Good for the ADL, which stood up to xenophobic critics of N.Y. Jets lineman Oday Aboushi and dismissed spurious reports that he is a “Muslim extremist” as “a lot of exaggeration and hyperbole.” Writes Abe Foxman:
“Absolutely nothing in the public record suggests that Aboushi is anything other than a young American athlete who takes pride in his Palestinian heritage. His participation in a conference organized by the El-Bireh Society, a Palestinian community organization that was until recently defunct, should not be used to tar him as an extremist. Allegations claiming that he is affiliated with other extreme groups are similarly unsubstantiated and appear to be exaggerated for the express purpose of smearing Aboushi.
There is nothing wrong with someone being proud of their ethnic or religious background, and this should be true regardless of one’s chosen profession. Even if one disagrees with the agenda of the groups whose events he has attended, it is unfair and farfetched to cite those as evidence that he is an extremist.
Being pro-Palestinian does not mean you’re an anti-Semite or an extremist. The record simply does not show that Aboushi has crossed that line.
Still, I ‘ve heard rumors that Aboushi has been seen in a green and white jersey — featuring two of the four colors on a Palestinian flag!