WITHOUT a doubt, there is little point in continuing to discuss the dangers posed by the ISM ( International Solidarity Movement ), before first addressing its acceptance in Washington as a “legitimate” entity. For if this isn’t the case, how can it be that the terror-tied ISM enjoys tax-exempt status, regardless of their name change?
Is Al-Qaeda no longer a terror group, even if they call themselves Santa’s helpers?
While the ISM is on the IRS’s radar – due to heavy lifting by Lee Kaplan and this blogger - it is nowhere near enough, especially considering the truckloads of evidence against them, in more ways than one.
Therefore, before getting to the meat of the latest news, a recap is in order.
Firstly, a full forensic investigation was undertaken during different points between 2003-2007 by my corporate tax practice (as a co-owner had full latitude and discretion to do whatever was necessary), regarding the ISM and its tax exempt status (refer to http://adinakutnicki.com/about/). Many hours of pro bono work were accumulated, due to the seriousness of the issue. NO (financial) stone was left without examination.
A midway point in the investigation led to a centerpiece expose’ at Frontpagemagazine – ‘Does The Pro-Terror Left Violate U.S. Tax Law?’ – http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=7148. At the time, it was intrinsic to keep a lower public profile, therefore, make note of the credits (via a footnote) at the end of the investigation, coupled with William Levinson, who assisted in its review.
But make no mistake, the underbelly of their inter-related terror ties became obvious throughout the investigation. In addition, there were so many 501 (c)(3) IRS violations, they became glaring to anyone with a working background in forensics accounting (and the office was duly up to speed in said techniques – well before this project was undertaken- the practice offered it as a niche specialty ). More to the point, the results from the office always turned out in favor of the client, whenever engaged in a forensics examination.
That being said, despite all the evidence compiled; duly exhibited and annotated; hand delivered (not even entrusting it to FEDEX, a service the office used several times a day!) to the Criminal Division at the IRS for non-profits ( Newark, NJ offices ); whereas the Chief Investigator for fraud politely took the binders, glanced through its contents (noting that it appeared highly organized ) clearly indicated it would be reviewed; yet time and again, their offices were contacted, but their only response was – we are looking into it.
Now, color this blogger suspicious, but updated tax law is written in less time than it took for the investigators to come up with a non-committal response. In other words, they never said there was “no there there”, yet they did nothing about it!
Back to the present – to catch the readers up to speed -
Exhibit Number 1 - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/28/the-international-solidarity-ism-terror-linked-movement-and-its-martyredposter-girl-for-resistance-court-case-verdict-comes-down-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/,
Moving right along to current events…where nothing has changed, despite all of the above evidence duly brought forward to relevant IRS attention. Now, don’t dare be fooled by their name change, they are the same terror operators with the same programs. Leopards don’t change their spots.
‘Recruiting HAMAS at St. Louis University this month’ – Lee Kaplan, Senior Analyst
5 September 2012: “Coming on the heels of the verdict exonerating the IDF of accusations it murdered Rachel Corrie, a new national organizers conference by the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is scheduled to be held at St. Louis University from September 21-23, 2012. St. Louis University is a Jesuit college, yet is playing host to what amounts to an anti-Jewish, anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian festival of hate. All in the name of religious tolerance, of course.”
Same operators – new name
” In order to try and have more influence in Washington and to deflect from its less-than-savory image, the ISM renamed itself the U.S.Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and placed radical quislings of Jewish descent in charge to lend an air of legitimacy. This new name and organization was done under the direction of ISM co-founder Huwaida Arraf, but all the ISM players are still there.”
“St. Louis University where this event will be held is a Jesuit college but just like another Jesuit college, Georgetown, where the2006 national ISM conference was held and an elderly Jewish man beaten up, this St. Louis, Missouri University sees no problem with hosting a conference that is in reality another anti-Jewish hate fest. Apparently, Lawrence Biondi, the President of St. Louis University and a Catholic Priest, disregarded his college’s own mission statement that declared the Jesuit school promotes Judeo-Christian values when he insisted this ISM conference be allowed to take place.”
