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#1 Jetfan13

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:47 AM

 

Oday-Aboushi-playercard-450x342.jpg<img class="alignleft wp-image-196216" alt="Oday-Aboushi-playercard" src="http://frontpagemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Oday-Aboushi-playercard-450x342.jpg" width="270" height="205" />Oday Aboushi has been touted as being the first Palestinian-American player in the National Football League (NFL), but his radical behavior since being drafted by the New York Jets less than three months ago could get him sent home early. His latest infraction was made as he gave a speech at a radical Muslim conference sponsored by a group denying Israel’s right to exist and associated with blatantly anti-Semitic and terrorist propaganda.

When the New York Jets chose Offensive Lineman Oday Aboushi in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft, they did so because of Aboushi’s athletic skills. It seems, though, that his personal life was not a consideration, at least not enough to stop the team from picking him. Problems in the NFL usually revolve around drugs or alcohol abuse or players being bad influences in the locker rooms. Aboushi’s problem is an unusual one for pro sports. He’s a Muslim extremist.

In January, Aboushi posted a photo to his personal Twitter page depicting an old woman looking down while three clearly Orthodox Jews converse with one another in the background. The photo, which is attributed to the anti-Israel publication Middle East Monitor (MEM), was part of a large-scale smear campaign against the Jewish state. The caption over Aboushi’s tweet reads, “88 year-old Palestinian evicted from home in Jerusalem by Israel authorities to make room 4 Orthodox Jews.”

Aboushi might have gotten the idea to post the propaganda from his relative, Fatina Abuzahrieh, who also grew up in and resides in New York City. In November of last year, Abuzahrieh posted on her Facebook page a shockingly anti-Semitic cartoon portraying an evil looking Orthodox Jew with a huge smile on his face, wearing an Israeli flag across his chest, and an old Palestinian woman looking down, crying, claiming to be “thrown out” of her “own home.”

From there, Aboushi’s conduct has continued to get more extreme.

On April 19th, just one week prior to the draft, Aboushi praised a conference sponsored by Islamic Relief (IR), a charity that the Israeli government has labeled a front for Hamas and that has been cited for both receiving and giving huge sums of money to al-Qaeda related groups.

Only weeks after the draft, Aboushi tweeted the following: “65th anniversary of the Nakba and palestinians all across the world are still thriving.” For persons unaware of the term “Nakba,” the statement might seem innocuous, but for those who care about Israel, the term is a very dangerous and provocative one. The Nakba or Catastrophe is a derogatory reference to Israel’s May 1948 founding as an independent Jewish state. It is used to spread enmity against Israel and to fuel terrorist attacks from groups like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

Lest anyone believe this was an honest misunderstanding on Aboushi’s part, Aboushi solidified his extreme anti-Israelism late last month when he was a featured speaker at a conference run by an organization which denies Israel’s existence and associates with those involved in violence against her citizens.

According to the group sponsoring the event, “El-Bireh Palestine Society was founded to perpetuate the strong ties among its members and to link their communities around the world together and with their ancestral roots in El-Bireh, Palestine.” One of the ways the group accomplishes this is by holding annual conferences.

Speaking at the Society’s August 1986 Fifth National Convention held in Dearborn, Michigan was Fouad Rafeedie. Two years later, the INS charged Rafeedie with being a high-ranking member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist group. The PFLP is currently named as such on the U.S. State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Also speaking was Osama Siblani, the publisher of Arab American News (Sada al-Watan) and a public supporter of Hezbollah and Hamas.

The three-day El-Bireh Convention 2013 (“Connect 2013″) began this past June 28thin Arlington, Virginia. Featured as a speaker at the event was Oday Aboushi. Also participating in the conference was Nitham Hasan, the President of the Islamic Center of South Florida (ICOSF). ICOSF’s mosque property is owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), a group named by the U.S. Justice Department as being a party to the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas.

