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POISONING PEOPLE FOR PALESTINE:

HOW BDS AND ISM RAISE FUNDS THROUGH

FRAUD

By Lee Kaplan, Stop the ISM.com

 

Olive oil is not only a food product, but a commodity that is extremely valuable. This agency previously showed that BDS leader and ISM activist Paul Larudee has laundered funds he sends to Gaza under the false name Arlington Market, but, besides this, Larudee has been involved for several years in selling “pure Palestinian extra-virgin olive oil” he bottles here in America by hand by as many ISM activists Larudee can sucker to work for free for him to do so. He arranges “olive oil bottling parties” where he gets BDS and ISM activists (other Israel haters) like himself to work for free bottling the olive oil that he sells at street fairs and especially on the Internet to benefit “Palestine.” Larudee not only makes his living doing this, but he has also developed over the years a lucrative business that raises money to ultimately fund Hamas (not to mention himself and BDS) through the illicit sales of olive oil he claims is the product of “poor Palestinian farmers”.

Olive oil fraud is such a good business that even the Mafia has been involved in production and exploitation. Trade experts have stated that more money can be made selling olive oil fraudulently than can be made with drugs. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Larudee, who should have been jailed years ago for aid and support for terrorist groups such as Hamas , continues to operate his olive oil scam in blatant violations of U.S. laws. What’s also distressing is that U.S. law enforcement, from the FBI to the FDA has been feckless in doing something about it.

The Israeli government controls exports of agricultural products from the Palestinian Authority (West Bank and Gaza) due to threats of terrorism by poisoning. Palestinian terror leaders have tried on more than one occasion to poison the Israeli water supply so the Israelis take this seriously.

Despite his advertised claims that the olive oil he sells is made by poor impoverished Palestinian farmers merely trying to eke out a living, the olive oil that Larudee and company have been hand bottling here in the US cannot be what he says it is. Israel until recently, in fact, did not allow the exportation of raw olives or olive paste from the Palestinian Authority for security reasons. In addition, Larudee falsely advertises and labels that his bottles contain “cold pressed pure extra virgin olive oil” from “Palestine.”

Research into the olive oil trade has revealed that Larudee is more likely purchasing olives within the US market then bottling them, selling the oil as “Palestinian” olive oil to an unwary public. Industry experts advise that olive oil, especially the pure extra virgin kind is very difficult to import because it spoils within two days of the produce being picked. Likewise, any oil bottled at the growth site spoils during shipment by sea on pallets.

The National Olive Oil Association of America ( NAOOA .org) is the trade group that seeks to assure quality and responsibility in the USA while the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for olive oil standards. The USDA defines olive oil grading in much the same way as the International Olive Council IOC , but while the standards are voluntary in Europe, in the USA it is fraud if there is a claim of USDA grade on the bottle label or case.

Larudee deceptively puts on his labels “USDA Organic” which has a different meaning than most consumers understand. In fact, the FDA does set the standards for the USA which extends to using processing facilities that Larudee has consistently violated. Nor does he provide proof of such certification on his labels (probably because none exists). Of more importance, bottled olive oil is required in the U.S. to have nutritional information on the outside label . Larudee does not provide these guides among his many violations.

The FDA requires that bottled olive oil be processed in an FDA approved facility that receives twice yearly inspections by FDA. The   Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 ( the Bioterrorism Act ) directs the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as the food regulatory agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, to take steps to protect the public from a threatened or actual terrorist attack on the U.S. food supply and other food-related emergencies.

Larudee has been rubbing elbows with designated terrorist group Hamas for years. There are even photos of him shaking hands with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah and on another occasion his receiving an award from the terrorist group. Larudee was also caught and deported from Israel when he went there to meet with Hamas operatives, later going to Lebanon to work with Hezbollah, another designated terrorist group. More recently funds he sought to send to Hamas infested Gaza were frozen then returned to him by Mellon Bank due to suspicions of laundering funds for terrorism. The FBI did nothing.

Larudee routinely bottles his olive oil in an old ramshackle house in Berkeley, California known as the Grassroots House , a shared meeting house with other radical and/or communist groups a few blocks from the UC Berkley campus. In the past, he sometimes did so from his home in Emeryville, California. He prepares the olive oil in a shared communal kitchen in the Berkeley building with no FDA clearing for sanitation. His pro-BDS volunteers who help him wear no hair nets and there is no making sure they even wash their hands, or follow minimum sanitation requirements.

