Ikhras Shoe Of The Month Award Winner – November 2011

Ikhras is pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Shoe of the Month Award for this November2011 is King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The Hashemite puppet of Jordan has spent the entire month of November reminding the world of his family’s traditional role as a pliant tool of Western imperialism and Zionism’s best friend in the Arab world.  After recently being invited to join the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the American-sponsored club of Arab reactionary monarchs, King Abdullah II has been working hard to remind Israel and the West of the important service his regime continues to provide them. This month he met with the head of the Israeli-sponsored, Western-funded, American-supervised Palestinian (illusory) Authority (PA), and hosted the Zionist war criminal Shimon Peres in Jordan.  Next week he will be coming to Washington to receive his instructions and learn what’s expected of him in the near future.

King Abdullah Continues Hashemite Family’s Traditional Role

No other Arab regime has been as loyal to Zionism and imperialism as the illegitimate regime of Jordan.  In this special guest submission Sumaya Al-Shawish takes a look at how the Hashemite King is spending his time pursuing his families’ traditional role as a puppet regime in the service of Western imperialism and a pliant tool of Zionism.  

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has been a busy man of late.  Last week, he paid a visit to the West Bank for the first time in ten years to meet with Palestinian President and fellow House Arab Mahmoud Abbas. Then he played host to Israeli President Shimon Peres during a brief visit to the Hashemite Kingdom. Next week he is reportedly heading to Washington.

Housies’ Appalling Ignorance

Arab, Muslim-American comedian Dean Obeidallah thinks Muslims “worship” Jesus and Mary.

Kristy Lonestar

luchadora41 Kristy Lonestar

@Deanofcomedy The Quran speaks of Jesus as only a prophet, not the Son of God. And Jesus never was a Muslim.

Dean Obeidallah

Deanofcomedy Dean Obeidallah
@luchadora41 Of course he wasnt- he was born before Islam. But he is still worshiped by Muslims as is the Virgin Mary

This statement conveys an appalling ignorance of Islam’s most basic teachings. It’s even worse than Hussein Ibish’s definition of Sufism as “squishy.”

While Abused Arab Women Continue To Be Ignored, American Media Darling Mona Eltahawy Gets A Career Boost

In this special guest submission Dr. Diane Shammas* takes a look at the selective reporting by Western media outlets on the abuse of Arab and Muslim women, and the colonial feminists’ lack of concern for the real victims of physical abuse and sexual assault which remain unknown. 

I just viewed Mona Eltahawy on CNN today and another from Democracy NOW during the wake of the Libyan Revolution. I do not deny that women suffer violation in the Middle East, as I surely have experienced sexism myself living several months in the Middle East.

Ribal Al-Assad: Tool of the West

[Ikhras Note: Whether it’s Arab rulers, opponents of Arab regimes, so called human rights and democracy activists, members of the mythical Arab-American lobby, or talentless comedians on the margins of American pop culture, the standard by which Arabs are judged worthy of acceptance remains the same. As the US and its Arab client regimes in the Gulf attempt to hijack the 2011 Arab uprising and set their sights on Syria a clique of Syrians scattered across western capitals have found a new role for themselves in the service of US imperial machinations.  In this special guest submission Ikhras friend Tammy Obeidallah takes a look at the sinister activities of Ribal Al-Assad.]

By Tammy Obeidallah*

Most House Arabs are motivated by a desire for personal wealth, fame, acceptance from the West or perhaps all three. They are despicable sell-outs who undermine the struggles against Zionist occupation and broader Western imperialism. However, there are House Arabs with even more sinister intentions than simple self-indulgence.

Enter Ribal Al-Assad, cousin of Bashar Al-Assad and son of Rifaat—notorious for his role in the regime in the early 1980’s—currently living in Mayfair, England and enjoying the support of the Saudi royal family.

“DJ Khaled” & The State Department

The State Department which promotes and sponsors Dean Obeidallah as a comedian is now also promoting a Palestinian-American rapper and radio show host.  The State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs which produced this video featuring Obeidallah (and likely facilitates and/or sponsors his Amman Stand-Up “Comedy” Festival) is now promotingDJ Khaled.” 

Roqayah Chamseddine Confronts Donald Rumsfeld

Ikhras’ friend and guest contributor Roqayah Chamseddine bravely stood up to mass murderer Donald Rumsfeld (she is the second activist in the below video). The day any of the House Arabs and House Muslims confront a war criminal this way, or at least stops collaborating with imperialism and Zionism, Ikhras will be happy to stop writing about them on its pages.

