[Ikhras Note: With Linda Sarsour’s emergence as a celebrity activist her delusional ambitions outgrew local politics. She abandoned her planned run for the New York City Council and looked for a compliant patsy, which she found in a local Palestinian Lutheran Pastor. The Ikhras investigative unit was sent to New York to look into the campaign, background, history and politics of Sarsour’s hand-picked puppet, Reverend Khader El-Yateem. The following is an Ikhras special report.]
After her canonization and emergence as a celebrity activist, Linda Sarsour decided to abandon her plan to run for New York City Council. Her narcissism and ambitions outgrew local politics. As she explains to friends and relatives, she’s on her way to becoming the Muslim Oprah Winfrey. This has always been her dream. Write a book, get her own a talk-show. Fame. Fortune. Magazine covers. We think you get the idea.
At the same time, Linda is also aware that in her own backyard of Bayridge, Brooklyn (she grew up in neighboring Sunset Park) she is toxic and radioactive. So, instead of running for a seat on the New York City Council as was originally planned and often rumored, she hand-picked a local Palestinian Lutheran pastor to be her front man. Everybody knows Khader El-Yateem is Linda Sarsour’s puppet though it is a tad bit confusing because most people seem to assume that Mr. El-Yateem, or “The Reverend” as he is often called, is a Muslim-American even though he is a Christian who never seems to remove his clergy collar. You’re expected to notice the collar and assume he is a pious man worthy of respect. The decision by the 6′ 3” patsy to run just happened to coincide with Sarsour’s announcement that she is resigning from the government-funded Arab-American Association to pursue politics on a national level.
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The Ikhras awards committee is pleased to announce the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month for August, 2017 is awarded to the UAE’s ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba. Otaiba, who is proudly marketing himself as the new Arab face of the emerging GCC-Israel alliance, is proving to be a hawkish actor at the behest of Israel’s most aggressive lobbying groups. The UAE ambassador, son of the country’s first oil minister, avoids all mention of Palestine and centers his policy remarks around how the UAE can best serve the interests of U.S. imperialism and the usurping Zionist entity. What Otaiba’s actions and recently leaked emails further prove is not only is there a budding plot against Iran, Syria and the region, but that GCC actors will work tirelessly with the Zionist lobby behind closed doors in order to sacrifice the Palestinians and liquidate the Palestine cause.
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[Visit Ikhras To Learn More About Ziad Asali And The ATFP
Palestinian-American Zionist and head of the now defunct Arab wing of the pro-Israel lobby, Ziad Asali, has had a relapse into peace-processing. It’s been years since the Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month winner “Ziyaaaaaawwwd”, as he likes to be called, has donned a black-tie tuxedo to prance around the Ritz Carlton Ballroom with Hussein Ibish at ATFP “galas”, but he still includes “founder and president of the American Task Force on Palestine” in his bio. The ATFP closed shop back in 2014 after the Washington-based peace-processing industry collapsed and anti-Palestinian groups and repressive GCC regimes cut off all funding. Writing in the same Saudi-Wahhabi regime rag that prints Ray Hanania’s drivel, “Ziyaaaaaawwwd” took the reader on a trip back into time with stale slogans and cliches that serve as a reminder of both, a bygone era, and the Palestinian traitors it left in the trash bins of Washington DC hotels.
The weak, vulnerable and needy state of Israel of 1948 has expanded, consolidated and built a regional powerhouse through decades of war and peace. It is now a regional superpower guaranteed to have a qualitative military edge, and a global technological superpower. It also has one of the most agile global political networks, including within the Middle East. In short, a most successful model of modern nation-building.
