May 13 2013
Palestinian Muslim, Oday Aboushi, was recently been drafted by the New York Jets. So, what happens when one of his 5 required daily prayer times comes during the last quarter of the game? Will there be a timeout so he can drop to his knees and bang his head on the ground?
FresnoBee As a Palestinian-Muslim, the Jets’ offensive lineman is a rarity in the NFL. Aboushi, drafted in the fifth round out after a standout career at the University of Virginia, is one of just a handful of players with that ethnic background.
“You don’t see many of us in the sport,” said Aboushi, who signed a four-year deal Friday. So, how long until the NFL is sued into becoming sharia-compliant like the Australian Football League?
The 6-foot-5, 308-pound Aboushi is the ninth of 10 children born in Brooklyn to Palestinian parents who came to the U.S. from the town of Beit Hanina in the Arab-occupied territory of the West Bank.
You can’t underestimate what a big deal this is,” said Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab-American Association of New York. “When a lot of Americans think of Palestinians, I feel like there are two images. There’s either the image of a suicide bomber or an image of some poor refugee in Gaza. There’s really nothing in between.
“Oday, being a young Palestinian-American born to Palestinian immigrant parents in New York and gets drafted by the Jets – the dream of every American boy – I think gives a new image to what it is when you think of Palestinian, when you think Arab and when you think Muslim.”
“He’s a role model for young Arab-American and Muslim people who are trying to find their roles in the community, like, who are we and what can we be in this country at this time?” Sarsour said. “It has been such a profound experience. There are not many times that we feel like this, unfortunately. I can’t remember the last time post-9/11 that I’ve felt this proud and so triumphant and victorious as when Oday was drafted by the New York Jets.”
Embracing his background, and being celebrated for it, is nothing new for Aboushi. He was one of about a dozen Muslim athletes honored in 2011 at a reception hosted by then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the State Department in Washington. (Of course, Muslim Brotherhood whore, Hillary Clinton, would chose to honor Muslims)
In Australia, football (soccer) fans are outraged that their favorite sport is being forced to become sharia-compliant for just one Muslim player.
The Australian Many football fans took to websites to condemn the move. “What next, the Adhan over the loudspeakers instead of the final siren?” posted one Richmond fan. “Or . . . half-time breaks to coincide with mid-afternoon prayer? Or designated women-only areas at the ground on the top deck completely out of sight and earshot of any men? Actually, that one’s not a bad idea.
Others posted: “This is OUR game and I’m sick of all this multicultural crap that is dividing our country”; “The last bastion of Australian culture to be stripped away from us in the name of Islam”; and “Football should be football. It’s a religion in itself. Let it be.”