Christie: Hamas-Linked Mosque “Not Radical Jihadists”

(Photo © Alex Hanson / flickr)

(Photo © Alex Hanson / flickr)

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, Feb. 4, 2016:

GOP presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is still praising a Hamas-linked mosque in his state, saying, “The folks in the local mosque in Paterson, the ones I interact with, they are not radical Islamic jihadists.” He is referring to the Islamic Center of Passaic County—and he’s praised its imam for years even though the Department of Homeland Security is seeking his deportation for his links to Hamas.

You can read our profile of the mosque and its leadership, including Imam Mohammad Qatanani, here.

He was arrested and convicted by Israel for his links to Hamas and then went to NJ to help lead a mosque founded and led by Mohammed El-Mezain, a Hamas operative sentenced to 15 years in prison for financing the terrorist group. El-Mezain was also the chairman of the Holy Land Foundation, which was shut down for being a Muslim Brothehood/Hamas front.

Qatanani has used his position to preach extremism. The Department of Homeland Security has been seeking Qatanani’s deportation since 2006.

A July 29, 2008 court filing explains, “It is certainly suspicious when a person who has been convicted of being a member of, and providing services, to Hamas, who has personal ties to a Hamas militant leader, and a Hamas fundraiser also sends undisclosed cash to the West Bank.” It described his explanation for his financial transfers as “highly dubious.”

On November 22, 2015, the mosque held a memorial for “the martyred niece of Sheik Qatanani who died yesterday in Palestine.” This means she was killed in a confrontation with Israel. A Facebook user commented under the announcement, “We are pround [sic] about her, she was defending for Al Aqsa [Jerusalem].”

His 16-year-old niece Ashraqat Taha Al-Qatanani was killed during a spate of stabbing attacks in Israel. She took out a knife in front of a military base near civilians and an Israeli civilian hit her with his car to stop the impending attack. She was shot sometime after that. Her father, Sheikh Taha Qatanani, did not deny her intentions. He said, “She talked about stabbing to her brother the day before but no one took her seriously. If she tried to stab, she did what she wanted.”

In an interview with Hezbollah’s media outlet, her father praised her for having “inherited the love of the resistance and the love of Sayyed Nasrallah from me,” apparently referring to the leader of the Hezbollah terrorist group whose lectures she listened to. He recalled her visiting him in prison and “until the last night before her martyrdom she kept on drawing the veiled face of a resistance fighter.” Nasrallah called Sheikh Qatanani directly after she died.

In honor of her death, her father refers to her as “Ashraqat Palestine.” He said, “don’t deny that Ashraqat Palestine inspired me to become more active. She burst the struggle stock inside of me… and maybe forced me to return to the choice of resistance.”

The reporter said she left behind a martyrdom note before attempting the attack. And “As for the knife revolt (intifada) that the Palestinian youth initiated, she did not only support it, but even considered that ‘the end of the occupation is near, God willing’.”

When the Department of Homeland Security began trying to deport Imam Mohammad Qatanani, Christie’s Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles McKenna testified as a character witness on Qatanani’s behalf. After Christie was elected as governor, he appointed McKenna as NJ’s director of homeland security, a position he held from January 2010 until February 2012. In September 2008, Christie attended an event at the ICPC and praised Qatanani as a “man of great goodwill.”

Christie received negative attention for this and invited Qatanani to an Iftar (post-Ramadan fasting) dinner at the Governor’s Mansion on July 24, 2012. He defended Qatanani and blasted his critics as anti-Muslim bigots, which apparently would include the Department of Homeland Security.

In 2014, Clarion project asked Christie at a townhall in NJ about his praise for Qatanani and how he attacked the integrity of Qatanani’s critics. His response was to blatantly lie and claim he only said critics of his appointment of a Muslim judge are bigots and to downplay his praise for Qatanani. Christie said to “stop reading some of those websites that put this stuff out,” unaware that Clarion Project was one of the sites to which he was referring.

Video of his remarks in 2012 shows him boasting to his Muslim audience about how he’s being attacked by anti-Muslim bigots for two actions: The appointment of a Muslim as a judge and his friendship with Qatanani.

“And, of course, my association over the years and my kind words over the years about Imam Qatanani. He’s here tonight, welcome sir. Glad you could be here,” Christie is seen saying.

He then again said Qatanani has “tried to be a force for good” and this is known by “those of us who have gotten to know and work with him over the years.”

It gets worse.

In 2012, Clarion Project discovered Qatanani and others with extremist histories were on his attorney general’s Muslim outreach committee. They remained there even after we broke the story. And then we found out the committee was given briefings on police training and—shockingly– even presentations on how non-profits can win homeland-security grants.

And still, even now—even after Qatanani’s Hezbollah-supporting niece died in a terrorist attack in Israel and after all this evidence is out—Christie is still citing Qatanani’s Hamas-linked mosque as an example of moderation.

Ironically, in an interview around the same time as his statementidentifying ICPC as a positive example, Christie said, “The fact is, what you need to be fearful of is not having the intelligence to know the difference between a jihadist and a peaceful Muslim.”

Christie’s right—it’s critical that a policy-maker, especially involved in national security, be able to differentiate between a moderate Muslim and a jihadist like a cleric identified by the Department of Homeland Security as a Hamas-affiliated extremist.

In Sinai, ISIS Grows with Iran’s Help

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The Tower, by Arik Agassi, January 2016:

Most people assume that the Sunni terrorist group ISIS is the natural and mortal enemy of Shia Iran, but this is not always the case. In fact, in at least one part of the Middle East, Iran has become a crucial, if indirect, sponsor of its supposed enemy.

As the world’s eyes are focused on ISIS terrorism in Europe, the Middle East, and even the U.S., the group’s branch in the Sinai has become one of the most powerful, dangerous, and effective in the region. Recent reports indicate that Iran, through the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, is primarily responsible for this.

The Iran-Hamas-ISIS axis is part of Iran’s strategy of using proxy forces against U.S. allies like Egypt and Israel as part of a larger strategy to achieve hegemony over the Middle East. This has resulted in one of the region’s best kept secrets: An intensive cooperation mechanism between Iran, Hamas, and ISIS, based on money, weapons, military equipment, and training.

Iran’s foreign policy goal of hegemony over the Middle East is based on its primary ideological pillar – exporting the Islamic Revolution to other countries using terrorism and political subversion. In pursuing its ambitions, Iran has often put aside its religious differences with radical Sunni groups like ISIS and Hamas. The Islamic Republic is more than willing to cooperate with these groups as long as doing so helps promote its larger interests.

“By directly supporting Hamas in Gaza and indirectly supporting ISIS in the Sinai, Iran is able to gain foothold against Israel and Egypt to destabilize them, undermine America’s regional influence, create another Iranian power base in a Sunni-dominated region, and project its power and influence in its pursuit of regional hegemony,” Major (res.) Dan Feferman, a former senior IDF intelligence officer and Iran specialist, told the Tower. When asked why Iran would indirectly fund a serious rival such as ISIS, Feferman said that Lebanon, Iraq, and especially Syria are more important to Iran than the Sinai, as Iran wants to preserve its influence in states affected by the Syrian civil war – so Iran fights ISIS in those counties. In places where Iran does not have a strong influence, such as Egypt, it feels comfortable supporting ISIS, albeit indirectly.

“Just like Iran needs ISIS in Syria and Iraq to maintain its relevance among world powers such as Russia and the United States, it has no problem with ISIS gaining strength in Sinai for the time being,” added Brigadier General (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, former Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs and former head of Israeli intelligence’s Research and Assessment Division added. “If ISIS gains more power in the Sinai and Iran is able to help demean that power in the future, it will once again position itself as an address to world powers and thus demand something in return. Moreover, as long as Iran is able to weaken the moderate Sunni Arab state alliance of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan by indirectly supporting ISIS Sinai through Hamas, it won’t stop doing so.”

But Iran’s support of ISIS via Hamas goes deeper than mere strategic considerations. Despite the deep ideological rifts between Iran, Hamas, and ISIS in Sinai, as well as the traditional animosity between Shias, Sunnis, and Salafists, all three groups see each other as temporary partners in

1. The destruction of the state of Israel.
2. Undermining the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, as well as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ authority.
3. Opposing and destabilizing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s Western-oriented regime, especially in regard to its peace treaty with Israel.
4. Harming U.S. interests in the region and undermining its presence in the Middle East as a whole.
5. Bridging the Sunni-Shia divide and reconstituting a Muslim caliphate.

