Demonstrators Seek Removal Of Diversity Committee Member
POSTED: 11:21 pm EDT October 21, 2008UPDATED: 6:52 am EDT October 22, 2008MIAMI -- Volunteer school board committees usually don't spark controversy, but Broward's diversity committee is under a microscope these days, NBC 6 reported.A man who fellow committee members said has served well for nearly four years is drawing intense criticism for suggesting world governments recognize and negotiate with the Palestinian group Hamas.At a demonstration in Fort Lauderdale, demonstrators said they want the school board to remove Arab-American Joe Badran from its diversity committee. They claim Badran supports Hamas, and therefore, is unfit to serve.Terrorism victim Tuly Wultz said Hamas is proud of "teaching and preparing young boys and girls to become suicide bombers."Wultz's son was killed in by a suicide bomber."When you promote killing as something Allah commands, you brainwash children to do so over and over again," Wultz said.The U.S. government and the European Union consider Hamas a terrorist organization, even though it won a democratic election to govern part of the Palestinian territories."We are not against Muslims, we are against terrorism, and that's what this individual represents," demonstration organizer Joe Kaufman said.Badran said the group has the wrong idea about him. "They're mistaken," Badran said. "I have never, ever supported terrorism; no decent person can ever justify terrorism."Badran told the school board on Tuesday that he's a victim of character assassination, and a former president of the agreed.Self-described Zionist Jack Lieberman is co-chairman of a group called the Jewish-Arab Dialogue Association."Joe, as my co-chair, has consistently spoken out in the Arab community in support of Israel's right to exist, in support of the peace process, and against terrorism and suicide bombings," Lieberman said.Badran said he supports Israel's right to exist, but "in the context of a two-state solution, a viable, independent Palestinian state as well."Regardless of what the school board does or doesn't do about Badran, his term on the school's diversity committee ends next month."This individual states that he supports Hamas; I think that's grounds to remove this individual immediately," Kaufman said.But that won't happen, NBC 6 reported. The school board doesn't see Badran as a threat by serving on a committee designed to represent different views.
"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."
"The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. "
"There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."
"After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying."