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A whole other level of propaganda and media malpractice @orlandosentinel

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The Orlando Sentinel is now so pro-jihad that it makes al Jazeera blush (or pea Islamic green) with envy. Yesterday there was a puff piece in the Sentinel on the terror group Hamas-CAIR and one of its ministers of propaganda, Hezb’Allah Hassan Shibly, that took this Der Stürmer propaganda to a whole other level. The worse the global jihad gets, the higher the level of sophisticated poison we are spoon-fed by the elites.

How easy they have it.

How they must laugh up their sleeves at the Orlando Sentinel and other mainstream media tools.

This was a drearily lengthy piece featuring notorious Hezb’Allah supporter Hissan Shibly. And if that weren’t enough, there is an extended version.

It is full of bold and insulting lies, insulting to the intelligence of the American people. Hamas-CAIR’s co-founder Omar Ahmad really did say, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,” and, “The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

But Shibly’s lies go unchallenged, as do the endless ISIS beheadings. It is the same old thing, but the level of sophistication of their lies and the mainstream media fawning…well…how easy it is to be on their side.

What is noteworthy here is the level of sophistication — for Shibly, the lies are already well crafted and he is coming in on work that is already done, but he is a skillful manipulator himself.  It is painful to read — the lies, the half-truths, the distortions. Vomit worthy.

“Some would say CAIR-FL’s greatest victories include exposing the pattern of FBI abuse”

Translation: he is subversive and open about it.

And the respect and deference that Shibly pays to the Boston bomber who murdered three Boston Jewish boys on September 11, 2011. It is unbelievable.

He also strikes the familiar victimhood pose, claiming: “We have even seen cases where coaches have gone out of their way to ensure that Muslim athletes are removed from teams.”

Liar!

Victimhood bullshit targeting vanilla Fox below — and if Fox is out of bounds, where are the real defenders of freedom?

My exact tweet was this: “Fox News & ISIS have something in common: They do not tolerate anything different and their rhetoric invites calls for violence.” I appeared on Fox News to condemn the terrible criminal acts of the terrorist group ISIS, and to remind viewers that we cannot allow the evil acts of one minority group to shape our views of 1.7 billion fellow human beings. Immediately after my appearance, I received many vulgar and explicit death threats and calls for violence against myself, my family, and my faith community. None of those death threats were from ISIS supporters. They all actually came exclusively from Fox News viewers. Hence my subsequent tweet.
The misinformation produced by Fox News demonizes the entire Muslim community in ways very similar to how Jews were demonized by the German propaganda machine 75 years ago. Fox News has never condemned the demonization or calls for violence made by its hosts, guests, and viewers, even though it regularly demands Muslims condemn the wrong acts and sayings committed by other Muslims. Most recently, the Huffington Post reported that Randolph Linn torched a mosque in Indiana after being “riled up” watching Fox News, so the network indeed does promote violence,, albeit perhaps unintentionally.

Not a word, of course, about how Hamas launches attacks from civilian areas so as to provoke retaliatory fire it can use for propaganda purposes.

I was interviewed about that experience by a reporter at my local paper. After describing the atrocities I heard and witnessed, the reporter asked if the indiscriminate bombing by the Israelis of Lebanon was justified because Hezbollah was a terrorist organization. My response was that the bombing was absolutely not justified and that the bombing of Lebanon by Israel was illegitimate according to international law and many political experts at the time.

Here’s the whole piece. An extended version is behind a pay wall.

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The last 14 years have been tough for followers of Islam. The fallout after 9-11 and recent incidents including ISIS atrocities and the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris undercut Islam’s trademark as a religion of peace. And it bred scorn and distrust of American Muslims. Here, it falls to Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida, to battle misperceptions and build bridges. Shibly — who’s opening an Orlando office soon — recently addressed these issues in writing with the Editorial Board. Here’s an edited transcript. There’s more online at OrlandoSentinel.com/opinion

Q: A 2013 CAIR report found that 1 in 5 California Muslim students were bullied over their religion. True in Florida?

A: In 2014, discrimination in schools was CAIR-FL’s third-largest type of case reported, coming only behind employment discrimination and immigration cases. We handled 39 cases of school discrimination, making this area of our practice account for 6.41 percent of our civil rights work. The cases of school discrimination we have handled vary greatly, from denying students the right to wear a head scarf on campus, name-calling from peers and teachers, and disparate treatment in grading Muslim students’ performance. We have even seen cases where coaches have gone out of their way to ensure that Muslim athletes are removed from teams or otherwise find themselves unable to compete.

Q: What are some of CAIR-FL’s victories?

