The Dissection of a Hasbara Manual

Dissect? Did you say dissect? You want to dissect Jews. You said so right in the title. DISSECTION. You are just like the Nazis. You want to bring about another Holocaust. You hate Jews, admit it! Admit it! Confess! Confess!

Unlike the Spanish Inquisition, this one's rather unfunny.

Unlike the Spanish Inquisition, this one’s rather unfunny.

Well I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition.. or em, the Zionist one. I know, I know, no one expects the Spanish Inquisition, but the Zionist one? It’s pretty damn predictable. In fact anyone saying something on-line or in the media about Israel is likely to get the full weight of the Israeli paid propaganda machine, known as hasbara, thrown at them.

Yes folks, Israel pays people to troll and spread lies about itself. If you find that to be sad and gross, well, that’s Israel for you.

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Confessions of a regressive leftist

One term that is often used by right-wing neoliberals (or the faux-left) who pretend they are “liberal” because they support nominal left policies – is the “regressive left”. Maajid Nawaz likes this term, a lot.

The Regressive Left’s betrayal of liberal Muslim reformers (especially reforming Muslim women) will not be forgotten by us. History is not on your side.

So yeah, the idea is. The “regressive left” is supporting right-wing “Islamists” at the expense of “liberal reformists” as exemplified by people like Nawaz. I guess this makes me a “regressive-leftist,” after all, I think that “reformers” like Hirsi-Ali are helping the progressive Muslim community as much as people like Pamela Geller are. I.e. not at all. And as a Muslim, I refuse to renounce my faith, to cut out parts of my Quran, to renounce my respect for the Prophet Mohammed – obviously this makes me exactly like ISIS.

True confession: I didn't want to join ISIS, but I can't resist Nutella or kittens. And no, don't try to lure me with Nutella substitutes, it's not the same. Sorry, long live the (un)Islamic Caliphate!

True confession: I didn’t want to join ISIS, but I can’t resist Nutella or kittens. And no, don’t try to lure me with Nutella substitutes, it’s not the same. Sorry, long live the (un)Islamic Caliphate! (Seriously, can anyone resist Nutella? Maybe the nut-allergy folks – you guys are our last hope!)

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The Harris-Nawaz bromance and more Islam-bashing

Sam Harris has another article about Islam, coinciding with his new book.

We start with the bromance. He was a former radical Muslim extremist(a la Walid Shoebat), I was a rational free-thinker. Our eyes met. I said to him, “let’s make beautiful hate-literature together.” Five years later, we are proud to celebrate our first-born.

Congrats, Sam and Maajid on your recyclable mass of tree-pulp. I look forward to facepalming at it like your previous recyclable masses of tree-pulp.

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We need a Klingon state

As you know, there is no Klingon state. There is no country in the world with a Klingon majority, there is a scattered Klingon diaspora(there totally, totally is) that gets absolutely no love for its acts of self-defence against the Federation. And they have suffered greatly in the last war against the Romulans.

Does this mean we NEED a Klingon state?

The Klingons are clearly a people(sort of). They have a common culture, language, customs, religion. And they don’t have a state. No homeland, none at all. This is very bad. We need to fix it. For reasons.

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Intent matters – but Sam Harris is still wrong

In his e-mail debate with Chomsky, Harris makes much of intent – but again, the analysis is either intentionally(see what I did there, hur, hur, hur) or unintentionally naive and flawed.

this kitten did not intend to be cute, but you're still in a cute-coma aren't you?

this kitten did not intend to be cute(or did she?), but you’re still in a cute-coma aren’t you?

Now, intent matters – if you kill someone by genuine accident vs. reckless disregard vs. intentional killing – you will be charged with a different crime, with different penalties. I think that’s fair. Intentionally causing harm is worse than making a genuine error in judgement. However, being so reckless or so racist that you don’t realise that your actions will cause severe harm is nowhere close to accidentally causing harm – in fact, in extreme cases I think such reckless harm is far worse than deliberate harm. Continue reading

MLI, faithwashing and interfaith cat memes

Qasim Rashid Esq. MuslimIQ on Twitter

MLI faithwashing in action – yep, the Prophet Mohammed(pbuh) would have opposed BDS and supported an apartheid occupier that is violating human rights and committing war crimes!

Palestinian civil society has asked for a boycott of the Muslim Leadership Initiative, a propaganda trip to Israel intended to “faithwash” the occupation.

This is, in its essence, what washing the occupation and apartheid clean actually is: to sanitize the narrative in which the oppressor becomes the oppressed or, at the very least, a relatable oppressor. -Sana Saeed

Simply put. MLI sucks. It is blatant Israeli propaganda, the people who participate in it are doing their part in promoting propaganda. Propaganda sucks. Not only is MLI intended for propaganda, it is intended to harm the BDS movement and further dangerous Zionist narratives.

The main premise of MLI is the deliberate blurring of the lines between Judaism, Zionism and the Israeli state. This logic serves to perpetuate the anti-Semitic claim that Jews are synonymous to the state of Israel and bear responsibility for its policies, no matter how oppressive these policies are, and that criticism leveraged against the state of Israel is, therefore, a criticism of all Jews. This conflation, which itself is anti-Semitic, as it reduces all Jews to a monolithic sum, has been used by opponents of Palestinian rights to muzzle legitimate opposition to Israel’s violations of international law and ignore growing dissent among Jews to such representations. –

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