Newt Gingrich: Ban Shariah in America [with VIDEO]

By Robert Spencer

Just before his stunning victory in the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich drew the ire of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the deceptive Islamic supremacist group that bamboozles many with its pose as a neutral civil rights organization.  Gingrich, fumed a CAIR spokesman, was "one of the nation's worst promoters of anti-Muslim bigotry."  How did Gingrich earn this dubious honor?  By telling the truth about Islamic law, and making clear his determination to resist it.


It all started last Tuesday, when Gingrich took a question about whether he would ever endorse a Muslim for President.  "It would depend,” Gingrich answered, “entirely on whether they would commit in public to give up Sharia,” the Islamic legal code that mandates stonings, amputations, and restrictions on the freedom of speech and freedom of conscience, and institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims.

"A truly modern person who happened to worship Allah would not be a threat,” Gingrich continued, but “a person who belonged to any kind of belief in Sharia, any effort to impose it on the rest of us, would be a mortal threat."   He even came out in favor of a federal law banning the use of Sharia in American courtrooms.

Gingrich also displayed an admirable grasp of the realities of Sharia, noting that the “rising Islamization of Turkey has been accompanied by a 1,400% increase in women being killed,” and pointing out other negative manifestations of Sharia:  “The application of Sharia in places like Iran … churches being burned in Nigeria and Egypt, and … the decline of Christians in Iraq from a million, 200 thousand, when the Americans arrived, to about 500,000 today.”

Gingrich concluded:  "I think the time has come for us to have an honest conversation about Islamic radicalism.  I don't think we should be intimidated by our political elites, and I don't think we should be intimidated by universities who have been accepting money from the Saudis and who, therefore, now have people who are apologists for the very people who want to kill us."

This isn’t the first time Gingrich has challenged politically correct pieties so directly, and spoken so forthrightly about the realities of Islamic law.  In August 2010, Gingrich made a point that our political elites of both the Left and the Right have still largely failed to grasp:  “This is not a war on terrorism.  Terrorism is an activity. This is a struggle with radical Islamists in both their militant and their stealth form. … One of the things I am going to suggest today is a federal law, which says no court anywhere in the United States under any circumstance is allowed to consider Sharia as a replacement for American law.”

In response to his statements last week, CAIR, which has several of its former officials imprisoned for various terror-related activities, thundered that Gingrich's “outdated political ideas look backward to a time when Catholics and Jews were vilified and their faiths called a threat."

There is just one problem with this:  Catholic and Jewish immigrants to the U.S. never had a political and social system that they considered superior to the American model.  Catholic and Jewish organizations were never working to undermine the American system in the manner of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is dedicated, in its own words, to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house.”

Gingrich would be foolish to ignore that threat or bow to CAIR’s demands to ascribe concern about it to “bigotry.”  CAIR characterized Sharia as teaching “marital fidelity, generous charity and a thirst for knowledge," but left out the unpleasant bits.  Anyone who wants to see what Sharia is like can look to the states where it is implemented, such as Saudi Arabia and Iran.  Western apologists for Sharia claim that it is so multiform that it has no particular character that anyone can point to.  In reality, wherever and whenever Sharia has been implemented, historically and today, it has looked pretty much the same, and has contained elements absolutely inimical to Western notions of freedom and human rights.

Newt Gingrich is one of the few major politicians to acknowledge that the problem America faces today from Islamic jihadists is not simply one of terrorism, but of a larger attempt to insinuate elements of Sharia into American society and to assert the principle that where Sharia and American law conflict, it is American law that must give way.  Gingrich is determined not to allow this principle to advance.  Bravo.

This article originally appear in Jihad Watch.

Sun, August 17, 2014 Rev. Al Sharpton Keynote Speaker at CAIR Banquet

Al Shapton

Al Shapton

Ryan Mauro

Reverend Al Sharpton, host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC and former presidential candidate, will be the keynote speaker at the annual fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity with an extremist history.

