Rolling through the streets of San Francisco and Chicago recently were city buses with the words “My Jihad” plastered on the side. It showed photos of young, attractive people next to such headlines as “My Jihad is to build friendships across the aisle. What’s yours?” and “My Jihad is to stay fit despite my busy schedule. What’s yours?”
This campaign of transforming “jihad” into friendship building and weight lifting is the brainchild of The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The intention is obvious: to rebrand “jihad” as an innocuous term. CAIR goes further and defines jihad on the campaign website as: “An Islamic concept that means ‘to struggle’ against barriers and odds in search of a better place. Jihad requires faith, courage and perseverance.”
Merriam-Webster online dictionary gives jihad another definition: “a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty.” It then elaborates: “In Islam, [jihad is] the central doctrine that calls on believers to combat the enemies of their religion …. In the 20th and 21st centuries the concept of jihad has sometimes been used as an ideological weapon in the effort to combat Western influences and secular governments and to establish an ideal Islamic society.”
Will the CAIR campaign actually change our perception of the word “jihad?” I wonder. I also wonder what pedestrians and drivers on those American city streets thought of when they saw the words “My Jihad” on the sides of buses. Perhaps they thought of diversity. Perhaps they thought of free speech. Or perhaps they thought of the various terrorist groups with “jihad” in their names.
According to political analyst Daniel Pipes, a small sample of these terrorist groups includes:
Egyptian Islamic Jihad, who merged with al-Quaeda with the goal of attacking U.S. and Israeli facilities in Egypt and abroad.
International Islamic Front for the Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders.
Laskar Jihad, an Islamist anti-Christian militia in Indonesia.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad, committed to the destruction of Israel and responsible for scores of terrorist attacks in Israel.
I’m really not sure what most people on those San Francisco and Chicago city streets thought of when they saw “My Jihad” flash before them. But when I first saw photos of the buses with the headline “My Jihad,” I immediately thought of its direct German translation:
Of course, Mein Kamph is the title of Hitler’s 1925 murderous anti-Jewish manifesto, which eventually became the Nazi bible of Germany’s Third Reich.
Can this be any more ironic?
CAIR, who was listed as “unindicted co-conspirators” in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation criminal trial (the largest terrorism finance trial in American history), has ties to Hamas. And Hamas was created by the Muslim Brotherhood. And the Muslim Brotherhood was supplied by Hitler in the 1930s with weapons, money, men and propaganda tostart the modern jihadi movement and focus on genocide against the Jews. And today, CAIR uses Hitler’s exact words, albeit in two different languages, to whitewash the potency of the word “jihad” and render it harmless.
And can it be any more ironic that all this occurred around the time Qatar’s radical Islamist Al Jazeera network announced its entrance into American TV?
To bring its pro-jihad propaganda to prime time America, Al Jazeera bought Al Gore’s Current TV cable network for a reported $100 million.
“Al Jazeera is used by jihadists the world over, says Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., Washington Times columnist and President of the Center for Security Policy, “including its Wahhabi owner, the Emir of Qatar — to promote their narratives of hatred of the infidel West in general, and Israel and the United States in particular.”
Gaffney also stated that Al Jazeera regularly praises terrorists and their sponsors, including the late Yemini-American al-Qaida leader, Anwar al-Awlaki, and Sudan's genocidal dictator, Omar al-Bashir. Al Jazeera also held an on-air birthday party a few years ago for the notorious Palestine Liberation Front terrorist Samir Kuntar who kidnapped and brutally murdered a Jewish man and his four-year old daughter in Israel in 1979.
Al Jazeera’s celebratory approach to terrorism, as well as its anti-Jewish and anti-American programming, will soon be accessible to more than 40 million American homes.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founder and president of theIslamic Forum for Democracy,said, “Despite years of effort, Al Jazeera has been unsuccessful in America because it could not secure the cable television distribution networks necessary to spread its message across the United States. In one fell swoop, it has secured those networks and access to over 40 million homes with the purchase of Current TV.”
What’s almost more alarming is why Al gore sold his Current TV network to Al Jazeera.
In a written announcement of the sale, Current TV CEO Joel Hyatt wrote that he and Al Gore chose to sell Current TV to Al Jazeera, because “Al Jazeera was founded with the same goals we had for Current: To give voice to those whose voices are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the important stories that no one else is telling. Al Jazeera, like Current, believes that facts and truth lead to a better understanding of the world around us."
This is especially eye-opening since Al Jazeera’s owner, the emir of Qatar, recently donated $400 million to Hamas.
With bus ad campaigns in major American cities showing the fun side of “jihad,” and with Al Jazeera soon in potentially tens of millions of American homes, we can no longer ignore the prevalence of anti-Jewish messages around us, no matter how subtle they may be.
We need to see these messages for what they are: warning signs and wake-up calls that the America we know is changing. We must not dismiss them as “coincidences” or as “just the way things go” as many seemed to have done in 1930s Europe. Through eyes of emuna, we can see they’re all from Hashem, they’re all ultimately for our best and they’re all for a purpose.
And that purpose, I would argue, could be to let us know it’s time for us to come home to Israel as soon as we can.