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.
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