International Solidarity Movement

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Template:TOCnestleft The ISM (International Solidarity Movement) is a subversive organization out to destroy western-style democracies for Yasser Arafat’s PLO and its affiliated Palestinian terrorist groups, such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine PFLP and Hamas. It works in conjunction with the Palestinian Authority's propaganda ministries by Saudi funding through the Muslim Students Association MSA on U.S. and Canadian campuses . Their purpose is to deceive western democracies that it is “peace group,” while aiding in the terrorist attacks and efforts of the PLO/Fatah/Palestinian Authority and Hamas to destroy Israel. Working under pseudonyms such as Al Awda, Palsolidarity, SUSTAIN, Wheels of Justice Tour, Middle East Children’s Alliance and other names it serves to interfere with Israel’s attempts to fight terrorism in the Middle East . In America, the ISM raises money and promulgates propaganda for Arafat.[1]

The ISM was co-founded by George Rishmawi, Huwaida Arraf, Adam Shapiro, Neta Golan under the supervision of a PFLP leader and Physics Professor at Bir Zeit University named Ghassan Andoni. It's purpose is to act as human shields for terrorist groups battling Israel and to interfere with anti-terror operations of the IDF.

NOTE: There will be additional information provided in this section as well as editing done in others so this should not be treated as a final version of this page.

ISM Early Days

From the Guardian UK article "A Love Under Fire" In their own words:, [2]

Huwaida Arraf had founded the previous summer, alongside members of two Palestinian foundations with strong international ties, the Holy Land Trust and the Rapprochement Centre, one Christian, the other secular. The inaugural meeting also included an Israeli woman named Neta Golan who already campaigned under the name ISM. As Neta Golan's group comprised only three women, it was felt the new movement could adopt her name.

Adam Shapiro was working for an American foundation named Seeds Of Peace which required him to keep out of politics, so in the beginning his role in ISM was, he says, "logistic". "I typed press releases and I helped with funding." Fundraising? As I ask, he laughs. "No. From my own pocket. I was the only one with a job."

The ISM was founded with the aim of strengthening peaceful protests against the Israeli occupation. The feeling, back in 2001, was that the presence of foreigners would deter the Israeli army from using lethal force and give ordinary Palestinians the confidence to take part in protests, a confidence that had been lost since the early days of the first intifada. A year later, as we reflect on that Easter, Huwaida says, "We had planned all kinds of direct action. We were going to be proactive, highlighting closures and planning on marches and dismantling roadblocks. And then the invasion happened. Even the international agencies were stopped cold." The ISM's work became chiefly humanitarian. "That's when we started putting people into ambulances and calling up the army directly to say, listen, there are foreign volunteers inside those ambulances," she says.

April 2003

In April 2003, Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that "ISM members take an active part in illegal and violent actions against IDF soldiers. At times, their activity in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip is under the auspices of Palestinian terrorist organizations." The ISM always tries to maintain the veneer of a “peace group”; however, ISM founders Adam Shapiro and his wife, Huwaida Arraf, and Northern California International Solidarity Movement leader Paul LaRudee, a man who Stop the ISM recently succeeded in getting deported from Israel as a security threat, began revealing their true colors recently by going to Lebanon to act as “human shields” for the Hezbollah.[3]

ISM Support Groups

Known Members

  • Alan Pacetta
  • Adam Shapiro - founder - Kaplan Report. Page 31-32.
  • Huwaida Arraf - Shapiro's wife, of Palestinian ancestry. At the [[Fourth National Palsolidarity (Palestine Solidarity) Conference held in 2004 at Duke University, "Huwaida Arraft led a recruiting seminar for ISM activists to go to the West Bank and openly admitted the ISM works with Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the PFLP." KR, Page 32 (FtNt 90 & 91).
  • George S. Rishmawi - a Palestinian Arab accused of having links to Marxist organizations such as the PFLP (Kaplan Report, April, 2011)[5].
  • Ghassan Andoni - professor at the extremist ridden Bir Zeit University. Considered by many to be the "ultimate leader of the ISM" (Kaplan Report, Page 13). "A cofounder of ISM", (KRP, Page 18).
  • Paul LaRudee - "ISM flotilla organizer". Leader of "a chapter" of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation which, according to Kaplan (Page 22), "operates as the renamed central focus ofr the ISM". He also "began a chapter called Norcal ISM and began working with Jess Ghannam to recruit ISM trainees to go to the West Bank" and other pro-terrorist support activities including acting as a "human shield", "sleeping in the bed of a suicide bomber" in a house that "had been a bombe factory involved in the killing of Israels (FtNt 63), and has "been instrumental in organizing the Gaza flotillas." KR, Page 22.

