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Muslim Groups’ ‘HeArt Over Hate’ Not Really Over the Hate (VIDEO)

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In response to Pamela Geller’s anti-Jihad ad campaign, The Muslim Public Affairs Council is joining with Columbia University’s Muslim Students Association to launch its own ad campaign “to showcase the Islamic principle of ‘repelling evil with what is better‘ (Koran, Ch. 23, Surah Muminoon, verse 96) .”

MPAC says its campaign will “call on New Yorkers to stand together in opposing bigotry and hatred,” in its effort “HeArt Over Hate: Repelling Bigotry through Art & Music.”  It’s a clever play on words, but while it looks to deliver on its promise to be repellent  what MPAC and the MSA will be showcasing is support for brutal hatred, torture and violence.

The headline act, according to MPAC’s press release, is the Def Jam poet Amir Sulaiman.  Sulaiman spews violent, racist, hate-filled language that encourages the torture, shooting, fire-bombing and hostage-taking of American judges, American servicemen, Israelis, and courtroom employees.

In his poem, “Danger,” Sulaiman lauds Fidel Castro, calls for the release of those in Guantanimo, and claims those on death row are as innocent as the judges who sent them there.

While Geller’s ads called for the defeat of jihad and support of Israel, MPAC’s headliner identifies with murdering Israelis:

I’m a teenage Palestinian
Opening fire at an Israeli checkpoint, point blank, check-mate, now what?!

Sulaiman’s poem ends by exhorting his young listeners:

We must kick, bite, yell, scream
We must pray, fast, live, dream, fight, kill and die free!

Another member of the “HeArt Over Hate” event is hip-hop artist and activist Mazzi SoulPurpose. Mazzi fondly recalls the shouts of “Zionism is Racism” from a protest he participated in front of the United Nations in 1988.  He also said that based on what he observed on a trip to “Israel/Palestine”  what was happening “in Sderot, Ashqelon, & Haifa were extremely pale in comparison to what the settlers are doing in the West Bank.”

Columbia University’s Muslim Students Association is advertising its HeArt Over Hate program as one “that will bring together Muslim performers from all over the city for a common goal: to celebrate peace and pluralism over bigotry and extremism.”

Geller’s ads contain no language of violence, torture or murder.  The criticism of the anti-jihad ads is that they labelled those who support jihad as savages. Critics insisted that Geller was calling all Muslims savages.  Geller’s ad reads:

In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.

In a statement released on Thursday, October 17, MPAC president Salam Al-Marayati, who recently represented the United States at a global human rights conference in Warsaw, said “it is important we counter such ads with messages of peace that are the true representation of what we stand for as Muslims.”  Al-Marayati told a radio interviewer on September 11, 2001, that Israel should be on the list of suspects for those responsible for that tragedy.  In response to Geller’s ads, he said, “America needs leadership to rise above racism and bigotry.”

Many other community groups labelled Geller a hater for using the term “savage” in her ads.

“We believe the ads are highly offensive and inflammatory,” said Ron Meier, New York regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.  The Council on American-Islamic Relations called it “anti-Muslim hate,” Juan Cole called it “offensive,” Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, a leader in Rabbis for Human Rights, “deeply misguided and disturbing.” Jewish Council for Public Affairs called it “Bigoted, Divisive and Unhelpful.” In a New York Times op-ed, The President for the Union of Reform Judaism called Geller’s ads, “wrong and repugnant.”  Rabbi Rick Jacobs also said their only purpose is to “incite hatred against Muslims.”

Here are the complete lyrics to Amir Sulaiman’s “Danger”

I am not angry; I am anger.
I am not dangerous; I am danger.
I am abominable stress, eliotic, relentless.
I’m a breath of vengeance.
I’m a death sentence.
I’m forsaking repentance,
to the beast in his hench men.

Armed forces and policemen
that survived off of oils and prisons until there cup runneth over with lost souls.
That wear over-sized caps like blind-folds
Shiny necklaces like lassoes
Draggin’ them into black-holes
And I may have to holla out to Fidel Castro
To get my other brothers outta Guantanamo
And the innocents on death row?
It’s probably in the same proportion to criminals in black robes
That smack gavels
That crack domes
That smack gavels
That smash homes

Justice is somewhere between reading sad poems and 40 oz of gasoline crashing through windows
It is between plans and action
It is between writing letters to congressmen and clocking the captain
It is between raising legal defense funds and putting a gun to the bailiff and taking the judge captive

It is between prayer and fasting
Between burning and blasting
Freedom is between the mind and the soul
Between the lock and the load
Between the zeal of the young and the patience of the old
Freedom is between a finger and the trigger
It is between the page and the pen
It is between the grenade and the pin
Between righteous and keeping one in the chamber

So what can they do with a cat with a heart like Turner
A mind like Douglass
A mouth like Malcolm
And a voice like Chris?!

