Keith Ellison keynotes CAIR gala in NYC

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Conservative Review, by Jordan  Schachtel, Feb. 28, 2018:

Over the weekend, Congressman Keith Ellison (who also serves as deputy chairman of the DNC) was the keynote speaker for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) New York chapter’s annual gala.

CAIR was founded in the early ’90s with the explicit goal of raising both financial and legislative support for the Hamas terrorist organization that now rules the Gaza Strip. The group was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism-financing case in U.S. history. It is now designatedas a terrorist organization in the UAE.

The New York chapter of CAIR is one of the most extremist-connected entities of a national organization that positions itself as a civil rights group. Quite a few CAIR-NY staffers and officials have in the past expressed support for Hamas and other fringe groups.

Current CAIR-NY board chairman Zead Ramadan has compared “anti-Muslim rhetoric” in America to the Nazi treatment of the Jews. Ramadan has also pointedly refused to condemn Hamas.

Former CAIR-NY board member Lamis Deek has offered support for Islamist uprisings against the “imperialist” United States. Deek also urged Muslims not to comply with federal counterterrorism investigations.

Cyrus McGoldrick, another former CAIR-NY official, has explicitly endorsed Hamas. In 2015, McGoldrick flew to Iran and went on its state-controlled media channels to curse the United States.

The current CAIR-NY legal director, Albert Cahn, recently provided legal representation to the ISIS truck terrorist who killed eight people in Manhattan late last year. In a statement to the press following the attack, Cahn said he was “outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials” in dealing with his terrorist client.

Here’s a photo of Cahn and Ellison from over the weekend.

The DNC deputy chairman has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons.

In January, he endorsed a book that promotes the ideology of Antifa, a communist organization that is considered a domestic terrorist group by both the DHS and FBI.

Conservative Review found that the Ellison-endorsed book calls for physical violence against Antifa’s opponents. “In truth, violence represents a small though vital sliver of anti-fascist activity,” a passages from the book reads.

We also recently learned that Ellison has a continuing relationship with the anti-Semitic preacher Louis Farrakhan, who is also a Nazi admirer and a 9/11 truther. Ellison has met with the bigoted Nation of Islam leader at least three times since entering office.

And Ellison recently attended a private dinner hosted by the president of the terrorist regime in Iran.

The DNC deputy chair’s career has been rife with conspiracy theories and fringe positions. His embrace and promotion of the terror-tied CAIR is just Ellison’s latest move in a congressional tenure filled with controversy.


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CAIR Official Sees “NYPD-CIA-Israeli” Conspiracy

by IPT News:

Council on American-Islamic Relations-New York (CAIR-NY) board member Lamis Deek espoused anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist views in a Facebook post Monday.

Deek peddles the idea of an “NYPD-CIA-Israeli alliance in NY,” and vows to New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelley and Mayor Michael Bloomberg that “Palestinian Flags will overwhelm NY streets soon….a personal, personal promise.”

Deek habitually accuses invokes Israeli bogeymen to her American audiences.

During a “Know Your Rights” presentation at a CAIR leadership conference and chapter banquet last April, Deek accused the Israeli Mossad of posing as FBI agents in America.

“It was discovered or published that a lot of the interviews that Muslims believed they were going into with the FBI, it turns out it wasn’t with the FBI at all,” Deek said. “Guess who it was? Mossad, Israeli intelligence in New York and New Jersey.”

Deek urged audience members to never talk to FBI agents, saying agents will break the law to set up Muslims.

“If an agent tries to arrest someone or search their property, “ask to see the warrant,” Deek advised later in the program, “because if the Mossad can go around pretending to be FBI, they can go around pretending to have search warrants.”

As a Palestinian activist and attorney, Deek has maintained her anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist stance for quite some years. Aside from her affiliation with CAIR-NY, Deek was a high profile organizer of the Viva Palestina convoy that departed for Gaza in July 2009.

During a fundraiser for that convoy, Deek said the goal was not about providing charity to needy people, but to make a political point for the Palestinian people. That point includes a future without Israel. “[I]n choosing Hamas, what they chose was one united Palestinian state on all of the 1948 territories from the north to the very south. That is what Palestinians chose. And in supporting Palestinian choice we are saying we support their right to liberation from violent colonialism.”

Deek is also a co-founder and co-chair of the Palestinian advocacy group, Al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition.

At a February 2011 Al-Awda and International Socialist Organization event at Barnard College, Deek proclaimed that “Israeli policy has always been to ethnically cleanse using layered forms of oppression and massacres.”