The article this web site is based on was written after people claiming to be Palestinian students who identified themselves as Hekmat Elsarraj, Adel Alghoul and Mostafa Elkayali toured U.S. universities and made allegations against Israel. Student papers reported gasps of horror from the audience as the students related stories of abuse by Israeli authorities. In my article Truth or Propaganda as well as on this web site, I demonstrate the unlikelihood of those allegations being the truth. Joshua Muravchik in an article titled Listening to Arabs, Commentary Magazine, December 2003 gave an example of unlikely allegations he heard at a summer institute in Greece. He wrote:
"Let him finish," called out Ruthie. The bell had sounded but the class, at a summer institute in Greece, sat and listened as Gevara poured out his tale of woe. His mother had died in childbirth when her urgent passage to a hospital had been impeded at one of the scores of Israeli checkpoints dotting the West Bank. Then, not one but two of his brothers had died at the hands of Israeli soldiers - apparently, as best one could make out through Gevara's inexpert English, during the "Jenin massacre" in the spring of 2002. Nor was that all. His home had been demolished to make way for Israel's new security fence. And, only a few days previously, Gevara himself had been arrested as he tried to enter Israel for the flight to attend this very institute. Held for two days, he had missed his plane and been forced to find another, leaving from Jordan. Although the Israeli authorities finally released him, they had also summarily sentenced him to six months in jail, to be served upon his return.
As he spoke, Gevara - a nickname perhaps intended in homage to Fidel Castro's sidekick Che Guevara - began to cry. So did several of his listeners, including some Israelis. Afterward, one of them, the same Ruthie who had insisted that he be heard, contacted B'Tselem, an Israeli human-rights organization specializing in complaints about the treatment of Arabs, to see if she could secure help for him....
Muravchik wrote that Ruthie heard back from B'Tselem that it had no knowledge of Gevara's family travails, even though it attempts to keep complete records of such things. Muravchik invited Gevara to look him up whenever he might get to Washington and wrote that Gevara replied:
"I think I'll be there in October"
That was surprising since it was August and his six month sentence presumably lay ahead.