US Muslim Brotherhood Political Party Protests in Chicago against Israel and Jews

543493816Center for Security Policy:

Around 1,000 Jews and Christians gathered on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 for a mid-day rally to support the nation of Israel outside Metra’s Richard B. Ogilvie Transportation Center, the office complex of the Israeli Consulate at 500 W. Madison in downtown Chicago. The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations(USCMO), the first U.S. Muslim Brotherhood political party, joined in solidarity with approximately 200 pro-Muslim Brotherhood and HAMAS supporters in a counter demonstration at a time of increasing tensions between Muslims and Jews in the Chicago metropolitan area.

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As reported on its Facebook event page, the anti-Israel event Stand with Gaza: Protest Zionism in Chicago! held on the 22nd of July was hosted through the US Palestinian Community Network,and convened by the Coalition for Justice in Palestine members in the Chicago metropolitan area. The event included participation by the following organizations: American Muslims for Palestine, Chicago Islamic Center, Islamic Community Center of Illinois, Mosque Foundation, Palestinian American Community Center, Palestinian American Council, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)-Chicago, andUnited States Palestinian Community Network.

A highly visible law enforcement presence that included the Chicago Police Department (CPD), CPD SWAT Team, and US DHS police closely guarded the perimeters of the rally to prevent any escalation of violence, as Israel’s Operation Protective Edge entered its 15th day destroying HAMAS tunnels in the face of stiff opposition from Palestinian fighters, who continued to lob rockets and missiles into Israel.

As confirmed by CPD News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada in a report from the Chicago Tribune on 20 July, half a dozen cars in Chicago were targeted with anti-Jewish leaflets. These antisemitic incidents are now under investigation by the CPD Hate Crime unit. The anti-Jewish leaflets explicitly threatened violence against Jews in Chicago if Israel did not cease its military operations in Gaza.

The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations was represented at the anti-Israel event in Chicago notably by the USCMO Secretary General Ousama Jammal’s Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, Illinois, where he is currently Vice President. Another USCMO member group, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), co-founded and chaired by Dr. Hatem Bazian (also the co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine), showed up as well, carrying AMP posters and signs.

Member participation from the USCMO at the “Stand with Gaza: Protest Zionism in Chicago!” event marks its first public demonstration in solidarity with HAMAS, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose Covenant commits HAMAS to the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel. The USCMO only recently concluded its inaugural banquet together with senior Muslim Brotherhood leadership in June 2014 at a Washington, D.C. venue. Jammal’s Mosque Foundation features a troubled history of individuals associated with Muslim Brotherhood front organizations openly supporting HAMAS, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

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Chicago-based Arab group faces fresh terrorism scrutiny

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By Charles C. Johnson:

Members of a Chicago-based Arab-American group connected to President Barack Obama have once again come under fire for their ties to terrorism.

According to a report by the Associated Press, published last Friday, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh – an associate director at the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) — was convicted in a terrorist attack decades ago in Israel and lied on an immigration application to become an American citizen.

Odeh served ten years in an Israeli prison after she participated in bombings that killed two people in 1969. Charged with immigration fraud, Odeh is slated to be deported from the United States and could spend ten more years in prison if convicted.

Odeh’s boss and AAAN’s director, Hatem Abudayyeh, has been defending her in the press, calling her “a leader in the community—a stalwart, an icon” and characterizing her arrest “as an escalation of attacks on our community.”

But documents provided to The Daily Caller show that Abudayyeh has his own connections to terrorism.

According to registration documents provided to TheDC, Abudayyeh also runs the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN), a non-profit registered by Rafeeq Jaber, the co-founder of CAIR and an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation’s support of Hamas.

Both Abudayyeh and Odeh, along with twenty-one other activists from Chicago, Minneapolis, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, had their homes raided by the FBI in September 2010. The roll up included domestic left-wing terrorists along with IRA members and Muslim fanatics and strongly suggested coordination between violent segments.

Soon after, it was discovered that Abudayyeh had visited the White House in August 2010 to discuss concerns of the Arab-American community. In 2011, the government froze Abudayyeh’s bank accounts.

