NY Jets Player Speaks at Extreme Anti-Israel Conference

Oday-Aboushi-playercardOday Aboushi has been touted as being the first Palestinian-American player in the National Football League (NFL), but his radical behavior since being drafted by the New York Jets less than three months ago could get him sent home early. His latest infraction was made as he gave a speech at a radical Muslim conference sponsored by a group denying Israel’s right to exist and associated with blatantly anti-Semitic and terrorist propaganda.

When the New York Jets chose Offensive Lineman Oday Aboushi in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft, they did so because of Aboushi’s athletic skills. It seems, though, that his personal life was not a consideration, at least not enough to stop the team from picking him. Problems in the NFL usually revolve around drugs or alcohol abuse or players being bad influences in the locker rooms. Aboushi’s problem is an unusual one for pro sports. He’s a Muslim extremist.

In January, Aboushi posted a photo to his personal Twitter page depicting an old woman looking down while three clearly Orthodox Jews converse with one another in the background. The photo, which is attributed to the anti-Israel publication Middle East Monitor (MEM), was part of a large-scale smear campaign against the Jewish state. The caption over Aboushi’s tweet reads, “88 year-old Palestinian evicted from home in Jerusalem by Israel authorities to make room 4 Orthodox Jews.”

Aboushi might have gotten the idea to post the propaganda from his relative, Fatina Abuzahrieh, who also grew up in and resides in New York City. In November of last year, Abuzahrieh posted on her Facebook page a shockingly anti-Semitic cartoon portraying an evil looking Orthodox Jew with a huge smile on his face, wearing an Israeli flag across his chest, and an old Palestinian woman looking down, crying, claiming to be “thrown out” of her “own home.”

From there, Aboushi’s conduct has continued to get more extreme.

On April 19th, just one week prior to the draft, Aboushi praised a conference sponsored by Islamic Relief (IR), a charity that the Israeli government has labeled a front for Hamas and that has been cited for both receiving and giving huge sums of money to al-Qaeda related groups.

Only weeks after the draft, Aboushi tweeted the following: “65th anniversary of the Nakba and palestinians all across the world are still thriving.” For persons unaware of the term “Nakba,” the statement might seem innocuous, but for those who care about Israel, the term is a very dangerous and provocative one. The Nakba or Catastrophe is a derogatory reference to Israel’s May 1948 founding as an independent Jewish state. It is used to spread enmity against Israel and to fuel terrorist attacks from groups like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

Lest anyone believe this was an honest misunderstanding on Aboushi’s part, Aboushi solidified his extreme anti-Israelism late last month when he was a featured speaker at a conference run by an organization which denies Israel’s existence and associates with those involved in violence against her citizens.

According to the group sponsoring the event, “El-Bireh Palestine Society was founded to perpetuate the strong ties among its members and to link their communities around the world together and with their ancestral roots in El-Bireh, Palestine.” One of the ways the group accomplishes this is by holding annual conferences.

Speaking at the Society’s August 1986 Fifth National Convention held in Dearborn, Michigan was Fouad Rafeedie. Two years later, the INS charged Rafeedie with being a high-ranking member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist group. The PFLP is currently named as such on the U.S. State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Also speaking was Osama Siblani, the publisher of Arab American News (Sada al-Watan) and a public supporter of Hezbollah and Hamas.

The three-day El-Bireh Convention 2013 (“Connect 2013″) began this past June 28thin Arlington, Virginia. Featured as a speaker at the event was Oday Aboushi. Also participating in the conference was Nitham Hasan, the President of the Islamic Center of South Florida (ICOSF). ICOSF’s mosque property is owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), a group named by the U.S. Justice Department as being a party to the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas.

El-Bireh Palestine Society’s logo, found atop the organization’s website, contains a graphic of the entire nation of Israel covered in a Palestinian flag – a patent denial of Israel’s legitimacy and right to exist. Like Aboushi’s Nakba, images such as this fuel terrorism and hate abroad and potentially here at home as well. Worse still, the Facebook page for the conference – which is administered by the same individual who created the Society’s website, Ashraf Abed – is accompanied by horrifically anti-Semitic, anti-Christian and terrorist propaganda.

On the same El-Bireh Facebook site as the conference, there are contained different images of Hitler and rabid anti-Christian cleric Ahmed Deedat, who authored the infamous work CRUCIFIXION OR CRUCI-FICTION? There are terrorist memorials for Hamas leader Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi, PLO leader Yasser Arafat, Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin and Hamas bomb maker Yahya Ayyash. About Arafat and Yassin, the site states in Arabic, “The martyr leader Yasser Arafat with the Mujahid Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. G-d have mercy on them.”

