In a time of heightened terrorism and political tension people are looking for stories of compassion and acts of kindness that will bring joy to their day. It initially appeared they found one when a Jewish man at a Barnes & Noble went up to a Muslim woman and her kids “and conveyed a heartfelt apology for the general anti-Muslim sentiment in our society today. He had tears in his eyes and told me [Muslim woman] that it must be so hard to turn on the news, that he feels awful about the bigotry my kids might one day experience, and that as a Jewish man whose parents didn’t speak any English growing up, he personally understands what it feels like to be rejected and discriminated against,” stated the woman on Facebook.
The Jerusalem Post also reports that the Jewish man, named Lenny, purchased gifts for the woman’s girls at the store. However, the smiling mother has a darker side.
The Muslim woman, Leena Al-Arian, is the daughter of Sami Al-Arian – a man who has been involved with the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and a man U.S. District Court Judge James Moody labeled as a “master manipulator[.]” Leena is also a radical Palestinian activist with Muslim Brotherhood connections as Arutz Sheva implies:
While studying at the University of South Florida, Leena served as Vice President of the radical Muslim Students Association. She also maintained a blog during this period, ranting against the State of Israel, Zionism, and Holocaust education.
“I am just so tired of reading blatantly biased writings on the Holocaust… [T]he thought of sitting through that nauseating three-hour class makes me want to put a bullet through my head. I am sick of the likes of propagandists such as Elie Wiesel, Rubenstein, and others who continue to exploit the tragedy of the Holocaust to justify the continued, unjustifiable suffering of the Palestinians,” Leena wrote in 2004.
She’s not quite the sweet mother portrayed in the news, right?
The whole Barnes & Noble incident is indicative of how the media and academia pumps the ‘Islamophobia’ narrative so much that it guilt trips people like Lenny into apologizing for something that is largely fictionalized. Worse yet, in this instance Lenny apologized to an Israel bashing, Islamist with terrorist sympathies (unbeknown to him). It’s Islamists who are the ones deceptively pushing this ‘Islamophobia’ narrative to the media as a tactic that not only switches the blame from the perpetrator (radical Islam) to the victim (general public), but also gives Islam a special protected status in order to stifle criticism of Islamism. Hopefully the incident had a positive impact in making Leena feel ashamed of her past anti-Semitic attitudes and comments, but it likely just confirmed that her activism is working.