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Islamist Mosque a Regular Stopping Point for Virginia Politicians  The Daily Caller  August 10, 2017
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One-third of known French radicals are mentally disturbed: minister  AFP  August 22, 2017
Anti-Israel Leaders Hosted at State Dept. Seeking to Drive Wedge in U.S.-Israel Alliance  Free Beacon  August 21, 2017
Polish National Security Bureau chief ties terror to radical Islam  Polskie Radio  August 21, 2017
Radical mosque's 'community organizer' arrested in Boston  Conservative Review  August 21, 2017
Women in small Muslim sect say they have had FGM in Canada  Toronto Star  August 21, 2017

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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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The 50 Most Important Islamism Stories For June 2017

by David M. Swindle  •  Fri, 30 Jun 2017, 4:15 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 41 of the most important picks from June that you won't want to miss:

1. Detroit News, June 1: Dershowitz joins genital mutilation case defense team

2. New York Post, June 2: Linda Sarsour's commencement speech sparks small protest

3. Forward, June 2: Progressive Jewish Group Gives Linda Sarsour $10K For Security

4. Telegraph, June 3: Anti-Semite and a Muslim Brotherhood supporter behind new UK mosque

5. The Hill, June 4: Trump warns after London attack: 'We must stop being politically correct'

6. Jerusalem Post, June 5: German study: Over 50% of Muslim refugees hold antisemitic views

7. Telegraph, June 5: London terrorist Khuram Butt appeared in TV documentary The Jihadis Next Door and 'tried to go to Syria'

8. Detroit News, June 5: Reports: Dearborn cleric radicalized London attacker

9. Washington Post, June 5: A Virginia imam said female genital mutilation prevents 'hypersexuality,' leading to calls for his dismissal

10. Evening Standard, June 6: The dangerous myth of a single 'Muslim community' fuels Islamic extremism

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Senior Islamic Relief Official Praises Killing of Jews

by Sam Westrop  •  Fri, 30 Jun 2017, 3:40 PM

Yousef Abdallah is the East Coast Operations Manager for Islamic Relief, one of the largest Muslim charities in the world with dozens of branches. As a senior official of IR-USA, Abdallah frequently speaks on behalf of the charity in the media, at "peace-building" events, on Islamic television stations, and at dozens of different events across the country.

Despite Islamic Relief's claims to be a moderate charity, its invitations to the White House and the hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers' money it has received, the charity has a long history of promoting extremism and violent hatreds of minorities.

Yousef Abdallah is a perfect example of Islamic Relief's duplicity. When he is not in front of the cameras at interfaith events, his private social media posts reveal an intense, violent anti-Semitism.

When Republican politician Chris Christie backtracked after referring to the West Bank and Gaza as "occupied," Abdallah wrote: "Christie kneels down on his knees before the jewish lords and says 'I am sorry'. Only money makes stuff like this happen. Mr. Christie.. Muslims should remember this very well."

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Nouman Ali Khan & Friends

by Charlie Hastings  •  Mon, 19 Jun 2017, 5:16 PM

We have recently written quite a lot about Nouman Ali Khan. After looking through some of his sermons, we found this Salafi imam from Texas preaching that prostitutes and pornographic actors are "filth" and that "you have to punish them ... They're not killed; they're whipped. And they're whipped a hundred times." He has also declared that God gives men "license" to beat unfaithful wives and that Muslim women are committing a "crime" if they object to the religious text that he says permits this abuse.

Khan's latest offering is a post on his Facebook page, helpfully listing all the Islamist clerics he "loves" and "respects." He includes a photo of himself with each one. He decided to publish this post, Khan tells us, "to defend some people."

Whom, then, does Nouman Ali Khan want to defend? Whom does he "love"?

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