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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.

Thu, November 27, 2014 Islamists Exploit Ferguson Riots to Promote 'Resistance' in U.S.

A tweet from an Islamic State militant

A tweet from an Islamic State militant

by: 
Ryan Mauro

The Islamic State (known by the acronyms of IS, ISIS or ISIL) is exploiting the ongoing violence in Ferguson, Missouri over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer for shooting and killing an 18-year old African-American.

The Islamic State members are taking to social media to encourage encouraging rioters to murder and behead police and political figures. One high-profile Islamic State operative said the group would send fighters to Ferguson if the rioters pledge allegiance to its caliph. In a hand-written note, the operative said:

“We hear you and we will help you if you accept Islam and reject corrupt man-made laws like democracy and pledge your allegiance to Caliph Abu Bakr… and then we will shed our blood for you, and send you soldiers that don’t sleep, whose drink is blood and their play is carnage!”

Many of the tweets by the Islamic State supporters and members describe the shooting death of Michael Brown as a terrorist attack and equate the police officers to U.S. and Israeli military forces. The objective is to make the rioters identify with jihadists as if their struggles are one in spite of religious differences.

The Islamic State is aggressively using hashtags related to the Ferguson crisis and arguing that the instability is proof that the U.S. and democracies overall are inherently oppressive. Sharia governance is advertised as a superior system where blacks will not be victimized by racism.

The Islamic State is also trying to reach this audience by citing instances of anti-Muslim and anti-black bigotry and responding with bigotry of their own against whites. The KKK’s involvement and approval of violence in Ferguson, for example, plays right into the hands of the Islamic State.

Below are some of the tweets:

One tweet about Ferguson mocked the U.S. proposal to arm moderate Syrian rebels against the Islamic State:

One even featured Mr. Burns from “The Simpsons” cartoon television show:

 

American Islamists Incorporate Ferguson Into Their Narrative

Other Islamist groups are also exploiting the mayhem in Ferguson to advance their adversarial views of the U.S. government and police.

Most frighteningly, he reportedly told African-Americans to rise up against the U.S. government as the Palestinians have risen up against Israel. In August, he justified the terrorism of Hamas against Israel and compared it to the struggle of blacks in America.

In front of 2,000 attendees in Maryland, Farrakhan happily proclaimed, “They know an explosion is going to come.” The reaction was not shock or a worried silence. It was cheers.

Islamists with softer tones like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) are also using the Ferguson situation to increase their influence.

CAIR was recently designated as a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates. The U.S. Justice Department listed it as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee; a secret body established to support Hamas. In addition, CAIR was labeled an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, the Holy Land Foundation, for financing Hamas. It was the largest terror-funding trial in U.S. history.

Zahra Billoo, the director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter, is citing the grand jury’s decision against indicting Officer Darren Wilson as part of a “tyranny” that must be challenged with “resistance.”

One of Billoo's messages is that American police raids against criminal suspects are equivalent to U.S. military raids on overseas terrorists; both being equally deplorable.

The Ferguson crisis must be understood as the product of a mindset that views the U.S. government and law enforcement as so predatory that violence or even revolution is justifiable. Islamist activism contributes to this destructive view.

The Islamists create an environment of exaggerated victimhood where it is believed that innocent Muslims are being systematically targeted by a U.S. government “war on Islam.”

Shibly is leading CAIR’s campaign to stop FBI meetings with mosque leaders to ask for counter-terrorism information, claiming that the FBI has nefarious intentions. The FBI says it is part of “normal outreach” done with various communities.

Islamic extremism doesn’t just promote Islamic violence and hostile views. Its anti-American themes can do the same among non-Muslims too.

 

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio.

 

Wed, November 26, 2014 UAE Doubles Down on Designation of CAIR as Terrorists

CAIR executive director Nihad Awad on CNN

CAIR executive director Nihad Awad on CNN

by: 
Ryan Mauro

Despite heavy pressure and negative media coverage, the United Arab Emirates is standing by its decision to designate the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim American Society (MAS) and other Islamist organizations as terrorist groups.

