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And a FOURTH Foreign Imam Promotes Hatred—Cancel His Visa!

by Oren Litwin  •  Fri, 12 Jan 2018, 4:52 PM

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The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has yet again discovered an extremist imam who delivered an anti-Semitic sermon in Arabic, this time in Raleigh, NC. The imam, Syrian-born Abdullah Khadra, spoke on December 8, 2017—the same day as the violent sermon delivered by Aymen Elkasaby in New Jersey, and that of Raed Saleh Al-Rousan in Houston, which followed the Trump administration's acknowledgment of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Just as the others did, Khadra called upon Muslims to "contribute to regaining" control over Israel, saying, "The Prophet Muhammad gave us the glad tidings that at the End of Time, we will fight those Jews until the rocks and the trees will speak: Oh Muslim, this is a Jew behind me." Here, Khadra was referencing the infamous Hadith which continues, "...there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him."

Along with the Davis, CA imam Ammar Shahin, who in July 2017 called on Muslims to kill Jews around the world, this brings the number of extremist imams revealed by MEMRI since 2017 to four.

Astoundingly, all four of these imams came to the United States using a student visa or a religious-worker (R-1) visa. Khadra first came to America on an R-1 visa in 2011. (In April 2017, he was reported to be applying for political asylum.) Elkasaby's employer applied for an R-1 visa for him in 2016.

Shahin came to the United States in 1999 on a student visa — initially to study computer science, but then remaining as a perennial student of Arabic, Islamic Studies, and Islamic Sciences. (He is currently a PhD student at the Islamic University of Minnesota, which is known for pervasive links to extremism.) Similarly, Al-Rousan came to the U.S. in 2007 from Jordan to pursue a masters degree at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana, almost certainly using a student visa.

As the saying goes, once is happenstance, twice is coincidence... but four times? America has no need to import hatred from abroad, to infect our own communities. An easy first step is to simply enforce existing law. The Trump administration's "extreme vetting" program imposes no new requirements on visa applicants, merely providing the resources and bureaucratic mandate for screeners to apply the requirements that already are in place. Beyond that, visa holders who incite violence in this fashion should jeopardize their legal status in this country. Abuse our hospitality, and we have no reason to continue extending it.

All we need is the political will to enforce our own laws, and to protect the U.S. Muslim community from the virus of foreign hatreds.

 

Muslim Groups' Gathering in Atlanta Troubling

by David M. Swindle  •  Fri, 29 Dec 2017, 12:17 PM

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The 23rd annual ICNA-MAS Southeast Convention in Atlanta earlier this month featured a host of extremist speakers.

Letter to the Editor:

Last weekend, metro Atlanta was the site of a convention for two controversial Muslim groups, the Islamic Circle of North America and the Muslim American Society.

ICNA began in 1971, as the American arm for Pakistani Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami, an organization linked to the Taliban.

MAS started in 1993 and federal prosecutors dubbed it "the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America."

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CAIR Condemns Anti-Semitism...Or Not

by Samantha Rose Mandeles  •  Wed, 20 Dec 2017, 2:53 PM

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On December 13 and 18, Islamist Watch contacted Afaf Nasher, the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) New York branch to ask for comment on a video from the December 8 anti-Israel rally in Times Square. As multiple video clips show, protesters were caught screaming the popular Islamist chant, "Khaybar, Khaybar ya Yehud! Jaysh e Muhammad sa ya'ud!" ("Khaybar, Khaybar, O you Jews! The army of Muhammad is returning!")

The phrase refers to a battle fought by Muhammad and his army against a tribe of Arabian Jews, (in which the tribe was largely exterminated) and is now used to threaten modern Jews with a similar fate.

Chants led by staff members of CAIR's frequent event partnersAmerican Muslims for Palestine and Al Awda: Palestinian Right of Return Coalition—included hysterically screeched renditions of "With spirit and blood, we'll redeem Al Aqsa!" and "Intifada, Intifada, long live the Intifada!"

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A Surprising Statement from CAIR-New Jersey

by Oren Litwin  •  Wed, 13 Dec 2017, 6:09 PM

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On Friday, Dec. 8th, a New Jersey imam gave a hate-filled sermon in which he called for the Jews to be killed "down to the very last one," as we wrote about previously. Today, asked to comment on the episode, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) New Jersey director Jim Sues released a gratifying statement in response.

