BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A civil rights group in the United States has denounced what it called 'slanderous attacks' on a Palestinian-American football star by Yahoo! Sports and Major League Baseball.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee on Friday expressed "serious concern" about a tweet written on July 10 by Jonathan Mael, the media coordinator for MLB, which compared New York Jets football star Oday Aboushi to a convicted murderer, seemingly based solely on his Palestinian heritage.
In the tweet Mael wrote: "The @nyjets are a disgrace of an organization. The Patriots have Aaron Hernandez, the Jets have Oday Aboushi."
Football player Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder in June in connection with the death of another football player.
ADC slammed the tweet as "extremely biased" and called for the immediate termination of Jonathan Mael and an official apology from MLB to the Arab-American community.
"It goes beyond attacking only Oday Aboushi; it is another piece of the continuous unjustified attacks waged each day on Arab and Muslim Americans," the group said.
Mael later issued an apology.
A day after Mael's tweet, an article written by Adam Waksman appeared on Yahoo! Sports entitled: "Could Oday Aboushi Jeopardize His NFL Career with Anti-Israel Activism?"
ADC said that the article, later removed by Yahoo, "falsifies information" and "derives its argument from a well known extremely anti-Arab anti-Muslim source: FrontPage Magazine." more