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Countering Islamophobia: A Political Action Plan

November 8, 2010

Meinhaj Hussain

m.hussain[at]grandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)

 

Muslims in the West are facing a rising tide of Islamophobia. This backlash is fueled by tragic recent events and sustained propaganda from the Zionist press. Our response has been fragmented and erratic rather than coherent and systematic. This paper outlines a plan of action that can overcome our response shortcomings.

 

Defining the Enemy

 

Our persecutors and opponents are numerous yet there is a clearly identifiable source of the propaganda and action against us. Of our many opponents, the Zionists are the main source of Islamophobia and act as the primary instigators. All other efforts branch from this source. The Zionist challenge can broadly be divided into Zionist media and political organizations. Let us consider each in turn.

 

Media Organizations

 

The Mass media is the central component of raising hysteria and creating propaganda against Muslims. Virtually all mass media outlets have been taken over and / or severely infected by the Zionists. Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. is a central concern.

 

Political Organizations

 

While the mass media generates Islamophobia and sets the tone for oppressing Muslims, other organizations use this hysteria to support political actions against Muslims. Some major Zionist organizations playing this role include American-israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC), Jewish Defense League (JDL), Anti Defamation League (ADL) and B’nai B’rith.

 

Within the US government: A group of Zionists manage the White House led by Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emmanuel. Most departments have been infiltrated although occasionally the Department of State civil servants show some resistance. The FBI has its hands tied as The Department of Justice will not take any action against Zionists apprehended by them; the Department of Justice has been compromised thanks to the Sayanims within. As a result, the FBI have simply stopped taking action, even against israeli agents posing as FBI.

 

Homeland Security is a key vehicle for institutional oppression of Muslims and this role can only expand in the future. AIPAC is bankrolling the legislature by utilizing funds from Zionist international bankers and grassroots funding from B’nai B’rith. The CIA has been affected through career-end funding of retiring officers for business opportunities by Zionist venture capitalists and other Zionist investment organizations. There are reports of the NSA being affected. However, these last reports are less substantiated.

 

What Do They Want?

 

What are these Zionist and allied organizations trying to achieve? Firstly they wish to continue the war against Palestinians, seeking to eventually eliminate them. They also seek to further the cause of Greater israel, from the banks of the Euphrates to the Nile as is taught in israeli school textbooks. A large, vibrant and politically organized Muslim community in the West can be a direct threat to their plans. At present the conventional military balance already allows them to attempt such a state in the Middle East but the political and asymmetric warfare balance does not.

 

More defensively, the Zionist are reacting to us as they feel threatened by a community that they perceive as an existential enemy on the shores of a nation that they have spent considerable time and resources hijacking. Following appear to be some of their more specific objectives:

 

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Stemming migration and where possible, removing Muslims from the West.

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Stop non-Muslims from converting to Islam by make Islam less accessible through:

Propaganda & political marginalization

Restricting Muslim interaction

Banning Muslim organizations

Banning & making forbidden online Islamic content

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Holocaust of Muslims: Building political support from the far right and preparing concentration camps under the guise of FEMA.

 

Dealing with the Main Stream Media

 

Muslims in the West have failed systematically in dealing with the mass media. Any attempts to communicate to clarify our views or denounce terrorism has faced a selective blind eye, with the selective portion scanning for any opportunity to twist meanings or hone in on the isolated few extremist views. These latter are then used to cause further damage through propaganda. Any attempt to deal with this situation requires us to understand the key methods of propaganda as created by Zionist organizations after WWI (and not for instance by the Nazis, who were copying from them rather than the other way around as they claim).

 

How Propaganda Works: Pavlovian Response Mechanism

 

The fundamental aim is to repeat a pattern of connecting words in the subconscious mind of the reader. For instance, terms such as “terrorismâ€, “extremism†and “anti-Semitism†are consistently placed near words such as “Muslims†and “Islamâ€. This Pavlovian method has shown to produce consistently effective results. An important point to remember is that this mechanism works even when Muslims are not directly being blamed; a statement such as “Muslims are not terrorists†or “Many Muslims condemn terrorism†can still be used to effectively build a psychological connection in the mind of the populace.

