The meeting was held under the auspices of the “Freedom Behind Bars Workshop.” No, I am not making this up, and it is not a story from The Onion.
The article reports:
Should taxpayer dollars be used to fund meetings between American terrorists and Palestinian radicals? San Francisco State University, a public university notorious for sympathy to violent radicals, apparently thinks so. Last year, it sent Americans who served time in prison for crimes ranging from bombing the United States Senate to conspiracy to murder to meet with fellow former “political prisoners” at An-Najah University in the West Bank.
Described by Hamas as a “greenhouse for martyrs,” and by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as a hub for the “terrorist recruitment, indoctrination and radicalization of students,” An-Najah entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with SFSU in December 2014. The “Freedom Behind Bars Workshop,” organized by Memorandum of Understanding architect and SFSU professor Rabab Abdulhadi, is the first known event facilitated by the memorandum.
Participants in the “Prisoner, Labor, and Academic Delegation” to An-Najah that culminated in the workshop included four self-described American “political prisoners” who met with self-described Palestinian “political prisoners” for the purpose of sharing “presentations about the marginalized histories of colonial repression, racism, and resistance in Palestine and the U.S.”
I have an idea. Let’s revoke the citizenship of all the people who consider themselves political prisoners in America and let them live in places like the West Bank.
The article goes on to list the American delegates to this wonderful meeting:
Delegation member Laura Whitehorn is a longtime communist radical, who, along with six members of a Weather Underground-initiated organization, was convicted of bombing the U.S. Senate, three military installations in the Washington D.C. area, and four sites in New York City, including the Israeli Aircraft Industries building, between 1983 and 1985….She was sentenced to 20 years in prison and served 14 years before being paroled in 1999.
...Claude Daniel Marks, was on the FBI‘s Ten Most-Wanted list for his role in a conspiracy to free Oscar Lopez, the Chicago leader of the Puerto Rican separatist group Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional from the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth. The plot involved blowing up the maximum-security prison, landing a helicopter in the confusion, and freeing Lopez. Marks surrendered to the FBI in 1994 after nearly a decade living under an assumed identity. Under a plea bargain, he plead guilty to charges stemming from the aborted escape attempt and was sentenced to prison.
…An-Najah delegation member Manuel La Fontaine was convicted of the attempted murder of Silvano Campos in a Daly City, Calif., gang dispute. Seventeen-year-old William Tejada, who identified La Fontaine as the shooter, was later tortured and murdered by the Daly City Locos Gang for talking to the police about the shooting.
Meanwhile, former Black Panther Party member and delegation participant Henry (Hank) Jones was indicted in 2007 for the 1971 murder of police officer John V. Young at a San Francisco police station. He was released after a court rendered a decision stating the methods used to obtain information leading to his indictment were illegal.
Would you include any of these people in a meeting with Palestinian terrorists (or fund the meeting with tax dollars)?
The article concludes:
In a time when the radicalization of U.S. citizens has led to terrorist attacks, such as in San Bernardino and Orlando, connecting Americans with a history of violence and radicalism with a university that doubles as a haven for terrorism is a recipe for disaster.
Even worse, this is happening thanks to a public university that receives funds from both the state and federal governments. Taxpayers should not foot the bill for universities that want to connect violent American radicals to their counterparts in the Middle East. The Memorandum of Understanding must end.
Time to rethink some federal spending.