Domestic Incitement: Foundation For Terror
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 assault on the bastion of Western Civilization in the name of Jihadist Islam, historic terror sponsors such as Iran, Syria, Libya, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hizbullah have all condemned the carnage, and have all expressed their full solidarity with the United States. However, it is more likely that these faux expressions of sympathy represent an attempt to run for cover rather than an authentic epiphany concerning the evils of Islamo-fascism.
Recent public statements by certain American Muslim and American Arab
organizations should be seen in the same light. For instance, on September 13,
2001, in an article by Riad Abdelkarim, Communications Director of the Council
on American-Islamic Relations, entitled "American Muslims Join The Call
For Justice", this American Muslim organization forcefully condemned the
Yet, in 1998, the American Muslim Council, the American Muslim Alliance and
the Council on American-Islamic Relations sponsored a rally at
Similarly, on September 14, 2001, Imad Hamad of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee declared that: "This attack was on Civilization ...We are all humans and we should all be outraged ... We see no justification for it under any circumstances".
Yet, in 1994, at a joint fundraiser for the Islamic Association for
It is the zenith of hypocrisy for these domestic organizations to support
terrorism against Jews and
© Mark Rosenblit
Note: While, in the aftermath of the Assault, the
US Conservatives split on policy toward radical Islamists
By CAROLINE B. GLICK
The two warring parties are Grover Norquist, a prominent political organizer
who is closely allied with President George W. Bush's chief political adviser,
Karl Rove, and Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy think
Gaffney, an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration, is closely allied with Pentagon and National Security Council officials.
Norquist, president of the conservative political action committee Americans
for Tax Reform, is also the founder and first president of the Islamic
In a letter made public last Wednesday, Norquist accused Gaffney of "bigotry and racism" for questioning the reliability of White House staffer Ali Tulbah for inviting representatives of two radical Islamic organizations, the American Muslim Council (AMC) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), to a White House briefing on January 16 [of 2003].
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Both AMC and CAIR, which purport to represent the interests of American Muslims, have been widely criticized since September 11, 2001 for supporting terrorist organizations, like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and al-Qaida. According to US Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes, both represent the "extremist Saudi, Wahhabi brand of Islam" that views jihad against Western civilization as a primary end of Islam.
Both groups have received numerous audiences in the White House since September 11 [, 2001]. Neither has softened its pro-Islamist agenda as a result of these meetings. On January 29 [, 2003], AMC director Eric Vickers put out a press release saying, "In invoking God to be with American soldiers in our apparently imminent war with Iraq, what the President did not say is that he is calling on God to kill innocent Iraqi children."
The next day, Vickers issued instructions to mosque leaders in the
For its part, CAIR as late as December 2001 was publicly claiming that
As the founder of the Islamic Institute, Norquist has been directly involved in providing radical Muslims with access to the White House and influential Republicans in Congress.
For his efforts, Norquist was given an award shortly before the September 11 attacks from the National Committee to Protect Political Freedom.
The organization's president, Sami al-Arian, has long been under investigation by the FBI for his alleged leadership position in Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
While Norquist founded the Islamic Institute in 1998 in an attempt to bring
Muslims into the Republican Party, it is unclear how successful he was. In the
2000 presidential election, Democratic candidate Al Gore won
Pipes believes the public controversy inspired by Norquist's attacks on Gaffney is important.
The question of access to the White House raised by Norquist's attack on Gaffney is a crucial one. On the one hand, bringing these groups into the White House confers prestige and legitimacy on them, both among Muslims and in the wider community.
These radical groups then use this legitimacy to gain more power over the
Muslim community in the
The White House has remained publicly mum on the issue. White House sources explain that Norquist's attacks on Gaffney have received scant attention and have not been discussed.
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Note: While the recent arrest of University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian demonstrates that the U.S. government has finally begun to unmask some of the terrorist front-organizations established in the U.S. by American Arab and American Muslim intellectuals under the guise of academic freedom, the activities of these terrorist masterminds and fundraisers are still being justified by large swaths of the Left, of the Right and of Academia. Please read on:
Politically correct terrorists
By Caroline Glick
This was so not because Arian was the CEO of the Islamic Jihad, although
that he was. Nor was it a watershed because by arresting Arian, the
Nor still was it a watershed because it brought to bear the new anti-terror
law enforcement powers granted to police and intelligence arms of the
Rather, Arian's arrest was a watershed because of the political will that stood behind the decision to move forward in the case.