Additionally, according to documents provided to TheDC, Jaber, the co-founder of CAIR, was a panelist at an event Abudayyeh held August 8-10, 2008 commemorating the 60th anniversary of al Nakba, “the Catastrophe,” or a term Palestinians give to the founding of the state of Israel.

Jaber lectured on a panel that included Laila Al-Arian, the daughter of Sami Al-Arian, a convicted terrorist fundraiser for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a front group for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Jaber was also president of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document — titled “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” — as one of the Brotherhood’s 29 like-minded “organizations of our friends” that shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These “friends” were identified by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims “that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”

In December 2004, a federal judge in Chicago ruled that IAP (along with the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development), was liable for a $156 million lawsuit for having aided and abetted Hamas in the West Bank killing of a 17-year-old American citizen named David Boim. IAP had its assets frozen by the U.S. government and was shut down on grounds that it was funding terrorism. But its president, Jaber, was freely lecturing the AAAN conference in 2008. Conference participants were told to use the phrase “USPCN” to get a lower room rate on the hotels.

AAAN has long been tied to President Obama. In 2001 and 2002, the Woods Fund of Chicago, with Obama on its board, made grants totaling $75,000 to the AAAN—about a fifth of AAAN’s overall budget. Obama served in that role alongside Bill Ayers and received $6,000 a year from 1999-2002.

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Palestinian Bomber’s Chicago Arrest Triggers Misguided Anger

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State Department Recruits Future Diplomats at Muslim Brotherhood Jihadist Event

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Because one Huma Abedin just isn’t enough.

The Obama administration is covertly recruiting Muslims to work at the State Department as Foreign Service officers representing the United States in one of 265 American embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions worldwide. It appears to be part of the administration’s Muslim outreach effort, which includes a variety of controversial moves.

Ward held a 90-minute seminar at a recent convention sponsored by two groups—Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)—with known ties to radical Islam. Both nonprofits are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is known as the parent organization of Hamas and al Qaeda. In fact, the Investigative Project on Terrorism reports that MAS was founded as the U.S. chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood which strives to indoctrinate the world with Islamic Sharia law.

Yet there was a U.S. State Department official, side by side at a radical Islamic powwow in Chicago with a number of speakers who advocate violent jihad. Among them was Kifah Mustapha, a fundraiser at terrorist organization (Holy Land Foundation) convicted of funneling millions to Hamas and Jamal Badawi, a MAS founder who praised the jihad of Gaza terrorists during a speech titled “Understanding Jihad and Martyrdom.”

The conference that Ward conducted focused on career opportunities for Muslim youth. Here is how the event was billed: “Besides being a citizenship duty, there are benefits that Muslims can add to the American Muslim community and the global Muslim world by joining the US Foreign Services. This session will shed light on the different career opportunities for Muslim youth in the US Foreign Services Department. It will also clear any concerns that many people have feared about pursuing in this career.”

What about the concerns of Americans who may be concerned that Obama Inc. has decided to recruit members of Islamist Supremacist groups and supporters of Islamic terrorism into the diplomatic corps of the United States?

DISH Network, Turkish Airlines Support Islamist Conference in U.S.

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The annual convention of the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) brings together Islamists from around the U.S. and outside the country. This year’s event, held on December 21-25, had at least a dozen Islamist speakers with links to the Muslim Brotherhood and histories of extremist rhetoric. (See our previous article about the here.)

One speaker who was booked for the event, Saudi Sheikh Ayed Al-Qarni, is so radical that the U.S. government refused to let him enter the country to attend the conference.

Advocating for his entry into the U.S. was CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (whose executive-director spoke at the event), who demanded that the U.S. allow him in.

MAS was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood and ICNA is listed in a 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.”

Renting venues and equipment, covering travel expenses, purchasing advertising and all the other costs that come with these huge events (MAS-ICNA expected nearly 10,000 people) are not cheap. That’s where sponsors come in. Helping with this year’s event was the DISH Network and Turkish Airlines. Their logos are seen at the bottom of the convention home page and were printed on the bags given to attendees.

