Monday, October 23, 2017

Issa Amro: The “Gandhi” Façade and the Gullible - by Petra Marquardt-Bigman

...Did Amro know of the Qawasmis’ plan and their preparation for a terrorist attack? And was he perhaps disappointed that the “third intifada” he anticipated so eagerly in mid-May 2014 didn’t turn out to be all that “smart” for the Palestinians some four weeks later, when Israel responded to the abduction of the three students with a massive crack-down on Hamas cells in the West Bank? While we can only speculate about the answers to these questions, it is noteworthy that Amro had predicted and even called for another intifada repeatedly before May 2014, but that he apparently gave up on this after the kidnapping didn’t enable Hamas to blackmail Israel.

Petra Marquardt-Bigman..
Legal Insurection..
22 October '17..

For years, the Palestinian activist Issa Amro has told credulous journalists that he is “inspired by Gandhi” and firmly committed to “non-violent resistance.”

One of the most recent examples is a puff piece by the Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor, who describes Amro as an admirable “nonviolent dissident” and suggests he might even be considered a “Palestinian Gandhi.”

But as I will show, it would have taken only a quick look at the recent social media activity of Amro and his group Youth Against Settlements (YAS) to realize that the image he presents to journalists may just be a flimsy façade that hides an intense hatred of Israel and a burning ambition to see the world’s only Jewish state replaced by yet another Arab-Muslim majority country.

The “Gandhi” Façade

The journalists who are content with simply passing on whatever Issa Amro tells them can point to Amnesty International, which has also faithfully parroted Amro’s claims. Amnesty has described Amro as “a Palestinian human rights defender who runs the Youth Against Settlements group in Hebron,” asserting that Amro and his group “are committed to non-violent activism against the illegal settlements in Hebron and the discriminatory restrictions placed on Palestinians by the Israeli authorities in the city.”

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Petra Marquardt-Bigman is a German-Israeli free-lance researcher with a Ph.D. in contemporary history whose work focuses on anti-Semitism and efforts to delegitimize Israel.

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