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.
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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:
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A Palestinian woman, denied entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, shows her shoe to a Zionist settler as he walks into the compound on October 15, 2014. (Photo: Anadolu Agency – Salih Zeki Fazlıoğlu)
To the Zionists, occupiers, trespassers, squatters and usurpers;
To their enablers, helpers, supporters, financiers and apologists;
To the gas and oil dictatorships, monarchies and royal families;
To the House Arabs, puppets, stooges and opportunists;
To the counter-revolutionaries and their phony “revolutions”;
To the sectarian demagogues, petro-clerics and purveyors of hate, division and discord;
To those who strengthen the hand of the oppressor and break the hand of the oppressed;
Today, we show you our shoe;
Tomorrow … tomorrow comes your reckoning.
Ba’al, A Widely Worshipped God In Ancient Canaan
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” George Orwell.
After recently publishing the 10 Ikhras talking points on Palestine for Arab-Americans we received an enormous amount of feedback and questions. Talking point #8, in particular, “Religion: A Distractor And An Opportunity”, was a subject of great interest and led to many questions and inquiries. This is not surprising given the currently dominant, but false, religious framing of the conflict in Palestine in public discourse and the continued exploitation of popular religious mythology in Zionist propaganda narratives. In addition, the religious right within the US Muslim (Palestinian, Arab and non-Arabs alike) community and its counterproductive role in Palestine solidarity activism has further reinforced the Zionist claim system by repeating essentially the Jewish Zionist narrative as if historical while overlaying Muslim titles on the characters. It is essential for Palestine solidarity activists to be informed about the ancient history of Palestine, the abuse of religion by advocates of the Zionist colonial project, and the adoption of self-colonizing myths by members of our own community. In order to effectively dispel the religious myths exploited by Zionism, informed activists will be addressing myths common to all three monotheistic religions. This must be done without catering to the religious sensitivities of any faith group, whether Jewish, Christian, or Muslim. To help confront and effectively respond to this abuse of religion in furtherance of the Zionist colonial project, ikhras is publishing this primer on the topic of religion and Palestine for activists. We are also providing a list of books for further reading on various aspects of the ancient and modern history of Palestine. Before Zionism appropriated the land it sought to appropriate its ancient past. The struggle for the liberation of Palestine begins by reclaiming our history and heritage. This contribution comes in response to the many inquiries and questions ikhras has received on the subject. It is our sincere hope that it helps cast aside self-colonizing mythologies, generates real knowledge, and empowers Palestinian, Arab, and all Palestine solidarity activists.
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Palestinian-American Zionist, anti-Arab racist, homophobe (See “Hanania Emails Scandal”), failed comedian, Radio Talk Show host (but only because he buys his own airtime), former ADC National Board member , former Jerusalem Post columnist, and Ikhras Shoe Of The Month Award winner Ray Hanania is calling on Arab-Americans to join the pro-Israel lobby. According to Hanania, J Street, the racist, anti-Arab organization dedicated to the destruction of at least 78% of Palestine, “has given American Arabs who support peace based on compromise someplace to go.” Hanania considers J Street to be the “moderate”, “pro-peace” voice within the pro-Israel lobby which we’re supposed to believe stands in stark contrast to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) which Hanania says “has actively opposed peace.” In his typically confused, incoherent fashion, he goes on to invoke the model of the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) which he characterizes as the only “major” (it consists of two people and a Washington DC office kept open with generous support from Arab oil-Sheikhs) Arab-American organization “that actively supports the two-state solution” without mentioning the ATFP proudly flaunts its collaborative relationship and alliance with AIPAC. Hanania specifically mentions Ziad Asali, giving the ATFP head a nod of approval. Asali, another recipient of the Ikhras Shoe of the Month Award, joined Hanania on that honor roll after becoming the only Palestinian in the world to celebrate “Israel Independence Day.”
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The Ikhras awards committee is pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe of the Month for March, 2013 is Lebanese journalist Octavia Nasr. Nasr is receiving this coveted award for an article she wrote titled “What the city of Haifa taught me.” The article first appeared in Arabic in the Lebanese newspaper Al-Nahar, and the English version appeared the next day on the website of the Saudi family news channel Al-Arabiya.
Nasr begins her article reminiscing about the “countless stories about Haifa’s golden days pre-1948.” The reader can almost detect a mocking undertone, as if life in pre-Nakba Haifa was not quite as “Golden” as relayed by the Palestinian refugees she encountered growing up in Lebanon, or was at least only part of the story of Haifa. Sure enough Nasr then goes on to share her awakening:
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This photo will upset the likes of Ziad Asali, Hussein Ibish, Ray Hanania, and James Zogby and it will infuriate Mona Eltahawy. It represents 99.9% of Arab public opinion and exposes the lies the House Arabs tell in America. The Washington Arabs can recognize Israel and collaborate with the Zionist lobby because garnering support among the mainstream media and the exigencies of life on the margins of US officialdom require them to do so, but they do not speak for the Arab-American community and they do not speak for the Arab world. Its time they stop lying to the country they decided to make their home. The Arab world and all freedom loving people everywhere will never recognize the usurping Zionist entity in Palestine. There will never be any recognition of Israel and there will never be any peace with Zionism. Peace comes after Zionism.
Photo credit: Ashraf Shakah
Check this out, from the New York Times’ Roger Cohen:
We’ve tried invasions of Muslim lands. We’ve tried imposing new systems of government on them. We’ve tried wars on terror. We’ve tried spending billions of dollars. What we haven’t tried is tackling what’s been rotten in the Arab world by helping a homegrown, bottom-up movement for change turn a U.S.-backed police state into a stable democracy.