El-Bireh Palestine Society’s logo, found atop the organization’s website, contains a graphic of the entire nation of Israel covered in a Palestinian flag – a patent denial of Israel’s legitimacy and right to exist. Like Aboushi’s Nakba, images such as this fuel terrorism and hate abroad and potentially here at home as well. Worse still, the Facebook page for the conference – which is administered by the same individual who created the Society’s website, Ashraf Abed – is accompanied by horrifically anti-Semitic, anti-Christian and terrorist propaganda.

On the same El-Bireh Facebook site as the conference, there are contained different images of Hitler and rabid anti-Christian cleric Ahmed Deedat, who authored the infamous work CRUCIFIXION OR CRUCI-FICTION? There are terrorist memorials for Hamas leader Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi, PLO leader Yasser Arafat, Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin and Hamas bomb maker Yahya Ayyash. About Arafat and Yassin, the site states in Arabic, “The martyr leader Yasser Arafat with the Mujahid Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. G-d have mercy on them.”

As well, there are a number of pictures of the imprisoned head of the PFLP, Ahmad Saadat, and a photo glorifying members of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) in the process of launching rockets into Israel. There is also a photo of Oday Aboushi’s friend, Linda Sarsour, the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY), and a picture of four individuals stomping on an American flag, which they pulled down from atop a sign.

Following the conference, Aboushi tweeted, “Al bireh convention was a pleasure. Proud Palestinians is always a good sight.”

It is okay to be proud of one’s heritage. Few, if any, would disagree. But what is not okay is when the heritage that you are praising instills hatred and violence in its followers and threatens and brings terror to the lives of others. It is apparent that that is exactly what the organization Oday Aboushi spoke in front of believes.

What will the Jets do?

In a previous article, this author detailed the extremist ties and behavior of football player Oday Aboushi, which resulted in Aboushi removing material from his Facebook site. Yet, to this day, the New York Jets have ignored the actions of their Islamist draft pick, only to see his behavior get worse. So far, the team has appeared to put Aboushi’s athletic ability over his ties to Muslim fanaticism. This author, however, believes that the Jets have much more to worry about than whether or not Aboushi can create holes in the opposing team’s defense or if he can provide protection for the quarterback.

Given the actions he continues to engage in and the dangerous persons and groups he chooses to surround himself with, the Jets must change the game plan they originally had when they took Oday Aboushi in the 2013 NFL Draft and release this player. In the end, those individuals Aboushi truly wishes to protect may very well be the ones we have to worry about the most.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:56 AM

1. Front Page Mag is straight-up wack job shizz.

2. If it turns out that Aboushi is dabbling in anti-Israel propaganda, he's going to find his way out of NY fairly quickly. And if that happens, this will be a bigger whiff for Idzik than Goodson and Garrard combined.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:22 AM

I really wanted to like this guy because he attended the same Catholic  high school as my sons.

 

He is entitled to his views and he has the right to so express them. But he had best understand he has made his career much harder than it has to be by so expressing them. But photos of people stomping on an Americn flag?

 

Would note that that high school, Xaverian, lost upward of 25 alumni on 9/11. There's a beautiful memorial in front of the school. Perhaps Aboushi should have stopped by it a few times since you cannot miss it. There's something really sad about  this guy in the sense he is probably about to lose a great opportunity because...hatred and stupidity? Youi can righlty question the way Israel treats Palestinians without this kind of stuff. But like every conflict. it's a lot messier than one side will ever present.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:33 AM

This article takes some hilariously racist leaps towards Jets fans believing that their draft pick will inevitably blow himself up.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:40 AM

When this kid was drafted I read an article about some anti Israel stuff he had on his Facebook.  I didn't post much of it because I had hoped it was either just B S because of his Islamic name, or a major mistake by him.

 

Since I have read other things that indicate it is true.  I'm not a Jew but this guy has become my least favorite Jet and I hope he finds his way to the exit very quickly.

 

NYC is not a good place for a hater like that


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:42 AM

This article takes some hilariously racist leaps towards Jets fans believing that their draft pick will inevitably blow himself up.

