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Intifada Missouri – Anti-Israel activists may push Ferguson over the edge

Intifada Missouri – Anti-Israel activists may push Ferguson over the edge

Anti-Israel activists exploit Ferguson tension as part of propaganda war.

While no one knows if there will even be an indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, leaked evidence including an autopsy report raise the possibility there will be no indictment.

If that happens, the streets will be on edge, and it will not take much of a spark to set the city on fire worse than ever before.

As much tension as there is, an underreported story is the active role of “pro-Palestinian” activists who have exploited the Ferguson riots and tension this summer and fall to push their anti-Israel agenda. That anti-Israeli agenda, which involves encouraging confrontation with police in solidarity with Palestinians, is helping provide the accelerant to an already volatile situation.

It started with a propaganda campaign over the summer when Brown was shot. On Twitter and elsewhere, anti-Israel activists started tweeting messages of “support” for protesters in Ferguson, including advice on how to deal with tear gas.

It was a highly organized effort to exploit the Ferguson tension and co-opt it into the anti-Israel cause:

Tying Ferguson to Gaza is a major theme in this weekend’s national Students for Justice in Palestine conference being held at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

SJP National Conference Banner 2014

This type of co-opting now is a common tactic on campuses and elsewhere, including trying to compare the U.S.-Mexican border fence to the Israeli security barrier (built after several hundred Israelis died in suicide bombings in 2002-2004) in order to forge alliances against Israel. It is a highly racialized tactic, using verbiage of colonized “brown people” versus white colonizers.

(Omar Barghouti, Co-Founder of BDS Movement, via Tumblr)

(Omar Barghouti, Co-Founder of BDS Movement, via Tumblr)

It also has involved a propaganda campaign to blame Israel for the killing of Brown because a former St.Louis County police chief three years ago attended a one-week anti-terrorism program in Israel. Presumably some Ferguson officers also have attended various training sessions routinely given in the U.S. and elsewhere to police departments, but the one-week training in Israel by someone who wasn’t even on the job when Brown was shot was enough for the usual suspects to try to blame Israel for everything that happens in Ferguson.

It also was claimed that there was an Israeli connection because both Israeli police and Ferguson police use the same type of tear gas container, made by a company in Pennsylvania. Think about that. Just because Israel buys tear gas canisters from the same American company the Ferguson police buy from somehow makes Israel responsible.

It defies any logic, but it is spread far and wide, including by NY Times reporter Robert Mackey:

And the Israeli far-left wing 972 Magazine.

That’s how anti-Israel propaganda works. Pick some irrelevant connection between Israel and someone who allegedly does something wrong, and then claim Israel is responsible for what the other person did.

This is not a lightly taken tactic. Several anti-Israel groups were active in the Ferguson protest weekend in October, under the “Ferguson to Israel” banner (and Twitter hashtag) including Code Pink (whose Medea Benjamin just returned from an anti-Israel conference in Tehran):

Multiple anti-Israeli activists plastered their #Palestine2Ferguson photos all over social media and websites.

This International Solidarity movement activist, who helped organize human shield operations by activists in Gaza this summer, is among many anti-Israel activists making the comparison between Gaza and Ferguson:

These groups were not shy in advocating protest. Nothing wrong with that, but the Palestinian-Ferguson protest advocacy has actively encouraged confrontation, such as this Students for Justice in Palestine activist:

But there is one anti-Israel activist who actively is trying to provoke a confrontation between protesters and police, even taunting police in crowd situations about losing their guns and hoping they die.

Bassem Masri Ferguson Resistance is in our blood
(More images from US Campaign to End the Occupation Palestine2Ferguson campaign here.)

His name is Bassem Masri.

Bassem Masri Twitter Profile Pic and Bio

Masri presents himself as a journalist, but the mask is off.

