After 40 years ,and for the first time, I went back to my village in Egypt, there I went to visit my family cemetery much to my surprise, I found unmarked Coptic Grave as the villagers call it,,, , His name was Kyriakos, he was the only christian living in the village, here is a short story of how he lived among muslims and end up buried with them. Story about friendship, and a promise that was kept inspite of all challenges..!!…
Notes from America; The killing of Muslims won’t be televised
By Ahmed Tharwat
It’s so sad to hear people saying we should “Kill Jews” or “Kill Palestinians”. “As if that’s going to solve anything SMH (shaking My head)” tweeted Deah Barakat, a 23-year-old student who was shot, according to his father, execution style, along with his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. The shooting took place on Tuesday in their apartment near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. The suspect, as it was reported, is a 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, surrendered and was arrested on was charges of first-degree murder.
The police investigating the shooting refused to release any details on the nature of the killing, or whether, or who was involved. But after pressure from the family and community, they finally and ridiculously stated that the triple shooting may have been triggered over a long standing parking spot dispute. The media was slow to react and just repeated the police narrative of the story; the slaughtering of the three young Muslims was about a parking space dispute.
I first heard of the Chapel Hill Shooting incident later that evening, although the shooting took place at around 5pm on Tuesday. Activists took their outrage and frustration to social media, using the hash tag #MuslimLivesMatter and #ChapelHillShooting, which became the highest trending on Twitter. I first heard of the shooting incident from a tweet that came from none other than Deah’s cousin Hayat Barakat.
“My cousin, his wife and sister-in-law were murdered for being muslim. Someone tell me racism/hate crimes don’t exist. #MuslimLivesMatter” (sic), the tweet read.
As in the #CharlieHebdo tragedy reaction, people in the West usually command reaction from the so called moderate Muslims, and mandate an instantaneous condemnation and apologies from Muslim communities. Muslims activists emulating by demanding apology from all sorts of other non-Muslim-communities, whites, Christians, even from atheist comedian Bill Maher, who has lately been entertaining America with anti-Islamic ranting.
The media’s meagre coverage of the killing of Muslims, either here or abroad is astounding. I understand this is not on the scale of the Charlie Hebdo shooting that flooded the 24/7 news for weeks. That western media fail on their coverage of Muslims when they are victims who have their own human stories is becoming the norm and a new journalistic genre. The killer of Muslims is usually a loner, a lunatic, a disturbed person. But the media won’t come close to his religion or non-religion, or his race or colour of skin. On his Facebook page, the killer of the three Muslims sheds a little light, but it also paints a convoluted picture of the man.
Hicks wrote: “Some call me a gun toting Liberal, others call me an open-minded Conservative.” Hicks is an atheist who despises all religions, but you don’t have to have a religion to be an extremist or a terrorist, which are qualifiers – like barbaric, savage, jihadists, fanatics – reserved only for Muslims when they misbehave. In his latest column, New York Times liberal columnist Nicholas Kristof paralleled the slaughtering of the three Muslims with Alabama, where we see judges refusing to approve marriages of any kind because then they would also have to approve same-sex marriages.
“These are very different news stories. But I wonder if a common lesson from both may be the importance of resisting bigotry, of combating the intolerance that can infect people of any faith – or of no faith,” he enlightened us.
NPR member station WUNC, which is live-blogging the developments, reports that in a press conference Suzanne Barakat, Deah’s older sister, asked authorities to investigate the incident as a hate crime. But shortly thereafter, the suspect’s wife, Karen Hicks, said that the murders had nothing to do with religion. In the eyes of her husband, she said, everyone was equal.
The killings were “related to long-standing parking disputes my husband had with various neighbours regardless of their race, religion or creed,” the Associated Press quoted Karen Hicks as saying.
Since when, the media thinks, is shooting people in the head over a parking place dispute a plausible story?
“The media was very slow to cover this Wednesday morning and was treating it like a local issue. However execution-style murder of college students across from campus is usually national media. However, the Twitter campaign #MuslimlLivesMatter may have increased awareness,” said Dalia Fahmy, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Long Island University.
