In a Washington Post article about Radwan Ziadeh the author cleverly suggested that Ikhras had criticized the Ahmad Chalabi of Syria for, among other things, addressing a Jewish group:
On a Web site called Ikhras — “shut up” in Arabic — he is described as an American-approved “democracy and human rights advocate” who does not represent the Syrian people or their aspirations. The writers rail at him for addressing the American Jewish Committee and mock his reedy voice and uninspiring speeches.
Without identifying the American Jewish Committee as a component of the pro-Israel lobby, which we did in our piece on Ziadeh, the reader is left with the impression that Ikhras was criticizing Ziadeh for meeting with a Jewish group, subtly raising the anti-Semitic charge routinely hurled at anyone who criticizes the Zionist state. Here is what we wrote in the context of raising questions about Ziadeh’s relationship with anti-Syrian, pro-Israel organizations in Washington DC:
Ziadeh also recently appeared before the rabidly anti-Syrian, racist Zionist group TheAmerican Jewish Committee (AJC). The AJC is one component of the Pro-Israel Lobby in Washington. The group which has been described as the “foreign policy wing of the Israel lobby” has taken its activities abroad to promote and defend the Zionist entity. The group has also campaigned for defining any criticism of Israel, a hostile entity in a state of war with Syria that occupies the Golan Heights and remains committed to the destruction of Palestine, as anti-Semitic. The obvious questions are why was Ziadeh invited to share the stage with Zionist fanatics like Gary Bauer, Elliot Abrams, and Jeffrey Goldberg. What was it about Ziadeh that won him the approval of this pro-Israel organization and earned him an invitation to speak at their event? And why would any Syrian “Human Rights advocate” take his case to this group? These are but a few of the questions swirling around the activities of Washington’s favorite Syrian.
An important detail in a devastating article about the trafficking of Iraq’s girls and women:
“I deal with all these pimps and sex traffickers,” Rania says, covered in black, with black, lacquered fingernails and gold bracelets. “I don’t tell them I’m an activist, I tell them I am a sex trafficker. This is the only way for me to get information. If they discover that I’m an activist I get killed.” In one harrowing experience, Rania and two other girls visited a house in Baghdad’s Al-Jihad district, where girls as young as 16 were held to cater exclusively to the U.S. military. The brothel’s owner told Rania that anIraqi interpreter employed by the Americans served as the go-between, transporting girls to and from the U.S. airport base.
For House Muslims in America nothing demonstrates their civility and ecumenical spirit like having an Iftar dinner at the Israeli embassy. During the last week of Ramadan Israeli AmbassadorMichael Oren hosted an Iftar dinner to celebrate the Muslim month of fasting and celebration. Oren, who was handpicked by Benjamin Netanyahu to serve as Israel’s ambassador in Washington, hosted the propaganda function at his residence.
Ikhras is pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Shoe of the Month Award for this August, 2011 is Mustafa Abdul Jalil, former Minister of Justice in the Mouamar Qadhafi regime and the current head of Libya’s National Transitional Council, a body championed and funded by the NATO states and semi-literate, Arab oil-Sheiks.
[A young Arab-American takes a look at the current ills of the Arab world, false perceptions in the West, and the promising future of a unified Arab revolution]
By Abdulla AlShamataan*
Ever since I had become politically aware, the one thing I wanted to witness and be a part of was change in the Arab world through revolution. It had always come as a shock to me that civilians in the West had never noticed any sort of revolutionary current in the Arab stream of collective thought
The following is a petition and open letter to Mona Eltahawy.http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/monaeltahawybds/ We call on all Pro-Palestine solidarity activists and supporters of the Egyptian revolution and the 2011 Arab uprising to read, sign and circulate this petition. (Arabic follows English)
“We are trying to console ourselves through this bewildering rejection,” stated CAIR director Nihad Awad in a press release. “Having spent years proving my patriotism, I was shocked to not receive an invitation. I had in mind some really good ideas to help the President win the war on terrorism and win hearts and minds. Like, offering people in Afghanistan and Iraq dates and iced water to break their fast on.
