August 26, 2010

US Muslim soldier Zachari Klawonn appears in uniform on Al-Jazeera complaining of Islamophobia in US military - Update: He was EXPELLED in 2008 for bringing GUN to SCHOOL, rap video THREATENING school staff; FRIENDS with CONVICTED TERROR EXPORTER [pic]

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MEMRI doesn't allow embedding of videos (new media fail) but this video is must watching. This soldier, Zachari Klawonn, is stationed at Ft Hood. Why on earth would anyone at Ft Hood be afraid of Muslims?

From the transcript:

Interviewer: Some say that the military establishment displays more openness towards minorities there's a mosque at the Pentagon, which has been mentioned in the American press lately. How can you be talking about suffering, when the military establishment claims that it is the most open toward minorities, toward women, and toward all those who suffer in society in general?

Zachari Klawonn: Well, I think there's a pretty big misconception of the reality of what's going on in the military, and what the mainstream media says. The reality is that there is a sense of Islamophobia, and there is a big misunderstanding of the Islamic faith, and that contributes to people's negative notions coming into the military. Also, the training we get and the information that we are subject to constitutes propaganda against Islam.

Unfortunately, we are going through this right now. I think this speaks volumes about us, as a society right now. I mean, as an American citizen and service member, I see the opposition of American citizens to my right to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero1 as a big slap in our face for a service member.

For someone who enlisted in the US army to uphold and defend our constitution, to have that right almost completely battered and taken away is moral shattering. Islamophobia is evident within the military, but I think it's also within our American society right now, unfortunately.

Interviewer: Zachari, one last question, and thank you for joining us. Can you give us some examples of the harassment you are talking about, which you experienced personally?

Zachari Klawonn: Sure. I received numerous numerous disrespectful comments, and even harassment to my personal property from an array of soldiers, and even in some instances, from the command itself. But more importantly, the training that I have been subject to is a complete slap in my face. Any Muslim who happens to be in the service and is subject to this training can see that this is an absolutely false interpretation of Islam. It's heartbreaking to see this, as a service member.

1 This was translated into Arabic as: "....My right to build a mosque on the ruins of 9/11..."

Who is the US Army Public Affairs Officer who authorized this and why does he still have a job?

UPDATE: Hey, here's Muslim traitor 101st Airborne soldier Nasser Abdo also appearing on Al-Jazeera telling their audience that serving in the US military is not compatible with being a Muslim. Abdo is claiming conscientious objector status, even though it's not because of his pacificism, but his religious ideology (not grounds for objector status).

Update 2: It seems our CAIR poster boy Zachari Klawonn is not so squeaky-clean as the media makes him out to be. According to this Herald Tribune article, he was expelled from school for bringing a gun to school. He also participated in a rap video that threatened his high school teachers and staff. Nice!

Joe Kaufman at Americans Against Hate has already reported on Klawonn, including this picture of him running around with convicted terror exporter Bassem Alhalabi:

Photo from Americans Against Hate

Klawonn's buddy Bassem Alhalabi was convicted in 2003 of exporting thermal imaging equipment to Syria.

By Barbarossa at 11:15 PM | Comments |