CONGRESS ATTEMPTING TO CRIMINALISE FREEDOM

The bill appears to be a transparent attempt to criminalize solidarity with Palestinians and opposition to US policy supporting Israel’s siege of Gaza. It would effectively further erode First Amendment rights in order to intimidate and suppress criticism of Israel.
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Bill in Congress seeks to investigate US Boat to Gaza for “terrorist” ties

Submitted by Ali Abunimah
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A bill introduced in the United States Congress last month would require the State Department to investigate “The sources of any logistical, technical, or financial support for the Gaza flotilla ships, including the Audacity of Hope, that were set to set sail from Greece on July 1, 2011.”

The Audacity of Hope is the name of the ship, operated by US Boat to Gaza, on which Alice Walker, Hedy Epstein and dozens of others attempted to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza before being stopped by Greece last summer.

The bill, which contains numerous inflammatory and unsubstantiated claims from an Israeli “anti-terrorism” organization, would further criminalize American citizens’ solidarity with Palestinians.

House Resolution 3131 is sponsored by Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and is co-sponsored by 12 other members of Congress from both parties including notorious anti-Palestinian campaigners, Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Eliot Engel (D-NY).

Defamation and falsehoods

The bill asserts, turning reality on its head, that “Recent past history has suggested that the sole intent of the flotillas is to provoke an Israeli military response in the international waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea.”

It also claims, amid a laundry list of other dubious recitations, that “Since the beginning of 2010, Israel has provided over 100,000 tons of aid to the people living in Gaza.”

In fact, Israel does not provide any “aid” to Palestinians. Rather, Israel allows limited quantities of aid supplied by the United Nations and other countries into Gaza according to arbitrary restrictions as part of its siege.

Israel has deliberately restricted food supplies to the 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza using “mathematical formulas” designed to keep the population on the edge of hunger without attracting too much international attention, as the Israeli human rights organization Gisha discovered from an examination of Israeli defense ministry documents.

Claims of “terrorist ties” based on Israeli propaganda outfit

Reproducing unsubstianted Israeli propaganda and allegations, the bill accuses the Turkish humanitarian organization IHH, which was involved in earlier flotillas, of ties to terrorism:

The Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of the Treasury have determined that flotilla organizers Free Gaza and the Insan Hak ve Hurriyetleri ve Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), an Islamic nongovernmental organization (known in English as the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief), have known terrorist ties.

In 2010, IHH organized a flotilla that included the ship Mavi Marmara carrying 40 IHH members, including Fatima Mahmadi, Ken O’Keefe, Hassan Iynasi, Hussein Urosh, Ahmad Umimon, and others with known links to Al Qaeda, Hamas, and other terrorist organizations who were armed with 100 metal rods, 200 knives, 150 military self-defense vests, 50 wooden clubs, gas masks, and a telescopic sight for a gun.

But the bill provides no evidence to back up these sensational and propagandistic claims. IHH is in fact not designated as a “terrorist” organization by any US government agencies. The claims in the bill are not based on US government or intelligence reports, but appear to come directly from unsubstantiated claims published by an Israeli propaganda and advocacy outfit calling itself the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. This group is closely connected with Israel’s military and intelligence establishments, the main sources for sometimes laughable anti-flotilla incitement and propaganda.

Laying grounds to prosecute Americans

The bill appears to be a transparent attempt to criminalize solidarity with Palestinians and opposition to US policy supporting Israel’s siege of Gaza. It would effectively further erode First Amendment rights in order to intimidate and suppress criticism of Israel. It demands,

Not later than six months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall submit to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a report on whether any support organization that participated in the planning or execution of the recent Gaza flotilla attempt should be designated as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189).

No concern for Americans

HR 3131 reads like a manifesto of the most extremist pro-Israel organizations. Fair enough, if that’s how members of Congress think they should be spending their time. But in addition to the bill’s utter disregard for facts and its dehumanizing contempt for Palestinians is the notable lack of any concern for US citizens and their lives, especially Furkan Dogan an American teenager who was murdered execution-style by Israeli soldiers aboard the Mavi Marmara in May 2010.

