We’re excited to receive another article by Ikhras’ friend, the eloquent Ms. Roqayah Chamseddine. Roqayah is a Lebanese-American humanitarian activist. She is an undergraduate student majoring in Political Science/Pre-Law and Journalism. She was a member of the Gaza Freedom March last December in Cairo.
Ikhras Comment: If , as Roqayah points out in this article, the Arab people’s excuse for not rebelling against tyranny is the “emergency laws” of oppressive police states, what’s the excuse for Arab-Americans? Why are Arab-Americans busy preparing galas at which illegitimate rulers, princes, kings, and oil-sheiks are featured guests and keynote speakers? The Arab Mukhabarat don’t dare operate in the banquet rooms of of Washington DC hotels, and they are too busy keeping an eye on their domestic opposition. More Arab-Americans are increasingly willing to speak out against those whom the ADC and ATFP “honor” at their galas, banquets, and festivals, and Ikhras.com pledges to be their platform.
Ah the Arabs; the inventors of hummus, the culinary architects of falafil, the loud and seemingly obnoxious lovers of football. When they aren’t watching Star Academy, listening to a concord of deluded music by vapid artists or brushing up on their français they are sound asleep – dreaming of shopping in Beirut Mall, dancing in taste-less clubs or uploading a mountain of photos onto Facebook. Très chic, no?
What else is there to fret about? What more is there to care for?
We have our Haifa’s, Nancy’s and Hosni’s. We don’t care for your Barghouti’s, Salah’s and Corrie’s.
Let the Arabs sleep as the rest of us wipe the tears from our cheeks in the middle of the night, laying restless and shaken. Let the Arabs sleep and snore through the screaming of our mothers and the wailing of our fathers. After-all, they are helpless and cannot act – at least that is their excuse.
– You see we are living under ‘Emergency Law’!
– Don’t you know, we cannot speak one ill word against our King or Queen! Don’t you know the reprecussion?
– Sure, there are millions of us, but what can we do? We are just people after-all!
The Arabs are full of excuses,unlike, for example, the Turks. The people of Turkey have shown more courage than the useless body of Arabs preoccupied with their iPod and iPads and iDiocy.
The activists aboard the Flotilla’s to Gaza some months ago did what no Arab community has done for over 60 years,since the illegal creation of the Zionist entity known as “Israel”.
Bl rooh, bl dam nafdeek ya shu? Ya Falasteen? No. Nafdeeki ya Queen Rania, Nafdeek ya King Abdallah, Nafdeek ya Obama.
Those are the ‘leaders’ our people turn to in times of great trials and tribulations.
The Arabs, in their unwavering apathy – are aiding Israel.
How much longer can Palestine be strangled while the Arabs of the world watch and wait for a “chance to act”. Another massacre? More bodies?
Must the Mediterranean sea turn red for the Arabs to act?
No, I doubt even then they will muster the courage to abide by the empty phrases they throw around at rallies and protests – the general populace are simply reactionaries. They are more than willing to shout out that they will die for Palestine during a moment where they are most secure, away from death.
So, as you head out the door do not slam it – do not shout – do not scream. After-all, we don’t wish to wake the Arabs.