Senior UAE officials have responded to the criticism by restating that CAIR, MAS and other Muslim groups in the West are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, promote extremism, and incite and finance terrorism.

The UAE banned CAIR and MAS along with approximately 80 other organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood itself. CAIR and MAS are both U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities.

By calling out European and American affiliates of the Brotherhood, the UAE is trying to bring attention to the Islamists’ influence in and danger to the West.

“[The list is] a clear message to the world about the UAE’s stance against terrorism, extremism and fanaticism, focusing on and putting a cordon around all subversive entities that seek to undermine the security and stability of the state and seeks to protect the community from extremist ideology,” a top UAE official said.

The objective is “to cut off access to all forms of material and moral support for terrorism, to drain its resources, to prevent the incitement of terrorist crimes, to prevent the praising of terrorism and to work to stop the spreading of such crimes or any encouragement of the committing of them.”

In an televised interview, UAE Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan was asked about the specific designations of CAIR and MAS as terrorists.

“We cannot accept incitement or [terror] funding when we look at some of these organizations. For many countries, the definition of terror is that you have to carry a weapon and terrorize people. For us, it’s far beyond that. We cannot tolerate even the smallest and tiniest amount of terrorism,” he answered.

CAIR proved the UAE’s point earlier this month when its San Francisco Bay Area chapter held a 20th anniversary fundraising banquet that honored convicted Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist Sami Al-Arian with a “Promoting Justice Award.”

CAIR continues to claim that Al-Arian was unjustly tried, despite the overwhelming evidence against him and his conviction in court. However, CAIR cannot deny is that Al-Arian's radical rhetoric is on record. CAIR is upholding an Islamist extremist with a subversive agenda.

UAE State Foreign Affairs Minister Anwar Gargash implied that CAIR, MAS and other U.S. and European groups banned by his country are part of a pro-Muslim Brotherhood lobby.

“The noise (by) some Western organizations over the UAE’s terrorism list originates in groups that are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and many of them work on incitement and creating an environment of extremism,” Gargash tweeted.

He also tweeted on November 20 that the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood "wear a cloak of democracy and liberalism.”

Gargash defended the UAE’s terrorism-designation process by saying listed groups may defend themselves in the court system if they wish. The possibility of delisting, however, is only “available to the organizations whose approach has changed.”

The UAE’s designation stems from new anti-terror legislation enacted by the Emirates last summer. Article 33 of the legislation mandates an annual review of the list. A banned group is also free to file an appeal. If the initial appeal is refused, the group may file a second appeal within 60 days. If the court does not respond to the initial appeal after 60 days, the defendant may also file a second appeal.

In multiple tweets, Gargash argued that the UAE provides a better model for moderation and prosperity in the region than the Brotherhood, even going so far as to distribute a newspaper column by Thomas Friedman arguing that Dubai sparked the Arab Spring by being the “Manhattan of the Arab world.”

Gargash complimented the article and called out those in the West who “do not see the devastating effects of extremism in the Arab world.”

The designation of CAIR by a Muslim Arab country puts the organization in a difficult spot. CAIR cannot attack the UAE as bigoted Islamophobes, as is its usual strategy with its critics. Moreover, CAIR previously enjoyed friendly relations with the UAE and has received major donations from them.

As CAIR-Florida official Nezar Hamze acknowledged, “[CAIR Executive Director] Nihad [Awad] has had a long relationship with the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries because they travel quite a bit and they talk.”

Even though CAIR runs an alleged scheme to hide foreign donors, its 2007 tax filing shows donations of approximately $220,000 from the UAE Embassy in Washington D.C.; $100,000 from the National Bank of Fujairah in the UAE; $100,000 from the Red Crescent in Abu Dhabi and $45,000 from Bin Hammodah Properties Co. in Abu Dhabi. That’s close to $465,000 from UAE sources in one year alone.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have also banned the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. The Egyptian government praised the UAE’s list, specifically singling out its designation of the Brotherhood.