Arian was arrested on charges of conspiracy to murder and maim people
Since journalist and terror expert Steven Emerson produced the [U.S.] Public Broadcasting System documentary "Jihad In America" in 1994, the fact that Arian was the head of the Islamic Jihad in America was the worst kept secret in the world.
In that documentary, Emerson showed that the Islamic Jihad's headquarters in
One of WISE's research fellows was Ramadan Abdullah Shallah. Shallah left
the Institute in 1995 and moved to
In the same 1994 documentary, Emerson showed Arian in action, making
speeches in praise of jihad against
And yet the result of the documentary was that the liberal establishment of
Emerson was banned from National Public Radio and Arian was invited to the White House on four separate occasions -- three times by President Bill Clinton and once by President George W. Bush.
In spite of Emerson's reams of evidence, which proved conclusively that Arian was an arch-terrorist, Arian received accolades from both the Left and the Right.
After years of fighting a lone battle against Arian and the Islamic Jihad
cells he funded and organized in the
O'Reilly, who questioned Arian about past statements in favor of jihad and
suicide bombings in
This move was met by howls of indignation from Arian's friends on the political Left and in academia. The powerful and respected Middle East Studies Association wrote a letter to USF President Judy Genshaft in February 2002, decrying the suspension as an attack on academic freedom.
Calling on USF to reinstate Arian,
On the political Right, Arian's greatest friend and supporter is the Republican political organizer Grover Norquist. Since the late 1990s, Norquist, who is closely allied with President Bush's senior political advisor Karl Rove, has cultivated close relations with radical elements within the US Muslim community.
Spurning those who question the wisdom of his feting of Islamic extremists,
Norquist was quick to claim after the 2000 elections that "George W. Bush
owes his election to the Muslim vote." This, in spite of the fact that Bush
lost the State of
Norquist, who succeeded in getting candidate Bush to support the banning of secret evidence from criminal trials (a position Bush abandoned after September 11), was given an award for his efforts in April 2001 by an organization called the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedoms -- or NCPPF. The president of this organization is Arian. Among the coalition members are front organizations for Islamic Jihad, Hizbullah, Hamas, the IRA, the Peruvian Shining Path and the Basque separatists.
Just one week before Arian's arrest, Norquist launched a defamatory attack against fellow Washington Republican Frank Gaffney, a former Reagan administration official who now heads the Center for Security Policy, a Washington-based neoconservative think tank. In an open letter to Gaffney, Norquist attacked him for raising questions about a current and a former White House official for having invited heads of radical Islamic organizations with ties to terror groups to the White House.
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Ignoring the security implications of inviting known Islamic terror sympathizers to the White House, Norquist claimed that raising criticism amounted to "racial prejudice, religious bigotry or ethnic hatred."
Here too, then, Norquist on the Right -- like MESA on the Left -- refused to acknowledge that support for terrorism and, in the case of Arian and his associates, actual action in support of a terrorist organization, bear criminal implications.
Instead, terror apologists and perpetrators are viewed as simply another legitimate voice in a free society's marketplace of ideas. Thus US academics like Columbia University professor Joseph Massad, who just last week published an article in [Egypt's government-controlled] Al-Ahram [newspaper] calling for progressive circles to force the Palestinian leadership to again overtly embrace the destruction of Israel and terrorism as official policy, are allowed to act with impunity.
The Bush Administration's decision to press forward with charges against
Arian, in spite of his prominence, now puts these people on notice. It also has
several important implications for
In enabling [Israeli Arab] MKs Ahmed Tibi and Azmi Bishara, whose overt support for terrorist organizations is well documented, to run for Knesset in the last election, our Supreme Court justices showed that they are unable to make the distinction between protected and criminal speech. As Justice Minister, Tommy Lapid will preside over the selection of the next generation of Supreme Court justices. His choices will largely determine whether our justice system will finally accept the necessity of ending the practice of providing legal protections to those who seek common cause with the enemies of the State of Israel.
Today the US Congress is debating the second Patriot Act. This act provides
for the revocation of citizenship of those who support terrorist organizations.
During his term in office, outgoing [Israeli] Interior Minister Eli Yishai
revoked the citizenship of two Israeli Arabs who are members of Hizbullah. Will
incoming Interior Minister Avraham Poraz have the political will to continue
and widen the practice thus enforcing the State's regulation that stipulates
that support for terrorist activities and Israeli citizenship are incompatible?
In arresting Arian and his Islamic Jihad cronies, the
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