ADL: Plumbing new depths in bigotry
On January 11, the Anti-Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith issued a press-release (see below) accusing American Muslims of being anti-Semitic, anti-American and untrustworthy supporters of “terrorism”. In the Press Release dripping with venom, the ADL wordsmiths very cleverly lay accusations as thickly as they could, to ensure that the American (Christian and Jew) reader would emerge shaking with fear and hate for Arabs and Muslims.
For an organization that is dedicated to “…fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry“, they are singularly involved in the actual promotion of fear, hatred and bigotry, but I guess that doesn’t count because the ADL’s activities are not against Jews.
In the latest salvo below the ADL has conflated hate for America with hate for Israel’s actions; ANYTHING or anyone who dares to question Israel’s atrocities is, by ADLs definition, “anti-Semitic” and now, it would seem, that also means, anti-American, “Radical” and “terrorist”. Shame on the ADL and its national director Abraham Foxman, for stooping as low as to conflate opposing Israel and its actions and anti-American terrorism, just to add fuel to the fires of anti-Muslim bigotry…Shame!
The press release is dutifully being picked up by media who are far too lazy to do their own fact-checking. The Washington Times went with the headline, “Jewish Group Rips Islamic Summit“, but to their credit, the Washington Times did follow up with the Muslim “side” and report much more responsibly than did the ADL.
The tragedy is that there are far too many Jews and Christians in America who will swallow the slop that the ADL shovels at them and start acting on the implanted bigotry against Islam…Jewish organizations like the ADL, AJC, AIPAC and so many others, are far too influential for us to think of successfully opposing them and even Americans of good will are far too overcome by inertia and apathy, to help Muslims by taking a stand against the fear and hate being generated in this misguided “defense” of Israel. The tragic fact is that these organizations are deep in the business of promoting hate and fear today and potentially, genocide in the future.
The ADL says that some people at the The Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) convention, “…told the audience in Arabic that…” and proceeded to accuse the speakers of saying some pretty revolting things. If the speakers did actually say such things, they were speaking to only a few of the audience because most of the audience probably did not understand Arabic.
In its investigation, the Washington Times article noted that the leaders of the conference acknowledged there were some things said that were “over the top” and the organizers rejected such statements, “We take any attack on the Jewish community or anti-Semitism as serious,” the imam said. “If there were any speakers who were anti-Semitic, they were totally rejected by us.” Later on the article quoted the organizer, “Mr. Bray said the conference’s program committee disinvited two radical Islamist speakers – one an Egyptian and the other a Palestinian“.
The ADl decided to omit any mention of the fact that the organizers were condemning anti-Semitism, or that they rejected some speakers thought to be unreasonable; No, the ADL said (below), that what was designed as a “venue to begin the effort to combat radicalization, failed to seriously address the problem“, without saying what “seriously” would have looked like. To Hell with the facts, let us just bash Muslims!
I wonder where the ever-watchful ADL is when Jewish or Christian organizations are inviting anti-Islam, anti-Muslim hate-mongers on public forums?
There are many Synagogues and other Jewish organizations that have openly promoted the idea that Islam has to be destroyed in order to defend America and the Judeo-Christian West and nobody to my knowledge, has EVER stood up in the congregation at the time, or later for that matter, to condemn such broadly-brushed venom. When some US Jewish law-makers presented “Fitna” to Senators and Representatives, along with the internationally-known anti-Islam hate-monger Geert Wilders, not a single Jewish law-maker (to my knowledge) had the courage or the character to take a stand and condemn this putrid hate-campaign…the ADL, of course, was nowhere to be seen since the action meshed neatly with its own agenda. When the local branch of the (Seattle) ADL was caught red-handed, passing out copies of the deeply venomous, anti-Islam film, “Obsession“, I informed the national director and asked him to issue a statement condemning the action and condemning the film, but the ADL had suddenly lost its power of expression. For that matter, did the ADL even manage a squeak of opposition when major Jewish organizations distributed over 40 MILLION copies of the same calumnious film, all over the US in an attempt to affect the elections late in 2008? No, the ADL was too busy playing the Three Monkeys (See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil). Let some “Muzlems” do something together and its suddenly “Battle Stations!” at the ADL. “…programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry“, indeed! I’ll bet every genocidal maniac also said the same thing before launching their final solutions against their minorities.
The ADL should be even more ashamed because there are many Jews who are people of goodwill and who speak out against Israel’s atrocities and against the extremism of many Israeli Jews…without losing their own pride about being Jews and without losing their love for Israel; they support a JUST Israel that lives with democracy and equality for ALL, not just for the favored few. These Jews are the REAL Jews, they are the people that should make every Jew proud, not the hate-mongering, self-promoting people who have no compunctions about how many people have to be persecuted or killed, in order to “defend Israel” or to burnish their own careers.
