CAIR Official Elected Delegate to Democrat Convention

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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 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.”

Ayloush also defends some known extremists. He stands by the innocence of Sami al-Arian, a  Brotherhood member convicted for being a leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad  terrorist group. He has spoken  at events to  raise money for his legal fees. In 2006, he spoke at a banquet for Sami  al-Arian, a convicted terrorist found to be a Brotherhood member and leader of  the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the U.S. He also stood  up for Sheikh Wagdy Ghoneim, an Egyptian Brotherhood cleric and vocalextremist,  who was deported.

In a September 23, 2011, sermon titled, “The  Best Jihad: Challenging Injustice,” he said that the “Irvine  11,” a group of students who so disrupted a speech by the Israeli  ambassador that it could barely progress, were only charged because of three  reasons: They are Muslim, Israel is a “sacred cow’ and because they defended  Palestinians in Gaza. The goal is to “intimidate” and “silence” criticism of  Israel, Ayloush told the mosque attendees.

This is a sharp sharp  contrast to how CAIR treats  anti-Islamist Muslims like Dr. Zuhdi Jasser that dare to criticize them and  other Brotherhood derivatives. Ayloush has “re-tweeted” several condemnations of  Jasser and his appointment to a government post.

He is a leading critic of the government’s counter-terrorism efforts and  tells Muslims that they are part of a systematic persecution. In April 2009, he  spoke at a mosque and said  that the FBI mustn’t be allowed to have informants in mosques. “Our youth, who  they [the FBI] try to radicalize are off limits.” He claims  that the FBI hires informants to “instigate acts of violence to ruin the  reputation of the Muslim community.”

In May 2004, he said  that the U.S. had become the “new Saddam” and implored the country to “end this  hypocrisy, this hypocrisy that we are better than the other dictator.” In March  2008, he said that  in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, Somalia and other Muslim  countries, the U.S. is “supporting occupation, instability, the interests of  defense and war companies and the corrupt allies and puppet regimes.” He  envisioned “an America that can defeat terrorists without having to act like  one.”

To be fair, in 2006, he told a columnist that he and CAIR rejected comments  made by Imam Abdel Malik-Ali in support of terrorism in Israel, saying  “The targeting of civilians is a crime that can never be justified, no matter  what just cause it claims to serve.” And in a recent sermon,  he warned Muslims against embracing false conspiracy theories.

His personal blog (which  links to Nihad Awad’s blog) has some concerning features.

On November 28, he reposted  an article entitled, “Those Who Support Democracy Must Welcome the Rise of  Political Islam.” Political Islam is another term for the Islamist ideology of  the Brotherhood

On June 23, 2007, he republished an article  arguing that Hamas is better than Fatah. Titled “West Chooses Fatah but  Palestinians Don’t,” it says, “Here in the U.S., Hamas is routinely demonized,  known primary for its attacks on civilians.” It concedes that both Hamas and  Fatah have done “unspeakable” things but that the U.S. should embrace Hamas.  “Hamas did not run into Western opposition because of its Islamic ideology but  because of its opposition to (and resistance to) the Israeli occupation.  Ironically, it is Hamas that is taking the stands that would be prerequisites  for a true two-state peace plan,” the author writes.

Ayloush gave a speech on May 11, posted on his blog, titled “Don’t  Forget Palestine.” He tells the audience that Arab dictators like Bashar  Assad and Israel are “two sides of the same coin” and need each other. Assad  justifies his oppression in the name of fighting Israel and Israel justifies its  “oppression” in the name of defense against enemies like Assad.

Ayloush accuses Israel of indiscriminately detaining innocent Palestinians  for months at a time, including children. Israel confiscates Palestinian homes  in order to build settlements and maintains the only Apartheid state in the  world, he says. He preaches that there is an “Islamophobia” network in the U.S.  that spreads “anti-Muslim” sentiment and promotes conflict with the Muslim world  and “nine out of ten” are right-wing supporters of Israel. The goal, Ayloush  assets, is to “demonize the Palestinians” and “anyone who dares to speak up for  the rights of the Palestinians in order to cover up the crimes committed by  Israel.”

In another blog post,  he links to a statement by has-been Hollywood star Roseanne Barr denouncing  Israel as a “Nazi state.” In the comments underneath the post, he said his  purpose was to highlight Jews “willing to take a principled stand in criticizing  Israel’s racism and savagery.” An e-mail from Ayloush in 2002 shows why he  favors her comments. He wrote,  “Indeed, the zionazis are a bunch of nice people; just like their nazi brethren!  It is just that the world keeps making up lies about them! It is so unfair.”

According to Americans Against  Hate, he also posted a picture of an Israeli fighter jet with the words,  “guilty Israeli terrorists” and has put up photos of a dead Palestinian baby  wrapped in the flag of Hamas. Despite all of this, Ayloush is able to style  himself as an interfaith leader. On March 20, he tweeted that he’s going to  speak about Islam during a Sunday morning church service.

If the Democratic Party wants to rebut allegations that the administration is  a poor friend of Israel, having a delegate that complains about “ZioNazis” and  is a CAIR official, a group tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, is going  to be a tad bit of a problem.

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One thought on “CAIR Official Elected Delegate to Democrat Convention

  1. Tired of these Communist democRATs yet? Well what’s it gonna take? They gonna have to come to your front door and arrest you and your family first? It wont be long if you don’t wake up! Drones, Internet surveillance, UN troops inside American borders, lying, foreign, Communist, Muslim, ineligible, imposters in our White House! How much more of this do you intend to put up with? Ready for a NWO number tattoo?

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