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“Ikhras” is classical Arabic for “Shut Up,” which is “Inchab” in Iraqi, “Sakkir Boozak” in Levantine Arabic, or “Intam” in the Arabian Peninsula. Ikhras was inspired by the Arab and Muslim “activists” and “representatives” that hijacked our identities and name for their own self-aggrandizement and in furtherance of personal ambitions unrelated to our communities’ agenda, interests, and well-being. It was they that made this project necessary and now Ikhras is here to tell them they do not speak for us. Ikhras adds its voice to those resisting US Imperialism and Zionism with a special focus on exposing, ridiculing, and holding accountable House Arabs and House Muslims in the US, to borrow Malcolm X’s expression.
Ikhras is being launched at a time when Iraq and Palestine remain occupied and colonized, Iraqi and Palestinian children’s flesh burns from white phosphorus, and unmanned planes conduct deadly fly-bys over Afghan and Pakistani villages slaughtering innocent civilians in their homes or wedding parties. As this takes place abroad American schools shut down, infrastructure crumbles, poverty increases, the disparity between rich and poor continues to grow, institutionalized racism endures, and the “land of the free” turns into the home of the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. These cowardly Arab- and Muslim-Americans not only fail to address the ills and crimes of America, but in what appears to be overcompensation for their minority status, they immerse themselves in American political folklore complete with the flag-waving, sloganeering, and transparently phony expressions of patriotism.
Instead of condemning US crimes and warmongering abroad and embracing their natural role on the frontlines of the anti-war movement, these opportunistic, unprincipled Arabs and Muslims posing as representatives of their communities provide a veil of political legitimacy to the ruling class and foreign policy makers that victimize the people they claim to represent. Many of them even help facilitate the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan through translation services, military recruitment, and other forms of quisling-type collaboration with Uncle Sam, which is a disservice to both the homeland they left behind and the society they adopted as their new home.
These groveling, kowtowing, obsequious clowns are not the voice of Arabs and Muslims in America. They are members of the mythical “Arab Lobby” eager to demonstrate their loyalty at every opportunity, desperate for approval and validation, busy garnering support among the corporate, news-entertainment industry, and engaging in that never ending quest for acceptance among the power elite. To them we say you are a hindrance to our cause, a blight on our community, and a detriment to better understanding and increased solidarity among Arabs and Muslims and other citizens of this country, and the world.
Your activities have become harmful and counterproductive, and at this point we must ask you to just IKHRAS! — that’s SHUT UP!, considering most of you don’t even speak Arabic. And while we recognize your right to make fools out of yourselves, you do not have a right to do so in our name. Ikhras is a modest tribute to brave Field Arabs who dig tunnels in Gaza to feed their families, throw shoes at their oppressors, and stand up for their people, civilizations, and universal values such as freedom, social justice, and human rights despite overwhelming odds.
Visit the Ikhras Web site: <ikhras.com>.