CAIR’s 20th Annual Banquet will be held on September 27 in Arlington, Virginia and also features Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).

According to the U.S. Justice Department, CAIR is an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. More specifically, CAIR is part of the Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a secret body that was established to push the agenda of Hamas and the overall Islamist cause.

This is confirmed by Muslim Brotherhood documents.

A July 1994 Palestine Committee meeting agenda says attendees will discuss “future suggestions to develop the work of” CAIR. A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo lists CAIR’s predecessor, the Islamic Association for Palestine, as one of its fronts. Three of CAIR’s founders were leaders in that group.

In 2007, the Justice Department branded CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity found guilty of financing Hamas. The designation was upheld by a federal judge in 2009. The FBI subsequently ended its use of CAIR as an outreach partner, citing evidence linking it to Hamas.

In another terrorism trial in 2007, federal prosecutors stated in a court filing:

“From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists … the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.”

The ongoing extremism of CAIR is evident in its suspicious money transfers, use of Islamist radicals for fundraising, defense of the Jamaat ul-Fuqra terrorist group and the statements of its chapter leaders. CAIR officials questioned whether to honor U.S. soldiers on Memorial Day (prompting outrage from other Muslims)compared the U.S. military to the Taliban and criticized American nationalism.

Sharpton previously spoke for CAIR’s 18th annual banquet on September 29, 2012. He said he was “honored” to be asked to speak for “one of the most important civil rights organizations in the United States today and that is CAIR.”

Speaking at the same event was Imam Siraj Wahhaj, as Clarion reported at the time. Wahhaj has a long and blunt history of extremism. The New York Police Department placed his mosque under surveillance due to evidence of terrorist activity.

In the early 1990s, he preached that the U.S. is “the most wicked government on the face of the earth” and a “garbage can” that he prays “crumbles.”

In 1992, he preached that, “If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate. If we were united and strong, we’d elect our own emir and give allegiance to him.”

Wahhaj also preached that Muslims should prepare for violent jihad, lamented that “some Muslims have lost the desire to fight,” and said, “I will never tell people don’t be violent. That’s not the Islamic way.”

He moderated his preaching after 9/11, particularly as it relates to instituting Islamic sharia law. He said in 2011, The trap we fall into is having a premature discussion about sharia when we are not there yet.”

In September 2013, the NYPD justified its surveillance of Wahhaj’s mosque, Masjid At Taqwa, by revealing evidence that it is connected to terrorism. Its court filing states:

“The NYPD’s investigation of certain individuals associated with Plaintiff Masjid At Taqwa was based upon information about their lengthy history of suspected criminal activity, some of it terroristic in nature. This information includes but is not limited to: illegal weapons trafficking by members of the mosque’s security team and the mosque caretaker both within the mosque and the store adjacent; illegal weapons trafficking by certain attendees of the mosque; allegations that the mosque ran a ‘gun club;’ and allegations that the assistant Imam had earmarked portions of over $200,000 raised in the mosque to a number of US Government-designated terrorist organizations.”

The NYPD also says that the mosque’s security team arranged paintball trips that included at least one convicted terrorist and the participants were referred to as “jihad warriors.” The security team has also learned how to disarm police officers and has held martial arts classes attended by convicted terrorists.

The host of a major cable news show does not belong at a CAIR fundraiser.

The Clarion Project has emailed MSNBC and Sharpton’s National Action Network and will post any response here.



Ryan Mauro is the’s national security analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on Fox News.

Former U.S. Defense Contractor Bankrolled CAIR

Submitted by Emily on Mon, 2014-07-21 04:36


Omar Ahmad - Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant

"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."

- Omar Ahmad
Founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Thu, July 10, 2014 Prominent Islamists Blast NSA for Monitoring Emails

Nihad Awad, (r) founder and executive director of CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Nihad Awad, (r) founder and executive director of CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Ryan Mauro

A 45-member coalition -- including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), two U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities with extremist histories -- is accusing the Obama and Bush Administrations of persecuting the entire Muslim-American community by monitoring the emails of five Muslims with links to terrorists.