Here is Mr. Sues's statement to Islamist Watch: "CAIR has a long history of challenging anti-Semitism in all its forms. We believe that statements expressed in this sermon are inappropriate and should be condemned."

We applaud Mr. Sues for his willingness to confront anti-Semitism—a willingness which is especially noteworthy because other CAIR branches and CAIR's national office have often turned a blind eye to anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred as well. For example, extremist cleric Siraj Wahhaj is often tapped to headline CAIR events—including a banquet held by CAIR-San Francisco just a few weeks ago—despite his longstanding bigotry and support for actual violence.

Indeed, on this very topic of the New Jersey sermon, media figures have reached out to CAIR-National communications director Ibrahim Hooper for a statement, and to date have been ignored. (We will update this post if they do get a response.)

We hope that the courage shown by Jim Sues will soon become the norm among CAIR chapters, and perhaps, in time, CAIR National itself.

 

Montel Williams Abandons CAIR for Blasting NYPD after Terror Attack

by David M. Swindle  •  Tue, 12 Dec 2017, 5:35 PM

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It's hard to tell which is more stunning, the statement itself or the fact that the New York branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) chose to act as messenger and megaphone.

ABC-7 New York reported today that the family of 27-year-old Akayed Ullah – arrested on Monday after a bomb attached to him exploded in an underground corridor near Times Square -- issued the following statement, read by CAIR-NY legal director Albert Fox Cahn:

We are heartbroken by the violence that was targeted at our city today, and by the allegations being made against a member of our family. But we are also outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials who have held children as small as four years old out in the cold and who held a teenager out of high school classes to interrogate him without a lawyer, without his parents. These are not the sorts of actions that we expect from our justice system, and we have every confidence that our justice system will find the truth behind this attack and that we will, in the end, be able to learn what occurred today. Thank you for your time.

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New Jersey Mosque Imam Calls for Genocide

by Oren Litwin  •  Tue, 12 Dec 2017, 11:03 AM

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On Friday, December 8th, the Islamic Center of Jersey City featured a Friday khutbah (sermon) given by Imam Aymen Elkasaby. In it, he rages at Israel for its control over Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, calling the Jews "apes and pigs" and "the most cowardly of nations [and the] weakest of all peoples," and says that fighting to regain control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a religious obligation for all Muslims. He closes his sermon with the following charming prayer: "Allah, make us among your armies.... Allah, we ask you to grant us martyrdom on the threshold of Al-Aqsa Mosque.... Count them one by one, and kill them down to the very last one. Do not leave a single one on the face of the Earth."

Elkasaby is apparently new at the Center; the first video on ICJC's YouTube channel featuring him is from this August. And his rabid extremism seems out of place at a mosque which just last month was host to the second annual "Interfaith Gathering of Unity," sponsored by the Hudson County Brotherhood/Sisterhood Association. Moreover, the president of the mosque, Ahmed Shedeed, is considered mainstream enough to be the invited guest of Cory Booker during President Obama's final State of the Union address in 2016. One might wonder why the mosque brought on such an extremist as Elkasaby.

Ironically enough, Imam Elkasaby was a featured participant in the abovementioned Interfaith Gathering of Unity. Perhaps its organizers should take better care to identify the extremists who feign tolerance, all the while calling for mass murder.

 

Islamic Center of New England Gives Platform (Again) to Deobandi Imam

by Sam Westrop  •  Fri, 8 Dec 2017, 6:43 PM

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Readers might remember our article about the Islamic Center of New England (ICNE) earlier this year. ICNE operates two mosques near Boston that have histories of promoting Islamist organizations and preachers. After we alerted Congressman Joe Kennedy to this extremism, he cancelled a visit to one of its mosques in Sharon, MA.

ICNE wasn't always radical. Once, its imam was Talal Eid, a prominent moderate Muslim cleric. Eid was forced out, however, by Islamists who took over the mosque: Abdulbadi Abousamra, whose son is a FBI most-wanted ISIS leader; and Hafiz Masood, the brother of the terrorist leader behind the Mumbai attacks and now a spokesman for one of his brother's organizations.

