In the wake of multiple bomb threats against Jewish community center, schools and cemeteries over the last number of weeks, a number of Muslim veterans have stepped forward to offer their assistance, reported The Huffington Post.
Tweeting under the handle @MuslimMarine, one vet wrote, “If your synagogue or Jewish cemetery needs someone to stand guard, count me in.”
“I’m a Muslim Veteran in Arizona & will readily stand guard at any Jewish Synagogue or Cemetery at ANY hour. #WeAreOne.”
More tweets were forthcoming:
Five major waves of bomb threats were recorded with the latest occurring this week. They were followed by the desecration of Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and in Philadelphia.
Members of the Philadephia Ahmadiyya Muslim community (a persecuted minority within the Muslim community themselves) helped the Jewish community with security and the cleanup of the cemetery.
In a similar vein, a California mosque recently hosted the parents of an Israeli soldier who was killed in Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip in August 2014 and whose body is still held by Hamas.
A spokesman for the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City said it was a “humanitarian gesture” meant to “help the healing process.”
“We’re American Muslims and it was an appropriate thing for us to do,” said Mohammed Akbar Khan.
“When you have bereaved parents, we don’t get into political issues,” he added. “For the parents, they lost a son and they want to get closure. It could be any parent on any issue. Any house of God is a house of healing. We’re all one human family.
“We have a moral duty to show kindness, love and affection to parents who lost their son and would like to see their son come home and have a proper ceremony.” he continued.
Gestures such as these are not only comforting and exemplify the best of America, but speak to a larger ideology of the commitment to tolerance and acceptance of those who differ from and oppose the totalitarian demands of Islamism.
It should be noted, however, that the King Fahd Mosque is funded by Saudi Arabia. The mosque is also known as the Islamic Foundation ofSheikh Ibn Taymiyyah, a hardline 14th-Century cleric and jurist who became a well-known icon for Islamist thinkers and Salafists.
The mosque has reportedly been on the radar of authorities after one of its imams was deported for supporting terrorism. Two of the 9/11 hijackers attended the mosque. Radical preacher of the Muslim Brotherhood Yousef al-Qaradawi’s books can be found in the mosque’s library.
The fact that the mosque hosted the bereaved parents of an Israeli soldier killed in a battle with Hamas – and made and distributed a video about it – is encouraging, but its larger agenda should be scrutinized.
Similarly, while Muslim activist Tarek El-Messidi raised over $135,000 in a fundraising campaign to repair the St. Louis Jewish cemetery after it was vandalized, the motives of his partner in this venture, Islamist- and BDS-supporter Linda Sarsour should be suspect.
Sarsour, a Palestinian-American activist, who organized the anti-Trump Women’s March on Washington the day after the president was inaugurated, tweeted, “Shariah law is reasonable and once u read into the details it makes a lot of sense. People just know the basics.“
Sarsour was part of a campaign against Clarion Project’s film Honor Diaries, which explored the abuse of women in Muslim societies due to honor killings, female genital mutilation and the like.
True supporters of human rights – supporters of the rights of all people to practice their faith in a way that does not infringe on the rights of others – should be welcomed in the battle against anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. The imposters should be outed.