A: Some would say CAIR-FL’s greatest victories include exposing the pattern of FBI abuse surrounding the killing of Ibragim Todashev, bringing Tariq Khdeir [a Tampa teen beaten by Israeli police] home, helping 270 immigrants, or hundreds of victims of discrimination. However, we strongly believe that our greatest victory is creating through grass-roots fundraising, a diverse team of 17 employees and 20 interns who fight daily for the civil rights of everyone in Florida — regardless of those individuals’ race, religion, national origin, sex, or disability. In 2012, we assisted 74 people; last year we helped over 750 clients.

Our growth to better serve and protect the civil and human rights of the diverse population of Florida is our greatest victory.

Q: CAIR-FL was active in the 2013 reversal by the Hillsborough County’s transit agency to allow Florida CAIR to advertise on its buses. Why the initial reluctance to approve the ad?

A: HART’s decision to run our ads promoting tolerance and diversity is the perfect example of CAIR-FL working with elected officials to challenge prejudice and misinformation and defend the Constitution for all Americans. Our ads promoting cross-cultural and interfaith tolerance and understanding were rejected by HART initially due to what appeared to be a mixture of misinformation, misunderstanding and prejudice. Although we had strong grounds to take legal action against HART, we decided to use this as a teaching opportunity and worked with HART staff to mutually compromise and develop a new ad campaign in the interest of strengthening community relations.

Q: In September you issued a tweet comparing Fox News to ISIS. ISIS beheads innocents while Fox’s talking heads are perhaps guilty of cynically spinning the truth. Do you stand by that comparison?

A: My exact tweet was this: “Fox News & ISIS have something in common: They do not tolerate anything different and their rhetoric invites calls for violence.” I appeared on Fox News to condemn the terrible criminal acts of the terrorist group ISIS, and to remind viewers that we cannot allow the evil acts of one minority group to shape our views of 1.7 billion fellow human beings. Immediately after my appearance, I received many vulgar and explicit death threats and calls for violence against myself, my family, and my faith community. None of those death threats were from ISIS supporters. They all actually came exclusively from Fox News viewers. Hence my subsequent tweet.

The misinformation produced by Fox News demonizes the entire Muslim community in ways very similar to how Jews were demonized by the German propaganda machine 75 years ago. Fox News has never condemned the demonization or calls for violence made by its hosts, guests, and viewers, even though it regularly demands Muslims condemn the wrong acts and sayings committed by other Muslims. Most recently, the Huffington Post reported that Randolph Linn torched a mosque in Indiana after being “riled up” watching Fox News, so the network indeed does promote violence, albeit perhaps unintentionally.

Representative statements made by Fox: http://mediamatters.org/research/2010/10/21/fox-news-where-you-can-bash-islam-with-impunity/172284

Q: Critics say CAIR remains mute on Muslim extremism, yet, CAIR condemned the Charlie Hebdo murders. A rare censure?

A: CAIR has only faced such criticism because our detractors engage in double standards and also because they have selective hearing. Such critics never demand that members of other faiths condemn attacks linked to extremists of their faith. Nor do they listen to the consistent condemnations of violence we have issued. Since our founding, we have issued more than 100 releases condemning terror and taken actions to back our words up, such as sending a delegation to Baghdad in 2006 to appeal for the release of a kidnapped American journalist. More recently, our opposition to violent extremists includes our signing and coordinating the North American release of a first-of-its-kind open letter in Arabic (with English translation) to ISIS’ leadership signed by more than 120 international scholars of Islam and Muslim leaders refuting the terrorist group’s ideology and urging its supporters to repent and “return to the religion of mercy.”

While the answer to why the perception of silence lingers is elusive, one possibility presents itself. In a recent video, CAIR-National Executive Director Nihad Awad observed, “Time after time, we hear Fox [News] hosts and commentators calling for Muslim leaders to speak out, asking where the Muslim condemnations of terrorism and religious extremism are. That’s a good question. Where are those condemnations? The answer? Those condemnations are in the in-boxes of Fox staffers. CAIR has more than 170 email addresses belonging to Fox News hosts, producers and reporters on our media list. Every time CAIR issues a statement or a press release, it is sent to all those email addresses. Fox News crews often show up to our press conferences, take notes, record video, and then leave, and the footage never makes it to air. So the real question is, why isn’t Fox News telling its viewers the truth?”