Just When You Thought Hussein Ibish Couldnt Sink Any Lower

[Ikhras note: Hussein Ibish has now sunk further than we thought was possible, even for him. As far as the intellectual godfather of the establishment Arabs is concerned, it is no longer sufficient to condemn all Palestinian resistance to Israel’s violent occupation nor is it sufficient to simply refrain from condemning Israel’s violence against Palestinians.  We must now also condemn, or at least disassociate from and refuse to endorse, any Palestinian condemnation of Israeli violence against them]

House Arabs no ally to Occupy Wall Street

American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee’s ex Media Director and current senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine’s Hussein Ibish wrote the following, encouraging a hierarchical power structure in the Occupy Wall Street over its current decentralized, grassroots format:

The Occupy Wall Street movement, by contrast, shows no signs of being mobilized by a political party or organization to create real change in politics or policy. Any movement so broad-based, leaderless (though there are some organizers who can be identified) and, frankly, unfocused runs the risk of simply fizzling out without leaving any lasting legacy … Arabs should be very familiar with this conundrum. The Egyptian experience in particular has shown the limitations of a leaderless, spontaneous movement. It creates momentum but cannot harness it. That can only be done by organized political groupings.

Gigi Ibrahim

Ibish’s own previous statements undermine the value of the above unsolicited advice to Occupy Wall Street. His concern is more about tailoring popular discourse to his own taste than preserving the movement’s influence. A case in point: he recently reprimanded Egyptian revolutionary Gigi Ibrahim for her criticisms of some Egyptian activists’ lobbying on Capitol Hill.

Ms. Ibrahim had battled Mubarak’s hoodlums in the streets and endured tear gassings and beatings from the Egyptian military. Nevertheless, she became the object of Hussein Ibish and Arab American Institute’s Omar Baddar’s criticisms for rejecting the idea that meaningful change could come from the same institutions of power that had enabled Mubarak, armed Israel and waged wars, occupations and sanctions on millions of Arabs.

5 Issues David “Go GOP” Ramadan Refused To Address During Campaign


Your engagement with America is obviously based on the assumption that all of us Americans are racist, anti-Arab bigots and Islamophobes for whom you must disassociate from your religious and ethnic heritage in order to make yourself less repugnant.  This was clear even before you decided to run for public office.  You have now ran a public campaign for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates based on a strategy of deliberate ambiguity and deception, and the insulting assumption that a majority of Americans are racist, anti-Muslim bigots that won’t vote for an Arab, Muslim candidate.…We will have to wait till Tuesday to learn if you were able to buy a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, but we don’t need to wait for the election results to know the real winners will not be Virginians, but rather the Beirutis that no longer have such a despicable character living among them.


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“I’d like to introduce #IKHRAS, a voice to those resisting US Imperialism/Zionism with focus on exposing House Arabs”

Carlos Latuff, Brazilian artist




“To the writers at Ikhras… you are cowards, and despicable cowards at that … the community should neither forgive nor forget this outrageous and cowardly website … the scoundrels at Ikhras have done a lot in the past 24 hours to add to the bill of particulars building against them in all sane elements of the Arab and Muslim American communities. They have pledged to continue their malignant activities and I have no doubt that they will.”

 Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine

Ikhras Shoe Of The Month Award Winner – October 2011

Ikhras is pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Shoe of the Month Award for this October, 2011 is Palestinian-American Zionist, failed comedian, Radio Talk Show host (but only because he buys his own airtime), Jerusalem Post columnist, and former (following an uproar by members of the organization) ADC National Board member Ray Hanania.

Hanania earned this prestigious honor based on his last column in the Zionist rag that publishes his weekly blathering. In an October 25 piece Hanania criticized the Palestinians’ tenacious and honorable defense of their released heroes, compared an Israeli terrorist soldier to the released Palestinian prisoners, praised “remorseful” Israeli terrorist soldiers while describing Palestinian freedom fighters as unremorseful “mass murderers”, and “terrorists”:

From Tahrir Sq To Occupy Wall St: A Solidarity Letter From Cairo

[Ikhras Note: 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 wroteWe 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

A Desperate ATFP Invokes The Support Of Ray Hanania

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.