Israel’s Eid Gift to Palestine
By: Qaïs S. Ahmadī / Arab America Contributing Writer
From the last days of the holy month of Ramadan to the week after Eid al-Fitr, Palestinian deaths climbed to 233 according to WAFA – the Palestinian News and Info Agency.
Eid al-Fitr in Palestine
Eid al-Fitr is the post-Ramadan festival that the Muslim Ummah (nation) celebrates for three days. Muslims have two Eid festivals, and Eid al-Adha (or Eid Qurban). During Eid al-Fitr, Muslims thank God for another holy month of fasting and celebrate life with our family, friends, and neighbors. But, what about the lives of our Palestinian brothers and sisters? How many more lethal Eid gifts will the free world allow Israel to throw at them? If the conservative media outlets continue labeling innocent Palestinian men, women, and children as terrorists, the genocide may never end.
The “3 B Syndrome”
Refer to Dr. Jack Shaheen and the “3 B Syndrome”. Dr. Shaheen saw that only way mass media portrays Arabs as bombers, billionaires, and belly-dancers. Afghans have a lot in common with Palestinians. The bigots profile us as bombers/terrorists. Have you not noticed what Marco Rubio recently said to Fox News about us? And, only a few Palestinians are billionaires to my knowledge.
“Bye, bye, Abdul.”
With so many flicks to choose from, which bad guy is an Israeli, ever? The Go-Go boys aimed their Cannon and shot B-films for Israel. Do you remember when the bomber/terrorist, “Abdul”, was beaten to death in Delta Force? McCoy stalks Abdul outside, “going somewhere?” When Abdul turns away, McCoy bike jumps through a window and terrorizes Abdul in his living majlis. Abdul loses his keffiyeh and his life in his own home before our every eyes. This is so the American is the real McCoy and the joke is always on the bomber/terrorist, of course, “bye, bye, Abdul.”
Christian Zionism in America
“People have to understand [that] the backbone of Israel’s support in the United States is the evangelical Christians.”Ron Dermer
The bomber/terrorist is never an Israeli in American movies because evangelical Christians do not want you to imagine it or to know about the King David Hotel bombing, for example. In a recent tell-all interview with the former Israeli ambassador in D.C., Ron Dermer, he highlights the evangelical Christian – Israeli connection. He said, “people have to understand [that] the backbone of Israel’s support in the United States is the evangelical Christians. That’s the backbone.” You might be wondering how many people make-up this backbone. According to Dermer, “about 25% [of Americans] – some people think more – are evangelical Christians.” Another phrase for evangelical Christian is Christian Zionist. They (over 25% of Americans) make sure the bad guys are always Arabs and Muslims.
Funding Israel’s Military
Numbers do not lie about pro-Israelis and anti-Palestinians in the U.S. More than one-fourth of the country faithfully believe that Palestinians are the bad guys and Israelis are the good guys. In their animosity towards Palestinians, Mormons are no different than evangelical (Protestant) Christians, which adds to the Christian Zionist population. Ironically, they forsake their Christian Palestinian brethren in supporting the Israeli state. This why the U.S. has provided almost $200 billion of American taxpayers’ money mostly to fund Israel’s military.
Our Palestinian brothers and sisters are slaughtered by the Israeli military with American support in this Eid al-Fitr. You do not have to look far to see how the conservative media still demonizes and dehumanizes Palestinians. Look back and you will see it is no different than how native Americans are still characterized. See how the black-Americans have been COINTELPRO‘d, and how conservative media calls the nation of Afghan people terrorists, too.
Clearly, American Christian Zionists and the Israeli state do not consider Arabs and Muslims humans so the gift we keep receiving from them is death.
Qaïs S. Ahmadī is an exiled Afghan refugee activist raised in the East Bay Area, California with a decade of global experience in higher education. He is an active researcher having produced highly acclaimed peer-reviewed publications in his respective field. His expatriate experiences include the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the State of Qatar, Japan, and the People’s Republic of China. He looks forward to contributing knowledge based content to the Arab America audience.
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