Ex-CAIR Official Flies to Iran to Curse U.S.

unnamed1Frontpage, by Joe Kaufman, May 21. 2015:

Cyrus McGoldrick wasn’t at his home in Florida this past week. He spent the week in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Part of his time was devoted to sightseeing, and part of it was spent cursing his home country, the United States, while shilling for Iran on Iranian TV. He is currently back on U.S. soil, but his actions suggest that he instead renounce his citizenship and take up permanent residency in the terrorist state, where his mom was born. But before he leaves, he needs to be investigated.

Cyrus McGoldrick converted to Islam, while attending Columbia University at the age of 20. It did not take him long to become radicalized, as following his graduation in 2010, he became the Civil Rights Manager for the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Prior to that, he had served as an intern for CAIR-NY. He has also served as CAIR-NY’s Advocacy Director.

CAIR was established in June 1994 as being a part of the American Palestine Committee, an umbrella organization acting as a terrorist enterprise run by then-global Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook, who was based in the U.S. at the time. In 2007 and 2008, amidst two federal trials, the U.S. government named CAIR a co-conspirator in the raising of millions of dollars for Hamas. In November 2014, along with ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram, CAIR was listed as a terrorist group by United Arab Emirates (UAE).

During his time with CAIR [He left at the end of 2012] and after, McGoldrick spoke at a number of anti-Israel protests held annually in New York City. At the 2013 Al-Quds Day rally, while a fellow rally goer only a foot or two in front of him held a sign containing a large swastika, McGoldrick called for the destruction of Israel, stating “There will be no two states, because that is not justice… It is one state between the river and the sea. We say free free Palestine.” At the 2014 Al-Quds Day rally, he prayed, “Allah, please grant victory to the mujahideen.”

Violence against Israelis is a passion for McGoldrick. In July 2014, he tweeted: “Praying for Palestine today and everyday. Allah, either guide the oppressor ‘Israeli’ regime or give us the strength to destroy them [2].” In April 2013, he posted the following to Facebook: “So much love to Anonymous for OpIsrael: ‘wiping Israel off the Internet map’… Next, the Zionist state.” McGoldrick has, as well, retweeted messages from the Palestinian terror group Al-Qassam Brigades, and he has dehumanized supporters of Israel by referring to them as “Zionist beasts.”

McGoldrick champions other terrorists beyond Palestinians. They include: Aafia Siddiqui, who was sentenced to 86 years in prison for shooting at and attempting to kill U.S. soldiers and FBI agents in Afghanistan; Tarek Mehanna, who received a 17.5 year sentence for plotting to kill Americans and providing material support to al-Qaeda; and Lynne Stewart, who received a ten year prison sentence for smuggling messages from “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman, the spiritual leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, to his followers in Egypt. Of them McGoldrick stated, “Until they are free, none of us are free” and “We have to fight for them.”

In June 2013, McGoldrick also defended a highly publicized Taliban attack against American soldiers in Afghanistan. He wrote, “Breaking – details not yet clear, but seems that resistance fighters have attacked Kabul’s military airport housing American imperial troops.”

At the end of 2014, McGoldrick left New York and his wife for Florida, where he was hired as the Youth Director for the Youth Coalition of South Florida (YCSF). Under the leadership of McGoldrick, YCSF and the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), a radical mosque with a number of terrorist associations, teamed up for youth and family events held every Wednesday and Saturday at ICBR.

A co-founder of ICBR, Bassem Alhalabi, was a research assistant for Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian at the University of South Florida (USF) and was charged with the illegal export of a $13,000 military thermal imaging device to Syria. Another co-founder, Syed Khawer Ahmad, was the creator and webmaster for the official website of Hamas’s charitable and educational apparatus in Gaza, the Islamic Association (Al-Jamiya Al-Islamia).

One former imam of ICBR, Ibrahim Dremali, was placed on the federal “no-fly” list, and another, Muneer Arafat, admitted under oath that he was an affiliate of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. A member of the mosque, Rafiq Sabir, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support to Al-Qaeda, following his taking an oath of loyalty to the terror group and Osama bin Laden.

While in South Florida, McGoldrick has also served as a contact for Young Muslims (YM), the youth group of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). McGoldrick has been a speaker at a number of YM and ICNA events, including different ICNA conventions. ICNA has been involved in the financing of both Hamas and al-Qaeda and has used the web to promote a number of terrorist groups, including Hamas, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and the Taliban.