As well, there are a number of pictures of the imprisoned head of the PFLP, Ahmad Saadat, and a photo glorifying members of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) in the process of launching rockets into Israel. There is also a photo of Oday Aboushi’s friend, Linda Sarsour, the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY), and a picture of four individuals stomping on an American flag, which they pulled down from atop a sign.

Following the conference, Aboushi tweeted, “Al bireh convention was a pleasure. Proud Palestinians is always a good sight.”

It is okay to be proud of one’s heritage. Few, if any, would disagree. But what is not okay is when the heritage that you are praising instills hatred and violence in its followers and threatens and brings terror to the lives of others. It is apparent that that is exactly what the organization Oday Aboushi spoke in front of believes.

What will the Jets do?

In a previous article, this author detailed the extremist ties and behavior of football player Oday Aboushi, which resulted in Aboushi removing material from his Facebook site. Yet, to this day, the New York Jets have ignored the actions of their Islamist draft pick, only to see his behavior get worse. So far, the team has appeared to put Aboushi’s athletic ability over his ties to Muslim fanaticism. This author, however, believes that the Jets have much more to worry about than whether or not Aboushi can create holes in the opposing team’s defense or if he can provide protection for the quarterback.

Given the actions he continues to engage in and the dangerous persons and groups he chooses to surround himself with, the Jets must change the game plan they originally had when they took Oday Aboushi in the 2013 NFL Draft and release this player. In the end, those individuals Aboushi truly wishes to protect may very well be the ones we have to worry about the most.

Click here to contact the NY Jets to tell the team your thoughts on this matter. Please be respectful in your comments.

Beila Rabinowitz, director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.

  • mtd9904
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  • mtd9904

    Don’t worry, I’ll be here for a while.

  • mtd9904
  • mtd9904

    oh I guess only bigoted comments are allowed on here. My bad!

  • ashabed

    Hello, I’m Ashraf Abed – you refer to me in your article. This is the only comment I’ll be leaving on your website, but I just want to clear something up about the facebook page you referenced… which could’ve easily been learned by contacting me before writing this:

    The El-Bireh Convention/group never had, and doesn’t have, a facebook page. (It had an event page on facebook with nothing offensive on it.) The facebook page you’re showing (I delayed responding because I was having trouble finding it – had to find a type-in-arabic tool to search for that page) is not made by me or the Bireh convention folk. I don’t appreciate being attributed to it or the images on it.

    Let me explain the failed research with an analogy.. it’s like you wanted to put down the ‘D.C. – Get to know each other! Convention’, so you searched ‘D.C.’ in facebook, picked a racist page titled ‘XXX D.C. XXX’, and used that for saying the D.C. Get to know each other Convention was racist.

    Hopefully we can attribute this to an innocent research mistake and move on.

  • Isaac Berg

    What can a rational, reasonable person say in response to this personal attack against Mr. Oday Aboushi? As an American citizen I congratulate Mr. Aboushi on his success. I applaud his openness to openly reveal his noble Palestinian heritage. I strongly endorse his activism for Palestinian rights and his right to openly discuss and refute the created fictions of people like Mr. Kaufman. I thank Mr. Kaufman also for providing a case and point example of the worst form of Journalism: attacking person for his heritage, ancestry, and religion. People like Kaufman need to be called out for what they are.

    • jackdiamond

      Well, “Isaac”..(and what’s with all the Muslims here pretending to be Jews or Christians or anything but themselves? Does it give you a chuckle to use a Jewish name?) the matter of Mr. Aboushi’s associations with those who wish the extermination of Israel and those who are designated terrorists (we’re talking Hamas, the PFLP, even Al Qaeda in the case of Islamic Relief) is not a personal attack on someone. Aboushi has taken this to the public forum with his speech so he can expect to have to answer questions about his “activism for Palestinian rights.” Is what you mean by “the created fictions of people like Kaufman” the legitimate right of Israel to even exist? Or is it the fiction that Islam is not a religion of peace after all?

      Palestinian rights do not extend to the destruction of Israel and the annihilation of Jews. Nor do they include creating a culture of hate and incitement to murder. They don’t include making Hamas your leaders. (not that the slow-jihad of Fatah is any better). For that matter, they don’t include financial corruption on one of the greatest scales in history, which is the story of the billions in welfare lavished on them.