And just a few of the unswerving reactions of activists on social media include:
“Not covering the slaughter of muslims in other countries is one thing, but American media ignoring the slaughter of them in the US is vile.” (sic) said Twitter user @SaiyanSyrian
And in efforts to encourage a comparison to the #CharlieHebdoworld reaction worldwide:
“I want to see protests, I want to see news coverage, I want to see marches, I want the same outrage expressed in France. #ChapelHillShooting” (sic), wrote @Adham_Kassem
There was also reference made to the guilt-by-association that only applies to non-white people. Whereas the west tends to define Muslims with their worst behaviour, they define themselves with their ideal text:
“Muslim shooter – entire religion to blame, Black shooter – entire race guilty, White shooter – mentally troubled lone wolf. Just Saying…” (sic), wrote Robert Reid via his Twitter account.
What did we learn from all of this? Who are the three young Muslims whose lives were taken away so early? What did they do, what do they like, what were their Valentine Day plans? All we know is that the killer is Craig Hicks, a self-professed atheist who hates religion. What this atheist chanted before he pulled the trigger. Did he chant: “God is not great”? Should we ask of whites for an apology or condemnation, or wonder where about the moderate atheists voices. Mr. Hicks may not hate Muslims, but shooting three young students in the head, he must hated something!
Deah and Yusor haven’t seen this photo yet. The professional wedding photos were due this week.
Ahmed Tharwat/ host Arab American TV, BelAhdan
Blogs on www.ahmediatv.com
Can be reached on Facebook and Twitter, @ahmediaTV
Published at The Daily News
This was a tweet sent by Deah Barakat, a 23 year old student who was shot and according to his father execution style, along with his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. The shooting took place on Tuesday in their apartment near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. The suspect, as it was reported is a 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, surrendered and was arrested on was charges of first-degree murder. The police investigating the shooting refused to releases any details on the nature of the killing or the motive, after a persistence and pressure from the family, and community, they finally ridiculously released a statement that the triple shooting maybe triggered over a long standing parking spot dispute. But they haven’t rolled out the hate motive thing. Deah’s sister Suzanne Barakat, demands that the police should investigate this killing as a hate crime.
The media was slow to react and sporadically repeated the police narrative of the story; the slaughtering of the three young Muslims was about parking space dispute. ““The media was very slow to cover this Wednesday morning and was treating it like a local issue. However execution style murder of college students across from campus is usually national media” Dalia Fahmy, PhD Assistant Professor of Political Science , Long Island University
Although the shooting took place at around 5pm on Tuesday. It took the media 10 to 12 hours to report the incidence after activists took their outrages and frustration to social media, the hash tag #MuslimLivesMatter and #ChapelHillShooting were the highest trending on Twitter. I first heard of the shooting incident from a tweet that came from none other than Deah’s cousin Hayat Barakat.
As in the #CharlieHebdo tragedy reaction, where people in the west usually mandate a reaction from the so called moderate Muslims, and demand an instantaneous
condemnation and apologies. Muslims activists emulating the reflexive reaction of the west when Muslims do the killing, demanding apology from all sorts of other non-Muslim-communities, whites, Christians, even from atheists and left out gun owners which It is really what we should be talking about. Last year I was punched in the face a drunken driver over a parking space. That was that!!
