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New Jersey Mosque Features Call for Genocide    December 11, 2017
Why Is A Harvard University Student Group Honoring Islamist Extremist Nihad Awad?  The Daily Caller  December 1, 2017
Deobandis Meet in Virginia to Incite Violence Against Persecuted Islamic Minority  The Daily Caller  November 22, 2017

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Nonviolent Islamism in the News

When the 'Arab Street' Comes to Sweden  Bloomberg  December 11, 2017
Industry Panel Suggests Ways to Better Represent Muslims in Film and TV  Hollywood Reporter  December 11, 2017
Kids as young as four are being brainwashed by an ISIS spelling app at a British school  The Sun  December 10, 2017
Number of Salafists in Germany reaches record high  Deutsche Welle  December 10, 2017
Maajid Nawaz: It Is Not Racist To Talk About Muslims In Grooming Gangs  LBC Radio  December 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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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CNN's Islamist Romance

by Samantha Rose Mandeles  •  Mon, 27 Nov 2017, 11:18 AM

Earlier this month, the Daily Caller discovered that "a number of news articles published by CNN cited groups accused of ties to terror groups, even promoting donations to one group on two occasions." Linking this piece (written by "The CNN Impact Team") and this one, the Daily Caller showed CNN's active advancement—including an explanation, with links, of how to donate—of Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA).

Islamist Watch has written frequently about IRUSA, which has a long history of promoting extremist ideology across North America, and using taxpayer funding to do it.

Founded in 1984 in the U.K., the Islamic Relief (IR) franchise has spent many years expertly duping an unsuspecting public as to the true nature of the organization's activities. Though, as the CNN case shows, IR branches are frequently lauded as admirable human rights groups, the truth is more complicated—and more sinister.

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The Islamic Society of Boston: From One Scandal to Another

by Sam Westrop  •  Fri, 17 Nov 2017, 3:17 PM

Islamist Watch has published an article in The Algemeiner about our recent research into the Boston Islamic Seminary. I recommend you read our op-ed, which is here, and also take a look at our briefing paper.

To sum it up: the Boston Islamic Seminary (BIS) is working to provide an accredited graduate degree program that will "train chaplains, imams, and other leaders to serve in a variety of contexts." But as our investigation found, this next generation of clerics are being taught by Islamists among the BIS faculty and regular guest speakers who have long histories of promoting vile anti-Semitism.

Just one example: in 2016, BIS invited Abdelrahman Murphy to lecture its students. Murphy works for the Qalam Institute, which hosts a document on its website warning that Muslims who seek "cleanliness" and "purity" should "not resemble the Jews." Murphy has stated: "There is no such thing as an innocent Israeli."

Murphy used to work for the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB). And the Boston Islamic Seminary is, in fact, an ISB project. It was established by the ISB and remains run out of the ISB's mosque in Roxbury -- a neighborhood of Boston. As we noted in The Algemeiner, inaugural trustees of the ISB included Yusuf Al Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who was praised by Bin Laden, and Abdulrahman Alamoudi, an Al Qaeda fundraiser who was jailed in 2004 for conspiring with the Libyan regime to assassinate a Saudi Crown Prince.

So how will the ISB respond to the latest article exposing extremists in their ranks?

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Now Revealed: Millions of Foundation Dollars Flowing to Islamist Groups

by Sam Westrop  •  Wed, 8 Nov 2017, 4:56 PM

Make sure to read the Daily Caller's lead feature piece from Friday about an MEF campaign to identify and challenge millions of dollars of donations from major American corporate, community and independent foundations to prominent Islamist groups with long histories of links to terror and extremism.

