Jihad Watch Board Vice President Hugh Fitzgerald discusses the state of dhimmitude at NPR:
At 5:43 yesterday afternoon on NPR I heard a respectful interviewer respectfully interviewing a “Palestinian” about the new, improved, peaceful Hamas, which has become a Good Government organization, working for setting up a system of Civil Service Examinations, draining the Pontine Marshes, and possibly putting a Volkswagen in every garage (well, things to that effect). He was particular cagey, in a way one has grown accustomed to, about not answering while seeming to provide an answer to certain questions. Oh, how we all have gotten so used to those examples of oily, pleasant-voiced meretriciousness.
But here’s the moral of the tale. It was none other than Khalil Shikaki, the one scheduled to be a fellow at the Crown Center, and not only that, but one of three chosen to explain to earnest, long-suffering Brandeis alumni, How We Can Have Peace In the Middle East. He is to do this at some summer seminar, along with Shai Feldman (who at the Jaffee Center put the kibosh on someone wishing to present evidence of how “Palestinian” control of much of the West Bank would also lead to control of 60-70% of the aquifers Israelis rely on to live–simply would not hear of it), and Kanan Makiya, whose sympathy for the Kurds never quite achieves a further understanding that the Arab mistreatment of the Kurds in Iraq is connected to Arab mistreatment of other non-Arab Muslims (blacks in Darfur, Berbers in Algeria) — not to mention, of course, the Muslim mistreatment of all non-Muslims. When he was offered one of Bat Ye’or’s books to read, Kanan Makiya angrily returned it, calling it “disgusting” — so much for keeping an open mind, so much for being willing to learn a little more about the history of Islam.
Did the young earnest female interviewer know about Khalil Shikaki’s appearance on tapes connected to that little matter of Sami al-Arian? Did she know about what was reported in the New York Sun just this week?
He is also the brother of the assassinated founder of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Fathi Shikaki, and a former director of the Florida-based World & Islam Studies Enterprise”¦.Wiretaps of conversations between Messrs. Shikaki, Shallah, and Hammoudeh introduced as evidence at the Al-Arian trial, however, suggest that Mr. Shikaki distributed money in the West Bank for Al-Arian associates, who raised the funds in America, and then stopped the money transfers in January 1995, shortly after PIJ was declared a blocked terrorist organization by President Clinton.
Did anyone at NPR know about all this? Might this NPR appearance have been arranged by someone close to Shikaki to counter the effects of the Sun story? And if someone at NPR knew, did anyone think that just maybe that might mean that Khalil Shikaki is not quite as trustworthy, what-you-see-is-what-you-get, as innocent listeners might be led to believe? Did anyone think it might be a duty to inform listeners about this matter, even if they were then going to go ahead and use Shikaki as an expert source, for his take on all sorts of matters?
Anyone at NPR concerned about this? What about you, donors and potential donors — what are you doing, among your friends, your relatives, the businesses and foundations you know that might be sponsors of NPR here and there — what are doing to get their attention?
Of course it is unlikely that anyone who comes to this site donates to NPR. But that is not enough. One must spread the word. Despite the hundreds of millions left by Joan Kroc, NPR does still need donations. Spread the word. Remember also the NPR New Hire who repeated propaganda as fact — genocidal words supposedly uttered by Ariel Sharon. If someone could utter such things and still be hired, then there is something terribly wrong. One can easily imagine what would happen if it was revealed that some other New Hire had previously been spreading Aryan Nation propaganda. Why is this different? It isn’t.
NPR has to be punished in the only way it understands — through financial deprivation. One should do whatever one can to discourage businesses from donating money and being recognized for it on local NPR outlets (if they knew they would lose business, and they should, they might think again).
And when those hideous fundraising days come along, and the smarmy eleemosynary pleas are made, and you are instructed that NPR “is the fairest” station that gives you “all sorts of views” (what preening rubbish this all is) then do not merely not contribute, but cause others not to contribute. Meet them, answer them, for this and other outrages, with an active and relentless hostility.
It works for me.