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ISM Exposed: How the ISM Sucker-Punched the IDF Again


ISM activists pose with AK47s in Jericho alongside Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade terrorists.

ISM activists pose with AK47s in Jericho alongside Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade terrorists.

I’ve spent the last eight years of my life as a journalist under cover and reporting on the inner workings of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), in the United States and abroad. I’ve been through their training orientations and I have their training manuals.  I operate a website where it lists the history, tactics, and media manipulations of the ISM and their leadership. I’ve also been responsible for the deportation of over 200 ISM activists from Israel, including some of their North American leadership.

At their orientation sessions in the US and UK in which I posed as an ISM volunteer, we were  instructed that our purpose was to harass the IDF in any way possible in order to frustrate their anti-terror operations. We were informed that the ISM coordinates with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the PFLP, which were constantly apprised of our locations in the villages. If we encountered armed terrorists while in the West Bank or Gaza, we were told, simply say hello to them and move on, as they were keenly aware that we were there to assist them.

In a recorded interview at the Ohio State national conference, Adam Shapiro, a co-founder of the ISM, personally told me there are plain-clothed Palestinian handlers at every ISM demonstration that direct the activities. I was also told about how ISM activists serve to draw sniper fire down on IDF soldiers when desired. Lisa Nessan, one of those ISM trainers, told me at an ISM Georgetown conference that standing as a human shield in front of an armed terrorist as he threw rocks or shot at an Israeli soldier was indeed considered “nonviolent.” Joseph Carr, a.k.a. Joseph Smith, another ISM trainer, told me in a recorded phone interview how he and Rachel Corrie retrieved the dead body of a Hamas terrorist in Gaza from a combat zone only weeks before she was killed by an IDF bulldozer. When asked whether he feared arrest by the IDF back then he blithely replied ‘no’ because he knew that Arab snipers would be there to fire at them. Rachel Corrie, who was trained by the ISM and had read their manual, also knew that Arab snipers would shoot at the IDF soldiers driving that bulldozer had they exited it to remove her.

The ISM uses a motto coined by the late Malcolm X – “By any means necessary” – in implementing what they consider to be revolutionary tactics in bringing down the Jewish state, which they see as a first step in bringing down Western democracy. Lying and media manipulation are encouraged and elevated to an art form. Talk of ‘nonviolent resistance’ is solely for media consumption, since the ISM promotes armed revolutionary ‘resistance’ against Israel by serving as human shields for terrorists.

And so, it is in this context that for two hours leading up to the two minute video of Colonel Shalom Eisner striking Danish ISM activist Andreas Ayas, the ISM used their bicycles, bodies, and even physical assaults to obstruct the IDF in a closed military zone and prevent anti-terror operations.  Earlier in the day, Colonel Eisner was struck by a stick-wielding ISM activist, leaving him with a couple of  broken fingers.

11 seconds into the video Colonel Eisner can be seen ordering the ISMers to disperse, one of them to his right with a baseball cap. The Colonel is holding his weapon like a stick to create a line that should not be crossed. He holds the weapon in a way that suggests his hand is injured. Ayas has his back to the camera, and is facing the Colonel in the foreground.

The film is then manipulated by editing. The ISMer with the baseball cap walks behind Colonel Eisner to break up the dispersal line the Colonel set up with his weapon. ISM activists routinely mingle among the soldiers and police in attempts to separate and free their comrades that have been arrested, as this video in Hebron shows. The ISM activists are trained to scream bloody murder, tug on the soldiers, and create mayhem before the cameras. Most of all, they do not allow the police or soldiers to create a line. They faithfully followed the script in this episode.

At 13 seconds, the film has been edited to show Ayas defiantly facing down the Colonel instead of dispersing as the other ISMers are seen doing. A casual viewer might think Ayas was just standing there. The Colonel’s eyes widen as Ayas challenges him verbally and refuses to move. This fits the ISM playbook, as the activists are told the soldiers cannot and will not hurt them for fear of punishment; and in the unlikely event that they do, cameras will be there to grab an edited Kodak moment for their weekly propaganda videos on YouTube. The Colonel, faced with an unrelenting and unmoved agitator and trying to hold the line with a couple of broken fingers, struck Ayas. The Danish consul may be demanding an explanation, but Colonel Eisner did nothing more than the Danish police do to unruly anarchists, as this video shows.