For Iran, Hamas and ISIS serve different aspects of these ambitions. Iran uses Hamas to deepen the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians by supporting Palestinian terror and a rejectionist approach to the peace process. It uses ISIS in the Sinai against al-Sisi and to further its vision of a caliphate dominated by Iran.

Iran could not support ISIS in Sinai or pursue its ambitions against Israel and Egypt without Hamas. The relationship between the terrorist organization and Iran is deep and of long standing. Indeed, Iran has provided funding, weapons, training, technology, and political support to Hamas for decades.

This relationship began almost simultaneously with the founding of Hamas, and has intensified every time the peace process appeared to be gaining momentum. In October 1991, Iran convened a conference in Tehran whose purpose was to unite various radical organizations led by Hamas who were hostile to the PLO’s negotiations with Israel at the Madrid peace summit. The groups gathered in Tehran called for the destruction of Israel and pledged to make every possible effort to sabotage the newborn peace process, which was seen as a direct threat to their strategic goals.

Iran-Hamas relations were officially formalized in October 1992, when a Hamas delegation led by then-Secretary General Mousa Abu-Marzuq visited Tehran for talks. Iran permitted Hamas to open an office in Tehran, provided it with millions of dollars in cash, and agreed to have the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps train thousands of Hamas members in Hezbollah camps in Lebanon.

This initially lukewarm relationship became a full-blown alliance when the second intifada began in 2000. Iran began funding, recruiting, directing, training, and supporting Palestinian terrorists and building the infrastructure to support them. This included carrying out suicide bombings, paying the families of terrorists, and providing monthly salaries to terrorists in Israeli jails.

Hamas soldiers take part in a military parade marking the first anniversary of the killing of Hamas’s military commanders Mohammed Abu Shammala and Raed al-Attar, in Rafah, Gaza Strip, August 21, 2015. Abu Shammala and al-Attar were killed by an Israeli air strike during a 50-day war between the terror group and Israel the previous summer. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90

Hamas soldiers take part in a military parade marking the first anniversary of the killing of Hamas’s military commanders Mohammed Abu Shammala and Raed al-Attar, in Rafah, Gaza Strip, August 21, 2015. Abu Shammala and al-Attar were killed by an Israeli air strike during a 50-day war between the terror group and Israel the previous summer. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90

The Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip in August 2005 created a new reality. Hamas won the Palestinian Legislative Council elections in January 2006, which resulted in a significant increase in Iranian funding. Immediately following the elections, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal visited Iran and secured an estimated $20 million per month from the Islamic Republic – enough to cover Hamas’ entire budget. This was followed by a visit from Hamas’ former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, in which Iran pledged $250 million in aid. The funds were earmarked to pay the wages of civil servants, bankroll Hamas security forces, and compensate Palestinian families that lost their homes during Israeli military operations.

In June 2007, Hamas carried out a putsch in the Gaza Strip, neutralized Fatah and the Palestinian Authority’s military and political power, and set up a radical Islamic government. Following the takeover, Iran became a patron of the new Gaza regime, providing Hamas with military, financial, political, and media support. Iran saw the establishment of Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip as a way to wage an armed campaign against Israel and advance its influence in the Palestinian arena. The exposure of the Israeli home front to rocket fire during three rounds of armed confrontation between Israel and Hamas showed the Iranians the great benefits they could reap by constructing a military infrastructure for Hamas.

As a result, Iranian money, equipment, and military expertise keep flowing to Hamas and then to ISIS.

Despite some rifts between Iran and Hamas’ political wing since 2012 (stemming from Hamas moving its headquarters from Syria and refusing to follow the Iranian line by supporting President Bashar al-Assad), the Times of Israel reported in September that, boosted by the nuclear deal, Iran has increased its funding to Hamas’ military wing with literally “suitcases of cash” sent directly to leaders in the Gaza Strip. Moreover, The Wall Street Journal and The Daily Telegraph quoted top senior Western intelligence officials in April saying that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have transferred tens of millions of dollars to Hamas.

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Hamas in America: The Enemy Within

hamas in americaConservative Review, by Daniel Horowitz, January 5th, 2016:

While Obama and his allies will focus their national security message on cracking down on so-called “assault weapons” and inanimate objects, they will ignore the true national security threat – the presence of “assault people” at the highest levels of government.

Last week, I noted that the Muslim Brotherhood represents the biggest threat to our homeland security and our survival as a civil society built upon constitutional freedoms. Although the political elites in both parties like to tell us we are at war, they fail to treat those in our country who support our enemies as traitors. In fact, many of these people have influence at the highest levels of our government, particularly the agencies dealing with homeland security. Today, I’d like to examine a case study to illustrate how deeply rooted this problem is in our own country — not just half away around the world in Syria.

A Muslim immigrant in the greater Chicago area named Kifah Mustapha posted the following on his Facebook account during the outbreak of the stabbing intifada in Israel:

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Unfortunately, that we have willingly imported large numbers of people from the Middle East who support our enemies, hate Israel, and praise terrorism is nothing new. Sadly, there are countless individuals we didn’t have to allow into our country who are now here cheering on Hamas and other Islamic terror groups. But Mr. Mustapha is not just any Muslim immigrant; he is the Imam of a large mosque in Chicago. He is also a community outreach leader for the FBI. The FBI has a “Citizens Academy,” which “brings the community’s civic, business, and religious leaders together to experience firsthand how the FBI investigates crimes and threats to our national security and learn about the various tools and techniques we employ to carry out our mission.” As the FBI website notes, “[B]ecause of the classified investigative techniques discussed, nominees must also undergo a background check and get an interim security clearance.” Guess who participated in this FBI training in 2010, security clearance and all? Mr. Hamas himself, Kifah Mustapha. Here is a picture of the Hamas operative at our own National Counterterrorism Center!

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So just who is Kifah Mustapha? He was the Illinois representative/fundraiser for the Holy Land Foundation, the Hamas terror financing arm that was the subject of the largest terrorism trial in American history.

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Mustapha was also listed among the more than 240 unindicted co-conspirators in the HLF trial, according to Justice Department documents.

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How in the world did a man who should have been indicted on terror charges and is free to engage in treason to this day obtain a security clearance? Why was he nominated to this position in the first place and who made the nomination? Earlier in 2010, Mustapha’s behavior was repugnant enough that the Illinois state police fired him as a chaplain. When Mustapha filed a lawsuit, with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated CAIR, even the Democrat Attorney General was appalled by him. Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a motion in federal court in 2013 noting that Mustapha “aided and abetted, or at least cheered for, terrorism” after he was caught on a video chanting “terrorist lyrics.”

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In October 2010, Eli Lake reported in the Washington Times that then-Director of the FBI Robert Mueller was asked about the inclusion of the Hamas cleric in the FBI’s sensitive training program and he refused to answer the question, even as he admitted there are widespread terror links in the sphere of outreach groups they patronize.

Here are pictures of Mustapha meeting with officials from the Customs and Border Patrol at O’Hare airport. Could you imagine someone with the views of, say, David Duke — even without ties to foreign enemies — being treated as a community leader and given access to sensitive counterterrorism agencies?

How many more Kifah Mustaphas are there in our government with access to sensitive counter-terrorism information? How many other Islamic violent extremists are crafting our policies to “Counter Violent Extremism?”

How can we tolerate this for even one day?

The smart-set conservatives in Washington are obsessed with getting our troops involved in overseas civil wars between competing viper nests. Yet, they refuse to discuss the viper nest with access and influence to our agencies that are supposed to be fighting our enemy. In a major foreign policy speech in New Hampshire, Senator Marco Rubio blasted those who disagree with his Syrian intervention on behalf of Islamic rebels as “isolationists.” He spoke a lot about the vitality of Islamic interventions and the surveillance state but never uttered a word about the two most obvious threats to homeland security — threats for which the solutions don’t cost us a dime — Islamic immigration and the Muslim Brotherhood influence.

