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American Jewish Committee gave 'Moral Courage' Award to Muslim Dutch politician who fabricated persecution story
Ayaan Hirsi Ali lied about name, birthplace, and story of arranged marriage - came to Holland for economic reasons
As a self proclaimed 'ex Jew hater' and Muslim, Ali became the darling of organisations like the American Jewish Committee, who expressed their adoration with financial and material support, onlystopping short of beatification because there is no sainthood in Judaism
Instead, of sainthood, the American Jewish Committee conferrred their 'Moral Courage' award.on Ali. Unfortunately for them, a documentary entitled "Saint Ayaan" which was shown last week in Holland revealed that the AJC's Muslim godess has feet of clay, and the speech she made specifically addressed to the Jews at the AJC event, was as rife with mendacity as her 'confession' that she "hated Jews" but "no longer blames Jews for her misfortune".
Hirsi Ali's ‘speech' was a long recitation of every anti semitic canard she claims to have believed, telling them that she had thought "they were by nature evil", until persumably, she met her gullible benefactors in America who touted her as the new 'Muslim Messiah' while opening their hearts and wallets to her.
Ali was introduced by the AJC's director David Harris who reverently intoned that:
"Ali was the most fitting recipient of an award meant to ‘celebrate 100 years of fighting for human freedom, human dignity and human rights for all". His remarks were followed by thunderous applause and a standing ovation. The AJC's pandering was not lost on Ali who cynically noted : "Isn't it ironic that the American Jewish Committee has voted to give me the moral courage award?"
MIM:Excerpts from Ali's Moral Courage Award acceptance speech.
Never once did she mention Theo van Gogh, the film maker who was murdered after making the film she had written. As a Dutch parliamentarian Ali, had been under the protection of bodyguards since 2002,making the claim of 'moral courage' as disingenuous as her claims of fleeing religious persecution.
"...Ladies and Gentlemen, I have a confession to make if you are Jewish. It is a testimony from my dark past. "I used to hate you. I hated you because I thought you were responsible for the war that took my father from me for so long. When the Soviet Union aligned with our dictatorship in Somalia I was told that the Jews were behind it. In Saudi Arabia I saw poor people,men women and children huddled together in squalor, I was told you drove them out of their homes" "I hated you for that". When we had no water I thought you closed the taps. I don't know how you did it- but you did it" When my mother was mean to me you were definitely behind it.
Even when I failed an exam I knew it was your fault. I didn't know how you did all these things but then I didn't need proof. You are by nature evil and you had evil powers and you used them to evil ends. Learning to hate you was easy. Unlearning it was difficult. Even after I had learned about the Holocaust in Europe, and the terrible outcome of centuries of anti Semitism I still found it difficult to take a stand against it. When my half sister told me that the Holocaust was the best thing that had happened to the Jews,I refrained from arguing with her for fear of breaking the family ties. When she showed me Koranic verses to support her hatred of you I feared arguing with Allah, for Allah would make me burn in hell".
Isn't it ironic that the American Jewish Committee has decided to give me the moral courage award ?
"The good news is that I and others like me have learned not to blame the Jews for our misfortunes" http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=1591361&ct=2387665
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Amsterdam, 12 May (AKI) - A newly aired TV documentary has investigated the past of Somali-born Dutch MP and author, Ayaan Hirsi Ali - an outspoken critic of Islam who received death threats for her screenplay for the film 'Submission' which criticised Muslims' treatment of women. The documentary,'Saint Ayaan', aired by commercial RTL4 network on Thursday probes Hirsi Ali's account of how she fled from Somalia to escape mistreatment by her dictatorial father and a forced marriage and travelled in 1992 to the Netherlands, where she was granted political asylum.
Moreover, contrary to Hirsi Ali's previous account of her life, her relations told RTL4 that she took refuge in Kenya before civil war broke out in Somalia. Her father was leader of the opposition at to Somalia's Marxist leader during the 1970s and 1980s, Siad Barre, and the family fled to Ethiopia, then to Saudia Arabia and Kenya, where was granted political asylum, Hirsi Ali's relatives said.
Hirsi Ali married a Somali who lived in Canada, Othman Qawari, who told RTL4 they married for love - a claim backed up by her aunt Othman Qawari and her brother Muhad, who both described Hirsi Ali's "joy" at the union. Hirsi Ali has claimed she was not present at the wedding.
The claims made by Hirsi Ali's relatives in the documentary appear to gainsay Hirsi Ali's version of events, on the basis of which she was granted political asylum in the Netherlands, and which herself has recently contradicted in remarks made on Dutch television. In these, she admitted she had not told the true history of her departure from Somali, and had changed her family name and date of birth to obtain political asylum.
Hirsi Ali shot to fame after the murder of film director Theo Van Gogh who was stabbed to death while cycling to work by a Moroccan born extremist in November 2004.
