The West Side Story…set in the West Bank!

Haven't seen it yet, but this looks promising. I was sold as soon as I saw the tagline! "A little singing, a little dancing, a lot of hummus."  West Bank Story A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands in the West Bank... David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with the beautiful Palestinian cashier, Fatima, despite the animosity between their families' dueling restaurants. Can the couple's love withstand a 2000 year old conflict and … [Read more...]

Carter: Americans agree with me, not the MSM

I posted on about Jimmy Carter's claim at an event today ("Carter says majority in U.S. support views in book") that normal Americans share many of his concerns. || Carter: Americans share my concerns The article closes with an observation from  somebody on the other side of the issue."It seems from what he said today that Israel's occupation is at the root of the problem. But I would argue that Palestinian terrorism is at the root of the problem," … [Read more...]

WoPo online discussion of Wahhabism

You can submit questions ahead of time, or during the discussion. Should be interesting. Too bad he'll probably have to spend most of the time responding to idiotic neocon hysteria as opposed to talking about the real issues and historical factors.  The Rise of the Wahhabi Movement (The Washington Post) Monday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. ET The Rise of the Wahhabi Movement Professor Says Politics, Not Religion, Pushed Stringent Branch of Islam Khalid al-DakhilAssistant Professor of Sociology, King … [Read more...]

L.A. Eight vindicated

I just posted over at on the "L.A. Eight" case. || LA Eight's vindication a defeat for Islamophobia and victory for America Good news in the war on terror, bad news in the War Against Muslim Participation in American Life. A resounding blow has been struck for justice and rule of law in a decades old case of government-sanctioned pro-Israeli political persecution against American Arabs and Muslims.  The "LA 8" have finally been vindicated. A … [Read more...]

Holocaust work to be translated for Muslims

Speaking of the Holocaust, I blogged elsewhere ( || Refutation of Holocaust denial theories to be translated for Muslims) on the welcome news that Deborah Lipstadt's Holocaust Revisionism, History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving is to be translated into a number of key languages spoken by Muslims. In that connection, I argued thatCorrecting dehumanizing myths and conspiracy theories about the Holocaust is no less a part of a Muslim's duty to "enjoin good and forbid … [Read more...]

“Banality and barefaced lies” indeed

The more you dig, the more bogus this whole controversy--rightly dubbed "banaltiy and barefaced lies" by veteran Middle East journalist Robert Fisk--around Carter's supposedly outrageous rhetoric becomes. First, there's Fisk's timely reminder of how Israel was a lifeline to South Africa during its dark past as an international pariah state for its apartheid system.  [HT: AbuSinan.] "But in this context, why, I wonder, didn't The New York Times and the other gutless … [Read more...]

Tariq Ramadan and this adminstration’s need to dehumanize Muslims

L'affaire Tariq Ramadan lives on.  [HT:  American Leftist].Why I'm Banned in the USA - I am increasingly convinced that the Bush administration has barred me for a much simpler reason: It doesn't care for my political views. In recent years, I have publicly criticized U.S. policy in the Middle East, the war in Iraq, the use of torture, secret CIA prisons and other government actions that undermine fundamental civil liberties. And for many years, through my research … [Read more...]

Who recognizes Gaza’s “right to exist”? (repost)

[Sorry for yet another re-post.  Was dissatisfied with the wording, as usual.] Haroon at avari-nameh has summed up well the profoundly immoral doublestandards on lurid display in the standoff between Israel and the Palestinians at the moment.In order to bully the Hamas-led government into forcing some militants to hand over an abducted Israeli colonel--At the very same time that it continues to blow up people's cars from the air, it should be noted--Israel has intentionally bombed the … [Read more...]