Our AFDI/SIOA Jessica Mokdad Human Rights conference on April 29 in Dearborn, Mich., was the first conference of its kind, dedicated to increasing awareness of honor killings and gendercide under the Shariah. But in the aftermath of the highly successful conference, Arab-American and Muslim groups continue to attack us instead of focusing on the real problem: the victimization of girls in the Muslim community.
There are videos going around by Islamic supremacists such as the pro-honor killing "journalist" Omar Baddar, new media coordinator at the Arab American Institute (AAI), claiming that they were refused entry to the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference because they were Arabs and Muslims. This is a fabrication out of whole cloth. In reality, every attendee had to register, and we were overbooked. The furor over these people who were supposedly denied entry, who actually had not registered at all, is a manufactured nontroversy designed to deflect attention away from the grim reality of Islamic honor killing.
Once again, the subject matter of our conference – the subjugation, oppression and slaughter of women – was discarded and ignored, much like the plight of these women themselves. And a distraction was deliberately created to avoid the bloody truth.