(Bassem Masri at Ferguson Protest, via Tumblr)

(Bassem Masri at Ferguson Protest, via Tumblr)

Masri has been touting anti-Israeli conspiracy theories while organizing Ferguson protests, via Free Beacon:

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Angry protesters in Ferguson, Mo., shut down CNN’s live broadcast Monday night after repeatedly heckling the reporter and cameraperson for working for an organization “run by AIPAC” and “Zionists.”

The heckling is audible in a video filmed by protester Bassem Masri, whose Twitter profile touts the Palestinian cause and reads “long live Palestine.”

“You fucking lie about Ferguson; you lie about Occupy Wall Street; you lie about Palestine. You’re all run by Zionists,” one protester said. “We’re holding y’all accountable.”

The hecklers threatened to shut down future CNN broadcasts. “They’re an AIPAC-run agency,” Masri said. “Don’t even think that we won’t.”

Much more ominously, Masri appears to be directly fomenting violence, as a local Fox affiliate reports on his presence in a crowd protesting an unrelated shooting of Vonderitt Myers Jr. in St. Louis, One man’s protests push police to the limit:

Here`s an inside look at one of the most angry protestors, who`s lighting up social media over Ferguson and the deadly police shooting on Shaw. Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes sat down with St. Louisan Bassem Masri.

A crowd chants to officers, “Whose streets? Our streets. Our streets. Our streets.”

It was October 8, the night an off duty officer shot and killed Vonderett [sic] Myers Jr. Crowds surround officers who back away.

A man holding a cell phone says, ‘What the f*** you doing here bro, get the f*** out a here with your coward ass boys.’ It was Bassem Masri who said this as he streamed video that was live at the time. Masri yelled at an officer, ‘Coward straight pig out here bitch! You gotta go. Your life is in danger homie.’

People appear to feed off of his energy. Masri told an officer, ‘What happens when we take your gun?’ That officer then protects his gun. Another officer protecting his gun was answered with screams, ‘He has his hand on his gun!’

Then citizens surrounded him and chanted, ‘Shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot.’

At one point you can hear Masri tell officers, while pointing at each one, ‘I`m praying for your death and you death and your death and your death.’

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(added) This video, which reportedly shows Masri confronting a Ferguson police officer (one of the people with him threatens to rape the officer’s wife) demonstrates how the aggressive, in-your-face, unprovoked tactics risk escalation. Fortunately, this officer just took the verbal abuse and did not react:

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Israel has nothing to do with whatever did or did not happen in Ferguson.

But anti-Israel activists rarely care about the truth, it’s all propaganda for the cause.

But this propaganda, and this agitation, actively is pushing for a confrontation between police and protesters in Ferguson, in which people are likely to get hurt. And the activists like Masri will be there to take the viral videos and photos.

And that’s the point. Just as Palestinian and supportive Western leftist activists encourage children to throw rocks at Israeli police so they can get the video of the police arresting a child, so too this is all about the photo- and video-ops.

And it may push Ferguson over the edge.

[Note: Some images were added after initial publication.]

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“Palestine” was a Roman territory, Gaza is occupied by Hamas murderers. The West Bank was occupied by Jordan, some parts of it are now occupied by the Fatah murderers. Not one Arab in Gaza or any ME country cares how many Blacks they get killed in Ferguson. Just so long as they can hurt Jews and the US.

    platypus in reply to genes. | October 25, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    In Biblical times, Gaza was Philistia (or something similar) and was where the Philistines lived. They are the ones who mishandled Samson, to their great detriment.

    The land was given by God to one tribe of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. That tribe was unsuccessful at conquering the Philistines and so the Hebrews of old never really ‘possessed’ the land.

    The West Bank of the Jordan exists in its current condition because the King of Jordan refused to allow the Samaritans to exile into Jordan even though they were always Jordanians.

    There is a very good reason why nobody wants the West Bank people in their countries – they are savages at heart and are always creating disorder and mayhem. They will never stop and therefore they will always be in their present condition.