The Federal Trade Commission also requires truth in labeling for olive oil products, another violation by Larudee and his BDS gang. Mislabeling of olive oil is a continuing problem according to the FTC. FTC regulations state “The FTC and the FDA have overlapping jurisdiction to regulate the advertising and labeling of foods. Section 403(a) of the FDCA prohibits the ‘misbranding’ of food which includes labeling that ‘is false or misleading in any particular. This shared jurisdiction over labeling and advertising of food products operates pursuant to a longstanding Memorandum of Understanding between the agencies. Under this agreement, the FDA exercises primary responsibility for regulating food labeling, while the FTC assumes primary responsibility for ensuring that advertising of food products is truthful and not misleading.

Larudee’s olive oil bottle labels read that his Hurriya bottled olive oil is “pure extra virgin olive oil” when it is not. To verify this mislabeling , this news agency hired Anresco Laboratories in San Francisco , an FDA approved food testing facility. Testing just one bottle of Larudee’s olive oil cost over $400 which professional olive oil bottlers and producers pay regularly to assure FDA quality for the end user.  Each new lot of olive oil requires such sample testing .  In fact, such testing can be like playing the whack-a-mole game where one bottle might pass while others are not the same quality. The difference between “extra virgin olive oil” and lesser quality oil is determined by the acidity level in the oil . Cheaters who intentionally mislabel their products’ acidity levels are guilty of fraud according to the FDA and FTC rules.

In the case of the Hurriya olive oil test, the acidity level showed that Larudee’s product is not the extra virgin quality claimed on the label. Genuine “extra virgin olive oil” usually commands a higher price from consumers, about $20 a bottle on average. Larudee charges $20 per bottle for his product, part of the proceeds going into his own pocket besides helping to fund the BDS movement or generating money to be sent to Gaza and potentially Hamas. The test noted excessive amounts of filth patently visible in the bottle and that it was not extra virgin olive oil at all .

Besides cheating buyers of his olive oil, Larudee and his Norcal-ISM that produce the product are also cheating the public out of tax dollars due on sales. Queries given to the city finance and business tax collection and health departments of both the cities of Berkeley and Emeryville , Ca., require that sales be reported on a regular basis to compute business taxes owed. Both cities reported that not only does Larudee not have a permit to bottle olive oil from the city or county health departments (nor from the state of California), he has been cheating these government agencies and the public out of taxes due on sales. Other businesses are required to report their sales to pay city taxes based on those numbers that he has avoided for at least the last ten years. This also means he is not reporting those numbers to the IRS on a federal level. While his Norcal ISM has nonprofit tax status as an “educational nonprofit,” he nevertheless is required to keep records and report his sales when he is engaged in selling a product for profit in case of a necessary recall if a threat to the public health emerges. Larudee does not do this.

So here we have a booster for the Hamas terrorist group bottling his product in a non-sterile FDA approved  kitchen in Berkeley or El Cerrito, Ca  where he resides, misrepresenting his bottled product through fraudulent labeling and evading taxes to benefit the BDS Movement and himself. Larudee once wrote a letter about his pleasure at sleeping in the bed of a suicide bomber and stated he recognizes the Palestinians’ right to violence to achieve their goals .  Most people would not feel comfortable consuming a food product prepared by a Hamas apparatchik if they knew more about it.  Would you want someone who works closely with Hamas preparing your food?

California has just begun clamping down on misrepresented olive oil products like Larudee sells to fund the BDS Movement.  This might explain why he is now looking to import pre-bottled olive oil from a Palestine Fair Trade Association set up by the PLO to bypass scrutiny in the U.S. market.  Importing pre-bottled olive oil usually means the product will not have the freshness needed to assure proper quality as required in the U.S. market that the EU is more willing to overlook. The EU is also more willing to overlook misrepresentation of the olive oil product. The Palestine Fair Trade Association website says that olive oil will be certified as labeled properly through the “Fair Trade Labeling Association of Germany” (FLO), yet only a few lines later reads , “FLO has not yet developed international product specific guidelines for olive oil.”