The coalition is responding to a new report based on classified documents leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) employee Edward Snowden. It focuses on the monitoring of five Muslim-American activists, including CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. The authors of the report are Glenn Greenwald, who has spoken for at least three CAIR fundraisers, and Murtaza Hussain.

The documents provide about 7,500 email addresses monitored by the U.S. government between 2002 and 2008. This is not a shocking number, especially considering the activists’ histories and that there are 2.75 million Muslim-Americans.

Of these, only 202 are listed as Americans and some of these are multiple accounts held by one user. The authors of the report were able to identify five activists who were being monitored.

The Director of National Intelligence said in a statement it is “entirely false that U.S. intelligence agencies conduct electronic surveillance of political, religious or activist figures solely because they disagree with public policies or criticize the government, or for exercising constitutional rights.”  

Rather, before monitoring, an independent judge from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court must be persuaded that there is strong enough evidence that the subject is linked to terrorism or under the control of a foreign power.

Public information, much of it cited by the authors, links each of the five to Islamist terrorists. The authors of the report admit they do not know what classified information the NSA and FBI is in possession of; nor do they have any evidence that the NSA failed to get a judge’s approval as required.

Yet, the monitoring of these five activists’ emails is depicted as a scandal by the authors of the report and the coalition, depicting this as an assault on the entire Muslim-American community. Further, the coalition includes groups with their own checkered histories like CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Muslim Legal Fund of America.

There are very strong grounds to believe that the government has legitimate reasons for monitoring the five activists. They are as follows:


Nihad Awad, Executive Director of CAIR

Nihad Awad’s emails were monitored by the FBI from July 2006 to February 2008, at which point the surveillance was terminated. In 2007, the Justice Department designated CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a Muslim Brotherhood front in Texas whose leaders were found guilty of financing Hamas.

The Justice Department listed CAIR as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, specifically its secret Palestine Committee that was set up to support Hamas.

In 2009, a federal judge upheld the designation because of “ample” evidence. The FBI stopped using CAIR as an outreach partner because of evidence linking it to Hamas.

In another court case in 2007, federal prosecutors stated in a court filing:

“From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists … the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.”

Nihad Awad was the Public Relations Director for the Islamic Association for Palestine, a Muslim Brotherhood front founded by a senior Hamas operative. The FBI recorded a secret Hamas/Brotherhood meeting in Philadelphia in 1993, which Awad was present for, where they discussed the need to create a new front with clean tracks. Awad and another meeting participant founded CAIR the next year.

In 1993, Awad said, “I am in support of the Hamas movement more than the PLO.” Awad told Greenwald that he does not support Hamas and made that statement before Hamas began carrying out suicide attacks, but the Investigative Project on Terrorism has proven that false.

Even if it were accurate, Hamas was formed as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and was violent and extreme from the beginning. Its charter talks about the killing of Jews as being the fulfillment of Islamic prophecy.

In 2004, Awad refused to condemn Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups in an Arabic interview with Al-Jazeera. Instead, he called them “liberation movements.” This tactic of saying different things to English and Arabic audiences was talked about in the 1993 meeting. Most recently, Awad tweeted in Arabic that the prosecution of Sami al-Arian on terrorism charges was due to an Israeli conspiracy.

CAIR continues to have radical leaders and engage in highly suspicious financial activity. The Clarion Project’s documented profile of CAIR can be read here.

In discussing CAIR, Greenwald and Hussain mention its “political moderation” and suggest it is the victim of political persecution by anti-Muslim bigots influencing the government. They write that CAIR became a “primary target of hardline neoconservatives after 911” and has been “publicly maligned as terrorist supporters by the Muslim-focused fringes of the far right.”

For CAIR to be “moderate,” the Justice Department, FBI and Judge Solis would all have to be a part of this anti-Muslim conspiracy. So would the Muslim Brotherhood, whose own internal documents show its ties to CAIR and Awad.