We have strong constitutional protections of free speech in this country. But as I noted last month, there is no affirmative right to immigrate, no right for non-citizen immigrants to remain in the country, and no right even for citizens to engage in treason and support our enemies or incite terrorism and violence. For those wringing their hands over a path forward in combating terror, maybe we ought to stop inviting onto our shores and into our most sensitive government offices.

FBI Chart and Documents Portray CAIR as Hamas-Related Organization

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Breitbart, by Jordan Schechtel, Dec. 15, 2015:

An FBI chart has surfaced depicting connections between the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the chart shows CAIR falling under the umbrella of the jihadi outfit.

This FBI chart details the Hamas-related groups, which included CAIR, that were created to ultimately support the Palestinian terrorist organization. It also established Nabil Sadoun’s (former CAIR national board of directors member and vice chairman) connections to Hamas.

The IPT also obtained groundbreaking new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents that trail CAIR back to its roots as a subversive Hamas-related group.

In 2007, CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial, a Hamas financing case that would result in the FBI ceasing its working relationship with CAIR. The HLF trial was the largest terror-financing case in American history. In 2008, during a retrial of the HLF case, an FBI Special Agent labeled CAIR as “a front group for Hamas” during her trial testimony. In 2010, a federal judge reiterated that his court had “ample evidence” that CAIR was involved in “a conspiracy to support Hamas.” CAIR, which relies upon millions of dollars in Saudi cash, was recently listed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a terrorist organization.

The group, which fashions itself as a civil rights voice for American Muslims, was founded by members of the Palestine Committee (PALCOM), an organization “established to support Hamas,” according to the chart. Nihad Awad, currently CAIR’s executive director, was previously an official at PALCOM.

The FBI declaration submitted in connection with removal proceedings for Nabil Sadoun (a former top CAIR official) said PALCOM members used coded language to discuss the “true nature” of their clandestine operations in support of Hamas. During a Philadelphia conference, which was being wiretapped by the FBI, they “referred to Hamas as ‘Samah’–Hamas spelled backwards–or simply as ‘the Movement,’” the FBI declaration said.

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“It is clear that the true nature of the PALCOM meeting was to discuss the means to support Hamas’ goal to undermine the peace process (between Israel and the Palestinians) and to thwart law enforcement in the United States,” the FBI declaration read.

According to the FBI declaration, attendees of the Philly meeting “discussed how ‘Samah’ would one day be labeled as a terrorist organization by the US government,” the document said, adding they “discussed the need to create a new, uncompromised front group in the United States under the veil of some cover palatable to the American public.”

CAIR was “subsequently founded” after the Philly Conference, where attendees discussed the “need to create a new front organization” for Hamas, the FBI declaration said, with PALCOM tasking Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad to chair the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). A third founder, Nabil Sadoun, would join shortly thereafter as Vice-Chairman of CAIR. According to the FBI, Sadoun was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and “was affiliated with Hamas.” Sadoun was also involved with other organizations that solicited funding for Hamas. At one point, he brought Hamas chairman Khaled Mashaal to keynote a conference in Oklahoma City, the FBI declaration reveals.

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Before becoming CAIR’s Vice-Chair, Sadoun was motivated by violent jihad, IPT found. Asked about the Middle East conflict with “the Jews” (Israel) in a 1993 interview, Sadoun described the conflict as “the first priority for Muslim[s] until the Holy Land is liberated and the backbone of the Jews is broken.” He also discussed “raising the spirit of jihad and the struggle amidst the Palestinian people… to form a tight Islamic front to face the Zionist Existence and put an end to it.” Sadoun would later be deported from the country, ordered removed from the U.S. by an Immigration Court after authorities alleged he lied about his affiliation with organizations linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

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Jihad Strikes CA: Media Utterly Incoherent as Fox News Promotes Hamas

UTT, by John Guandolo, Dec. 3, 2015:

From the beginning of the attack on Wednesday in San Bernadino (CA) UTT called it jihad.  The modus operandi was very similar to Paris in several ways (gear, vehicle, calm demeanor of the assailants, well-planned attack, and Muslim perpetrators).

We knew from early on in the day the perpetrators were Muslim because many hours after two of the suspects were shot dead, no one in the media would tell us the most basic details about them except their gender.  Major clue #1.

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Fox news analysis included the likely option that “mental illness” was the cause.  The LA Times blamed the “incident” on a dispute between the “shooters” and others at the Christmas party at the Inland Regional Center where the shootings took place.  Other media outlets simply called it “workplace violence.”  All day long viewers were subject to analysts, newscasters, and guests who were free of any clue of what was happening before their very eyes.

The blathering incoherence was stunning.

The FBI gave us no deeper insight into the attack eight hours after it began.  How long does it take to look at the jihadi and tell he is a jihadi?  Since the FBI has zero training for agents about what Sharia adherent Muslim jihadis look like, maybe it was simple ignorance.  Maybe the allah u akbar was not enough of a clue.

The jihadis identified by 1:30 AM EST Thursday are Syed Rizwan Farook (killed by police), his brother, whose true name is still not confirmed, and Tashfeen Malik, a female who was killed by police in the vehicle along with Farook.

In advance of the substantive press conference by authorities, Fox News gave Hamas (doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations or CAIR) the opportunity to set their narrative before facts could get in the way.  At their press conference, Hamas (CAIR) made the family of the jihadis out to be the victims, and told us we really cannot know the motive of the attackers.  Maybe it really was mental illness.

Fox News – once again – allowed the jihadis to promote their agenda on national television.  Between the O’Reilly show providing Hamas years of airtime to execute their propaganda operation, and Fox News in general supporting Hamas terrorists from CAIR, the enemy does not need to do much social media highlight its efforts. That is being done for them by Fox.

Present at the CAIR press conference was California Hamas (CAIR, Los Angeles) leader Hussam Ayloush with one of the most senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders in North America – Muzammil Siddiqi – standing behind him. Next to Siddiqi was Farhan Khan who is married to Farook’s sister Tatiana.  While Khan and Farook’s social media pages make it clear the two were close, Khan claimed he was “shocked” Syed would ever do such a thing as kill people.  Same old lies every time.

Khan is also a jihadi and had advance knowledge of this event.  Bet the bank on that.

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The International Muslim Brotherhood’s most prominent jurist Yusuf al Qaradawi with Hamas (CAIR) leader Hussam Ayloush in L.A. several years ago. (Photo courtesy of the Investigative Project on Terrorism)

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Hamas leader Hussam Ayloush speaking at the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Community Center of Redlands, located a short distance from the jihadi attack in San Bernadino.

For several years, UTT has written, briefed, and consulted with leaders about the threat of the Global Islamic Movement’s network in the United States.  Specifically, UTT has made it clear that as each day passes without aggressive action taken by U.S. law enforcement to destroy the jihadi network in the United States, we reduce the number of options we have to deal with this threat.

Five years ago, we had a wide variety of options and strategies to dismantle the Muslim Brotherhood’s Movement here.  As time rolls on, we are backed into a corner and leave ourselves facing the reality that only significant force will extricate this cancer from American society.  And a grave cancer it is.

The first steps which must be taken, after a factual nature of the threat is shared with the American people, must be:  to declare the MB a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO); arrest the top 150-200 of the MB leaders; shut down their key 2000 organizations here; seize their assets; and charge government leaders who are aiding and abetting them with appropriate violations of federal code, including treason.

It would be appropriate to start with the President of the United States and his previous Attorney General.

Since they were the next target of investigation after the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation in 2008, lets first prosecute CAIR and all of its leaders nationwide, because, after all, they are terrorists.

Hamas is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization after all.

Republican Presidential candidates responded by asking for prayers for the victims of this attack.

President Obama and Hillary Clinton responded to the attack in San Bernadino by calling for more gun control.

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When Students Cheer Jihad

we_are_all_hamasFrontpage, by David Horowitz, Nov. 10, 2015:

Reprinted from the Washington Times

Editor’s note: The following op-ed marking the launch of the Freedom Center’s new Stop the Jihad on Campus campaign appeared November 5, 2015 in the Washington Times. Click here to view the campaign’s list of the Ten Top American Universities Most Friendly to Terrorists. 

