August 20, 2003
SoundVision.com Visitors Applaud Jerusalem Suicide Bombing. The murder of 18
bus-riding Israelis by a militant Islamic terrorist on August 19 met with the
expected joy in the Palestinian and Lebanese street (“Several hundred young
men poured into the streets of a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon on Tuesday
and handed out sweets to celebrate a suicide bomb attack on a Jerusalem bus,”
reads one account). More noteworthy is the public, English-language
celebration of this atrocity at a Chicago-based website with the innocuous name
SoundVision.com. At a teenager’s forum, “Teen Table,” a thread titled “Martyrdom
Operation Kills up to 20 and Injures more than 80,” contains comments such as these:
Allahu Akbar wa lillah el hamd! [God is the greatest and to Him blessings]
Inahu Jihaad..Nasr aw Istishhaad. [It is Jihad . . Victory or Martyrdom]
Looking at such pictures makes me feel good. It feels good seeing them go
through the pain were going through.
If they dont want to get busted up, why are these “civilians” staying there
when they know they’re occupying the land illegally.
For the palestinians every single Israeli child poses a threat, because for
them each one will grow up to live to kill. Upto 50 years of oppression has
taught them there is no difference between a civilian and a soldier.
Everyone who was killed in that attack shouldn’t have been there in the first
place. Children. Women. Adults. Whatever. They are all occupiers. Its better
for the children to die now, because they will go straight to Jannah
(insha’Allah), and the adults, straight to HELL (insha’Allah)..and that also means less
Zionists living. Its all good. Please brother, they are not innocent
civilians. THEY ARE OCCUPIERS. They deserve to be burnt up in hell.
They [the Zionists] are clearly violating everything. They are the worst. And
they don’t hesitate to kill muslims. They are totally fair game to me. Their
children? Allahu Alam [God Knows]
I can’t even describe how good i feel when i see a successful martyrdom
operation whether it is in Palestine or Iraq.
Hitler was right about you, he said you were thives, he said you were two
faced, he said you were liards, NOW 50 YEARS ON ITS COME TRUE. You are NAZI’S YOU
ARE DOING TO THE PALESTININ PEOPLE WHAT THE NAZI’S DIDTO YHE JEWS.
For good measure, the site contains a dash of anti-Americanism:
WE are IMMIGRANTS, we came to American for DAWA we honour the native American
spirit by being here, you are the LEGACY of COLONIALOISM your forefathers
were MASS MURDERORS the native Americans will NEVER have justice until you
remanin in America
Some Muslims protest this dominant strain, but not many.
These attitudes are particularly worrying the now-young generation will
determine the future course of Islam in the United States. As Khalid Durán and I
wrote a year ago:
Because the [American] immigrant Muslim community is so new, it is still very
much in formation. Which way will the first generation of immigrant children
turn? Will their dual identities as Americans and Muslims be complementary or
contradictory? Will they accept or reject the Islamist program of changing the
United States? Will they control the urge toward violence? More broadly, will
they insist on adapting the United States to Islam, or will they agree to
adapt Islam to the United States? Much depends on the answers. (August 20, 2003)