Mohamed Elmasry, president of the Canadian Islamic Congress is catching shit for saying all Israelis above the age of 18 are legitimate targets of attack. He made the comments while appearing live on some TV show.
When asked whether “anyone over the age of 18 in Israel is a valid target,” Elmasry replied: “Anybody above 18 is part of the (Israeli) army.” The show’s moderator followed with another question: “Anyone in Israel, irrespective of gender, over the age of 18 is a valid target?” “Yes, I would say,” Elmasry responded … Elmasry said on the show that since all adult Israelis are part of their country’s army, they are not bystanders in the conflict. “But they are not innocent if they are part of the total population which is part of the army. … From 18 on, they are soldiers, even if they have civilian clothes,” Elmasry said.
Elmasry was condemned by the usual suspects (Jews) but he was also condemned by Tarek Fatah, a founding member of the Muslim Canadian Congress, who said that Elmasry’s comments were a thinly veiled attack on Jews and hurt the Palestinian cause. “Palestinians have a moral and legal obligation to fight the Israeli occupation but to believe all Israelis are targets is … the height of hypocrisy,” he said.
His comments were also called “regrettable” by his own organization – the CIC. However, in the same press release, Elmasry offers this explanation:
Within the context of discussion on the show, Dr. Elmasry was presenting not his own views — but those of a significant segment of Palestinians under occupation.”I sincerely regret that my comments were misunderstood and, as a result, caused offense,” he said today.
Dr. Elmasry? I sincerely regret that you are such a dumb ass. Please do not misunderstand my comments – I am only further offended that you actually think that anyone with any intelligence would believe your pathetic back tracking. Elmasry is in fact a very accomplished academic and Engineer and really ought to have known better.