ISNA stated in a release “It’s useless. We keep offering the US Government our best and brightest youth as interns, translators and soldiers. We not only fail to condemn US war criminals, we even pose for pictures with them. Is it too much to ask for an iftar invitation?”
Earlier this year Mona Eltahawytold a gathering at the JStreet conference, an anti-Arab group dedicated to the destruction of Palestine, “not one anti-Israeli or anti-American sentiment was expressed” during the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. She also told the “moderate Zionist” crowd that if they reached out to Arabs “Iguarantee you will be met with Arabs from every single country…and I will be there.” (Video of full speech included in article). Mona’s views earned her a standing ovation from the Zionist lobby, but they are anathema to Egyptians and Arabs. The following is a series of quotes for Mona Eltahawy on Palestine and Israel that date back to 2005. The New York-based revolutionary currently tending to four or five revolutions has a habit of claiming her words are taken out of context. We have included links to the articles so the readers can view the selected quotes in full context.
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.
Radwan Ziadeh and a couple of his friends (one of them a member of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood) have recognized the Zionist entity. Ziadeh is currently Washington’s favorite Syrian and someone auditioning for the role of the Ahmad Chalabi of Syria. At a press conference held in Moscow after a recent trip to the Russian capital to lobby the Russians on behalf of American foreign policy, the two were grilled by the Syrians in attendance. They were asked to reveal the source of their funding, questioned about their relationship with the U.S. Government, and their position on Israel. They were also asked why neither they nor their children are in Syria protesting. They refused to answer the question about funding or why they refuse to allow their children to participate in protests inside Syria. Ziadeh and his friend from the Syrian MB also made it clear they recognize the Zionist state, and would support the Arab dictators’ “peace initiative.” Visibly uncomfortable, Ziadeh and his two friends refused to address the Syrians’ questions opting instead to suggest the Syrians are agents of the regime. It’s common among Washington’s puppets, especially the ones acting as a conduit for U.S. power to oppose regimes unfriendly to American political interests, to accuse anyone questioning their positions or tactics of being agents of a regime as if the only choices available to Arab citizens is supporting their rulers or self-serving collaboration with a foreign power. This video clearly illustrates how Washington’s pliant Syrian tools would be viewed by the Syrian people.
In a recent interview with PRI’s The World Mona Eltahawy acknowledges the obvious, that the people of the Arab world are one, but somehow excludes any mention of Palestine during that interview. The very oneness she refers to is the reason we find her shameful stance on Palestine so puzzling. To date she has not retracted her statement that “not one anti-Israeli or anti-American sentiment was expressed” during the Egyptian revolt.
he 13th Senate District includes parts of Loudoun and Prince William counties.
Loudoun’s fundraising leader is in the 87th House of Delegates District. David Ramadan has outpaced Jo Ann Chase 10 to 1 in fundraising for Tuesday’s Republican primary. Ramadan has raised $252,775 in his quest for the House seat, which pays $17,640 per year. Chase reported collections totaling $25,425.
They are aye-sayers to power, as Edward Said used to categorize them, or borrowing from Malcolm X, “House Muslims,” as I call them. They have immigrated into the bosom of power. They have realized that the fastest way to cut corners and get successful and prominent is to tell the dominant imperial power something or another about their “native” culture that facilities their subjugation. They are native disinformers. They don’t tell their employers what they need to know, but what they want to hear.
James Zogby, who describes promotional efforts on behalf of Arab oil-“Shakes” , attending galas with Lisa Halaby (we decline to call her “HM Queen Noor”), and hobnobbing with the “moderate” Zionists as Arab-American political activism is defending his most recent poll. The poll which was obviously conducted and manipulated to reach conclusions that are both Washington friendly and supportive of Saudi propaganda interests has received extensive criticism.
An American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC) insider has confirmed to Ikhras that Ray Hanania, until recently a member of the organization’s National Board of Directors, was ousted from his leadership position on the board by ADC Chair Safa Rifka following an uproar by members and supporters of the ADC at the organization’s 2011 national convention held June 10-12. The following is an exclusive look at the behind the scenes story which includes a time line of events that eventually lead to the ouster of Hanania, and what it all means for an organization struggling to maintain its relevance and regain some credibility within the Arab-American community.