In August 2006, ICNA’s main charity, ICNA Relief, was the top donor and partner to Pakistani charity Al Khidmat Foundation (AKF), at the same time AKF took a delegation to Damascus, Syria to hand deliver nearly $100,000 to Hamas global leader Khaled Mashal. Mashal thanked the group and said Hamas would continue to wage “jihad” (war) on the “Zionist yoke” (Israel). ICNA Relief continues to work directly with AKF overseas.

On May 6, 2015, Cyrus McGoldrick flew from Miami to JFK Airport in New York. The following day, he flew from New York to Abu Dhabi. A couple days later, he was in Iran.

While in Iran, McGoldrick took in many sights, in and around Tehran, and shot many beautiful photos of his experiences [3]. However, it is dubious that his sightseeing tour was the reason for his trip, because right when he arrived, he quickly made his way to Iranian Press TV (PressTV) for an interview to assist the terrorist state.

Cyrus McGoldrick is no stranger to Press TV, which is part of state-owned Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). Since February 2012, he has been featured on 17 shows. Most, if not all of the shows, are designed to paint U.S. government and law enforcement as power hungry, evil and severely biased against Muslims. Indeed, the day after McGoldrick’s most recent show, Hassan Nasrallah, the global leader of Hezbollah was on Press TV live, cursing the U.S.

One of McGoldrick’s Press TV episodes even targets President Barack Obama, whom many consider a friend to the Muslim community. This is no problem for McGoldrick, as he revels in denouncing the President every chance he gets. On Facebook, he has referred to Obama as “Pharoah Obama,” “an eloquent tyrant,” and “a threat to global peace & security.” In November 2012, following Obama’s reelection, McGoldrick wrote, “Obama’s victory is not worthy of celebration. The fact that we celebrate him is to be mourned.”

Another episode discusses how the FBI allegedly “forces Muslims into spying.” This is of interest, because McGoldrick has personally issued threats towards those he believed to be informants. In October 2012, he wrote on Facebook, “Dear informants, infiltrators & snitches: It is impossible to express how much contempt & pity I have for you. Be good or be gone, CM.” When someone surmised who McGoldrick was talking about, McGoldrick replied, “Nobody famous, a young kid, worst informant in the world. Don’t worry we’ll blast him later.”

On May 14th, McGoldrick appeared in his most recent Press TV episode [4], entitled ‘Al Saud puppet of US, Israel.’ In it, McGoldrick took aim at America and her allies and what he believed to be their ill treatment of Iran in Yemen, while glorifying Iran as a compassionate and charitable nation. His answers seemed studied and scripted.

A recently released U.N. report showed evidence that Iran has been transporting large shipments of weapons to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen, since 2009. To prevent any further shipments, Saudi Arabia, assisted by the US, is conducting a naval blockade in the region.

According to Iran, the shipments it makes are for humanitarian purposes only, comprised of things like medicine and food, and Cyrus McGoldrick is more than willing to mimic this phony line on Iranian TV. He stated, “This is just one more grotesque… example where Iran is being accused of what their opponents are already doing… Iran is sending much-needed aid, is being blamed for escalating a conflict which it certainly did no part in starting.”

McGoldrick glorified Iran, while attacking the U.S. He stated, “Iran as always continues to be an opponent of… injustice, an opponent of imperialism in the region and so it only makes sense… that you see these very familiar allies, the same cast of characters, the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and now its regional allies standing against it once again.”

He said that the U.S. is making false accusations against Iran “without any shame.” He called the accusations “vicious.” He said that the conflict is “not just about Yemen… it is about the American hegemony throughout the Muslim world, throughout the world at whole.” On the other hand, he spoke glowingly of those on board the Iranian ship. He said, “It is very important and I want to put forward the immense pride that we have in the people who are on that boat…”

Question: Who are the “we” in McGoldick’s statement?

One might understand if these things were being said by an Iranian. However, while his mother, Nikoo (pen name “May”), was originally from Iran – she left on the eve of the Iranian Revolution – Cyrus McGoldrick was born and raised in the United States. But it seems he does not consider himself to be American. No doubt, he outright hates America.