 

This is a powerful tool is not to be underestimated. If one has doubts about how effective this tool is further reading of the relevant literature and a closer look at past research and studies will remove all such doubts.

 

Responding to the Media can be Counterproductive

 

It is therefore, highly undesirable for inexperienced Muslims to talk to the mass media outlets. The media will turn a blind eye where convenient and select responses that suit their purpose. They will pick the worst and heavily edit to give the exact impression that makes us look the worst. They are and will continue to attempt to trick inexperienced and unwary Muslims who are trying to talk to the media. A recent example of a Muslim’s phone interview with CNN that was edited in a manner to appear to show him as supporting terrorism is but one example out of many.

 

Counter Propaganda

 

Who should speak to the media?

Only seasoned media spokespersons should speak to the media.

 

 

We have discussed what not to do, let us now consider what we can do to counter propaganda.

Seasoned media representatives need to deal with the mass media directly. Muslims seeking to speak out need to channel their work through Muslim media organizations, alternatives news networks or those allied to us. Building and networking with alternative media outlets is an important undertaking. We discuss outreach efforts in a different section.

 

Using Keywords Effectively

The Zionist propaganda machine uses propagandized words as vehicles for their purpose. “Anti-Semitism†“Holocaustâ€, “Holocaust Denialâ€, “Hate Speechâ€, “Islamic terrorism†and “Islamic Fundamentalism†are some examples. We should attempt to counter these with our own set of keywords. These keywords could include “Islamophobiaâ€, “War Criminalsâ€, “Judeo-Fascistsâ€, “Zionists†and “Racists†as some possible terms. These keywords are critical vehicles that allow either side to influence the collective consciousness.

 

Truth as the Central Strategy against Propaganda

 

While coming up with counter propaganda and finding keywords is important, we must not return in kind; we must not lie and spread disinformation. The best way to fight Zionist propaganda is to give something better: the truth. This general strategy of positive asymmetry is given in the Quran:

 

The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and thee there was enmity (will become) as though he was a bosom friend. (34)

Al Quran, 41:34

 

We cannot hope to compete with the financial, organizational and entrenchment advantages of the Zionists. Our advantage lies in rehearsing the truth. When even remotely unbiased, human reason has an innate ability to distinguish between right and wrong, truth and falsehood, and this quality represents our core advantage. The problem fundamentally is that the sheer quantity and quality of the propaganda against us means that most Americans only get falsehood and thus cannot distinguish it from the (absent) truth. Incidentally, perhaps that is a reason why Islam is a mercy to mankind.

 

The American people are being exploited and taken for a ride. Their banks, media, Ivy League education, entertainment, politics and even down to their pornography are being controlled by this group of people. Allah willing, once they know what is going on, Muslims will be the least of the problems to worry over for the Zionists.

 

Best Practices

 

Running a media campaign in support of Muslims is not a new phenomenon and organizations that have blazed a path can provide useful examples for others to emulate. We need to find and reproduce best practices from those that have successfully dealt with the mass media.

 

One of the best examples has been the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in particular itsNational Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. CAIR has effectively utilized grassroots organization, press releases, internet social networking and direct targeting of government and political organizations. However, this remains one lone under-resourced effort and cannot effectively represent the US Muslim community. A wider strategy is needed involving the existing leadership and the community as a whole.

 

In the United Kingdom, the main organization tackling Islamophobia is Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC UK). Other groups such as Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), and Islamic Society of Britain (ISB) do little to fight Islamophobia. On the whole, Masjids do nothing. Newer groups such as Muslim Defence League (MDL) and United Against Fascism (UAF) are mainly targeted against the English Defence League (EDL). Both these groups are largely involved in demonstrations and petitions.

 

Outreach

 

Political outreach, networking and alliance building efforts can focus on a number of fronts:

 

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Anti-war movement

2.