The bill is currently in committee.

 

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13 Comments

  1. skulz fontaine said,

    November 13, 2011 at 15:33

    The retarded freaks in US Congress may “attempt” to criminalise protest against Israeli apartheid. It will be for naught. The retarded freaks in US Congress must come to understand that they need to serve America first, second, third, and end of story.
    The staggering immorality of Israeli policy towards Palestinians simply cannot stand. Not for much longer.
    Ros-Lehtinen would serve her constituents of Florida well if she were to shut her yip and work for the citizens of Florida. The retarded freaks in US Congress, be they Republicon or Democrap, are a complete waste of time and American taxpayer money.
    By the by, Ros-Lehtinen wears the blood of Rachel Corrie all over her hands and her stylishly Zionist new dress. She even considers that to be trendy. She is an evil shrike.

  2. Derek said,

    November 13, 2011 at 16:10

    Going from bad to worse

  3. Howard T. Lewis III said,

    November 13, 2011 at 17:34

    Cut the city of London out of the scene and the war is over.

  4. Howard T. Lewis III said,

    November 13, 2011 at 18:45

    Derek, Raise your eyes, the problem lies in London.

  5. Howard T. Lewis III said,

    November 13, 2011 at 18:58

    Good to see you skulz. I have looked at this one from many angles and I keep seeing the only thing propping up these traitorous congresspigs to behave in such a manner is their ties to The City of London through freemasonry affiliation and fealty to the CFR which is a City of London tool and controller of all national television broadcast news and the Associated Press. Candidates who do not suck up to the Associated Press and CFR controlled television news get nowhere with garnering favorable press or television coverage. C’est la vie. Dr. Paul is giving them hell and he needs more. No City of london, no problem, and no Israel as murderous force. That’s the Rothschild bankers and the queen of England being the leader and ‘grand patron’ of freemasonry. Think Britannia.

  6. Rob said,

    November 13, 2011 at 19:08

    Howard T.,
    Cutting the “City” would be a great start, but they’ve off-shored much of their stench to the colonies. The criminalization of “freedom” in usa has been around for a long time. The criminalization of disagreement with “official” policy (dissent) is the latest rage.

  7. Howard T. Lewis III said,

    November 13, 2011 at 19:11

    Good to see you skulz. I have looked at this one from many angles and I keep seeing the only thing propping up these traitorous congresspigs to behave in such a manner is their ties to The City of London through freemasonry affiliation and fealty to the CFR which is a City of London tool and controller of all national television broadcast news and the Associated Press. Candidates who do not suck up to the Associated Press and CFR controlled television news get nowhere with garnering favorable press or television coverage. C’est la vie. Dr. Paul is giving them hell and he needs more. No City of London, no problem, and no Israel as murderous force. That’s the Rothschild bankers and the queen of England being the leader and ‘grand patron’ of freemasonry. Think Britannia. And remember, Prince Chaaallz is so inbred more of his relatives never made it out the door than attained peerage.

  8. Ponce said,

    November 13, 2011 at 19:42

    The way that I want to say what I have to say would offend some here, but the words that I want to use to curse those in our government are in the mind of many here…..nuff said.

    Some day the American people will wake up and will see the Israeli flag flying alongside the American flag atop of the White House and they will think that they are still asleep and having a nightmare…..but they are awake and the nightmare will last till the day that they die.

  9. Howard T. Lewis III said,

    November 13, 2011 at 19:46

    All that stench emanates from the same ledgerbook. Hillary got her start with Vince Foster computerizing money laundering into offshore accounts. That stench can become fertilizer just fine. There are arrests to be made.

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  11. November 13, 2011 at 20:54

    isra hell is Terrorist !!!

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  13. November 14, 2011 at 13:12

    They can’t stop the wave. International (both governmental and individual) support is growing for Palestine, and Is(not)real is being seen more-and-more for the pariah that it is.
    Shut down Wall Street and watch them scurry.


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