IF A JEW FARTS IN NEW YORK…..
August 26, 2010 at 13:39 (ADL Hatemongering, Civil Rights, DesertPeace Editorial, Extremism, Hate crimes, Islamophobia, Racism, Sarcasm)
New York Taxi Workers Alliance, via Associated Press
Ahmed H. Sharif, a taxi driver, was stabbed by a passenger on Tuesday.
He said his attacker asked him if he was Muslim.
Pardon my crudeness, but I am a bit disgusted at the lack of news coverage in the Israeli press about a hate crime that took place in New York City two nights ago…
A Muslim cab driver was stabbed by a passenger after being asked “are you a Muslim”. This made headline news throughout the world as can be seen if you Google ‘Muslim cabbie stabbed’….. throughout the world except in Israel.
Why the strange heading for this post? If a Jew farts on a crowded subway car in New York and gets dirty looks from his fellow passengers, the ADL immediately jumps in and creates an anti Semitic incident and walla…… it’s front page news throughout Israel.
BUT…. in this case, the cabbie WAS a Muslim…. living in a city consumed by hate because of groups like the ADL….. NOT because of the Ground Zero Mosque, but because of those that oppose the building of it. The ADL might see this incident as ‘collateral damage’ in a war against Islam…. definitely not newsworthy in the Jewish press, definitely not worth a condemnation by a group opposed to defamation.
What seems to be an accurate account of the crime can be read in THIS New York Times article.
Hatred existed in New York long before the issue of the ‘mosque’ became news. New York has a long history of Islamophobia…. this is not to say that it must not or cannot be defeated.
The Mayor of New York ended a speech the other day with the following words;
In that spirit, let me declare that we in New York are Jews and Christians and Muslims, and we always have been. And above all of that, we are Americans, each with an equal right to worship and pray where we choose. There is nowhere in the five boroughs that is off limits to any religion.
By affirming that basic idea, we will honor America’s values and we will keep New York the most open, diverse, tolerant, and free city in the world.
TOLERANT….. that is the key word.
DIVERSE ….. another key word.
Speeches are fine, but let us together work towards the day when hate crimes based on one’s colour, creed or nationality become history.
Let us together work to establish a real citizens committee against defamation and hate, one that will not only battle hatred, but the hate groups in disguise as well.
Let us consume hatred before it consumes all of us, one by one….. ACT NOW…. before they come for you!