* Â Â “The poor Hamas kidz of Chicago are victims of vicious slander by the far right wing extremist Joe Kaufmann and the powerful Jewish lobby, Â who are anti-Muslim and who are trying to give Islam a bad name.”
* Unfortunately M.T. Akbar can’t find any room for the fact that, according to aÂ 2004 Chicago Tribune exposÃ©, the Muslim American Society is the name under which the Muslim Brotherhood operates in the United States. Nor does it mention thatÂ according to a 1991 Brotherhood memorandumÂ about its strategy in the U.S., it is embarked upon a “grand Jihad” aimed at “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
M.T. AkbarÂ replies to an article by Joe “nuke Damascus” Kaufman inÂ FrontPageMagÂ which attacks the CAIR-sponsored Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) and asserts that CAIR itself aims to establish “a United States run by Hamas”.
* Â Here’s the article:
Chicago’s Hamas Youth
During the 1990s, the Hamas infrastructure within the United States was complete. It consisted of a propagation outlet, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP); a financing wing, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF); a command center, the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR); and a defense mechanism, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Today, only the latter exists, along with a remnant of the IAP, the Mosque Foundation. Both have a presence in the Chicago area, where group and mosque are working hard to indoctrinate young Muslims into radical Islam.
In 1981, two Muslim Brotherhood entities, which later would be widely regarded as being aligned with the terrorist Hamas, were established within the Chicago area of Illinois. One, the IAP, was created as a collaboratory effort between future Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook and future Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian. Soon after the onset of the violent PalestinianÂ IntifadaÂ against Israel, which began in 1987 and which gave birth to Hamas, the IAP became a publishing house for the Hamas charter and Hamas terror training videos.
Hamas kidz of Chicago:
Â CHICAGO – JULY 11: Businessman Muhammad Salah (R) leaves the federal courthouse after being sentenced to 21 months in prison for obstruction of justice for lying under oath in a civil case July 11, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. Salah was cleared of terrorism charges for supporting Hamas.
The other entity that was created in ’81 was the Mosque Foundation (MF), also known as the Bridgeview Mosque. The center was actually founded 30 years earlier, but in 1981, MF’s original leaders were ousted, as the property was taken over by theÂ North American Islamic TrustÂ (NAIT). NAIT, an extremist Muslim Brotherhood offshoot, was recently named by the U.S. government as a co-conspirator for a federal trial dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas.
Both the IAP and MF were interconnected to each other, as the heads of the IAP were also leaders of the mosque. Two former National Chairmen of the IAP,Â Rafiq JaberÂ and Sabri Samirah, were Presidents of MF. Samirah, returning from a trip to Jordan in January of 2003, was refused entry into the United States, deemed a “security risk.” Another of the mosque’s leaders, a former MF Executive Committee member, Muhammad Salah, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for lying under oath.
Today, of the two entities, only the Mosque Foundation exists. The IAP, shortly after it was found liable for the Hamas murder of American teenager, David Boim, in December of 2004,Â shut down its operations. However, before it left the scene, it created what is today one of the largest Muslim organizations in the United States, CAIR.
CAIR was established in June of 1994. Its founders include Jaber, former IAP Spokesman Nihad Awad, and former IAP President Omar Ahmad. Itself, it has lost a number of representatives to conviction and deportation. And while MF lost its partner, the IAP, it discovered a new one in CAIR.
In the ‘Multimedia’ section of MF’s website, there is found aÂ video celebrating the mosque’s 25th anniversary. It was produced by CAIR-Chicago, a.k.a. CAIR-Illinois, board member Alif Muhammad. As well, the interviewer in the video is CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Sultan Muhammad. This is not the only project that CAIR and MF have come together for.
In the Spring of 2007, CAIR-Chicago sponsored its first Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) â€“ called the Young Chicago Muslim Leadership Symposium â€“ as a way to educate Muslim teens on how to become community activists. At the venue, kids wore shirts with the MYLS slogan: “Constructive Citizenship for a better America.” But for CAIR, “better America” means a United States run by Hamas.
In 2007, MYLS was co-sponsored by the DePaul University Muslim Law Students’ Association (MLSA). This year, MYLS is co-sponsored by the Mosque Foundation. Indeed, the MF logo is found on every one of MYLS’ 13 web pages, which happen to all beÂ hosted on CAIR-Chicago’s website.
According to the MYLS ‘Co-Sponsors’ page, “THE MOSQUE FOUNDATION provides a welcoming, worshipful environment where both men and women may pray with peace of mind and a sense of home.” Yet, theÂ Chicago TribuneÂ paints an entirely different picture. In its February 2004 piece entitled ‘Hard-liners won battle for Bridgeview mosque,’ it states, “Among the leaders at the Bridgeview mosque are men who have condemned Western culture, praised Palestinian suicide bombers and encouraged members to view society in stark terms: Muslims against the world.”
One of the coarse individuals theÂ TribuneÂ discusses in its piece is Jamal Said, the imam of MF. Said, named a co-conspirator in the 2007 federal Hamas financing trial, isÂ pictured shoulder to shoulderÂ with the keynote speaker of MYLS’ Spring 2008 symposium, U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison. Said also spoke at the event, as well as MF’s Associate Director (and former IAP board member) Kifah Mustapha and MF’s President Sahloul Mohammed.
MYLS’ Summer 2008 symposium featured as speakers teacher and board member of the Zaytuna Institute, Zaid Shakir, andÂ Chicago Sun-TimesÂ reporter Rummana Hussain. As well, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director and CAIR’s National Strategic Communications Director, Ahmed Rehab, spoke. Rehab, who likes to pawn himself off as a “moderate Muslim” by wearing trendy clothes and flamboyant glasses â€“ he evenÂ posed half-nudeÂ for photos on his personal website â€“ donned a keffiyeh for the kids. Keffiyes, made popular during theÂ Intifada, are head coverings or scarves which are commonly worn as symbols of Palestinian violence.
