A pox on both the American and Israeli houses really for accepting the Israeli condition that no Muslim workers employed at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington,DC be allowed to assume their regular responsibilities while an Israeli delegation roomed there earlier this month. The regime in Israel is quite clearly racist in its attitude towards Arabs and especially Palestinians, of any religious persuasion it should be noted, but the fact that America has bankrolled Israel and legimitized it’s racism with huge amounts of cash….subsidizes it’s racism would be a more accurate depiction, does not mean that such overt racism should be accepted towards Americans here in America. The fact that it is reveals just how deep and intrinsic racism still is in America. No manager of any hotel chain should have passed along the demand that a co-worker would not be allowed to perform his jobs because of ethnic or racial prejudice but not only was a Mandarin Oriental hotel manager able to give that command with a straight face but then used it against Muslim employees as a form of racial harassment and intimidation. While America may not be able to get at an Israeli delegation for their racism, job place racism in America is illegal, and all involved at the Mandarin should be fired.
But it shouldn’t stop there. It’s clear Israel has a willing partner in the Mandarin with its racism, so any and all who oppose racism and bigotry should refrain from booking or using the Mandarin Oriental chain any further, or as long as it hosts luminaries like the Israelis who make illegal demands on the establishment. If the Mandarin isn’t willing to send a clear signal to the Israelis that it won’t tolerate its racist practices, then the public, companies and corporations should in no uncertain terms, let it be known it will not tolerate the bastardization of American law with Israel’s mythology. And less you think it was all about security as the smokescreen that’s now being erected points too, one of the Muslims told not to do t heir job, previously worked in and around the President of the United States, George Bush. Are the Israelis better than him, or more worthy of protection?
And finally, I get a kick out of how people who manage to escape the arrows of racism feel comfortable somehow that they are not an intended target. If a group from Saudi Arabia were to demand that no Jewish employees of any hotel, mall or hospital come into contact with Saudi royalty there would be banner headlines bigger than ones Miscellany101 could generate here demanding federal government reprisals against a client state so outrageous in its demands while pocketing billions of dollars in US military hardware and largess. No such hue and cry has risen in this case. Racism is like cancer, once it starts in one part of the body, left unchecked it affects all of the body devouring its host quickly and methodically. The purveyors of racism are equally methodical. So the next several times when the Israelis come to town and make their racist demands about Muslims and non-Muslims feel smug that such things won’t be said to or about them, remember the cancer analogy for it won’t be long when an Israeli team will come to town and demand only Jewish employees of this or that place establishment be allowed to work with them, and what will we do then? Boycott the Mandarin Oriental hotel chain all good people of faith and citizenship.
- DC Hotel: No Muslims Allowed, When the Israelis Are Around (humanrights.change.org)
- “Law to Keep Jews and Arabs Apart” and related posts (dissidentvoice.org)