That is why I am not dangerous; I am danger
I am not angry, I am anger
I am abominable, stress, Eliotic relentless
I’m a death sentence
For the beast and his henchmen
Politicians and big businessmen

I’m a teenage Palestinian
Opening fire at an Israeli checkpoint, point blank, check-mate, now what?!

I’m a rape victim with a gun cocked to his cock, cock BANG! Bangkok! Now what?!

I am sitting Bull with Colonel Custard’s [sic] scalp in my hands
I am Sincay with a slave trader’s blood on my hands
I am Jonathan Jackson and a gun to my man

I am David with a slingshot and a rock
And if David lived today, he’d have a Molotov cocktail and a Glock
So down with Goliath, I say down with Goliath

But we must learn, know, write, read
We must kick, bite, yell, scream
We must pray, fast, live, dream, fight, kill and die free!

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


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8 Responses to “Muslim Groups’ ‘HeArt Over Hate’ Not Really Over the Hate (VIDEO)”

  1. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    Rest asured this promotion will be applauded by the 12th imam wannabe obama and the MB's hillary as proof of the "justice of islam." How could you decry a poet, despite his misogynistic hate filled violence prone prose. And I am also just as sure the so-called "Rabbis for Human Rights" are already promoting viewing and dissemination of the video. Anything to counter the devious verbal harangue against jihadist terrorism espoused by the likes of Geller and others who do in fact sanctify life and liberty. Shame on her.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Such a message of "peace love and hope." One wonders to what extent the mind must be twisted, distorted and convoluted so as to be convinced that this message of "peace" will drown out Ms. Geller's message of "rage." Fantasy vs reality. The pot is coming to a boil. Will the rage of the bully subdue the gullible and meek, as seems to be the case, or will the gullible and meek eventually recognize the frightened face that stares back at them each morning from the mirror and get their minds right; recognize how easy it is to pile on the "Islamophobes" who do not become enraged, threatening and violent and how dangerous the aggrieved pretenders who have amply demonstrated they will gladly, almost gleefully, blow themselves to smithereens and take you with them after shouting. "Allahu Akbar!"

    Ahh yes; the religion of peace but don't dare speak or write anything even remotely offensive to their tender sensibilities unless you're prepared to be heaped upon, from all quarters, with vitriol, hatred and disdain. Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Raymond Ibrahim and the many others who knowingly and willingly accept this reality deserve our praise and admiration for their courage and dedication to the truth and to the preservation of western civilization.

    If this crowd of bigoted, misogynistic, homophobic, zealots ever succeeds in their quest for Islamic world dominance, civilization will take a giant leap backward into the middle ages. That all those in the west defending this crowd don't seem to have a clue to the bleak future that will ensue is more than mildly disturbing.

  3. If ;you like this message you should vote for President Obama who appointed Mayarati and considers these people to be a religion of peace.

  4. why isn't he old lady taken from her home and brought to death camps. If hes anger he should be all the Anger of the world,,, Why isn't he the Anger of the women unable to get an education…Why is he not the Anger of the girl babies smothered because she is not Male,,, Or the girls that are circumcised so they feel no pleasure… Hes not Anger.. He is Control!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Eliotic? Hardly. This is pure qu'rap.

  6. Larry Snider says:

    Ok, the inflamatory posters, (Savages) and rap songs, (Danger) express the rage of people on all sides. Peace is hard work. It takes a lot not to answer anger with anger…. May we come together and find the wisdom to promote peace.

  7. Heart over hate? WOW! What an insult to ones intelligence. Hatred and disdain doesn't get much more intense than this. I think the only thing wrong with the campaign is the the title. It should be " HATE over HeART". Sulaiman drips anger and hate.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Way to illustrate the exact message that this event was trying to counter. You are taking things OUT OF CONTEXT. He read many beautiful poems, and this was but one, that illustrates his frustration at the treatment of muslims, african americans, the oppressed (INCLUDING PALESTINIANS), etc. You completely disregarded the context that he gave to this poem and all of the other artists who clearly expressed depth in their words and voices.

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