Calling things by their right names is a prerequisite for seeing them as they really are. Last spring I spoke at more than half a dozen universities, including Ohio State and Stony Brook, where I was confronted by mobs of students cheering Hamas, a terrorist organization whose declared goal is the extermination of the Jews. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. On virtually every major university campus in America organizations exist whose leadership is dedicated to spreading the propaganda lies of Hamas designed to weaken and delegitimize the Israeli state, and promoting Hamas campaigns like Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) whose goal is its destruction.

The two leading organizations in this terrorist proxy campaign are the Muslim Students Association (MSA), which poses as a cultural group but is really a recruiting tool for its founding group, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), which was also created by a Brotherhood operative and takes an even more aggressive pro-terrorist role on campus defending Hamas rocket attacks on Israel and advancing its propaganda wars.

There are many ways to criticize Israeli policy, both reasonably and unreasonably. But what distinguishes these two groups is the relentless adherence of their members to the propaganda lines — and lies — of the terrorist organization Hamas, and their unwavering defense of Hamas’ aggressive wars against Israel and the Jews. A prominent slogan of SJP and MSA, chanted at ritual campus protests, is “From the River to the Sea Palestine will be Free.” The river is the Jordan, the eastern boundary of Israel, the sea is the Mediterranean, its western boundary. These groups are committed to the destruction of the Jewish state — an act of genocide.

It is true that some chapters of the Muslim Students Association, which is a sponsor of the Israel-hate fests called “Israeli Apartheid Week,” do not participate in these political activities. But name one of them who has dissociated itself from their hateful agendas.

Even more telling is an infamous panel of four maps which is a standard feature of the “apartheid walls” (another Hamas propaganda lie — the security fence is designed to keep terrorists out, not ethnic groups) that are centerpieces of their protests. The first map shows a green state called Palestine with the date 1947. There was no state called Palestine (indeed there was no people calling themselves Palestinians) in 1947. The next three maps with expanding patches of white purport to show the infiltration and occupation of the non-existent Palestinian state by the colonialist Jews. These lies are easily checked. There is no occupation by Israel of Arab land. Israel was created the same way Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria were created — on land that belonged to the Turks for 400 years previously.

The fidelity of the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine to Hamas’ genocidal agendas is no mystery since both were created by agents of the Muslim Brotherhood. The mystery is why American universities like Brandeis, UCLA and scores of other schools are funding operations of a terrorist organization to conduct Jew-hating propaganda on American campuses. Any other group that preached hatred of ethnic groups or supported barbaric terrorists who slaughter men, women and children as part of a demented mission to cleanse the earth of infidels would face campus sanctions, disciplinary action, and be charged with conduct code violations. But these two groups, hiding behind the rhetoric of diversity and the cloak of political correctness, are instead lauded by university administrators, granted university offices, departmental funding for their hate-fests and a stage for their terrorist-supporting propaganda.

To expose this travesty and raise these questions the David Horowitz Freedom Center has launched a campaign (www.stopthejihadoncampus.org) on American campuses. The campaign has issued a report on “The 10 Colleges Most Friendly to Terrorists.” These include San Francisco State whose students scrawled “My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers” across the concrete stage at an anti-Israel rally. They include UCLA, where student government officers attempted to bar candidates for student government from accepting trips to Israel sponsored by pro-Israel organizations. They include Harvard University whose Dining Services administrators made a unilateral decision to ban products from the Israeli company SodaStream; and Rutgers University, whose Students for Justice in Palestine chapter displayed signs calling for a new Intifada (terrorist attack) against Israel at a recruitment drive.

It is a mistake to assume that these hate groups will be satisfied with mere rhetoric. Numerous leaders of the Muslim Students Association have gone on to high-level positions in al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. The most notorious of these was Anwar al-Awlaki, the head of al Qaeda in Yemen, who inspired the Fort Hood massacre and who before that was president of the Muslim Students Association at Colorado State. A recent student leader of the General Union of Palestinian Students at San Francisco State University spoke openly on social media about his desire to stab Israeli soldiers and leave school to join the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist group waging war against Israel. His postings led the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI to place him under investigation. How many other student leaders are out there who are less forthcoming about their desires?

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CAIR-PA fundraises for Hamas-linked charity in wake of tragic earthquake

cair-ad- (1)Center for Security Policy, by Kyle Shideler, Nov. 4, 2015:

The Pennsylvania chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) recently seized on the powerful October 26th earthquake in Pakistan which has killed several hundred in order to solicit donations to an allied charity with ties to financing Hamas.

This should come as little surprise, given CAIR’s own status as an organization of thePalestine Committee of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, formed for the purpose of supporting Hamas abroad.

The organization CAIR-PA has been soliciting for is Islamic Relief-USA (IRUSA). Both IRUSA and CAIR share mutual ties in the Muslim Brotherhood.

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 12.51.14 PMIRUSA is the U.S. affiliate of the Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), a charity designated by the Israeli government for supporting Hamas. Nor is it just Israel that views IRW as a terrorist entity. The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) has also designated IRW. Despite efforts to create the appearance of a firewall between the two (legally) separate groups, tens of millions of dollars have been provided by IRUSA to IRW over the years, andIRUSA and IRW has had key leaders in overlapping positions. In Pakistan in particular,IRUSA claims credits for funding projects directly administered by IRW’s Pakistan branch.

Media outlets have already noted how jihadist organizations in Pakistan have flocked to the affected region raising security concerns.

CAIR has a history of exploiting tragedy in order to fundraise for groups tied to terror finance. In 2001, in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, CAIR’s website featured a donation link to “Donate to the NY/DC Emergency Relief Fund”. The hyperlink led would-be donors directly to the Holy Land Foundation, the now convicted Hamas fundraising organization, and CAIR’s fellow Palestine Committee organization. When this exploitation raised hackles, CAIR changed the webpage, to make donations to HLF, and another group the Global Relief Foundation (GRF). GRF was designated by the Treasury department the following year, for its financing of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

Interestingly, the CAIR’s solicitation came at the same time that Senator Ted Cruz and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart filed matching legislation regarding designating the Global Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist entity for its role in supporting,  indoctrinating, and funding terrorism worldwide.

Cruz Proposes Bill to Label Brotherhood, CAIR as Terror Orgs.

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CAIR’s Founder and Executive Director Nihad Awad (R); National Communications Director and Spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper (L). Awad was present at the 1993 secret meeting of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Palestine Committee in Philadelphia that was wiretapped by the FBI. Participants of the meeting discussed how to support Hamas and, in the words of U.S. District Court Judge Solis “goals, strategies and American perceptions of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

‘We have to stop pretending that the Brotherhood are not responsible for the terrorism they advocate and finance,’ said Cruz.

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, Nov. 4, 2015:

In what may be a seminal moment in the fight against radical Islam, presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has introduced legislation to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The impressively-detailed bill identifies three Brotherhood entities in the U.S. including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

The Muslim Brotherhood is not currently banned in the U.S. because it is not listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Remarkably, its Palestinian wing—Hamas—is designated, but the group a whole is allowed to operate in the U.S. You can read my thorough rebuttal of the Brotherhood’s purported “non-violence” policy here.

The legislation reviews the Brotherhood’s terrorist history and how it has been banned by the governments of Egypt, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Syria. Egypt has released videos showing the Brotherhood’s involvement in terrorism and the Egyptian government’s website warns about the Brotherhood lobby in the United States.

The legislation quotes FBI director Robert Mueller as testifying in 2011 that “I can say at the outset that elements of the Muslim Brotherhood both here [in the U.S.] and overseas have supported terrorism. To the extent that I can provide information, I would be happy to do so in a closed session. But it would be difficult to do in an open session.”

The legislation discusses the successful prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation, a confirmed Brotherhood front that was shut down for financing Hamas. The Justice Department  labeled three U.S. groups as unindicted co-conspirators in the trial and identified them as “entities” of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s pro-Hamas operation: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT).  Read our profiles of each group’s extremism by clicking on the links.

The legislation explains that the Muslim Brotherhood set up secret “Palestine Committees” in countries around the world to covertly assist Hamas terrorist activity with “media, money and men.” The three groups mentioned are subsections of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, with ISNA and NAIT being “intimately connected with the Holy Land Foundation and its assigned task of providing financial support to Hamas,” in the words of a 2008 court ruling.