“These conferences try to pass themselves off as educational discussions about Middle East peace but make no mistake about it: they are training and strategy sessions to enlist more Rachel Corries to go to the Middle East and interfere with anti-terror operations of the IDF as well as to generate support for Hamas as it continues to fire rockets into southern Israel.”
“If that isn’t enough, a key emphasis will also be placed on training attendees from all over the nation into how to boycotts and divest from the Jews. Publicly the leaders claim they only promote boycotting Israel’s “occupation” of Judea and Samaria and the “siege” on Gaza, but training sessions also teach how to infiltrate Jewish organizations in the United States and how to boycott businesses run by American Jews.”
Boycotting Israel is against U.S. law – except when it isn’t
“The Boycotting of Israel is illegal by US law since 1997 but our government ignores the Law. Seminars at this event will teach attendees how to promote the boycott of the Jews in general on their campuses, in labor unions, even in churches.”
“Huwaida Arraf can almost certainly be expected to attend where she will recruit and train more Rachel Corries who can go to Israel under false pretenses then act as human shields for terrorist groups over there. Arraf has been steering the ISM into giving more and more support and legitimacy to the Jew-killers in Hamas as well, and was an organizer of the Flotilla boats to aid Hamas. She was the ISM leader who devised the strategy to stop defining themselves as human shields for terrorist groups and call themselves peace activists and human rights workers instead.”
“One of the scheduled seminars will be led by Abe Greenhaus who once smashed a pie in the face of Natan Sharansky when he spoke at Rutgers University. Another guest there will no doubt be Charlotte Kates of New Jersey Solidarity who once called Israeli children killed by suicide bombers fair game. Paul LaRudee, the head of Norcal ISM will probably be there also. LaRudee is the man I got deported from Israel when he tried entering the country under a false identity to aid Hamas. Undaunted, LaRudee went to Lebanon next where he was a human shield for Hezbollah during the 2006 summer war.”
“The keynote speaker and lecturer-trainer though will be Dalit Baum, an Israeli radical who boasts she has cost the Israeli economy 1.5 billion dollars thus far in promoting the worldwide boycott of Israel. Baum even wants companies like Motorola that provide anti-terror equipment to the Israeli government such as video cameras that can spot armed terrorists entering Israel communities . Baum for public consumption tries to say she’s only concerned about the West Bank and Gaza, but openly calls for boycotting Israeli companies that work within the 1948 ceasefire lines like Mod’I’in.”
“One session will also teach anti-Israel activists how to tie their Palestinian revolution to other social causes such as the environment in order to make Palestine’s final destruction of Israel everyone’s goal. These conferences do not promote peace or a two state solution, but rather serve to keep the war roiling against the Jews forever both inside Israel and abroad and should have no place in an institution of higher learning let alone a Jesuit Institution.”
“The local Jewish Community Relations Council seems content to sit back and ignore the event as long as St. Louis University doesn’t openly advertise it. However, the real issue is that these events are designed to aid Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Arab terror groups to achieve final victory against the Jews. It is up to people who can see through the veneer of an educational conference to make a true effort to stop this anti-Jewish hate fest from ever occurring. The ISM likes to do them on college campuses because the venue lends respectability and the colleges usually absorb part of the tab.”
Most significantly, it is essential to note, if the authorities ( the IRS and the Justice Dept) performed their due diligence the ISM ( under whatever new derivative, plus many other non-profit terror actors ) would be out of operation. Moreover, their individual aid to terrorists would pale in comparison to what their organizational structure is able to accomplish.
The urgent questions become: what will it take to finally ! shut them down? and why are Washington authorities allowing them to stay in business?
NO one should doubt that the powers that be recognize that the ISM (and other similarly terror-tied groups, often overlapping with one another and incredulously in violation of a basic tenet of non-profit status – inter-related parties! ) is aiding PIJ, Hamas and assorted tentacled Arab terror groups. It has been brought to their attention, and besides, ignorance is NOT a defense, especially when ones duties revolve around oversight of illegal actions!
U. S. government – guilty as charged!