Friday, February 17, 2006
I received this email exchange from a reader who chooses the pseudonym "Joe":
'Dear Mr. Hooper,
I recognize that CAIR has recently announced their aversion to the publishing of cartoons which depict the prophet Muhammed unfavorably and the resultant violence. Could you please comment on the huge amount of anti-Semitic material which appears almost daily in the media throught the Arab world?
Specifically, I call your attention to this video which appeared yesterday on Palestinian TV: http://www.pmw.org.il/asx/PMW_Hamas_suicide.asx
Among the horrific statements were:
"My message to the loathed Jews is that there is no god but Allah, we will chase you everywhere! We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that there is no blood better than the blood of Jews. We will not leave you alone until we have quenched our thirst with your blood, and our children's thirst with your blood. We will not leave until you leave the Muslim countries."
"In the name of Allah, we will destroy you, blow you up, take revenge against you, [and] purify the land of you, pigs that have defiled our country... This operation is revenge against the sons of monkeys and pigs."
Your reaction would be appreciated.'
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECAIR CONDEMNS IRANIAN HOLOCAUST CARTOON CONTEST (WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/8/06) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations today condemned a plan by an Iranian newspaper to solicit cartoons denying the Nazi Holocaust.Iran's Hamshahri newspaper says the contest is in reaction to the publication in Europe of cartoons mocking Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The controversy over those cartoon sparked worldwide protests.In a statement, CAIR said:"Now is the time for responsible people of all faiths to avoid inflammatory actions that are clearly designed to incite hatred. We call on Hamshahri newspaper to drop its plans to denigrate the immense suffering caused by the Nazi Holocaust and urge the Iranian government to repudiate such an insensitive proposal."The Quran, Islam's revealed text, states: 'Goodness and evil cannot be equal. Repel (evil) with something that is better. Then you will see that he with whom you had enmity will become your close friend. And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint.' (41:34-35) "The Holocaust, like all other acts of genocide, represents one of the lowest moments in human history and should not be the subject of derogatory cartoons. One cannot demand responsible behavior from others while at the same time acting irresponsibly." Previously, CAIR and other American Muslim groups rejected the use of violence in response to the defamatory caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published in European newspapers. In reaction to the cartoon controversy, CAIR officials met with the Norwegian and Danish ambassadors to express the Muslim community's concerns about the caricatures and urged American Muslims to educate others about the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad.CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.- END -CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: email@example.com; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Either CAIR didn't understand the question or purposefully chose not to respond, so "Joe" wrote,
"Dear Mr. Hooper,
Thank you for sending the press release regarding CAIR's position on the Iranian cartoon contest, however I would appreciate understanding CAIR's response to all of the incitement and anti-Semitic material which appears on state run media stations in such countries as Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Palestinian Territories?"
CAIR didn't reply. Why is that Mr. Hooper? Why does CAIR fail to condemn the anti-Semitism and atrocities committed in the name of Islam?