Let me clarify what some/most of us Muslims in America think regarding Israel or the US…
The ADL and everybody else as well, need to understand that we Muslims ARE American citizens and therefore we have EVERY RIGHT to condemn what the US is doing in Iraq and Afghanistan AND we have every right to condemn Israel’s atrocities against Palestinians, both, in the Occupied Territories AND against the Palestinians who are Israeli citizens. We have every right to look at what the US is doing and conclude that this is a “War!” against Muslims and has little to do with fighting “terrorism”, especially when we see the terrorism being played out by the US and its “Coalition of the Willing” and when we see the blank-check support by the US and Europe, for Israel’s continuing genocide against the Palestinians.
We Muslims have every right to be proud of our country when there is such an occasion and to condemn its actions when there is such a need…we Muslims are no different from any other faith or people in America and anyone who tries to portray us as different is doing our country an extreme disservice.
Shame on the ADL!
A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind…and the most profitable. (Finley Peter Dunne-Chicago Tribune)
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: ADL Media
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2010 10:19 AM
Subject: PR – ADL: Muslim-American Organizations’ Anti-Radicalization Effort “A Sham”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ADL: MUSLIM-AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS’ ANTI-RADICALIZATION EFFORT “A SHAM”
New York, NY, January 11, 2010 . As the number of American Muslim extremists allegedly involved in terror plots in the U.S. and abroad continues to grow, major Muslim-American organizations have publicly acknowledged the existence of a problem in their community and vowed to tackle it head on.
But the initial effort to root out radicalization – announced by a few of these groups in the wake of the arrests in Pakistan of five Muslim-American students from Virginia for allegedly attempting to join a terrorist group – has proven to be a sham and a cover for anti-Semitism and extremism, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
The Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) held a major community convention in Chicago in December 2009 where the convention chair called for an Islam “clean and clear of all extremism.”
But the convention, which had been specifically identified by MAS and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as the venue to begin the effort to combat radicalization, failed to seriously address the problem. In fact, it provided a platform for extremist views, according to ADL. The Chicago convention, which attracted more than 1,000 participants, served as a forum for religious scholars and political activists to rail against Jews, call for the eradication of the state of Israel and accuse the United States government as waging a war against Muslims at home and abroad.
“It is shocking that this conference, identified by some major Muslim-American groups as the venue to start the process of reform at a time of growing attacks and threats by American Muslim extremists, was a sham and nothing more than a cover for the dissemination of hateful anti-American and anti-Israel views and anti-Semitism,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “The fact that it provided a platform for extremist views calls into question the sincerity of the effort to serve as a legitimate counterbalance to radicalization. No legitimate blueprint for change can emerge from a convention permeated by messages conveying hatred of Jews, the denial of Israel’s right to exist and the idea that the U.S. is at war with Islam.”
ADL pointed to numerous troubling speeches and other developments during the annual convention of the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) held December 23-27:
Religious scholars and political activists railed against Jews from both a political and theological standpoint. Rafiq Jaber, former President of the Islamic Association of Palestine, a Hamas-affiliated anti-Semitic propaganda organization, described Jews to the audience as “the worst kind of people,” who came to Jerusalem “with false pretenses.”
Hamed Ghazali, Chairman of the MAS Council of Islamic Schools and professor at the Islamic American University in Michigan, told the audience in Arabic that “Allah gave us the Jews” as the primary historical and religious example of those who “take the wrong path.”
Other speakers argued that the eradication of the state of Israel is a religious duty. Sheikh Raghib Al Serjani, an author and physician from Egypt, declared in Arabic, “It is the duty for all Muslims to liberate all of Palestine from the North to the South, from Al Quds to the sea, it’s a duty for all Muslims to liberate one complete full land of Palestine. It’s not just about liberating Al Quds. It’s all occupied!”
Materials sold at the convention included books and CDs by radical anti-Semitic sheikhs such as Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a leading Muslim Brotherhood ideologue based in Qatar who is known for his support of terrorist groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah; and Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. born Muslim cleric based in Yemen who has encouraged American Muslims to attack non-Muslims and Western targets.
Another theme repeated throughout the convention was the notion that the U.S. government is attacking Islam as a religion. According to several speakers, the American government targets Muslims in the U.S. through its policies and Muslims abroad through its wars.
Even from the inception of the convention, serious questions arose as the organizers sought to draw participants by advertising two known anti-Semitic extremists from abroad as keynote speakers: Zaghloul Al Najjar, an Egyptian cleric who has described Jews as “devils in human form,” and Ra’ed Salah, leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, who served jail time for financing Hamas. Neither of the advertised speakers attended the convention.
In 2009 alone, an alarming number of American Muslim extremists were charged, convicted or sentenced on terrorism charges, including terror plots in the U.S. and abroad. From the shootings at Fort Hood and at an Army recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas to plots in New York, Chicago, Massachusetts and elsewhere, the suspects were fueled by an extremist ideology that demonizes America, Israel and Jews.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.
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