LaRudee was addressed as a member of The Free Gaza Movement FGM, El Cerrito, CA, in a letter of invitation inviting him and other participants in the FGM to come to Gaza, signed by Bassam Naim, Palestinian National Authority, Minister of Youth and Sports. Naim whom Kaplan described as a "Hamas terror leader," was "later killed by IDF in Operation Cast Lead in 2009" (KR, Page 23). LaRudee was also shown in a photograph with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah on Page 24 of the Kaplan Report, as well as in another photo on the same page with the captioning that said:"ISM activists being awarded gold medals from Hamas. LaRudee and Greta Berlin are seated on each side of Hamas leader Haniyah."

  • Greta Berlin - identified as an ISM member in the above cited photo, Kaplan Report, page 24. From Los Angeles, P. 28.
  • Jess Ghannam - "another ISM leader in San Francisco", who helped to co-found Al-Awda, which Kaplan described as "an ISM affiliate that considers all of Israel where Jews live as 'occupied.'" KR, Page 18. Ghannam is also a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School.
  • Scott Kennedy - former mayor of Santa Cruz, CA., and a longtime leader of the leftist Resource center for Non-Violence RCNV, Santa Cruz, since at least 1980. he appeared in a photo with Hamas leader Ismael Haniyah on Page 20 of the Kaplan Report KRpt. Kaplan wrote this of Kennedy: "The RCNV is led by former Mayor Scott Kennedy, who became an active participant at ISM functions. It existed before the founding of ISM, but later became a local headquarters for ISM functions." KRpt, Page 20.
  • Matan Cohen - described by Kaplan as "an ISM activist anarchist leader ... from an ISM affiliate in Israel, Anarchists Against the Wall AAW. He attended a meeting with the Mexican "Marxist terrorist group" known as the "Zapatistas" while an exchange student at Hampshire College in the U.S (and "leading divestment actions against Israel"). KR, Page 26.
  • Joseph Carr - "an ISM activist from Christian Peacemaker Teams, part of the American Friends Service Committee AFSC, was quoted as saying that Rachel Corrie's death was "worth the price of the revolution." (FtNt, 64, 65), KR, Page 26.
  • Barbara Lubin - ran the Middle East Children's Alliance MECA "prior to the founding of the ISM, but has since become part of it" (FtNt 66), KR, Page 26. Lubin's record of association with various communist and socialist front groups is documented in Keywiki.
  • Medea Benjamin - Code Pink leader, has also associated herself and her Global Exchange organization has supported both the communist dictatorships of Hugh Chavez in Venezuela and Fidel Castro in Cuba. Benjamin "has joined land tours like Viva Palestina to aid Hamas" (FtNt 67). "Benjamin named her group Gaza Freedom March to retain control but was part of the same Viva Palestina Tour." (KR, Page 27.
  • Rachel Corrie - a leftist member of the ISM, she was accidentally killed "when she plunked herself down in front of an IDF bulldozer clearing weapons smuggling tunnels near the Rafah border with Egypt in Gaza" (FtNt 88), KPR, Page 31.
  • Tom Hurndall - a British ISM member "was shot by an IDF sniper" while acting as a human shield (details not provided on Page 31).
  • Brian Avery - an ISM member and human shield was wounded while violating "a curfew in Jenin when he was hit by ricocheting bullets that were never determined to be from the IDF". KR, Page 31.
  • Fayyad Ayub - a student leader at Ohio State University, 2003, "Third National Palestine Solidarity Conference" (a group of marxists, anarchists and Palestinian terrorist supports). Page 30. "An ISM activist for many years, Ayub had majored in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University and now is on the Board of Human Rights Watch HRW (a mixed group of liberals, communists, and Islamic/Palestinian extremists supporters).
  • Josh Ruebner - became a short-term leader of a new ISM entity, "The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation]] USCEIO in Washington, D.C. KR, Page 32
  • Anna Baltzer - replaced Ruebner as the head of the USCEIO. KR,P. 32.
  • Mitchell Plitnick - "an ISM activist", KR, Page 34. Also in the extremee-left group Jewish Voices for Peace JVFP and associated with the marxist-created United for Peace and Justice UP&J protest organization.
  • Noura Erekat - "an ISM activist", KR, Page 34, and formerly "from Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Berkeley. Op. Cit. 34. She "is a niece of PLO negotiator and Arafat's former second-in-command, Saeb Erekat. KR, Page. 34.
  • Connie Hackbarth - "an American ISM activist, is currently Executive Director of the Alternative Information Center, Jerusalem is, according to Kaplan, its management is "led by American anarchist-communists, and in some cases members of Israel's communist party elite from Israeli universities who travel back and forth between the two countries (i.e. US) and Britain." KR, page 35.
  • Naim Frangieh - San Francisco ISM member, interviewed by Kaplan (Pages 37-38), who "has stated that the ISM and flotilla groups have 'an excellent relationship with the U.S. State Department.'"
  • - Participated in or with ISM Activists or Affiliated Organizations
  • Rep. Dennis Kucinich - D-Ohio, "At one point, various leaders of disparate ISM groups were allowed to testify with Rep. Dennis Kucinich" (D-Ohi), in an attempt to get a resolution to condemn the Jewish state for its incursion into Gaza in 2009," re {Congressional Briefing on Operation Cast Lead]], Footnote 98 in the Kaplan Report.
  • Eric Holder - U.S. Attorney General - "Incredibly, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at a conference organized in Washington, D.C. by ISM SAn Francisco leader Jess Ghannam of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee AAADC ADC. Holder delivered the keynot remarks at the Annual Civil Rights Luncheon during ADC's "30th Anniversary National Convention in 2010." FtNt 103. (KW: the ADC was organized in the early 1980's as a propaganda arm of the PLO, and was the second major convergence of the Arabs/Pro-PLO groups and the Communist Party, USA, led by identified CPUSA operative [[[Jack O'Dell]] of Martin Luther King Jr/SCLC, Operation PUSH and later the Rainbow Coalition of Jesse Jackson.)

