The Coalition for a Safer Web (CSW) is an organization led by former Ambassador and counter-terrorism expert Marc Ginsberg. While Ambassador Ginsberg’s background as an aide to the late Senator Edward Kennedy and service in the Bill Clinton administration might
lead us to disagree with him on matters of domestic policy, his insights into Al Qaeda and Islamic State social media-based terrorist and recruitment operations are invaluable.
Yesterday, in a must-read report, CSW disclosed that the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party known as the Party for Socialism & Liberation (PSL) and its affiliate -- A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) are masterminding the lion's share of antisemitic, pro-Palestinian, and pro-Hamas disruptive demonstrations across the country relying on various social media accounts and hashtags including the viral “#shutitdown4palestine”.
Since its founding in 2004, PSL has provided financial and operational support to fringe causes (as its website states) “… to bring together a new generation of revolutionaries alongside veterans of the people’s movements with decades of experience.” PSL is deeply involved in a wide range of struggles, from local battles over affordable housing and racist police brutality, to the fight for a higher minimum wage and union rights, to the global issues of imperialist war and environmental destruction. Additionally, PSL’s website declares its mission is to: "end the capitalist system and fight for liberation and freedom…”
PSL was quick to latch onto the Gaza conflict as its latest radical left wing cause de jour to mobilize demonstrators trained by PSL to interfere with traffic and parades (such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade) and commit acts of disobedience against Jewish businesses or business owners (some with operations in Israel) including Starbucks, Time Warner Center’s owner, and members of Congress’ homes and offices.
CSW has also uncovered a PSL social media campaign to unite pro-Palestinian disobedience demonstrations with the “Boycott, Disinvestment & Sanctions – BDS) anti-Israel initiative. PSL is fanning these flames under the #shutitdown4palestine hashtag to encourage mass boycotts of U.S. businesses operating in Israel, not just in the occupied West Bank.
CSW's research into the social media operations of the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) reveals the SJP has collaborated with A.N.S.W.E.R. to develop a “disruptive demonstration tool kit” distributed to their supporters. The same tool kit (which can be found online) has been distributed to radical left wing antisemitic Black organizations, including the Black Hebrew Israelites (a domestic terrorist group) based on their tracking of the tool kit’s distribution vectors.*
It is ironic that pro-Palestinian/pro-Hamas demonstrators are unwitting (or perhaps, witting) pawns for a notorious communist political party egged on by operatives linked to Russia and professional Chinese propagandists with links to the Chinese government.
CSW uncovered funding links between A.N.S.W.E.R and a major pro-Chinese billionaire, and between PSL and A.N.S.W.E.R’s principal “field director” Brian Becker who has close ties to the Kremlin.
Several months ago, the New York Times conducted an investigation into Chinese misinformation operations in the US. PSL is linked to CODE PINK leader Jodie Evans whose spouse, Neville Roy Singham, is a billionaire bankroller of “progressive” (i.e., radical left wing) pro-Chinese communist U.S. organizations). CODE PINK is also identified on PSL's websites as a supporter of the PSL’s 2024 presidential candidate.
CODE PINK hand-held signs have been spotted by CSW researchers on TikTok and YouTube pro-Palestinian videos including videos under the #shutitdown4palestine hashtag. This is not a coincidence.
A.N.S.W.E.R. director Brian Becker is the principal organizer of a pro-the Palestinian coalition operating under the A.N.S.W.E.R. banner. Becker is a co-founder of the PSL and was a co-host a show on Radio Sputnik, a Moscow-created propaganda network. Becker's social media footprint is replete with examples of associations and ties to Kremlin-backed propaganda outlets and initiatives.
PSL and A.N.S.W.E.R. heavily rely on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok to plan disruptive pro-Palestinian demonstrations even though these platforms prohibit antisemitic incitement and support for Hamas terrorism.
Both the PSL and A.N.S.W.E.R. are designated by the Anti-Defamation League as organizations that foment antisemitic incitement, including support pf anti-Israel terrorist organizations, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
PSL on Facebook/Instagram
TikTok's management which has been under fire claims it bans antisemitic and pro-Hamas accounts and related hashtags. According to the Washington Post, TikTok deleted 925,000 videos promoting Hamas or otherwise inciting violence, hate speech and terrorism since October 7.
However, PSL’s TikTok account is a pro-Hamas swamp with thousands of videos of demonstrators yelling: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” The catch-all slogan considered by the U.S. Government and a majority of members of Congress as a call to destroy Israel.
PSL’s YouTube account ((1) party for socialism and liberation - YouTube) leads with a video entitled “The People vs. Genocide.” Use of the word “genocide” is a form of antisemitism (accusing Jews of the very crime of which they were history’s greatest victim).
PSL not only has an account on Twitter, its account and related hashtags are amplified by unwitting digital advertisers (here is one example of many located by CSW): https://twitter.com/pslnational?s=21
The end-to-end Telegram encrypted mobile app hosts a Hamas channel that has been openly broadcasting grisly footage and images of dead Israelis to more than 100,000 subscribers. CSW’s researchers penetrated the principal Hamas accounts and located Hamas merchandise stores selling pro-Hamas merchandise. CSW cannot at this time locate a PSL or A.N.S.W.E.R. bank account linked to these Hamas merchandise “stores.”
CSW calls on META, TikTok, and YouTube, and X/Twitter to de-platform their respective PSL accounts for engaging in pro-Hamas actions that violate their terms of service. Given the number of times we’ve been attacked and had our content suppressed we are usually reluctant to join calls for other organizations to be deplatformed. However, when it is foreign communist-backed organizations using social media to sow anti-Semitism and social discord in America we have no reluctance to join CSW in urging the social media giants to purge their platforms of this vile content.
CSW says it will continue its efforts to penetrate TELEGRAM encrypted accounts to track pro-Hamas activities possibly tied to these communist organizations.
Last week, CSW’s research also disclosed that two sources of financing of pro-Hamas organizations are the Soros Open Society Institute (OSI) and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF). Based on the facts disclosed by CSW’s research we support CSW’s request to the IRS Inspector General that the IRS IG open an investigation into whether OSI and RBF are violating their tax-exempt status under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code by supporting pro-Hamas and antisemitic organizations.
Coalition for a Safer Web (CSW)
Party for Socialism & Liberation (PSL)
A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism)
Boycott, Disinvestment & Sanctions – BDS
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)
disruptive demonstration tool kit