American Far Left Joins Terrorist Groups for Beirut Conference
Consultative Center for Studies and Documentation
Posted: February 4, 2009
The Consultative Center for Studies and Documentation (CCSD), a Hezbollah-affiliated think tank based in Beirut, was established to study, among other things, "matters relating to resistance and conflict with the Zionist entity" and "documentation of the entire operations of the resistance against the Israeli occupation and aggression, beginning in 1982 to present," according to their Web site.
The CCSD has helped Hezbollah extend its reach to international far Left organizations by hosting and participating in conferences. According to Abdel-Halim Fadlallah, vice president of CCSD, he and Dr. Ali Fayyad, director of CCSD, attend conferences in Lebanon and abroad in order to "challenge the idea that Hezbollah is a dogmatic terrorist Islamist organization and convince part of the international left that we can be a strong partner."
During the "International Forum Resistance, Anti-Imperialism, Solidarity between Peoples and Alternatives," on January 16-18, 2009, in Beirut, Fayyad talked about cooperation between the regional "resistance" groups and the international far Left. He explained that "in this part of the world the resistance is Islamic," and asked that "ideological differences must be postponed…to achieve unity against imperialism."
In response to Israel's military action in Gaza to stop Hamas rockets from being fired at Israeli towns and cities, Fayyad argued that Hamas won by continuing to fire rockets into Israel. "The Arab and Muslim people," Fayyad said, "have become more and more angry [and] reject peace or any compromise with Israel."