Steven Emerson reports on the Islamic Thinkers Society (ITS) rally yesterday at the Israeli consulate in New York, celebrating the bombing in Tel Aviv on April 18, killing nine. The event featured such threatening slogans as:
Israeli Zionists What do you say? The real Holocaust is on its way
The mushroom cloud is on its way! The real Holocaust is on its way!
Israel won't last long… Indeed, Allah will repeat the Holocaust right on the soil of Israel
No wonder they call you sons of apes and pigs because that's what you are.
May the FBI burn in Hell
CIA burn in Hell
Mossad burn in Hell
Homeland Security burn in hell!!
Islam will dominate the world
This is potentially an important event, for until now, American Islamists have mostly been polite, pretending to be loyal, forging alliances, working the system. This approach sometimes earns them an earful from their more impatient colleagues (I noted one such missive at "Cut the Apologetics, a Muslima Advises CAIR"), but rarely and obscurely so.
The rally yesterday could mark a turning point, when U.S.-based Islamists begin to divide into two camps, the polite and the rude, those trying to curry favor and those not caring at all what non-Muslims think.
Were that the case, one could see this development as positive, in that it facilitates Americans' understanding the true nature of Islamism; or negative, in that it shows the burgeoning confidence of Islamists, who no longer think they must work within the system. I am inclined to see it the latter way. (April 21, 2006)