Adam Shapiro

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Co-Founder of International Solidarity Movement

Adam Shapiro is the co-founder of, and the most visible American figure in, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). The ISM is a pro-Hamas group that recognizes the Palestinians’ right to what it calls “armed struggle” in the form of suicide bombings targeting Israeli civilians. The ISM invites Americans and Europeans to come to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to disrupt the anti-terrorist efforts of the Israeli Defense Force. Shapiro, a Brooklyn-born Jew, is infamous for having visited and acted as a human shield for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat while Arafat’s Ramallah compound was surrounded by the Israeli Defense Force in April 2002. This occurred in the aftermath of a Palestinian massacre of 30 Israelis – some of them Holocaust survivors – at a Passover seder shortly after the Intifada was launched. Shapiro is married to Huwaida Arraf, another ISM co-founder, in 2002. They met while both were working at the Jerusalem center of Seeds of Peace [1] [2]

In November of 2003, Shapiro took part in the Third Annual National Student Conference On Palestine Solidarity, where terrorist acts were publicly defended; the event was held at Ohio State University.

Shapiro is credited with saying, “Palestinian resistance must take on a variety of characteristics, both violent and nonviolent.”

Shapiro, who wishes to see Israel destroyed, candidly states that he does not consider himself a Jew. He and his wife, Palestinian-American activist Huwaida Arraf, have become the spokespeople for the ISM in the United States. In articles on the ISM website where they discuss their goals of dismantling Israel by supporting Palestinian terrorists, they use euphemisms such as “legitimate resistance” and “legitimate armed struggle” while claiming that they are nonviolent. The ISM uses as its motto “by any means necessary.”

Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America officers

2008 officers:[3]

Participant in the July 2009 Gaza Flotilla

Adam Shapiro was a participant in the Gaza Flotilla to video record the events and to bring items to Gaza in order to deliberately circumvent Israeli customs and to provide material support to terrorists.

In his own words quote: "Our intent was to bring Palestinians toys, medicines, toolkits, olive tree saplings, and one 50-kilo bag of cement while breaking the sea barrier Israel maintains to imprison Palestinians in their coastal territory." [4]

Participant in USTOGAZA Flotilla 2010

Adam Shapiro was Arrested by Israeli commandos in 2010 after trying to enter Israel thru Gaza [5]

External links

List of articles on the International Solidarity Movement website relating to Adam Shapiro

Who Are Huwaida Arraf & Adam Shapiro? Who Are Huwaida Arraf & Adam Shapiro? Gaza Flotilla Leaders Sheltered “Mike’s Bar” Homicide Bombers By Debbie Schlussel interview of Adam ShapiroJune 1, 2010 on Russia Today



  1. biography at American Friends Service Committee(accessed on April 8, 2011)
  2. Blincoe, Nicholas (31 May 2003). "A Love Under Fire". The Guardian UK (accessed on April 8, 2011)
  3. 3.0 3.1 2008, Douglass-Debs dinner program page 3 (accessed Dec. 25, 2010)
  4. [ Threatened and beaten on the way to Gaza Posted on: July 18, 2009 Adam Shapiro Huffington Post, (accessed April 8, 2011)
  5. Adam Shapiro interview with Russia Today (accessed April 8, 2011)