Ikhras is pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Shoe of the Month Award for this December, 2011 is Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi. Qaradawi, the President of the International Union for Muslim Scholars is the most prominent Islamic theologian in the Arab world and within the Sunni branch of Islam. He is best known for his weekly talk show program on Aljazeera, al-Sharia wal hayat (Sharia & life), in which he discusses a myriad of issues and their relationship to Islamic law as he sees it. He is also the leading figure behind the popular website Islam online and is among the most influential clerics and unofficial leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Not only has Ibish’s strategy of presenting himself as a defender of Arabs and Muslims by taking on the lunatic fringe failed, it has also contributed to legitimizing the mainstream racists and extremists. It’s Ibish’s friends, collaborators, co-authors, partners in “peace”, and ATFP gala keynote speakers that are most troubling for the Arab and Muslim communities, not Manji and the other assorted nuts.
James Zogby, the poster boy for all that’s wrong for what passes as an “Arab Lobby” in Washington DC, has pursued a comfortable, air-conditioned career as the self-appointed spokesperson for the Arab-American community. An unprincipled, career opportunist pursuing petty ambitions and false prestige, this cheap political prostitute for the State Department (which organizes most of his appearances in the Arab world) and the Arab oil-Sheiks of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates maintains a busy social calendar which he wants us to believe is a sign of Arab-American political empowerment. The following are a few entries that establish a pattern we have discovered in his writings and talks. When we stopped we still had over 20 more examples we could have included, but the following should suffice:
Ikhras reader and friend Suha Deeb submitted the following video in support of her nomination for the December Shoe Of The Month Award. After 63 years the usurping Zionist entity in Palestine has been able to win the hearts and minds of three Arabs, including Ray Hanania. This is one of them. The person in this video is from occupied Palestine 48, describes Israel as a democracy, rejects characterizing the Israeli entity (which she describes as “my country”) as racist, and is a volunteer with Stand With Us, a Zionist propaganda outfit.
[Ikhras Note: Gamal Abdul Nasser's words in this video are just as relevant today as they were at the time they were spoken. Freedom, justice, and human emancipation will not be achieved by reactionary forces or those that have turned religion, democracy, and human rights into meaningless slogans shouted out loud to deflect attention from their self-serving collaboration with Western governments. They will only be realized as part of the workers and oppressed Arab masses' continuing struggle against capitalism, imperialism, reactionary forces, and Zionism. Contrary to what a few celebrity "revolutionaries" and spoiled liberal brats tell Western journalists, the struggle for freedom and social justice is intrinsically linked to the struggle against neo-liberalism, reactionary forces and their foreign sponsors]
In an effort to conceal his anti-Arab, pro-Zionist rantings in his twitter feed and avoid ikhras’ punishments for any misbehavior, Palestinian-American Zionist and self-proclaimed “ikhras basher” Ray Hanania has decided to go private. However, our staff working with the technical support team monitors all Zionist activities so we can report them to the public and heighten political awareness. The ikhras group will continue to ignore the venom directed towards us personally, but will also continue to exercise its right to report on the activities of anti-Arab/Muslim individuals and hate groups dedicated to the destruction of Palestine. Ray, you can’t hide your pro-Zionist tweets from ikhras and the community or avoid the consequences of any misbehavior as evident by the above snapshot of your latest cheap shot at ikhras taken after you went private. وراك وراك و الزمن طويل Get someone to translate and explain that for you. When they do remember its not pronounced “Waah Rock…Waah Rock…Waah….Zamaaaawn Tuh-Wheeel.”
Ikhras informed readers last week, in a post titled Housies’ Appalling Ignorance, that Dean Obeidallah thought Muslims worshiped Jesus and Mary. His follow-up tweet didn’t make matters better. He tried deflecting by blaming his ignorance on Twitter and his audience’s bias. Indeed, as the Arabic proverb goes, the excuse is more appalling than the offense. For our purposes, this makes us glad that someone this inarticulate works with the Department of State.
“As long as they remain steadfast and hold their ground in Tahrir, my son Ahmed is alive.”
After the atrocious massacre that began on the 19th of November, and following the aggressive charade staged by the MB and the SCAF since Monday, the revolution continues throughout the country.
Please watch this video and circulate it as widely as possible throughout the day. Follow @mosireen ( http://www.mosireen.org ) for more documentary footage, interviews and ongoing coverage of the continuing uprising in Tahrir and around the Cabinet, as well as testimonials from victims of CSF & military violence, torture, and military trials.
[Submitted by an Ikhras reader who requested to remain anonymous]
Mona Eltahawy’s broken arms have now become a part of Egypt’s revolution, or so she says. In each media appearance wherein she dons two casts, now full of signatures, well wishes and smiley faces, Mona Eltahawy draws attention to her alleged abuse while in the clutches of Egyptian officers. All the while she sits in green-room studio’s around the United States she makes passerby acknowledgment of abuse other Arab women have faced.
Despite having bones broken in both wrists, one broken, swollen arm, and a broken hand Mona Eltahawy was able to tweet some 12 hours after her supposed physical and sexual assault, an assault a number of major media outlets cannot yet verify.
Yet there she is, her face plastered on our television screens, her story being covered by Democracy Now!, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360 etc. etc. ad nauseam.
Ikhras is pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Shoe of the Month Award for this November, 2011 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.
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.
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.
[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.