Syrian exiles collaborating with the US Government do not represent the national aspirations of the Syrian Arab people. Rejection of dictatorship, corruption, and injustice must be coupled with clear opposition to US Imperialism, Zionism, and any form of Western meddling. In Iraq, Libya, Syria or any other Arab state, those collaborating with the US are not revolutionaries nor freedom fighters, but self-serving collaborators whose unlikely success would immediately trigger a new uprising.
Barada TV is closely affiliated with the Movement for Justice and Development, a London-based network of Syrian exiles. Classified U.S. diplomatic cables show that the State Department has funneled as much as $6 million to the group since 2006 to operate the satellite channel and finance other activities inside Syria.
Hussein Ibish continues his dialogue with representatives of the Zionist entity. The Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine which claims to provide “an independent voice for Palestinian-Americans and their supporters” has never reached out to any Palestinian-American leader or activist within the Palestine Solidarity Movement in the US. It’s counterproductive, not to mention a bit bizarre, for an outfit that ostensibly seeks “peace” between two groups to meet, talk, and work exclusively with members of one side of the conflict.
A great excerpt from a thoughtful piece by Rania Masri about the ADC:
In response to President Bush’s declaration of the so-called ‘War on Terror’ (which, in actuality, is a war of terror), and specifically his declaration of war on Afghanistan in 2001, the ADC National Office under the leadership of Dr. Ziad Assali issued two public statements of support. Thus, the ADC’s position was that it was acceptable to bomb a country in violation of international law, acceptable to criminalize an entire population, acceptable to embrace the decontextualization promoted by the media and the U.S. government – so long as the victims were not Arabs. As then ADC Texas Chapter President Sylvia Shehadeh wrote in her letter of resignation from the ADC, “If we are truly anti discrimination we cannot align ourselves with racist policies and double standards.”
(Ironically, the ADC national office issued their statements of support at the same time that ADC Chapters across the country were protesting against the war – which is indicative of another kind of separation of issues: Arab-American organizations call for their voice to be heard by the U.S. government while refusing to implement democratic reform within their own organizations.) National Arab and Muslim organizations that supported the Bush war against Afghanistan did so out of fear of otherwise appearing unpatriotic in the eyes of the general American public. After doing so, they quickly won the personal support of Bush in publicly condemning domestic acts of racism against Arabs and Muslims, which was effective in reducing the random hate crimes committed against Arabs and Muslims in the U.S., but ineffective in reducing the institutional targeting against them.
The one group of people that should be ignored when it comes to the killing of the long ago irrelevant Usama Bin-Laden is the Muslims in America. They’re busy parroting the media hype, and proving how happy they are Bin-Laden is dead lest there be any doubt. Chris Hedges provides an informed, reality-based, and morally-grounded take on the killing of Bin Laden.
Hussein Ibish continues to pretend he can speak Arabic. Today he provided an Arabic statement issued by Hamas which he describes as “damning.” How would you know Hussein? You can’t read Arabic. Stop lying to your readers.
It’s no surprise Palestinian-American Zionist, and failed comedian Ray Hanania fails to see the irony in comparing Ikhras to his own colleague at the Jerusalem Post, Daniel Pipes.