Posted in: Anti-Semitism, Jihad & Terrorism, Israel, Arts, Film & Culture
Published on Jun 20, 2013 by Phyllis Chesler
Hacked - Thank You!
Anumber of prominent anti-Jihadists were all hacked last night. I am proud to be among them. I am not "naming names." But here is the story.
Someone copied my photo and set up a new Facebook account in the name of another anti-jihadist, Pakistani-Canadian, Tahir Aslam Gora, in the hope that I would report Gora to Facebook and to the police. Meanwhile, the fake "Phyllis Chesler" began contacting all my real Facebook friends under the name of "Fatai Chesler." Many were savvy enough to ask this unknown entity what books I had written or where I was born. His fake bio for me placed me in Toronto.
I definitely do not live in Toronto.
Tahir Aslam Gora (the real one) is a novelist and poet, the founder of the Canadian Thinkers' Forum and the Muslim Committee Against Anti-Semitism.
He's a "lantsman," a colleague, an ally, one of the brave ones—although he is someone I have yet to meet. Please allow me to thank the hacker for introducing us. But why did he (or she) do so at this moment in time?
I can only guess. For a decade, I have been writing about Islamic gender and religious apartheid, anti-Semitism, Islamism, Jihad, terrorism, Jew hatred, Israel, and the misuse of language to incite hatred against infidels, honor killings, honor-based violence, and Muslim-on-Muslim violence.
But last night I wrote a few paragraphs at my Facebook page. I did not write a long piece, but it may have been just enough to get someone's attention.
Last night, I saw the New York screening of counter-terrorism expert Steve Emerson's film "Jihad in America: The Grand Deception."
It is a sobering, even stunning film about the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in our country, also known as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine, etc.; as Hamas in Gaza; Hezbollah in Lebanon, Syria, and Iran; and that the MB may be the template for Al-Qaeda and for all such jihadist Sharia-oriented groups who dream of a global Caliphate.
The film shows us prominent Islamist leaders (such as Kemal Helbawy, Nihad Awad) talking about peace, tolerance, and justice—and then undercover, or in Arabic, preaching "Death to the Jews" and "Death to the Infidels." Abdurrahman Alamoudi had American friends in positions of political power in Washington DC but is now spending 23 years in jail for raising funds for Hamas.
The anger of these on camera speakers/preachers is very frightening. The men sound like the Pakistani or Afghan Taliban, like highly traumatized people whose feelings of having been cheated are palpable, who may have been abused in childhood, whose envy, arrogance, rage and spite will never quit. There are quieter voices, often female jihadists, who calmly advise that jihadists need only use America's principles against us in the service of Jihad.
Afterwards, there was an all-star panel which Emerson moderated. A former Muslim Brotherhood member, Abdur-Rahman Mohammed, spoke. He said that he was in the room when the Muslim Brotherhood decided to employ the tactics of the gay movement. Allegations of homophobia seemed to work, why not allegations of Islamophobia?" And Mohammed said that it worked. People were intimidated. No one wanted to be called a racist. Then, this particular brazen lie—and the grand deception–were underway.
The bullying and the defamation works.
My friend and colleague, Professor Richard Landes, talked about the "auto-stupefaction" of many Americans in power, "dupes," afraid to name the enemy we are fighting. Landes talked about "cognitive war" and how important it is in the context of an asymmetric war. He coined the phrase: A "demopath" to signify someone who uses the language of equality in order to paralyze us and to defeat real equality.
The film has a nearly comical/tragic ending with Congressional hearings in which both Attorney General Holder and the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Paul Stockton, absolutely, positively refused to name "radical political Islamism" as even one of many factors that may have motivated The Fort Hood shooter.
The audience laughed. I did too but inside I groaned and sighed and died a little.
Panelist Qanta Ahmed, looking dazzling as ever, said that in Pakistan they call a "jihadist" a "jihadist." She cannot understand how America can defend itself against Jihad if we are too afraid to even name it for what it truly is. This film is the "first serious attempt to wrestle the narrative back to where it should be." Ahmed is a physician. She said:"If you can't identify and name a pathology, you cannot cure it."
Like Zuhdi Jasser and Zeyno Baran, (who were also interviewed in the film), Ahmed is a religious Muslim—and therefore, an anti-Islamist. She is deeply offended by the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and all its American allies.
I was not going to write anything about the evening. I have too many other deadlines and in truth, I have already written myself inside out on this subject. I did not think I could do justice to the film or to the discussion. Well, now a hacker has allowed me to do more than I had originally intended to do.
Again, I must thank this malevolent death eater and hope that I soon learn his or her name as well.
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