A mountain of documentation shows that CAIR’s role in the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee is media and political influence. Two of CAIR’s founders were present at a secret meeting in 1993 that was wiretapped by the FBI where they were instructed to deceive American audiences. (“War is deception,” they said at the meeting.)

The legislation states that Congress’ assessment is that the Muslim Brotherhood qualifies for designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the State Department. It gives the secretary of state 60 days to provide a detailed response as to whether the Brotherhood fits the criteria or not.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) is introducing the House version of the legislation.

“We have to stop pretending that the Brotherhood are not responsible for the terrorism they advocate and finance…We have to see it for what it is: a key international organization dedicated to waging violent jihad,” Cruz told the media outlet.

No other presidential candidate has explicitly called for designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Last month, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson called on the IRS to revoke CAIR’s non-profit status for allegedly violating regulations by demanding that he end his campaign. Carson’s petition did mention CAIR’s status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial.

Over the summer, GOP presidential candidate George Pataki told me he’d revoke the tax-exempt status of CAIR and other groups that support terrorist groups.

Cruz’s standing in the Republican presidential primary is increasing and he is now in fourth place nationally with 7.5% in an average of recent polls. He is in third in Iowa with 11%; sixth in New Hampshire with 7% and fourth in South Carolina with 7%.

Voters should see this as a make-or-break moment for presidential candidates and all members of Congress on national security. If a policy-maker does not understand the Muslim Brotherhood, he does not understand radical Islam.

The Clarion Project will update you every time that a presidential candidate takes a position on the issue and as members of Congress take a stand. Readers can view our factsheets on all the presidential candidates’ positions related to Islamism here.

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Many people wonder why the Justice Department never followed through with trying the un-indicted co-conspirators from the Holy Land Foundation trial findings. That trial ended in 2008 when Obama was elected and Eric Holder was appointed to head the DOJ.

Pamela Geller explains:

If this goes through, it could have impact on one of the foremost Muslim Brotherhood entities in the U.S.: Hamas-CAIR. According to an internal document entered into evidence in the largest terrorist funding trial in our nation’s history, Hamas-tied CAIR is a Muslim Brotherhood entity, working toward “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within, and sabotaging its miserable house….”

Many of Muslim Brotherhood-tied CAIR’s leadership have been convicted of jihad-related crimes. They attack and dismantle America’s greatest freedoms through litigation jihad. They smear and destroy the voices of freedom via their well-paid hacks in the media. Over the past decades they have expended hundreds of millions of dollars to buy media and elected officials.

Some of the evidence indicting CAIR:

IPT: … [in] the trial for the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) ..the mountain of evidence presented by prosecutors demonstrates, in detail, the existence of a grand Muslim Brotherhood network in the United States dating back to the 1960s. A segment of this network, the self-designated “Palestine Committee,” sought to financially, politically, and morally support the efforts of HAMAS to destroy the “Zionist enemy.”

One exhibit – the Palestine Committee’s 1991 bylaws – reveals a web of key organizations tied to the Committee that were tasked with promoting HAMAS’ agenda, each in a particular field. Six groups were listed, the most prominent being HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), and the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR).

It is a committee which operates through the Association [IAP] for now. It is hoped that it will become an official organization for political work and its headquarters will be in Washington, Allah willing. It represents the political aspect to support the cause politically on the American front.

An organization headquartered in Washington, DC, tasked with political activism, born out of the IAP? […]

Fast forward to July 30, 1994, just weeks after the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) was founded. APalestine Committee meeting agenda lists several issues to be discussed, including a review of the reports of the “working organizations.” Listed among these organizations right beside HLF, IAP, and UASR – all members of the Palestine Committee as listed in the bylaws – is the word “CAIR.”

As a result of that trial, it was understood that these groups were be indicted and prosecuted as well. But …. Obama was elected, and Eric Holder and his DoJ scuttled those prosecutions. Eric Holder refused to answer a Congressional inquiry about evidence in scuttled prosecutions of jihadist groups, CAIR, ISNA, ICNA in America’s largest terrorism financing trial .Nonetheless, the Department of Justice is sitting on “a mountain of evidence” against these subversive jihad groups.

Maybe the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror organization will get that prosecution moving again — if an American President is elected in 2016.

But will the Muslim Brotherhood’s friend in the White House move to stop this designation?

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CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND TELL THEM YOU WANT THEM TO CO-SPONSOR TED CRUZ’S BILL IN THE SENATE AND MARIO DIAZ BALART’S BILL IN THE HOUSE

Send them the following link to the‘‘Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015’’

http://freebeacon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Muslim-Brotherhood-Terrorist-Designation.pdf

Terrorist Groups Praise Erdogan on Turkish Election Win

Turkey's Islamist President Erdogan (left) with Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh in the Turkish parliament. (Photo: © Reuters)

Turkey’s Islamist President Erdogan (left) with Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh in the Turkish parliament. (Photo: © Reuters)

Clarion Project, Nov. 2, 2015:

Leading terrorist organizations were among the first to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist AK party after their surprising sweep in the November 1 election.

Hamas issued congratulations to the “Turkish people and their leadership on the success of the Turkish parliamentary elections,” according to the Palestinian Information Center, a Hamas-affiliated website,

In a press statement, Hamas categorized the Turkish elections as a victory for democracy and a “reflection of the state of stability and civilization in the capital of the Islamic caliphate.”

Turkey is reported to be the top financial sponsor of Hamas since 2012, with Erdogan arranging for the transfer of between $250-300 million anually to the terrorist organization. Turkey is also said to have trained Hamas security forces in Gaza through non-governmental groups.

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood also hailed Turkey’s Islamist party’s victory, offering its “sincere congratulations.” Ironically, amid much documentation of voter fraud, the Brotherhood stated, “The election results and the impressive turnout, which exceeded 87%, show how the state’s strengths can be bolstered with the people’s free will and free choice when they are not subject to despotic and repressive military rule.”

Erdogan’s Islamist government was openly dismayed at the popularly-supported military intervention that toppled the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. According to the Arab newspaper Al-Arabiya, Turkey has since “become the regional hub for the Muslim Brotherhood’s international organization.”

The Islamic Front, an umbrella group funded by Saudi Arabia comprising Islamist jihadi rebels fighting Assad, also sent a letter of congratulations to Erdogan, stating, “The Turkish government and the Turkish people have played a major role in embracing the Syrians and supporting the revolution and have stood by them in the time of their trouble.

“Turkey withstood a lot of internal and external pressure to back off from this unique position but it continued to implement this moral policy. We hope to have good relations – like brothers – between the people of Syria and Turley in the future after Assad and his regime will fall.”

Eight groups signed the Islamic Front’s letter including the Salafist movement Ahrar ash-Sham al Islamiya, the Damascus-based Jaysh al-Islam (the Army of Islam), Filaq al Rahman and Ansar al-Sham.

The well wishes came amid serious accusations of voter fraud which saw the AK party regain its majority in the parliament, taking the country back to single-party rule.

Yesterday’s elections followed a June vote that resulted in a hung parliament. In that election, the AK party, which had garnered only 41 percent of the vote, was not able to form a coalition in order to govern.

Meanwhile, according to the Emirates News Agency, Erdoğan issued words of support for Islamic State (ISIS) jihadis who claimed to have shot down a Russian passenger plane in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people aboard.

“How can I condemn the Islamic State for shooting down a Russian plane as its passengers were returning from a happy vacation in a time when our co-religionists in Syria are bombed by Putin’s fighter jets?” Erogan is quoted as saying. “It is the natural outcome of Moscow’s actions in Syria and the support for Assad.”

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Four Terror Stabbing Attacks in One Day in Jerusalem: Is ‘ISIS Intifada’ Here?

Egyptians-burn-Israeli-flag-Cairo-2011-620x413Purposely inflamed Islamist rage is spiking in Israel again. This time, the model for Palestinian terror tactics is ISIS.

PJ Media, by Jonathan Spyer, Oct. 7, 2015:

The first rains that follow the High Holy Days have come to Jerusalem. As always, a blessed relief. But no relief seems imminent from the renewed tensions that have descended on the city. A series of brutal murders and attempted murders of Israeli Jewish civilians by Palestinian Arab Muslims have taken place over the last two weeks. These have occurred against a backdrop of violent demonstrations and protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and increasingly among Israel’s Arab citizens.