Muslim Governments / International Organizations

3.

Community Grassroots Action

4.

Friendly Jewish Groups

5.

Celebrities

 

 

We need to effectively target each of these fronts without getting embroiled in unnecessary partisan politics. A case in point is reaching out to the constitutional Republicans & Ron Paul supporters on the one hand, and left wing anti-war activists on the other.

 

There are a large number of anti-war and pro-Palestine groups that target Zionism. As a start to a political outreach, the following are the top 10 anti-israel groups, as identified by ADL:

 

o Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER)

o Al-Awda

o Council on American-Islamic Relations

o Friends of Sabeel-North America

o If Americans Knew

o International Solidarity Movement

o Jewish Voice for Peace

o Muslim American Society

o Students for Justice in Palestine Berkeley Hampshire

o US Campaign to End the israeli Occupation

 

 

 

These organizations must be doing something right to be on ADL’s hit list.

 

Utilizing Entertainment

 

Attempting direct methods of grassroots political outreach can often be ineffective. Few Americans are willing to go visit the library to have someone drawl on about how peaceful Islam is. Reaching out to Americans through entertainment events is one effective method. For instance, an example would be organizing a Yusuf Islam concert and bringing in the message as a side addition through Baba Ali as a quick standup comedy break.

 

Organizing entertainment is critical in getting face-time. It is significantly harder to feel scared about a people you have become familiar with. Getting face-time in whatever way possible should be an important aspect of our counter propaganda strategy.

 

Sending Ambassadors to Communities

 

There is little that is more effective that reaching out to communities directly. At the grassroots level, we need Muslims to represent Islam and themselves to communities around the United States. Anything from town hall meetings to high school Islam Awareness events are welcome.

 

We must not be passive in waiting for such opportunities but should actively seek them. We must also not shy away from hard ball questions but answer them truthfully and honestly. For instance, pretending that Islam does not condone military jihad in set circumstances can only hurt our public credibility and create divisions within our community.

 

Determining Friend or Foe

 

In our outreach efforts, it may be important to determine what organizations to befriend and what others will end up a liability or sabotage effort. Three questions can be used to judge whether an individual or an organization is a friend or a foe:

1. Do they talk about Zionism?

2. How do they deal with Palestine?

3. What is the source of funding?

 

Leadership Alignment

 

There is an urgent need to recognize that we need to work together. We cannot ignore each other anymore. Consensus is not created by everyone agreeing with each other, real consensus is created when everyone disagrees and then, after considerable and stressful discourse, come to a compromise that all can accept.

 

Our efforts need to be organized with a multi-layered structure. This structure can work at the community, state and national levels. We can also have an independent online effort and have a fully developed internet strategy. Some leaders that need to be part of our anti-Islamophobia effort include the following:

 

US: Hamza Yusuf, Yusuf Estes, Nuh Ha Mim Keller, Ibrahim Hooper (CAIR), Yusha Evans, Nouman Ali Khan, Ali Ardekani, Warith Deen Muhammed.

 

UK: Abdul Hakim Murad, Abdur Raheem Green, Yusuf Islam

This list needs to be expanded exponentially to be of relevance.

 

Emergency, Exit & Long-term Relocation Plan

 

In the event that there is another 911-type crisis (Allah forbid), each community needs a fully developed emergency plan. Every Muslim should know where he or she can seek safety. This can typically be the masjid. Food provisions should be stockpiled by each community for anywhere between 1-2 weeks at such locations.

 

Muslims can also consider having an exit strategy from the United States. This is an individual responsibility. Converts with nowhere else to go, and some of whom are already roaming the world in de facto exile, need to be supported and helped. These are the Muhajireen and it is incumbent on all Muslims to help them.

 

Long-term choice of residency is an important consideration. Muslims need to consciously plan their housing arrangements to be closer to the parts of the city with a high Muslim population concentration.

 

 

The author gratefully acknowledges the invaluable help from Sister Aisha Sarwar of MPAC UK in drafting this paper.

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