You would hope an agent of family member would pull his aside and tell him to not associate with such groups. No doubt the article portrays him in the worst light possible. But would hope he's smart enough to know that he has to think for himself.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:43 AM

When this kid was drafted I read an article about some anti Israel stuff he had on his Facebook. I didn't post much of it because I had hoped it was either just B S because of his Islamic name, or a major mistake by him.

Since I have read other things that indicate it is true. I'm not a Jew but this guy has become my least favorite Jet and I hope he finds his way to the exit very quickly.

NYC is not a good place for a hater like that



Gotta consider the sources here. The only sites publishing thoughts that Aboushi is an extremist are, in fact, psycho extremist conservative sites.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:45 AM

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:50 AM

You would hope an agent of family member would pull his aside and tell him to not associate with such groups. No doubt the article portrays him in the worst light possible. But would hope he's smart enough to know that he has to think for himself.

 

Same could be said for Demario Davis.  We as a society pick and choose which vitriol we tolerate.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:54 AM

When this kid was drafted I read an article about some anti Israel stuff he had on his Facebook.  I didn't post much of it because I had hoped it was either just B S because of his Islamic name, or a major mistake by him.

 

Since I have read other things that indicate it is true.  I'm not a Jew but this guy has become my least favorite Jet and I hope he finds his way to the exit very quickly.

 

NYC is not a good place for a hater like that

 

The moment you draft a Palestinian, you know it's very unlikely that he's not anti-Israel.  So, should we deny him his free speech?  The problem lies in the fact that being anti-Israel, a reasonable position, even if a person disagrees, is being equated with being a terrorist... Oh, and I am a Jew.

 

You want to take all of these guy's free speech away, I say go for it, they're pretty much all morons, but if you're going to do that, it shouldn't be done solely with groups that our society tells us are okay to hate and not with groups we're not supposed to hate.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:03 AM

The moment you draft a Palestinian, you know it's very unlikely that he's not anti-Israel.  So, should we deny him his free speech?  The problem lies in the fact that being anti-Israel, a reasonable position, even if a person disagrees, is being equated with being a terrorist... Oh, and I am a Jew.

 

You want to take all of these guy's free speech away, I say go for it, they're pretty much all morons, but if you're going to do that, it shouldn't be done solely with groups that our society tells us are okay to hate and not with groups we're not supposed to hate.

So you're promising that none of Aboushi's money (possibly millions, if he's good) will eventually wind up in the hands of (not saying completely directly)  terrorist organizations? Will I have, directly or indirectly attributed to this?

 

No thanks. Let's find another fifth round offensive lineman.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:03 AM

The moment you draft a Palestinian, you know it's very unlikely that he's not anti-Israel.  So, should we deny him his free speech?  The problem lies in the fact that being anti-Israel, a reasonable position, even if a person disagrees, is being equated with being a terrorist... Oh, and I am a Jew.

 

You want to take all of these guy's free speech away, I say go for it, they're pretty much all morons, but if you're going to do that, it shouldn't be done solely with groups that our society tells us are okay to hate and not with groups we're not supposed to hate.

Not going to get into a debate on this because it doesn't belong on a football board.  I have said several times on here I could care less what these guys do on their own time.   Booze, drugs, dogs, women, I don't care.  I'll support them as players, as long as they wear the laundry.

 

   This IMO really crosses the line, and no it's not the same as Davis.   If true, let him play in Miami


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:05 AM

So you're promising that none of Aboushi's money (possibly millions, if he's good) will eventually (not saying completely directly) to terrorist organizations? Will I have, directly or indirectly attributed to this?

 

No thanks. Let's find another fifth round offensive lineman.

Thank you.  That's how I feel.

 

I'm done on the topic


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:07 AM

I think this thread wil be too political for a football board closing it.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:07 AM

Oh no! 


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:07 AM

DONT!


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:08 AM

KEEP IT OPEN!


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:08 AM

HELP ME!


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:08 AM

:-(


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