“Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war
that knows no borders or seldom has a face.”
– Jacques Chirac
Friends of Israel Under Attack
Jews, Christians, and all friends of Israel should consider themselves put on notice: Hamas is alive and well in America and is being protected by the liberal media and the Hamas front group known as CAIR.
Hamas Rears Its Ugly Head in L.A.
On Sunday, July 13, 2014, some 3,000 demonstrators in support of Israel gathered outside the Los Angeles Federal Building in Westwood, a district of Los Angeles. The demonstration concluded with a violent act perpetrated by four Palestinian protesters who reportedly beat pro-Israel demonstrators with flag poles.
At the beginning of the rally, pro-Israel demonstrators wrapped in American and Israeli banners, and flying flags, cheered and chanted slogans in favor of Israel’s assertion of its self-defense rights. Drivers often honked their horns in support of Israel. By rally’s end, the numerous protesters had swollen the ranks of the pro-Israel crowd into the thousands. The crowd remained peaceful, well-behaved, and cheerful throughout the demonstration.
Palestinians on the Attack
A small group of two dozen Palestinians or so, with a Palestinian banner flying, roughly pushed their way through the group of Israel supporters. This first brush with the Palestinians ended without incident, the pro-Israel group refusing to be taunted into taking the bait to get physical. The Hebrew chant of “Am Yisrael Chai!” (“The People Israel Lives!”) continued, as the Palestinian group grew to around 200. After the initial contact between the groups, the Los Angeles Police made sure to maintain a safe distance between the two camps.
But as the rally was drawing to a close, any semblance of peace was upset, when a pickup carrying four men with Palestinian flags and long flag poles arrived on the scene. These four Palestinian citizens, all Orange County residents, are reported to have attacked the pro-Israel demonstrators with a high level of aggression, using their flag poles as weapons with which to beat the peaceful demonstrators. According to Brian Thomas of the LAPD West Los Angeles Patrol Division, the Palestinians would not desist until a Federal Protective Service officer, under the aegis of the Department of Homeland Security, opened fire on the assailants. The men were detained by Los Angeles Police moments later, and were kept for five hours in LAPD custody, before being transferred to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
A separate account by a pro-Israel demonstrator, who was at the rally, was that the Muslim aggressors attacked the pro-Israel demonstrators at the rally by charging them with their flag poles, trying to impale some of them upon the tips of the poles. When this did not work out, they proceeded to beat their victims vigorously, using the poles. The jihadis were, ultimately, stopped by security personnel and pushed back into their pickup, ending the assault.
CAIR Steps In
CAIR has recently asked the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office as well as the Central District of California U.S. Attorney’s Office to dismiss the assault charges against the four Hamas supporters who now stand accused of assault against the pro-Israel demonstrators. CAIR claims that the situation does not merit assault charges being brought. But, as a branch of Hamas charged with promoting jihad, CAIR necessarily must participate in acts of taqiyya, from time to time; taqiyya is the Muslim right, under Islamic law, to lie in order to protect Muslims against unbelievers.
The four Muslims charged are Mohammed Elkhatib, Fadi Obeidallah, Hassan Kriedeh, and Mostafa Hafez. And their case has been taken over by the Greater Los Angeles area chapter of CAIR (known as CAIR-LA). CAIR-LA has sent letters to the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice (USDOJ) and the Central District of California’s US Attorney’s Office, calling on them to investigate shots that were fired at the four Palestinians by a DHS officer at the demonstration.
CAIR’s version of the event, which does not match eyewitness accounts of the pro-Israel demonstrators or police personnel present at the rally, is that Elkhatib, Obeidallah, Kriedeh, and Hafez were in their pickup truck on Wilshire Boulevard, when pro-Israeli protesters allegedly accosted them, stole their Palestinian flag, and stomped on it. The four men claim that they were attacked upon attempting to retrieve the flag, although they do not dispute the fact that they found themselves safe from injury at the conclusion of the alleged hostilities.
CAIR Attorney Fatima Dadabhoy has stated the following: “These men were the victims of a federal officer who opened fire on them, so it is ludicrous that the victims of the incident are the ones being charged with a crime.” Since the officer fired on the jihadis to make them stop attacking peaceful protesters, this statement by Dadabhoy turns everything on its head. Dadabhoy further says, “Prosecution of this case will send the message that pro-Palestinian supporters are not protected in the exercise of their First Amendment activities,” and calls on the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice and the US Attorneys’ Office of the Central District of California to investigate, in order to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. Events on the ground, however, as reported by police and protesters who were there, would seem to indicate that the Hamas supporters, in fact, were actually the ones acting to abrogate the Constitutional rights of the pro-Israel protesters.
CAIR Is the American Branch of Hamas
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was founded, in 1994, by Nihad Awad, who had been the Public Relations Director of the Islamic Association for Palestine, and Omar Ahmad, who had been President of IAP. These two men were radical Muslims in charge of public relations and member recruitment for Hamas. The reason we know this is because the IAP, from which they sprang, was founded by Mousa Abu Marzook, a senior Hamas operative. CAIR is, therefore, the modern-day face of Hamas—which is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood—in the United States.
CAIR propaganda, however, would have it that the organization is, according to Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, nothing more than “a Muslim NAACP.” This taqiyya-inspired comparison should prove to be insulting to NAACP, since that organization promotes a culture of equality, as opposed to CAIR’s promotion of Muslim superiority and anti-Semitism. The NAACP is also non-violent and, to date, has never condoned the anti-Semitic perspective that is part and parcel of Hamas’ raison d’être.
CAIR Is Let Off the Hook
In 2007, CAIR was named by US Federal Prosecutors as unindicted co-conspirators in a Hamas funding case, involving the Holy Land Foundation, which, in 2009, caused the FBI to cease working with CAIR outside of criminal investigations. FBI Special Agent Lara Burns reported that CAIR was “a front group for Hamas.” The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported that on August 7, 2007, Burns testified at the Holy Land Foundation trial that CAIR was “listed as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee” and that CAIR had received funding from the Foundation. This was in direct contradiction to Nihad Awad’s 2003 testimony before Congress. Further, it was contended that co-founders Awad and Ahmad were also, individually, members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee in America.
But the Obama Administration’s Justice Department refused to charge CAIR with any crime, and, pursuant to a motion brought by CAIR, a federal court sealed any and all records of its designation as a terrorist group, on October 20, 2010, in a ruling that such designation violated the group’s civil rights. With skilled legal representation, and with the support of the Obama Department of Justice, since 2010, CAIR has flourished.
CAIR is aggressively out to promote radical Islam. And, in the process, if they can manage to harm Jews, Christians, or others who would stand in their way, they will stop at nothing to do so. Doctrinaire Muslims will lie religiously in their efforts to defame their enemies and to turn the tables on them legally and culturally. So be cautious in how you choose to interact in any environment in which you might run afoul of these radical Islamists.
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