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Ikhras Endorses Muntadhar Al-Zaidi

MZaidi“Oh parties of banditry and sectarianism and corruption, we have come and our goal is to destroy you.”

Ikhras formally endorses Muntadhar al-Zaidi, Iraqi journalist and inspiration behind our notorious Shoe-of-the Month Award, for parliament in the upcoming Iraqi elections. Muntadhar Al-Zaidi, the man who hurled both his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush during a December 2008 press conference in Baghdad, shouting, “this is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog” after the first and, “this is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq” after the second; who threw his shoes at American colonialism, imperialism and occupation; at decades of sanctions which decimated and impoverished Iraqis; at the despotism and tyranny in Iraq and across the region long supported by multiple U.S. presidents; at the Western powers who fueled and stoked the fires of the Iran-Iraq war at the expense of a million lives; at Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qa’ida, and their ISIS successors – figures and groups who American intelligence agencies in conjunction with the Saudi regime and other Gulf nations viciously unleashed on the country; at the wanton corruption, cronyism and sectarianism of the Maliki government and all Iraqi politicians who lined their pockets with stolen money and fed off the blood of the people; at Blackwater and the imported mercenary forces; at Abu Ghraib and the torture centers established by the occupiers; at the Green Zone and its palaces for the privileged; at the Zionists and their backers that tried to cripple Iraq with their schemes; Muntadhar al-Zaidi, whose shoes spoke for us all, we endorse and salute you.

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner – August 2017


The Ikhras awards committee is pleased to announce the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month for August, 2017 is awarded to the UAE’s ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba. Otaiba, who is proudly marketing himself as the new Arab face of the emerging GCC-Israel alliance, is proving to be a hawkish actor at the behest of Israel’s most aggressive lobbying groups. The UAE ambassador, son of the country’s first oil minister, avoids all mention of Palestine and centers his policy remarks around how the UAE can best serve the interests of U.S. imperialism and the usurping Zionist entity. What Otaiba’s actions and recently leaked emails further prove is not only is there a budding plot against Iran, Syria and the region, but that GCC actors will work tirelessly with the Zionist lobby behind closed doors in order to sacrifice the Palestinians and liquidate the Palestine cause.

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner – May 2016

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner Prince Turki al-Faisal

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner Prince Turki al-Faisal

The Ikhras awards committee is pleased to announce the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award for May, 2015 goes to Prince Turki al-Faisal, the Saudi-Wahhabi regime’s former intelligence chief for almost three decades and one of the ruling family’s senior leaders. Turki earned the award for a meeting he held with career war criminal and former Israeli national security advisor Yaakov Amidror. Dubbed “A Conversation on Security and Peace in the Middle East”, the highly publicized meeting was hosted by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the (un) official “think-tank” of the leading pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Turki’s meeting with representatives of the usurping Zionist entity is nothing new. In recent years he has met with several high ranking Israeli war criminals and politicians including former intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, Israel’s Foreign Ministry Director Dore Gold, and MKs Dan Meridor, Meir Sheetrit, Yair Lapid. Turki also penned a special article for Haaretz’s inaugural “Israel Peace Conference” in 2014. A year later, Turki gave Haaretz a televised interview to coincide with the second sardonically described “Israel Peace Conference.” What is notably new is the Saudi regime’s willingness and seeming enthusiasm to highlight and publicize their increasing meetings and ties with Israeli leaders which had hitherto always been conducted clandestinely.

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner – November 2015

PopeTawadrosIIThe ikhras awards committee is pleased to announce the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award for November, 2015 goes to Pope Tawadros II. Pope Tawadros earned this honor after embarking upon a normalizing visit to Jerusalem. The visit to the occupied Palestinian capital marks the first time the head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church has visited the city since it fell under Israeli occupation in 1967.

After the signing of the Camp David “peace accords” between” the Anwar Sadat regime and the usurping Zionist entity in 1978, the late Egyptian Pope Shenouda III issued a papal ban preventing members of the Egyptian Coptic Church from visiting the Arab city while under Israeli occupation.  Israeli tourism to Egypt had boomed following the treaty, but it had little to no reciprocal effect on the part of Egyptians. The treaty, from the outset, as it remains today, was highly unpopular among all Egyptians making it unlikely that any significant number of Egyptians would visit occupied Palestine. Nevertheless, Pope Shenouda was a highly principled and politically astute leader and understood that any visits, even by a handful of Egyptians, including any Egyptian Coptic Christians, would be a propaganda victory for Israeli hasbarists. Pope Shenouda was the head of the church for over 40 years and remained opposed to any normalization with Israel until he died.

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner – March 2015


The ikhras awards committee is pleased to announce the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award for March, 2015 goes to the euphemistically described Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid. Eid earned the prestigious award for his participation in the StandWithUs Anti-BDS Conference 2015. Eid, who played the role of that rare “good Palestinian”, was touted as one of the two most notable speakers along with Alan Dershowitz, the high-profile, “liberal” pro-Israel Harvard Law Professor that has advocated torture, the demolition of Palestinian homes and eradication of entire towns. Eid has made a name for himself among a select few by traveling around the world as a pro-Israel advocate. His travels, itineraries, and speaking engagements have been organized by Zionist lobbying groups that apparently have assigned him the task of undermining pro-Palestine solidarity activism with a special focus on Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns.

