Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
Did Sen. John Kerry try to disguise a letter of support he wrote for a recent pro-Hamas march to the Gaza Strip that included former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers and was organized by the radical activist organization Code Pink?
BigGovernment.com obtained the letter from Kerry’s office in support of a “humanitarian delegation from Massachusetts” to Gaza.
The ambiguously phrased letter does not mention which delegation Kerry is referencing, aside from stating it will be traveling “from December 27th to January 15th.”
Those were the general dates of Code Pink’s solidarity trip to the Gaza Strip.
“I respectfully request that every courtesy be given the members of the delegation during their visit. My staff has met with members of the group and is impressed with their ability, dedication and commitment to the peace process,” Kerry wrote.
Kerry’s letter was used by Code Pink founder Jodie Evans in an attempt to enter the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to join in solidarity with the territory’s population and leadership.
WND reported Evans and her group, which included Ayers and his Weather Underground co-founder wife, Bernardine Dohrn, provoked chaos on the streets of Egypt after the government there would not allow her full group to enter neighboring Gaza.
Evans was a fundraiser and financial bundler for Obama’s presidential campaign. Her group was formed in 2002 to protest America’s war in Iraq. Code Pink previously met with Hamas and with leaders of the Taliban.
Members of Evans’ group documented on their blogs how Kerry’s letter was used at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo while attempting to pressure Egypt to let her group into Gaza,
Images of the letter were posted on the Electronic Intifada website run by Ali Abunimah, who was with Evans group in Egypt. WND previously reported Obama spoke at pro-Palestinian events in the 1990s alongside Abunimah. In one such event, a 1999 fundraiser for Palestinian “refugees,” Abunimah recalls introducing Obama on stage.
Kerry’s office previously met with Code Pink members, WND has learned. Sarah Roche-Mahdi of Code Pink also is a member of the United for Peace and Justice Palestine Task Force, which met with Kerry’s staffers.
Kerry last year became the most senior U.S. politician to visit the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, although at the time he did not meet with Hamas leaders.
Evans’ protest in Egypt last month turned violent, organizers claimed.
After arriving in Cairo, Evans appealed immediately to Suzanne Mubarak, wife of Egypt’s president, to allow some 1,400 activists to cross from Egypt into neighboring Gaza to march there, deliver humanitarian aid and stage a protest at an Israeli border crossing with thousands of Palestinian Gazans. Egypt’s Interior Ministry had said the march was illegal and a threat to national security.
Mubarak reportedly offered to allow only 100 activists to cross into Gaza. The decision was at first reportedly accepted by Evans but was later rejected, leading to protests throughout Cairo all week under a heavy police presence.
The rioters claimed some of the protests were violent, but the claim could not be immediately confirmed.
A press release by organizers claimed: “Members of the Gaza Freedom March are being forcibly detained in hotels around town as well as violently forced into pens in Tahir Square by Egyptian police and additional security forces. Reports of police brutality are flooding a delegate legal hotline faster than the legal support team can answer the calls. The reports span from women being kicked, beaten to the ground and dragged into pens, at least one confirmed account of broken ribs, and many left bloody.”
Big Government noted author Philip Weiss wrote of witnessing Ayers’ and Dohrn’s involvement in the debate about whether to accept Egypt’s offer of allowing only a limited number of protesters to enter Gaza.
“As for the Egyptian statement that only hooligans were staying behind in Cairo … Dohrn said that the principle of ‘All or none’ was a miserable one for activist politics. … A European man in a red keffiyeh screamed at her that she was serving the Fascisti. Her partner Bill Ayers gently confronted him and asked him why he was so out of control.”
Dohrn later wrote on a blog that she was briefly detained at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo following protests there by her group.
“Bill and I went to the American Embassy at 10 a.m. and asked to see the Ambassador. We were ushered into a holding pen a block away from the embassy building where we joined 35 people already there, surrounded by Egyptian soldiers,” she wrote.
Protests also were staged in front of other foreign embassies as well as in a public area in central Cairo.
Eventually, the protesters accepted the Egyptian offer of allowing about 100 marchers into Gaza. The marchers entered Gaza and were reportedly met on the Gaza side by Hamas’ former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
“We have managed to overcome the occupation plans and we will surely meet at the al-Aqsa Mosque and in Jerusalem, which will remain Arab and Islamic,” Haniyeh declared.
Evans squarely blamed Israel for Egypt’s refusal to allow her group to cross en mass into Gaza.
“It’s obvious that the only reason for it is to make Israel happy. Israel is behind the refusal – what other excuse could there be?”