One thing is certain: the likelihood of Paul Larudee and his BDS activists at Norcal ISM providing a corrected product to the consuming public is very remote.  Current U.S. FDA standards for bottling and labeling olive oil must be adhered to in the U.S. market for health and consumer products and Larudee’s using a shill trade association administered by the PLO government in Jenin is unlikely to change past practices of ignoring uncleanliness, mislabeling and tax evasion. Larudee has long violated U.S. Customs regulations also that require that bottled olive oil products as sold by Larudee’s Nor-Cal ISM to raise funds for BDS must say “product of the West Bank” (a recent political development since U.S. Customs used to require they read “Made in Israel”). Currently, and for over 10 years, Larudee’s bottles have been labeled “Produced by Palestinian farmers in Israeli occupied Palestine and packed by volunteers of the International Solidarity Movement in Berkeley, California.”.

By bringing in pre-bottled goods as he suggests he will be doing, Larudee risks bringing in spoiled olive oil because the transport time for the oil will result in spoilage. Despite being sent via “Palestine Fair Trade Association,” the labels also state the product is packed in the United States requiring the same permits, health and sanitation inspections and true labeling that Larudee to date has not been doing, not to mention tax reporting on sales. Even if he continues bottling the oil here and selling it, repeated violations of U.S. Custom requirements on truth in labeling calls for such bottles if imported to be destroyed on entry to the United States.

Readers are encouraged to send copies of this article to the enforcement agencies below to hopefully see some action with the change in a new administration coming in Washington. In particular,  U.S. Customs has a new e-allegation email system readers can write to electronically. A US Customs source has recommended this article be copied simultaneously to the reader’s congressional representatives.

1.U.S. Customs

https://www.cbp.gov/trade/trade-community/e-allegations/e-allegations-faqs

Office of International Trade,

U.S. Customs and Border Protection,

1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, ATTN: 1400 L-11 ,

Washington, DC  20229.

 Ph. 800 232-5378

2.California Dept. of Health re: Olive Oil complaint line

 

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/pages/fdboliveoil.aspx

 (800) 495-3232 ext. 5

 

3.FDA Compliance and Enforcement: http://www.fda.gov/food/complianceEnforcement/default.htm

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993
1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)

 

4.Federal Trade Commission (labeling)

https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement

Bureau of Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20580

Phone  (202) 326-2222

https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov

5. City of Berkeley Finance Department Business Licenses and Taxes:

1947 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
TEL: (510) 981-7200, TDD: (510) 981-7250, FAX: (510) 981-7210
Office Hours: Mon-Thurs, 8:30am-4:00pm, Email:
finance@cityofberkeley.info

Revenue collection: Mila Serna, Supervisor
Phone: (510) 981-7272 ;

Business Licenses
Phone: (510) 981-7200
Fax: (510) 981-7210
Email:
BusLic@cityofberkeley.info

 6.  6. City of El Cerrito Finance Department Business Licenses and Taxes:

Report a concern:

http://www.el-cerrito.org/index.aspx?nid=127  

Investigations - Financial Crimes  

Physical Address:

Detective J.T. Wahrlich 
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Phone:

(510) 215-4420

n any case, her arrest and removal by the Egyptian authorities is the first concrete step taken toward reining in Hamas in Gaza. Hamas has been aligning itself more and more with Iran who Benjamin also supports more and more that also poses a security concern for Egypt.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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FLYTILLA ACTIVISTS STOPPED FROM ENTERING ISRAEL. SEVEN YEARS OF KVETCHING BY STOP THE ISM FINALLY PAID OFF!!!
 
A NOTE TO THE ISM: THIS IS ONLY THE START!!! WE WILL BE POSTING NAMES AND PASSPORT NUMBERS OF OTHER ISM ACTIVISTS WHO PREVIOUSLY ENJOYED FUN AND GAMES IN GENERATING RIOTS IN ISRAEL AND THE PA SOON. ISM ACTIVISTS CAN EXPECT TO START DOING HARD JAIL TIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE. YOU CAN WHINE ALL YOU LIKE: ISRAEL IS FINALLY DOING SOMETHING TO STOP HUMAN SHIELDS FOR THE TERRORIST GROUPS. MORE WILL BE DONE ABOUT YOU IN THE UNITED STATES ALSO AS YOUR AID FOR TERRORIST GROUPS WILL NOT BE IGNORED EITHER.

GOD BLESS ISRAEL AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES. AND GOD BLESS THE AIRLINES FOR REFUSING TO ASSIST IN THE FLYTILLA.
 