In June 2013, he posted a message on his Facebook page, referring to Iran as “our nation” He wrote, “Sending prayers and love to the people of Iran on their election day. May God bless our nation with leaders that serve, remind, and struggle.”

During his trip, just prior to arriving in Iran, he compared Iran to his home country, placing “home country” in quotes. On Facebook, he wrote, “Iran isn’t as suspicious of me as my ‘home country.’”

This last message was erased from his Facebook page, along with every post he made concerning his trip to Iran. Why? Why did he feel the need to delete them? Did he think there was something incriminating contained within his posts.

This begs further questions regarding his trip. Who paid for the trip? Was he paid for the show interview? Who set up the interview? Did he have any dealings with Iranian officials? If so, did he supply them with any information outside of what has been discussed?

Iran, after all, is found on the U.S. State Department’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. There are only four countries named on that list. Is Cyrus McGoldrick working for one of them?

Because of this, McGoldrick needs one more interview. This time, though, with the U.S. Justice Department.

CAIR Official Candidate for NY City Council

 

Zead Ramadan

Zead Ramadan

By Ryan Mauro:

The board president of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Zead Ramadan, has announced his candidacy for District 7 City Council and has already raised $47,000. He is a Palestinian that was born in Kuwait but came to the U.S. as a child. In December 2011, he refused to answer a question about whether he’d condemn Hamas.

In May 2012, Ramadan appeared on Iran’s state-controlled PressTV and said “the comments that are being made against [American] Muslims are very eerily echoing the comments that were being made against Jews by Nazis.” Another quote shed some light on why the Iranian regime booked him:

“[W]henever you think that America, the land of the free, is going to grow up and go beyond it [racism], more intolerant, extremist voices come out.”

CAIR was labeled an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism-financing trial in U.S. history in 2007. The government listed CAIR among entities that “who and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organizations.” The Palestine Committee was a secret Brotherhood group set up to support Hamas. In 2009, a federal judge upheld the labeling of CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator because of “ample” evidence tying it to Hamas.

In a 2007 court filing in the case of convicted terrorist Sabri Bekhala, federal prosecutors state: “From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists…the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.”

CAIR was founded by members of the pro-Hamas Islamic Association for Palestine. A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo identifies IAP as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” The memo explicitly states that its “work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”

Ramadan served alongside Cyrus McGoldrick, the CAIR-NY leader, who left the organization on January 7. As we reported in December, McGoldrick sent out a flurry pro-Hamas tweets during the latest round of fighting with Israel. But not a word of condemnation was heard by Ramadan.

Read more at Radical Islam

CAIR Official Sued for Defamation

Steve Emerson

Steve Emerson

by: Ryan Mauro

Steven Emerson, the executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, is suing Cyrus McGoldrick, the director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations—New York (CAIR-NY), for defamation of character. McGoldrick has a history of making inflammatory statements, including supporting Hamas’s violence and the elimination of the state of Israel.

The lawsuit was sparked by a tweet posted by McGoldrick that states, “Steve Emerson is an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest child pornography case in US history.”

The tweet was mocking the often-mentioned fact that organization McGoldrick serves, CAIR, is designated as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history. Emerson’s complaint states that it “accuses [him] of having committed a vile crime and constitutes libel per se.”

Emerson’s complaint continued, “Although CAIR describes itself as a Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, members of Congress, various law enforcement agencies and the FBI have described CAIR as participating in funneling millions of dollars to Hamas. An FBI agent has testified that CAIR is a front group for Hamas.”

McGoldrick is one of CAIR’s most radical voices. During the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas, he openly supported Hamas’s acts of terrorism. On November 15, he tweeted, “Palestine is a land occupied by foreign settlers. They have the right to resist, to defend themselves ‘by any means necessary.’ ”

On November 16, he tweeted, “Sign of the times: bloodthirsty Zionists trend #HAMASbumperstickers, then erupt when I acknowledge Palestinian right to resist occupation.”

On November 29, he retweeted a quote from Hamas leader Khaled Meshal: “Meshal: Anyone who is bothered by our rockets is welcome to provide us with accurate weapons to fight the enemy.”

McGoldrick supports Hamas’s goal of wiping Israel off the map.

