The Zionist entity considers itself to have paid a “heavy price” by releasing over 1000 kidnapped Palestinians in exchange for a single terrorist soldier, a manifestation of the racist nature of Israeli society, but for every single Palestinian that remains held in Zionist prisons the Palestinians have a right to introduce the world to one thousand more Gilad Shalits.
In exchange for a single captured Israeli POW over 1000 kidnapped Palestinians will be released from Zionist occupation prisons. Although a single French man serving in the Israeli terrorist army in occupied Palestine has become a household name with a face, family and friends, Palestinian prisoners are rarely given a name or a face and their friends and family are never interviewed. The human story of Gilad Shalit and his family is well known, but the Palestinians remain anonymous by the thousands.
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[Ikhras note: The following article was first published on ikhras.com last October in preparation for the ATFP’s 5th annual gala. The same rules of etiquette remain applicable this year. Please read it carefully.]
The anticipation for the American Task Force on Palestineannual Gala continues to grow as we near the event later this month. You have less than two weeks to secure a black-tie tuxedo, refine your etiquette skills, and join the ranks of the elegant Arabs. Please don’t procrastinate and put things off till the last minute. One and a half million Palestinians in Gaza have placed their hopes on ending the siege and living a normal life on this event. Millions of displaced Palestinian refugees are convinced this gala will secure their eventual right of return to their homes, land, and property. Palestinian liberation and full sovereignty over all of Palestine from the river to the sea depends on the success of this event. Your social behavior is critically important.
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Ziad Asali’s favorite night of the year is here again. On October 19 the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP), the Washington public relations front for the Israeli-sponsored, Western-funded, American-supervised Palestinian (illusory) Authority (PA) will hold its annual gala. The black-tie event brings out the dapper and debonair version of Ziad as he dons his black-tie tuxedo and prounces around a Washington hotel ballroom bowing before US and/or Arab officials. Ziad must be thrilled Salam Fayyad will be the gala’s keynote speaker this year. The last time Fayyad attended the ATFP’s annual event Ziad’s tuxedo wasn’t draped around him as tight as he was around the American-appointed Prime Minister of the PA. Hussein Ibish will also attend the gala in his own tailored tuxedo, feigning intellectual honesty and wearing urbanity like cheap makeup.
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Hamdi Rifai is a New Jersey, Syrian-American attorney who styles himself as one of the leaders of the “Syrian opposition” in the US. He openly declared his friendship and alliance with Israel, advocates for increased US government meddling in Syria and praises the arrogant US Ambassador in Damascus. He also disseminates the articles of Neo-Cons like Daniel Pletka, and works to stir sectarian strife between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Syria and Lebanon. He has also criticized Russia and China for not supporting a potential US/NATO on Syria. Although his legal license has been suspended for ethics violations and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, it hasn’t stopped him from preaching about the rule of law. His online behavior suggests he is also a very disturbed individual. The following is a sample of what you can find on his twitter feed.
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This photo will upset the likes of Ziad Asali, Hussein Ibish, Ray Hanania, and James Zogby and it will infuriate Mona Eltahawy. It represents 99.9% of Arab public opinion and exposes the lies the House Arabs tell in America. The Washington Arabs can recognize Israel and collaborate with the Zionist lobby because garnering support among the mainstream media and the exigencies of life on the margins of US officialdom require them to do so, but they do not speak for the Arab-American community and they do not speak for the Arab world. Its time they stop lying to the country they decided to make their home. The Arab world and all freedom loving people everywhere will never recognize the usurping Zionist entity in Palestine. There will never be any recognition of Israel and there will never be any peace with Zionism. Peace comes after Zionism.
Photo credit: Ashraf Shakah
State Dept Tool Radwan Ziadeh With Hillary
US State Department tool Radwan Ziadeh today called for a war on Syria. Speaking on Aljazeera’s prime-time, evening newscast “daily harvest”, Washington’s favorite Syrian “human rights activist” did not actually utter the word “war”, but that word is rarely used even by the powers that wage the war. Instead he opted for the agreed upon euphemism of “international protection.” He went on to explain “international protection” would be justified under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. Like the minute fraction of Arabs (they are always a minute fraction) that previously supported Western wars on Iraq and Libya, Ziadeh and a handful of like-minded friends are quick to cite Chapter 7 as a “legal basis” for their self-serving collaboration and a fig leaf for their treason. This is not the first time Ziadeh has expressed his support for a potential war on Syria, but he’s never been as clear as he was today.
Short of the American military invasion and occupation of Syria which Ziadeh is hoping for, at which time he can fly into Damascus on a US Air Force C-17 like Ahmad Chalabi arrived in Iraq, he is unlikely to ever return to the country where he would certainly be arrested and put on trial for treason regardless if the current regime remains in power or not. Ziadeh, who has appeared before anti-Syrian, Zionist groups, has also expressed his willingness, in the event he becomes part of a Western-installed regime in Damascus, to recognize the Zionist entity and continues his silence on Israel’s occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights.
