: Establishment Arabs in Washington divide their time between pandering to the US ruling class and the officials of American-approved Arab dictatorships. They simultaneously ignore the concerns and well-being of the vast majority of Americans, including Arab-Americans, and the oppressed Arab masses. It is left to grassroots popular movements in the Arab world and the US to bring Arabs and Americans together in a global solidarity movement that recognizes Arabs and Americans are bound together by a set of universal human values and the vast majority of both peoples share the same aspirations and goals for their own futures and a better, more just global society.
When we launched Ikhras we shared our own thoughts on change here in the US and abroad and wrote “We support protests, grassroots organizing, community empowerment, nonviolent resistance, education, civil disobedience, strikes, demanding boycott, divestment and sanctions against “Israel”. Such activism must not be ethno-centric nor restricted to within the US. It should include men, women and children across all religious, ethnic, and class divisions and national borders in order to work for progressive change on a global scale affecting us here in the US.”
With the 2011 Arab uprising and the appearance of the Occupy Wall Street movement such an opportunity now appears greater than ever. In that spirit we are pleased to publish this letter of solidarity from Egyptian activists of Tahrir Square to the American people that have taken to their own streets demanding, like the Egyptian revolutionaries, a more just political and economic order.]
To all those in the United States currently occupying parks, squares and other spaces, your comrades in Cairo are watching you in solidarity. Having received so much advice from you about transitioning to democracy, we thought it’s our turn to pass on some advice…We are all watching one another now, and from Cairo we want to say that we are in solidarity with you, and we love you all for what you are doing.
Solidarity Letter from Cairo
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How desperate are the three guys at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) for Palestinian-American support? Well, they’re desperate enough to invoke the endorsement of Palestinian-American Zionist and failed comedian, Ray Hanania. The outfit, which functions as a Washington public relations firm for the collaborationist Palestinian (illusory) Authority (PA) in occupied Ramallah posted Hanania’s latest article in defense of the ATFP on its official website.
That the ATFP has been reduced to highlighting the support of Hanania for the group says all we need to know about this organization’s relationship with the community it claims to represent.
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The Zionist entity considers itself to have paid a “heavy price” by releasing over 1000 kidnapped Palestinians in exchange for a single terrorist soldier, a manifestation of the racist nature of Israeli society, but for every single Palestinian that remains held in Zionist prisons the Palestinians have a right to introduce the world to one thousand more Gilad Shalits.
In exchange for a single captured Israeli POW over 1000 kidnapped Palestinians will be released from Zionist occupation prisons. Although a single French man serving in the Israeli terrorist army in occupied Palestine has become a household name with a face, family and friends, Palestinian prisoners are rarely given a name or a face and their friends and family are never interviewed. The human story of Gilad Shalit and his family is well known, but the Palestinians remain anonymous by the thousands.
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[Ikhras note: The following article was first published on ikhras.com last October in preparation for the ATFP’s 5th annual gala. The same rules of etiquette remain applicable this year. Please read it carefully.]
The anticipation for the American Task Force on Palestineannual Gala continues to grow as we near the event later this month. You have less than two weeks to secure a black-tie tuxedo, refine your etiquette skills, and join the ranks of the elegant Arabs. Please don’t procrastinate and put things off till the last minute. One and a half million Palestinians in Gaza have placed their hopes on ending the siege and living a normal life on this event. Millions of displaced Palestinian refugees are convinced this gala will secure their eventual right of return to their homes, land, and property. Palestinian liberation and full sovereignty over all of Palestine from the river to the sea depends on the success of this event. Your social behavior is critically important.
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Ziad Asali’s favorite night of the year is here again. On October 19 the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP), the Washington public relations front for the Israeli-sponsored, Western-funded, American-supervised Palestinian (illusory) Authority (PA) will hold its annual gala. The black-tie event brings out the dapper and debonair version of Ziad as he dons his black-tie tuxedo and prounces around a Washington hotel ballroom bowing before US and/or Arab officials. Ziad must be thrilled Salam Fayyad will be the gala’s keynote speaker this year. The last time Fayyad attended the ATFP’s annual event Ziad’s tuxedo wasn’t draped around him as tight as he was around the American-appointed Prime Minister of the PA. Hussein Ibish will also attend the gala in his own tailored tuxedo, feigning intellectual honesty and wearing urbanity like cheap makeup.
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This photo will upset the likes of Ziad Asali, Hussein Ibish, Ray Hanania, and James Zogby and it will infuriate Mona Eltahawy. It represents 99.9% of Arab public opinion and exposes the lies the House Arabs tell in America. The Washington Arabs can recognize Israel and collaborate with the Zionist lobby because garnering support among the mainstream media and the exigencies of life on the margins of US officialdom require them to do so, but they do not speak for the Arab-American community and they do not speak for the Arab world. Its time they stop lying to the country they decided to make their home. The Arab world and all freedom loving people everywhere will never recognize the usurping Zionist entity in Palestine. There will never be any recognition of Israel and there will never be any peace with Zionism. Peace comes after Zionism.
