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American Far Left Joins Terrorist Groups for Beirut Conference RULE Speakers

Posted: February 4, 2009

International Action Center
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The following accounts come from various news sources. 


  • During an introductory session of the conference, International Action Center (IAC) founder and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark spoke of "the crimes of the Zionist occupation against the Lebanese and the Palestinians."

  • IAC co-director Sara Flounders talked about Gaza as "a harbinger of wider war against oppressed people of the world." She said, "We need to militantly support Hamas…We need to make it clear that we support the right to resist, the right to fire rockets…" Flounders saluted the resistance in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as "the heroic forces in Lebanon, led by Hezbollah." She declared, "We must intensify the struggle against NATO" and talked about finding a way to disrupt "the imperialist and Zionist war machines." In her speech, Flounders mentioned the presence at the event of "activists [who] have taken boats to Gaza," apparently in reference to the Free Gaza Movement
  • Former Congresswomen Cynthia McKinney blamed Israel for committing genocide in Gaza and condemned the U.S. for supporting "Israel's war machine." She noted her past opposition to American intervention in the Middle East and stated: "I believe it is not only possible, but imperative, to resist imperialism even in imperialism's belly." McKinney further predicted "Israel's defeat," which she linked to "the inspiring resistance in Gaza" and to the economic crisis in America.  

  • The keynote address was delivered by Naim Qassem, Hezbollah's deputy secretary general. In his speech, Qassem talked about the need to help Hamas rearm in Gaza. "We will call for the smuggling of missiles" into Gaza, Qassem said.  He stated that "there are two camps in the world, that of imperialism, led by the United States, and that of resistance." He explained that by "resistance we mean…military resistance." He also asked the audience to "stand with Gaza to scatter the darkness of imperialism and Zionism."

  • Ali Fayyad, the director of Consultative Center for Studies and Documentation (CCSD) and a member of Hezbollah's Central Committee, 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."

  • Hamas spokesperson Osama Hamdan also spoke at the event, saying that "the resistance fighters in Gaza do not think of halting their attacks but speak of liberating Jerusalem and the return of refugees."  He called for all those who try to help the Zionists politically to reconsider their decisions before it's too late. 

  • The Iranian Ambassador in Lebanon, Mohammad Rada Shaybani, presented remarks on behalf of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The statement from the Iranian President called for "a criminal trial of the Zionist war."  Ahmadinejad's statement also read: "The West claims that it started a war against what it calls the phenomenon of terrorism, employing all the legal, security and military means at its disposal, but it overlooks its unrelenting support for the central sponsor of terror: Israel." The Iranian delegation handed out hats with the slogan "Israel must be wiped out," according to one report. 

  • Nadine Rosa-Rosso, a Belgian communist, criticized the Left for not embracing what she called the "political expressions" of opposition to "Israeli aggression." Rosa-Rosso suggested: "we must launch an appeal to remove Hamas from the terror lists. At the same time we must ensure that Hezbollah is not added to the terror list. It is the least we can do if we want to support the Palestinian, Lebanese and Arab resistance."

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