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.
Another anti-Muslim bigot goes after Lebanese-American buffoon David “Go GOP” Ramadan and cites Ikhras as evidence of David’s lack of approval within the Arab and Muslim communities in the US. The article, like this recent piece on David hiding in the bathroom, is filled with the basic lies, distortions, and nonsense expected from Islamphobes, but we enjoy watching David attacked by the same racists to which he tries so hard to make himself less repulsive. Anyone who disassociates from his heritage, supports wars on his country of origin, and lies to the people whose country he decided to make his home deserves all the humiliation he has earned. If Islamophobes and anti-Arab racists can benefit from Ikhras’ coverage of David and the other House Arab and Muslim Americans as they attack them, then we welcome their readership. David and the contingent of House Arabs and Muslims are about as representative of their fellow Muslims and Arabs as this hate-filled bigot is of the American people. The rest of us Americans of all backgrounds shouldn’t take either side too seriously, but rather enjoy the spectacle of an immigrant with an inferiority complex begging for approval from a group refusing to accept him despite his demonstrated willingness to continuously engage in self-demeaning behavior for their viewing pleasure.
many Muslims do not feel there is a national Muslim-American organization that represents them. When asked which of a list of national Muslim American organizations represents their itnerests [sic], 55% of Muslim men and 42% of Muslim women say that none do.
We were thinking about James Zogby‘s propaganda work for the Saudi regime, and the other Arab-Americans in Washington who kowtow to oil-princes in the Arab Gulf states, pose as “experts” on the Arab world, and maintain friendly relations with the Arab embassies. Those interested in learning about the horrific, American-sponsored Saudi regime should ignore Zogby and the other Arab clowns in Washington who are either ill-informed, busy hosting the ignorant “Shakes” at their banquets and galas, or both. Madawai Rashid is a professor of Social Anthropology at the department of Theology and Religious Studies in King’s College London. She was born in the Saudi family-ruled Arabian Peninsula and is one of the world’s leading experts on the Saudi regime.
[Ikhras Note: Even by the standards of Palestinian-American Zionist Ray Hanania, his recent attack on international solidarity activists aboard the Audacity of Hope, and other ships taking part in the Freedom Flotilla II was particularly despicable. As his inflammatory, offensive rhetoric continues a New York-based justice activist questions how the ADC can maintain even a modicum of credibility as long as Hanania continues his leadership role in the organization.]
By Marlene Newesri
The Audacity of Hope has been renamed “The Audacity of Hate.”
Whether Mr. Ray Hanania is leaving the ADC of his own choice is irrelevant at this point as he is still a Board Member and notably Vice President in Chicago as so stated on the ADC Chicago website.
James Zogby has been peddling (and trading in) UAE propaganda for years now. I was reading his latest survey and the questions were all phrased in a way that serves Saudi propaganda in the region. Notice that he did not dwell on the the fact that 95% of Egyptians viewed the US unfavorably: he was busy reporting the good news about perceptions of Iran to his Saudi/UAE masters. Also, I noticed that he reported the obvious: Arabs indeed (and rightly so) view Iran’s role in Iraq very unfavorably. As it should be. Yet, Zogby did not seem to ask Arabs about Iran’s role toward the Palestinian question: was he afraid that the responses would embarrass his UAE oil shayks?
Basil sent me this: ”I came across this article which summarizes the results of Iran’s popularity in the Arab world conducted by IBOPE Zogby International on behalf of the Arab American Institute, with the conclusion being that Iran’s popularity has plummeted. What do you make of this given James Zogby’s association with Arab oil money, not to mention the timing of the poll as well? Notice the quotes attributed to James Zogby as well, as if they are coming straight out of the Saudi Foreign Ministry:
“Zogby attributes Iran’s ratings slide to its “manifestly sectarian and aggressive” policies, he says.” ”“This is clearly an indication of the fact that when Saudi Arabia and the UAE speak about Iran, they’ve got the people with them,” he says.”"
In the last week of every month Ikhras presents the Muntadhar Zaidi “Shoe of the month” Award to the House Arab or Muslim individual or organization in the United States whose behavior that month best exemplifies 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.