      The jihad against Israel is no different than the all the other jihads going on against non-Muslim peoples. No different than what happened in Sudan (killing 2 million non-Muslim people), or Nigeria, or Kashmir, or Thailand, or on 9/11, on 7/7, or in Mumbai, or the streets of Boston, or London and coming to a town near you. The greatest violation of human rights, and I mean human rights as spelled out in the UN Declaration of Human Rights (and in this country the Bill of Rights) is the practice of Jihad and Sharia law. The one is genocidal religious “holy” war; the other is endemically hostile to and incompatible with free societies and is a misery on the earth for everyone who suffers under it. Anyone who promotes or associates themselves with Jihad and Sharia is with our adversaries and we have a right to know that about them. It’s that simple. If you don’t like it, lump it.

      • Azad

        The best part about your ignorance is that it is very self evident to anyone reading your paranoid ramblings.

        • jackdiamond

          If it’s self-evident then that relieves you from having to provide evidence, eh? Don’t you feel a duty to guide me to true knowledge?

      • KitKat

        You’re filled with hate my friend. If you don’t want Muslims explaining Judaism to people, then don’t explain Islam to people. Because more likely than not, your personal opinion will taint it

        • jackdiamond

          Islam is filled with hate, not me. You are confusing the two.
          And yes, someone has to explain Islam to people because Muslims lie about what it does teach. Yes, I said lie. And you are welcome to show where my personal opinions have tainted anything I’ve repeated about Islam or an example of my hatred clouding what Islam teaches. By the way, the Qur’an goes to a lot of trouble to “explain” both Judaism and Christianity. Should I refrain from telling Jews & Christians exactly how Muslims are to think of them? Or should we keep it a secret?

        • http://www.cafepress.com/nottexas unionssuck

          lol yeah and we all know the hatred toward jews. lets ignore the extermination of non muslims in the mid east. explain where the million coward marrh took place? lol these people were afraid to face the bikers who would have kicked ass and take names….Read the quaren and you will learn how it is NOT A Religion of love…. amazing how uninformed obamatrons are

    • KitKat

      I concur, this article is a joke.

  • Azad

    Just reading the comments here makes me shake my head with disgust. If you want to just sit around spreading hate for Islam, then get the hell out of my country. If you want to continue living here, then expect to get along with other religions, you morons.

  • manykant

    Hey Joe. Stop harassing one of our outstanding and successful US citizens and focus your efforts on your real country, Israel. We in the US would strongly endorse your relocation to a country you would by right at home: Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing, Indiscriminate Arrest and Detention, abuse and illegal detention of children, illegal appropriation of land, and religious fanaticism.

  • DzFox

    I’m going to post this link all over the place, but I thought I’d post it here first. Mazel tov:


    I’m unemployed with nothing but time on my hands and a laptop. Thanks for giving me purpose.

  • DzFox

    see above dude.

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  • LawStudent21

    Wow, so a Palestinian is Anti-Israel and that makes him a Muslim Extremist?

    If we were at war with someone for thousands of years we’d dislike them too. But then again, we went to war 10 years ago against a terrorist organization & radical sect of Islam…so we might as well label each & every person from the general area to be a Muslim Extremist.

    Sad that so many people sit around lamenting the plight of the poor White Christians! I’m one of ‘em by the way, but I recognize we are & have always been the most privileged group in American society; mainly because we don’t face discrimination like this everyday for being who we are.

  • Mateo

    Mainstream media already picked up on this, properly calling it Yellow journalism. This guys an idiot just trying to get a rise out of people.

  • StopTheHatred

    Wow, really? Hating on Arabs all the time. You must twist the truth to something unreal because you can’t handle another culture rising to top? Read your article again. What kind of bull shit are you writing? He’s an Arab-American kid who followed his dream of becoming a Footballl player. Are you accomplish any successful goals? No, you are only good at being racist and putting down the Arab and Muslim world. Did you even attend the El Bireh Convention? No, you don’t know what it’s about. It’s just like a big family reunion. No one ever spoke of Jews or The Israeli state.

  • zephae

    “But what is not okay is when the heritage that you are praising instills hatred and violence in its followers and threatens and brings terror to the lives of others.”

    NOTE: the claim is his HERITAGE “instills hatred and violence”. There is a word for this, ladies and gentlemen. It is called racism. No one should ever read another piece by this writer unless and until he issues a retraction of his outrageous claims and a full apology.

  • mike a

    “Joe Kaufman is an expert in the fields of counter-terrorism, foreign affairs and energy independence for America.”

    i.e. israhell rump kisser. nuff said.

