September 16, 2016

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On Monday September 26, 2016, Pro PFLP Dr Jonathan Kuttab will be speaking Beit Zatoun.

Dr. Kuttab is the chair of the board of Bethlehem Bible College, a school that has a deeply entrenched anti-Israel position, demonstrated through statements and publications of leaders associated with the school. Kuttab also works for the Palestinian legal organization Al Haq, which pursues lawfare against Israel.

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According to NGO Monitor, the General Director of Al Haq, Shawan Jabarin, has ties to the PFLP terrorist organization, whose latest act of terror was to recently murder four rabbis and a Druze Arab in a synagogue in November 2014.

On July 7, 2008, the Israeli Supreme Court noted that Jabarin is “among the senior activists of the Popular Front terrorist organization.” AJune 2007 decision called Jabarin a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a human rights defender by day and a terrorist by night. In the 1980s, Jabarin was found guilty of arranging PFLP training outside Israel, and was sentenced by Israeli courts to twenty-four months imprisonment, of which he served nine. In 1994, he again was arrested for continued involvement with the PFLP.


Jonathan Kuttab is a subordinate of Jabarin, and the leadership of the Bethlehem Bible College is answerable to Kuttab. Kuttab wrote in 2003 in an article trying to obfuscate the definition of terrorism:
Is “suicide” as a component of the tactics utilized sufficiently abhorrent morally to be, itself, outlawed as an illegitimate form of political struggle? Is suicide a “terrorist” tactic, which should be outlawed by the international community? Israel is currently lobbying for a treaty to denounce suicide attacks (as a matter of international law) and make it an international crime to support, allow, fund, equip or incite actions that involve suicide attacks. Again, if the target of the attack is clearly military and not civilian, the willingness of the fighter to die or take a 100 percent risk of fatality (while strange to the Western mind) is not prohibited under current international laws, and the case has not been made that, in fact, it should be. Unfortunately, all war and armed struggle involves high risks of fatality both for the perpetrators and their enemies. Until war itself is outlawed, the international community, which has an interest in limiting casualties among noncombatants, has not clearly outlawed or repudiated political violence. This includes the perpetrator taking the supreme sacrifice in an effort to inflict maximum casualties on his enemies as a method for drawing attention to his cause.
Lest we start to think “well that was eleven years ago”, Kuttab tweeted this week:

EU no longer considers #Hamas a terrorist group. Time for US to do same


It is unrealistic to expect the Bethlehem Bible College to abandon its sympathy for Hamas, when its chair holds such views.
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