Damon Winter, The New York Times
What we haven’t tried? You read that and you think that 1) US wars are about battling terrorism, not expanding hegemony and stealing people’s resources; and 2) the US was driving force behind the Egyptian mass revolt. Such audacity and arrogance to claim the Egyptian people’s efforts.
Instead of a hollow congratulatory tone, Zionists like Cohen owe the Egyptian people apologies and reparations for having supported the Zionist entity, peace with which was the major reason behind US support for the Egyptian regime. See how just a few days ago he analyzed the Egyptian revolt within the framework of what’s good for Israel, forever the axis around which Zionists’ universe revolves:
Biery looked at me with his intense green eyes. “I’m here for my children, so they live better.” That’s a very American idea. Another is this: a nation of laws is fundamental. Mubarak has been a firm ally, kept a cold peace with Israel, and maintained a skewed order at home. I don’t want to see him humiliated. But Obama must stand with Biery against a corrupted, dying regime.
And what is so uniquely American about wanting a better life for one’s children? The old dehumanizing lie perpetuated during the Vietnam war that the Vietnamese didn’t love their children, is clearly still alive and well and extended to Arabs.
IKHRAS GUEST CONTRIBUTOR MARLENE NEWESRI is a Justice Activist based in New York. In this special submission to IKHRAS she rejects Palestinian-American Zionist Ray Hanania’s “logic” and takes him to task for the contradictions, racism, and appeasement found in his writings.
In one of Ray Hanania‘s more recent articles, he challenged activists to prove him wrong on his logic for the Palestinians to win freedom. One significant problem is how any activist would be able to accept such a proposal from a person who constantly contradicts himself, as well as accusing others of attacking him when it has been his own conduct to do so as evidenced by his most recent posting using the term “moron” on quite a few occasions.
While it is true that people can change their opinions and attitudes over time and view things from different perspectives, nothing has changed for Mr. Hanania which is apparent in his commentaries and articles.
For instance, although Mr. Hanania has acknowledged that the rights of the Palestinian refugees are supported by “clear and irrefutable laws” (Palestinians must accept reality of the “Right of Return”, April 2005), in that particular article, Mr. Hanania stated:
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Palestinian-American Zionist in Chicago now says “Palestinians have already recognized Israel.”
This is the same person who has called on the Palestinians to abandon their right of return and recognize a Jewish-exclusivist state in atleast 78% of Palestine. Now he’s saying “The acceptance of this country is not only inherent in the Palestinians’ repeated declarations but also in the fact that their leaders are sitting down and negotiating two states.” When did Mahmoud Abbas and his Vichy regime in Ramallah become the “leaders” of the Palestinians? The Oslo gang in Ramallah maintains its authority only with Western funding, Israeli protection, and American sponsorship including oversight of a police force tasked with quelling all Palestinian popular resistance to occupation. Meanwhile the democratically elected leaders of the Palestinians are under siege in Gaza or sitting in Israeli (or PA) jails.
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The American Task Force On Palestine issued a press release welcoming the resumption of the peace process charade. In addition to congratulating Obama on getting the negotiations “back on track”, the ATFP absurdly equates Palestinian suffering with Israeli suffering, and calls for Palestinains to take “concrete steps” to “instill mutual confidence”. We are not told which sort of measures taken by an occupied and brutalized population would be concrete enough to instil confidence in their occupier and colonizer.
The ATFP also believes that a US regime that sustains the Zionsit colonial regime and is complict in all of Israels crimes “has a crucial role to play in facilitating negotiations that will result in a successful outcome.” And according to the ATFP a “succesful outcome is an “independent Palestinian state to live side-by-side in peace with a secure Israel — within internationally recognized borders and with normal relations across the Middle East.” In other words, a few bantustans that the Israelis will generously allow the Palestinians to refer to as a state and the Arab world’s normalization with Zionism.
Gary Fine, a self-described advocate for a “secure Israel, and a strong American-Israel partnership,” reveals interesting insights about the Zionist attitude towards House Arabs. If there was ever any proof that Zionists are paranoid, it’s in Fine’s article, The Arab Lobby in American, How Powerful?
Relying on Mitchell Bard and Alan Dershowitz, both of whom are relentless Zionists, Fine states:
Is the Arab lobby, its strongest voice-the Saudi lobby, one of the strongest in America? According to a new book by American Middle East expert Mitchell Bard, the answer is a definitive YES!!
The rest of the article, laughably, tries to make the Arab lobby appear guilty of the Israel lobby’s attributes such as serving the interests of a foreign state. It’s unclear what Fine, Bard and Dershowitz are so worried about. How exactly do House Arabs pose a threat to the Zionist-American establishment? What better ally could Zionists dream of than House Arabs? As Professor As’ad Abu Khalil remarked:
the Saudi Lobby now serves as a mere arm of the Israeli lobby. Just notice that the mega arms sale worth $60 billion to Saudi Arabia stirred not one whisper from from the Israeli lobby–which has to approve by US law all arms sales to Arab and Islamic countries.
He also stated “the mother/father of Islamic fundamentalist fanaticism (the House of Saud) is on the side of Israel in this conflict.”
For Zionists like Fine, Bard and Dershowitz, no amount of House Arab collaboration soothes their racist anxieties. No amount of Zionist power is enough to protect them from insignificant Arab competition. Is this the model Arabs should be yearning to establish for themselves?