These kind of false analogies grounded in an appeal to emotions and visual images are only going to get worse unless the links between the Common Core K-12 learning standards and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Anti-Bias Standards becomes better known.

Perspectives for a Diverse America is designed to be the download from the web and parents never see it materials that will be covered in what used to be an English class. Teaching Tolerance is in fact an Orwellian phrase that just primes these young people to misattribute the causes of every bad break or normal life frustration anyone encounters.

These professional haters are likely to be able to learn and manipulate all these concepts that have been emphasized in K-12 built around “real world problems.” It is quite clear the media is intended to do just that as well.

This is insane, quite literally. Neither facts in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel nor facts in Missouri make a dent with these people.

if they riot, shoot every firebomber then get their address and burn their house to the ground … act like a savage, get treated like a savage … this needs to stop now …

I hope they bring Gaza to Ferguson. Because Ferguson police are not going to put up with it, and nor are Missouri highway patrolmen or whoever else they’ve got there. If necessary they will defy the politicians’ orders, and respond appropriately by shooting those who threaten their lives. They won’t be “restrained” as the IDF has been. And the local rioters will quickly lose their appetite for violence when 20-30 of them are dead.

These lunatics are aligned solely for the purpose of their individual fascistic agendas. The issues they latch on are meaningless to them, other than as a vehicle.

Most of the nation is not paying attention to the Ferguson nonsense. Those that are, are either agitating for President Ebola Boy and his malignant allies or are being swayed to vote against the left in November.

So will we take sweep the elections, but wake up in the morning realizing Squeaker Boehner still runs the House — and wind up giving back everything in another 2 years?

Just who is dumber, people donating money to the GOP or the people who believe the nonsense of Fergueson?

This is growing beyond race hatred. It is following the Democratic Party plan to create Anti American insurrection in the US. They started with the Black Agitators, imported from the Democrat maintained ghettos. Now they are adding the Palestinian Barbarians to create more destruction.

It is time to ruthlessly suppress the insurrection. It may take mass arrests and indefinite detentions. Put those FEMA camps to use. It may take the mass effusion of blood, but we are fighting a mini Civil War in Ferguson. If we lose there, it will be harder to win the next one.

I fear it will get worse before it gets better, because the Domestic Enemy is entrenched in Washington, and is supporting and maintaining the insurrection.

Democrati delenda sunt.

The ‘free Palistine’ wingnuts are all backing Hamas. Hamas is a designated terrorist organization. So all of these fools in Ferguson are associating with terrorists, providing aid and comfort. Isn’t that, be definition, treason? What is the penalty under our legal system for treason?

I am quite sure that Michael Brown (for a long time, I thought his first name was UnarmedBlackTeenager) was a deep and thoughtful student of the history of the Middle East and its politics.

Arabic Muslims have been attempting to tap into America’s well-developed grievance industry for at least a decade now. So far they’ve had only limited success, possibly because of the inherent absurdity of their claims, but more probably because the race-hustlers who dominate the grievance industry now don’t want to share the spoils with upstarts.

But the harassment of CNN is bizarre. A major tactic to date has been feeding fake news to a gullible press, as we have often seen in Beiruit and Iraq. Recall “green helmet guy”, posed “bodies” lying on rubble, people waving their arms about and claiming that random ruined buildings had been their homes, “evidence” fed to al Jazeera that car bombs in marketplaces were American air strikes, etc. Simple and cheap, and if it works there it can work here. But it won’t work if some hammerhead drives the reporters away.

From the beginning I noticed a familiarity to what happened in Ferguson: thug attacks police (or innocent civilian as in Trayvon incident) resulting in a lawful act of self defense. Then propagandists jump in to take advantage by repeating the “unarmed teenager” meme over and over in the face all facts. Now we see that “Palestinians” are actually part of it. I really thought I was being cynical when I saw the parallel.

And I want to stop calling them “Palestinians.” They are not descendants of the Philistines; they are just Arabs and the concept of a Palestinian state is illegitimate.

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