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The 3 Hidden Truths Revealed When Imams Oppose the GLBTQ-Islamist Partnership  The Daily Wire  September 18, 2017
Credulous Journalists Help Islamists Thrive  The Daily Caller  September 12, 2017
Putting an End to Government Funding of Islamism  National Review  August 24, 2017

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Nonviolent Islamism in the News

Muslim Party 'Taken Over by Islamists' Rejected by Swedish Election Agency  Breitbart  September 20, 2017
Killing of Paris Jewish woman was anti-Semitic hate crime, prosecutors acknowledge  JTA  September 20, 2017
US designation of Muslim Brotherhood as 'terrorist' group needs time: Al-Sisi  Egypt Independent  September 20, 2017
Greek Justice Minister Withdraws Amendment That Would Recognize "Turkish Minority"  Greek Reporter  September 20, 2017
Did a Swedish council buy apartments for a man and his three wives?  The Local  September 19, 2017

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Act Now to Block Federal Funds to Islamic Relief Worldwide

by Sam Westrop  •  Thu, 7 Sep 2017, 3:46 PM

At some point in the next few hours, Congress will be voting on Congressman DeSantis's Amendment (115-31), which will ban Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) from receiving federal funds. IRW is an Islamist charity with links to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. It has a long history of promoting extremist ideology across both America and Europe. IRW claims to have already received $704,662 of taxpayers' money.

Please call your US Representative now. Ask him or her to support Rep. DeSantis's Amendment #115-31​ to the State & Foreign Operations Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354).

Click here to find their contact details: Alternatively, you can reach the Capitol switchboard here: (202) 224-3121.

Islamic Relief Talking Points

1. Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) is one of the most important Islamist institutions in the world. Established in England in 1984, IRW now serves as the headquarters for the Islamic Relief franchise, managing dozens of branches across the world and hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. For its entire history, IRW has been managed by Islamist operatives connected to extremist networks in Europe, America and the Middle East.

2. In 2014, the United Arab Emirates, a key ally of the United States, designated IRW as a terrorist organization because of its links to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. This ban followed similar accusations leveled against the charity in Israel and Egypt.

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The 35 Most Important Islamism Stories in August, 2017

by David M. Swindle  •  Thu, 31 Aug 2017, 3:06 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 30 of the most important picks from August that you won't want to miss:

1. Gatestone Institute, August 1: Europe: The Censored Film They Do Not Want You to See

2. WGME, August 1: State Rep. says female genital mutilation is happening in Maine

3. New York Times, August 1: When Progressives Embrace Hate

4. Fox News, August 2: Lawsuit filed after judge orders participants in public meeting not to say 'Muslim' or 'Islam'

5. WGME, August 2: Female genital mutilation bill dead after Senate vote

6. PJ Media, August 2: Google Manipulates Search Results to Conceal Criticism of Islam and Jihad

7. Daily Caller, August 3: CAIR Offers Guide To America's Civil Rights For Muslims Visiting Repressive Foreign Hellhole

8. BBC News, August 4: Protests at Birmingham mosque over controversial cleric

9. Daily Mail, August 10: Muslim leader Keysar Trad wants Australian men to be allowed multiple wives

10. Shireen Qudosi at Gatestone Institute, August 10: Jew-Hating Imams Need to Be Removed

11. Jordan Schachtel at Conservative Review, August 10: Tillerson's State Department hosts CAIR, radical Islamic groups

12. Ayaan Hirsi Ali at The Wall Street Journal, August 10: On Radical Islam, Trump Has Lost His Focus

13. LBC Radio, August 14: Maajid Nawaz On Why Making Young Muslim Girls Wear Headscarves Is Child Abuse

14. Amber Athey at the Daily Caller, August 16: Women's March's Linda Sarsour 'Sending Love' To Her 'Jewish Siblings'

15. Edwin Mora at Breitbart, August 17: State Department Confirms It Welcomed Visit from Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Group

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Prominent Iran-Linked Imam Detained on Child Pornography Suspicions

by Adam Lomax  •  Mon, 28 Aug 2017, 11:39 AM

On July 6, heavily-armed FBI agents reportedly raided the home of Shia cleric Mujahid Abdul-Karim at his home in Watts, South Los Angeles. According to a press release issued by Abdul-Karim's mosque, dozens of federal agents stormed the imam's residence at dawn, throwing flash grenades that shattered the house windows, and handcuffed Abdul-Karim and his family. Abdul-Karim has reportedly not been charged and he was released shortly after his detainment, although his computer was confiscated.

The account of this dramatic arrest has been provided by the supporters of Abdul Karim. The incident was also covered by media outlets based in Iran known to have strong ties with the regime and the Revolutionary Guards, such as the Tasnim News Agency. Abdul-Karim's supporters have been quick to claim anti-Muslim bigotry and racism are the reasons behind the court-authorized search.

However, Islamist Watch has obtained a copy of the search warrant.

