Members of the Far Left Gather to Cheer a Terrorist

On August 12, a crowd of over 1,000 people assembled to bid farewell to Rasmea Odeh, who participated in the 1969 bombing of a Jerusalem supermarket that killed two college students. Odeh, then a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was arrested and sentenced to prison, but later released as part of a prisoner exchange. She is now being expelled from the U.S. for lying about her terrorist past on her immigration documents. Jonathan Greenberg describes the gathering, which featured the radical writer Angela Davis as its keynote speaker:

[Odeh’s] supporters on Saturday included dozens of progressive advocacy groups and anti-Israel organizations that sponsored the event, such as Code Pink, Jewish Voice for Peace, Students for Justice in Palestine, and Black Lives Matter.

The convicted terrorist received well-wishers like the bride at a wedding and paused to meet children like a celebrity. Have your kid’s picture taken with a killer! . . . The room was generally young, energetic, . . . diverse, and united around a narrative that included a common enemy: Israel. . . .

[In a speech, one of Odeh’s attorneys], Michael Deutsch, . . . said that her “militancy” had been an inspiration to him. At first, it seemed that word choice might have been a Freudian slip, but as he spoke, it became clear it wasn’t. Deutsch was the first speaker of the night openly—if carefully— to cast terrorism as morally acceptable. He was proud, he said, to . . . “put forward the idea that Palestinians have the international-law right [sic] to struggle against a brutal, illegal occupation by any means necessary.” The crowd cheered. . . .

In the near future, Odeh will be deported from the U.S. The [people present] at this event consider this one grave injustice among many perpetrated against them by a government—and society—that hates them. They are awash in victimhood and antipathy for the broader society in which they live.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Israel & Zionism, Leftism, Palestinian terror, PFLP

An American Withdrawal from Iraq Would Hand Another Victory to Iran

Since October 7, the powerful network of Iran-backed militias in Iraq have carried out 120 attacks on U.S. forces stationed in the country. In the previous year, there were dozens of such attacks. The recent escalation has led some in the U.S. to press for the withdrawal of these forces, whose stated purpose in the country is to stamp out the remnants of Islamic State and to prevent the group’s resurgence. William Roberts explains why doing so would be a mistake:

American withdrawal from Iraq would cement Iran’s influence and jeopardize our substantial investment into the stabilization of Iraq and the wider region, threatening U.S. national security. Critics of the U.S. military presence argue that [it] risks a regional escalation in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Iran. However, in the long term, the U.S. military has provided critical assistance to Iraq’s security forces while preventing the escalation of other regional conflicts, such as clashes between Turkey and Kurdish groups in northern Iraq and Syria.

Ultimately, the only path forward to preserve a democratic, pluralistic, and sovereign Iraq is through engagement with the international community, especially the United States. Resisting Iran’s takeover will require the U.S. to draw international attention to the democratic backsliding in the country and to be present and engage continuously with Iraqi civil society in military and non-military matters. Surrendering Iraq to Iran’s agents would not only squander our substantial investment in Iraq’s stability; it would greatly increase Iran’s capability to threaten American interests in the Levant through its influence in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

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More about: Iran, Iraq, U.S. Foreign policy