Photo credit: Ashraf Shakah
State Dept Tool Radwan Ziadeh With Hillary
US State Department tool Radwan Ziadeh today called for a war on Syria. Speaking on Aljazeera’s prime-time, evening newscast “daily harvest”, Washington’s favorite Syrian “human rights activist” did not actually utter the word “war”, but that word is rarely used even by the powers that wage the war. Instead he opted for the agreed upon euphemism of “international protection.” He went on to explain “international protection” would be justified under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. Like the minute fraction of Arabs (they are always a minute fraction) that previously supported Western wars on Iraq and Libya, Ziadeh and a handful of like-minded friends are quick to cite Chapter 7 as a “legal basis” for their self-serving collaboration and a fig leaf for their treason. This is not the first time Ziadeh has expressed his support for a potential war on Syria, but he’s never been as clear as he was today.
Short of the American military invasion and occupation of Syria which Ziadeh is hoping for, at which time he can fly into Damascus on a US Air Force C-17 like Ahmad Chalabi arrived in Iraq, he is unlikely to ever return to the country where he would certainly be arrested and put on trial for treason regardless if the current regime remains in power or not. Ziadeh, who has appeared before anti-Syrian, Zionist groups, has also expressed his willingness, in the event he becomes part of a Western-installed regime in Damascus, to recognize the Zionist entity and continues his silence on Israel’s occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights.
Imperial Arrogance In Hama: U.S. Interference in Syria Must End
In a recent Huffington Post article titled “Support Syria’s People”, James Zogby declared the Syrian regime has lost its legitimacy and called on the league of Arab states to “suspend” Syria’s membership in the organization.
“The Arab League should make it clear that the Assad regime has lost whatever legitimacy it once claimed in the Arab World and promptly suspend its membership in the organization, declaring that the regime has forfeited the right to play a role in Syria’s and the region’s future.”
That the self-appointed spokesperson of the Arab-American community is continuing his decades-long pattern of self-serving pandering to U.S. officials comes as no surprise to anyone. Zogby’s shameless behavior is so well known and established by now that Arab-Americans have been mostly ignoring the omnipresent careerist and his hijacking of the collective community name. As long as Zogby is organizing galas and promoting ignorant, oil-sheiks Arab-Americans can continue ignoring his social calendar, but the community must not ignore his self-promoting activities when they include the cynical manipulation of the 2011 Arab uprising and the political and human rights of the Arab people.
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Whereas on September 23, 2011, after leaving occupied Palestine with an Israeli-issued VIP pass, Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen), the head of the Israeli sponsored, Western-funded, American supervised collaborationist Palestinian (illusory) Authority in occupied Ramallah begged the United Nations for a facade of a state situated on 22% Palestine;
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Palestinian American Zionist Ray Hanania is very depressed.
“Well, you wonder why you waste your time trying to do good. Does it really make a difference or does it just make you feel good? Or, does it make you just more unhappy doing good seeing that it can be so unproductive sometimes? It’s that whole “You can see the beauty better when it’s next to the bad” theory. Failed hope seems so much more despondent next to successful failure. This is one depressed Palestinian standup comedian writer and Arab father of a Jewish kid”
Of course, this is understandable. The last couple of years have not gone well for the thoroughly humiliated laughing stock of the Arab-American community.
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FBI Recruitment Booth At ADC Convention 2007
The ADC is cute.
It spent years collaborating with the FBI and encouraging young Arab-Americans to waste their talents pursuing careers at this ghastly agency. Then, when written evidence of prejudice at the FBI surfaced, American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC) was up in arms (ADC did require written evidence of racism to finally realize the FBI’s modus operandi and to whisper mild criticism).
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Hussein Ibish has taken umbrage at Iran’s Press TV for misrepresenting what he said and decided he will no longer be giving interviews to the English-language Iranian network. After the interview, Press TV posted Ibish’s latest appearance on its website with the following title: “US main obstacle to peace in Palestine.” Hussein found this title “outrageous” and thundered “the headline attributed to me a sentiment which I absolutely do not agree with and did not either say or imply and which I find completely ridiculous.”
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Ghaith Al-Omari, who recently represented The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) at the Iftar dinner hosted by the Israeli Ambassador, will be discussing the UN Palestine vote along with David Makovsky from the Washington Institute of Near East Policy (WINEP), the “think tank” of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Although the stated objectives of the ATFP is to work for peace between two peoples all it seems to have achieved is a close working relationship between the three individuals that run this shop and the various components of the pro-Israel lobby. The only individuals with whom the ATFP collaborates or maintains friendly relations are pro-Israel extremists whose views not only fall outside the scope of any reasonable debate, but are clearly beyond the pale.
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Source: Electronic Intifada
An important detail in a devastating article about the trafficking of Iraq’s girls and women:
“I deal with all these pimps and sex traffickers,” Rania says, covered in black, with black, lacquered fingernails and gold bracelets. “I don’t tell them I’m an activist, I tell them I am a sex trafficker. This is the only way for me to get information. If they discover that I’m an activist I get killed.” In one harrowing experience, Rania and two other girls visited a house in Baghdad’s Al-Jihad district, where girls as young as 16 were held to cater exclusively to the U.S. military. The brothel’s owner told Rania that an Iraqi interpreter employed by the Americans served as the go-between, transporting girls to and from the U.S. airport base.
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For House Muslims in America nothing demonstrates their civility and ecumenical spirit like having an Iftar dinner at the Israeli embassy. During the last week of Ramadan Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren hosted an Iftar dinner to celebrate the Muslim month of fasting and celebration. Oren, who was handpicked by Benjamin Netanyahu to serve as Israel’s ambassador in Washington, hosted the propaganda function at his residence.
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