Hanan Ashrawi. (Image source: Carsten Sohn/Wikimedia Commons)
Fresh on the heels of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) intervening on behalf of BDS leader Omar Barghouti, the organization has now come to the rescue of another of Israel's enemies, PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi. Like Barghouti, Ashrawi was denied an entrance visa to the U.S. and in each case, MESA sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo effectively bemoaning the difficulty anti-Israel ideologues experience trying to reach American audiences. Campus Watch Fellow A.J. Caschetta's article appears at JNS.
In the space of fewer than 600 words, MESA's letter defends Ahrawi as "an advocate for peace," "an advocate for peace and justice" and "a real advocate for Palestinian rights." While Ashrawi fashions herself an advocate for Palestinian rights, she is definitely not an advocate for peace.
She is, however, an advocate for killing Israeli civilians.
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