A man who has described the heinous attacks by Hamas terrorists against innocent Israeli civilians as a “counter offensive,” will be given a special time slot at the upcoming Dec. 19 Anchorage Assembly meeting in order to deride Israel as an “apartheid state,” which he believes should be cut off from all U.S. funding.

An avowed Marxist and key organizer for the Anchorage chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), Michael Patterson was granted a special appearance to kick off the next Assembly meeting.

In applying for the reserved podium slot, Patterson wrote that he plans to publicly call for “a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and an end to all U.S. funding of Israeli.” He said he will also “condemn Israel as an apartheid state.”

After Hamas terrorists slaughtered Israeli citizens in October, including raping and torturing women and children, Patterson dismissed the attack, describing it as merely a “counter-offensive against the Israeli apartheid regime.”

Paterson is an active community organizer who helped found the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s Anchorage chapter, a group that supports defunding the police, free housing, decriminalization of the sex worker industry and doing away with drug related crimes. The group also supports the most extreme elements of the LGBTQ political agenda, Black Lives Matter, climate change policies, abortion on demand and mass illegal immigration.

The PSL national website endorses the use of “militant” tactics to further its causes with the ultimate plan of toppling capitalism and establishing a new socialist government.

Michael Patterson is scheduled to give an anti-Israeli speech to the Anchorage Assembly on Dec. 19.

In order to receive a designated special appearance slot at Anchorage Assembly meetings, citizens must first submit a request to the city clerk specifying the topic they wish to address. According to city code, the city clerk, in conjunction with the assembly chair (currently Christopher Constant), then determine if the proposed topic “has clearly defined administrative channels of resolution…”

City code also states that special appearance requests will not be granted if they deal with “items that the assembly or administration has no jurisdiction over and/or responsibility or authority to resolve per the Municipal Charter, Municipal Code, or Municipal Code of Regulations.”

It is unclear how the Municipality of Anchorage has any jurisdiction, responsibility or authority to address Patterson’s call for a “permanent ceasefire” in the war with Hamas, or to end all U.S. funding to Israel. Nevertheless, Patterson will have three uninterrupted minutes to air his concerns at the Dec. 19 meeting, starting shortly after 5 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers.

Notably, Anchorage Assemblyman Felix Rivera has a personal connection to the Party for Socialism and Liberation. He participated in a recent Sept. 2 demonstration organized by the group, in which he decried the Alaska Education Board’s decision to ban gender-confused males from competing as females in girls’ high school sports.


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Anchorage Assembly grants Hamas terrorist defender a special ‘appearance’ to denounce Israel

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • fedupwithleftistBS says:

    What do you expect from the assembly of idiots Anchorage has elected.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Anchorage Folks, you have got to fire that entire assembly and start over. You are putting the entire state in a very dangerous situation by allowing those globalist lefties to run the municipality. We are getting FED UP with this b.s.

    • kc says:

      Sorry, we’ve been trying, but the cards have been stacked against us by the Assembly.. The Assembly is changing the rules on how the voter observation program will be changed to their favor disregarding our RIGHTS of voting.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        I saw that. I am sorry that a select few evil people have somehow wedge themselves into a place where they can give themselves authority. I am trying to figure out why we even have mayors if the assembly is so powerful?

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Stunning. What would this guy have to say that has anything to with municipal issues? His ‘appearance” must adhere to a list that is in borough code and linked from the article above. Whatever he has to say has to be a concern that the assembly has jurisdiction over. They cannot give him the podium just to spout his antisemitic Marxist diatribe. If that is what he does then he would be in violation of municipal code.

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Your innocence and naivety are beautiful and dangerous at the same time! “Be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves “! Wake up!

  • Akdale says:

    idiots get 1st Ammendment protection too. Has a Pro Israel anti PLA speech been approved?

    • Steve P Peterson says:

      1st Amendment right and protection does not equal platform.

      • Mortified says:

        Apparently the Anchorage assembly is so far down the gutter it cannot, or will not, discern pure evil when it stands right in front of them! What possible good can come from such profane thinking and verbiage.
        Shame on the assembly for not standing up and calling this 3 minutes of speech from hell for what it is! Again what possible good can come from it?? How does this benefit anybody? Do we really need to hear this rot gut to make our day better?

  • fedupwithleftistBS says:

    Isn’t it interesting that they will make time for this but find ways to cut locals off from speaking out against them?

  • Ceak says:

    I bet he’d have a different outlook if Hamas terrorists broke into his home and tortured his family. Do you think they would show him an ounce of care? They are motivated by evil. The eyewitness reports were enough to make my stomach turn.

  • John J Otness says:

    Christian children are among the 30,000 slaughtered in Gaza,,, But I guess thats fine.

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      I believe that falls under the FAFO principle. Choosing to live under Hamas rulership was the first mistake. You do know that English children were killed by the Luftwaffe during WWII, yes? Now, please list the number of Hamas victims who were raped, mutilated, tortured, and then murdered. The count is 0. There is exactly no equivalence, but you knew that, didn’t you?

      • Mary Rapp says:

        I guess the count is also “0” for the babies Hamas put in microwaves to cook to death in front of their familes? I call this Hamas group pure evil. I pray the Israeli army will not stop until they get rid of the whole bunch. They coerce and torture their own people, so many will be safer if this group is gone.

    • Ceak says:

      No, it’s not fine for Christians, Jews, Muslim…any innocent people to be slaughtered. This tragedy that continues unfolding is the fault of Hamas. They are using their own citizens as shields. It’s the ultimate evil. Why don’t they surrender and end the suffering?

    • Mongo says:

      There a no 30K Christians in Gaza; it is 99.9% Muslim.

    • Leah Kincaid says:

      Yeah you know why? Because Hamas intentionally puts them in harms way using them as shield and blocked peoples way in Gaza of escape. They murder not only Israelis but their own Arabic people!

  • John J Otness says:

    7 hours the IDF held back… no curiosity ? When every point in that border is 20 minutes away from a full armored detail. sheesh.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Bring your rifle!

  • M says:

    Yet the won’t let parents read the trash books being pushed in elementary school libraries out loud because they are too offensive or pornographic for an assembly meeting. Stay classy Anchorage.

  • Mongo says:

    How about the foreign policy experts in the Anchorage Assembly call for a cease fire in Ukraine and end the funding of Ukraine.

  • V says:

    We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
    That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and, to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. But
    when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
    – The Declaration of Independence, 1776

  • DK says:

    Notify the FBI. to come to the hearing of this nut!

  • jon says:

    The US is a country with freedom of speech. Speech is not free unless everything is free. What idiots.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Anchorage assembly one less conservative! This ship is sinking!

  • Doug glenn says:

    Invite your local radical terrorist to lunch day. Ideots. I have never heard of or witnessed anything good about communism. Cuba , North Korea, Vietnam, come to mind. If you like starvation and poverty that’s the political club for you.