Jordan says it will not ban the Brotherhood, but it did arrest a senior Brotherhood official Zaki Bani Arshid for responding to the UAE’s list by describing the UAE’s government as “the first sponsor of terrorism.”

Meanwhile, CAIR is forcefully denying any links to terrorism or extremism and spinning the U.S. State Department’s statement that the U.S. does not consider CAIR terrorists into a complete vindication.

Yet when Awad was pressed about CAIR’s Muslim Brotherhood links on CNN, even though he responded with a denial, Awad defended the Muslim Brotherhood:

“We have never been linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. We are not. We are an independent American organization …the Muslim Brotherhood, speaking of the Muslim Brotherhood, is not a terrorist organization. It is widely recognized as a popular movement in the Middle East and the Muslim world and CAIR is not a Muslim Brotherhood organization.”

When CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota pointed out the Brotherhood’s history of violence, Awad falsely claimed that the Brotherhood has renounced violence and described the organization as the “largest social opposition to the dictatorial regimes.”

Awad finished by repeating his claim that CAIR is a moderate civil liberties group and that his group “is not linked to any domestic or international organizations.”

However, Awad’s claims contradict the determinations of federal prosecutors, the Justice Department, the FBI, federal judges, countless terrorism experts and the Muslim Brotherhood’s own internal documents.

In a television debate with the author, a CAIR spokesperson denied the existence of U.S. government documents and quotes by federal prosecutors about CAIR’s connections to the Brotherhood, even as they were shown on camera, read aloud and publicly available on the internet.

The UAE recognizes that extremist ideas cause extremist behaviors. It cannot afford to take half-measures in a region as dangerous as the Middle East.

Two messages are being sent to the U.S. and Europe by the UAE:

First, the West’s overlooking of the Islamist ideology and focusing on its byproduct, terrorism, is like a doctor treating symptoms instead of the disease. As eloquently stated by former FBI agent Nathan Garrett in the film Grand Deception, “We’re not talking about a gun. We’re talking about the man holding the gun?”

Secondly, Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the West are successfully presenting themselves as moderates while shutting down criticism of Islamism.

For the UAE, the backlash from the pro-Brotherhood lobby in the U.S. only reinforces the necessity of what it has done.

The UAE wants the West to wake up, but it isn’t going to sit around waiting for that to happen.

 

For a more information on CAIR and their extremist connections, click here

For more information about MAS, click here.

 

Watch interview with CAIR head who tries to deny his organization's proven ties to Muslim Brotherhood

Tue, November 25, 2014 CAIR in Damage Control Mode After Terrorist Designation

Federal officers outside the largest Islamic charity in America, the Holyland Foundation. The foundation's officers were convicted in the largest terror-funding case in U.S. history for funnelling money to . CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case.

Federal officers outside the largest Islamic charity in America, the Holyland Foundation. The foundation's officers were convicted in the largest terror-funding case in U.S. history for funnelling money to . CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case.

by: 
Ryan Mauro

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is happily distributing a video of a U.S. State Department spokesman saying that the U.S. government does not consider CAIR and the Muslim American Society to be terrorists, as the United Arab Emirates  has just done.

The State Department’s comment is not a vindication; it’s old news. The State Department reiterated what we already know: The U.S. government hasn’t labeled them as terrorist groups, just as it hasn’t labeled the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group (as the UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have done).

However, the U.S. government has acknowledged their Muslim Brotherhood linkages. Here’s what the State Department said:

“The United States does not consider these two U.S. groups to be terrorist organizations, but we are seeking more information from the government of the UAE about why that designation was done by them and their background, what their information is.”