For five years, Israel has lived a strange and contradictory reality. The Arab world is in an advanced state of meltdown. A number of formerly strong states have effectively ceased to exist. Syria, Iraq, Yemen are today merely names for areas in which sectarian militias battle one another. These states have collapsed along their ethnic and sectarian fault lines. The results have been bloody and are not yet over.

Yet on the edge of all this, the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea has remained quiet. An anomaly. This is the only place of non-Muslim sovereignty between Europe and India. The existence of a sovereign area successfully defended by the Jews — a group traditionally despised and ridiculed by Muslims — has long been a source of rage and humiliation for both Sunni and Shia.

Why then, at a time when religious and sectarian identity was everywhere breaking through the thin membrane of “national” and “state” loyalty, had this area of non-Muslim sovereignty been spared major strife?

Four reasons: Firstly, the Jewish state, despite its small size, enjoyed a vast military and technological advantage over its neighbors/enemies. Any Islamist force wishing to make war on Israel needed to take into account that the likely result would be devastation for its own side, set against meager fruits in terms of damage inflicted on the hated enemy. Two powerful Islamist militias, Hamas and Hizballah, have been largely deterred in recent years through this equation.

Secondly, Palestinian Sunni Arabs watch the progress of events in the region, and this in itself acts as a deterrent against acting against Israel. Those of them who have Israeli citizenship benefit enormously from the Western levels of social organization and liberty in Israel. Those in the West Bank are themselves able to live lives of a level of tranquility and comfort quite unimaginable to inhabitants of, say, Iraq or Syria. This gives pause for thought.

Thirdly, the Second Intifada was not that long ago. The armed structures that prosecuted it on behalf of the Palestinians were largely broken and are only now re-building themselves. The population remembers the chaos and suffering and again has cause to think twice before supporting a return to those days.

Fourthly, the Palestinian Authority leadership understands that it will not be the beneficiary of a turn toward the street. Its leadership and their families live well and peacefully in Ramallah. The IDF keeps them safe from regional and local demons. The political beneficiaries of the Second Intifada were Hamas.

This time around, the forces that will emerge on the street are likely to be tied to or inspired by the example of the Sunni jihadis currently flourishing in Syria and Iraq.

These are all good reasons why Israel and the PA-ruled areas have been quiet over the last half-decade.  Nevertheless, that quiet has undergone a tremor in recent weeks. A Third Intifada is not quite here yet, but the momentum toward it is building.

What are the dynamics that are leading to this, which may yet prove stronger than the factors listed above?

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American Airlines Recognizes 4 Employees for Leadership Including Hamas Leader Mohamed El Sharkawy of Arizona

Understanding the Threat, by John Guandolo, Sep. 25, 2015:

American Airlines, one of the largest airlines on the planet, recently gave a leadership award to Hamas leader Mohamed El Sharkawy, who is in charge of American’s Line Maintenance Training at their Phoenix, Arizona hub.

Hamas Leader Mohamed El Sharkawy (far left) and 3 other AA employees receive award

Hamas Leader Mohamed El Sharkawy (far left) and 3 other AA employees receive award

The September edition of American Airlines’ magazine – American Way – revealed Mohamed El Sharkawy received the 2015 Earl G. Graves Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion “for (his) work in making a lasting impression in the workplace.”

The award was given to Sharkawy at the end of June, but was published in American Airlines’ American Way in September.

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Mohamed El Sharkawy was previously the Director for Hamas in Arizona, doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations or CAIR.  Evidence, some of which is listed below, reveals CAIR was created by the US Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee (Hamas) in 1994 to be a node for Hamas in America to provide the Hamas cause with “media, money, men, and all that” meaning propaganda, fundraising, recruits, and all else that comes with waging jihad.

Hamas is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

Is this the kind of individual who should have access to sensitive areas of Phoenix Airport or American Airlines?

American Airlines Public Affairs Office refused to comment on El Sharkawy’s employment, but encouraged UTT (Understanding the Threat) to contact the FBI if threat information exists.

El Sharkawy is also serves as the Chairman of the Arizona Muslim Police Advisory Board.

A massive amount of evidence collected over the past 20 years exists revealing CAIR is a Hamas organization.  Here are a few highlights:

  1. CAIR was incorporated in 1994 by Nihad Awad, Omar Ahmad, and Rafeeq Jaber, all of whom were leaders of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), a now-defunct Hamas organization in the U.S. Musa Abu Marzook, the Deputy Political Chief for Hamas and the Leader of Hamas in the United States (Chairman of the U.S. Palestine Committee), was a member of the IAP Board of Directors.
  2. In the largest terrorism financing and Hamas trial ever successfully prosecuted in American history – US v Holy Land Foundation (HLF), Dallas 2008 – U.S. government prosecutors and the Department of Justiceidentify CAIR as a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, which is Hamas in the United States, and an unindicted co-conspirator in the case.
  3. CAIR was founded, in part, with money from the Holy Land Foundation (HLF), a convicted Hamas organization.
  4. CAIR Founder Omar Ahmad aka Omar Yehya was on the Executive Committee for the U.S. Palestine Committee (Hamas), and is the Chairman Emeritus of CAIR.
  5. In 1993, the leaders of the U.S. Palestine Committee (Hamas) met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The meeting was covered by the FBI via physical surveillance, microphones in meeting rooms, wiretaps on phones, etc. TheFBI stated this was a “Meeting among senior leaders of Hamas, the HLFRD, and the IAP.” (Action Memo from FBI Counterterrorism Assistant Director Dale Watson). “All attendees of this meeting are Hamas members.” (FBI analysis of Philadelphia meeting entered into evidence at HLF trial). Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad – founders of CAIR – were present at this meeting.
  6. The Palestine Committee Meeting in 1994 lists CAIR as the 4th organization operating under it (Hamas). This document was entered into evidence at the US v HLF trial.
  7. In the December 2007 government filing in the US v Sabri Benkhala appeal, the government stated: “From its founding by the Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists.”
  8. In a 2004 FBI raid at the Annandale, Virginia residence of Ismail Elbarasse, a senior Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood leader, the archives of the U.S. MB were discovered. One of the documents found listed the leaders of the U.S. Palestine Committee (Hamas). On the list were the names of CAIR founders Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad (alias Omar Yeheya).
  9. In the government filing requesting CAIR’s motion to have its name removed from the Unindicted Co-Conspirator list in the HLF case, U.S. prosecutors stated, “The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood created the U.S. Palestine Committee, which documents reflect was initially comprised of three organizations: the OLF (HLF), the IAP, and the UASR. CAIR was later added to these organizations…the mandate of these organizations, per the International Muslim Brotherhood, was to support Hamas.”
  10. The Federal Judge in this case, Jorge Solis, stated: “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, and NAIT with the HLF, the Islamic Association of Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.”
  11. FBI Assistant Director Steve Pomeranz stated: “By masquerading as a mainstream public affairs organization, CAIR has taken the lead in trying to mislead the public about the terrorist underpinnings of militant Islamic movements, in particular, Hamas.”
  12. In a 2003 Senate Sub-Committee hearing on radical Islam, Senator Charles Schumer (NY) stated, “To make matters worse, the prominent members of the Council’s (CAIR’s) current leadership who you Mr. Chairman invited to the hearings today, they declined to testify, also have intimate connections with Hamas.”
  13. In a letter dated February 12, 2010 to U.S. Congresswoman Sue Myrick (NC) from Assistant U.S. Attorney General Ronald Weich, Mr. Weich wrote “Enclosed (is) evidence that was introduced in that trial (US v HLF) which demonstrated the relationship among CAIR, individual CAIR founders, and the Palestine Committee. Evidence was also introduced that demonstrated a relationship between the Palestine Committee and Hamas.”
  14. In June 2009, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Frank Wolf (VA) gave a lengthy speech in which he laid out a great deal of the evidence against CAIR and its ties to Hamas. The transcript of this speech can be found at: http:// wolf.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/wolf-gives-major-floor-speech-on-fbis- cooperation-with-cair
  15. In a letter dated April 28, 2009 from the FBI’s Assistant Director, Office of Congressional Affairs, to U.S. Senator John Kyl (AZ), the FBI leader details why the FBI cut off all formal ties to CAIR and identifies it as an unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF trial because of its relationship with Hamas.

