Nothing gets Mosaic practitioners of the PC faith more in a tizzy than the use of the epithet “self hating Jew.” They go on and on about how the opposite is true, that they are in fact super Jews whose embrace of the latest cause-du-jour is really a manifestation of tikkun olam, clearly the most important value in all of Judaism. But just as there no doubt somewhere exists an African American who loves watermelon, or an unscrupulous
gypsy Roma, or an Asian who can’t drive, or a Muslim who really does want to murder all the infidels, surely there must be a Jew somewhere who really is self loathing?
Well the answer to that question, finally, is a resounding YES! Well yes if you are a follower of patrilineal descent in the transmission of the Jewish faith. Allow me to explain.
Remember Azzam the American? He recently appeared in an Al Quaeda video with #2 henchman Ayman al-Zawahiri. In the past he’s made statements like “Allah willing, the streets of America will run red with blood, matching drop for drop the blood of America’s victims.” It’s no surprise that “Azzam” is on the FBI’s most wanted list.
What is surprising is that Azzam the American aka Adam Gadahn was born Adam Pearlman to a Jewish musician father, as reported by today’s New York Sun:
Adam Pearlman’s religious journey began when his family converted to Christianity and took the last name Gadahn. He first came in contact with Islam when his father slaughtered goats and sold the meat to Muslim halal markets. As a pimply, head-banging teenager, Adam embraced Islam at an Orange County mosque when he was just 17… Until this summer, an essay by “Adam Pearlman” was posted on the University of Southern California’s Muslim Student Association compendium of Muslim texts; it has been quoted widely in the press. Titled “Becoming Muslim,” it states: “As I began reading English translations of the Qur’an, I became more and more convinced of the truth and authenticity of Allah’s teachings. â€¦ Having been around Muslims in my formative years, I knew well that they were not the bloodthirsty, barbaric terrorists that the news media and the televangelists paint them to be.”
So can I please call this guy a self-hating Jew? Or a self-hating quasi-Jew? Please??
Another funny twist to this whole Adam Pearlman / Ghanan thing is that his brother is a video blogger who talks about his ex-girlfriend and his brother the traitor. Dig his myspace emo haircut. Rock on!