That’s not exactly a passionate defense of CAIR and MAS. It’s a statement of fact. It does not deny that these groups are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, nor is it an endorsement of their supposed moderation.

The State Department’s comments also do not reflect the entirety of how the U.S. government views CAIR and MAS.

From 2006 to 2008, the FBI monitored the email account of Nihad Awad, CAIR’s Executive-Director and co-founder. 

In 2007, the U.S. Justice Department designated CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a charity that financed Hamas. The Justice Department specifically listed CAIR as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee; its section devoted to covertly assisting Hamas.

In another 2007 court case, federal prosecutors said, “MAS was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.”

That court filing also said:  “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.”

In 2008, the FBI changed its policy to officially bar field offices from using CAIR as an outreach partner.

In April 2009, the FBI Office of Congressional Affairs said, “Until we can resolve whether there continues to be a relationship between CAIR or its executives with Hamas, the FBI does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner.”

In 2009, Judge Solis upheld the designation of CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator, but also ruled that its designation should not have been made public. Yet, he found that the U.S. government provided “ample evidence” linking CAIR to the Holy Land Foundation and Hamas to justify the designation.

In 2013, the Justice Department said the FBI ended its use of CAIR as an outreach partner “to ensure that the FBI is not supporting individuals who support extremist or terrorist ideologies.”

This single-sentence response by the State Department is not a summary of the U.S. government’s assessment of CAIR and MAS. It is an reiteration of the obvious fact that these groups are allowed to operate and have not been prosecuted.

When you look at the entirety of the U.S. government’s statements about CAIR and MAS, what you find is confirmation of what these groups deny: That they are Islamists with Muslim Brotherhood origins.

 

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio.

Colonel Richard Kemp - Sharia tortures people, it executes people

"Violent Islamic Jihad is the most ambitious imperial project that the world has seen for many, many years – an attempt to reesstablish a caliphate which brings the sharia law across large parts of the world.

And the sharia law, let's not forget what it does. It tortures people, it executes people, it cuts people's hands off, it subordinates women, it  deprives women of rights. It deprives women of education."

- Colonel Richard Kemp
Former commander of British forces in Afghanistan

CAIR Muslim Brotherhood Affiliate

"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"

- Federal prosecutors in a court filing
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs SABRl BENKAHLA "

Tue, November 18, 2014 CAIR Protests Designation as Terrorist Group

CAIR's Executive Director and Founder Nihad Awad (L) and National Legislative Director Corey Saylor announcing the release of their agitprop report on

CAIR's Executive Director and Founder Nihad Awad (L) and National Legislative Director Corey Saylor announcing the release of their agitprop report on "Islamophobia," whose aim was to shut down discussion on Islamism.

by: 
Ryan Mauro

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Muslim American Society (CAIR) and Islamic Relief Worldwide, the parent organization of Islamic Relief USA, are protesting the United Arab Emirates after the Muslim-majority country banned them alongside 80 other groups including the Muslim Brotherhood.

The United Arab Emirates banned the Muslim Brotherhood, as Egypt and Saudi Arabia have done, but went several steps further by listing Brotherhood entities in Europe and the U.S. In taking this step, the UAE made a conscious decision to expose these groups as Brotherhood affiliates.

In response, the American-Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), a Muslim group opposed to Islamism, said the ban is counterproductive. The organization argues:

“Ideally, the UAE’s move would cause individuals associated with these groups and broader American society at large to see these organizations for what they really are: purveyors of Islamist apologetics and the malignancy of supremacism. Unfortunately, however, this list will do no such thing. Rather, it places CAIR in exactly the position they most enjoy: that of the victim.”

The AIFD says bans do not undermine the Islamist ideology, especially because governments like those in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar “just want a single tribe to control the Islamist government rather than a populist movement.”

These are valid points worth considering, however, the Muslim Brotherhood qualifies as a terrorist organization. Hamas, the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, is officially branded a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department.