About the Author: The writer heads Stop the ISM. He is an investigative journalist and contributor to Front Page Magazine, senior intelligence analyst and communications director for the Northeast Intelligence Network, and also heads Defending America for Knowledge and Action (DAFKA).


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16 Responses to “ISM Exposed: How the ISM Sucker-Punched the IDF Again”

  1. Garry Berkey says:

    The propagandist posted many videos on YouTube beginning with the M-16 strike. So many fell for this. I asked many, "What happened before the strike, which the videos don't show?" Brainwashed for decades from the liberal owned mainstream media, they only came back to me with anger at my question. What a shame this is.

  2. Excellent analysis of the ISM tactics.

  3. Brian Fink says:

    It's no use complaining that 'it's not fair' this an existential war.The IDF must not only be stronger but smarter than our enemies. The Americans found out in Vietnam that wars can be won and lost on TV screens, how much more so in the Internet age! Perhaps the C.O. of each unit can have a helmet camera such as the British police on special operations have and quickly upload the footage onto the Internet to counteract ISM manipulated propaganda. Why not Tasers which are non-lethal? Disable the rudders and propellors of blockade running ships and no one gets hurt.Think SMART!

  4. Yehuda Alan says:

    Adam Shapiro a member of ISM? That is a Jewish name. Please let me he is not Jewish that the name came from his father but his mother is not Jewish. How could a Jew have so much hatred for the state of israel, as imperfect as it is?

  5. Cassandra Victoria says:

    Absolutely! Pepper spray and tear gas too! I cannot believe the IDf let these scum stand right next to them!! This is intolerable!!

  6. Cassandra Victoria says:

    I am afraid he is a (kapo) Jew. Not only that, he is married to his co-leader an Arab anti-semite woman. They are funded by George Sore-ass, the Nazi. This fool is being laughed at behind his back; he will be killed when his usefulness is over. Good riddance!

  7. Charlie Hall says:

    The US won every single battle in Vietnam. But it was a battle in support of a brutal, corrupt, and undemocratic regime, and the other side had a great propaganda machine. Little did anyone know that the other side was even more brutal to its people and even less democratic.

  8. Hill says:

    Great revealing article. Well done.

    Eisner should be given a medal.

    Come on Israel, Brian Fink is correct. You have to be smarter-Helmet Cameras and pepper spray and a few bloody noses and crack ribs will make the ISM rethink their false bravdo.

    Furthermore, If ISM are recruiting because they know the IDF will not give them a bloody nose tells me everything I need to know. Stop fearing what the international MSM have to say, they have already found you guilty, protect your soldiers first and by and large the citizens of Israel.

  9. Asher B. Garber says:

    What a bunch of useless idiots. How much energy have these "peace protesters" (i.e. protesting peace) wasted in their battle against history and logic? There is a reason why the Palestinians don't have a state, and it's not AIPAC.

  10. Asher B. Garber says:

    Not only is he Jewish, but I believe he camped out with Arafat when the PLO headquarters came under fire during the early stages of Intifada II: Electric Boogaloo.

  11. You are right Brian, wars are won and lost on the tv screen, but not the way most people think. It is really your own population that you need to worry about, as opposed to everyone else's. The US was in no threat or danger from other nations due to the Vietnam war, but could no longer effectively wage a war which its own population did not support. This is a great analysis of the incident:

    http://www.the-lighthouse.net/lt-col-eisner-and-the-buffeted-dane-the-loss-of-perspective-comradeship-and-why-it-is-unfortunately-true-that-he-made-a-mistake/

  12. These guys are the ultra left equivalent of Ted Nugent and his band of nut case tea baggers.

  13. Charlie Hall everyone knew that, but leftists didn't care

  14. ship them all to Berlin after they clean toilets at Yad Vashem for five years.

  15. Cassandra Victoria says:

    Asher B. Garber aaaarrgh!!! What did his parents do to him??

  16. Peter Wilson says:

    Time to declare the ISM a terrorist-supporting organization. Arrest its members once detected and imprison them.

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