  • StopTheHatred

    This is the most ridiculous racist and full of hatred and lies article I’ve ever read. This is a young boy who had a dream and made it become reality! You find a way to twist his culture and religion into something that it is not because you have it out for the Arab world. If any one is racist it’s the person who wrote this article! Let the young man enjoy his accomplishment and success. You don’t see others running around claiming successful white people KKK

  • nambi

    Wow this article is almost laughable, sadly the racism is shining right through this Anti- Palestinian propaganda. it appears that the whole purpose of this article has backfired truly demonstrating the racist nature of the author. EXPOSED!

  • Ge_off

    Standing on an American Flag should be enough to piss off any real Jets fan. Freedom of speech is only on the street corner, you don’t have that freedom when you walk into the office looking for a job.

  • jackdiamond

    Only ones spreading hate for Islam are Muslims committing violence in its name and proclaiming the supremacy of its hateful laws in its name. No other reason. People are sick of it (non-Muslim people that is, you Muslim folks are fine with it).

  • jackdiamond

    The cherry picking is all yours. Respect an honor all human beings? Explain why Muslims are the best of all creatures and disbelievers the worst in the Qur’an, hence in Islamic law the life of a Muslim is worth more than that of a non-Muslim. There is no equality of law with non-muslims under Islamic law in any Muslim country. What is the Qur’anic doctrine of Loyalty and Enmity (hate and enmity for disbelievers) if not the well-known division of humanity into dar al-Islam and dar-al Harb?

    The idea the verses I mentioned are simply historic and understood that way by Muslims is ABSURD. They are enshrined in Sharia law and by the consensus of the scholars and authorities of Islam. That’s how abrogation is understood too. The later verses cancel the earlier when they contradict. The so-called peaceful verses from Mecca, when Muhammad was weak and outnumbered, are cancelled by the revelations. The last revelations on war against non-Muslims is Surah Nine. All of Muhammad’s later Meccan revelations are the most warlike, aggressive, and hateful to non-Muslims. Because he was not weak, he was powerful. They are not cancelled by anything, ever. Whether you choose to ignore them, not follow them, consign them to history (and the Qur’an also condemns following some of it and not all of it) is of small matter. Plenty of Muslims understand these teachings exactly the way I’ve portrayed them and I’d like to hear your Islamic refutation. I really would, because I never have. You only peddle b.s. to the kaffir who you think know nothing about your religion.

    Every non-Muslim should follow this thread to see the way the dust is being thrown in their eyes.

  • Zombie Zamboni

    proof that the bible and christianity are just as violent as any other religion

    you’re right we should just deny they happened

  • Juan Epstein

    What will the Jets Do ???

    Laugh their assses of at how ridiculously RACIST and over the top this article really is.

    And I am Jewish …So dont even try to play the Anti-Semite, “Self Hating-Jew Card”.

    The gig is up and Americans simply are done with it …

    Time to make the only choice thats left Israel:
    Settlements or Peace ???

    Which will it be ???

    • powertee

      “Settlements or peace?” Are you serious? You can hate on the concept of Israel, but no intellectually honest person can claim that the PLO (or this football player’s pet organizations) will uphold their end of the bargain if Israel simply give up its settlements. Negotiating with them is fruitless because they have a single objective: destruction of Israel (and they have continuously exploited “displaced” “Palestinians” for decades).

  • Mikail2

    To the frontpagemag.com staff: You guys are a bunch of Jewish supremacists. Because this Jets player cares about the rights and dignity of his people, you are slandering him as an “anti-semite”. Why is it that “jews” can participate in activism for the Jewish state and denounce “anti-semitism” but other people can’t stand up for their religion, culture etc.? This is hypocritical, but typical of the Jewish supremacists who run this site.

    • powertee

      If by “supremacist” (gee, I wonder why that term rolled off your lips so easily) you mean “feels justified in existing” then you would be right.

      • Mikail2

        Mr. Oboushi, believes his people have the right to exist on the land that was stolen from him. Is this not a just cause?

        • powertee

          Yeah, except it wasn’t “stolen” from them nor were they forced from it. “Palestine” is not a country, and it wasn’t even a region (I don’t think) until the imperialistic British labeled it as such. “Palestinians” have more rights and more freedoms and more prosperity than all but the Marxist and/or oil-baron leaders of any country in the Middle East. No. It is not a “just cause.”

  • dubinsky

    this is ugly-minded and brainless drivel. screw the author and the yahoos who published this mess of sht-smears.

  • http://www.cafepress.com/nottexas unionssuck

    where was the million muslim march? i saw 2 million Christian , patriotic, kick ass and take names americans on motorcycles…..

  • Kim

    Wow, I can’t beleive the amount idiotic comments by clueless Libtards.