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner – December 2014

December 2014 Shoe Winner

The ikhras awards committee is pleased to announce the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award for December, 2014 goes to the former Executive Director of the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP), Ghaith Al-Omari. After eight years with the ATFP Al-Omari is leaving to join the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP). As is well-known WINEP was founded by AIPAC donors and employees as the research arm of the pro-Israel lobby in order to provide ostensibly objective research that supports the AIPAC policy positions while masquerading as an objective “think tank.”

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner – November 2014


The ikhras awards committee is pleased to announce the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award for November, 2014 goes to the Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize recipient Tawakkol Karman. Karman, the most widely known “Arab Spring” celebrity activist promoted by Western regimes and media outlets, earned the award based on a disgraceful speech she delivered at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) banquet in Orange County, California on November 8.

It is difficult to imagine a more vapid and shallow speech. Delivered mostly in English, one had to be a native speaker of Arabic to decipher the jumbled thoughts and meaningless rambling that went on for over 30 minutes. The speech was written in Arabic with directions and guidance from her hosts at CAIR who apparently asked her to cater the speech to a US audience. It was then poorly translated into English and delivered with all the skill and charisma only a parent of an annoying and nervous child at a school recital would appreciate.

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner – October 2014

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The Ikhras awards committee is pleased to announce the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe-of-the-Month Award for October, 2014 goes to the Arab-American National Museum (AANM). The AANM in Dearborn, Michigan describes itself as “the first and only museum in the United States devoted to Arab American history and culture.” Ikhras recently visited the AANM and confirmed the following.  At the head of the museum’s main staircase is an interactive map of the Arab World.  Across that map where one should see Palestine instead has the outline of “Israel” represented within the “Green Line”, the demarcation lines established by the 1949 armistice agreements between the newly established Zionist entity and the surrounding Arab states. That in and of itself would be enough to earn the AANM the prestigious ikhras “Shoe-Of-The-Month” Award, as the usurping Zionist squatter state has no moral or legal right to exist. However, AANM one-upped itself in a statement from its official Twitter account when ikhras editors called out this glaring offense:

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner – August 2014

hisham milhem with shoe

The Ikhras awards committee is pleased to announce the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe-of-the-Month Award for August, 2014 goes to the Washington bureau chief of Al Arabiya News Channel Hisham Melhem. Melhem earned the award for an article he wrote for the Al-Arabiya website on the rise of ISIS. Blaming the rise of ISIS on Arab societal ills and political culture has become very fashionable among those working in the Arab oil and gas media and catering almost exclusively to a western audience, but rather than offering any insight into the rise of ISIS they are easily recognized as transparent attempts to leverage the recent attention garnered by the dramatic rise of the ruthless terrorist group to advance a political agenda.

We can all agree that self-criticism is healthy and necessary, but we need to also be mindful of the difference between constructive self-criticism and unhealthy self-flagellation which serves no purpose other than revealing the personal or political pathology of the person engaging in it. We must also draw a clear distinction between self-criticism intended to address the political or social ills of any given society and racist clichés and bigoted narratives of individuals trying to ingratiate themselves with an elite group from a different society perceived to be superior by the individual ostensibly engaging in the constructive and healthy form of self-criticism.

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner – July 2014


The Ikhras editors are pleased to announce the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe-of-the-Month Award for July, 2014 goes to Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). Rep. Keith Ellison earned this award for his July 29 Op-Ed in the Washington Post. Rep. Ellison’s disgraceful Op-Ed came just a few days after the “White House Iftar” which he attended and was joined by other guests including the Israeli ambassador, Ron Dermer. That evening as the Congressman dined with Dermer, he listened politely to a short speech by the US President in which he justified Israel’s massacre in Gaza and made sure to remind the ostensible leaders of the US Muslim community that “Israel has the right to defend itself.” Instead of walking out immediately and issuing a condemnation of the outrageous remarks, Rep. Ellison waited until the end and applauded.

Looking back now, Ellison’s timid and short-sighted article was foreshadowed by his rejection of community calls to boycott the annual event in which establishment Muslims are invited to serve as props in a government propaganda spectacle. Instead, Rep. Ellison defended his decision to attend by employing vapid and worn out clichés about a having a “seat at the table” and engaging in the “conversation.” It was reported that Barak Obama left immediately after the speech so it’s unlikely Rep. Ellison had much of an opportunity to engage in a “conversation” with the President about his supposed opposition to the US-backed, Israeli pogrom.

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner – May 2014


On behalf of all Palestinian refugees denied the right of return, those who remain under occupation and not included as part of any papal delegation, and on behalf of all Lebanese victims of the Israeli occupation army and its proxy militia, the Ikhras editors are pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras-Shoe-of-the-Month Award for May 2014 is Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai.