A letter was also pinned to his chest with a knife, quoting the Koran and threatening Hirsi Ali, who wrote the script for the Van Gogh's controversial film Submission.
A young radical Islamist was earlier this year given a life sentence for the murder.
Minister Verdonk to look into the naturalisation of Hirsi Ali despite having said she had nothing to fear.
Verdonk bekijkt naturalisatie Hirsi Ali toch
ROTTERDAM - Minister Rita Verdonk (Vreemdelingenzaken en Integratie) gaat de naturalisatie van Tweede Kamerlid Ayaan Hirsi Ali toch onderzoeken.
Dat heeft de minister zaterdag op een bijeenkomst over integratie in Rotterdam gezegd.
Verdonk zei vrijdag dat Hirsi Ali niets te vrezen heeft. Of dat nu wel het geval is, wilde de minister een dag later niet zeggen. ,,Ik wil niet op de resultaten van het onderzoek vooruitlopen. Maar wetten en regels gelden voor iedereen", zei de bewindsvrouw in antwoord op vragen van een rapper die zong over ,,iemand in de VVD" die ,,had gelogen en bedrogen".
De Immigratie en Naturalisatiedienst (IND) verricht het onderzoek. Verdonk kon niet zeggen wanneer het klaar is. Aanleiding voor het onderzoek naar haar partijgenote Hirsi Ali is volgens Verdonk een televisieuitzending van Zembla.
Hirsi Ali geeft al jaren toe dat zij heeft gelogen om een verblijfsvergunning in Nederland te krijgen. In een uitzending van tv-programma Zembla afgelopen donderdag verklaarden de broer van Ayaan, een tante en haar ex-man onder meer dat zij niet tegen haar zin was uitgehuwelijkt en dat zij destijds geen angst had of hoefde te hebben voor haar familie. Later zei haar broer echter tegen ANP dat het huwelijk wel degelijk gearrangeerd was en hij er zelf niet bij was.
Naar aanleiding van die uitzending stelden verschillende Kamerleden, waaronder Hilbrand Nawijn, vragen over de kwestie.
De leugens van Ayaan
Ayaan's Lies With what right can a VVD politician plead for the sending back of asylum seekers who lie about their reasons for coming to Holland? The question has become urgent now that is is clear that VVD House member Hirsli Ali in 1992 had lied about her story about fleeing Somalia. For Minister and fellow party member Verdonk (Immigration) is the situation clear: If she had been Minister then,she would not have let Hirsi Ali into Holland...
Zaterdag 13 mei 2006 - Met welk recht kan een VVD-politicus nog pleiten voor het terugsturen van asielzoekers die hebben gelogen over de reden van hun komst naar Nederland?
Juist daarom is het ontluisterend te beseffen dat deze politica de mensen in dit land maar iets op de mouw heeft gespeld over haar vlucht voor de burgeroorlogen in haar geboorteland Somalië, haar ontsnapping uit haar gedwongen huwelijk en haar angst voor de eerwraak van haar familie. Ze leefde juist jarenlang in het veilige Kenia onder relatief luxueuze omstandigheden.
Hirsi Ali heeft overigens haar leugens opgebiecht aan de VVD-partijtop. Die vond dat kennelijk geen beletsel om haar tot een nieuw boegbeeld van de liberalen te maken. Uit de donderdagavond uitgezonden reportage in het tv-programma Zembla blijkt dat Ayaan Hirsi Ali meer gelogen heeft dan ze tot nu toe heeft toegegeven.
Het is een feit: sommige asielzoekers zijn gelukszoekers die met list en bedrog elders een goed onderkomen proberen te vinden. Hirsi Ali is er een van en dat geeft ze zelf ook toe.
De VVD zit intussen opgezadeld met een Kamerlid dat loog over haar vluchtelingenstatus en valsheid in geschrifte pleegde door onder andere een identiteit aan te nemen die niet de hare is. Als de liberalen daar niets tegen ondernemen, verliezen ze, net als Hirsi Ali nu, elke morele en politieke geloofwaardigheid. Laat staan wanneer Rita Verdonk de nieuwe liberale lijsttrekker wordt.
MIM: Not content to show their support for a self professed ex African born Muslim, the American Jewish Committtee has annouced a new enterprise with the Muslim country of Nigeria, which was described by a delegate who aptly noted that the AJC is making a gargantuan effort to show that they prefer not to concentrate on Jewish interests and prefer helping Muslim causes.
MIM: What this 'mutually beneficial partnership ' was supposed to entail vis a vis the AJC was never explained in the article persumably because the AJC is hoping to win over hearts and minds - among Muslims by helping them get ahead. The writer implies that he cannot believe his luck that a well financed Jewish organisation was now putting their financial and political clout to at the service of the 'Nigerian Diaspora' and his fellow Muslims and showed the requisite unctuousness by gushing that
"... The events were all directed at the attainment of public good, the common good of all, and in particular, the good of Jews and their Nigerian counterparts...
