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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The Syrian-American Council (SAC) is a front group for a minute fraction of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) supporters within the Syrian-American community founded by wealthy Syrian-American businessmen that either chose to leave or were forced to leave Syria in the early 1980s as one of the previous MB campaigns of wide scale violence was quelled by the Syrian Army. For the past five years SAC has presented itself as the Syrian-American voice of the “revolution.” Every March this handful of Syrian-Americans leave their comfortable, suburban American homes for a short vacation in Washington, DC to commemorate the anniversary of the Syrian “revolution.” This year’s all-inclusive package included meetings with the most anti-Syrian, pro-Israel fanatics in Congress to urge them to support a US war on Syria, an evening of music and fine dining at a luxury hotel, an opportunity to listen to a leading propagandist of the Saudi-Wahhabi regime (and a former fighters with Usama Bin-Laden in Afghanistan) that sponsors the Syrian “revolution”, and a couple of hours of waving the French mandate flag in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
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There is a reason Palestinian-American Zionist Ray Hanania is known as the dumbest Arab in North America, and lest anyone attempt to unseat him from that position, he regularly adds to his stupidity. In his latest effort to maintain a safe distance between himself and any potential challengers Ray is calling on Palestinians under occupation in Palestine 48 to form a peaceful Civil Rights movement to confront ethnic cleansing, colonialism and occupation:
“THE AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE OF THE 20TH CENTURY IS NO DIFFERENT THAN THE CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE OF PALESTINIANS LIVING IN ISRAEL AND UNDER OCCUPATION. BUT WHAT PALESTINIANS NEED IS A CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT THAT IS TRULY DRIVEN BY PEACEFUL PROTEST AND THAT CAN HELP RESTRAIN THE URGE TO VENGEANCE AND REVENGE.”
This is a totally absurd statement, and if, by any stretch of the imagination, one manages to come up with parallels between the two struggles, they would be so generalized and decontextualized to render them utterly meaningless. Statements are not merely a collection of words. They convey meaning and provide the structure within which we understand the subject matter. The struggle in Palestine is not a Civil Rights struggle and the language of Civil Rights is misleading and distorts the ongoing 68-year old Palestinian Nakba.
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Abbas Hamideh at #SupportPalestineInDC2016
[Ikhras Note: Ikhras was inspired by the Arab-American and U.S. Muslim “activists” and “representatives” that hijacked our collective community name, issues and causes for their own self-aggrandizement and in furtherance of personal ambitions unrelated to our communities’ agenda, interests, and well-being. As such, we have focused on exposing, ridiculing and holding accountable House Arabs and House Muslims in the US, to borrow Malcolm X’s expression. Although you will never see them in U.S. mainstream media, enjoying a White House “Iftar”, or groveling in front of pro-Israel U.S. politicians, we do have many Field Arabs who are genuine, principled activists committed to social justice and the liberation of Palestine. Palestinian-American activist Abbas Hamideh is one of these Field Arabs. Hamideh is a co-founder and leader at Al-Awda, The Palestine Right To Return Coalition and a tireless activist. We found the following entry on his FB page which we are republishing with his permission. We call on all activists within our community to adopt this model of activism.
] You can follow Hamideh on twitter and on his Facebook Page.
When Hezbollah was determined to liberate southern Lebanon they weren’t waiting for an American political miracle to do it for them they did it themselves. They finally rose up and took what was there’s. We have a few examples of Arab liberation from Algeria and so on. I want some Arabs particularly in the west to stop feeling this apathy and stop having such colonized minds. Don’t settle for crumbs and false hope. Start believing in yourself and your people and believe that you are more worthy than whatever “solution” is thrown your way. Don’t give up and don’t give in. You don’t have to accept temporary lip service or a trend that’s giving you a “glimmer of hope.” No one is going to give us anything. Spare me the crumbs, spare me the “what choice do we have?” Did Malcolm X give in? Did Martin Luther King give in? Some of you quote these great leaders without understanding their message. Don’t be afraid to want what’s yours and to claim it without any reservation. As a Palestinian you don’t have to apologize to anyone about demanding your full inalienable rights. I know I won’t.
The hypocrisy of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) when it comes to condemning violence and terrorism is common knowledge by now so it should have come as no surprise that immediately following the news of a terrorist attack in Brussels CAIR rushed to issue a press release condemning the attack and feigning moral outrage. This is standard operating procedure for the ikhras Shoe-of-the-Month award-winning organization which has been consistently selective in which terrorist attacks it condemns and which ones it chooses to ignore. This pattern of behavior has not been difficult to discern. CAIR basically adopts and internalizes the racist double standards of Western governments and media. Acts of terrorism in Western cities receive far greater attention that those in Arab, African, or Muslim-majority countries. Rather than offering a clear moral condemnation of all acts of terrorism regardless of the nationality, race, or religion of the victims and perpetrators, CAIR issues disingenuous press releases that amount to little more than transparent political posturing.
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Every year in April James Zogby’s one-man shop, the Arab-American Institute (AAI), holds its annual “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala. The AAI states that it “established the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards to recognize those whose commitment to our common humanity is a living reflection of the spirit the great Lebanese-American poet.” OK. Well, for the past five years the Al-Thani family dictatorship that has ruled Qatar with an iron fist since its establishment has held Mohammed Al-Ajami in jail for the crime of poetry. During these five years, and previously, the embassy of Qatar in Washington DC has been one of the main sponsors of the annual “Gibran Gala” as Zogby likes to call it. What the Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month award winner claims his annual event was established to celebrate is a crime punishable by imprisonment by one of the main sponsors of the event. Zogby has been on the payroll of the Arab oil-Sheikhs (or “shakes” as he calls them) for decades and his hypocrisy comes as no news to anyone. He also enjoys the largess of the Saudi-Wahhabi regime and the United Arab Emirates who will also be sponsoring his “Gibran Gala” next month. For the past two years Zogby, for unexplained reasons, has stopped releasing the names of the sponsors and underwriters of the annual AAI flagship event. We believe this decision was taken as a direct result of ikhras’ highlighting of the “Gibran Gala” sponsors. Zogby is clearly on the defensive about his links to the GCC embassies and the funding he receives from these tyrannical regimes. There is no need for Zogby to feel defensive. He is entitled to maintain relations with any regime and embassy he chooses, but he has no right to do so in the collective name of the Arab-American community. We do not expect Zogby to cut ties to his benefactors which will most assuredly lead to the same fate as Ziad Asali and the American Task Force on Palestine. We do, however, call on Zogby to remove “Arab-American” from the name of his shop.