In America, the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood set up a section called the Palestine Committee with the specific objective of financing Hamas. This was accomplished by the Holy Land Foundation, an entity of the Palestine Committee, until it was shut down. CAIR is another entity of the Palestine Committee according to the U.S. Justice Department.

These Brotherhood-linked groups are now responding to the press attention by asking the UAE for explanations. One group, the Muslim American Society (MAS), said it would try to get help from the U.S. government.

Another group banned by the UAE is the Muslim American Society (MAS). This organization was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America,” according to federal prosecutors in a 2008 court filing. The Clarion Project has documented MAS’ history of extremism, including its Brotherhood links and its leadership’s affection for Hamas.

MAS issued a press release says it is “shocked” and “perplexed” by the news and wants an official UAE explanation. It describes itself as a “religious community service organization” without a presence in the UAE.

MAS boasted earlier this year about its involvement with the U.S. government and interfaith groups. The MAS statement says, “We would also like to seek the help of our government to address this issue.”

The listed media contact for MAS is Oussama Jamal, the Secretary-General of a new Islamist political coalition consisting of at least seven radical groups. Jamal is also a senior official with the Hamas-tied Mosque Foundation, has questioned whether Arabs were involved in 9/11 and says the U.S. government’s counter-terrorism investigations are part of a “Zionist agenda.”

Jamal also endorsed a letter this year that protests the Islamic State terrorist group but endorses sharia law and its brutal hudud punishments and the rebuilding of a caliphate. Its language also exempts Hamas from its condemnation of terrorists.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) had a similar reaction and said the UAE’s action is “bizarre” and “shocking” and demanded that the UAE removed its name, as well as that of MAS and other “civil society” groups.

“There is absolutely no factual basis for the inclusion CAIR and other American and European civil rights and advocacy groups on this list. Like the rest of the mainstream institutions representing the American Muslim community, CAIR’s advocacy model is the antithesis of the narrative of violent extremists,” CAIR says.

CAIR then defends itself by mentioning that it endorsed the aforementioned letter against the Islamic State that supposedly proves it is moderate. However, the letter, as mentioned above, endorses sharia law and its brutal hudud punishments and the rebuilding of a caliphate. Its language also exempts Hamas from its condemnation of terrorists.

CAIR was labeled an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity named the Holy Land Foundation for financing Hamas. The Justice Department listed it as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee; a secret body established to support Hamas.

In a statement to the Clarion Project, Islamic Relief Worldwide said:

“On November 15, the United Arab Emirates designated over 80 groups as ‘terrorist organizations,’ including Islamic Relief. Islamic Relief is a purely humanitarian organization and categorically denies links with terrorism. We will be engaging with the UAE authorities to seek the removal of this wrongful decision.”

The Clarion Project has documented Islamic Relief USA’s history of extremist links. For example, Islamic Relief USA’s Director of Fund Development and Senior National Director, Azhar Azeez, is now the President of the Islamic Society of North America, a group that the U.S. Justice Department designated as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-financing trial along with CAIR.

The Justice Department also listed Azeez’s group as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity. Azeez also signed the aforementioned letter that endorses sharia governance and the rebuilding of the Caliphate.

The Israeli government banned Islamic Relief Worldwide this summer due to alleged Hamas links. In 2006, Israel arrested and deported IRW’s Gaza project director for financing Hamas. The Israelis said he admitted to working with Hamas entities in the region.

At least three IRW offices have a working relationship with a Hamas affiliate in Turkey named the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, more commonly known by the acronym of IHH. There are very strong indications that Islamic Relief USA also does. IHH is banned as a terrorist organization in Israel, Germany and the Netherlands and a bi-partisan majority of the U.S. Congress wants to do the same.

Altogether, the Clarion Project has identified nine current or former senior Islamic Relief USA officials with links to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and/or the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. Several have expressed support for Hamas or Muslim Brotherhood leaders that support Hamas like former Egyptian President Morsi and Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi.

