Ignorant or Deceitful?

Mona Eltahawy who takes pride in being “the first Egyptian journalist to live and to work for a western news agency in Israel” was a big hit at this year’s J-Street gathering.  Below is a video of her opening remarks at the racist, Zionist group’s 2011 conference.
Eltahawy, unlike Ray Hanania and James Zogby, two other Arab-Americans who enthusiastically promote J-Street, does speak Arabic with native ability and closely followed the Egyptian revolution.  Therefore, when she told the audience “not one anti-Israeli or anti-American sentiment was expressed” during the uprisings in Tunisia, and Egypt (11:40), she was deliberately making a false statement.

Related article: Mona Eltahawy speaks to J Street, but who is she speaking for?

  10 comments for “Ignorant or Deceitful?

  1. Jonamorem
    August 26, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    This is ridiculous really. I only got time to watch this now and wonder – what are you trying to tell us? That she’s pro Israel? (Your kidding.) Or that she is anti-Palestine? Or just what? How absurd can it get.

    She throws a flaming speech encouraging those who do not normally take this road to march for a free liberated Palestine. And you chide her for that? What am I missing? What was she supposed to say to the audience – f… you? And that would have made them join her in the call for free Palestine? How skewed is your thinking?

    If this JStreet is a racist, Zionist group – how come this flaming speech made them applaud instead of stoning her on the spot? Let them be what you think they are (I don’t know them so can’t say and don’t care) – but then even more you should give her credit for not sucking up to their views (which I take it are not in favour of Palestine) but hammering Free Palestine down into the audience until the people couldn’t catch their breath anymore. Well done, is all I can say! And brave too!

    This criticism is not thought through and truly does not make sense to a sane mind – nor to a friend of Palestine. Any other motives behind this to discredit her? The speech can’t be the reason. She did it! And she did it – for Palestine. Not for Zionists.

    And btw – if you think one should only speak to people who already share your views – you missed something about the impact of debating. You must convince those who do NOT share your views. Everything else is useless and nothing short of politcal masturbating. If you enjoy that, have fun. But it is not going to change the world for the better – nor for Palestine.

    Honestly. Phew.

  2. @ZakYahya
    August 24, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    To be honest, I don’t see what the fuss is about? If you want to approach the matter in a critical objective manner, you need to link or post examples of where you think the Egyptian revolution had its priorities (in your case – anti-Israel), or where they raise any anti-Israel slogans. Everyone knew that the Arab people had enough of their regimes’ propagandas and tyranny, although they love Palestine, as I do – but in this case, it’s irrelevant.

    Of course, I am not saying that the Egyptian people is pro-Israeli, but I just saying that their internal matters were the motive behind them coming down to the street on Jan 25.

    Come on, be reasonable, and give credit to all people who fought and are fighting tyranny. A free Arab citizen is the way to face external threats and liberate Palestine.

    Now, it’s your right to criticize her for not being pro-Palestinian in your way enough, but on the matter you point out at in this post, I say: so what? And how’s this statement false?

  3. Anonymous
    August 23, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    I’m sure you’ve won everyone’s respect by posting two peices personally attacking someone. Whether true or not. Big guys, well done.

  4. Terry
    August 23, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Didn’t this hypocrite Mona Elthawy sit and flirt with Islamophobe Bill Maher in American TV in a mini skirt? Disgusting. 

    • Kathy
      May 3, 2012 at 6:23 AM

      your comment is disgusting as  misogynistic

  5. August 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    As far as I know there were no anti-Israel/anti-USA cheers, at least not in Alexandria.
    Lying about someone you don’t like sure makes you look good, doesn’t it? 

  6. Anonymous
    August 23, 2011 at 5:32 AM

    One thing worth pointing out is that it’s quite possible Mona was not actually paying attention to what was going on in Egypt itself, what with the distractions of CNN and the 4-8 other revolutions she was simultaneously commoditizing.

    • Anonymous
      August 24, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      We’ve heard of mulit-tasking, but multi-revolutions is new. And who would have thought Times Square can hold 4-5 revolutions all at once?

    • Anonymous
      August 24, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      We’ve heard of mulit-tasking, but multi-revolutions is new. And who would have thought Times Square can hold 4-5 revolutions all at once?

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