[Visit Ikhras To Learn More About Dean Obeidallah
It appeared that Dean Obeidallah, vapid, U.S. State Department-sponsored stand-up comic turned part-time CNN House Muslim spokesperson, finally got some new material. It was a welcome change to casual observers, who had long grown tired of his whiny state-sponsored mantra “I’m Muslim and look, I’m human.” Obeidallah (who never identified as Arab or Muslim until he discovered he can pursue a mediocre career on the outer margins of American pop culture by adopting both labels) has now mounted a defamation of character suit (a patently frivolous lawsuit that will be dismissed) against The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist blog, for allegedly fabricating tweets whereby he claimed responsibility for the Manchester bombing. Now at this point, it’s hard to say which is more hilarious, the original story by The Daily Stormer, or Obeidallah’s unintentionally hilarious, if not predictable, response. Predictable, in the sense that the attention-starved Obeidallah, constantly struggling for relevancy, is trying to capitalize on a hot-button issue involving white supremacists.
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Disgraced Palestinian-American Zionist Ray Hanania is at it again. As usual, Hanania’s opinion pieces, if they can be called that, are incoherent and indecipherable. In his latest drivel in print form, the Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month award winner admonishes Palestinians about their violence and offers them an unsolicited lecture on his comic book version of International Law.
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The Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated and Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award winning Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) continues to lie to the U.S. public. After extensive consultations and planning with the Lebanese and Syrian governments, Hezbollah resistance fighters joined a coordinated assault on Al-Qaeda and ISIS terrorists based on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Arsal. The operation unfolded on the mountainous, barren and unpopulated region of Joroud Arsal which spans the border of Lebanon and Syria. The highly anticipated assault took place after exhaustive negotiations failed to secure the Al-Qaeda fighters’ withdrawal from the area. The Syrian administration had agreed to permit the local Al-Qaeda leader, Abu-Malek Al-Talli (infamous for kidnapping a group of Nuns and chopping off the heads of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers), and his fighters to join their fellow “mujahideen” in the Al-Qaeda-held, Northern Syrian city of Idlib. When Al-Qaeda overran Idlib in March of 2015, this same CAIR “activist” congratulated the Syrian people on its “liberation.”
As a condition for his fighters’ withdrawal to Idlib, Abu-Malek demanded that he be provided safe passage to Turkey with tens of millions of dollars and all his wives. When it became apparent further negotiations would be futile, the Hezbollah resistance forces took part in a closely-coordinated operation with the Lebanese and Syrian militaries to uproot Al-Qaeda fighters from the region. Any force entering this desolate area with the intention to commit a massacre would be disappointed to discover it is uninhabited.
If the so-called activists and self-appointed spokespersons for U.S. Muslims at CAIR are not going to ikhras, they should at least refrain from lying to their fellow Americans and offering cryptic support for terrorists in the collective name of the U.S. Muslim community. Muslims who were born and raised in the Arab world, speak Arabic with native ability and are well-informed about Arab geography, politics and current events have a moral responsibility to tell the truth and expose CAIR activists’ cryptic support for terrorism and the lies peddled to the U.S. public in our collective community name.
Palestinian-American Zionist Ray Hanania
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Ray Hanania comes out of mourning over Shimon Peres to continue his campaign to divide Christian and Muslim Palestinians. The disgraced Palestinian-American Zionist and anti-Muslim bigot has been doing all he can to divide Palestinians and Arabs along religious lines in order to better serve the interests of the usurping Zionist entity. Although the irrelevant clown in Midwest America will have no impact on Arabs or Arab-Americans, it is important to remain vigilant by exposing and condemning such efforts. Two years ago Ray began calling on Christian Arabs to join with Israel in an anti-Muslim alliance. He even started a Facebook group to “Save Arab Christians.” The group is made up of 10 people, including all of Ray’s friends and relatives. As if to claim his call has been answered he now preposterously claims that more and more Christian Arabs are joining the same Zionist occupation army that has been ethnically cleansing, occupying and murdering Palestinians, both Christian and Muslim, since 1948. All Palestinians, indeed all Arabs, understand their enemy is not each other, but the Zionist colonial entity. That is why all Palestinians and Arabs remain united and determined to liberate Palestine from the river to the sea. Zionist propagandists have failed to divide Palestinians, and there is no reason to worry that an irrelevant and shunned outcast in Midwest America will succeed in what far more capable and smarter Zionists failed to achieve. Nevertheless, Ikhras will continue to highlight and expose these aberrant voices lest anyone mistakenly conclude they represent even a minute fraction of Palestinians.
