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June 19, 2010

The MoveOn.Org/Hamas Nexus (Unholy Alliance Or Actively Conspiring With The Enemy?)

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

John Hinderaker at Powerline points to Ken Timmerman's highlighting of what John describes as the unholy alliance between the Left and Muslim extremists. In many ways, "unholy alliance" is an understatement. An obvious take-away from Timmerman's piece is that its more like a clear case of the Left actively conspiring with the enemy agianst the interests of the United States. Lest one forgets, Hamas has threatened violence against the U.S. as far back as at least 2003, then again in 2004, 2006. And despite propaganda claims (by Hamas and the Left) to the contrary, Hamas is not only the primary obstacle to peace in the Middle East, it also has as its primary objective the destruction of the U.S.' strongest ally in the region (at least up to the begining of the Obama presidency).

Timmerman writes:

An American communications firm best known for shaping the liberal into a national movement has tackled a new project: orchestrating an international anti-Israel campaign aimed at breaking the blockade of the Gaza strip.

Fenton Communications, which has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, and San Francisco, signed two contracts last year with Qatar to develop "a communications action plan for an 18-month campaign" aimed at delegitimizing Israel and generating international support for the Hamas-run Gaza strip, documents filed with the Department of Justice show.

The campaign, known as the "Al Fakhoora Project," has a very visible Web presence that boasts of rallying 10,000 activists "against the blockade on Gaza."

Fenton signed the contracts, worth more than $390,000, with the Office of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, the wife of the Qatari ruler, and a separate foundation she chairs. The contracts are ongoing, according to Fenton's Foreign Agent registration forms. ...

One of the documents filed with the Department of Justice describes Al Fakhoora as a "student-led campaign to protect education from violence during war or conflicts, specifically in Gaza, and to lead an international public opinion awareness campaign that advocates for the accountability of those who participated in attacks on schools in Gaza."

Fenton's contracts called for the group to assist the sheikha and her Qatar Foundation "in the recruitment of student leaders in US and international college campuses," and "in the recruitment of grass-roots supporters, including NGOs and virtual supporters internationally."

It also called on Fenton to:

  • Train a spokesman for the group and provide "leadership development curriculum for student leaders"

  • Conduct "spokesperson training sessions" for student leaders

  • Monitor social networking and mainstream media outlets and blogs

  • Develop press materials and "pitch stories to university and mainstream press"

  • Train students how to research, compose, and produce propaganda clips

  • Conduct outreach "to potential political partners in the United States"
The cash from Qatar bought a sophisticated U.S. media campaign aimed at manipulating public opinion to generate support for the Hamas-led government and the people of the Gaza strip.

It also included a full-scale fundraising effort aimed at generating a war chest of up to $100 million in addition to the money the Qatari sheikha provided.

Al Fakhoora Director Farooq Burney explains in a YouTube video about the Gaza flotilla attack that "the purpose of us to join this trip was number one, to allow support, or to enable us to interact with students in Gaza. Our intention was to go there and lend our support to students in Gaza and let them know that people care for them, and people are advocating for them to have access to quality education."

Burney says he was carrying 65 computers for schools in Gaza, and that "there was a lot of excitement" among the participants, with "a festive mood" on board the ships.

Schools in Gaza are predominantly run by UNWRA, the United Nations agency set up in 1948 to take care of Palestinian refugees. A video exposing anti-Israel incitement taught in UNWRA schools, "For the Sake of Nakba," made by veteran Israeli journalist David Bedein, was shown last week in the U.S. Senate.

"Unfortunately," Burney went on, "we were attacked by the Israeli navy. People were killed. People were injured. It was very saddening to see that, to have somebody die in front of you . . . We talk about humanitarian work, we talk about activism. I don't know how much more peaceful this could have been."

Video footage taken by shipboard cameras and released by the Israel Defense Forces shows activists suiting up in bulletproof vests and assaulting Israeli commandos with metal bars and clubs as they tried to board the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish "aid" ship Burney describes in his YouTube interview.

Other footage, taken from Israeli helicopters, shows the "activists" assaulting an Israeli commando as he is rappelling down to the ship and tossing him off the deck of the ship.

The primary weapon the Israeli commandos used during the boarding operation was a Tippman 98 Custom -- a paintball gun. (emphasise added)

Continue reading here ...

As Hinderaker points out in his Powerline post, It isn't hard to imagine who those "potential political partners" might be; no doubt some are to be found among Fenton's clients (it reads like a who's who of the far-Left). Al Fakhoura's Trojan horse web site is here.

Looks like there is clearly a MoveOn.Org/Hamas nexus, and it goes a step (or more) beyond being an unholy alliance. There may very well come a time when looking back, some might even call this treason.

Posted by Richard at June 19, 2010 6:59 PM

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