Anti-Zionist Strategy for Muslim Americans
Stop Brown-Nosing Extremist Jews! by Joachim Martillo
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The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) features Jewish Week article No Tolerance For Anti-Zionist In Madrid on its website.
The text reports:
Dr. Sayyid Syeed, national director of the Islamic Society of North America, said he was upset by the planned participation in the conference, which opened this week, of Rabbi Yisrael Dovid Weiss, a representative of Neturei Karta from upstate Monsey. Rabbi Weiss was to be the only Jewish leader to address the gathering sponsored by the Saudi-affiliated Muslim World League.
Syeed said he immediately called Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi ambassador to the U.S. , to complain about the Neturei Karta invitation. "I told the ambassador that we strongly protested the invitation, which was not only an affront to our friends in the Jewish community, but to us as well." Syeed's organization, considered one of the most influential Muslim groups in North America, has instituted joint programming in the past several years with Jewish groups like the Union for Reform Judaism and Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.
Jewish leaders invited to the conference had also threatened to boycott it if Weiss — who gained notoriety by speaking at a Holocaust denial conference in Tehran two years ago — were invited to speak in Madrid . Organizers of this week's conference finally announced that Rabbi Weiss would not be among the speakers, and had decided not to attend the conference. He was replaced as principal Jewish speaker by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, spiritual leader of Park East Synagogue in Manhattan and founder of the interfaith Appeal of Conscience Foundation.
No group makes a bigger distinction between Israel and Judaism than Neturei Karta. By insulting the most consistently anti-Zionist Jewish group and its representative Rabbi Weiss, who is a genuine friend of the American Muslim community as well as one of the few Jewish leaders willing to confront issues of the Holocaust honestly, Dr. Syeed showed complete Zionist mental colonization, groveled to extremist Jewish Zionist leaders, and accepted an effective equation of Judaism and Israel in a way that could only insult decent honest Jews that reject Zionism and demand the abolition of the Zionist state.
The purpose of Dr. Syeed's self-abasement was unclear. Perhaps he sacrificed Palestinians on the altar of improved Muslim-Jewish interfaith relations because he believes that Jewish Zionists will reciprocate if a Muslim leader shows sympathy for Jewish Zionist positions. [The only reason a Jewish organization gets involved in a church or an Islamic organization is to get them to accept " Israel 's right to exist" and to abandon the Palestinian friendship. -WVNS]
Not only does the outpouring of support from the mainstream organized Jewish community for the current murderous Zionist attack on Gaza as Jewish Islamophobes ratchet up their effort at anti-Muslim incitement demonstrate how wrong such an idea is, but choosing to massacre Palestinian innocents on Christmas weekend demonstrates how much contempt Jewish Zionists have for Christian Americans on whom the State of Israel depends.
Since 9/11 the organized Islamic community has tended toward defensiveness and apologia when pre-emptive attacks on Jewish Zionist groups and outreach to Christians would be more appropriate. Islamic organizations have generally evinced a strong reluctance to connect the dots to demonstrate the threat that Jewish Zionists and the State of Israel represent to the USA and to the world.
Please contrast the CAIR discussion of Islamophobia [http://www.cair. com/Issues/ Islamophobia/ Islamophobia. aspx] with mine [http://eaazi. blogspot. com/2007/ 07/updating- ajc-attacks. html], which puts Islamophobia within a broader synchronic and diachronic context.
Not only did my article receive extraordinary web-traction and exacerbate internal Jewish conflict, but it also connected to several major stories covered in the broadcast media.
I made the extremely important point that the American Jewish Committee by its own admission in Commentary, which was an AJCommittee publication at the time, was attacking progressive Jews and engaging in Islamophobia in order to undermine American democracy.
I did not discuss terrorism at all because it was completely unnecessary to address the "dragon story" in this context. ["Dragon story" is marketing terminology for the customer's main reason to reject a product. If it must be brought up, it is summarized and dismissed in the first 2 minutes of a presentation. ]
Note that ADL founded in 1913 never addressed the role that Russian Jews played as the quintessential Bolshevik-Soviet class in the 10s, 20s, 30s and 40s because any such discussion would have tended to legitimize Judeophobia.
