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Oday Aboushi, who played for the Virginia Cavaliers, is once again surrounded by controversy. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images.
Oday Aboushi, who played for the Virginia Cavaliers, is once again surrounded by controversy. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images.

On June 29, Oday Aboushi attended and spoke at the El Bireh Society convention in Arlington, Va. The media considers his participation at the controversial convention to be anti-Semitic and it is tarnishing Aboushi’s reputation.

Aboushi, an offensive lineman, attended the University of Virginia and the Jets selected him in the fifth round of April’s draft. Since then, he has been surrounded by controversy.

On May 14, Aboushi posted an anti-Semitic tweet on the 65th anniversary of Israel’s nationhood. His tweet was, “65th anniversary of the Nakba and Palestinians all across the world are still thriving.”

The reason why this is controversial is that Nakba is a derogatory reference to Israel’s May 1948 founding as an independent Jewish state, according to jewsnews.com. In addition, it is used to spread enmity against Israel and to fuel terrorist attacks from groups like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), according to jewsnews.com.

On June 29, Aboushi attended a convention of a group, El Bireh, which has pictures of Adolf Hitler on their Facebook page, according to jewsnews.com. Aboushi has said in the past that he is proud to be a Palestinian.

When Aboushi attended the conference, he spoke about his journey to the NFL, attending the University of Virginia and his visit to West Bank refugee camps in 2009, according to Ben Shpigel of Nytimes.com. His speech has led to numerous media outlets posting articles about Aboushi being a radical Muslim and a Muslim extremist.

 Aboushi has to be careful about his actions because he plays for a team that plays for a team with a large Jewish population. New York has almost 2 million Jewish residents, according to simpletoremember.com.

It appears that Aboushi did not mention any radicalism when he spoke at the convention. However, this does not mean he should continue to attend these types of conventions.

The Jets should talk to Aboushi about what types of actions they condone and condemn. This would prevent him from receiving negative media attention from a nation, U.S., which has friendly ties to Israel.