The investigating agent's affidavit reveals that between 2013 and 2017, "The FBI determined that Karim or another individual at the subject premises [Karim's house] was searching for, and viewing, child pornography via the Internet." The court order's description of the internet searches is extremely disturbing.

It is important to point out that Abdul-Karim has not yet been charged. The search warrant itself, however, reveals some other interesting details. According to the investigating agent, the FBI only became aware of the child pornography because: "in connection to an unrelated investigation, the FBI was conducting court authorized surveillance on the KARIM Internet account." It appears that since 2012, or possibly earlier, the FBI has been investigating Abdul-Karim for other reasons. But on what grounds?

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Islamic Relief Chairman Seems to Hate Jews and Love Jihad

by Sam Westrop  •  Fri, 11 Aug 2017, 5:00 PM

Islamist Watch has uncovered further evidence of anti-Semitism promoted by senior officials of Islamic Relief, the largest Islamic charity in America.

Although Islamic Relief is a designated terrorist organization in the United Arab Emirates, it enjoys the support of governments and other charities all around the world, including $370,000 from the U.S. government in 2016, along with millions of dollars from the UN, European Union, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. As Islamist Watch has previously discussed, these public monies serve to subsidize Islamic Relief's funding of Hamas-linked organizations in the Gaza Strip. All across the globe, in fact, Islamic Relief branches are led by Islamists with close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist causes. Islamic Relief's U.S. branch (IR-USA) is no exception.

The current chairman of IR-USA is Khaled Lamada, a prominent Egyptian-American, who has a long history of involvement with Muslim Brotherhood organizations. He does not, in fact, shy away from publicly expressing his support for Islamist causes. His social media accounts are filled with Muslim Brotherhood insignia, including the notorious R4BIA sign – exhibited by Muslim Brotherhood supporters since 2013.

Worst of all, Lamada appears to hate Jews and admire violence against Israel. Writing and sharing posts mostly in Arabic, Lamada has circulated text praising the "jihad" of the "Mujahidin of Egypt" for "causing the Jews many defeats." He has republished claims on Facebook that praise Hamas for inflicting a "huge defeat" against the "Zionist entity."

Further, Lamada has circulated videos that claim the current leader of Egypt, President Sisi, is secretly Jewish, and that he opposes the Muslim Brotherhood on the orders of the Jews. The video further claims that Jews are sowing division among Egyptian Muslims by encouraging sexual activities. Lamada's only comment about these anti-Semitic conspiracies is: "I hope this is not true." Lamada has even disseminated claims that America is controlled by a Zionist lobby, which is working to demonize Muslims and plan an invasion of Sudan and the Nile Valley.

Lamada is not the only anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist running America's largest Islamic charity.

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Deedra Abboud Should Condemn Extremists, Not Share a Stage with Them

by Oren Litwin  •  Thu, 10 Aug 2017, 2:28 PM

Arizona Senate candidate Deedra Abboud is scheduled to appear at a benefit dinner for ICNA Relief, the relief arm of the Islamic Circle of North America, on October 14th. Although Abboud has presented herself as the new moderate face of the Muslim community, she will be sharing the stage with two extremist clerics, Siraj Wahhaj and Omar Suleiman.

When Abboud launched her Democratic bid for the Senate, her biography raised some eyebrows. She was the founding executive director for the Arizona chapter of CAIR, and also served as the Arizona director of the Muslim American Society's Freedom Foundation. Both of these organizations have had pervasive links to extremism. In addition, Abboud has defended several Muslims who committed terrorist acts.

Despite this history, she is better known for her community activism than for any personal extremism. It is disappointing, then, that she is now appearing at the same event with Siraj Wahhaj and Omar Suleiman, who exhibit the worst kind of bigotry and extremism.

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The 30 Most Important Islamism Stories in July 2017

by David M. Swindle  •  Mon, 31 Jul 2017, 2:53 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 22 of the most important picks from July that you won't want to miss:

1. CNN, July 1: DHS shifts focus of funding to counter violent extremism

2. Washington Times, July 2: ADL no friend of CAIR

3. BBC News, July 5: Saudi Arabia has 'clear link' to UK extremism, report says

4. Free Beacon, July 6: Linda Sarsour: Resisting Trump Is a 'Form of Jihad'

5. Investigative Project, July 7: Paranoid Terrorist Apologism Dominates ISNA Convention in Chicago

6. Fox News, July 9: Muslim Author: Activist Who Called For 'Jihad' Against Trump Is Using 'Muslim Brotherhood Playbook'

7. Detroit News, July 11: New Michigan laws fight female genital mutilation

8. Investigative Project, July 11: Linda Sarsour's All-Star Team of Radical Theologians

9. American Spectator, July 12: Pro-LGBT Muslim Group Kicked Out of Muslim Conference Where Linda Sarsour Spoke

10. Investigative Project, July 13: U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal's CAIR Ally Posts al-Qaida Leader's Video

11. The Federalist, July 13: A Muslim Reformer Explains How To Fight Islamism

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Violent Anti-Semitism at California Mosque

by Oren Litwin  •  Tue, 25 Jul 2017, 2:03 PM

Last Friday, the imam of the Islamic Center of Davis, Ammar Shahin, delivered a khutbah (sermon) on the occasion of Israel installing metal detectors around the Al-Aqsa Mosque—which they did after three terrorists emerged from the Mosque and murdered two policemen, and then took refuge back in the Mosque courtyard before being shot by security forces. The Palestinians have reacted with fury, not to the original attack, but to Israel's attempt to secure the site in its aftermath. Several people have died in rioting and terror attacks over the last few days, including members of a family sitting down to Friday night dinner who were stabbed to death.

