Inviting politically controversial people to speak on a university campus can be argued to be a positive attempt to provide a view unfamiliar to many of the students and as long as there is balance in the views provided, then the students can reach their own conclusions. Bringing a controversial individual to speak to the third grade class of the Beverly J. Martin Elementary in Ithaca, New York is another matter altogether. It would be unthinkable to bring representatives of either side of the most contentious of all disputes from the most volatile areas of our world. Apparently not, as just such a person was brought to speak to third grade children. We are talking about children of eight or nine years of age and with the life lack of experience which goes with such innocence. What makes this even more of a catastrophic potential is that extreme positions were conveyed upon some of the most impressionable and pliable minds which may have a result of warping their potential to reach a fair and balanced decision later in life as this potentially traumatic day will weigh on their decision throughout their lives. The person that was introduced to these impressionable minds was Bassem Tamimi, a member of the Sabeel International and an adult member of a politically active Palestinian propaganda production family which attempts to foment confrontations which they then film, edit and use to destroy IDF soldiers’ reputations and even to bring them under charge by foreign courts such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) or any of numerous European national courts which claim to have jurisdiction over any act against humanity making any foreign travel for such soldiers a risk of arrest and criminal charges often in multiple arraignments from a single act. For an article where the Tamimi Family, including children, were instrumental in a recent IDF video and the story behind the short film just click on the image below.
The Tamimi family has even deeper ties to actual terrorism as an accessory to one of the worst and most horrific terror attacks as Ahlam Tamimi chose to target the Sbarro’s Pizza Parlor at lunch time when it would have the most families with children and she even encouraged the suicide bomber by emphasizing that he would be targeting “Religious Jews” as his murderous target. She was released as part of the over thousand terror prisoners released in exchange for IDF captured soldier Gilad Shalit. Her video which is shown to Palestinian children as an inspirational video can be viewed below, and she has given talks to school children in the Arab Palestinian Territories, and now the family patriarch has given a similar spellbinding talk to children in the third grade of Beverly J. Martin Elementary in Ithaca, New York.
The talk was arranged via anti-Israel activist Ariel Gold, the current head of the North American branch of Sabeel International. Mr. Gold has also been an avid supporter of the BDS movement and appears to assist anything he can find which is derogatory against Israel. What is so interesting is the Sabeel International only appears to have one nation on which they concentrate the lion’s share of their efforts to defame, cast in as negative a light as they are able and demand the erasure of that one nation replacing it with a genocidal Arab Palestinian entity and that targeted nation is Israel. Sabeel has held some prayer vigils for the Christian and other refugees and other victims from the Syrian civil war over the five years but this tragedy has not taken much steam away from their anti-Israel activities. Sabeel emissaries in Lebanon have aided Hezballah with bringing charges against Israel after the wars in Lebanon despite Israel rescuing numerous Christians in southern Lebanon from persecution during the first Lebanon War. For information on that reading the Brigitte Gabriel book Because They Hate for a personal story about her and her family’s experiences and the eye opening experience which changed Brigitte Gabriel’s life and set her on new course and set her mind on doing this work to enlighten people who hold false views of Israel.
Ariel Gold met Bassem Tamimi in the Arab Palestinian Authority (PA) town of Bil’in in 2014 and has taken to being his personal agent for international trips to hawk anti-Israel propaganda. Israel arrested Bassem Tamimi on March 24, 2011, for organizing illegal gatherings and incitement in connection with a series of weekly demonstrations in the Arab village of Nabi Saleh which included rock throwing and other provocations against IDF forces. There may have been reasons other than the ones used in the allegations against Tamimi as he has been an instigator and used these demonstrations and manufactured incidents to film and document and then edit the videos and place the altered and edited video on-line and used them as propaganda footage in appearances in Europe and beyond. This may also have had some relevance which drove Catherine Ashton, former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to officially criticized Israel for convicting Arab, Palestinian Arab Bassem Tamimi of dispatching stone-throwers and protesting illegally. I guess at this point I am waiting for the trifecta, European Union authorities criticizing his arrest, giving a talk to third grade children in Ithaca, New York and lastly an invite for a White House dinner which President Obama will excuse himself from a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to go honor Bassem Tamimi. What? Perhaps it is simply a habit of President Obama to schedule dinner occasions simply to give him an excuse to break away from meetings with the Israeli leader, last time it was “Michelle and the girls” and this time why not Bassem Tamimi. I’m just saying.
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