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Friday, November 4, 2016

The anti-Israel boycott movement's close ties to terorrists

This week, George Mason University is hosting a conference promoting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, an anti-Israel campaign that has recently swelled its ranks by participating in “solidarity work” with sympathetic organizations. But as the BDS campaign has grown, its “big tent” philosophy may have attracted organizations with ties to terrorism.

In May 2016, for example, the Miami-based organization Dream Defenders flew a group of activists that included a Florida lawmaker to Israel and the Palestinian territories. While in the West Bank, participants were led by a tour guide identified with the terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

This connection with the PFLP is not new for Dream Defenders. They have expressed support for the PFLP on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. The group’s executive director is Ahmad Abuznaid, the son of the PLO’s ambassador to the Netherlands. He has posted pictures of himself embracing Rasmea Odeh, a now infamous PFLP terrorist who was involved in the bombing of an Israeli Supermarket in 1969. Abuznaid also spoke at a fundraiser on Odeh’s behalf...

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