By labeling these American organizations such as CAIR, MAS and IRW as terrorists along with the Muslim Brotherhood, the UAE has thrown down the gauntlet. The UAE wants the world to know that the Brotherhood operates legally in the West through front groups.

The UAE had to know the backlash this move would cause. It decided it was worth it. That is a testament to how concerned the UAE is about the Muslim Brotherhood in America and Europe.

 

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio.

Sun, November 16, 2014 United Arab Emirates Bans CAIR as Terrorist Group

Ibrahim Hooper (L) CAIR's national communications director and spokesperson; Nihad Awad (R), founder and executive director of CAIR (Photo: © Reuters)

Ibrahim Hooper (L) CAIR's national communications director and spokesperson; Nihad Awad (R), founder and executive director of CAIR (Photo: © Reuters)

by: 
Ryan Mauro

The United Arab Emirates has joined Egypt and Saudi Arabia in listing the Muslim Brotherhood as a banned terrorist group with 81 other groups, including many Brotherhood affiliates. The list includes two U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities and one British group with a branch in America: the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the U.K.-based Islamic Relief Worldwide, the parent organization of Islamic Relief USA.

CAIR was labeled an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity named the Holy Land Foundation for financing Hamas. The U.S. Justice Department also listed CAIR as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a secret body established to support Hamas.

MAS was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America,” federal prosecutors said in a 2008 court filing. Abdurrahman Alamoudi, a convicted terrorism-financier and admitted member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, testified in 2012, “Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Islamic Relief Worldwide/Islamic Relief USA has extensive Muslim Brotherhood links. Israel banned the group this summer for financing Hamas, and it is also known to work closely with a Hamas-linked group in Turkey.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been calling for a Gulf coalition against the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran since 2012. In March, the UAE pledged to work with Saudi Arabia after it branded the Brotherhood as a terrorist group, but the UAE did not officially do the same until now.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have put tremendous pressure on Qatar for its support of Islamist terrorists including the Muslim Brotherhood. The UAE teamed up with Egypt to bomb Islamist militias in Libya and to support secular military forces there. Most recently, the UAE carried our airstrikes on the Islamic State in Syria in coordination with the U.S.

The banning of these organizations brings significant risks. The Muslim Brotherhood, Iranian proxies and Al-Qaeda affiliates are powerful and can threaten the UAE in many ways. The Brotherhood’s lobbies in Europe and the U.S. will use their political influence to their advantage.

Previously, the U.S. State Department has infuriated the UAE by condemning its banning of Islamist terrorist entities. The Brotherhood’s allies in America have every reason to believe they can strain the U.S.-UAE relationship by characterizing CAIR, MAS and Islamic Relief as victims of political persecution.

Yet, the UAE has proven itself it to be a valuable ally in the fight against Islamist terrorism. The UAE views these three groups as part of the problem and the facts support that position.

The Muslim Brotherhood linkages and extremist records of these three groups are known. The difference between the U.S. and the UAE is that the former chooses to ignore them and the latter chooses to act on them.

Other groups banned by the UAE include:

  • Al-Qaeda and many of its affiliates, the Islamic State (ISIS), the Pakistani Taliban, the Haqqani Network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, Hezbollah, the Houthis of Yemen and Jabhat al-Nusra, a popular Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.
  • Many groups in Syria and Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq like Iraqi Hezbollah, the Badr Organization, Asa’ib Ajl al-Haq. Also included is Al-Qaeda’s branch in Iran, reflecting the fact that Sunni and Shiite terrorists work together despite deep sectarian differences.
  • Major Muslim Brotherhood affiliates in the region and in Europe, such as the International Union of Muslim Scholars, the Cordoba Foundation in the U.K., the Muslim Association of Britain, the Union of Muslim Organizations of France and a group named the Union of Islamic Organizations of Europe, probably in reference to the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe.

 

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio.

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