Expelled Muslim Soldier Whines to Al Jizz: 'Islamophobia Pervades U.S. Military'; 'The Training We Get and the Information That We Are Subject To – Constitute Propaganda Against Islam'

Thanks to MEMRI, with background and updates from Jawa Report

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?

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!

Thanks to Jawa, we also have this: Hey, here’s Muslim traitor 101st Airborne soldier Nasser Abdo  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).

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.

Here’s the transcript from MEMRI

Interviewer: The hate campaign against Islam affects the Muslim soldiers as well, who number over 3,700. They wear the US military uniform, and are ordered to fight in Muslims countries, while at the same time, they are subject to racist harassment at the hands of their fellow soldiers.

One of these soldiers is Mr. Zachari Klawonn. Even though the American press has written extensively about his suffering, his situation has not changed much. We are pleased to have Mr. Zachari join us, from Austin, Texas.

Mr. Zachari, Salaam Aleikum.

Zachari Klawonn: Aleikum Asalaam. I’d like to say “Ramadhan Mubarak” to all the viewers who are watching.

Interviewer: Could you tell us how this anti-Islam campaign, which coincides with the month of Ramadhan, affected your situation at the Fort Hood base, which witnessed a shooting by a former Muslim-American soldier? How are you being treated these days?

Zachari Klawonn: Absolutely. Even before that horrific attack, the overwhelming sense of Islamophobia was present in the US military. It’s evident within the anti-terrorism training, as well as the vibe in the general environment around me, and unfortunately, some of the discrimination that I have been through is the result of that environment.

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…”

2 thoughts on “Expelled Muslim Soldier Whines to Al Jizz: 'Islamophobia Pervades U.S. Military'; 'The Training We Get and the Information That We Are Subject To – Constitute Propaganda Against Islam'”

  1. He mentions nothing specific re harassment when asked,these worms can dish it out,but wimp out when the tables are turned.

  2. Poor darlings, they can’t bear the same garbage the rest of us have put up with one way or another most of our lives. Not everyone agrees & not everyone is kind. Hey, that’s a fact of life on planet earth.

    They refuse to grow a thicker skin. They expect the environment & people around them to cater to their never-ending list of insults. They demand we, not they, make a change.

    Well, here’s a change for you. Off you go to the nearest middle eastern shit hole, where you can bask in the aroma of people who won’t offend your fragile sensibilities.

    But watch out for those stonings, amputations & beheadings they can be deadly.

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