This is very positive news indeed. It appears, if the following email forwarded from the Al-Awda Media email list is correct, that ICAHD, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolition [and the existence of Israel] has not had its funding renewed by the EU. Jeff Halper may have lost his Euro meal-ticket. If true, this step is long overdue. The EU had no business funding a hostile entity like ICAHD.
Al-Awda (another group dedicated to dismantling the Jewish State) is attempting to pick up where the EU left off. The following message appeared on the Al-Awda Media list and contains all the details. Hassan Fouda, btw, was one of the presenters at the Wheels of Justice show in Andover last January ’07 (emphasis is mine):
Fwd: ICAHD-USA: Urgent Message from Jeff Halper Posted by: “hassan fouda” hfouda@[snip] hfouda Mon Sep 8, 2008 10:22 am (PDT)
ICAHD-USA wrote: Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2008 12:15:08 -0400 (EDT)From: ICAHD-USA To: firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: ICAHD-USA: Urgent Message from Jeff Halper
The S.S. Liberty arrives at port in Gaza
“What we’ve done shows that people can do what governments should have done. If people stand up against injustice, we can truly be the conscience of the world.” –Jeff Halper We write to you at this time to both CELEBRATE the historic voyage of 44 international activists to Gaza and, at the same time, inform you of some DIFFICULT NEWS about the future of ICAHD:
As you know, ICAHD Director Jeff Halper, our partner on numerous educational and Palestinian home rebuilding projects, was one of 44 activists from 17 nations who successfully sailed from Cyprus to Gaza aboard two fishing boats in defiance of Israel’s blockade. The group was met by 40,000 “joyous Gazans.” Jeff and the others brought with them 200 hearing aids; the main aim of the symbolic blockade-busting action was to publicize the plight of the people in this besieged territory.
As the only Israeli Jew on this historic challenge to Israel’s blockade, Jeff was arrested and spent the night in an Israeli jail upon his return, where he tells us he was protected from threatening Israeli right-wingers by his Palestinian cellmates.
(TT: Laughable, a peace activist career built on lies chews up his credibility)
He still faces possible indictment. In his latest communication, he describes how “reaching Gaza and leaving has created a free and regular channel between Gaza and the outside world. It has … forced the Israeli government to make a clear policy declaration that it is not occupying Gaza and therefore will not prevent the free movement of Palestinians in and out (at least by sea).”
Unfortunately, right before this historic boat ride, ICAHD was informed that they had lost their funding from the European Union, funding essential to their operations. Here is an excerpt from Jeff Halper’s email to us:
We have just heard that our request for re-funding has been rejected, in high probability because of pressure brought to bear by right-wing Israeli neo-cons who have campaigned obsessively against our funding while threatening publicly to close us down.
So we now face a real crisis.
Excellent! My you and your anti-Israel buds face a long string of them. For those of you who do not know, Jeff Harper was the only Israeli loon that sailed with the ISM “floatilla” to Gaza last month. That he might have his funding pulled by the EU, which should have never funded his group in the first place, is pure irony and a joy. KGS