Ikhras is pleased to announce that the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Shoe of the Month Award for July 2011 is Radwan Ziadeh. A self-declared “Human Rights Activist”, Mr. Ziadeh is currently Washington’s favorite Syrian and can usually be found attending meeting and events at the State Department and auditioning for a role as the Ahmad Chalabi of Syria. He’s very liberal, very Pro-American government– Basically everything America likes. Before presenting Mr.Ziadeh with the July 2011 Ikhras Shoe let’s take a look at how the Syrian Hakawati and inspirational, fiery orator beat out the competition for this prestigious award.
Hamdi Rifai: Israel's Friend & New Jersey Lawyer Suspended From Bar
Hamdi Rifai is the New Jersey, Syrian-American attorney who recently openly declared his friendship and alliance with Israel, advocates for increased US government meddling in Syria, disseminates the articles of Neo-Cons like Daniel Pletka, and works to stir sectarian strife between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Syria and Lebanon. His legal license has been suspended for ethics violations and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.
The writer of this article is obviously an anti-Muslim bigot and not so subtly suggesting David Ramadan may have ties to Hizballah. Ignoring his laughable suggestion, it is still worth reading. The irony is lost on the writer who doesn’t realize (most likely due to his contempt for Arabs and Muslims) someone who hides in a bathroom oceans away from the battlefield to avoid an interview would never have the courage to pick up a weapon, join a civilian militia, and fight the Israeli occupation army in Lebanon. It’s more reasonable to believe that the former Imad Ramadan, while in Lebanon, would go into hiding with the elderly, children, and some of the women (not all: Lebanese women have bravely fought against the Israeli army) when the Israeli terrorist army invades. Muslims like Ramadan who surrender their self-respect, and dignity hoping to make themselves more appealing to bigots and racists deserve all the humiliation they continue to endure.
The first thing that struck me about David Ramadan, when I met him one recent morning, was how timid he was without a retinue. I’d arrived early, and greeted him with a handshake when he entered the café, by himself. He didn’t slow down, but kept moving, directly to the bathroom.
Fifteen minutes later, when he had yet to emerge, I realized that he was scared of me. Only later did I learn why. Finally, he emerged from the potty, at exactly the same time that two supporters arrived.
Hussein Ibish criticizes Israel for its “self-defeating moves” and offers advice on how best to counter the International Palestine Solidarity and BDS movement.
Responding to Israel’s recently passed, draconian “boycott law” which basically criminalizes all calls for boycotts of Israel or the illegal Jewish-only colonies in occupied Palestine 67, Hussein Ibishwrote the following.
A good quote by the late Howard Zinn in a speech titled Against Discouragement at Spelman College. Why do House Arabs and House Muslims almost never say uplifting things like this?
“The lesson of that history is that you must not despair, that if you are right, and you persist, things will change. The government may try to deceive the people, and the newspapers and television may do the same, but the truth has a way of coming out. The truth has a power greater than a hundred lies.”
Hanania must have had better days when he wrote his award-winning pieces because in this article he has clearly lost the plot…Palestinians in Gaza face a dire future and yet one of their own people living in the comfort of the U.S. tells his Israeli readership that those risking their lives to expose and stop this crime against humanity are “exploiting Palestinian suffering as a political tool”, that they “make [...] phony arguments to make Israel look bad” and “the purpose of the flotillas is to express their own selfish hatred of Israel”.
Audacity of Hate’: Palestinian Writer Loses Plot
Checking the coverage of the assault on the ‘Dignité al Karama’ in the Jerusalem Post yesterday I was attracted to another article entitled ‘Another Flotilla Stand-off. The Audacity of Hate’. The link led me to a piece that was thin on factual content but rich on malicious abuse of the flotilla organizers. There was nothing unsurprising that such a rant should appear in this particular newspaper, except that the author this time was the Palestinian award-winning columnist and activist Ray Hanania. May God protect me from my friends?
Egyptian & Palestinian Flags Side By Side In Tahrir Square
The following post was written by By Hossam el-Hamalawy, an Egyptian journalist in Cairo. It first appeared on the 3arabawy website on July 20, 2011 under the title “Zionism and the Israeli working class.” (Photo provided by Ikhras)