Seattle Mayor Supports anti-Palestinian Bigotry…AND anti-Muslim Bigotry!
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is gay and married to his partner. That’s not a problem with me except that he seems to be using the veil of his homosexuality to cover for his support for bigotry.
As My friend Richard Silverstein points out in his blog Tikun Olam, the mayor accepted in invitation to visit Israel (he is already there), paid for by the Israeli Foreign Ministry…which is paid for by the USA…which is paid for by YOUR tax dollars and mine. The Israelis paid for the trip to Israel AND subsidized a pre-visit holiday for the mayor and his spouse and we get to pay for the $36,000 bill for Seattle Police for his protection while he is out there.
Why do I say he is supporting anti-Palestinian bigotry?
It does not take anyone with intelligence greater than a nit, to see what Israel is doing and has done to the Palestinians (paid for by our tax dollars), the humiliations, the brutality and the genocide of the Palestinians is beyond imagination. For Ed Murray and his spouse to accept the trip is not a lot different than accepting a trip to Serbia during the Serb genocide of the Bosnians or, visiting Hitler before War II, but this IS a free trip and it IS burnishing his political re-election campaign that is coming up next year.
To use supporting the Gay movement as an excuse for supporting Israel is as insulting to the Gay people, as supporting a Black African cultural festival in White South Africa would be insulting to Blacks all over the world.
Mayor Ed Murray is also on the board of the Holocaust Center of Seattle, an organization I fully supported until the day it honored a director of the strongly anti-Muslim Simon Wiesenthal Center, as a keynote speaker. The Holocaust center ignored all of our pleas to not invite the man, they even rejected our request for the Center to at least reject the anti-Muslim movies produced by the SWC. Instead, they labeled us as “Anti-Semites” and continued with their program to honor Islam-bashing.
I strongly supported Mayor Mike McGinn for re-election, but there were too many Muslim organizations that were, as usual, divided in their support and went with Murray instead. McGinn was one of the few politicians who wrote a strong letter to the FBI, condemning their use of the Muslim-bashing ads on the Bus where they put sixteen Muslim faces on buses and titled them “The Faces of Global Terrorism“, his was the letter that helped get the FBI to cancel their ad program. McGinn is a man of character but it appears that we favor self-serving, shallow people as our leaders
We got what we deserved.
With the month of Ramadan coming in the next few days, I wonder how many Muslim organizations will invite and thus, honor Mayor Ed Murray for an Iftar (breaking of the fast) celebration? That will inform him that we Muslims don’t mind the fact that he suports the extinction of the Palestinians from Israel and the bashing of Islam and Muslims. Then we will wonder why things are getting worse for Muslims in the US and in the West