Cyrus McGoldrick

Cyrus McGoldrick

On November 29, he tweeted, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free. Insha’Allah.” That same day, he retweeted a post making it clear that he rejects a two-state solution. “What is urgent and overdue for Palestinians is not a ‘state’ but their rights; ending Zionist colonial rule, and return of refugees.”

He also stood by the side of the Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi when his power grab sparked massive protests, suggesting that the opposition was a puppet of the West and Israel: “Can’t shake the feeling that all this anti-Morsi energy is a last stand by old pro-West/Mubarak/Israel crowd to keep power in judiciary. No?” he tweeted.

Like CAIR as a whole, McGoldrick casts law enforcement as oppressive, bigoted and inhumane. He wrote these two tweets on December 15:

“Maybe I listened to too much Dead Prez growing up, but I can’t accept the liberal ‘ban all guns’ platform. If the cops have ’em, I want ’em.”

“Watching and filming the police is one of the few ways we have to defend ourselves. Start a #CopWatch team in your hood!”

McGoldrick has appeared on Iran’s state-controlled propaganda “news” network, Press TV, multiple times. It’s easy to see why the Iranian regime would book him as a guest. Rather than forcefully defend the U.S. and Western values, he blames anti-American terrorism on America’s foreign policy.

Read more at Radical Islam

CAIR Targets Morsi/Brotherhood Critics

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Pro-Muslim Brotherhood forces attacked protesters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi with rocks and clubs in Cairo Wednesday.

It’s the latest in a series of clashes since Morsi, a longtime Brotherhood official, issued a Nov. 22 decree effectively placing himself above judicial oversight. He has said he will nullify it if voters approve a Dec. 15 referendum ratifying a controversial new draft constitution rammed through an Islamist-dominated assembly early Friday.

Although the document declares a right to freedom of speech, it also includes a prohibition on “insults” to “religious prophets.” Another provision would require government authorization to operate a website.

Wednesday’s clashes targeted several hundred anti-Morsi protesters who had camped out near the presidential palace.

Demonstrators say they will do everything possible to defeat the referendum. “Our marches are against tyranny … and we won’t retract our position,” Hussein Abdel Ghany, a spokesman for the protesters, said Tuesday. Eleven newspapers shut themselves down Tuesday to protest Morsi’s “dictatorship,” and banks said they would close three hours early in solidarity with the protesters.

The New York Times reported that Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party warned three former presidential candidates, among them Amr Moussa and Mohammed ElBaradei, that they would be held accountable for any violence that occurred.

Egyptian riot police fired tear gas at demonstrators near the presidential palace in Cairo on Tuesday. Officials in Morsi’s office said the Islamist leader fled the palace as protesters broke through police lines.

While Egyptians take to the streets to oppose what they claim is a nascent tyranny, Morsi and his Islamist government can count on support from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). For example, CAIR-Los Angeles boss Hussam Ayloush praised Morsi for assuming more power in order to prevent “corrupt judges” from the “undermining and undoing of every democratic step.”

In a Facebook post, Ayloush blamed Egypt’s internal strife on the secular opposition: “Much of the Egyptian opposition seem to be more interested in opposing Morsi and the MB than actually helping Egypt become a stable and institutional democracy,”

CAIR-New York’s Cyrus McGoldrick disparaged criticism of Morsi as “a last stand by old pro-West/Mubarak/Israel crowd to keep power in judiciary.”

CAIR-San Francisco chief Zahra Billoo dismissed American concerns that the Islamist-backed draft constitution wouldn’t protect human rights. “Why do we care about what the Egyptian Constitution says about indefinite detention, when it is being practiced by the U.S. government?” she wrote in a Twitter post Monday.

Several oceans away in Tahrir Square, Egyptian women see things very differently. They charge that the Brotherhood is “paying gangs to go out and rape women and beat men” protesting Morsi’s policies.

Female protesters in Tahrir Square provided harrowing accounts of sexual assaults they say were carried out by thugs on the Islamist group’s payroll.

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CAIR Rep: Violence Shows It’s America That Needs to Change

IPT News:

Anti-American violence throughout the Muslim world, ostensibly over a cheap Internet film denigrating the Muslim prophet Muhammad, may be misguided, but it’s a result of “the lack of dignity, the lack of respect that they’re being shown.” And it’s up to America to change policies to calm things.

That’s the message a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) official brought to a television interview Sunday.

