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  • Founder of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in 2001, a radical group known for its strategy of provoking violent confrontations with the Israeli military.
  • Co-wrote a 2002 article with ISM co-founder and husband Adam Shapiro: “The Palestinian resistance must take on a variety of characteristics, both non-violent and violent...Yes, people will get killed and injured,” but these deaths are “no less noble than carrying out a suicide operation. And we are certain that if these men were killed during such an action, they would be considered shaheed Allah.”
  • Co-organizer and spokesperson for the “Free Gaza Flotilla” (May 2010), which instigated violent clashes with the Israeli Navy. Chair of the Free Gaza Movement.
  • During the April 2002 standoff between the Israeli army and terrorists in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, Arraf and a group of activists acted as voluntary human shields on behalf of the terrorists.
  • Advocates for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, “There´s a global movement of citizens working against occupation and apartheid, which includes the Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions movement. This is a very effective tool, which helps make Israel feel accountable for what is happening. Governments are not doing it, so civil society must… The BDS is also growing bigger as part of global citizenship pressure. We´re creating an alternative voice to contest Israeli narrative.”
  • Lawfare: “In February 2009 Huwaida was part of a National Lawyers Guild delegation that traveled to Gaza to document possible Israeli violations of international law and war crimes that may have been committed during Operation Cast Lead.”
  • On the murder of an Italian ISM activist by radical Salafist terrorists in Gaza: “It's unbelievable. He was more Palestinian than the criminals that killed him.”
  • Refers to the security barrier as the “Apartheid Wall.”
  • Serves on the steering committee of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
  • Claims to have Israeli citizenship.