Even Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who no one could say is “far right,” talked about CAIR’s “ties to terrorism” in 2003. Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Barbara Boxer have also acknowledged CAIR’s extremism, though they subsequently continued to work with the group.


Agha Saeed of the American Muslim Task Force

Agha Saeed’s emails were monitored by the FBI from June 2007 until at least May 2008, when the documents state that the surveillance needed renewing.

In 1999, Saeed spoke at an ISNA conference (which, like CAIR, is an unindicted co-conspirator and U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity). He said in his speech, “United Nations has a resolution …which says …     people in Palestine have the right to resist their oppression by using all means including armed resistance.”

The quote caused Hillary Clinton to return a $50,000 donation from one of Saeed’s organizations during her Senate race in 2000. She said his speech was “offensive and outrageous.”

In the Greenwald report, Saeed says that the NSA may have been concerned by his friendship with Sami al-Arian, a senior leader of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network who was convicted of being a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader.

In 1995, federal authorities raided the home of Al-Arian and found a plan they believed he authored. It instructed his colleagues “to infiltrate the sensitive intelligence agencies or the embassies in order to collect information and building close relationships with the people in charge of these establishments.”

Al-Arian’s orders were to “collect information from those relatives and friends who work in sensitive positions in government.”

Al-Arian and another secret Muslim Brotherhood partner, Abdurrahman Alamoudi, had astounding success in this endeavor, especially in regards to the Bush Administration with help from anti-tax activist Grover Norquist. Alamoudi was convicted on terrorism charges in 2004.

Saeed’s American Muslim Political Coordination Council Political Action Committee endorsed then-Governor Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000. Ironically, Greenwald reports that Saeed was among a group of Muslim activists due to meet with President Bush on September 11, 2001, but the terrorist attacks caused its cancellation.

Another person involved in the Islamist network friendly with Norquist and the Bush Administration was Faisal Gil, another activist monitored by the NSA.


Faisal Gill, Former Homeland Security Official

Faisal Gill’s emails were monitored by the FBI from April 2006 until February 2008 when the surveillance was terminated.

Gill was a spokesman for the American Muslim Council, the organization led by Alamoudi before he was arrested on terrorism-related charges. Gil claims he only met Alamoudi few times despite his prominent position.

In 2001, Gill became the director of governmental affairs for the Islamic Free Market Institute. This organization was founded by Norquist and Alamoudi’s close aide. As we chronicled here, the Institute had strong links to Islamist groups at this time.

After the 9/11 attacks, Gill joined the White House Office of Homeland Security, listing Norquist as a reference. He then became the policy director for the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence division. He was suspended after it was reported that the FBI discovered that he did not disclose his links to Alamoudi’s organization in his paperwork. Gill was then cleared.

In 2007, Gill ran for the Virginia House of Delegates as a Republican candidate and lost. His campaign received $3,000 from three companies belonging to the Safa Group, a Muslim Brotherhood-linked group in Virginia that was raided as part of a terrorism investigation after 9/11. The Safa Group also financed the Islamic Free Market Institute.

Greenwald reports that Gill travelled to Sudan in 2007 as part of work with his law firm that he formed with Asim Ghafour, another target of surveillance. The pair met with officials from the Sudanese government, which is designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism by the U.S. State Department.

The meetings were to discuss representing Sudan in a lawsuit by victims of Al-Qaeda terrorism. The report says “Ghafoor was ultimately retained, and Gill performed the contract work on one case.”

To be fair, former government employees often do business with foreign governments. However, Sudan is a State Sponsor of Terrorism. This relationship alone may not warrant surveillance, but it certainly gives credence to the Intelligence Community’s claim that it had some kind of undisclosed justification for the monitoring.


Asim Ghafoor, lawyer and former congressional staffer

Asim Ghafoor’s emails were monitored by the FBI from March 2005 until at least March 2008 when the documents show the surveillance needed renewing.