Extremist imams in the West are encouraging that violence. Imam Shahin is an Egyptian-born cleric who studied at Egypt's Al-Azhar University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Islamic Studies from the Islamic University of Minnesota (IUM). IUM, which represents al-Azhar in the United States, is notable for being led by the extremist Walid Idris al-Meneesey—who frequently invokes anti-Semitic ahadith and who ruled in 2007 that Muslims were forbidden from participating with non-Islamic courts: "The authority to legislate belongs to Allah alone." IUM faculty have repeatedly refused to condemn ISIS or Hamas.

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Karim Abuzaid and the letter they didn't want you to see

by Sam Westrop  •  Wed, 19 Jul 2017, 11:12 PM

If you haven't yet read IW writer Ahnaf Kalam's article in the Daily Caller, you absolutely should -- click here.

The short of it: it has emerged that a Colorado newspaper, the Aurora Sentinel, caved to pressure from Islamist bullies and un-published a letter by PK Kaiser, a local Muslim and Democrat politician, which warned about the growing threat of Salafi extremism in his local community.

Below, we have republished his letter in full.

Kaiser's letter named a particular imam, Karim Abuzaid. After supporters of Abuzaid threatened Kaiser and complained to the newspaper, the Aurora Sentinel decided to remove the letter from their website.

As IW writer Ahnaf Kalam notes, the lily-livered Sentinel could have found plenty of examples of Abuzaid's extremism through a simple google search. But instead, the newspaper decided to "silence a moderate Muslim" and "kow-tow to the Islamists."

IW has now put together some video clips of Abuzaid's extremism, so you can listen to the kind of rhetoric being used to indoctrinate Colorado's Muslim youth -- the kind of rhetoric that the Aurora Sentinel is too afraid to report:

And now, here is the letter they didn't want you to see:

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ICNA Supports Imprisoned Senior Al Qaeda Leader Muhammad Rahim

by David M. Swindle  •  Thu, 13 Jul 2017, 2:51 PM

On June 24, the Islamic Circle of North America's (ICNA) Council for Social Justice expressed support for Senior Al Qaeda Leader Muhammad Rahim by sharing a propaganda video produced by CAGE, a frequent propagator of terrorist apologias.

The video presents Rahim as a pious, innocent man, tortured for no reason at all. To the extent that CAGE's propaganda acknowledges the charges against Rahim at all, it downplays them, naming him as an "alleged...translator for Al Qaeda... But never charged with any crime."

Who is Rahim really? Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told the press Rahim was: "one of [Osama bin Laden's] most trusted facilitators and procurement specialists... He had knowledge of or was involved in al Qaeda attacks planned against coalition forces in Afghanistan."

This is yet another example of ICNA's longstanding, regular support for Islamist extremists. In February this year, ICNA also shared a video on Facebook advocating for the convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui.

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U.S. Trinidad Embassy Invites CAIR for a Visit

by Oren Litwin  •  Mon, 10 Jul 2017, 3:59 PM

The island state of Trinidad has a serious problem with Islamist extremism—well over a hundred Trinidad citizens have joined ISIS, the greatest per-capita number in the Western Hemisphere. The concerned U.S. Embassy, trying to reach out to a local Muslim population that is no stranger to radicalism, recently brought Nezar Hamze, a "Muslim Community Outreach Expert," all the way to Trinidad to speak at the embassy's annual iftar. Hamze, however, is an official of the Florida branch of the terror-linked Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Now Trinidad has two problems.

To be fair, it is easy to understand why the Embassy would have thought of Hamze. He serves as a deputy sheriff in Broward County, Florida, and has carved out a niche for himself as a facilitator between the Muslim community and law enforcement officials. CAIR has used him to train several law enforcement organizations, including a national security delegation from France, on "preserving liberty" in the course of terror investigations.

On the other side of the coin, Hamze has been energetically providing defensive gun training to dozens of mosques in Florida—including the terror-linked Masjid Jamaat Al-Mumineen (MJAM), for which Hamze was roundly criticized. (MJAM's imam, Izhar Khan, was arrested for collecting money for the Taliban; while his father, Hafiz Muhammed Sher Khan, was convicted of all counts, Izhar's case was thrown out for lack of evidence.)

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