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.
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;
“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.
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).
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.”
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.
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 anIraqi interpreter employed by the Americans served as the go-between, transporting girls to and from the U.S. airport base.
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 AmbassadorMichael 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.
Ikhras is pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Shoe of the Month Award for this August, 2011 is Mustafa Abdul Jalil, former Minister of Justice in the Mouamar Qadhafi regime and the current head of Libya’s National Transitional Council, a body championed and funded by the NATO states and semi-literate, Arab oil-Sheiks.
[A young Arab-American takes a look at the current ills of the Arab world, false perceptions in the West, and the promising future of a unified Arab revolution]
By Abdulla AlShamataan*
Ever since I had become politically aware, the one thing I wanted to witness and be a part of was change in the Arab world through revolution. It had always come as a shock to me that civilians in the West had never noticed any sort of revolutionary current in the Arab stream of collective thought
The following is a petition and open letter to Mona Eltahawy.http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/monaeltahawybds/ We call on all Pro-Palestine solidarity activists and supporters of the Egyptian revolution and the 2011 Arab uprising to read, sign and circulate this petition. (Arabic follows English)
“We are trying to console ourselves through this bewildering rejection,” stated CAIR director Nihad Awad in a press release. “Having spent years proving my patriotism, I was shocked to not receive an invitation. I had in mind some really good ideas to help the President win the war on terrorism and win hearts and minds. Like, offering people in Afghanistan and Iraq dates and iced water to break their fast on.
ISNA stated in a release “It’s useless. We keep offering the US Government our best and brightest youth as interns, translators and soldiers. We not only fail to condemn US war criminals, we even pose for pictures with them. Is it too much to ask for an iftar invitation?”
Earlier this year Mona Eltahawytold a gathering at the JStreet conference, an anti-Arab group dedicated to the destruction of Palestine, “not one anti-Israeli or anti-American sentiment was expressed” during the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. She also told the “moderate Zionist” crowd that if they reached out to Arabs “Iguarantee you will be met with Arabs from every single country…and I will be there.” (Video of full speech included in article). Mona’s views earned her a standing ovation from the Zionist lobby, but they are anathema to Egyptians and Arabs. The following is a series of quotes for Mona Eltahawy on Palestine and Israel that date back to 2005. The New York-based revolutionary currently tending to four or five revolutions has a habit of claiming her words are taken out of context. We have included links to the articles so the readers can view the selected quotes in full context.
Radwan Ziadeh and a couple of his friends (one of them a member of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood) have recognized the Zionist entity. Ziadeh is currently Washington’s favorite Syrian and someone auditioning for the role of the Ahmad Chalabi of Syria. At a press conference held in Moscow after a recent trip to the Russian capital to lobby the Russians on behalf of American foreign policy, the two were grilled by the Syrians in attendance. They were asked to reveal the source of their funding, questioned about their relationship with the U.S. Government, and their position on Israel. They were also asked why neither they nor their children are in Syria protesting. They refused to answer the question about funding or why they refuse to allow their children to participate in protests inside Syria. Ziadeh and his friend from the Syrian MB also made it clear they recognize the Zionist state, and would support the Arab dictators’ “peace initiative.” Visibly uncomfortable, Ziadeh and his two friends refused to address the Syrians’ questions opting instead to suggest the Syrians are agents of the regime. It’s common among Washington’s puppets, especially the ones acting as a conduit for U.S. power to oppose regimes unfriendly to American political interests, to accuse anyone questioning their positions or tactics of being agents of a regime as if the only choices available to Arab citizens is supporting their rulers or self-serving collaboration with a foreign power. This video clearly illustrates how Washington’s pliant Syrian tools would be viewed by the Syrian people.
They are aye-sayers to power, as Edward Said used to categorize them, or borrowing from Malcolm X, “House Muslims,” as I call them. They have immigrated into the bosom of power. They have realized that the fastest way to cut corners and get successful and prominent is to tell the dominant imperial power something or another about their “native” culture that facilities their subjugation. They are native disinformers. They don’t tell their employers what they need to know, but what they want to hear.