See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTKF9C9N8vE&feature=youtu.be

Q: CAIR opposes so-called American Laws for American Courts legislation, such as Senate Bill 386, which the Florida Senate approved last year. Why? Aren’t these laws a natural reflexive defensive posture given statements such as those attributed to CAIR co-founder, Omar Ahmad, who was quoted as saying, “Islam is to be the dominant authority in America. It is to replace the current government”?
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A: Such a statement was never made by Omar Ahmad or any CAIR representative. Not in dispute, and in very much in quotations, is this statement by former CAIR National Board Chairman and retired North Carolina State Senator Larry Shaw, March 2009: “CAIR exists to uphold the right to liberty that Americans are guaranteed under the Constitution. We will challenge any attempts to erode constitutionally-protected liberties. We will also continue to work to ensure that American Muslims play a positive and productive role in our society.” Senator Shaw’s statement is fully reflective of CAIR policies and principles

As for SB 386, we opposed its initial draft for the same reason the Florida Bar and the American Bar have opposed similar legislation. Such legislation clearly violated the Constitution and was un-American.

Q: University of Central Florida has supported professor Jonathan Matusitz, who speaks often on ties between terrorism and Islamic culture. Your take?
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Over 1000 years ago, Muslims invaded Israel and persecuted Jews and Catholics. That started the Crusades that Muslim Obama hates. 1000 years later Muslims have people who are terrorists and are supported by Muslim religious throughout the world. Why would anyone trust Muslims who feel Muslim…

A: The University of Central Florida has a proud heritage of supporting and promoting diversity, mutual respect, understanding and acceptance. The University’s chief diversity officer, Karen Morrison, proclaims in the most recent edition of the university’s Unity Star newsletter that the mission of the Office of Diversity is to “position UCF as a center of excellence that is nationally recognized as a higher education model for our diversity and inclusionary practices, policies and cultures.” Unfortunately, the baseless anti-Muslim bigotry advocated by Matusitz publicly is just the opposite of what the University of Central Florida stands for, as Morrison says: “respect for and inclusion of diverse voices. Matusitz would do well to cease condemning an entire religion and culture and actually follow the positive, constructive tenets of his own university. As a civil rights organization, we cherish free speech, however we also advocate academic honesty and proper civil discourse.

Q: Following the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War, it was reported that you had characterized Hezbollah as a “resistance movement” and a provider of valued social services to the Lebanese people. “They’re absolutely not a terrorist organization,” you reportedly said, and “any war against them is illegitimate.” You reportedly also have depicted America as an imperialistic nation consumed by its insatiable lust for oil; questioned the veracity of the U.S. 9-11 narrative, which traced the terror attacks to al-Qaida. Are these attributions accurate, and if so, is this your current perspective?

A: As a 19-year-old college student, I was very excited to visit my friends and family in Syria in the summer of 2006. My beautiful vacation turned into a traumatic experience as Israel launched 7,000 bombs against neighboring Lebanon, killing over 1,000 civilians, injuring over 4,000 civilians, displacing 1 million people and causing over $2.5 billion worth of damage to civilian homes and infrastructure. I could hear the unceasing bombing occurring a few dozen miles away and see the endless stream of Lebanese refugees that flooded Damascus. As a 19-year-old student, this frightful experience had a profound impact on me at the time.

I was interviewed about that experience by a reporter at my local paper. After describing the atrocities I heard and witnessed, the reporter asked if the indiscriminate bombing by the Israelis of Lebanon was justified because Hezbollah was a terrorist organization. My response was that the bombing was absolutely not justified and that the bombing of Lebanon by Israel was illegitimate according to international law and many political experts at the time.

I also explained the reality on the ground that Hezbollah held seats in Lebanese government, provided social services to the Lebanese people, and held at the time a wide amount of popular support from the Lebanese people. Therefore, according to definitions set by respected political philosopher Michael Walzer, the Author of “Just and Unjust Wars,” Hezbollah at that time nearly a decade ago better fit the definition of a paramilitary guerrilla warfare organization, not simply a terrorist organization similar to the likes of al-Qaida.

Again I was just a 19-year-old college student then having returned from a very traumatic experience. A decade later, having completed both my college education, law school, and learned a thing or two about international politics, I have condemned Hezbollah countless times in the past decade, and most recently condemned them for assisting Assad in his slaughter of over 200,000 Syrian civilians. I condemn and have no sympathy or support for Hezbollah or any other organization or government that has engaged in terrorism.

Like many Americans, I have been highly critical of the Bush administration’s decision to mislead the public to support an illegal war and occupation of Iraq which killed or injured hundreds of thousands of civilians and our men and women in uniform. Many on both sides of the political aisle now acknowledge that the Iraq war was a mistake motivated more by financial interests than our national security, and I opposed it because I believed it was bad for America, bad for the world, and bad for humanity. I am not sure what is meant by the “US 9/11 narrative,” but I do not think I have questioned “the” narrative any more or less than the average person exercising his cherished right of free speech in the freest nation on earth. I, like many Americans, question what our government could have done better to prevent such a terrible attack.

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