It’s unclear why the DISH Network would sponsor an event like this. You can click here to email them and ask them. Press them to commit to ending their financial support for future MAS-ICNA events.

Turkish Airlines at least has a customer base to target. Turkish Airlines donated two economy class plane tickets to the 2011 conference of American Muslims for Palestine but, contrary to original reports, decided against supporting the 2012 conference because of its “highly political nature.” Turkish Airlines should be encouraged to end its support for MAS-ICNA events as well. A proper email address was not found at its website, but a mailing address was found: Levent Selvili; Turkish Airlines; General Manager, Chicago; 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Ste. 2560; Chicago, IL 60611

Go to Radical Islam to see list of other MAS-ICNA convention sponsors

RadicalIslam.org will be happy to post any response from the DISH Network or Turkish Airlines you receive explaining their sponsorship of this Islamist event.

Ryan Mauro is RadicalIslam.org’s National Security Analyst and a fellow with the Clarion Fund. He is the founder of WorldThreats.com and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.

FBI Foils Attempted Terrorist Attack to Blow Up NY Fed Building

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Federal law enforcement officials foiled an attempted terrorist attack by a  Bangladeshi national on Wednesday to blow up the New York Federal Reserve building in Lower Manhattan with what the man believed was a 1,000-pound  bomb.

The officials stressed the public was never in harm’s way as the would-be  terrorist was actually working with an undercover FBI agent as part of a sting  operation.

The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York said the  defendant, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, faces charges of attempting  to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support  to al-Qaeda.

A law enforcement official told FOX News there is no evidence that Nafis was  actually directed by al-Qaeda.

Further, a U.S. official said the defendant’s first target was President  Obama, which the criminal complaint refers to as “a high-ranking  official.”

Nafis, who traveled to the U.S. in January 2012 for the purpose of conducting  a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, is currently in federal custody, the officials  said.

“The defendant thought he was striking a blow to the American economy,” U.S.  Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement. “He thought he was directing  confederates and fellow believers. At every turn, he was wrong, and his  extensive efforts to strike at the heart of the nation’s financial system were  foiled by effective law.”

Nafis, who had been living in Jamaica, N.Y., was provided explosives from an  undercover FBI agent that he met online and believed to be an accomplice.

The Bangladeshi national had parked a van filled with what he thought was a  1,000-pound bomb outside of the fortress-like building that is located on  Liberty Street. He then went to the Millennium Hotel near the World Trade Center  where he called what he believed was a cell phone detonator inside the van,  which did not explode.

After the suspect raised red flags by posting about Jihad online, the FBI  agent made contact about three months ago and helped him plan for the fake  attack.

“Attempting to destroy a landmark building and kill or maim untold numbers of  innocent bystanders is about as serious as the imagination can conjure. The  defendant faces appropriately severe consequences,” Mary Galligan, acting  assistant director of the FBI, said in a separate statement. “The FBI continues  to place the highest priority on preventing acts of terrorism.”

The criminal complaint alleges that Nafis reported having “overseas  connections to al-Qaeda” and “actively sought out” terrorist contacts within the  U.S. to assist him in carrying out the attack. One of the individuals he  attempted to recruit was actually a source for the FBI, officials  said.

Nafis wrote a statement intended to claim responsibility for the attack,  saying he wanted to “destroy America” and believed the best way to do so was to  target the U.S. economy, the complaint said. Nafis included quotes from dead  terrorist leader Osama bin Laden to justify an attack he expected to kill women  and children, officials said.

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American Hamas Operative Sues Treasury Over Designation

Muhammad Salah is shown in this July 2007 file photo.

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Attorneys for a Chicago man believed to be the only American citizen designated as terrorist sued the U.S. Treasury Department this week, saying he’s been virtually unable to hold a job or engage in everyday transactions as a result.

Muhammad Salah was designated a terrorist in August 1995, months after an executive order by President Bill Clinton named Hamas a terrorist group and prohibited transactions with the group. Salah was in an Israeli prison at the time after pleading guilty to a Hamas support charge.

He returned to Illinois after his release in 1997, but with limited exceptions has been unable to open a bank account, buy groceries or gifts for his family because of the Clinton order’s ban on transactions with a designated terrorist, the lawsuit said.

