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Thank Tolerant War Criminals

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.

Zogby: Wrong on African-Americans, Wrong on Arab-Americans

Uncle James Zogby, the embodiment of all that is wrong with Arab-Americans claiming to be representatives of our community, came out in defense of Shirley Sherrod saying “I understood her plight because I, and many other Arab Americans and American Muslims, had endured similar treatment.”   This ludicrous remark is simply not true and no comparison between the Arab experience in America, with all its anti-Arab racism, xenophobia, and discrimination, should ever be compared to the plight of African-Americans.  After beginning what appears to be a defense of Sherrod, Zogby spends the rest of his article whining about “a veritable industry…of anti-Arab groups and individuals whose job it has been to track our progress and to challenge our every advance with smear campaigns.”   Whatever progress and advances Zogby is referring to is illusory if not delusional. Neither Zogby nor any of the other “leaders”, individuals, and organizations posing as the “Arab lobby” in Washington can point to any progress or advancements by any stretch of the imagination.

Because Zogby and others like him have been a complete failure in having any impact on US government policy or public opinion the only illusory claim to success they can make is to point to the rejection by bigots and fanatical Zionists of their participation in the political process and acceptance by mainstream Zionists.  He complains about “attacks” on him after he delivered speeches at the Justice Department and the Pentagon, or when Al Gore invited him to “head up a project he was launching to support economic development in the West Bank and Gaza.”  The last one came during the days of the Oslo accords and its misplaced hope which coincided with the apogee of Zogby’s political career. Zogby was a fan of Bill Clinton who would visit the White House and pass messages from his mother to the President. Clinton assigned him the title of “adviser on Arab-American issues”,  quite possibly a consolation prize in lieu of what Zogby was hoping would be an ambassadorship to one of his favorite oil-rich, Arab city-states that support his one-man outfit.  Zogby was also appointed to the Democratic National Committee’s Resolutions Committee. When Oslo was signed he was invited to attend the ceremony on the White House lawn, and supported that attempt to liquidate the Palestinian cause and legitimize the Zionist project.  At the time he predicted “In two to five years, Palestinians will have created new and irreversible realities in Palestine. These new factors plus the determination to be a free and independent people will create the momentum that will make statehood a reality.”  (“Palestine, Yes!” The Nation, Oct. 25, 1993.)

The most important example Zogby offers of his critics attacks on his glorious battles on behalf of Arab-Americans and Palestine has to do with his son.  Zogby points to attacks on his son Joe’s work in Martin Indyk’s State department office.   Zogby wants us to believe that he and his son are defending the Palestinian cause and the Arab community in the US and for that they are under attack by anti-Arab groups worried about their “progress.” What he fails to mention is that attacks on him and his son were spearheaded by the lunatic Morton Klein, the head of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).   Zogby also fails to mention that Indyk himself is a committed Zionist who was an Israeli lobbyist before joining the Clinton Administration and later moving to the State department to become US ambassador to Israel.   The complete disconnect between Zogby, who like Ray Hanania, does not speak Arabic, and the Arab-American community is illustrated in his defense of his son’s work for Indyk.  That Zogby would consider such an appointment for his son as a sign of progress and advancement for Arab-Americans reveals just how alienated he is from the community within which he is despised, not respected for such “progress.”    No self-respecting Arab or any person of conscience would ever consider working for a Zionist in the State department.  The role of concerned Arab-Americans is to condemn the US government’s support for the Zionist colonial project in Palestine, and to offer an alternative to the Zionist narrative of the conflict in Palestine to the American public.  Such a fact-based narrative and advocacy will inevitably clash with the acceptable public discourse of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the US.  Those who are willing to adopt such an approach would immediately be dismissed as radicals and extremists unwelcomed in the White House, State Department, or Halls of Congress. But the groveling Zogby, whose primary goal is acceptance within American officialdom, liked Bill Clinton a little too much, and he’s too proud of his visits to the white house and discussions with a President to dare cross the line.  Like the other Arabs looking for acceptance and photo-ops, he knows the proper limits of his “activism on behalf of Palestinians.”

So what is Zogby left with to bolster his claim to the mantle of Arab-American representation?  All he can do is point to Morton Klein, Daniel Pipes, and other members of the lunatic fringe’s opposition to his own participation in mainstream American Zionist politics.  And this has become the measure of success for his pathetic efforts.  According to Zogby  progress and success is to be  found in his appointment as Clinton’s adviser on Arab-American issues, the Pentagon’s willingness to invite him to the headquarters of the US war machine to address a Pentagon “Iftar dinner” at the same time the US is waging war on Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, or in the appointment of his son , a 3rd generation Arab-American to a position in the State department in the office of a Pro-Israel lobbyist, and of course the photo-ops that come with such “advances” and “progress.”

Zogby should never have compared his own spoiled life in the US with that of Shirley Sherrod.  There is no comparison between the African-American experience and any other ethnic group in this country.  If Zogby is looking for a justified analogy with African Americans, he should consider comparing his political activism to that of an African American who joins a white supremacist movement, and then claims proof of dedicated service to his black community can be found in the opposition of the Grand Wizard of the KKK to his participation in that group.  That is the only analogy Zogby can make with African Americans, and if he doesn’t like it he can atleast shut up.  I would say IKHRAS, but he never listened to his mother’s advice to learn Arabic.
B.N. Thanks to Hoda for sending us the Ahram link to Zogby’s article.