These days, ICNE is controlled by a number of local Islamist operatives, who bring extremist speakers to address the local community on an almost-weekly basis.

ICNE's upcoming lecture on December 16, for example, is titled "Prophetic Empathy," and will be delivered by an imam named Mikaeel Smith.

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CAIR Doesn't Care About Hate Speech

by Samantha Rose Mandeles  •  Tue, 5 Dec 2017, 10:49 AM

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Last month, Islamist Watch recorded three separate instances in which the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) refused to comment on hate speech--against Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

CAIR claims to be a civil rights and advocacy organization, fighting for "justice and mutual understanding." Yet, CAIR has already ignored three egregious instances of Islamist defamation of others.

On November 6th, we contacted CAIR-New York and CAIR-National to ask for comment about Ayat Oraby, a New York-based Islamist 'journalist' who supports the Muslim Brotherhood and spreads conspiracy theories about Coptic Christians. Afaf Nasher, executive director of the New York branch, answered our email by claiming that CAIR only deals with "domestic civil rights issues." (Of course, we know this is not true; CAIR has commented on hate-speech before. When we pointed this out to her, we received no response.)

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Leading American Islamist Endorses Violent Anti-Ahmadi Group

by Sam Westrop  •  Fri, 1 Dec 2017, 4:05 PM

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Islamist Watch published an article in the Daily Caller last week about a conference in Virginia organized by a group named Khatme Nubuwwat (KN), an international network dedicated to inciting violence and hatred against Ahmadiyya Muslims, a peaceful Islamic sect hated by Islamists.

Conference speakers declared that Ahmadi Muslims are "infidels," claimed America is a "land of infidels" and glorified violent jihad. Read our article for more information.

KN does not, however, just organize conferences. It disseminates leaflets advocating that Ahmadis should be killed, organizes anti-Ahmadi riots in Pakistan, and was reportedly responsible for bringing blasphemy charges in Pakistan against Asia Bibi, a young woman who was subsequently sentenced to death.

This behavior would shock most Muslims. But not America's leading Islamists.

After the conference in VA, in response to our article and several others, KN lashed out at critics, and published an audio message by prominent Islamist Hassan Shibly, who runs the Florida branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Shibly endorses KN and its conference. He falsely claims the KN speakers did not advocate violence (despite recordings of the conference revealing otherwise) and refers to Ahmadi critics as "heretical." KN has since removed the audio file, but Islamist Watch made a copy:

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The 55 Most Important Islamism Stories in November 2017

by David M. Swindle  •  Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 4:52 PM

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For many years now Islamist Watch's senior research fellow David Rusin has maintained an archive of links and excerpts to stories relating to Islamism both at home and abroad. He usually adds 5-10 items each day and here are 48 of the most important picks from November that you won't want to miss:

1. Swiss Info, November 1: Tariq Ramadan denies multiple rape accusations

2. KRON, November 1: Bay Area CAIR: President Trump using New York terror attack to scapegoat Muslims

3. The National, November 1: French official knew of Tariq Ramadan's 'violent' sexual encounters but failed to act

4. WPEC, November 1: CAIR worries how NY attack will dictate treatment of Muslim community

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5. Newsmax, November 1: Dr. Zuhdi Jasser: Islam Needs a Reformation

6. Evening Standard, November 2: Londoner to be charged with causing FGM in landmark UK prosecution

7. Detroit News, November 2: Panel sends genital mutilation bill to U.S. House

8. Farzana Hassan at the Toronto Sun, November 2: The radical Islamists are very much a part of the problem

9. Free Beacon, November 3: Harvard Org to Honor CAIR Founder

10. Greek Reporter, November 6: Greek Gov't Fails to Respond to Turkish Vice President's Irredentist Behavior

11. Phoenix New Times, November 6: Despite Armed Protests, CAIR-Arizona Banquet Gets Record Turnout

12. AFP, November 6: Oxford's Ramadan rejects new sexual misconduct claims

13. New York Daily News, November 6: Bo Dietl tweets photo of de Blasio with activist Linda Sarsour wearing head scarf, asks if NYC can 'trust this guy'

14. Investigative Project, November 6: Tariq Ramadan's Fans Insist He's Not a Rapist: It's the Women's Fault. And the Jews'

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