Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin Shills Palestinian Propaganda

If you haven't been following Palestinians on Twitter, you may not have noticed (or cared) that apparently a Palestinian won a competition known as "Arab Idol." If any other race or ethnicity had an "American Idol" competition exclusively for them the left-wing Huffington Post would no doubt be up in arms at how racist and discriminatory that is, but apparently when Arabs do it, it's okay.

An article about the winner would get double coverage in the Huffington Post's "World" section because it was written by Israel-hating terror-supporting Palestinian editor Ahmed Shihab-Eldin. And yet the Huffington Post readership whines that it is biased in favor of Israel.

Almost immediately Eldin's article is filled with simpering love for Assaf (the winner) and covering the Palestinian people with sweet lies:
"With his winsome smile and powerhouse voice, the 23-year-old Palestinian wedding singer from Khan Younis, refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, has become a modern-day hero to millions across the world. Count me among them."
What does this guy do to make him Eldin's hero? Well, he's been arrested twice, by Hamas, for singing pro-Fatah songs. Also, there's this (emphasis mine).
"The Revolution is not just the one carrying the rifle. The revolution is the paint brush of an artist, the scalpel of a surgeon, the axe of the farmer," Assaf said after winning. "This is something I consider to be logical. Everyone struggles for their cause in the way they see fit. Today I represent Palestine and I'm fighting for a cause through the art that I am performing and the message I am sending out."
A couple paragraph later Eldin whines that in the "mainstream media" the Palestinians are too often "perceived" as including a "terrorist characterization." Well, maybe if he would like to find us a Palestinian somewhere who doesn't hate Israel and doesn't preach glory to the "resistance," maybe we could make that one a superstar. On Friday's finale he performed "Raise Your Keffiyeh" (Eldin links to Mondoweiss) which includes these lyrics:
"The first bullet tells the story of the journeyWhen the time comes, we make what's up go down
When you call my country .. we will be readyLighting the victory paths in the battle day" 
Very peaceful, right? Of course this didn't stop UNRWA naming him a "Youth Ambassador" for peace, a fact that Eldin reports without commentary. But rather than come right out and admit that something is very wrong here, Eldin instead shills for the Palestinians in a very ham-handed way:
"He galvanized the Palestinian spirit of democracy and unearthed a once lost feeling of solidarity - two key elements for a successful struggle against injustice....For those not familiar with the Palestinians narrative of loss and dehumanization, it is hard to capture the significance of this wedding singer turned idol."
What Palestinian "spirit of democracy?" If they have a spirit of democracy, I have yet to see it. I do find it interesting that Eldin admits that the Palestinians like their "narrative" of loss, though he probably wouldn't admit it, how the Palestinians are quite comfortable being victims and being soldiers in the "resistance," more comfortable that they would ever be without an enemy to fight.

The rest of the article is filled with minor shots and Israel and sucking up to the Palestinians. Eldin claims that Gaza's unemployment rate is "among the highest in the world" (it's fourteenth) just a paragraph after saying that all the voting is done by cell phone. I bet the people of Nauru (90% unemployment) would like to have some cell phones so that they can vote for their favorite "South Asian Idol." Eldin references the latest UN report accusing Israel of "torturing children" without evidence, and that his family fled "Palestine" in 1967.

As for the comments, the article has achieved around fifty. Thus proving that unless they can bash Israel freely, the Huffington Post readership isn't interested.

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