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Jets rookie Oday Aboushi: I'm not anti-Semitic

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09:50 AM ET 07.13 | Embattled Jets rookie Oday Aboushi lashed back yesterday at accusations he is a fundamentalist Muslim who associates with radicals opposed to Israel, labeling the charges "lies and smears." In an exclusive interview with The Post, the fifth-round pick -- a Brooklyn native who is believed to be the first Palestinian-American ever drafted by an NFL team -- adamantly denied charges leveled by a conservative website this week that Aboushi is anti-Semitic and uses social media to endorse what they consider Palestinian terrorist groups. "My family's been just as shocked by the lies and smears as I've been," Aboushi said in a telephone interview. "I don't think I'm radical at all. I have never done any radical behavior. For the writer to come out and claim that just builds lies on top of the lies." Aboushi, an offensive lineman from Virginia, has been besieged by angry tweets and messages since an article published Tuesday by the website Frontpagemag.com labeled him "a fundamentalist Muslim with radical associations and a heritage that pushes him towards a destructive world of violence and hate." The report also called for the Jets -- whose fanbase includes such a large Jewish contingent that the team asked the NFL to reschedule its 2009 home opener to avoid conflict with Rosh Hashana -- to immediately release Aboushi because of his views."

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July 13, 2013  10:05 AM ET

Everyone should just shut up or someone will get their feelings hurt.

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July 13, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Do you think a website (frontpagemag.com) that has a tagline of "Inside Every Liberal Is A Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out" maybe has a bit of an agenda?

We live in a dangerous world and US citizens have to be protected from jihadists who threaten civilians and are trying to undermine our government. But people also have a right to the freedom to pursue their form of happiness without harassment. Until some organization a bit more serious than this website makes charges, I think this 'media' coverage' is too low for even the Jets to have to contend with.

July 13, 2013  10:20 AM ET

a heritage that pushes him towards a destructive world of violence and hate."

He sounds perfect for the NFL.

July 13, 2013  10:20 AM ET

There is NO war against Religion. There is however, a push buy all Religions to foist their views on the American Public.

Stop already. When the World Series fell on A Jewish holiday, Sandy Koufax declined to play. There you go. He practiced his faith. The game wasn't canceled and life went on.

July 13, 2013  10:21 AM ET
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a heritage that pushes him towards a destructive world of violence and hate."He sounds perfect for the NFL.

True^^

July 13, 2013  10:25 AM ET
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a heritage that pushes him towards a destructive world of violence and hate."He sounds perfect for the NFL.

Really. IMO it don't matter what religion you are in the NFL you leave it all in the lockerroom gameday.

July 13, 2013  10:40 AM ET

Religion will always be the greatest irony known to humankind.

Idolize my loving God or I will kill you.

July 13, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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Religion will always be the greatest irony known to humankind.Idolize my loving God or I will kill you.

And he will damn you to the everlasting torment and suffering of hell...




...in his mercy.

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July 13, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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There is NO war against Religion. There is however, a push buy all Religions to foist their views on the American Public.

You are wrong, but carry on anyway.

July 13, 2013  11:09 AM ET
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Meant to quote you.....

I say the worst are the ones that come up to you out of the blue and ask "Have you been saved?" Man I don't like that.

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July 13, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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Religion will always be the greatest irony known to humankind.Idolize my loving God or I will kill you.

I agree.

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July 13, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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lol...the worst ones are the ones blowing up civilians.....but I hear you

You are right. All this reminds me of an old movie: "Want to buy this amulet to ward off evil?" answer: "I am evil"

July 13, 2013  11:20 AM ET
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Do you sell pencils on a street corner?

Yes along with 8-tracks and dial phones. Where did this come from.

 
July 13, 2013  11:21 AM ET

NFL: Jets rookie Oday Aboushi: "I'm not anti-Semitic ..... I just don't like Jews."

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