Greenwald reports that Ghafoor worked as a legislative assistant for Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX), who was in office from 2007 to 2011. Ghafoor left his position not long after the 9/11 attacks to pursue work in the private sector.

In 2003, the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a charity based in Saudi Arabia that had its assets frozen by the U.S. government because of its links to Al-Qaeda, hired him. As the report explains, this led to him being hired by other suspicious characters like Osama Bin Laden’s brother-in-law.

As previously mentioned, Ghafoor also did business with the government of Sudan starting in 2007 with Faisal Gill.

In his interview with Greenwald, Ghafoor claimed he was monitored just because he has a Muslim name, Indian parents, and went to Saudi Arabia to fulfil his religious obligation of pilgrimage.


Hooshang Amirahmadi

Hooshang Amirahmadi’s emails were monitored by the FBI from August 2007 until at least May 2008 when the documents show the surveillance needed renewing.

As Greenwald reports, Amirahamdi is the president of the American Iranian Council. He has been a professor at Rutgers University since 1983 and used to be the director of the school’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

He has a reputation as a non-religious moderate. He twice tried to run for president of Iran but the regime rejected his candidacy. He alternatively refers to himself as a “secular Muslim” or an atheist. However, the Iranian government (a designated State Sponsor of Terrorism) apparently found him useful.

The Alavi Foundation, an Iranian government front linked to its nuclear program and propaganda campaign in the U.S., donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Rutgers University.

Greenwald acknowledges that the Alavi Foundation contributed to Amirahamdi’s operations at the school and that Amirahmadi said in 2007 that allegations that Iran sponsors terrorism are a “myth.” He also stated, “Hezbollah and Hamas are not terrorist organizations, they are defending their country and their nations.”



Based on these backgrounds, it isn’t hard to imagine that the NSA and FBI have strong classified evidence to justify its monitoring of these five activists. CAIR, ISNA and their coalition are using dramatic rhetoric to persuade audiences into assuming the NSA is guilty and their activist allies are innocent.

The coalition’s letter to President Obama says federal, state and local agencies are “targeting entire communities—particularly American Muslims—for secret surveillance based on their race, religion, ethnicity or national origin.”

CAIR says “The Obama administration continues to allow some government agencies to treat Americans as objects of suspicion.”

The group also stated, “This is an outrageous continuation of civil rights-era surveillance of minority community leadership elements who see threats in all patriotic dissent.”

ISNA President Magid went so far as to say that the NSA’s monitoring lacked probable cause, even though the NSA’s evidence is secret. He claimed, “This news report only confirms our worst suspicions: American Muslims have been subjected to profiling and surveillance by the NSA neither without probable cause nor in the act of committing any crime.” 

The Muslim Public Affairs Council stated, “All of the surveillance victims appear to have been targeted because of their Muslim backgrounds and their activities defending Muslims.”

Their hysteria is not in harmony with the facts and numbers. We’re talking about five Muslim-American activists, each with backgrounds pf concern, over a six-year period. Even if you consider the total of 202 American email addresses that were monitored, the number is miniscule compared to a total of 2.75 million Muslim-Americans.

The Islamist propaganda machine is distorting the justified surveillance of five Muslim-American personalities who have been supportive of terrorist groups into a picture of persecution of the entire Muslim-American community.


Ryan Mauro is the’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on top-tier TV stations as an expert on counterterrorism and Islamic extremism.

CAIR Leader Edits Tweet On Sami Al-Arian For His Western Readers

Submitted by Emily on Tue, 2014-07-08 11:06


Sun, July 6, 2014 CAIR Rep: Nationalism Pumped Into Muslims to Weaken Islam

Ryan Mauro

In yet another blow to the contrived “moderate” image of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the leader of its Michigan chapter expressed his unhappiness with Independence Day and marked the holiday with anti-American statements. This follows CAIR officials’ questioning of whether to honor fallen U.S. soldiers on Memorial Day. The remarks were swiftly condemned by Muslims appreciative of the U.S. military.