Ikhras condemns the lamentable and unprecedented decision of the Maronite Patriarch to visit occupied Jerusalem as part of the papal delegation greeting Pope Francis during his May 24-26 pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

No Maronite patriarch, not even Rai’s predecessor, Nasrallah Sfeir—a sectarian and polemic figure who openly advocated on behalf of the U.S. and Saudi-backed March 14 political coalition—has traveled to Israel since the Zionist state’s inception in 1948.

“I told Prime Minister [Tammam Salam] that we are going to Jerusalem on a church- and pastoral-related visit,” Rai said. “There is no political motive behind the visit.”

No political motive? As one of the highest religious authorities in Lebanon, and in light of the brutal legacy of Israeli occupation of Lebanon and its savage 2006 assault, the mere act of travelling there becomes political.

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The Month-Award Winner – October 2013

Son of oil sheikh with shoe

“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.” George Orwell

 “The destruction of culture is the only clear outcome of the phenomenon of the petrol “patronage” of culture.” Mahmoud Darwish (1982)

The Ikhras editors are pleased to announce the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe-of-the-Month Award for October, 2013 goes to UAE-based tweeter Sultan Alqassemi. In an audacious article that generated heated debate on social networking sites, Alqassemi presented the ludicrous suggestion that Arab culture has moved from its traditional capitals, Beirut, Cairo and Baghdad, to the Gulf region, specifically Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Dubai and Doha. Alqassemi offers the laughable idea that “in almost every other sense [Gulf cities have] far outstripped their sister cities in North Africa and the Levant.” While some political commentators, like the Angry Arab, have addressed the absurdity of this premise on a domestic level, it is noteworthy to highlight Alqassemi’s glaring omission of the Gulf countries’ monstrous foreign policies towards life, art and culture in the Levant and North Africa.

Ikhras Shoe Of The Month Award Winner – July 2013

obama and muslim arab american iftar with shoe

Their names do not appear on the American President’s “kill list”, the list of individual’s from exclusively Muslim or Muslim-majority countries singled out for extra-judicial assassination, and whose murder requires pre-approval by Barak Obama personally. Nor will their names be found on the US Government’s “no-fly” list or the FBI’s most wanted.  These carefully selected Muslim names appeared on the invitation list for the White House Iftar Dinner on July 25, 2013.  They included those you would normally expect such as American politicians and government officials and the ambassadors or representatives of Muslim-majority countries with regimes approved by the empire.  But the guest list also included a handful of American Muslims described as “grassroots leaders” within the American Muslim community. They were invited to Obama’s iftar as ostensible representatives of an American Muslim community that doesn’t know them and has never heard of them. Although the ikhras awards committee was unable to determine the identities of these individuals, we are pleased to announce they are the collective winners of the Muntadhar Zaidi  Ikhras Shoe of the Month Award for July, 2013.

Ikhras Shoe Of The Month Award Winner – May 2013

aljazzira logo with shoeThe Ikhras editors are pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe of the Month Award for May, 2013 is the Al Jazeera English website. The website earned this month’s shoe after deciding to remove an article, The Last Of The Semites, by Palestinian-American academic & Columbia University Professor Dr. Joseph Massad. The article’s criticism of Zionism as inherently anti-Semitic and its focus on the historical relationship between the Zionist movement and anti-Semitic European leaders and governments (including Nazi Germany) and their shared vision and objectives was more than the present day Zionists would tolerate.  The article was first published on May 15.  After an uproar by Zionist fanatics and pro-Israel lobbyists including Jeffrey Goldberg and Hussein Ibish,  Aljazeera bowed to the pressure and the article was removed on May 19.  After a backlash from Aljazeera insiders and free speech advocates the website restored the article two days later on May 21, but not before dealing  a severe blow to the credibility of the English-language sister channel and website of the already thoroughly discredited Arabic-language network. 

Ikhras Shoe Of The Month Award Winner – April 2013

Council on American Islamic Relations with shoe 1 (1)The Ikhras editors are pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe of the Month Award for April, 2013 is the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR earned this prestigious honor for its reaction to Boston marathon bombings that killed three and injured more than 200 on April 15. The competition was stiff this month as the predictable buffoonery, expressions of moral outrage, and calls for the always ridiculous “interfaith meetings” commenced immediately after the bombing and continue as of the time of this writing.  One community clown who recently discovered his Islamic heritage after the age of 40 as part of a new career path actually began a CNN segment with “I’m a Muslim and I despise terrorism.” April was a month in which we regret we have but one shoe to throw and we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination (ADC) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) were among the finalists.  After an initially strong showing the ADC fell behind when it was reported that the suspects were Muslims, but not Arabs. The ADC is only responsible for the potential transgressions of 350 Million Arabs.  Like CAIR, MPAC also assumed responsibility for about 1.5 billion Muslims and earned the dubbing Muslim Public Apology Center.  However, after careful consideration the ikhras awards committee determined that the response of CAIR’s far more extensive network to the Boston bombings was the best illustration of the house behavior this award was established to recognize.