This information constitutes a small amount of the massive evidence that CAIR operates as a Hamas entity in the United States.  Hamas is a designated terrorist organization.  Their leaders should be in jail, and should certainly not have access to our airlines, airports, or infrastructure.

UTT encourages citizens who fly on American Airlines to contact them and ask why they employ a terrorist.

American Airlines Press/Media Office:

817-967-1577 (8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CST, Monday-Friday)
817-931-1348 (after-hours duty manager)
mediarelations@aa.com

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Hamas Chief Holds Press Conference At Four Seasons Hotel

Four Seasons Doha / YouTube

Four Seasons Doha / YouTube

Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo, Sep. 10, 2015:

The Four Seasons hotel chain has come under fire for hosting a press conference this week in Doha, Qatar, by a top Hamas official who called for armed resistance “in all its forms” against Israel, according to a copy of the invitation for the event and video of the press conference.

Khaled Meshaal, a senior Hamas leader who is designated by the United States as a terrorist, rallied against Israel during remarks at the Four Seasons in Doha, raising questions about whether the prominent hotel chain could be in violation of U.S. laws barring material support to terrorist groups.

Izat Arashaq, a Senior Hamas official, publicized the event earlier this week on Twitter, sending out an invitation to the event in Arabic.

The tweet included “an invitation to attend and to cover the press conference of the brother Khaled Meshaal , vice president of the politburo for the Islamic Resistance movement (Hamas),” according to an independent translation.

The notice touts the event as being held in a ballroom at “the Four Seasons Hotel, Doha.”

The Four Seasons hotel chain is jointly owned by Kingdom Holding Company, which is headed by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal of the Saudi royal family, and the Cascade Investment Firm, which is owned by Bill Gates.

Meshaal—who spoke in front of the image of a gunman during the event—urged the Palestinians to take up  “resistance in all its forms” without “limits or restriction,” according to a video recording.

Meshaal, who resides in Qatar, has been reported to frequent the Four Seasons in Doha. He also has been provided shelter by the Qatari government, which is one of Hamas’s top backers.

Meshaal’s public appearance at the Four Seasons has led to questions about whether the hotel chain is in violation of laws prohibiting material support to any U.S.-designated terrorist group.

“First of all it is remarkable to me that the U.S. continues to consider Qatar an ally when Hamas operates openly on Qatari soil,” said Jonathan Schanzer, a former terrorism finance analyst at the Department of the Treasury.

“The announcement of this press conference was brazen. The spokesman of Hamas seemed to have really no qualms about sharing the location of this press conference of a terrorist organization on social media,” said Schanzer, the vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

“He was blasting it far and wide,” Schanzer said. “We’re talking about a major hotel chain that is now providing material support to a terrorist organization, according to the letter of American law.”

When asked via email to comment on Meshaal’s appearance at the hotel, a spokesperson for the Four Seasons in Doha said that “we are unable to respond to any enquiries about people who may or may not be staying at the hotel.”

The spokesperson did not respond when asked whether the hotel endorsed the public Hamas press conference.

An email requesting comment from the Kingdom Holding Company also was not returned. The Cascade Investment Firm did not respond to a request for comment on Meshaal’s use of the hotel by press time.

Qatar has repeatedly come under fire from U.S. lawmakers and others for its longtime backing of Hamas.

Qatar has pledged at least $400 million to support Hamas in recent years and continues to shelter top officials such as Meshaal.

At the same time, Qatar enjoys close ties with the United States and has benefited from billions of dollars in arms deals.

“Qatar plays host to leaders of a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, but under current U.S. law it is not a designated State Sponsor of Terrorism,” said David Weinberg, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who researches Gulf State monarchs. “Given that Israeli security forces have identified three separate Hamas officials based out of Qatar by name as directing terror cells in the West Bank, U.S. policy needs to keep pace with worrying realities overseas.”

“Perhaps the SST architecture needs to be updated by Congress so that U.S. allies hosting operatives of terrorist groups are subject to new penalties,” he said.

The Fiction of Political Islam

Gatestone Institute, by Bassam Tawil, September 2, 2015:

  • To this day, the Obama administration mourns the fall of Egypt’s Islamist President Morsi, and turns a cold shoulder to forward-looking President el-Sisi, who is (sometimes) trying to take Egypt into the 21st century and extricate Egypt from its economic and societal crisis.
  • Muslim Brotherhood terrorism against the Egyptian regime is a perfect example of how this “political movement” is in reality a terrorist movement whose objective is the violent overthrow of Egypt’s government. The White House, fully aware of the facts, continues hosting senior Muslim Brotherhood officials and shows them respect during consultations about the American Islamic community and U.S. policy in the Middle East.
  • Events in Sinai prove there is no such thing as “political Islam.” There is a radical Islamist leadership that represents itself to the gullible West as “moderate,” preaches violence from mosques, cloaks itself in ideological-religious tradition, and employs Islamist terrorists to attack civilians and Egyptian government targets.
  • It is hard not to conclude, looking at President Obama’s record (ignoring protesters of 2009 in Iran; “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone”; the dictatorial way the Iran deal is bypassing the democratic process) that in his heart-of-hearts, he is far more committed to supporting extremist Islamist regimes — whether the mullahs of Iran or the Muslim Brotherhood — than to supporting democracy, individual freedoms or human rights.
  • The Europeans are more aware of the situation but woke up too late. As hundreds of thousands of migrants from Muslim lands continue to pour over Europe’s open borders, there is little doubt that radical Islam is poised to take over the West. Islamic communities and terrorist cells continue to mushroom throughout the cities of Europe.
  • The world is beginning to understand that the catastrophes of the Middle East have nothing to do with the resolution of the Palestinian issue but are caused by the innate homicidal tendencies of the Arab rulers and the regional Islamist terrorist organizations.

Hamas is in trouble. Its relations with Egypt are going from bad to worse, and the influx of money, primarily from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the mosques in the Western world — where charity (zakat) was collected to finance anti-Israel terrorism — has dwindled to almost nothing. So has the flow of arms and explosives from Iran, Libya, Sudan and Lebanon. The resulted is the weakening of Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip, making it ever more difficult for Hamas to continue its ongoing subversion of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and its non-stop attempts to overthrow President Mahmoud Abbas to take over the West Bank and establish there the sort of Islamic emirate it established in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas’s military buildup was halted when the President Mohamed Morsi’s radical Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt was toppled and General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was elected President. Morsi, it will be recalled, strangely received support from President Obama until he was ousted. The Obama administration supported him despite Morsi enabling for the flow of money and arms to Hamas in Gaza to continue unhampered through the tunnels in the Sinai Peninsula. The weapons were used not only to attack Israel, but also to sabotage peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and, indirectly, to attack the Palestinian Authority.

The Islamist terrorism festivities ended when President el-Sisi clamped down on the Islamists in Egypt, destroyed the tunnels and sealed Egypt’s border with Gaza. Since el-Sisi has been president of Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood rule has ended and the tunnels have been destroyed. It is hard to fathom why, to this day, the Obama administration mourns the fall of the Islamist Morsi administration and turns a cold shoulder to forward-looking el-Sisi, who is (sometimes) trying to take Egypt into the 21st century and extricate Egypt from its economic and societal crisis.

Since el-Sisi has been in power, money and arms no longer flow through the tunnels into the Gaza Strip; instead they began to flow in the opposite direction, from the Gaza Strip into Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Since the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated terrorist organizations, Hamas among them, have not accepted defeat, there has been an increase in terrorist attacks targeting the Egyptian regime both inside the country proper and in the Sinai Peninsula. The terrorist campaign receives ongoing support from the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military-terrorist wing, and the ISIS-affiliated Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis. Both continuously attack the Egyptian police and army in the Sinai Peninsula, murder Egyptian officials and target Egyptian institutions.

