgggg!!!




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