A Michigan Arab activist who's also a former State Department representative is defending the stabbing of Jews and even posted a video online that criticizes Muslims who beleive stabbing Jews is forbidden under Islamic law.
In a video posted to YouTube last week, Lina Allan, who represented the State Department's U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative under the Obama administration in 2012, refuted moderate Muslims who suggest that it's a violation of Islamic law for a Palestinian to stab a Jew.
In the video titled "Is Stabbing Jews Haram [Forbidden]" that was translated by the Middle East Media Research Center, Allan argues that those who say the stabbing Jews is forbidden by Islamic law are misguided or are trying to twist Islamic law to further their own motives.
"First of all, who are you to say what is halal [permissible] and what is haram [forbidden]?" Allan asked. "Sadly, there are many people in the Arab world who think that just because their mother and father are Muslim, they themselves automatically became muftis [Muslim legal experts], and are allowed to say what is halal and what is haram — according to their whims and personal desires, of course. If they like smoking, they pronounce cigarettes halal, and if they hate cigarettes, they pronounce them haram."
Allan further contended that since it's not considered forbidden when Israeli forces kill Palestinians, it should not be considered forbidden for Palestinians to kill Jews.
"Secondly, everything that has happened in Palestine — the occupation, the massacres, the barbarity, the slaughter — is fine by you? Or in other words, it is 'halal?'" Allan continued. "Or have we gotten so used to seeing Palestinian blood that when we see it on TV, we view it as stats, not as human beings? For about 70 years, the Palestinians have been dying in their thousands, but we have not heard anyone saying it is 'haram.'"
"So people, anyone who insists on saying these stupid things is welcome to do so, but don't tell us what's halal and what's haram," Allan argued.
Allan's anti-Semitic rhetoric continued as she claimed that those who believe stabbing Jews is forbidden are not human rights activists but rather, "animal rights" activists.
"The people who say that these stabbings are haram are trying to give the impression that they are sensitive, delicate people, and to create a [singer] Tamer Hosny-style, human-rights atmosphere," she asserted. "Let me tell you that at best, you are representing animal rights — not human rights, but at best, animal rights. Let me tell you, even animals would not object to this if they could talk."
"Nobody can feel the suffering of the Palestinian people but the Palestinians living in Palestine," Allan continued. "I wish that you would stop interfering. Spare us your views, and go back to watching Turkish soap operas. It would be better if you didn't talk about something you don't understand."
Since publishing the video, Allan's racist rant has come under scrutiny.
An unnamed Jewish social media activist with Israel Voice posted a video on YouTube titled "Message to Lina Allan," where he noted that rhetoric like hers is what prevents peace from being accomplished in the world.
"The reason peace has not been achieved in the world, especially in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is because of people like you, people like you who encourage the stabbing of innocents, people like you who encourage the cycle of violence to continue, people like you who refuse to sit down with the other side and speak and settle this without violence," the activist said.
"It's time for you and people who feel like you around the world to understand that this violence must stop. This violence must come to an end for the future of Palestinian children, for the future of Israeli children and for the future of children throughout the world. Your message must be condemned."