American Far Left Joins Terrorist Groups for Beirut Conference
International Campaign Against U.S. and Zionist Occupations
Posted: February 4, 2009
The International Campaign Against U.S. and Zionist Occupations was co-founded by the International Action Center (IAC). Originally named the International Campaign Against U.S. Aggression on Iraq, the umbrella organization was formed during a conference in Cairo in December 2002 to coordinate international opposition to the invasion of Iraq.
Among the attendants at the Cairo conference were several delegates from the U.S., including IAC founder Ramsey Clark and IAC co-director Sara Flounders; Iraq's ambassador to the Arab League (representing Saddam Hussein's government); and George Galloway, a British MP who is known for his support for the Iraqi dictator and members of the Muslim Brotherhood. It was also attended by two former UN officials involved in the Oil-for-Food program in Iraq. According to some reports, the event, which was held at the luxury Conrad Cairo Hotel, was financed by the businessmen with interests in Iraq.
The conference's declaration denounced "U.S. project of global domination and subjugation." The attendants agreed to "send human shields to Iraq" and "coordinate popular action to boycott U.S. and Israel commodities" and "affirm the rights of the Iraqi and Palestinian people to resist external occupation."
A coordinating committee headed by Ahmed Ben Bella, former president of Algeria, John Rees of the Stop the War Coalition in Britain and Elias Rashmawi of the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition and the Free Palestine Alliance, was elected during the conference.
In December 2003, a second conference was held in Cairo and sponsored by the International Campaign Against U.S. and Zionist Occupations (the name change was a reflection of the organization renewed focus on Israel). IAC co-director Sara Flounders and Elias Rashmawi of ANSWER served as organizers for the conference, which was held under the slogan, "Yes to Resistance in Palestine and Iraq. No to Capitalist Globalization and U.S. hegemony."
Among the attendants were Ramsey Clark and Hamas leader, Osama Hamdan, who focused on "the effective necessity to boycott Israeli commodities and refusal of normalization with [the] Zionist entity," according to the Palestinian National Authority State Information Service.
Other speakers, according to Middle Eastern media sources, included the pro-Saddam Jordanian dissident Leith Shubeilat and Ma'moun El-Hodeibi of the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as former British MP George Galloway, recently expelled from the Labour Party, and past UN official Dennis Halliday.