“There is no endpoint to the designation and its restrictions,” the lawsuit said. It argues the designation was never court-tested, violating Salah’s due process rights and essentially punishing him without a trial.

He is joined in the suit by the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the American Friends Services Committee, a Quaker organization.

The groups say they would like to champion Salah’s plight, but fear crossing restrictions on providing support to a terrorist that are spelled out in the executive order.

The ADC took up for two other Hamas supporters in July, issuing a release complaining about the deportation of two brothers from Texas. The brothers turned out to be Basman and Bayan Elashi. Each is a convicted felon tied to a Dallas-based Hamas support network. Salah is an unindicted co-conspirator in that case, listed among people Hamas deputy political leader Mousa Abu Marzook “utilized as a financial conduit on behalf and/or for the benefit of HAMAS.”

Salah was indicted on racketeering charges in 2004, but convicted only of lying in a civil suit related to Hamas financing. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said jurors did think Salah was connected to Hamas and she didn’t buy his claims that his confession to Israeli officials had been coerced.

Prosecutors say Salah continued serving for Hamas after the designation “including directing and financing travel to Israel and the West Bank in or about October 1999 of a Chicago-based associate.”

 

Meadows Club no longer hosting Caliphate Conference!

Update on my previous post, Join Our Protest of the Chicago Caliphate Conference

Hizb ut-Tahrir America has posted this on their website: (h/t Bo Perin)

ALERT: We regret to inform you that the venue that had agreed to host our event previously is no longer willing to accommodate our Khilafah Conference. We are currently in the process of finding a new location for the event. The new venue will be announced as soon as possible.  We will also provide more details on the circumstances leading to the  change in venue.

Thanks to all those who called in to complain!!!

Chicago Police Dept. Embraces Hamas Front

IPT News:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is exploiting recent criticism of the New York Police Department’s surveillance of a Muslim students group and some mosques to acquire legitimacy and intimidate police departments to promise not to investigate Islamic groups.

CAIR has been described as a front for Hamas by federal law enforcement.

After a meeting Tuesday, CAIR’s Chicago chapter announced that Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy will speak Saturday night at CAIR-Chicago’s annual fundraising banquet. In their meeting, McCarthy reportedly said surveillance by Chicago police would not be used in intelligence gathering as it was in New York.

“We want to know, should we be concerned about this happening in Chicago?” CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab told Fox News. “And if the answer is no, we need him to come out and say this was wrong.”

The NYPD has been criticized for surveillance programs, nearly all of which involved activity and material in the public domain, of Muslim subjects including the Muslim Students Association. As the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported last week, the MSA was created by the Muslim Brotherhood and has a disturbing history of spawning people involved in terrorist plots and spewing radical rhetoric.

By yielding to CAIR pressure, the city’s top police officer will share the microphone with an imam tied to a Hamas-support network which court papers indicate was responsible for CAIR’s very creation.

Kifah Mustapha, head imam at the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, is being honored with the chapter’s “Mobilizer Award.”

Mustapha is suing the Illinois State Police after being rejected in his bid to become the agency’s first Muslim chaplain. The decision followed a report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism showing he raised money for the Holy Land Foundation, which saw five former officials convicted in 2008 for illegally routing millions of dollars to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

He also sang in a band which frequently performed at HLF fundraisers. In a videotaped performance entered into evidence at the HLF trial, a Hamas caption in shown the background and Mustapha can be heard in the chorus reiterating Hamas’ call for jihad:

“O mother, Hamas for Jihad. Over mosques’ loudspeakers, with freedom. Every day it resists

with stones and the dagger. Tomorrow, with God’s help, it will be with a machine gun and a rifle.”

Mustapha also worked with the Islamic Association for Palestine which, like HLF and CAIR, was a part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Palestine Committee.” The committee included a series of separate entities, which prosecutors say and government exhibits show, was created to help Hamas politically and financially in the United States.

In recent years, Mustapha has helped CAIR raise hundreds of thousands of dollars at fundraisers. CAIR attorneys, in turn, are representing Mustapha in his lawsuit against the state police.