And that’s not the worst thing about Cyrus McGoldrick‘s comments.

McGoldrick’s interview was on Press TV, an Iranian government-controlled English-language news outlet. He never condemned the violence outright, saying “We’re very sensitive to the loss of life” and “people’s lives are always to be mourned.” The angry mobs show “no real understanding of nuance” because the American government neither financed the film nor had anything to do with its distribution.

Few protestors likely even saw the video, said McGoldrick, civil rights director for CAIR’s New York chapter. “And I don’t think it’s about the film at all, really, I think that people are tired. People have had enough of what is seen by them, what looks to them like America’s war on Islam. And this is one of the symptoms of that.”

That “war on Islam” narrative is acknowledged to be among the most effective messages in radicalizing Muslims. Even the White House acknowledges this. In the past week, a federal judge sentenced a 29-year-old to 30 years in prison after he plotted to detonate a suicide bomb inside the United States Capitol and arrested an 18-year-old in Chicago who thought he was detonating a car bomb outside a bar.

Both Amine El-Khalifi and Adel Daoud thought America was waging war on Islam.

McGoldrick could have told his Iranian network interviewer that such a perception is not only wrong, but dangerous. He could have pointed out that Muslims in America, especially Shia, are freer to practice their faith than in most Sunni Muslim nations.

But he didn’t. Instead, he raised doubt over the most fundamental American freedom.

Americans enjoy “allegedly a freedom of speech, a freedom of expression –political expression and religious expression,” he explained. “And of course, that comes with it some rights, but also, of course, some responsibilities.”

The recent violence, including the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, might have be seen as “the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of Muslims’ patience with American and Western intervention,” McGoldrick said.

That puts the onus on the United States “to very critically think about how much more weight will we put on the Muslim world? How many more attacks? How many more drone strikes? How many more coups … until we realize that we need to take a principled stand, and a just stand, to make sure that we respect human rights, sovereignty and dignity all over the world.”

McGoldrick is among a number of CAIR officials who routinely appear on Press TV, usually to denigrate American politics or policy.

But McGoldrick’s affinity with the Iranian regime runs deeper. He promoted the August 17 “al-Quds Day” rally in New York, advertising and marketing virulent anti-Israel rhetoric at the Iranian-inspired event.

Quds Day is a creation of the Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini and a frequent vehicle for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to call for Israel’s elimination and to publicly delegitimize the West. Its organizers have adapted resolutions that endorse Hamas, and dismiss Palestinian terrorism as simple “side issues.”

McGoldrick promoted the al-Quds New York rally through twitter posts and even the CAIR-NY website.

Read more at IPT

 

 

Israel, America Bashed at Iranian-Inspired DC Rally

Abdul Alim Musa

IPT News August 20, 2012

Claims of Jewish control of the media and American politics and alleged war-mongering by Israel and America dominated speeches Friday at an Iranian-inspired rally in Washington, D.C.

Candidate For Congress Joe Kaufman Defends NYPD, Tells CAIR Representative He Should Be Watched “24/7″ By Law Enforcement

Militant Islam Monitor:

CAIR’s Cyrus McGoldrick supports leader of Palestinian terrorist group

Republican Candidate for Congress Joe Kaufman defended the New York Police Department (NYPD), during a live spirited debate with the New York representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Cyrus McGoldrick, on South Florida’s 880AM ‘Let’s Talk About It.’ They were on the show to discuss the controversy regarding the NYPD surveillance program, which targets a radical segment of the New York area Muslim community. Kaufman took the side of the police, while McGoldrick has been leading the fight against them.

Kaufman pulled no punches, as he identified CAIR’s ties to Hamas and defended the NYPD’s vigilance, reminding us that New York was the target of a number of attacks – including the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the September 11th attacks, and the failed Times Square bombing – and still is.

Kaufman boldly made an example of CAIR’s McGoldrick himself, exposing the fact that McGoldrick has stated on the web his support for Khader Adnan, a West Bank leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a group that Kaufman revealed conducts suicide bombings against Israeli civilians.

Kaufman stated, “[I]f an individual is posting online their support and prayers for a senior member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad… they should be watched 24/7 by the NYPD.” McGoldrick replied, “I probably am. I probably am.”

Kaufman is running for U.S. Congress in Florida’s District 23. The seat is currently held by the head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.