Daily Caller: "Investigation: Foundations Gave Millions To Groups Accused Of Terror Ties"

In a nutshell: since 2000, 51 corporate foundations, 8 community foundations, 1 donor-advised fund, and 9 private foundations have given an astounding $5.6 million to seven Islamist groups: Islamic Relief USA, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Muslim American Society (MAS), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), ICNA Relief (the latter's charitable wing), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

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The 50 Most Important Islamism Stories in October 2017

by David M. Swindle  •  Mon, 30 Oct 2017, 4:49 PM

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 42 of the most important picks from October that you won't want to miss:

1. Reuters, October 1: Muslim-American Massachusetts activist launches run for Congress

2. The Washington Free Beacon, October 2: Linda Sarsour Tells Social Justice Rally Attendees to Be Ready to 'Put Their Lives on the Line'

3. Joe Kaufman at FrontPage Magazine, October 2: Terror-Linked Muslim Groups Providing Hurricane Relief

4. Toronto Sun, October 2: Toronto school board recalls, revises controversial Islamic guidebook

5. Gay Star News, October 2: Student 'forced to leave' university after saying extremist Islamic groups kill LGBTI people

6. Emily Shire at The Forward, October 3: Practice What You Preach, Linda Sarsour

7. Orlando Sentinel, October 3: Muslim professor in Orlando sues UCF

8. The Investigative Project, October 4: U.S.-Based MB Supporter Laments Anniversary of Terror Leader's Death

9. Joe Kaufman at FrontPage Magazine, October 5: Congressman Ted Deutch Speaks at Radical Boca Mosque

10. Toronto Sun, October 5: No more changes coming to TDSB Islamic guide

11. Farzana Hassan at the Toronto Sun, October 5: Edmonton terror attacks a reminder that we must take hateful ideology seriously

12. KPBS, October 5: CAIR San Diego Offering Bystander Intervention Training

13. Jordan Schachtel at Conservative Review, October 6: CAIR's Congress? 3 Democratic candidates you need to know about

14. Douglas Murray at Gatestone Institute, October 6: The Goal of Western Leaders: Avoid Change, Duck Accountability

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CAIR Exploits a Tragedy

by Sam Westrop  •  Fri, 20 Oct 2017, 5:30 PM

In May 2017, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche was stabbed, along with two others, on a train in Portland, Oregon. Meche stepped in, along with several others, to protect two teenage girls - one of whom was wearing a hijab - from the violent tirades of a fellow passenger. Meche and another good samaritan were fatally stabbed, while a third was seriously injured. Authorities have since named the killer as a "self-proclaimed white supremacist."

On November 18, the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is hosting a banquet at which Meche will be posthumously named a "Champion of Justice." Meche's mother, Asha Deliverance, is due to accept the award on her son's behalf. She is described in CAIR's event flyer as a "peace and love activist."

The murders in Portland were horrifying. It is only fitting that Meche and the other victims of this hate-crime should be honored by someone. But that someone should not be CAIR.

CAIR is exploiting this tragedy to further its own political agenda. It has organized this event to further the deceit that CAIR works to fight racism and hatred, only to distract from its long history of promoting such racism and hatred. At the very event honoring Meche, in fact, CAIR has also invited one of American's most extreme hate preachers - a Salafi cleric named Siraj Wahhaj.

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When Islamists Fall Out

by Sam Westrop  •  Fri, 13 Oct 2017, 7:39 PM

The Bayyinah Institute, a Salafi religious training organization, has filed papers at the Dallas County District Court seeking at least $200,000 from Omar Suleiman, a prominent Salafi cleric and a former "instructor" at Bayyinah.

According to the petition, Bayyinah claims that Suleiman breached his contract and a number of fiduciary duties, stole trade secrets and carried out "business disparagement designed to destroy Bayyinah" by threatening and making "false, defamatory statements."

The main thrust of the lawsuit, however, appears to be about $166,446 paid to a Jordanian production company for a film project. Bayyinah claims Omar Suleiman "convinced the Jordanian company to refuse to deliver the film to Bayyinah as agreed and to refuse to return the $166,446.00 paid by Bayyinah."

Interestingly, Bayyinah's lawsuit was lodged just a week after a number of Muslim women claimed they had been sexually harassed by Nouman Ali Khan, the founder and CEO of Bayyinah. In fact, Bayyinah is essentially just Nouman Ali Khan's personal project. The harassment claims caused a powerful scandal within the American Muslim community, and was even reported in Buzzfeed and as far away as Pakistan.

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