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.
Professor Massad’s article clearly went beyond the parameters of acceptable discourse on Zionism and Israel within mainstream America. By removing the article Aljazeera demonstrated the type of cowardly behavior we have come to expect from House Arabs that place garnering American mainstream acceptance ahead of any professional or personal integrity, and often at the expense of any moral considerations. For a detailed timeline and the full story behind the publishing, removal, and restoration of Dr. Massad’s op-ed see this Electronic Intifada article by Palestinian-American author and activist Ali Abunimah.
On behalf of anti-Zionists and free speech advocates everywhere, and all those that find it easier to offend the political sensibilities of mainstream America rather than sacrifice their personal integrity and moral compass we are pleased to present the Al Jazeera English website with the May, 2013 ikhras shoe of the month.
Every month Ikhras awards the Muntadhar Zaidi “Shoe of the month” to the House Arab or Muslim individual or organization whose behavior that month best exemplifies the behavior of what Malcolm X described, in the language of his own time, as the “house negro” (see video). The award is named in honor of the brave Iraqi journalist Muntadhar Zaidi who threw his shoes at the war criminal George W. Bush at a time House Arabs and Muslims were dining with him at the White House and inviting him to their mosques. Arab dictators and puppets of the empire are also qualified to enter the shoe of the month competition based on their own subservience to U.S.-led global imperialism. Contest guidelines prohibit any one individual or organization from winning the award more than 3 times a year.