March 26, 2010 (Detroit, MI) - WDET-FM, the Detroit public radio station owned and operated by Wayne State University, today announced an important issue-oriented collaboration focusing on Right Wing Extremism with four of the region's most-read independent newspapers, The Jewish News, The Arab American News, The Michigan Chronicle and Latino. The five media entities have established a partnership to raise awareness of the growth of Radical Right movements in Michigan, and the country at large. The Michigan media entities have collaborated with the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights organization and one of the authoritative research institutions in the areas of hate groups, discrimination and exploitation.This report came out back in March of 2010. Since then, how many incidents of right wing violence have we seen? How many violent attacks have there been from Tea Party members? More or less than attacks against Tea Party members?
Mikel Ellcessor, WDET's General Manager says, "The explosive growth of three distinct groups, the Tea Party movement, the Patriot movement, with the militias as their paramilitary arms, and the nativist anti-immigration movement has been underway for the past year. While these are distinct movements with their own animus, there is a well documented, and rising, level of extreme rhetoric coming from all three groups. This rhetoric has contributed to an environment that is fostering violence from the extreme right and multiple instances of domestic terrorism."
We've been warned to be on guard against the Michigan Militia since the mid 1990s. Since then, they've been responsible for how many violent attacks? The same number of times Jerusalem is mentioned in the Qu'ran: zero.
On the other hand, we know world wide that there have been almost 17,000 deadly Islamic terror attacks, some of them right here in the United States. Others have been attempted or planned. Shouldn't the Jewish News, instead of partnering with terror apologist and Helen Thomas supporter Osama Siblani, be watching out for the real source of violence? Rather than struggling to put a right wing face on every episode of random violence in order to gain political points, doesn't it make more sense to fight for the survival of the Jewish community and be honest about where a lot of this violence originates?
And rather than partner with Osama Siblani, the Jewish News needs to take some space and really expose him. He has been written about in past issues, but has his hatred ever been the subject of a feature article?
Leaders of the Metro Detroit Arab community stood strongly behind Hamas' and Hezbollah's attacks on Israel, condemning the American and Israeli governments and calling for the Muslim and Arab world to defeat Israel.and
A July 14 press conference and rally at the Islamic Center of Detroit mosque attracted about 225 persons, mostly males ages 30-50, as well as young children and teens holding signs condemning Israel. The event was organized by the Palestine Office of Michigan and the Conference of Arab American Organizations (CAAO) representing 43 local Arab American organizations.
The publisher of the Arab American News and past-president of the CAAO, Osama Siblani, implored Muslims and Arabs to speak out, saying U.S. interests were being harmed by American support for "a criminal state called Israel," and "a bunch of terrorists led by Ehud Olmert that are trying to take the United States on an adventure."
"Don't be afraid. America needs you. Humanity needs you. You are the only people that can make a difference," he said.
That kind of vicious hatred toward Israel is passed over in favor of a hysterical examination of Tea Party violence? Then there is Siblani's spirited and dishonest defense of Helen Thomas,
Siblani declared, "We do not understand why a remark against a political group—the Zionists—would be interpreted as being anti-Semitic."But as we know,
The mention of "Zionist" ownership of media or control of the government is often a thinly veiled reference to Jews and echoes classic anti-Semitic libels.None of this should surprise anyone, for as the ADL points out,
The Arab American News, a dual language—English and Arabic—weekly, has a history of publishing anti-Semitic articles. Published out of Dearborn, Michigan, the newspaper, founded in 1984, claims to be “the largest, oldest and most respected Arab American newspaper in the United States.” The newspaper’s founding publisher and editor-in-chief is Osama Siblani, who has expressed support for Hamas and Hezbollah.So, the question is: why does Horwitz partner with a man who is clearly at war with the Jewish community, not only locally, but globally. And this is not the only business deal between Horwitz and Siblani.
What does Horwitz get out of this? If this is one of those demonstrations of multicultural solidarity so popular amongst some citizen-of-the-world types, then we have a long road of trouble ahead of us.