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TAKING BACK OUR CAMPUSES AND NATION WITH THE TRUTH

                     

                                    Mission Statement

 

       Defending America for Knowledge and Action

                                                                      

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

 

The purpose of forming DAFKA is �To take back America�s college campuses with the Truth.� DAFKA,  as   a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, will continue to be a pro-American, pro-Israel activist group on US campuses. Our initial year we have a funding goal  of $250,000 in donations, either from more than one source, or in parts from several donors and sources. These funds will go to pay students for work-study assignments across the US on college campuses where they will be able to table, make presentations, screenings of films and do research to counter the anti-American and anti-Israel propaganda so rife in US collegiate education today.

 In addition, the funding will help pay staff to go to the various campuses and organize chapters, to distribute supplies and coordinate a nationwide movement to take back the campuses. DAFKA is not just a pro-Jewish organization, it is a pro-American one that seeks to reach the non-Jewish student body on every campus that is currently the target of disinformation by anti-American and anti-Israel radical propagandists, and extremist Arab-Muslim interests financed by Gulf Sheiks, the PLO, North Korea and Cuba. We will do this primarily through using the actual media in Arabic shown on Palestinian and Arab TV news stations in Arabic that show what is really being said about America an Israel that mainstream media does not show due to time and ignorance.   

 

OVERVIEW

 

Since the War on Terror began, American college campuses have been increasingly under the influence of radical leftists allied with Wahhabist Saudi, PLO and other overseas governments that help finance the international terrorist network or act as its cheerleaders.   This influence is decidedly anti-US and anti-Israel. For more information on this problem, please, read DAFKA National Director Lee Kaplan�s   article �Scholars for Terror,� available on the Web at http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=16242 .  

   

This steady stream of anti-US and anti-Israel propaganda on the campuses, contrary to leading to peaceful settlements in the Middle East, are only serving to roil the conflicts in that region and creating divisions at home among future generations of Americans, while draining the American people of their resources both by causing increases in taxes as the war roils on, and by undermining domestic security at our own universities (for example, Title VI money from the US Education Act intended to teach Arabic to aid in the war effort gets diverted to classes that in essence support the Iraqi �resistance� or Hamas).

  

Various Arab �civil rights groups� like CAIR, the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Muslim Students Union, the Muslims Public Affairs Council, and particularly the International Solidarity Movement (a.k.a. the Palestine Solidarity Movement), all of which receive funding and support from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the PLO and their communist/anarchist allies in International A.N.S.W.E.R. and the International Socialist Organization (organizations that advocate the overthrow of the US government) have targeted our campuses and students for indoctrination campaigns to persuade the next generations that Israel must be dismantled to make way for a radical Arab socialist state called Palestine and to oppose American goals of democratization in the Arab world.

 

Across America, almost daily Palestinian, pro-Hamas and pro-Hizballah campus groups set up expensive �checkpoint� or �apartheid wall� displays coordinated and funded through professional PR agencies to try and persuade students that terrorist goals overseas are peace movements as a deceptive means to make war on America and Israel. In addition, Saudi and UAE funding permeates Middle East Studies centers on US campuses to infiltrate into the classroom and teach the same manner of indoctrination and misinformation found in the most despotic regimes of the Arab world.  

  

DAFKA is an organization that is fiercely anti-fascist and pro-democracy, fiercely pro-US and pro-Israel.   Its purpose on US college campuses will be to educate American college students with the truth about countries overseas that are not democratic yet are holding sway over their educational experiences in the Humanities at American universities. A recent Luntz Survey showed that many students in law schools around the US who will be our next generation of leaders actually think Israel is a dictatorship instead of a pluralistic democracy and that the PLO, including Hamas are a �liberation� movement. This �getting it backwards� is the result of constant indoctrination on US campuses by academics and professional students funded by Saudi money. That sway is jeopardizing the American educational paradigm as the types of indoctrination and misinformation used by totalitarian countries overseas is now being imported more and more when foreign dictatorships buy their way into control of the curriculum on college campuses (see Lee Kaplan�s   article: �The Saudi Fifth Column on US Campuses� at

 

www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=12833 ).  

   

While there are other pro-American and/or pro-Israel organizations in the United States that deal with campus issues, most work independently and haphazardly from one another. One of the purposes of DAFKA will be not only to distribute its own educational materials, books, free DVD�s, and flyers to students nationwide on campuses but to coordinate the materials of all the best of such organizations and make sure all of their material gets