We watched with disdain and bewilderment the behavior of Arab and Muslim Americans during, and especially after, the United states presidential election. What stood out to us is that those most enthusiastic about participating in the public ritual are the least informed and embarrassingly simple-minded members of the community. They demonstrated a complete lack of understanding of domestic US politics and foreign policy formulation. With a Middle School understanding of US government, they accept all the basic assumptions of the U.S. political system and culture without any critical thought. It was quite amusing to watch how seriously these Arab and Muslim Americans took themselves and the election. Of course, there is no such thing as an Arab or Muslim American voting bloc, and both communities remain totally and completely irrelevant. Nevertheless, a handful of Arab and Muslim Americans desperately seeking acceptance within the U.S. mainstream appointed themselves as representatives of our community and set out to, as their favorite cliche goes, “engage the U.S. electoral and political process.”
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The reaction to Max Blumenthal’s two-part report into a few of the players behind the campaign for a U.S./NATO war on Syria has been remarkable to watch. A few observations are in order. First, there was absolutely nothing new in the report. The information Blumenthal detailed in English has been well-known to the Syrian intelligence community and widely reported in Syrian media. Second, had any or all of the factual assertions in Blumenthal’s report been made by a Syrian reporter, journalist or activist (and they have) they would have been, at best, disregarded. A Syrian reporting the same information is attacked or dismissed as an “Assad shill” or “shabih” (Blumenthal has spent the last five years doing exactly that), but when reported by a white guy in America it becomes investigative journalism.
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Public funeral for victims of the infamous Qana massacre in South Lebanon, April, 1996. Shimon Peres ordered the attack on the UN compound that killed 106 Lebanese civilians earning him the moniker “Butcher of Qana.”
“To Poland we belong and to Poland we shall return.“
Palestinian-American Zionist and Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month award winner Ray Hanania once again reminds us why he is the most disgraced and ridiculed member of the Arab-American community. After the death of Polish, career war criminal Shimon Peres Hanania wrote the following in a Facebook entry:
“The death of Shimon Peres has been too depressing for those like me who hope for peace based on Two-States…”
Hanania’s comments are an insult to Peres’ countless victims dating back prior to the establishment of the usurping Zionist entity. It is outrageous and disgraceful for anyone to express such sadness over the passing of one of the most ruthless mass-murderers of the 20th Century, but when such sentiments are expressed by a Palestinian (even a 3rd generation Palestinian-American) they reveal not only a moral bankruptcy, but a complete and total disconnect and alienation from Palestinian reality.
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Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney enjoying a boat ride down the Grand Canal in Venice.
When British-Lebanese Attorney Amal Alamuddin was suddenly thrust into the limelight with her engagement to a Hollywood actor, we at Ikhras were the first to expose her record as a little-known partner to a U.S.-Israeli project and a brutal dictator. Since then the now Amal Clooney has become a Western media darling and celebrity activist, but among principled human rights defenders she has only added to the bill of particulars building against her.
Amal Clooney’s latest foray into the public spotlight has been her stated desire and “delight” to prosecute Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for alleged war crimes in the Syrian civil war. On the surface, her self-aggrandizing statement would not be so untoward were it not for her abysmal record in the field of human rights itself.
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Names And Flags Of The 22 Armed Groups In Eastern Aleppo
Building on an over five-year, almost entirely fictional narrative about a popular uprising in Syria, recent developments on the ground in Aleppo have triggered a new propaganda blitz complete with a new set of provable lies. The following are ten facts about Aleppo that must be accepted by any objective, informed and rational observer regardless of one’s political views and opinions regarding Syria.
