|Campaigning: Bassem Tamimi and local activist exchange views|
on resistance with Grade 3 scholars in Ithaca
This Ongoing War..
30 September '15..
Amnesty is pushing back in classic Amnesty fashion after a small storm erupted in the wake of Bassem Tamimi's official visit to a Grade 3 school class in Ithaca NY.
There's some background:to the ruckus in Washington Free Beacon, Legal Insurrection, and via the contemporary historian Petra Marquardt-Bigman who has written several well-researched pieces on the Tamimi clan and what makes it so special.
There's also a published apology to parents from the Ithaca school district superintendent in the wake of the Tamimi visit.
Mr. Tamimi's goal must have seemed innocent enough - for someone as deeply dedicated as he to providing camouflage for terrorism. He was there, in a program funded and organized by Amnesty International and a small raft of off-the-edge extremist grouplets [see "13-Sep-15: A roadshow and its groupies"] to initiate the upstate NY town's eight year olds (a demographic for which Tamimi has a demonstrated passion) into the secret arts of resistance and non-violence.
We can only speculate that whoever had the idea of putting him in front of impressionable children must really believe the man from Nabi Saleh in the hills north of Jerusalem is an expert source of best practices in elementary school messaging.
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