August 10, 2007, - 11:22 am
By Debbie Schlussel
TIME Magazine has an article claiming that American motel owners are racist for advertising their motels as “American-owned.”
Like many 7-Elevens, many American motels across America are owned by Indian immigrants and their relatives. There numbers are so significant that there is an Asian American Hotel Owners Association, which is urging motel owners to refrain from using “American-owned.” Their association President, the very-Indian-named Fred Schwartz, is claiming that those who use it “are trying to prey on peoples’ prejudice under the gusie of patriotism.”
But that’s bunk. Most of these Indian motel owners are naturalized U.S. citizens and many of their kids who run and have even inherited the hotels are born U.S. citizens. Why are they afraid of the “American-owned” label that they, presumably, can truthfully use for themselves? And if they are not U.S. citizens, not Americans, it’s hardly an issue of racism and prejudice, since, again, there are plenty of Indians who are American citizens.
Who knew that saying you are an American is suddenly a verboten “expression of racism”? I guess it’s the new manifestation of “no-tell motel.”
For the record, I have nothing against Indians and, in fact, patronize plenty of Indian businesses, including a 7-Eleven owned by my friend, Anil Kumar. I admire Indians’ entrepreneurial spirit. And, in general, Indians are among the few who mostly understand the Islamic problem and the Jihadist threat. They see it every day in their native India, where 100 million to 150 million Muslims among a billion people are creating extreme problems of intolerance, violence, and havoc daily.
But there are one or two hotel chains that I will never patronize specifically because of who owns them and what they did, and it has nothing to do with Indians:
* The Four Seasons Hotel chain is owned in significant part by Saudi Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal (and his buddy Microsoft’s Bill Gates), the man who offered then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani $10 million right after 9/11, so long as America changed its policy toward Israel. He blamed Israel for 9/11 and has been a funder and supporter of Palestinian terrorism. (And he’s the same guy that owns at least 5.46% of FOX News Channel a/k/a PAWNN–the Prince Al-Waleed News Network.)
If you don’t want to fund Palestinian terrorism, then don’t stay there. That’s why my friend, producer Sandy Frank–who was a good customer of the hotel chain–will no longer stay there. He knows that the dollars he pays there for a hotel room end up in Prince Al-Waleed’s pocket and, then, “The Martyrs'” pockets.
* Then, there is the Intercontinental Hotel chain. I won’t pay for a room there, either. When Jordan controlled the old city portion of Jerusalem, it allowed the hotel chain to build its Jerusalem Intercontinental Hotel atop the centuries-old holy Jewish cemetery and Jewish graves on the Mount of Olives. That Jordan allowed this is no shocker–they hate Jews. That a hotel chain had no problem with it is unconscionable. And they will never get a dollar from me. Not from you either, I hope. (The hotel went on to become a major meeting place for P.L.O. terrorist operatives to meet, have coffee, and plan murderous attacks on innocent Jews.)
Remember: Cross The Four Seasons and The Intercontinental Hotels off your list of acceptable lodging.
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