Also addressing Saturday’s banquet is Georgetown University Professor John Esposito, who has amassed a long record as an apologist for terrorist supporters. Esposito served as an expert witness for the defense in the HLF trial. He sat on an editorial board for the Middle East Affairs Journal, which was published by another wing of the U.S.-Hamas support network, called the United Association for Studies and Research.

In addition, Esposito wrote to a federal judge, advocating the release of Palestinian Islamic Jihad board member Sami Al-Arian, calling him “an extraordinarily bright, articulate scholar and intellectual-activist, a man of conscience with a strong commitment to peace and social justice.”

Esposito has also defended Hamas and Hizballah, saying each does not deserve the label of a terrorist organization. “One can’t make a clear statement about Hamas,” Esposito said in an interview from 2000. “One has to distinguish between Hamas in general and the action of its military wing, and then one has also to talk about specific actions. Some actions by the military wing of Hamas can be seen as acts of resistance, but other actions are acts of retaliation, particularly when they target civilians.”

In the same interview published by The Middle East Affairs Journal, he said some Hizballah actions could be considered terrorist, but “Hezbollah in recent years has shown that it operates within the Lebanese political system functioning as a major player in parliament. But when it comes to the south it has been primarily a resistance movement.”

The guest list fits with Rehab‘s attitudes.

Like other CAIR officials, Rehab is evasive when asked if Hamas is a terrorist group. Asked during a November 2006 interview on BBC’s Hardtalk for a “straight forward” condemnation, Rehab hedged.

“Do I condemn the hospitals run by Hamas or the schools that help children learn, in Hamas? No. I don’t condemn that,” Rehab said. “But I do condemn the blowing up of Tel Aviv pizzerias or cafes.”

When banners connecting the Star of David with a swastika and Palestinian deaths in Gaza flew during a January 2009 pro-Palestinian rally, Rehab was offended when asked about it.

“As hundreds of innocent human lives are crushed in full view of the world by a belligerent Israeli government, I find it appalling that some on the pro-Israeli side are better concerned with cardboard paper,” Rehab said.

He dismissed the prosecution theory in the HLF case as ludicrous and said the evidence amounted to nothing more than “textbook guilt by association.”

Jurors disagreed. In a verdict upheld by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, they reached guilty verdicts on 108 counts. “The purpose of creating the Holy Land Foundation was as a fundraising arm for Hamas,” said U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis said during a sentencing hearing.

He also reacted strongly to FBI raids in September 2010 targeting activists in Chicago and Minneapolis who are suspected of providing support to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Colombian FARC terrorist groups. Rehab called the investigation “a waste of taxpayer dollars,” while his chapter issued a statement saying “The FBI has overstepped its bounds in targeting individuals based on their commitment to peacefully challenge US policies in Palestine and Columbia (sic). The Justice Department should call off the investigation and return what was taken in the searches.”

The FBI, it bears repeating, cut off non-criminal communication with CAIR in 2008 based on evidence in the HLF case showing CAIR’s founding was part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Palestine Committee” network in the United States.

In testimony during the HLF trial, FBI Special Agent Lara Burns said CAIR was created after a secret meeting of Hamas members in supports in Philadelphia that was called to discuss ways to “derail” U.S.-led peace efforts which resulted in the 1993 Oslo Accords.

One conferee, FBI transcripts show, said that they needed to “begin thinking about establishing alternative organizations which can benefit from a new atmosphere, ones whose Islamic hue is not very conspicuous.”

“The organization that was started as a result of that was CAIR, C-A-I-R?” prosecutor Barry Jonas asked Burns.

“That was an organization that was created after the Philadelphia meeting as a result of this,” she said.

Burns also testified that CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad was a powerful force in the Palestine Committee, convening group meetings and dictating instructions.

Since the cutoff, CAIR has continued its consistent criticism of law enforcement counter-terror investigations, especially those involving informants and sting operations. A year ago, CAIR’s San Francisco chapter published a poster urging people to “Build a Wall of Resistance; Don’t Talk to the FBI” to promote an upcoming event. The poster features an FBI agent prowling in front of peoples’ homes as doors slam shut in the backdrop.

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