Given Lubin’s love affair with her kidnappers, and her hostility to Israel and America, you won’t be at all surprised to learn that MECA is a virulently anti-Israeli group with strong ties to many of the most radical Communist organizations in America. The following snippets from Discover the Networks are enough to give you a sense of the organization’s ideological orientation:
Founded in 1988 by Barbara Lubin, the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) describes itself as “a non-profit organization working for justice in the Middle East, focusing on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Israel and Occupied Iraq.” Viewing the Iraqi and Palestinian peoples, respectively, as victims of American and Israeli oppression, MECA claims that since its inception it has “brought over $8 million of much needed relief to besieged communities in Iraq and Palestine through emergency medical aid and direct aid to families and communities.” Among the projects funded by this organization are: children’s clinics and family mental health projects in various refugee camps throughout what MECA calls the “Occupied West Bank and Gaza,” as well as various community projects for children including, playgrounds, libraries, and youth centers.
MECA is a member organization of International ANSWER’s steering committee, the United For Peace and Justice antiwar coalition, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, the Palestine Solidarity Movement‘s divestiture project, the Justice in Palestine Coalition, and the Middle East Policy Advisory Committee.
MECA is also the fiscal sponsor for the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
MECA’s Board of Directors and Board of Advisors have at one time or another included such individuals as Leonard Weinglass; Noam Chomsky; Ramsey Clark; Maxine Waters; Ron Dellums (a socialist who is the current Mayor of Oakland, California, and who served as a U.S. Congressman in that state from 1971 to 1998); Gus Newport (MECA’s current President, the former Mayor of Berkeley, and the onetime General Manager of Pacifica Radio affiliate KFPA); Maudelle Shirek ( a former Berkeley City Council member suspected of having close ties to the Communist Party); Father William O’Donnell (a liberation theologian who was sentenced to a six-month jail term for protesting the School of the Americas); Fathi Arafat (the brother of Yasser Arafat), Edward Said (the late Columbia University professor and a member of the Palestine National Council); Ibrahim Abu Lughod (currently a member of the Palestine National Council); and the co-founders of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, James Abourezk and James Zogby.
Lubin’s goal, in other words, isn’t just engaging in some touchy-feely “experience” sharing. She and her organization are advancing an agenda, one that paints Israel as a voracious nation that slaughters innocent children. The Palestinians, meanwhile, are unwitting lambs, who have found themselves living next to a ravening lion.
In Chronicle reporter Jill Tucker, Lubin found either a willing accomplice or the perfect useful idiot. After describing the way in which “Jewish groups as well as others in the community” protested against the Palestinian children exercising their right to free expression in an Oakland children’s museum, Tucker begins the serious business of moral equivalence:
Yet it wouldn’t have been the first time the museum has featured wartime art by children.
In 2007, it exhibited paintings made during World War II by American children in the Kaiser shipyard child care center. The art featured images of Hitler, burning airplanes, sinking battleships, empty houses and a sad girl next to a Star of David.
In 2004, art by Iraqi children hung on the museum’s walls. The pictures, made shortly after the U.S. invasion, included a picture of a helicopter shooting into a field of flowers.
The art by the Palestinian children was similar in content.
A pig is a rat is a dog is a boy = a German is an American is an Israeli.
See how simple advanced logic is when you’re a leftist?