As Ahmed Mohamed the Clock Boy prepares to move to Qatar, apparently because of the supposedly high levels of “Islamophobia” in the U.S., the Hamas-linked terror organization CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper doubles down on the spin, whining that “the Muslim-American community feels under siege by all this.”
Under siege by Ahmed getting invited to the White House and the United Nations? Under siege by Ahmed being showered with gifts by Microsoft and Google, courted by MIT, and lauded by the media and political elites? Under siege by becoming a folk hero and promoting the false narrative of “Islamophobia” far beyond any previous success in doing so?
Honest Ibe is a past master at the victimhood game, but he has an exceedingly thin hand to play with this one.
“Muslim Spokesman: As Boy Departs, Muslims Feel ‘Under Siege,'” by Jamie Stengle and David Warren, Associated Press, October 21, 2015:
The decision by the family of a Texas teenager to move to Qatar is not surprising in light of lingering anti-Muslim sentiment that makes many U.S. followers of Islam feel as if they are “under siege,” a spokesman for a national Muslim-American group said Wednesday.
The teen, Ahmed Mohamed, shot to national prominence last month after he was arrested for bringing a homemade digital clock to school that a teacher mistook for a possible bomb.
On Tuesday, the family announced that they would soon leave their modest home in the Dallas suburb of Irving and move to Qatar, a wealthy oil nation on the Persian Gulf. There, a foundation has offered to pay for Ahmed’s high school and college education in Doha.
Yaser Birjas, imam of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center in Irving, said he wishes the 14-year-old well but worries about the stress that can come with celebrity.
“I hope that he does not get overwhelmed and consumed with that because now the expectation of him is so high,” Birjas said. “And he’s just a kid.”
Birjas cautioned that people who move from America to Muslim countries are often disappointed when they discover restrictions they never experienced in the U.S.
“Here in America, you have much more freedom practicing the faith,” he said.
For others, the family move to the Middle East sends an unfortunate message.
Yousuf Fahimuddin, a Muslim journalist in the San Francisco Bay area, believes the family’s departure will only perpetuate the idea that Muslims are not loyal to the U.S.
“I don’t think moving to Qatar, a country with its own share of problems, constructively helps fight prejudice,” Fahimuddin said in an email.
Instead, he said, “Muslims should try to share their common humanity with others to demonstrate that they are regular people.”
How about fighting against the beliefs that are used to justify jihad violence and supremacism? How about some genuine work for reform? That would help.
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the [Hamas-linked — ed.] Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the U.S. has seen a significant rise in the level of anti-Muslim sentiment — feelings he said were reflected by the political attacks of GOP presidential candidates such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
“The Muslim-American community feels under siege by all this,” Hooper said.
Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, told The Dallas Morning News that the family was moving “to a place where my kids can study and learn and all of them being accepted by that country.”…