Hamas Terrorists Guaranteed Code Pink’s Safety in Gazaby
Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King
Hamas rally, March 30, 2005 (Reuters/Nayef Hashlamoun)
[Note: This is the latest segment in an ongoing series about Code Pink and its co-founder Jodie Evans. Click here to read earlier articles.]
How deep are the ties between the so-called antiwar group Code Pink and the terrorist group Hamas? Deep enough that Hamas guaranteed Code Pink’s safety when the group led an international delegation of anti-Israel leftists to Gaza in late December for the ‘Gaza Freedom March.’
Code Pink claims to have delivered “tens of thousands of dollars in humanitarian aid” to Hamas-controlled Gaza to protest a blockade of the terrorist enclave by the civilized world.
Before Code Pink departed for Egypt where the march was based, co-founder Medea Benjamin told the Western Massachusetts publication The Reminder that Hamas “has pledged to ensure our safety.”
Hamas organized the ‘Freedom March’ in Gaza for Code Pink and provided security. The terrorist group protected the marchers during their two-day stay in Gaza by establishing tight control over their movements and contacts in Gaza and by forcing them to stay in a Hamas-owned hotel that one marcher described as “the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed at. The 5 star Commodore hotel in Gaza city with a view of the Mediterranean Sea.”
Hamas ‘Prime Minister’ Ismail Haniyeh addressed the marchers in Gaza by cell phone, while other Hamas officials spoke in person.
Code Pink was co-founded by Jodie Evans, a top donor and fundraiser for President Barack Obama. Jodie Evans has maintained close ties with Obama and his administration throughout the first year of Obama’s term in office, including two visits to the White House in June just days after a previous Code Pink trip to Gaza where they were given a letter from Hamas to deliver to Obama.