The comments about Independence Day were made by Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR-Michigan. He has a history of anti-Americanism, vilifying the U.S. government and support for the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Fourth of July tweets are below:


Last month, another CAIR official named Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of CAIR-Florida, described nationalism as a plot against Islam. Shibly, like Walid, has a history of extremism. His June 9 comment on Facebook is below:


For Islamists, patriotism or nationalism collides with their ideology because they see the global community of Muslims (called the ummah) as a single body, like a unified ethnicity, political party or nation. Much like Americans do not want fellow citizens to be loyal to a foreign country, Islamists do not want the first loyalty of Muslims to be to the U.S.

Thus, Shibly’s message puts Muslim-Americans in the position of having to choose patriotism or their faith. It is an anti-American theme that inevitably makes his audience view the U.S. government as hostile to their beliefs.

The U.S. Justice Department describes CAIR as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and labeled it an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism-financing trial in American history. In another case in 2007, federal prosecutors stated that CAIR’s founders “agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.”

CAIR presents itself as the moderate face of the Muslim-American community, but a 2011 Gallup poll found that only about 12% of Muslim-Americans consider CAIR to be the organization that most represents their interests.

A truly moderate Muslim-American organization would fire Walid and other officials who disparage American holidays and U.S. soldiers and have extremist outbursts. Instead, they continue to serve in CAIR for years without any change in conduct.

CAIR’s silence in the wake of its officials’ comments speaks volumes.

Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR - I want government in U.S. to be Islamic

"I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the US to be Islamic at some time in the future, but I'm not going to do anything violent to promote that. I'm going to use education."

- Ibrahim Hooper
Spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Mon, June 9, 2014 CAIR & Interfaith Friends Rally Behind Terrorist Bomber

Ryan Mauro

The Islamists and their interfaith friends are taking up the case of Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, a woman that lied on her immigration papers about having been convicted by Israel of perpetrating a terrorist bombing that killed two people. Predictably, the coalition is claiming she’s a victim of an anti-Muslim campaign by the U.S. government.

Odeh was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a group supported by the Assad regime in Syria that the U.S. government officially considers to be a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The State Department says its terrorist attacks include airline hijackings that killed a total of 20 Americans. The PFLP continues to hatch terror plots, though none succeeded last year. The group confirms that it gets training from Hezbollah.

Odeh, who is now 66 years old, was involved in the bombing of a grocery store in Jerusalem in 1969 that killed two Israeli students. She was also involved in two other bombings targeting the British consulate. She was convicted, spent 10 years in prison and then released as part of a prisoner swap.

She moved to the U.S. in 1995 and became a U.S. citizen in Michigan in 2004. She was indicted in October 2013 for immigration fraud.

“In her immigration documents filed in the United States, the indictment alleges, Odeh omitted her arrest, conviction and imprisonment overseas, which were material facts for the United States government in determining whether to grant her citizenship, the FBI press release states.

The leaders of behind Odeh’s defense ahead of her June 10 trial boast that over 100 organizations have joined in and over 3,000 people have signed an International Action Center petition. The document says it was started by a group named the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. The petition, which leaves out any mention of her membership in PFLP or conviction, has about 900 signatures.

The Islamists are trying to make Odeh a pop culture icon in their community by selling “I Support Rasmea” shirts. The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and American Muslims for Palestine are among those selling the shirts and portraying her as an innocent victim. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is also a supporter of Odeh’s.

American Muslims for Palestine even honored Odeh at a recent fundraiser. CAIR-Chicago held an event on May 19 titled, “Criminalizing Immigrants: The Case of Rasmea Odeh.” It described her as a victim of “selective prosecution of key activists in the Palestinian and anti-war solidarity communities.”

The U.S. Palestinian Community Network (which is run by Odeh’s boss) and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression are using the case to push a broader message. A joint statement reads, “[We] denounce this attempt at harassment and intimidation, and call on all organizers and activists around the country to remember: Don’t talk to the FBI!” [emphasis original]

The pro-Odeh coalition led by the U.S. Palestinian community Network and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression includes a number of non-Muslim religious groups and activists.

