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May 03, 2003

THE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT WORKS TO FOMENT TERRORISM, NOT PEACE

From a fairly new site, Dafka, this piece on the group that Israel will no longer allow into the territories. Note the training instructions from ISM handout for new members. This makes clear the intentions of the ISM.
[brief extract]There are three ways to come to Palestine -- via the Ben Gurion airport - Tel Aviv, via Amman, Jordan or via Egypt. Many people are afraid to come via Tel Aviv because Palestinian sympathizers are being denied entry into the country.

We believe that it's less suspicious if you come through Israel but you have to have a really good story about why you are coming, and must not mention anything about ISM or knowing, liking or planning to visit Palestinians.
You must play it as though your visit is for other, Israel-based reasons, like tourism, religion, visiting an Israeli friend, etc.

So do a little bit of research and put together a story that you'll be able to answer questions about.
For example, if you say you are visiting a friend in Jerusalem, you should have the name and phone number of a real Israeli person.

If you are coming for religious purposes, have a book or two on religion and travel in Israel; have an itinerary, etc.

Once into the country, you can find a shuttle to Jerusalem right outside the
airport doors, to the right. [more]