Thursday, July 21, 2011
Ikhras plays games with the truth, fast and furious, undermining the Palestinian cause
It's not that Thabit al-Araby or Qasim Lufti care about Palestinians. Just read their blog, Ikhras.com. They don't. They hate Palestinians, in fact. They hate them so much that they lie about them, exaggerate facts and make up claims to advance their selfish agenda, receiving funds from activists who hate Israel and the Palestine National Authority.
Their most recent lie, that Ray Hanania is behind a Twitter account called IkhrasHasbara. (Click here to Read their venomous story.)
Of course, Hanania doesn't need to disguise his disdain for liars at Ikhras or their supporters, like Ali Abunimah and Jillian York and a handful of hate-driven activists. (Abunimah used his own Twitter account to bully Hanania recently and many of Abunimah's adoring fans joined in the vicious personal epithets against Hanania. Well, the word "many" is relative. It was a handful of the disjointed followers.)
The truth is that most Palestinians and Arabs who believe in justice reject the hate spewed by Ikhras. Hussein Ibish, one of the Arab World's most scholarly writers and intellectuals, sliced and diced Ikhras recently in his columns. (Click to read the IbishBlog posts.) (Click here to read Ikhras cry-baby response to Ibish. They are such illiterate whiners and babies, aren't they?) (Read our report on Ikhras.)
Ikhras has very few readers, according to the major online sites that measure such stuff like Technorati. But it is hilarious to try to read through their broken English punctuated by outright hatred of anything Jewish, Israel, moderate Palestinian and Ray Hanania. Hanania is one of their biggest targets, of course, because Hanania's columns that are distributed by Creators Syndicate and that appear every Wednesday in the Jerusalem Post are relevant and important to read. In fact, according to Ikhras, Hanania is one of the most important required reads. Everyone interested in Middle East peace should be reading his columns.
(Click here to read Ray Hanania's columns.)
We asked Hanania for his thoughts, and he wrote, "I am flattered that Ikhras has made covering me important. They write more about me than the Washington Post writes about President Barack Obama, so that means I must be important and, more importantly, relevant in the debate about the Palestine-Israel conflict. Ikhras is a hate site and anti-peace. Their purpose is to keep Palestinians living in conflict and limbo so they have a profession. Without Palestinian suffering, Qasim Lufti and Thabet al-Arabi have nothing to do. They have no reason for being, I mean, especially after Yosef Goebbels met his own fate at the end of World War II."
The weak minded attacks from Ikhras have significantly boosted Hanania's web page traffic, mainly from sites that re-post the Ikhras libels.
"Actually, the increased traffic is due to the clearly superior writing and the clarity of thought exhibited in my columns," Hanania said with humility. "Ikhras is insignificant but they make a great place to begin if you want to research things like hatred, anti-Semitism, Jew-hating, anti-Israel, anti-Palestine, libel and other slanders."
Their many lies include the fabricated email exchange which falsely claims Hanania used a homophobic slang word and anti-Arab derogatory adjective.
"Ikhras is the ONLY site that publishes those words and repeats them and I find that offensive. No other site repeats those ugly words except Qasim Lufti and Thabet al-Araby."
And, Ikhras is the only site that has falsely published that Hanania was "removed" from the ADC National Board. Hanania stepped down at the end of his one year term on the National Board and he remains vice president of the burgeoning Chicago ADC Chapter.
But truth, honesty and facts are things that are strangers to Ikhras, Qasim Lufti and Thabet al-Arabi.
"They just lie. They should be called Qezzab! Not Ikhras!
-- Maklooba Man