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Censoring Moderate Muslims  Daily Caller  July 19, 2017
Excuses Fail an Islamist "Charity"  Gatestone Institute  July 3, 2017
How CAIR Shaped San Diego's Public Schools  California Political Review  June 15, 2017

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Nonviolent Islamism in the News

Europe's female imams challenge Muslim patriarchy – and fight Islamophobia  Christian Science Monitor  July 19, 2017
Canadian Islamist Groups Lose Charity Status Over Potential Militant Financing  Investigative Project  July 19, 2017
Supreme Court allows extended family under travel ban exemption  The Hill  July 19, 2017
In Wake Of Detroit Cases, American Muslims Target Female Genital Mutilation  Federalist  July 19, 2017
Judge keeps doctor jailed in mutilation case  Detroit News  July 19, 2017

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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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Tariq Ramadan Defends Female Genital Mutilation: 'Part of Our Tradition' and an 'Internal Discussion' for Muslims Only

by David M. Swindle  •  Wed, 14 Jun 2017, 5:43 PM

Last week Imam Shaker Elsayed of the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, was roundly condemned after a video emerged, courtesy of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), in which he recommends female genital mutilation to avoid "hypersexuality."

Elsayed has since tried to withdraw his comments and apologized, saying "I admit that I should have avoided it. I hereby take it back. And I do apologize to all those who are offended by it."

Elsayed's weak-tea apology has not slowed the loud calls in the Muslim community for the Dar al-Hijrah mosque to fire him. But on Monday, influential Islamist thinker and activist Tariq Ramadan released a 10 minute video on Facebook expressing support for Elsayed staying on. Ramadan stated Muslim leaders who advocate for FGM should be understood as "brothers," part of "our community" and Muslims who disagree should engage them with "internal discussion" and are instructed "not to expose them." Here are some of the highlights from this video.

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ISNA Shows Its Colors

by Oren Litwin  •  Fri, 9 Jun 2017, 3:03 PM

On June 30th, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) will kick off their annual convention in Chicago. As in previous years, the convention's featured speakers will include exceptional community activists, journalists, academics, and religious scholars from the American Muslim community.

Unfortunately, the ISNA Convention will also be featuring several speakers with extremist histories or links—again, as in previous years. Several of these extremists are considered leaders of American Muslim community institutions (including ISNA itself), which surely places the community in something of a quandary. ISNA needs to decide if it will continue to welcome such hateful views at the very same time as it claims to be opposing radicalism, or if it will truly turn over a new leaf and allow a new, more tolerant generation of leaders to emerge.

Perhaps the worst of the extremist speakers include:

1. Nihad Awad

Nihad Awad is executive director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR was branded an unindicted co-conspirator during the 2008 trial of the Holy Land Foundation. Awad publicly supported the terrorist group Hamas as far back as 1994 and referred to Hamas and Hezbollah as "liberation movements" in an Arabic interview with Al-Jazeera in 2004.

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Hardline Salafist Yasir Qadhi Headlines Islamic Society of Boston's Ramadan Fundraiser

by David M. Swindle  •  Fri, 2 Jun 2017, 2:45 PM

The Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) has long established itself as one of America's most virulent wellsprings of Islamist activism. Originally founded in 1981 by Muslim Students Association members from the surrounding universities -- including the Al Qaeda operative Abdulrahman Alamoudi, who 20 years later would plead guilty to conspiring to assassinate the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and receive a 23-year prison sentence -- and formerly affiliated with entities established by the Muslim Brotherhood, the ISB has frequently hosted fundamentalist imams preaching hateful doctrines.

Now, with tomorrow's Ramadan fundraiser, the ISB reaffirms its position as the vanguard of Islamist hate in America. The featured guest will be Yasir Qadhi, a Salafi imam with a long record of preaching hateful views about Jews, gays, Christians, liberals, adulterers, Shia Muslims, and non-Muslims. Due to his extreme ideas, the United Kingdom's Charity Commission is currently investigating a charity for hosting him.

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The 45 Most Important Islamism Stories From May 2017

by David M. Swindle  •  Thu, 1 Jun 2017, 4:47 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 my picks for 40 of the most important items from May that you won't want to miss:

1. University at Buffalo Spectrum, May 1: Discontent spreads as Robert Spencer's visit to UB nears

2. Buffalo News, May 1: No violence, but UB speaker greeted with tension, heckling

3. FrontPage Magazine, May 1: CNN's Islamist Offers Christophobia, Judeophobia and Hinduphobia

4. Free Beacon, May 2: DNC Quiet on Vice Chair's Full-Throated Defense of Anti-Israel Activist

5. Copenhagen Post, May 2: Denmark reveals first blacklist for hate preachers

6. Detroit News, May 2: Senate panel OKs tougher bills for genital mutilation

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