Mona Eltahawy Coulda Been A Contender

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In the classic movie On the Waterfront, the failed boxer Terry Malloy complains in anguish to his brother: “I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.” Those words apply with particular piquancy to the “journalist” Mona Eltahawy, who goes to court the Thursday after Thanksgiving to defend herself (“proudly”) against a criminal mischief charge stemming from her vandalism of one of our AFDI pro-freedom ad in the New York subways.

As the court date draws near, the mystery remains: why would a renowned and respected journalist resort to a juvenile act of vandalism and persist even when confronted? Here’s a clue: reading this ABC News report on the arrest, these lines leapt out at me:

“This is non-violent protest, see this America” Eltahawy said in the video as police officers were arresting her. “I’m an Egyptian-American and I refuse hate.”

She refuses “hate.” Now, on the surface, it isn’t at all surprising that a journalist who is regularly featured on the likes of CNN would identify support for Israel against the relentless and bloody Palestinian jihad with “hate.” But for a time, and not all that long ago, it looked as if Mona Eltahawy was breaking out of the ideological lockstep in which Leftist and Islamic supremacist mainstream media journalists invariably march.

For example, her article in the May/June issue of Foreign Policy criticized a series of practices that are justified in Islamic law, including child marriage, wife-beating, and female genital mutilation. Counter-jihadist activists and writers have been calling attention to these human rights abuses for years, but Eltahawy’s piece was singular in that she is a Muslim journalist. Muslims for the most part don’t criticize Muslim practices, particularly those that are rooted in Islam, and mainstream media journalists do so even less often.

However, the reaction to Eltahawy’s article among her fellow Muslim women is even more striking than her article itself. If the mainstream media narrative about “extremists” making up only a tiny minority of Muslims, the vast majority of which are “moderate,” were true, Eltahawy’s article should have won applause from Muslim spokesmen in the U.S., and particularly Muslim women. But instead, Harvard Leila Ahmed confronted Eltahawy on MSNBC:

Mona, I appreciate what you do. I would love it if — I understand if you want to get your message across. It’s an important message. But if possible [you should not] give fuel, fodder to people who simply hate Arabs and Muslims in this climate of our day.

Eltahawy, you see, told unwelcome truths about Islam and was accused of spreading “hate” — which is exactly what the Left and the Islamic supremacists do to those of us who have been telling those truths for years. But this was something new for Eltahaway, who had reliably been on the Left’s media reservation throughout her career. Now she was suddenly being criticized by her old friends, probably not invited to the best parties, etc.

So instead of having the courage of her convictions, Eltahawy folded, and cast about for a way to distance herself from counter-jihad freedom activists and prove that she was on the right (Left) side and would not make waves again. What better way than to vandalize our pro-freedom message, all the while accusing Pamela Geller and her allies of the “hate” she was accused of when she told the truth about Islam?

The arrest, even if she didn’t expect it or plan it, was icing on the cake: because of it, she was immediately lionized as a hero and martyr by the very people who were shunning her for her Foreign Policy piece: the hate-filled Leftist totalitarians who despise free speech anyway, such as Hamas-linked CAIR’s Cyrus McGoldrick and Islamic Republic of Iran apologist Reza Aslan.

Mona Eltahawy could have been a journalist of integrity, and almost was, for a brief moment. Instead, she is a fascist brownshirt. She coulda been a contender, instead of a bum, which is what she is.

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  • Nadra aka Cap Black

    The view from a sun tanned socialist Black community is no less bum infested!,

    Liberal Christians & Muslims are mute on hot button topics like Islamist genocidal doctrine & anti-Black racism; anti-Semitism period; oppression of women; Farrakhan' & Obama's penchant for Muslim dictators; and other nakedly unpatriotic trends.

    I represent a shrunken wing of the American Black civil right community: pro-America; pro-Israel; pro-law enforcement /and anti-criminal, foreign & domestic.

    That's why my activist name is Cap Black, The Hood Conservative- it serves notice that I don't play 'silent Sambo" for thugs; traitors and bigots

  • Coptic John

    “I’m an Egyptian-American and I refuse hate.”
    First… you are a liar, the core of Islam is all about hatred, a rotten tree can't produce a good fruit.
    second … about being an American, it's not your fault rather than the past and current US administrations who made the citizenship is cheap to give it to the savages…

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "“I’m an Egyptian-American and I refuse hate.”
      First… you are a liar, the core of Islam is all about hatred,"

      The irony is that this event marks the overt phase of her giving in to these teachings. What is it about those who protest too much? You refuse to give in to hate as you launch a vandalism campaign publicized on the Internet. OK. That's "Islamic love" for you.

