The Ikhras editors are pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe of the Month Award for May, 2013 is the Al Jazeera English website. The website earned this month’s shoe after deciding to remove an article, The Last Of The Semites, by Palestinian-American academic & Columbia University Professor Dr. Joseph Massad. The article’s criticism of Zionism as inherently anti-Semitic and its focus on the historical relationship between the Zionist movement and anti-Semitic European leaders and governments (including Nazi Germany) and their shared vision and objectives was more than the present day Zionists would tolerate. The article was first published on May 15. After an uproar by Zionist fanatics and pro-Israel lobbyists including Jeffrey Goldberg and Hussein Ibish, Aljazeera bowed to the pressure and the article was removed on May 19. After a backlash from Aljazeera insiders and free speech advocates the website restored the article two days later on May 21, but not before dealing a severe blow to the credibility of the English-language sister channel and website of the already thoroughly discredited Arabic-language network. Read More »
Two Arab-American women, Michigan State Representative Rashida Tlaib and Rana Abbas, a former member of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination (ADC) in Michigan, have accused Imad Hammad, the ADC regional Director and Senior National Advisor for Public Affairs of sexually harassing them and several other women. The allegations stretch back to 1999, and apparently a formal complaint submitted to the ADC National Office in 2007 went ignored.
Sexual harassment is the most pervasive form of workplace harassment and takes several forms. According to Tlaib & Abbas, Hamad engaged in aggressive verbal and physical sexual harassment over an extended period of time. Such behavior should never be tolerated, and the failure of the ADC to investigate these allegations immediately after they were brought to the attention of its leadership is as alarming and troubling as the sexual harassment itself. Read More »
The Ikhras editors are pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe of the Month Award for April, 2013 is the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR earned this prestigious honor for its reaction to Boston marathon bombings that killed three and injured more than 200 on April 15. The competition was stiff this month as the predictable buffoonery, expressions of moral outrage, and calls for the always ridiculous “interfaith meetings” commenced immediately after the bombing and continue as of the time of this writing. One community clown who recently discovered his Islamic heritage after the age of 40 as part of a new career path actually began a CNN segment with “I’m a Muslim and I despise terrorism.” April was a month in which we regret we have but one shoe to throw and we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination (ADC) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) were among the finalists. After an initially strong showing the ADC fell behind when it was reported that the suspects were Muslims, but not Arabs. The ADC is only responsible for the potential transgressions of 350 Million Arabs. Like CAIR, MPAC also assumed responsibility for about 1.5 billion Muslims and earned the dubbing Muslim Public Apology Center. However, after careful consideration the ikhras awards committee determined that the response of CAIR’s far more extensive network to the Boston bombings was the best illustration of the house behavior this award was established to recognize. Read More »
In a previous post (see Ikhras Shoe Of The Month March 2013 below) we pointed out Lebanese right-wing journalist Octavia Nasr began her journalism career in Lebanon at the LBC network, the propaganda arm of the fascist Lebanese Forces established by Bashir Gemayel with the help and support of Israel before moving on to spend 20 years with CNN. Ikhras has confirmed that CNN was informed of Nasr’s work for the Lebanese Forces when she was first hired. Not only did this not raise any red flags for CNN management, but apparently working for a fascistic organization responsible for some of the ugliest massacres witnessed in recent history makes one an ideal employee at the unofficial US regime network. The following is from Lebanese-American Professor of Political Science Dr. As’ad Abukhalil. We cite with his permission.
When she [Nasr] was first hired I called Bernard Shaw, who was the chief anchor and I knew him some from DC and he interviewed me many times. I told him that she worked for the Lebanese Forces militia station, and he was shocked. He told me that they were under the impression that LBC is the state TV station of Lebanon. I spoke to him at length and he asked me to wait to take notes. He said that he would bring it up with management but nothing happened. I also mentioned I remember that her English was pretty weak.
An outfit in the United States calling itself the Syrian American Council has been active in calling for a US war on Syria. This is a Muslim Brotherhood front made up of Syrian-American supporters of the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. They openly support the MB campaign of terror against Syrian state and society while sloganeering about democracy, freedom, and human rights. For this group, which is about as representative of the Syrian people as right-wing Cubans in Miami are of Cuban public opinion, the FUKUS-GCC proxy war on Syria is not enough. They are appealing for a direct, all out US military assault on Syria. Members of this group have directly appealed to the most racist, anti-Arab Zionist fanatics in Congress including Joe Lieberman, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Eliot Engel, Illeana Ross-Lehtinen and others in hopes of leveraging the power of the empire to bring down a Syrian regime that the overwhelming majority of Syrians have refused to rise up against. As an alternative to overthrowing the regime this group has called for a policy which amounts to dismantling the entire Syrian nation-state and handing the remnants over to the Muslim Brotherhood and their Al-Qaeda allies. Arab-Americans and all those opposed to the US war on Syria must support the joint call of Syrian opponents and supporters of the Syrian government in rejecting any further US intervention in Syria and the entire region. We join the Syrian people in calling for an end to the US-backed proxy war on Syria and the withdrawal of all US military bases from the MENA region. Hands off Syria! US out of the Arab world!
The Ikhras awards committee is pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe of the Month for March, 2013 is Lebanese journalist Octavia Nasr. Nasr is receiving this coveted award for an article she wrote titled “What the city of Haifa taught me.” The article first appeared in Arabic in the Lebanese newspaper Al-Nahar, and the English version appeared the next day on the website of the Saudi family news channel Al-Arabiya.
Nasr begins her article reminiscing about the “countless stories about Haifa’s golden days pre-1948.” The reader can almost detect a mocking undertone, as if life in pre-Nakba Haifa was not quite as “Golden” as relayed by the Palestinian refugees she encountered growing up in Lebanon, or was at least only part of the story of Haifa. Sure enough Nasr then goes on to share her awakening: Read More »
Radio 786 Prime Talk program (Mar 26, 2013) examines Iraq a decade after the American invasion and occupation. Guests include Ikhras Co-Editor Thabit Al-Arabi and Iraqi Ambassador to South Africa Dr Hisham Al-Alawi.