The Washington Post today has a nice fluff piece on Palestinian Abdelhaleem Ashqar, a former business professor at Howard University. He is under house arrest for not cooperating with Federal Prosecutors in an investigation into money that was funnelled overseas to Hamas to support terrorist operations.
Read the story. You’ll be thinking, “Poor guy!” at the end. How could the US do that to him?
Well, it’s not so much what the story says, but what it doesn’t say. Ashqar never denies involvement with Hamas. He never denies sending money to Hamas. He even states he’s “at war with Israel.” Then he wonders why America arrested him?
But Mary Beth Sheridan paints Ashqar in a sympathetic light, even going so far as to include a personal comment about his nephew’s love for cell phones.
Ashqar also equates the Israeli “occupation” as “slavery”. I’m surprised he didn’t calmly call them Nazis. He’s certainly holding a visceral hatred for Israel. But he’s never challenged on that point! That’s the most interesting part about this man– he hates Israel! Why not ask him why he hates Israel? Is there a story about Israeli tanks running over his dad? Or was it just this bit:
In college, Ashqar became a leader in a growing student movement that fused political activism with conservative Islam. The movement was dominant at the Islamic University of Gaza, where Ashqar began teaching business administration in 1985. Several professors eventually became leaders of Hamas, a Palestinian nationalist movement which includes a broad social-service network as well as an armed wing.
Red flag? Alarm bells? This guy is a foreign agent of Hamas in America, using American resources to aid Hamas, an organization that has waged a bloody campaign mianly against Israeli civilians. And we’re giving him 3 whole pages to come across as misunderstood!
My eyes will be dry when Ashqar gets deported. I don’t sympathize with those who take innocent life to further a political agenda fueled by hate.
This is just another MSM blown opportunity to show this man for what he really is.