  • PhillipGaley

    From the YT vid: Mona: "I don't care! She got in my way, she got in my way."—isn't that just classic! But kind of tragic, too—a soul in a life of the damned, . . .

    And no, . . . jail time won't be anything of benefit for her—she wants to be accepted, . . . at any price. But, as is sometimes said of such: "Beauty is skin deep but [as with Mona Eltahawy], ugly goes clear through to th'bone.", . . .

    • PhillipGaley

      See YT vid: "Mona Eltahawy vandalizes AFDI Subway poster"

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  • Zionista

    new name,same dhimmi – you're soooooooo obsessed with Spencer! Good! – when Spencer or Gellar is getting under your rotting skin, I know they're doing a bangup job. Happy eternal nakba loser.

  • Ghostwriter

    Dear The Lie,

    Thank you for exposing who you really are,a disgusting self-absorbed Jew hater who blames Israel for all the problems in the world. Your silly attacks on so-called "Hasbara activists" have made it crystal clear what kind of filth that you are. That you would approve of vandalism because a sign says something you don't like is unbelievable.
    Mr. Spenser and Ms. Gorin have the same free speech rights as you do. Your desire to shut them up for saying things you don't like is offensive. Please go back to the sewer from which you were spawned from and take your other pals like Dennis X,DeShawn,and the rest of your bigoted crew with you. You have no honor or decency and I hope that you learn those things one day,but I doubt that will ever happen. You may like Ms. Eltahawy's childish act of vandalism but I don't.

    Your silly letter proves that you belong in kindergarden,not among serious adults. I encourage you to take a long walk off a short pier. I don't support your anti-semitic crusade in any way,form,or fashion. You are simply filth. End of story.


    • bkopicz

      Well said!

  • Mary Sue

    says the person that libels Israel and Jews every chance he gets…

    • The Truth

      Israel and Jews are not an individual. The cannot be libeled. Also, libel cannot occur if there is no malice, the statement is true, and most importantly, the aggrieved party is an affiliation, not a person.

      • Mary Sue

        except that it's not true, everything you say is a half-truth or a distortion, and you MOST CERTAINLY CAN prejudicially libel an entire group.

      • Guest

        …go tell it to CAIR.

  • bkopicz

    Schlo, why not offer yourself as a CHARACTER witness?

  • The Truth

    "Yes, it's so clear to delusional liberals"
    I am not a liberal. I enjoy Liberty, but that's different.

    "I wish I could meet you face to face and see what kind of spine you have in real life. "
    You can, of course. Daniel Ashton has my contact information. I have also posted it here plenty of times. I also have a car and a passport and am willing to begrudge you one tank of gas. Name the place.

    "Yes, and you dub anything legal that suits you"
    That's a wild claim. I know how to read The Supreme Court Reporter.

    "You want him to be attacked or you would not give out a physical address"
    Untrue. As you see, I blacked out the street name. If I wanted as you say, I would have given the Islamic Society of Greater Manchester the number of bathrooms in his home. All I did was list the mailing and preaching address (and not the home address) of a semi-notable public bigot with a 501 c)3 nonprofit. I found the information easily while physically checking the existence of said organization. In real life, the place looks like a scam.

  • RUI

    “I’m an Egyptian-American"… Doesn't that make her an "African-American"?

  • Tanstaafl jw

    Only savages favor child marriages, FGM and wife beating.

  • tuffone3

    She got out of line and someone explained her low estate to her in terms she knew they would carry out.

  • Thom

    Why should I care about Israel? America has it's own problems. In Europe the problems are even worse. In fact in Europe there are huge Muslim populations that will tear these countries apart if they support Israel.

    In European countries the unconstrained immigration of Muslims was supported by mainly Jewish activist, that is a fact.

    • Mary Sue

      The huge Muslim populations will tear these countries apart regardless.

      Whatever Jewish activists thought letting in scores of Salafist and Wahhabist muslims in was a good idea was probably so Left wing and politically correct that they didn't even notice.

  • Silverio Facundo

    To the great thinker "Thom":

    Bravo! Now, a world premier! The muslim invasion of Europe is to be blamed on …. none other than the Joooos! This is a pearl. Thom, you outdid yourself. You outdid your mentors. You outdid the revisionists, the progresivists, the new post-neo-nazis. You belong in a different league, why, you belong with your colleague shmuckmotion.

    But in your majestic wisdom not every word of yours is moronic. In fact you are not far from one of the nicest definitions of Islam: "Islam – God´s gift to Europe for centuries of murdering, pestering and persecuting Jews".