Imperial Arrogance In Hama: U.S. Interference in Syria Must End
In a recent Huffington Post article titled “Support Syria’s People”, James Zogby declared the Syrian regime has lost its legitimacy and called on the league of Arab states to “suspend” Syria’s membership in the organization.
“The Arab League should make it clear that the Assad regime has lost whatever legitimacy it once claimed in the Arab World and promptly suspend its membership in the organization, declaring that the regime has forfeited the right to play a role in Syria’s and the region’s future.”
That the self-appointed spokesperson of the Arab-American community is continuing his decades-long pattern of self-serving pandering to U.S. officials comes as no surprise to anyone. Zogby’s shameless behavior is so well known and established by now that Arab-Americans have been mostly ignoring the omnipresent careerist and his hijacking of the collective community name. As long as Zogby is organizing galas and promoting ignorant, oil-sheiks Arab-Americans can continue ignoring his social calendar, but the community must not ignore his self-promoting activities when they include the cynical manipulation of the 2011 Arab uprising and the political and human rights of the Arab people.
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Whereas on September 23, 2011, after leaving occupied Palestine with an Israeli-issued VIP pass, Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen), the head of the Israeli sponsored, Western-funded, American supervised collaborationist Palestinian (illusory) Authority in occupied Ramallah begged the United Nations for a facade of a state situated on 22% Palestine;
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Ikhras Note: The Muslim Brotherhood is currently the main tool of the US-Saudi led counter-revolution in the Arab world, but the history of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist movements is filled with self-serving collaboration with foreign imperialist powers. The following guest piece examines that history. Nu’man Abd Al-Wahid, a UK based freelance Yemeni-English writer specialising in the political relationship between the British state and the Arab World. His focus is on how the United Kingdom has historically maintained its interests in the the Middle East. A graduate of the University of Wolverhampton in 1995, one of his last pieces is on how the United Kingdom denied democracy to the Palestinians so they could establish a Jewish majority in Palestine. A collection of his essays are posted at http://numanabdalwahid.wordpress.com/
British Colonial Strategy and the 9/11 Blowback
Osama bin Laden gained his reputation as a militant Islamist during the Western backed
counter-insurgency – so-called “jihad” – against the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in
The main strategy employed by the West during this campaign to contain and repel the
Soviet invasion was to recruit Islamists from around the world1 in a war against ‘godless
Needless to say, this alliance or collusion between the West and Islamist did not originally
arise with the invasion of Afghanistan by Soviet troops. Its provenance can easily be traced
back to the challenges faced by British Imperialism in the earlier part of the twentieth century.
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Palestinian American Zionist Ray Hanania is very depressed.
“Well, you wonder why you waste your time trying to do good. Does it really make a difference or does it just make you feel good? Or, does it make you just more unhappy doing good seeing that it can be so unproductive sometimes? It’s that whole “You can see the beauty better when it’s next to the bad” theory. Failed hope seems so much more despondent next to successful failure. This is one depressed Palestinian standup comedian writer and Arab father of a Jewish kid”
Of course, this is understandable. The last couple of years have not gone well for the thoroughly humiliated laughing stock of the Arab-American community.
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The ADL’s Abe Foxman considers Ziad Asali “highly respected.”
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FBI Recruitment Booth At ADC Convention 2007
The ADC is cute.
It spent years collaborating with the FBI and encouraging young Arab-Americans to waste their talents pursuing careers at this ghastly agency. Then, when written evidence of prejudice at the FBI surfaced, American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC) was up in arms (ADC did require written evidence of racism to finally realize the FBI’s modus operandi and to whisper mild criticism).
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Hussein Ibish, the Senior Fellow at The American Task Force On Palestine, an outfit which functions as the Washington public relations firm of the collaborationist Palestinian Authority (PA) in occupied Ramallah, continues to promote Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad, the illegitimate puppets of the PA.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have called for a secular, pluralistic Palestinian state, says Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force on Palestine, which advocates a non-militarized Palestinian state alongside Israel.
It’s time for Ibish and his two friends at the ATFP to openly admit the purpose and function they serve and the role they play on behalf of the PA.
Hussein Ibish has taken umbrage at Iran’s Press TV for misrepresenting what he said and decided he will no longer be giving interviews to the English-language Iranian network. After the interview, Press TV posted Ibish’s latest appearance on its website with the following title: “US main obstacle to peace in Palestine.” Hussein found this title “outrageous” and thundered “the headline attributed to me a sentiment which I absolutely do not agree with and did not either say or imply and which I find completely ridiculous.”
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Ghaith Al-Omari, who recently represented The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) at the Iftar dinner hosted by the Israeli Ambassador, will be discussing the UN Palestine vote along with David Makovsky from the Washington Institute of Near East Policy (WINEP), the “think tank” of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Although the stated objectives of the ATFP is to work for peace between two peoples all it seems to have achieved is a close working relationship between the three individuals that run this shop and the various components of the pro-Israel lobby. The only individuals with whom the ATFP collaborates or maintains friendly relations are pro-Israel extremists whose views not only fall outside the scope of any reasonable debate, but are clearly beyond the pale.
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