The media meager coverage of the killing of Muslims, either here or abroad is astounding. I understand this is not on the scale of Charley Hebdo shooting that flooded the 24/7 news for weeks . The western media under coverage of Muslims when they are victims who have their own human stories is becoming the norm and a new journalistic genre. The killers of Muslims is usually a loner, lunatics, a disturbed person, Media wont come close to his religion or non-religion, or his race or color of skin. The killer of the three Muslims suspect, Hicks’s Facebook page, sheds a little light but it also paints a convoluted picture of the man. Hicks wrote, “Some call me a gun toting Liberal, others call me an open-minded Conservative.” Mr. Hicks, is an atheist, who despises all religions, but you don’t have to have a religion to be an extremist or a terrorist or extremist which are qualifiers along with barbaric, savage, jihadists, fanatics, that are reserved only to Muslims when they misbehave. New York Times liberal columnist Nicholas Kristof, , in his latest column paralleled the slaughtering of the three Muslims with Alabama, we see judges refusing to approve marriages of any kind because then they would also have to approve same-sex marriages. “These are very different news stories. But I wonder if a common lesson from both may be the importance of resisting bigotry, of combating the intolerance that can infect people of any faith — or of no faith.” He enlightened us.
NPR member station WUNC, which is live blogging the developments, reports that in a press conference Suzanne Barakat, Deah’s older sister, asked authorities to investigate the incident as a hate crime. But shortly thereafter the suspect’s wife, Karen Hicks, said that the murders had nothing to do with religion. In the eyes of her husband she said, everyone was equal. But if Mr. Hicks hates all religions, maybe his wife can lighting us up, about what her husband said to victims before he pulled the trigger, “God is not great”.
The killings were “related to long-standing parking disputes my husband had with various neighbors regardless of their race, religion or creed,” Reported the Associate Press her defense argument of her husband. We may not know exactly the motive of this triple execution style shooting, and it may not be a hate of Muslim, but shooting three people in the head it got to be a result of hate of something.
Since when media thinks, shooting people in the heads over a parking place is a plausible reliable story.
Here are some of the unswerving reactions of activists on social media.
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this tweet makes a comparison to the #CharlieHebdo world reaction..
whereas this tweet was to the point..
this tweet reflects on the guilty of association that only applies to non white people. Where the west tends to define Muslims with their worst behavior, whereas they define themselves with their ideal text.(constitution)
Nobody should be blamed for the killers action, nobody should be held responsible for their twisted criminal minds, Nobody should wonder where about the moderate atheists voices.
What did we learn from all of this, all we know that the suspect is a self-professed atheist who hate religions. If he didn’t hate Muslims, shooting three people in the head he got to hate something.
The Funny issue of Charia Hebdo (pronounced like Sharia law, or Islamic law) “guest edited” by the prophet himself. The cover promised “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter!”
It seems every time a Muslim or a group of Muslims behave badly, the rest of us Muslim Americans get asked to respond to the situation, to try to explain their motives and to react to their horrible acts as if we were experts on terrorism or have special insight on Muslim rage.
We are interrogated and experience something akin to EIT, “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” and “Forced Condemnation Reaction” of violence and extremism. Don Lemon of CNN, asked human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar, founder of The Muslim Guy, “Do you support ISIS?” Do we need to say the obvious to show our patriotism?
I’m tired of being asked to condemn other Muslims, explain others’ actions and even to spell my name.
I don’t have any answers or reactions that are different from anyone else’s–Muslim or non Muslim. As John Stewart put it on his show “…not to make sense of this because there is no sense to be made of this.” Rather the goal was, as always, “to keep going.”
The media condemnation came swiftly. The knee jerk reaction of the media to the #CharlieHebdo tragedy was to put Islam on trial and to condemn 1.6 billion people. This became the headline of all 6’o’clock news shows. The #killAllMuslims social media trending reached more than100,000. How did this all start, and how did we reach this madness?
It was around 11:30, PARIS — Stéphane Charbonnier was in his editorial meeting with his staff, like every Wednesday morning, at the French satirical magazine called Charlie Hebdo. The rest we know from sources like the New York Times, who went for the kill describing the “orientalist clash of civilization” event in a minute-by-minute update of the horrible attack. I quote, “Unbeknown to them, a scene of terror was unfolding at their doorstep — one that would grip the world’s attention and set off new fears across Europe about a rising clash of civilizations, between radical Islamists and the West”.
The Guardian was more modest in its outburst, with a front page headline “An Assault on Democracy.” Then we have the Muslim apologists: “Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect,” vented #SalmanRushdie. And more,
“… the relentlessly murderous soul of radical Islam has attacked the very foundation of Western civilization.
