Survivor of Jihad Issues Challenge to Muslim-Americans

I have said often that it’s time for the moderate Muslim to rise up and be heard. The silence is deafening. Their either are no moderate Muslims, or they are too scared of the extremist Muslims to air their ideas in public.

(CNSNews.com) – A survivor of Islamic Jihad in the 1970s is challenging Muslim Americans who reject radical teachings to “raise their voices” and to hold demonstrations in public venues across the country denouncing violent behavior.
Brigitte Gabriel is a journalist and news producer who said she had first-hand experience with militant Muslims as a teenager living in Lebanon. The Jihad launched against Christians in Lebanon in 1975 and its relevance to contemporary politics was the focus of Gabriel’s talk at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday.
She took the opportunity to call on moderate Muslims in the U.S. to take better advantage of the constitutional freedoms that are not available to like-minded moderates in the Middle East.
“This is the only country in the world where they (moderate Muslims) can march in the streets, where they can demonstrate and speak out without being intimidated by radicals. I can understand why they cannot do it in places like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Libya, Syria and Lebanon,” Gabriel said. “But there is no excuse why Muslims in the U.S. cannot take to the streets and rally and send a message to the radicals in the Middle East.”
That message from American-Muslims, Garbriel continued, should include an unambiguous proclamation of patriotism. “Where are their voices?” Gabriel asked audience members. “They should say we are Americans first, if you kill one of us, you kill all of us.”
Gabriel said she could identify only one American-Muslim who has tried to organize the demonstrations she believes are necessary. Gabriel said Kamal Nawash, president of the Free Muslims Coalition, was opposed by other Muslim organizations when he sought support for organizing anti-terrorism rallies in Washington D.C., last year.
Those Muslims who reject extremism, but choose to remain silent are repeating some of the worst mistakes in history, Gabriel told listeners. She also said Americans must “wake up” and come to terms with the “barbaric” nature of the enemy they face before “Islamo-fascism” can be defeated.
She accused the news media of doing the American public a disservice when it failed to show footage of the beheading of Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg, victims of Muslim terrorists.
While she acknowledged that the majority of Muslim Americans are peaceful, Gabriel said she feels that they do not express themselves with as much energy and vigor as their more radical counterparts. She is particularly concerned about the pro-Hizballah demonstrations held in Dearborn, Mich.
“They were free to demonstrate in our country in support of Hizballah and against the United States of America,” she said. “Yet, we haven’t seen this same passion come out of moderates to defend America.”

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