Great Idea, Ibrahim Hooper!

IPT Exclusive: Radical Syrian Cleric Secures US Visa Despite Endorsing Suicide Bombings

CAIR’s Ayloush Gives Dishonest, Bullying Answer to Hamas Question

Egypt MB Protests Underscore Hypocrisy of America’s Islamists

by John Rossomando
IPT News
July 31, 2013

Steve Emerson: I stand by my film

‘The Grand Deception’ was well-researched, using sources that included faithful Muslims and the FBI. Instead of addressing facts, CAIR chose to attack me personally.

by Steven Emerson
Orange County Register
February 16, 2013

UC Irvine’s ‘Islam Awareness Week’: A CAIR Convention

Picture-61-450x308By Arnold Ahlert

The Muslim Student Union (MSU) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is holding its 2013 “Islam Awareness Week 2013” from January 22-25. Although the program is billed as one “dedicated to encouraging dialogue, dispelling misconceptions, and bringing thought-provoking content to the entire campus community on topics related to Islam,” it is little more than another link in the historical chain of Islamist-influenced events that the MSU has sponsored over several years. The disturbing list of speakers on this year’s roster says volumes about the MSU’s pernicious influence on campus and its Muslim Brotherhood origins.

Speaking about freedom of speech will be Hussam Ayloush. Ayloush is the head of the Southern California chapter of the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot and an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) case where five defendants were convicted of financing terrorism. In October 2000, Ayloush was a guest speaker at an event where the president of the UCLA branch of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) led a crowd of demonstrators in chants of “Death to Israel!” and “Death to the Jews!” in front of the Israeli consulate. Ayloush was soliciting funds for the HLF at the time.

At another Muslim Student Association event in 2006, Ayloush contended that any attempt to shut down Hamas-linked charities that were funding Palestinians was ”an attempt at genocide.” In 2009, angered by FBI attempts to surveil Muslims for possible ties to radicalism, he declared that “our mosques,” “our Koran,” and “our youth who they try to racialize” are “off limits.”  On September 12, 2012, when “the blame video” meme was being used to explain the attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, Ayloush didn’t wait for any confirmation of the facts before tweeting, ”Extremist Jews produce hateful film, extremist Christians promote it. Extremist Muslims riot and kill. The whole world will suffer.” Moreover, the man who will speak about freedom of speech supported the power grab by Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi, and the country’s new constitution that prohibits “insults” to “religious prophets.”

Speaking on the topic of “Jihad: the Struggle For Peace” is Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, the former president of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), another unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, and an organization, like the MSA, with roots in the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2000, Siddiqi claimed that Jerusalem is land “that belongs to Muslims,” further warning Americans that if they “remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come.” In June 2001, the San Francisco Chronicle published a story about Siddiqi’s views on homosexuality, during which he revealed that “Islam is totally against homosexuality.” And while he doesn’t condone violence against gays and lesbians, he reportedly supported countries whose laws make homosexuality a crime punishable by death.

During a 2006 sermon, Siddiqi added his voice to those Muslims who promote free speech limits concerning Islam. “We do not force others to believe in Prophet Muhammad the way we believe in him; but they should not insult us and humiliate us by abusing his name, his personality and character in public,” he said. As for the so-called jihadist struggle for peace, Siddiqi had a slightly different take on the subject, tape recorded around 17 years ago. He said he could see Jihad’s impact “in the Intifada movement in Palestine,” where “in a few years we will be celebrating with each other the victory of Islam in Palestine…celebrating the coming of the Masjid al-Aqsa under the Islamic rule…and the whole land of Palestine insh’allah and the establishment of the Islamic State throughout that area.”

Zahra Billoo, executive director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter, will be addressing women’s rights in Islam. She is associated with several MSAs through MSA West “an umbrella organization comprised of Muslim Student Associations (MSAs), representing Muslim students and their organizations from campuses across the West Coast,” according to its website. Her communications on Twitter have referred to “apartheid Israel,” claimed American troops “are engaged in terrorism,” and characterized Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY) congressional hearings on Muslim extremism as a “witch hunt.” She also claims to “find inspiration” in Sami Al-Arian, convicted of conspiracy for his involvement in funding the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna. Ramadan was barred from entering the United States for six years due to his ties to a charity that supported Hamas.

Billloo is also a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, and a big fan Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood-controlled government. Two Tweets from June 2012 sum up her feeling towards Israel. “Zionism IS racism,” she posted on June 4.  “[Apartheid] Israel commits war crimes as a hobby,” she posted a week later.

None of this is even remotely surprising. UCI’s MSU, founded in 1992, is notorious for its overt promotion of the Islamist agenda and anti-Semitism over the years. Its radically pro-Palestinian efforts came to prominence during the Second Intifada, when MSU members began wearing “Freedom Fighter” t-shirts on campus, a slogan that changed to “UC Intifada” as the group grew more confident of its place at the university. MSU members walk around campus wearing green armbands to signal solidarity with Hamas, and each year at graduation they don green stoles with the Arabic word shahada (“martyr”) on them–as a tribute to Islamist suicide bombers.

In the early 2000s, a series of anti-Semitic speakers were invited to campus. These included radical Imams Muhammad al-Asi, who in 2001 spoke of a ”psychosis in the Jewish community that is unable to co-exist equally and brotherly with other human beings,” and Abdel Malik-Ali, who proposed a “one state solution” in 2002, delivered a speech entitled “America under Siege: The Zionist Hidden Agenda” in 2004, and called Zionism “a mixture, a fusion of the concept of white supremacy and the chosen people” in 2005.