…” noted NY Daily News featuring another cartoon of its own, depicting a vicious looking bearded man–apparently a radical Islamist–standing with his pointed sword toward a hand holding a pen with a caption, “STILL MIGHTIER”
Thousands of Muslims are killed every year by our own military expansionism and lust for power, freedom of speech are shot down everyday by Arab Muslim dictators that we support, Insulting Islam in Saudi Arabia id flogging, but those of us who are writers will not consider our pencils broken by such killings. But that incontestability, that unmournability, just as much as the massacre in Paris, is the clear and present danger to our collective liberté.”
Bill Maher’s vitriolic rants about Islam have become the talk of the town, and the atheist comedian has become the darling of the nuts on the Christian right. Within hours of the Paris attack, he ridiculously claimed that “… millions of Muslims support the Charlie Hebdo Attack.”
The talking heads all over the 6 o’clock news described the attackers with words that are usually reserved for Muslims and non-white villains, words like, barbaric, uncivilized, Islamic extremists, and jihadi.
Thousands of people in France and around Europe gathered to march in vigils of solidarity holding the sign “Je Suis Charlie” or I’m Charlie.
This hyper-reaction of the Western media reflects self-righteousness and universal absolutism, much the same extremism as the dogmatism and paranoia that Muslims extremists fall in. One camp gets its venom from religion fundamentalism while the other gets it from secular fundamentalism, where nationalism has become the new religion. As photographer Teju Cole noted in the New Yorker, “Voltaire, a hero to many who extol free speech, got it wrong. His sparkling and courageous anti-clericalism can be a joy to read, but he was also a committed anti-Semite, whose criticisms of Judaism were accompanied by calumnies about the innate character of Jews”.
In fact, for anyone interested, condemnation of the attack by Muslims came from all over the world, a fact ignored by CNN and Fox News. Muslims don’t condone such an act or the killing of innocent civilians, and may deny or react in disbelief that a Muslim could be capable of such actions. Some may suspect conspiracy, such as one frustrated Egyptian TV host who vented, “…, it is the act of the French state to crack down on Muslims in France and a prerequisite to get involved in North Africa.”
Those who like to believe that #charliehebdo attack is a direct reaction to the insult of Islam or the prophet through satirical cartoons don’ get the whole picture. According to Saudis, if attackers were truly Muslims they would have just flogged
This isn’t just about cartoons of the prophet any more than rape is about what the victim is wearing.
When a crime is committed by a Muslim, it is seen by the West as sociologically and culturally-based and the entire culture is condemned. However, a crime by a Westerner is seen as deviancy by an individual, as a psychological problem, like in the Columbine, or Newtown massacres, or Atlanta bombing. Sky News reported that a 38-year-old German male nurse, identified only as Niels H., admitted to killing at least 30 patients between 2003 and 2005, because he was bored. This kind of aberrant behavior is usually presented as just an act of a disturbed individual who lived outside of mainstream culture, not an assault on Western civilization or on the rights of people to be sick!
Letting a few criminals define a billion and half Muslims is absurd and dogmatic.
The suspects in the Charlie Hebdo attack were born and raised in French secular culture and apparently led a life of drugs, sex, and violence. To claim that a visit to Yemen led to radicalization is naïve and self-serving. The question is not what happened to him in Yemen, but what happened to him in France.
The Charlie Hebdo tragedy can’t be explained by religion or culture; it is only explained in the sick minds of the killers alone, not the Charlie Hebdo cartoon. Many Muslims saw the cartoons from the satirical magazine but were not provoked and managed to stay calm. Don’t Snipe-Unsubscribe.
Last Charlie Hebdo Cartoon…. head of the ISlamic State ISIS is giving New Year Wishes
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Ahmed Tharwat …. a host and producer of the Arab-American TV show BelAhdan with Ahmed, a Writer, Public Speaker, blogs at www.ahmediatv.com
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