Anti-Israel activist who speaks on many college campuses
Advocates the dismantling of Israel as a sovereign state
A frequent guest speaker on college campuses, Mohammed Abed is a leader in Al-Awda who has emerged as a prominent figure in anti-Israel activism. Claiming to be an "exile from the city of Jaffa," Abed served as a workshop facilitator at the Palestine Solidarity Movement’s national conferences in 2003 and 2004. His co-facilitator at a 2004 seminar was Mazin Qumsiyeh, an Al-Awda founder who told his audience that "Zionism is a disease" and that "Nazi-Zionist collaboration" helped bring about the Holocaust.
Abed's unique contribution to the anti-Israel movement is his Alternative Palestinian Agenda (APA), which he formed with fellow graduate student Nasser Abufarha. The APA plan calls for a final resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through a bi-national state in which areas of Jewish density would belong to the Israeli province and areas of Palestinian density to the Palestinian province. These regions would be federated in a national government that jointly handled foreign, military and economic affairs. The plan calls for the right of return of all refugees, and the redrawn map whittles Israel down to a series of small, disconnected segments. In short, Abed advocates the dismantling of Israel as a sovereign state and essentially a return to proposals that were rejected in 1947. If enacted, Abed's plan would render the Jews a minority in the bicameral government that he envisions.
Abed has led a movement calling for the University of Wisconsin (UW) to divest from companies that do business with Israel. In a speech to UW’s Teaching Assistants' Association, Abed stated: "By supplying the Israeli army with weapons and other equipment … the companies we have identified in the resolution are complicit in war crimes and serious breaches of international humanitarian law. They also stand in violation of domestic laws prohibiting the sale of arms or the provision of security assistance to states which engage in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights. Material support for Israeli practices also infringes [on] UW-System's own ethical investment policies. Destructive Israeli policy is applied exclusively to Palestinians in virtue of their ethnic identity."
In Abed's pro-divestment speeches and writings, he makes no mention of the Palestinian terrorist war launched against Israel, or of the crimes and failures of the Palestinian Authority. Instead he relentlessly repeats the post-Zionist historical narrative, particularly that of Ilan Pappe -- a narrative claiming that Zionists and Israelis have attacked Palestinian Arabs not because of anything the latter have ever done, but because the Zionists are racists who despise anyone who is “not Jewish, not of the ‘correct’ ethno-religious background to warrant treatment as human beings with dignity and basic rights.”
Some of the charges Abed has made include:
The two-state solution failed because "the issue of the exiled Palestinian population has been pushed aside … even though the plight of the Palestinian refugees lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
"[T]here are plans to build 6,000 new [Israeli] homes in existing West Bank apartheid colonies, in part to accommodate colonists forced to leave Gaza, an area where the presence of too many non-Jews makes Israel's project of racially exclusive settlement non-viable."