The endless terrorist campaign in Egypt has proven yet again that the claim of a political Islam, separate from the terrorist organizations, is simply a lie. Muslim Brotherhood terrorism against the Egyptian regime is a perfect example of how the “political movement” tries to represent itself as dealing only with the da’wah [proselytizing], while in reality it is a terrorist movement whose objective is the violent overthrow of el-Sisi’s administration. The White House, fully aware of the facts, continues hosting senior Muslim Brotherhood officials and shows them respect during consultations about the American Islamic community and U.S. policy in the Middle East.

While being hosted by the State Department on a visit to Washington in January 2015, Muslim Brotherhood judge Waleed Sharaby (left) flashed the organization’s four-finger “Rabia” sign. At right, ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (from the Muslim Brotherhood) displays the Rabia sign.

The events in the Sinai Peninsula prove there is no such thing as “political Islam.” There is a radical Islamist leadership that represents itself to the gullible West as “moderate,” preaches violence from the mosques, cloaks itself in ideological-religious tradition, and employs a hard core of Islamist terrorists to carry out attacks on civilians and Egyptian administration targets.

In the meantime, the real victims are the Egyptians. The Muslim Brotherhood’s terrorism has paralyzed Egypt’s tourist industry, as foreigners fear to visit Egypt’s antiquities. And now there are terrorist threats to the New Suez Canal, a project initiated and carried out under the leadership of General Sisi to turn both banks of the two canals into an international logistics, commercial and industrial area.

The Islamists’ plans are clear. First, they want to leverage violence, murder and countless Egyptian army casualties into establishing an autonomous terrorist enclave in the Sinai Peninsula. Then they will try to overthrow the Egyptian government and reinstate an Islamist Muslim Brotherhood regime headed by Morsi. That is exactly what their offshoot, Hamas, did in the Gaza Strip when it liquidated Palestinian Authority officials and established an Islamic emirate. The writing on the wall is still illegible as far as the U.S. government is concerned. Or else the Obama administration is still in the thrall of extremist Islam and its Muslim Brotherhood leaders. The two main ones are Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has just called new elections so that he can try again to acquire enough seats in parliament to amend Turkey’s constitution to award himself a one-man Sultanate, an absolute dictatorship-for-life to go along with his new palace. The other is Mohamed Morsi, whom Obama apparently is still backing.

It is hard not to conclude, looking at the U.S. president’s record (ignoring the protesters of 2009 in Iran; “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone” and the dictatorial way the Iran deal has been short-circuited to bypass the democratic process) that in his heart-of-hearts, he is far more committed to supporting extremist Islamist regimes — whether the mullahs of Iran or the Muslim Brotherhood — than to supporting democracy, individual freedoms or human rights.

The Europeans are more aware of the situation but unfortunately woke up too late. As hundreds of thousands of migrants from Muslim lands continue to pour over Europe’s open borders, there is little doubt that radical Islam is poised to take over the West. Islamic communities and terrorist cells continue to mushroom and gather strength throughout the cities of Europe.

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Why the US government is on track to ‘normalizing’ ISIS

 (AP Photo, File)

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New York Post, by Alex VanNess, August 23, 2015:How long will it take the United States to recognize the Islamic State as a legitimate actor?

That may sound ridiculous. After all, ISIS is a barbaric and sociopathic band of terrorists who proudly highlight their brutality over the Internet. Unfortunately, recent history suggests this doesn’t disqualify them, as horrific as it sounds, from eventual recognition.

Since before 9/11, the Taliban laid claim to numerous terror attacks on civilian populations throughout Afghanistan. They harbored Osama bin Laden, and since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, they’ve been directly responsible for the deaths of more than 2,000 American troops.

Yet in January, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest cryptically explained that the Taliban was not a terrorist group but instead falls under a “different classification.”

Earnest’s verbal gymnastics were deployed in the service of explaining away the president’s decision to trade five members of the Taliban for the release of American soldier-captive Bowe Bergdahl.

Hamas is an openly anti-Semitic terrorist organization that has claimed responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians, including several Americans. Since its creation, the Gaza-based Hamas has been dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews. Hamas is brutally repressive toward women and gays; they have a tendency to savagely drag dead bodies through the streets.

Last year, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new unity government that incorporated Hamas-appointed ministers. Instead of cutting off financial support to the new government, as required by US law, the Obama administration jumped through hoops to legitimize the new government. Officials said they would continue supporting the Palestinian government because the new ministers were “technocrats” that “don’t represent . . . hard-core Hamas leadership.”

The legitimacy granted to Hamas by this administration is a reflection of the trend held by many pro-Palestinian protestors who now brazenly chant, “we are Hamas!” through the streets of US cities such as Miami.

Cuba has a long history of human-rights abuse. The Cuban government regularly harasses and imprisons dissidents and has been a state sponsor of terrorism for decades. Cuba continues to serve as a safe haven for terrorists and maintains close ties to both North Korea and Iran.

In 2013, Cuba was caught sending weapons to North Korea. It aids terrorist groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Iranian proxy Hezbollah and the Basque Fatherland of Liberty (ETA).

Despite this behavior, the administration still decided to take Cuba off the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism and has begun the process of normalizing the relationship between the United States and Cuba.

The State Department justified this removal by stating that “Cuba has not provided any support for international terrorism during the previous six-months” and citing vague promises that they “will not support acts of international terrorism in the future.”

So to recap, within this past year we have stopped referring to the Taliban as terrorists, provided de facto recognition and funding to Hamas and have opened up to the repressive terror-sponsoring Cuban government.

Why should we assume that ISIS will be treated any differently than these groups?

As each day passes, ISIS solidifies its presence in the region. Sure, ISIS commits terrible atrocities. The group regularly — and indiscriminately — beheads innocent people; rapes women and sells them as sex slaves and employs children as executioners.

But its leaders have undeniably been working to establish the Islamic State as, well, as a functioning state. They issue identification cards, pave roads, pick up trash, operate power stations and offer social-welfare programs.

ISIS has carved out its territory by filling the Middle East’s power vacuums, and are thus, in some places, the only game in town. How long before the international community recognizes the ISIS government?

The past precedent of legitimizing various terrorist groups and repressive dictatorships make this all too real of an issue. It’s imperative that the United States stops this trajectory of providing legitimacy to these regimes and turns back the ISIS tide, or we may one day soon be debating the opening of an embassy to the Islamic State in what used to be Iraq.

Alex VanNess is the manager of public information for the Center for Security Policy.

UTT Trains Hundreds in Colorado Despite Efforts by Hamas

cair-hamas-logoBy John Guandolo, August 20, 2015:

Understanding the Threat (UTT) spent last week in Colorado speaking to large groups of citizens, elected officials, law enforcement, and others despite a strong push by Hamas (doing business as “CAIR” – the Council on American Islamic Relations).

Hamas (dba CAIR) sent emails to a large number of Police Chiefs and Sheriffs calling for them to avoid any of UTT’s training programs, and published an article calling UTT’s Founder John Guandolo an “Islamophobe” which is equivalent to a public condemnation for violating the Islamic Law of Slander (to say anything about Islam or Muslims they would dislike), which is a capital crime in Islam.

Calls and emails to the FBI by UTT concerning these threats continue to be ignored.

Despite Hamas’ best efforts, UTT was able to make significant headway in Colorado and share factual information about the threat from the Muslim Brotherhood’s jihadi network in America which consists of the most prominent Islamic organizations in the U.S. including: Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR); Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and all of its subsidiary Islamic Societies; Muslim Student Associations (MSA) which exist on every major college and university campus; Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) which drives a great deal of the Interfaith Outreach programs in America and propagates a false narrative about Islam; Muslim American Society (MAS); International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT); Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Americans for Palestine (AFP) a Hamas front now operating on many college campuses; Islamic Shura Council; Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA);  Council on Islamic Education (CIE); North American Imams Federation; most of the over 2100 Islamic Centers in the U.S. today; and many other Islamic organizations.

Facts already in evidence in the largest terrorism trials in American history identify CAIR as the 4th organization created by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, which is Hamas here.  Members of Congress, the Department of Justice, and over 20 years of evidence make clear CAIR is operating as a terrorist organization (Hamas) in America with their headquarters office only a block from Congressional offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

While Hamas/CAIR continue to publicly threaten UTT founder John Guandolo and personally attack him, UTT continues to present evidence CAIR is a Hamas entity and it and its leaders should be treated as such.