Once again in San Francisco, city buses are sporting anti-Israel banners. This time they boldly state: “ISRAEL’S WAR CRIMES – Your Tax Dollars at Work.” These ads are the products of two sponsors, Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC) and “NoTaxDollarsToIsrael.com”.
This website is registered to Bay Area resident Paul Larudee, a co-founder of both the Free Palestine Movement and Free Gaza Movement.
Larudee also received a Medal of Honor. From Hamas.
In 2008, after he sailed to Gaza to “break the Israeli siege” with the Free Gaza Movement. Larudee and his fellow mariners met with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who awarded them with a “medal of honor.” That Hamas is listed as a terrorist organization by the US, the EU, UK, Canada, and many other countries did not seem to be an issue for Larudee and his shipmates.
Larudee’s extremism also extends into Jewish conspiracy fantasies. Last September, he penned an article called “Strangler Fig Nation,” alleging that Israel, through the American Jewish community, is a “parasite” feeding off the “host/victim nation” – the United States – by “controlling” key U.S. institutions. He wrote also of how “the Israel Lobby has grown with few constraints, fed by its domination of the American Jewish community, extensive control of publishing and the media, the establishment and control of strategic think tanks that provide governmental advisers, and by a well-coordinated and lavishly funded political campaign machine.”