Take a Pen! in co-operation with international student organizations, starts a new initiative:  the STUDENTS For TRUTH on Israel project, a letter writing cooperation of students all over the world, interested in the truth on the Middle East conflict.

This is the STUDENTS For TRUTH on Israel project's first Letter-writing Call, on Duke University hosting a conference of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement (scheduled for Oct. 15 to 17).  
PSM's support for terror makes this event a global issue!

Students! Friends!
Write your letter to President Bush, Vice President Cheney and/or General Attorney Ashcroft  etc., to express your concern that Duke University's President hosts PSM; supporters of Hamas and international terrorism.
For letter ideas read Take-A-Pen Chairman Endre Mozes' letter to President Bush.

Take a Pen! and WUJS's joint CALL TO ACTION:

Stop the Palestine Solidarity Movement from holding their 4th Annual Conference at Duke University!

Write Your letter to Duke President Brodhead to keep the meeting off campus!



The Palestine Solidarity Movement, the American student arm of the International Solidarity Movement, has announced its intention to hold its 4th Annual National Conference at Duke University on October 15, 16, and 17, 2004. Duke agreed to host the conference on its campus.

Both ISM and PSM support in thinly veiled language suicide bombings and the destruction of the State of Israel. In the United States these groups couch support for the targeting of Israeli civilians in code words like "armed resistance” and use prestigious institutions such as Duke University in an effort to seek legitimacy for their abhorrent views.

The display at the Rutgers Student Center in honour of last year’s national conference. The text "From the river to the sea Palestine will be free", a Hamas slogan, which implicitly calls for the takeover of Israel.


At the 2nd PSM Conference at the University of Michigan in October 2002, the audience chanted "Kill the Jews" - "Ittbach al yahood" in Arabic. Endorsing violent attacks on Jewish civilians is an abuse of the freedom of speech, and Duke can not allow that! 

This issue affects the safety of Jewish students the world over. We call upon thousands of Jewish students around the world to write to Duke University and pressure them to reverse their decision to allow the PSM to hold their convention on campus.

A cancellation of the PSM venue at this late stage, what can be achieved as it happened in Rutgers,  will be a serious blow to PSM prestige, and a rejection of the legitimacy of their violent views. 

Please read the following background info and example letters, and write your own short letter TODAY!

Send it preferably both by fax and by email, to:

President Richard H. Brodhead
Duke University
Box 90001
Durham, North Carolina 27708-0001

Telephone:   +1 919 684 2424
Fax:              +1 919 684 3050
Email:           President@Duke.edu

Send a blind copy of your letter to student@take-a-pen.org


WHO IS PSM? - Talking points

The terror attack at ‘Mike's Place’ Jazz bar in Tel Aviv in April 2003 was carried out by two British Muslim suicide bombers, who used their status as ISM activists to easily pass the border crossing between Gaza and Israel.

Campus groups affiliated with the Palestinian Solidarity Movement function as the American campus arm of the International Solidarity Movement. They disguise themselves as members of ISM while in Israel and they are again members of PSM upon returning to US campus. (This relationship was highlighted at the Second Annual Conference of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement, held at the University of Michigan in October 2002, and at which Adam Shapiro - a founder of ISM - was a featured speaker. It was here that the delegates to the Palestinian Solidarity conference voted to formalize their support of the International Solidarity Movement. [Report on conference])

Shadi Sukiya, a senior member of the Islamic Jihad (an organisation defined as a terrorist organisation by US administration), was arrested in March 2003 by IDF troops while hiding in the offices of the ISM, the International Solidarity Movement in Jenin.

Last year, the Palestinian Solidarity Movement scheduled its National Conference for Rutgers. University. President Richard McCormick took a careful look at the goals and methods of this movement, which sends volunteers to Israel where they work in co-ordination with terror organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and, in the words of the New Jersey Star Ledger (Sept. 13, 2003) “kicked the meeting off campus". Whether kicked them or not, the fact is; Rutgers found a way to keep PSM out of campus. The Conference was held at the Ramada Inn, freedom of speech was upheld, and Rutgers did not lend its name and prestige to a Movement that condones terrorism as an appropriate method for resolving political conflicts.

At Rutgers, the organisers of the 3rd PSM Conference in October 2003, the New Jersey Solidarity Movement -- an offshoot of the International Solidarity Movement -- hung a large banner painted in Palestinian colors in the Student Center that read "From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free." This is a Hamas slogan, popular both among Palestinians and within the ISM, calling for the destruction of the State of Israel.[Click here for pictures and text] and Hamas is defined as a terrorist organisation by US administration.

The leader of New Jersey Solidarity and organiser of last year’s PSM Conference, Charlotte Kates, when asked in an interview with the New York Post about suicide bombings, told implicitly that she, as well as her organisation support Palestinian suicide bombing. "Palestinian resistance in all its forms has been a very powerful tool of justice," said Kates, 23, a Rutgers law student. "All forms, from armed struggle to mass protest." And does Israel have a right to exist? Kates's answer: "Israel is an apartheid, colonial settler state. I do not believe apartheid, colonial settler states have a right to exist."  [Click here for article] By pointedly making a statement refusing to condemn terror, PSM gives a clear message to their supporters, whilst still remaining within the letter of the law regarding incitement to violence. it's a cynical ploy which should be exposed.

Palestinian terrorists murdered American students too, and ISM accept this as "armed struggle"!

July 31, 2002, Jerusalem, Israel.  Seven people including four Americans, Marla Bennett (24) of San Diego, California, David Gritz (24) of Peru, Massachusetts, Benjamin Blutstein (25) of Susquehanna Township, Pennsylvania and Janis Ruth Coulter (36) from New York were murdered when a remote-controlled bomb detonated in the Frank Sinatra Cafeteria on Jerusalem's Hebrew University Mt. Scopus campus.  Eighty-six others were injured.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. ISM/PSM justify Hamas


At the 2nd PSM Conference at the University of Michigan in October 2002, delegates chanted "Kill the Jews" - "Ittbach al yahood" in Arabic. Swastikas were painted on the Hillel and the AE Pi fraternity house, whilst the conference was taking place. Both are illegal under US and EU law.

Here follow some examples of letters and additional background material:
Letter of American student
Letter of Swedish student
True Speech Versus Free Speech
By Phyllis Chesler
Letter of ex faculty member of Duke
Letter of Israeli student
Letter of German student
Duke is no place for Terror Supporters to Meet
- Letter of Chairman of Take a Pen! to President Brodhead
- Response of Duke University to letter of Take a Pen!
  Legal and Political Answers to Divestment Claims
  Further background information on the Palestine Solidarity Movement
  Gutted Israeli bus memorializes bombing victims
Join the petition against this conference

 This is no matter of freedom of speech!

No university should host movements of solidarity with terror acts!

Write Your Letter to Duke President Brodhead to keep the PSM meeting off campus!

This is a Call of the STUDENTS FOR TRUTH on Israel project.




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