ISM Affiliated/Support Groups cited in the Kaplan Report

Individuals Affiliated with ISM

  • William Ayers - former SDS leader, and leader of the marxist terrorist group, the WUO. Ayers was a neighbor and professional friend of Illinois politician Barack Hussein Obama Obama in Chicago, and helped to launch his political career in the Ayers' house. Dohrn and Ayers were involved in the pro-Palestinian "Gaza Flotilla" in 2010 and 2011. These were part of the Viva Palestina Tour and ISM Flotilla Tour to Gaza "in support of Hamas (Kaplan Report), (KR) Page 16.
  • Ali Abuminah - "a U.S. born Arab pro-PLO organizer ... who traveled internationally between Ramallah, Europe and Chicago organizing anti-Israel events and publicity in aasociation with ISM affiliated groups" (KR, Page 17). Abunimah is best known to the news media for setting up the website Electronic Intifada, " a propaganda website promoting the Palestinian revolution run by the former webmaster for Bir Zeit University, a Scotsman named Nigel Parrty." (KR, Page 18)



  1. Stop the ISM group (accessed on April 7, 2011)
  2. Guardian UK Article: A Love Under Fire (accessed on April 8, 2011)
  3. The ISM-Terror Connection By: Lee Kaplan Wednesday, September 13, 2006 (accessed on March 23, 2010)
  4. About ISM (accessed on April 8, 2011)
  5. The International Solidarity Movement: Threat to America, Israel and the World", Lee Kaplan, April 4, 2011, as printed by America's Survival, inc., and online at