The Arab-Israeli conflict comes to the Metro buses

Source: The Washington Post

  • May 21 at 6:00 am

A reader called the other day, asking for a fact check of a bus ad that called for ending U.S. aid to Islamic countries. It turns out the ad, sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, was in response to another bus ad, sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine, calling for an end to U.S. aid to “Israel’s occupation.” This ad suggested that “Americans were sweating” at tax time because of the aid to Israel.

Let’s take a look at the claims in the ads.

The anti-Israel ad

Anti Israel Ad

The first salvo was launched by the American Muslims for Palestine, which timed its ads to run during the Cherry Blossom festival. In a news release regarding the ads,  the organization said: “Currently, the United States gives Israel more than $3 billion per year in military and other aid. That money largely supports Israel’s occupation, which is illegal under international law and deprives Palestinians of their human rights.”

But spokeswoman Kristin Szremski acknowledged that the link between the U.S. aid to Israel — virtually all of it is military assistance — and Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories is not direct. In fact, successive U.S. administrations have had a policy of not allowing U.S. aid money to be used for settlements. But she argued the money was “fungible,” so in her view U.S. aid indirectly supported policies in the West Bank.

The group calls for an end to aid to the Israeli military, which it believes buys weaponry to subjugate Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Szremski said the group was “not so naïve” to believe all aid would end but wanted U.S. policymakers to use the aid as leverage to prevent further expansion of settlements. This has actually happened in the past, most recently during the George W. Bush administration, when the United Statesreduced the amount available for loan guarantees by an amount equal to the amount Israel spent on settlements; in 2005, the amount was reduced by nearly $800 million. But Israel has not needed loan guarantees in recent years.

Israel is one of the biggest recipients of U.S. foreign aid, but the funds make up only a tiny part of the U.S. budget. (The money does build up over time, however. The Congressional Research Service estimates that Israel has received a total of $121 billion.)

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  1. The Holy Quran and the Jews
    Often some of the verses of the Holy Quran about the Jews become a public debate.

    The fact of the matter is that the Holy Quran wants to make a case of Islam and of prophethood of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, as continuation of the Jewish prophets and Jesus, may peace be on him, who is also regarded by the Quran, as a Jewish prophet.

    Incidentally, one of the chapters of the Holy Quran out of the 114 is named after Israelites.

    The ‘negative references,’ about the Jews in the Holy Quran, are only pertaining to the negative actions of certain Jews of the time of Muhammad, may peace be on him.

    The Holy Quran does not stereotype them in any negative sense.

    Let me collect a few positive references about Jews and everyone in general:

    They are not all alike. Among the People of the Book, (the Jews and the Christians), there is a party who stand by their covenant; they recite the word of Allah in the hours of night and prostrate themselves before Him. They believe in Allah and the Last Day, and enjoin what is good and forbid evil, and hasten, vying with one another, in good works. And these are among the righteous. And whatever good they do, they shall not be denied its due reward; and Allah well knows the God-fearing. (Al Quran 3:114-116)

    Surely, the Believers, and the Jews, and the Christians and the Sabians — whichever party from among these truly believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds — shall have their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve. (Al Quran 2:63)

    Surely, those who have believed, and the Jews, and the Sabians, and the Christians — whoso believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds, on them shall come no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Al Quran 5:70)

    Surely, We sent down the Torah wherein was guidance and light. By it did the Prophets, who were obedient to Us, judge for the Jews, as did the godly people and those learned in the Law; for they were required to preserve the Book of Allah, and because they were guardians over it. Therefore fear not men but fear Me; and barter not My Signs for a paltry price. And whoso judges not by that which Allah has sent down, these it is who are the disbelievers. (Al Quran 5:45)

    As to those who believe, and the Jews, and the Sabians, and the Christians, and the Magians and the idolaters, verily, Allah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection; surely Allah is Witness over all things. (Al Quran 22:18)

    This day all good things have been made lawful for you. And the food of the People of the Book is lawful for you, and your food is lawful for them. And lawful for you are chaste believing women and chaste women from among those who were given the Book before you, when you give them their dowries, contracting valid marriage and not committing fornication nor taking secret paramours. And whoever rejects the faith, his work has doubtless come to naught, and in the Hereafter he will be among the losers. (Al Quran 5:6)

    Allah does not forbid you to be kind and act equitably towards those who have not fought you because of your religion, and who have not driven you forth from your homes. Surely Allah loves those who are equitable.

    Allah only forbids you, respecting those who have fought against you on account of your religion, and have driven you out of your homes, and have helped others in driving you out, that you make friends of them, and whosoever makes friends of them — it is these that are the transgressors. (Al Quran 60:9-10)

    And We gave him Isaac and Jacob; each did We guide aright, and Noah did We guide aright aforetime, and of his progeny, David and Solomon and Job and Joseph and Moses and Aaron. Thus do We reward those who do good. (Al Quran 6:85)

    And of the people of Moses there is a party that exhorts people to truth and does justice therewith. (Al Quran 7:160)

    And of a truth We gave Moses nine manifest Signs. So ask then the children of Israel. When he came to them, Pharaoh said to him, ‘I do think thee, O Moses, to be a victim of deception.’ (Al Quran 17:102)

    Among the People of the Book there is he who, if thou trust him with a treasure, will return it to thee; and among them there is he who, if thou trust him with a dinar, will not return it to thee, unless thou keep standing over him. (Al Quran 3:76)

  2. The motivation of both Ads are hated each others,instead of love each other.
    God said; Hate stir up trouble and then conflict and then kill one another.
    Galatian 5:14The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”b 15If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
    Let us promote love each others.
    With all my love

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