Extremism & Terror

Pro-Hamas Academic to Speak at Harvard, Yale, Columbia

On February 29th, the British-based academic Ilan Pappé will be addressing students at a talk hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School. Further speaking events follow at the universities of Yale, Central Connecticut State, New York, and Columbia.

Ilan Pappé will be explaining: “Why is Palestine Still the Issue in 2016?”

But Ilan Pappé is no mere academic; he is an activist with a long history of extremist connections. Ilan Pappé has defended medieval ‘blood libel’ claims by the prominent Hamas operative and terror financier Raed Salah, that Jews took the “children of Europe, whose blood would be mixed in the dough of the holy bread.”

Pappé was also a signatory to a letter published in the Guardian, which insisted that “Israel must lose” the armed conflict with Hamas.

In 2008, Pappé gave an interview with National Zeitung, the newspaper of Germany’s most prominent neo-Nazi party, the Deutsche Volksunion. Pappé later claimed he wasn’t aware of the newspaper’s ideology.

In 2013, Pappé spoke at a conference hosted by the most prominent Hamas organization in Europe, the Palestine Return Centre (PRC), which is a designated terrorist organization in Israel. Three of the PRC’s trustees are fugitive Hamas activists who found refuge in Britain during the 1990s.

The conference was co-sponsored by Pappé own institution, the Exeter Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, which was established with a donation of £680,000 from Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the Saudi royal who, in 2002, donated $27 million to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.

At this conference, Pappé spoke alongside prominent Islamist extremists such as: Daud Abdullah, who signed the Istanbul Declaration, a document that advocated attacks on British troops and Jewish communities; Khaled Waleed, who campaigns on behalf of Hamas terrorists in Israeli jails; and Abdul Bari Atwan, who has declared, “If the Iranian missiles strike Israel – by Allah, I will go to Trafalgar Square, and dance with delight if the Iranian missiles strike Israel.”

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