Largest U.S. Muslim Group Features Terror in Flagship Publication

2422069_origBy Joe Kaufman:

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest Muslim organization in the United States and Canada. It encompasses youth movements — including the largest Islamic collegiate group, the Muslim Students Association (MSA) — as well as hundreds of mosques throughout North America.

ISNA issues a bi-monthly publication titled Islamic Horizons. At face value, the magazine seems innocuous. However, it is filled with features and advertisements linked to radical Islamic thought and activity.

A feature story from the January/February 2013 issue covers the life of Nihad Awad, and how he came to found the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR was established as a part of an umbrella organization created by then-global head of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. Awad founded CAIR with two others via the then-American Hamas propaganda wing [1], the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), in which Awad held a leadership position.

The article conveniently leaves out the associations with Hamas of Awad and CAIR.

Another story in the same issue promotes Siraj Wahhaj, the imam of Brooklyn’s al-Taqwa mosque. This is the same Siraj Wahhaj named by the U.S. government as an “unindicted co-conspirator” for a trial dealing with the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, an act which resulted in the deaths of six innocent Americans. Wahhaj had been linked to the bombmaker of the attack [2], Clement Rodney Hampton-El, and during the trial he was a character witness for the spiritual leader of the attack — “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman — whom Wahhaj has openly praised.

Page 2 of last month’s issue of IH carried a full-page advertisement for Islamic Relief, asking readers to donate $10 for “Palestine emergency aid.” In May 2006, Israel labeled Islamic Relief a front for Hamas [3] after arresting the group’s Gaza program manager, Ayaz Ali, for providing “funds and assistance to various Hamas institutions and organizations.” Ali admitted that he had cooperated with local Hamas operatives.

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Joe Kaufman is an expert in the fields of counter-terrorism, foreign affairs and energy independence for America. He has been featured on all major cable networks, including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and C-SPAN. Kaufman has served as a consultant to different government agencies, and he has been instrumental in getting U.S.-based terrorist charities shut down and terror-related individuals put behind bars. Exactly one month prior to the September 11 attacks, Kaufman predicted the attacks by stating that the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was not an aberration and that it would happen again.

CAIR Leader Calling for Israel’s Destruction Leaves Organization

 

Cyrus McGoldrick

Cyrus McGoldrick

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By Joe Kaufman

Cyrus McGoldrick, the head of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), has announced his departure from the organization. This comes just weeks after McGoldrick was exposed for mimicking a slogan from Hamas calling for Israel’s destruction.

On his Facebook page, on Monday, January 7, McGoldrick stated, “It is with a heavy heart but also some excitement that I announce my departure from CAIR-New York.” He did not say why he was leaving CAIR, though he did ask those reading of his departure to “forgive me my shortcomings.” It was these shortcomings that might have pushed him out of the group.

On November 29, 2012, McGoldrick tweeted and posted to his Facebook page, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” Palestinian militants, including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), have been using this slogan for years. The river represents the Jordan River, and the sea is the Mediterranean – both sides of Israel. It denotes an end to Israel’s existence.

When it comes to making outrageous statements, McGoldrick has gained himself an unflattering reputation. In November, when Israel retaliated against Hamas, who had just fired hundreds of rockets into Israeli civilian neighborhoods, he chose to side with Hamas. He stated, “Gaza under attack for the last few days. May G-d protect them [Hamas] and grant them victory.

McGoldrick has publicly come out in support of a number of convicted terrorists and terrorist associates. They include:

  • Aafia Siddiqui, who had been sentenced to 86 years in prison for shooting at and attempting to kill American 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
  • Lynne Stewart, who had been sentenced to ten years in prison for smuggling messages from imprisoned “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman, the spiritual leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, to his violent followers in Egypt

Of them McGoldrick stated, “Until they are free, none of us are free.” That statement was made this month. And about Siddiqui, Mehenna and the Holy Land Foundation (HLF), an American Islamic charity that was shut down in December 2001 for raising millions of dollars for Hamas, he emphatically stated, “We have to fight for them.”

McGoldrick also took up the cause for Khader Adnan, a spokesman and senior West Bank leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). Adnan had been jailed by the Israelis and was in the midst of a hunger strike, a tactic he had previously used when he had been imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority (PA).

McGoldrick wrote, “We must all be Khader Adnan. I don’t believe in hunger strikes, but our brother is struggling with the only thing he has left: his life.” No mention was made of the scores of innocent people, including Americans, who had brutally lost their lives at the hands of Adnan’s PIJ.

CAIR, like McGoldrick, has had problems relating to terrorism. A number of the group’s officials have been convicted in and/or deported from the United States for terrorist-associated crimes. Indeed, CAIR can credit its very existence to leaders of Hamas and PIJ. CAIR was established as a part of the American Palestine Committee, an umbrella organization created by then-global head of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. And CAIR’s parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) – also part of Marzook’s umbrella – was co-founded by PIJ leader Sami al-Arian.

But while CAIR is no stranger to terror, representatives from the organization, many times, have been careful about voicing support for those convicted of terrorist acts. McGoldrick, on the other hand, is overt and outspoken in his support. He is someone who brings a lot of unwanted attention to CAIR, attention that CAIR doesn’t crave, especially after the group was named a party to Hamas financing not too long ago, especially when CAIR is attempting to paint itself as a civil rights group, especially now as it is trying to worm its way into government circles.

McGoldrick’s words have already gotten him in trouble. When he recently tweeted a wild accusation regarding investigative journalist and counter-terrorism expert Steve Emerson, saying that Emerson had been involved in “child pornography,” Emerson sued for defamation.

It is these things and more – “shortcomings” – that would cause a group such as CAIR to disassociate itself with Cyrus McGoldrick. He is the true face of CAIR but probably a face CAIR would wish to be hidden – at least, for now.

Joe Kaufman is a candidate for United States Congress. He is an expert in the fields of counter-terrorism, foreign affairs and energy independence for America.

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.”