In 2006, the MSU organized “Holocaust in the Holy Land,” a four-day hate fest where Israel was compared to Nazi Germany, and the keynote speaker, Holocaust-denier Norman Finkelstein, called the Jewish State the world’s worst human-rights violator. In 2007, the MSU featured “Israel: Apartheid Resurrected” week, followed by “Never Again? The Palestinian Holocaust” in 2008, and an event in 2009 featuring extreme left-wing UK politician George Galloway, after which an eight month investigation was initiated by the university to determine if the MSU knowingly raised funds for Hamas, a federal felony. University officials eventually relented, despite acknowledging the fund-raising activities, claiming they couldn’t determine whether they were “negligent, reckless or intentional.”

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Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.

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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Islamic Terror Plots and More Smoke and Mirrors

Hussam Ayloush

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A Red Carpet for Radicals at the White House

by Steve Emerson and John Rossomando:

A year-long investigation by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has found that scores of known radical Islamists made hundreds of visits to the Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials.

Change in Tone or Tactic?

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When Muslim mobs rioted in protest of the Danish cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad in 2006, American Islamists were critical of the violence, but made a point of giving as much attention to their offense at the cartoons themselves.

PA, Islamists Push Blood Libel Against Israel

IPT News September 6, 2012

One of the most enduring anti-Israel slanders is the charge that it is persecuting non-Jews and destroying Muslim and Christian holy sites. These dubious claims continue to be made not only by international organizations, but by U.S. groups like American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

CAIR Official Elected Delegate to Democrat Convention

by Ryan Mauro:

The Executive-Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)  Greater Area of Los Angeles Area chapter, Hussam Ayloush, has been elected as a  delegate to the Democratic National Convention. CAIR was labeled as an  “unindicted co-conspirator” by the federal government in the trial of the Holy Land  Foundation, a charity shut down for financing Hamas. On July 1, 2009,  District Judge Jorge Solis upheld  the label, ruling that the government provided “ample” evidence tying CAIR to  Hamas.

On April 29, Ayloush announced on his Twitter page that he was elected as a  DNC delegate for California’s Congressional District 42. The California  Democratic Party’s website has the results  of the delegate caucuses, confirming Ayloush’s victory.

CAIR’s roots are in the Muslim Brotherhood, specifically its Palestine  Committee that was secretly set up in the U.S. to support Hamas. In 1993, the  FBI wiretapped a Palestine Committee meeting in Philadelphia that included two  future founders of CAIR, Nihad  Awad and Omar  Ahmad. Also present was Shukri Abu Baker, the leader of the aforementioned  Hamas front called the Holy Land Foundation. At that time, Awad and Ahmed led  the Islamic  Association for Palestine, another Muslim Brotherhood front (according to  the Brotherhood’s own  documents) with extensive ties to Hamas.

The participants in the 1993 meeting discussed how to “support jihad in  Palestine” when “this will be classified as terrorism according to America.”  They discussed  the use of deception and word games and the need to create  a new organization with less baggage. Ahmed and Awad founded CAIR the next year.  That same year, Awad stated  that he supports Hamas. In 2004, he refused  to condemn Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups in an interview with an  Arab publication. The Justice Department reportedly  blocked a planned prosecution of Ahmad in recent years.

It shouldn’t be surprising then that one of the Brotherhood’s documents from  2004 lists  CAIR and the Islamic Association for Palestine, from  which CAIR’s leadership came, among its “working organizations.” A 2007 court  filing is even clearer: “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.”

Ayloush has been the Executive Director of CAIR’s Greater Area of Los Angeles  chapter since 1997. In December 2001, CAIR-CA’s website published a photo  of him with Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, a senior Muslim Brotherhood cleric that  styles himself as the “Mufti of martyrdom operations” and preaches in favor of  Hamas, suicide bombings and the destruction of Israel. Ayloush views him as an  authoritative source. During a discussion about zakat in October 2002, he referenced  the view of “many scholars,” but only mentioned one: Qaradawi. To date, there is  no repudiation of Qaradawi on the CAIR-CA website or on Ayloush’s personal  blog.

In 2010, Ayloush said,  “I cannot think of one Muslim scholar that I know of, that I have ever heard of,  who has actually condoned terrorism.” Qaradawi’s consistent support for violent  jihad is well-known to even his most passive observers. Ayloush either is  stunningly ignorant of the “scholar” he references or agrees with Qaradawi’s  opinion of what qualifies as terrorism.

In January 2004, he spoke  of the “legitimate right of the Palestinians to defend themselves against the  Israeli occupation” and in 2006, he described  the kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers by Hamas and Hzbollah as a “military  operation.” The Israeli response, on the other hand, he said was “very  reminiscent to the Nazi style of collective punishment.in response to a  resistance.”

Ayloush consistently depicts the actions taken by the U.S. government against  Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood entities as acts of oppression. He ridiculed  the government for freezing the assets of the Holy Land Foundation in 2001,  saying, “As we see one charitable organization after the other having its assets  frozen and its offices closed, you know, the shift from fighting terrorism is  slowly happening towards a fight against symbols of Islam or Islamic activism in  the U.S.”

He even said the closing of these so-called “charities” is an act of  genocide. On June 21, 2006, he spoke at a conference sponsored by various  Brotherhood-tied groups like CAIR, the Muslim  American Society, the Muslim  Students Association and the Muslim  Public Affairs Council. He said,  “And any attempt to close down a legitimate relief organization is an attempt to  starve the Palestinian people.Any attempt to close down relief for the  Palestinians is an attempt at genocide.”

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