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Why Is HAMAS Inside Tampa Schools?

Thu, January 26, 2012

Clare Lopez

Kelly Miliziano, who teaches history classes at Steinbrenner High School in the Tampa, Florida area apparently thinks it’s perfectly OK to invite a senior official of a HAMAS-affiliated organization into her classroom to discuss Islam with her students. According to local media reports, not only has this been going on for years, but in spite of the civil and criminal proceedings that could result from such reckless negligence, the Hillsborough County school superintendent, Mary Ellen Elia, and the chairman of the school board, Candy Olson, also expressed approval for students under their responsibility to be exposed repeatedly to guest speaker, Hassan Shibly, who is the Executive Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in the Tampa area.

And why is CAIR a problem? CAIR is an Islamic organization that was listed by the Department of Justice (DoJ) as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) HAMAS terror funding trial more than three years ago. According to the DoJ evidence submitted in that trial, CAIR was irrefragably demonstrated to be an element of the HAMAS Palestine Committee in the U.S. HAMAS, of course, is the Palestinian off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza and a U.S.-government-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. Therefore, it is readily appreciated that CAIR is actually HAMAS doing business in the U.S. under another name. Based on that evidence as well as the unanimous guilty verdict for the HLF defendants in the 2008 trial, the FBI severed all ties with CAIR the following year.

Now, as noted above, the individual to whom world history teacher Kelly Miliziano has exposed dozens of her Steinbrenner High School students holds a senior position with the CAIR operation in Tampa. As CAIR’s top representative in Tampa, Hassan Shibly is a ranking official of an organization known by the FBI and U.S. justice system to be a façade for HAMAS, a vicious terror organization sworn to the destruction of the State of Israel, which seized power in Gaza in bloody coup in 2007 and has since implemented strict Islamic law there.

Amputation, flogging, stoning and crucifixion are all part of the HAMAS legal code. To date, and for reasons best known to itself, the DoJ has failed to prosecute CAIR or any of the hundreds of other Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated co-conspirators in the HLF case—which helps to explain why there even is a CAIR organization in existence in Tampa, Florida today. As a teacher of world religions and educator of impressionable young minds, Ms. Miliziano has a professional responsibility to know her subject matter and, equally importantly, to thoroughly vet those guest speakers allowed direct contact with her Steinbrenner High history students.

As anyone who has actually studied the history of Islam knows, shariah law commands all Muslims to engage in jihad, which is warfare to spread Islam (per The Reliance of the Traveller, A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, Section o9.0, pg. 599). In obedience to shariah, the Muslim Brotherhood’s motto states:

Allah is our objective

The Prophet is our guide

The Qur’an is our law

Jihad is our way

And Dying in the Way of Allah is our highest aspiration.

Unfortunately for Ms. Miliziano and her unsuspecting students, that same Classic Manual of Islamic Law (also called the ‘Umdat al-Salik and easily available online), contains an entire chapter dedicated to Lying and Taqiyya. As may be read there, Muslims are obligated to lie to the enemy in wartime…which means that any devout Muslim, faithful to the doctrine and law of Islam, is taught and trained to lie to the kuffar (infidel) as part of routine “religious” studies. There is nothing anywhere to suggest that Hassan Shibly is anything but a devout and faithful Muslim. The problem with bringing him in to teach "infidel" students about Islam would seem rather apparent at this point.

But to continue with just a bit more of the history lesson for the hapless Ms. Miliziano: HAMAS, founded in 1987, asserts its genocidal raison d’être in the opening paragraph of its Covenant:

Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors.

And yet, history teacher Miliziano still would be remiss were she to have ended her studies here. For among the documents placed online by the Texas federal judge in the HLF HAMAS terror funding case (in which CAIR was named unindicted co-conspirator), is one of relatively recent origin, dating back only to 1991. It was written by one of the top Muslim Brothers in the U.S. at the time and is called the “Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America.” Had this teacher of history actually read this short but historically speaking, vitally important document, she would have found the following passage:

The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions.

And had Ms. Miliziano been exceptionally diligent, she might even have learned that all the top leaders of al-Qa’eda were members of the Muslim Brotherhood first: Usama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, just to name a few. Today’s Muslim Brotherhood is led by dedicated followers of the founders, Hassan al-Banna and Sayyed Qutb, who openly advocated violence and terror to seize power. Yousef al-Qaradawi is known as the “spiritual leader” of the Brotherhood and returned from exile to a rapturous welcome from a million Egyptians in Tahrir Square just a week after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February 2011. Al-Qaradawi is on record sanctioning suicide bombings against Israelis and has called for application of strict Islamic law (shariah) in Egypt.

Since the Muslim Brotherhood swept early 2012 parliamentary elections, calls for re-instatement of the dhimmi system (including payment of the jizya by Christians and Jews), and abrogation of the Camp David peace treaty with Israel have been heard from top Brotherhood leadership with increasing insistence.

With so much information so readily available in the open source historical record, it is a real puzzle why Ms. Miliziano would have permitted a representative of such groups--CAIR, HAMAS, the Muslim Brotherhood—to come anywhere near Steinbrenner High students. It may not be expected that the school superintendant or school board chairman would be aware of each and every guest speaker invited into her district schools; however, when concerned citizens, including representatives of the Florida Family Association, led by David Cantor, go to the trouble of directly addressing a school board meeting with the critical information about one of those speakers, Hassan Shibly; create a website (The Education Coalition) dedicated to such information; and even present a personal letter about CAIR, HAMAS, and the Brotherhood written by a highly-respected former FBI agent and expert on the Muslim Brotherhood—then there is no longer any legal alibi for not knowing this information.   

Parents of Steinbrenner High school students: Don’t you want to know why Ms. Miliziano, Ms. Elia, and Ms. Olson allow your children to be placed in direct contact with someone representing such Islamic groups and such Islamic ideology? In the interests of exposing students to a broad range of real world perspectives, would it not be better to teach them the factual foundational tenets of the Islamic supremacist belief system (which is dedicated in its own words to fighting, killing and dying in a quest to conquer the world), rather than bringing in someone like Hassan Shibly, who (if he indeed is a devout practicing Muslim), is obligated to lie about Islam to your students? Surely there are many outstanding experts on Islam, Islamic history and Islamic law, doctrine and scripture who could provide an exceptional—and accurate--presentation for this unit of history. Suggestions gladly provided upon request.

Clare M. Lopez, a senior fellow at the Clarion Fund, writes regularly for ClarionProject.org, and is a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, national defense, and counterterrorism issues. Lopez began her career as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)