Launched in February 2001 as a project of the Middle East Cultural and Charitable Society, the Electronic Intifada (EI) is a nonprofit independent website that publishes news articles and commentary focusing on “the question of Palestine, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the economic, political, legal, and human dimensions of Israel’s … occupation of Palestinian territories.” Specifically, EI seeks to provide an alternative to what it calls “the prevailing pro-Israeli slant in U.S. media coverage by offering information from a Palestinian perspective.”
EI’s executive director and principal founder is the Palestinian activist Ali Abunimah, who contends that Palestinian terrorism is nothing more than a rational response to Israel’s “land confiscation,” its “ongoing orgy of violence,” and its “routine human-rights abuses.” To address Israel’s alleged transgressions, Abunimah has openly called for “a popular Palestinian revolution in the form of a third intifada.”
Closely allied with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), EI not only refers to Israel’s creation in 1948 as Al Nakba (Arabic for The Catastrophe), but claims that “the … _Nakba_ is ongoing” even to this day. Articles published by EI routinely smear Israel as a “racist” nation that practices “apartheid” and targets its Palestinian neighbors with all manner of “atrocities” such as “ethnic cleansing,” “genocide,” “war crimes,” “crimes against humanity,” “extermination,” “human rights violations,” “state terrorism,” and “massacres.”
EI strongly supports the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement, a Hamas-inspired initiative that aims to use various forms of public protest, economic pressure, and court rulings to advance the Hamas agenda of permanently destroying Israel as a Jewish nation-state.
For a number of years, EI extended sympathetic treatment to Samir Kuntar, an Islamic terrorist with ties to the Palestine Liberation Front and Hezbollah. In April 1979 Kuntar shot Danny Haran, a young Jewish father, to death in front of his four-year-old daughter before crushing the child’s skull against a rock with his rifle butt. Notwithstanding these atrocities, EI in 2006 provided a link to Kuntar’s personal website which featured pictures of the smiling killer, personal notes he had written, and an opportunity to purchase his book, My Story. When Kuntar was eventually killed by an Israeli air strike in December 2015 – twelve years after Israeli authorities had released him along with some 400 other Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the bodies of two dead Israeli soldiers – EI benignly referred to Kuntar as a “political prisoner.”
In August 2014, EI writer Rana Baker condemned the “despotic tactics” of the “Israel-trained” police officers who were being “deployed to crush unarmed protesters demanding justice for the brutal murder of eighteen-year-old black American Mike Brown” – a Ferguson, Missouri man who had recently been shot and killed by a white police officer whom he was violently assaulting and trying to disarm. “Although Ferguson and Palestine are two different contexts,” wrote Baker, “both places and their people are fighting against white supremacist regimes of oppression which continue to view them as ‘disposable others.‘”
Similarly, in a March 2014 report on the supposed parallels between Palestinian Arabs and Hispanic Americans, EI stated that “[a]s long as Latinos in the U.S. are subjected to racial profiling, the deportation of undocumented loved ones, and the effects of colonialism in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and in the southwest states, comparisons will be made between Latinos and Palestinians.”
In EI’s calculus, free-market economic systems are inherently associated with all manner of injustice and oppression. In October 2007, for instance, EI published an article asserting that capitalism works mainly for “the benefit of multinational corporations and the detriment of ordinary people.” In October 2011, an EI piece lauded the anti-capitalist Occupy Wall Street movement’s crusade against “greed” and “corporate power” as a corollary to the Palestinians’ “decades-old struggle against Israel’s occupation of our land, its system of discrimination that matches the UN’s definition of apartheid, and its denial of the right of Palestinian refugees to return home.” And in 2016, an EI article praised “the social movements sprouting in Central and Latin America” to “struggle against … capitalism, imperialism, patriarchy, militarism and environmental destruction.”
The Electronic Intifada is a classic embodiment of what David Horowitz has dubbed “The Unholy Alliance” between the radical Left and radical Islam. Radical Islam seeks to promote societal purification and “social justice” by means of jihad, or holy war, whose highest ideal is martyrdom achieved while attempting to conquer evil worldly powers like the United States and Israel – the Great Satan and the Little Satan, respectively. The radical Left similarly advocates revolution – be it of a political, social, or violent nature – as a means of punishing so-called “oppressor” nations like America and Israel.
Central to both radical Islam and the radical Left is an inclination to overthrow the existing order and create a paradise on earth, whether that paradise be based on Sharia Law or on socialist economic principles. Western leftists may find the bigotry and intolerance of Islamic radicals repugnant, but their desire to rid the world of U.S./Israeli “imperialism” and “racism” overrides this revulsion and thus beckons them to forge the unholy alliance.