Exposed Islamist Group Scrambles
Mon, December 10, 2012
The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) held a press conference December 6 in response to RadicalIslam.org.’s National Security Analyst’s Ryan Mauro’s article criticizing the All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena for hosting MPAC’s convention despite the evidence of MPAC’s connection to the Muslim Brotherhood and its support of other radical Islamist groups.
MPAC’s President Salam Al-Marayati used his usual tactic of refusing to address the facts. Instead, he relentlessly bashed the raising of legitimate concerns about MPAC, labeling the concerns as “Islamophobia,” hate-mongering and bigotry, as he did when he debated Mauro on National Public Radio.
Speakers at the press conference called those who raised the concerns about MPAC “right-wing extremists.” However, others, including Democratic Congressmen have levied the same charges against MPAC. You can watch the following news video from 2009 where Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman clearly delineates the facts against MPAC and Al-Marayati answers him not with facts, but with his typical ad-hominem attack.
The facts against MPAC are plain for all to see, including the All Saints Episcopal Church, who should check them before partnering with the likes of MPAC
For example: MPAC’s current President Salam Al-Marayati called Hezbollah attacks against Israel “legitimate resistance” in a 1999 PBS interview. This, in spite the fact that Hezbollah is officially designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.
In 2003, MPAC’s founder Maher Hathout also stood against the labeling of Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad as terrorist organizations.
A 1999, an MPAC policy paper legitimized Hezbollah’s bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983, claiming “[it is] exactly the kind of attack the Americans might have lauded had it been directed at Washington’s enemies.”
In March 2009, demonstrators at an MPAC-sponsored rally chanted in support of Hamas and the elimination of Israel.
In 1996, Al-Marayati issued no condemnation for a man who crashed his car into a crowded Jerusalem bus stop, shouting Allahu Akbar. One person was killed and 23 others injured in the incident. Al-Marayati condemned as a "provocative act" the killing of the terrorist at the scene.
Yet, MPAC condemned the U.S. government’s appointment of Dr. Zuhdi Jasser – a devout Muslim, true moderate and bridge builder – to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Nearly all “condemnations” of terrorist attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah by MPAC include an argument that Israel is the main instigator and the greater evil. For example, MPAC’s statement on the 2001 bombing of a Jerusalem restaurant that killed 15 civilians -- including 7 children -- said, “MPAC holds Israel responsible for this pattern of violence.”
In 1997, MPAC founder Hathout called Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan Al-Banna, Sudanese Islamist Hassan Al-Turabi and Tunisian Islamist Rachid Ghannouchi “reformists.” Ghannouchi spoke at an MPAC event in 2011.
Examples of the "hate-filled" emails received by the church from citizens concerned about the event can be seen here.