Overall Islamic groups might get more traction with the American public by focusing on three basic bread and butter issues:
1. unequal enforcement of US Law for Jews and non-Jews (see One Law for All Americans -- it has direct implications for the HLF, el-Arian, and Fort Dix Five cases),
criminal conspiracy against rights by the David Project, StandWithUs, Daniel Pipes, and David 2. Horowitz, (see Conspiracy Against Rights in NYC) and
3. the economy (see Every Israel Advocate a Madoff and Gladwell Supports Hegemonic Zionist Discourse).
Thanks to the Madoff fraud, Muslims can open up a discussion of Jewish financial fraud (both historical and current) as well as of the damage that the US-Israel alliance has done to the US economy, the world economy, and the pocketbooks of the vast majority of Americans.
Such a discussion might skirt some anti-Semitic stereotypes, but stereotypes exist because they have some truth. Norman Finkelstein has provided a useful passage dealing with that issue as I describe in Finkelstein: Antisemitic Stereotypes, Jewish Behavior.
In general, Muslims need to learn more about Jewish history, and I have created this EAAZI blog specifically to provide Jews and non- Jews with an honest introduction to Jewish studies without the need to learn lots of obscure languages.
Students of the history of Eastern European Jews fairly quickly realize that E. Europe is the mother of extremist völkisch racism and ethnic fundamentalism, that Ashkenazim were probably one of the most racist E. European ethnic groups, and that Zionist indoctrination has only exacerbated traditional Jewish racism.
For this reason Muslim groups must demand the removal of Jewish racists like Abigail Thernstrom from the US Commission on Civil Rights and their replacement with activists genuinely committed to civil rights. (Recommending a few Muslims of various ethnicities to the USCCR would be a good idea.)
Besides perverting civil (and human) rights advocacy, the organized Jewish community and Zionists use the Holocaust as a club to beat down American Muslims, American Arabs and anyone sympathizing with Palestinians, as a means to thwart the proper identification of Zionism as ethnic Ashkenazi Nazism, and as a mechanism to forestall any open discussion of Jewish extremism, fanaticism, racism, or criminality.
Because the US Holocaust Memorial Museum has made Darfur its latest cause, Muslim organizations should make a combined effort to put at least one American Muslim on the USHMM council. At the very least, a Muslim member could serve as an obstacle to the use of the USHMM for Zionist propaganda and might even be instrumental in transforming the museum into an honest organization that presented the narrative of the Holocaust properly contextualized within the history of Jewish violence, terrorism, mass murder, ethnic cleansing and genocide directed against non-Jews.
Because Muslim children like most American children are subjected to Holocaust indoctrination in grammar school through college, some Muslim organization should consider producing a Muslim guide to the Holocaust while all Muslim groups should insist on balancing Holocaust programs with Nakba education. (See Anti-Semitosis Infection Spreads to UK .)
Such a document would only require about 20-40 pages. It would probably take about three months to write and then another three months to verify and to make distributable.
If done properly, the guide would probably obtain a lot of media coverage as well as traction with American non-Jews and should serve as an essential tool for Muslims wishing to take part in interfaith activities in the university environment and in the larger society.
It would be particularly effective to coordinate the release of such a text with inauguration of an externship program to monitor the Islamophobic activities of Israel advocates and the organized Jewish community on campus. Such a Muslim program could be modeled on the Emerson Fellowship of StandWithUs. In coordination with CAIR, MAS, and college anti-racist groups, the externs could take the lead in thwarting Jewish Zionist extremism and in creating a pro-Muslim consciousness among Muslim and non-Muslim students.
None of the suggestions above are particularly costly, and the strategy that they comprise would easily couple with an extensive fund-raising campaign that would precede and accompany the program to neutralize the plethora of Islamophobic and Jewish Zionist groups and individuals, who are simply not used to dealing with an organized opposition with a long-term strategy.
If Muslims design and execute the anti-Zionist anti-Islamophobe program properly, the vast majority of Americans will eventually realize that Zionists are not only the enemies of Palestinians and Muslims but also of Americans and the entire human race. Otherwise, the Zionists will — as the David Project mission statement says — complete the Islamic emasculation process started by Dr. Syeed and his ilk by completely "diminishing the impact of Israel 's detractors, increasing the support of Israel on campus" and succeed in the ongoing effort to "strengthen the pro-Israel and pro-Jewish forces within the churches."
In the America that Dr. Syeed and Israel advocates are working to create, ISNA, which at one time served as a clear moral voice for American Muslims and intended to participate fully as an equal in the American political system so that it could aid Palestinians, seems to have been neutralized as a critic or detractor of Israel as a result of Jewish interfaith smarm.