Father Robert Bossie is a Catholic priest and political activist. In a published letter, he describes bringing Catholics studying for ministry to the Arab American Action Network (where Odeh is Associate Director) to learn about the Middle East conflict.

Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago has also published a letter saying her indictment “must be viewed within this wider context of widespread attempts to intimidate people into silence. It is also an illustration of our unwarranted and draconian enforcement of our immigration laws.”

A Quaker group called the American Friends Service Committee (Chicago) claims her indictment is “further evidence of government harassment of Arab and Muslim residents in the United States, and adds fuel to Islamophobic and anti-Arab discrimination that has spread throughout our country and influenced our nation’s policy since 9/11.”

Another member of the coalition is the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, an interfaith alliance. Its members include the Mennonite Palestine Israel Network in Iowa and the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights based in Texas.

The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation also has a faith-based wing called the Interfaith Boycott Coalition that includes Jewish Voice for Peace, the Presbyterian Church USA’s Israel-Palestine Mission Network, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s Palestine-Israel Network, United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network and Response, the United Methodist Kairos Response and others.

These Christian and Jewish organizations are being won over by false Islamist propaganda that the U.S. government has a hidden anti-Muslim agenda. They have teamed up with a group that tells Americans not to talk to the FBI in order to defend a Palestinian terrorist that killed two innocent students in a terrorist bombing.

There is a documentary from 2004 that features Odeh and a terrorist colleague named Ayesha Oudeh that was also involved in the bombing. As the National Review points out, Ayesha details their involvement in the bombing and says Odeh “was more involved than I was” in it.

The Islamist-aligned coalition, consisting of both religious and non-religious political groups, claims she was tortured into a confession by the Israelis. Even if that were true, it doesn’t change the fact that she lied on her papers to become a U.S. citizen.

Basil Joffe, whose brother was killed in Odeh’s bombing, said he “just about vomited” when her learned that various organizations were coming to her aid. He described his brother’s corpse as so burnt that it was almost unidentifiable. The other victim was his brother’s best friend.

Odeh maintains extremist ties in the U.S. She is now the Associate Director of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, Illinois. Its director, Hatem Abudayyeh, had his home raided by the FBI in September 2010 because of alleged links to the PFLP and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a non-Muslim terrorist group. Odeh’s arrest is seen as a result of this investigation.

“The U.S. and Israel will continue to describe Hamas, Hezbollah and the other Palestinian and Lebanese resistance organizations as ‘terrorists,’ but the real terrorists are the governments and military forces of the U.S. and Israel,” Abudayyeh said in 2006.

Abuddayeh also leads another group in Chicago named the U.S. Palestinian Community Network. Both of his organizations are working hard to defend Odeh. This second group was registered by Rafeeq Jaber, former president of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a pro-Hamas group that is the predecessor to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

The IAP became defunct after it lost a $156 million lawsuit that accused it of contributing to the murder of an American by Hamas. The U.S. government also listed the IAP as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a secret body set up to push the Hamas agenda. A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood document identifies IAP as one of its fronts.

Jaber also was the Secretary of the Mosque Foundation in Chicago, another group with an extensive history of radicalism and ties to the Muslim Brotherhood’s pro-Hamas network in the U.S.

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression, a main group defending Odeh, attacks the official leading the investigation that led to the 2010 raids and presumably her arrest. The attack is based on the fact that he prosecuted five officials from the Holy Land Foundation, a Muslim Brotherhood front that was financing Hamas. Of course, that’s not what the page says. It says they are imprisoned for “providing charity to children in Gaza.”

The Islamists’ interfaith allies reflexively assume the worst of the U.S. government and the best of the Islamists. They should look further – at least as far back as 1979 when two innocent students were incinerated and ten others maimed for the crime of buying groceries.


Lawfare: CAIR Canada Sues Prime Minister for LIbel

Submitted by Emily on Thu, 2014-05-29 10:50

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