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Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner Prince Turki al-Faisal
The Ikhras awards committee is pleased to announce the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award for May, 2015 goes to Prince Turki al-Faisal, the Saudi-Wahhabi regime’s former intelligence chief for almost three decades and one of the ruling family’s senior leaders. Turki earned the award for a meeting he held with career war criminal and former Israeli national security advisor Yaakov Amidror. Dubbed “A Conversation on Security and Peace in the Middle East”, the highly publicized meeting was hosted by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the (un) official “think-tank” of the leading pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Turki’s meeting with representatives of the usurping Zionist entity is nothing new. In recent years he has met with several high ranking Israeli war criminals and politicians including former intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, Israel’s Foreign Ministry Director Dore Gold, and MKs Dan Meridor, Meir Sheetrit, Yair Lapid. Turki also penned a special article for Haaretz’s inaugural “Israel Peace Conference” in 2014. A year later, Turki gave Haaretz a televised interview to coincide with the second sardonically described “Israel Peace Conference.” What is notably new is the Saudi regime’s willingness and seeming enthusiasm to highlight and publicize their increasing meetings and ties with Israeli leaders which had hitherto always been conducted clandestinely.
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For the last few years the widely ridiculed Palestinian-American Zionist Ray Hanania has repeatedly made the absurd claim he is constantly attacked by Arab and Muslim Americans and the Palestine solidarity community simply because he is a Christian and/or because he is married to a Jewish woman. We at ikhras have often been the target of this smear-mongering and malicious mudslinging. Just this week the Ikhras-Shoe-Of-The-Month award winner launched another bitter attack on ikhras claiming we are “anti-Christian” and that we have “done more to undermine and destroy the Palestinian movement for freedom than anyone else!!!!” Our readers, including both supporters and detractors, recognize this is a completely baseless and ridiculous allegation unworthy of any direct response. It is, however, an opportunity to remind Ray why he has become a thoroughly disgraced and shunned outcast among the Arab and Muslim American communities and all Palestine solidarity activists. The following are twelve reasons to pelt Ray with twelve pairs of shoes and none of them are related to his or his wife’s religious persuasion. They are listed in no particular order.
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[IKHRAS NOTE: In the interest of full disclosure Ikhras maintained a cordial and friendly relationship with Linda Sarsour over a period of three years. We had no alternative but to terminate this relationship for reasons that will become apparent. Moreover, and in the interest of full honesty, it is this relationship along with requests from community members to postpone this blog post in hopes of steering Sarsour in the right direction that delayed its publication. These same community members have now urged exposing this fake activist and we can no longer remain silent. The following report is partly based on a visit by Ikhras to Brooklyn, New York late last year and interviews with local community activists, former friends and colleagues of Sarsour, and Sarsour family members.
The “Revolutionary Activist” Enjoys Being Chauffeured Between Events Around New York
Linda Sarsour is the Executive Director of the local taxpayer-funded Arab-American Association of New York (AAANY) where she began her “activism” over ten years ago. A Sarsour family friend and AAANY founder, Basemah Atweh, invited her to join the organization and assured her if she volunteered she will eventually be offered a paid position. Less than two months after her “volunteer work” helping newly arrived immigrants get settled and adjust to life in the U.S. Sarsour was hired in a paid, full-time capacity. Even in those very early years former colleagues who worked with Sarsour noticed she was driven exclusively by personal interests and eager to insert herself in the forefront, especially if an opportunity to meet with members of the local political establishment and power elite presented itself. After surviving a car crash in which Atweh was killed, Sarsour took over the organization. It was at this time that she reached an arrangement with her husband and family members providing her with the luxury of devoting all her time and attention to transforming herself into a full-time, career activist of the worst kind. Many poor and working class men and women with far more talent and potential to contribute to their communities do not have the luxury of devoting any amount of time to causes they genuinely believe in, let alone a full-time career as a fake activist without even requiring the services of a paid babysitter. With the increased media exposure she has been recently receiving, her entire public persona has now become a masquerade inundated with pretense and exaggeration. While much of it has provided entertainment for Arab-Americans in NY, activists are now concerned the activities of this fraudster have become politically corrosive to the issues and causes of concern to the community.
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