Park51 continues to serve its house function; leading Muslims away from the urgent priorities of opposing the occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine and shifting Muslims’ attention to pleading for recognition from the empire and expressing gratitude for its acknowledgement of their legal rights. A number of recent examples on how the Arab-American and Muslim-American “leadership” encourages the Arab and Muslim communities to ignore Zionist politicians’ war crimes and thank them for consenting the establishment of an Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan.
Arab American Institute grateful to Dubya’s administration
James Zogby’s one-man outfit, the Arab American Institute, praises members of the criminal administration of George W. Bush. Afghanistan destroyed, over a million dead Iraqis, 4 million displaced, unflinching support for Israel throughout the second intifada and the Gaza massacre, yet the AAI praises them for “repudiating anti-Muslim rhetoric” instead of working to send them to the Hague.
Muslim Public Affairs Council flattered for acknowledgement of constitutional rights
MPAC is very grateful to Obama and Bloomberg’s “visionary and principled leadership” for supporting “religious freedom.” They are deeply indebted to Bloomberg and Obama for recognizing the US Constitution applies to Muslims. Obama’s continued bombing of Afghan civilians and Bloomberg’s fanatical support for Israel should be ignored. Afghanis certainly understand that New York City, scarce in prayer locations, needs a Muslim community center. Future politicians can learn from this that the easiest way to shield yourself from accountability for butchering Muslims, the best way to eliminate opposition from the Muslim-American community, is to simply affirm the constitutionality of the obviously constitutional.
The ADC wants you to call and “thank voices of tolerance”
Many of these voices of “tolerance” are militant supporters of Israel’s crimes. When you do call them, no mention of their support of the ongoing siege of Gaza should made. It’s not important and it might upset them. Naturally Michael Bloomberg is on the list. It’s not a bad deal. As long as you end up with a spot to pray in Lower Manhattan, you can ignore Bloomberg’s support of the IDF’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, which Haaretz documented:
Speaking at a press conference in Ashkelon, the Jewish mayor said that if he was the State of Israel, he would do anything to defend his residents, and they would expect no less from him.
Bloomberg added that New Yorkers have suffered from terror on only two occasions, but they knew all about it, and that since Ashkelon has been under attack every day since Israel left Gaza, it has the right to defend itself.
Stressing the deep ties with Israel, the mayor said that both US President George Bush and President-elect Barack Obama gave legitimacy for the Gaza operation.
Bloomberg continued to say that the situation in the region was one in which Hamas terrorists wished to destroy Israel, and at the same time were destroying Palestinians who are not interested in war.
Surely the people of Gaza can understand our need to support Mayor Bloomberg. What are 1,400 deaths compared to an Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan?
Ray Hanania also wants to thank Michael Bloomberg
Bloomberg’s support of Israel’s slaughtering of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing siege is a minor detail that should not deflect attention from his noble position on the Park 51 project according to this Arab-American comedian. Once again, Hanania’s politics are more laughable than his jokes.
Arab Americans, Muslims Americans nostalgic for George Bush
Bush would visit mosques and differentiate between terrorists and non-terrorist Muslims, although he killed a lot more of the latter than the former. A letter signed by Arab and Muslim Republicans stated:
As you know, our party has had a long history of inclusion – beginning with our great President Abraham Lincoln, whose leadership on the slavery issue was monumental, and continuing through President George W. Bush whose public statements and actions on the differentiation between Islam and the terrorists who attacked us on 9-11 were critically important. We are particularly proud to note that President Bush appointed more Arab Americans and Muslim Americans to his administration than any other president in U.S. history.
CAIR New York wants you to thank Mayor Bloomberg
If American Muslims continue to thank Mayor Bloomberg at this rate, he will have to expand his staff size and add at least one full time staffer (possibly even Muslim) to accept calls from Muslims expressing their gratitude.