MIM: The AJC's suicidal pursuit of moral relativism reached it's absurdist nadir in the forum about Jewish identity which was hosted appropriately, by Ted Koeppel, who himself had 'converted'from Judaism to Unitarianism when he married his non Jewish wife..
Not to be outdone by ex Muslim and non Muslim antisemites, the AJC invited Israeli Jewish writer A.B. Yeshosha, who caused an uproar with his anti Zionist remarks, lambasting his co panelists for being Jewish and mocking their ties to Israel..
Unlike the grateful Nigerian delegate above who twice gushed how his hosts:
"...AJC has accumulated laurels in public service, selfless service, over the course of 100 years (1906-2006)..."
"...AJC was formed in May of 1906 and this penultimate May 4, 2006, AJC clocked 100 years of doing public good, attaining common good for Jews and non-Jews..."
Anti Zionist Yeshosha told his benefactors that the last '100 years had been a series of failures for the Jewish people".Fury as Israeli writer criticises US Jews
'You change allegiance like a jacket,' novelist tells hosts in Washington
Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv
One of Israel's most celebrated novelists has been denounced by American Jews for questioning the depth of their faith and suggesting they would swap their national allegiance as they would swap a jacket.
AB Yehoshua, who was nominated for the Booker International Prize last year, was invited to speak on the future of Jews at the inaugural event to celebrate the centenary of the American Jewish Committee. Later events were attended by President George Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Hundreds of guests gathered at the US Library of Congress in Washington to hear Jewish thinkers discuss Jewish identity and the future of the Jews. The warm start quickly descended into anger as Yehoshua lambasted his co-panellists for their abstract notions of Jewish identity and their fears of anti-semitism.
He left his hosts speechless as he said that there was little to celebrate in the 100-year history of the committee and the Jewish people. 'There is a sense of joy in this event and I am sorry I will have to spoil it a little bit,' he said.
The committee is one of the US's oldest Jewish organisations and Yehoshua is one of Israel's leading authors. A former paratrooper in the Israeli army, he is renowned for having a certain Israeli bluntness.
The panel included Cynthia Ozick, a writer, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz and Leon Wieseltier, professor of literature. TV presenter Ted Koppel kicked off the discussion with the question, 'What is a Jew?' He said that Jews always try to be like everyone else in whichever country they are in. The warmly received remark infuriated Yehoshua, who gave his definition of his Jewish identity.
'I am what I am. I have a language, I have a people; like the Dane; like the Norwegian. I cannot be Danish. I cannot be Norwegian,' he said.
He said that the past 100 years had contained a series of failures for the Jewish people. He said the Jews in Europe had been given the opportunity to return to Israel by the British government's Balfour declaration in 1917, yet they had failed to take it, even though the warnings of disaster were everywhere.
He scoffed at Ozick, who tried to define her Jewishness as living her life in the US but also being hurt by events in Israel. 'You sit in America and you think of Israel,' he mocked. 'In Israel, the Jew takes responsibility for all the components of his life. In Israel there will never be a question of a Jew becoming assimilated just as there is no question of Frenchman being assimilated in France.'
He said that diaspora Jews changed their nationalities like jackets. Once they were Polish and Russian; now they were British and American. One day they could choose to be Chinese or Singaporean, he said.
The relationship between Israel and the Jewish diaspora is complicated. In Israel many, such as Ariel Sharon, have said that Israel needs Jewish immigration as much as ever to contend with growing Arab populations in the country.
Others, on the left, question why the US's six million Jews have the right to become Israeli citizens while tens of thousands of foreign workers and Palestinians who live there and speak Hebrew do not.
Shmuel Rosner, the Washington correspondent for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, said Yehoshua had an agenda. 'The problem was that he was very blatant and he wasn't listening to the other panellists. He was fairly rude and very unAmerican.'
According to Rosner, people at the conference described the writer as 'impertinent', 'tasteless' and 'foolish'.
Yehoshua's performance sparked a debate in Israel. In Haaretz last week, Natan Sharansky, who was jailed in the Soviet Union for his desire to emigrate to Israel, wrote that Yehoshua was weakening the justification for the state of Israel by claiming, 'everything outside Israel is obsolete and its fate is to be lost'.
Rabbi Michael Lerner wrote that both Israel and US Jewry had substantial failings. 'Much of America's organised Jewish community is mired in a religion of Holocaust and Israel-worship that sends it into a fury if anyone dares compare our Holocaust to theirs, or uses universally accepted criteria of human rights to criticise Israel,' he wrote.
Yehoshua admitted in Haaretz that he had been overly blunt. He said he had been trying to explain 'that for me Jewish values are not located in a fancy spice box that is only opened to release its pleasing fragrance on Shabbat and holidays.'