The New Liberal Movement is concerned by reports that an American
terrorist is planning to speak at an Israeli high school.
By Maayana Miskin
A charismatic American terrorist is planning to speak at
an Israeli high school, the New Liberal Movement warned Tuesday. The
movement turned to Education Minister Gidon Saar and asked him to address
The speaker in question is Gary Yourofsky of the Animal
Liberation Front, a group that has been labeled a terrorist movement by the
U.S. Department of Defense. Yourofsky has been barred from entering Britain
and Canada due to his extremist views and criminal background.
New Liberal Movement noted that Yourofsky has been convicted of vandalism on
several occasions, and has caused damage costing as much as $500,000. He has
also been convicted for "threatening a Detroit city worker, destruction of
property, tying his neck to property (several times) and similar crimes,"
the group said.
The group expressed particular concern over
Yourofsky's "extremist ideology." The letter to Saar quoted a 1997 article
by Yourofsky, titled "Empathy, Education and Violence: A Time for
Everything" in which he wrote, "Given the choice of apathy or someone
liberating mink, burning down a research torture-laboratory, or killing a
vivisectionist or other DIRECT murderer of animals, I will choose the
aforesaid actions over apathy any day of the week."
In the same
article, he also said, "since violence is an essential part of activism,
even if an abuser of animals perished during a fire or other form of direct
action, I would unequivocally support that, too."
He has not
expressed regret for those statements, the movement said.
planned visit is part of a series of attacks by extremist activists against
the medical industry in Israel, the letter stated. It argued that
anti-research activists use "lies and half truths" to get support.
"The Movement supports freedom of speech, and Yourofsky has every right to
express his warped opinions about 'complete animal freedom' in public," it
continued. "But on the other hand, the movement vigorously opposes exposing
high school students to the teachings of a (charismatic) terrorist who holds
a violent, extremist ideology as part of the curriculum… We hope that the
above is just a mistake, and that Mr. Yourofsky was never scheduled to speak
in a public high school.
"However, due to the potential damage and
the seriousness of the matter -- I ask that you look into it," the letter