The young people that attend CAIR’s and MF’s MYLS functions may very well be clueless as to how they are being used to spread radical Islam. They wear the colorful shirts that they are given, they joke around with their fellow symposium-goers, and they listen and learn from community elders and spiritual leaders, unaware of the indoctrination process that is taking place all along. Eventually, they will come to know that they are part of a secret society of extremism and destruction. The big question is, at that point, will they be willing to walk away from the hate or have they already been too far gone in the process?
Kahanist Kaufman Slimes Muslim Kids
“Kaufman may believe and hope that the current climate is ripe for his cheap anti-Muslim hate propaganda to be lapped up without much resistance or scrutiny. But Kaufman severely underestimates the intelligence and judgment of the American people whose values he clearly does not share.”
Kaufman’s escapades and antics are less impressive than the comic book character, Dick Tracy, whom he seeks to emulate.
“Onion Award for Joe Kaufman for his consistent record of trashing everything Muslim with a broad brush of innuendo, association and excessive rhetoric.”Â — Americans United for Separation of Church and State at the occasion of their annual meeting.
Joe Kaufman, the virulent Islamophobe and follower of the late extremist RabbiÂ Meir Kahane, is at it again in his endless crusade to slime CAIR and demonize Muslims. In this most recent episode, the “gumshoe detective” wrote a piece for the universally-rejected Right-wing mouthpiece FrontPageMag absurdly titled “Chicago’s Hamas Youth.”
In hisÂ hit piece, Kaufman attempts to link Chicago area Muslim high school students who participated in an event to educate themselves on how to become better citizens with Hamas, a Palestinian militant group.
We read such gems from the article as:
“In the Spring of 2007, CAIR-Chicago sponsored its first Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS)… At the venue, kids wore shirts with the MYLS slogan: “Constructive Citizenship for a better America.” But for CAIR, “better America” means a United States run by Hamas.”Â (emphasis added)
Obviously, CAIR has never stated such an absurd thing, yet facts do not matter a thing to anti-Muslim bigots like Kaufman who are all too content with forcing into Muslim mouths the words they wish to hear in order to stay in business.
Nowhere does Kaufman provide any evidence, statements, pamphlets, etc. supporting his absurd claim that for CAIR constructive citizenship equals an America run by Hamas.
Instead of focusing on the content of the event and the fact that esteemed individuals such as U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison (does he believe the congressman is a Hamas member?) has participated, he weaves ludicrous hard-to-follow guilt-by-association conspiracy theories, projecting his own paranoia onto the meaning of the event.
Citing an article from the Chicago Tribune that has been refuted and was widely controversial for its lurid, almost tepid, reporting, he paints one of the speakers, Imam Jamal Said and his mosque, the Mosque Foundation, as extremist. He then attempts to project that portrayal unto MYLS and CAIR by equating the two on the single notion that the Mosque Foundation co-sponsored a few of the symposiums. Co-Sponsors are considered indoctrinators now, amazing!
He also focuses on the dress of the speakers in an attempt to impugn their character and link them with Hamas. He says,“Rehab… donned a keffiyeh for the kids. Keffiyehs, made popular during the Intifada, are head coverings or scarves which are commonly worn as symbols of Palestinian violence.”Â Here we see a clear example of the non-sequiturs that he is willing to throw around as well as a glimpse into the hysteria that is driving his every waking moment.
Taking a cue fromÂ Michelle MalkinÂ and her ilk, Kaufman attempts to equate keffiyehs with terrorism and violence, when in fact they are a traditional dress that has been worn in the region for hundreds of years by many different nationalities.
The truth is that Kaufman is not interested in America but is essentially furthering the cause of Kahanist ideology. It is an ideology that views all Arabs asÂ “dogs”Â who need to be forcefully expelled or exterminated from all of Israel and also the whole of the West Bank and Gaza. It is an ideology that is willing to use terrorism, by bombing innocents, intimidating opponents and kidnapping. So it is not surprising to find that Kaufman advocatesÂ Nuclear HolocaustÂ against Muslims as he writes:
“If the decimation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the right thing to do, in response to Pearl Harbor, then why the heck are we saving our nuclear weapons now? And furthermore, if we’re not using them, why do we have the nukes in the first place? After all, there is no more Soviet Union to compete with. If the attacks are not a good enough reason to use them, then what are we holding on to them for?!!! Now, at this point, you may think of me as being no less than a madman, but hear me out, for I have a method to my madness.”
But when confronted with the evidence, Kaufman’s voluntary declaration that he is not a madman is as convincing as Nixon’s famous declaration in the aftermath of Watergate, “I am not a crook.”
Kaufman’s is not the voice of a reasoned, dispassionate and objective analyst but that of a demagogue and polemic out on a mission to take down perceived enemies and threats by any means necessary.
This time Kaufman has gone too far in his comic book fantasy crusade against CAIR by attempting to link a symposium designed to make American youth better citizens with a foreign political and militant group. His penchant for innuendo has driven him to see cultural articles of clothing as sinister subliminal attempts to indoctrinate youth, and to see the participation of an esteemed local Imam and his highly-lauded Mosque as clarion calls for federal investigations.
Kaufman may believe and hope that the current climate is ripe for his cheap anti-Muslim hate propaganda to be lapped up without much resistance or scrutiny. But Kaufman severely underestimates the intelligence and judgment of the American people whose values he clearly does not share.