One wonders why the King hearings’ ” witness,” House Muslim Zuhdi Jasser, considers the Islamic Society of North America “part of an insidious Muslim Brotherhood plot.” Jasser and the King hearings would be hard pressed to find anyone more docile than ISNA.
For example, at a time when the US is occupying two Muslim-majority countries (Afghanistan and Iraq), ISNA not only failed to protest these savage wars in any meaningful way, but it actually makes sure the spiritual needs of occupying soldiers are met (to the extent militarism requires spirituality). It advertises for Chaplain positions in the US Army, US Navy and US Air Force without even trying to put on a facade of peacefulness or making the slightest disclaimer that it doesn’t endorse the wars they’re engaged in.
Rep. Peter King (R – NY), new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will hold hearings on the so-called radicalization of Muslim Americans probably next month. Who better to call than these two clowns:
According to Politico, possible witnesses may include two critics of Islam popular in right-wing circles that have made “creeping radicalism” and alleged jihad in America a cause célèbre: Dutch critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali and M. Zuhfi Jassar.
They meant Zuhdi, not Zuhfi.
Ali and Jasser cynically exploit islamophobia to promote themselves. Reform of Islam is welcome and necessary but that’s not what these types are doing. Islamic reform should not come on American tanks and it should not dehumanize entire communities.
And the right loves it. The most convenient spokesperson for a cause is one who belongs to the targeted community. Ikhras will be monitoring the hearings as they unfold and analyzing the “testimony” these fools will provide. We’ll hold our noses as we examine the barrage of racist, islamophobic lies these House Muslims will offer. Bring your own barf bag.
Once again, Malcolm X’s prophetic words from nearly 50 years ago eloquently describe situations like this:
Just as the slavemaster of that day used Tom, the house Negro, to keep the field Negroes in check, the same old slavemaster today has Negroes who are nothing but modern Uncle Toms, 20th century Uncle Toms, to keep you and me in check, keep us under control.
This Christmas, please ensure continued aid to Israel considering that the treacherous BDS movement is picking up steam. Could you replace the late Shake Soccer with a dozen greedier and more racist oil princes for me to befriend? I’d also like to be promoted from my current position as a DNC committee chair; I’d like to become President Obama’s valet. Let me know if you have a shortage of elves so I send you a couple AAI interns. And if you have time, could you by any chance look in to your lineage to see if you have any Arab ancestors?
I’ve already scored dinner with Michael Oren. If you could arrange for me to dine with any living relatives of David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir and Moshe Dayan, that would be awesome. Could you also get me a copy of “Sufism for Dummies“?
More young Arab-Americans in the US Army, CIA and FBI, please! Surely our occupied brothers and sisters in Afghanistan and Iraq will understand our obsession with proving loyalty to the stars and stripes. While you’re at it, could you get Barack Obama to acknowledge our existence? It hurts our feelings when he doesn’t return our calls.
We’d like a fatwa that it’s ok for Muslims to work for the FBI and enlist in the Army. We already encourage it, but an official fatwa would make more Muslims feel comfortable joining to fight our important war against Afghans and Iraqis. Also, please tell us who your Jewish counterpart is so we complete our interfaith outreach for this year. Rest assured we won’t bring up Zionism.
A number of groups organized a protest today outside the White House to oppose the wars on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen and support Wikileaks. Veterans for Peace, GetUp!, Code Pink, Chris Hedges and Ray McGovern were among the organizers and speakers. Braving snow and very cold temperature, the activists also demanded the release of Bradley Manning and an end to civil liberties erosions.
One wonders why housies* weren’t the groups leading, or simply participating in or even promoting, this effort. What could they have possibly been busy with?
ADC was busy congratulating Qatar on hosting the 2022 World Cup. It also organized another, you guessed it, gala.
Ray Hanania was advocating for the two-state solution on the pages of the Jerusalem Post; an approach that concedes 78% of historic Palestine to Zionist settlers.
James Zogby was tied up promoting his book as well as an upcoming J Street event.
Feisal Abdul Rauf was chatting with the New York Times about his 40-plus year-long career of begging for tolerance from Zionists in the form of interfaith sessions.
Mona Eltahawy was addressing the TEDWomen audience. She spoke about everything there is to know about Muslim women in a nutshell except for the fact that they’re on the receiving end of US bombs and depleted uranium and bear the brunt of oppression under occupation in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine as widows and mothers of shattered, displaced, tortured families.
The American Task Force on Palestine‘s plate was full, hosting war criminal Tony Blair.
David Ramadan’s was too busy advocating for a “a strong Reagan Republican President in 2012” and a “strong US presence and role worldwide.”
Rima Fakih joined World Wrestling Entertainment celebrities to entertain members of the U.S. military at Fort Hood, Texas.
Irshad Manji was discussing the existence of God on the pages of the Global and Mail.
Zuhdi Jasser’s American Islamic Forum for Democracy was celebrating “the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Nasser Al-Awlaki, father of Anwar Al-Awlaki, represented by Jameel Jaffer of the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights” over the use of targeted killing of American Citizens.
Who has time for serious anti-war activism with schedules as busy as these?
* “Housies” is short for House Arabs and House Muslims, equivalent to Malcolm X’s “House Negro” and “Field Negro.”
Nasser Abdo, 20: His conscience overcame his initial naivete in joining the army
In his speech about house Negroes and field Negroes, Malcolm X told us that among the characteristics of house Negroes were that they 1) loved the slavemaster more than the master loved himself, and 2) were used by the master to pursue any slaves who may consider fleeing. This insight may help explain why the AIFD’s Zuhdi Jasser adamantly opposes Pfc. Nader Abdo’s conscientious objector request, as reported by Fox News: