American Far Left Joins Terrorist Groups for Beirut Conference
Posted: February 4, 2009
Several prominent American far Left leaders joined representatives of Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations at a conference in Beirut to discuss strategies for supporting Hamas and opposing Israel and American interests in the Middle East.
The conference, titled "International Forum for Resistance, Anti-Imperialism, Solidarity between Peoples and Alternatives," was held on January 16-18, 2009, and hosted by the Consultative Center for Studies and Documentation (CCSD), a Hezbollah-affiliated think tank.
The conference was co-sponsored by several international far Left groups, including the International Campaign Against U.S. and Zionist Occupations, an umbrella organization that coordinates international opposition to Israel and to American military presence in the Middle East.
The International Campaign Against U.S. and Zionist Occupations was co-founded by the International Action Center (IAC), a self-described "anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist" organization founded by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
In addition to Clark and representatives from the IAC, the American delegation included former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.
The conference was also attended by representatives of several Palestinian terrorist groups, including Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as well as the Iranian Ambassador in Lebanon, Mohammad Rada Shaybani. George Jabour, the head of the Syrian delegation to the United Nations and former advisor to the Syrian President, reportedly attended the conference as well.
One of the largest delegations came from Venezuela, reportedly consisting of 30 members including parliamentarians. Victor Chirinos, a member of the Venezuelan Parliament, expressed the greetings of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to the participants in the conference.
The conference's resolutions express support for "the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance fighters in the face of the Zionist occupation, and the Iraqi resistance fighters in the face of U.S. occupation." They also support the "right of the Afghani people in resisting the American and NATO occupation." They call for anti-Israel advocacy to push to "reinstate the United Nations resolution 3379 that equates Zionism with racism" and expel Israel from the UN. They specifically ask supporters to attend the UN Durban Review Conference, which is scheduled to take place in April in Geneva. The resolutions also express support for Iran's nuclear program.
The conference was the latest in a series of events held in the Middle East that have enabled international far Left groups to make common cause with terrorist organizations. During an interview in 2008, Hezbollah representative Abdul Halim Fadlallah explained that Hezbollah has "succeeded in incorporating the idea of resistance as part of the international anti-globalization movements."
American far Left groups involved in such gatherings view Hezbollah and Hamas as the frontline in what they believe is a global war against U.S. imperialism and capitalism.