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Hamas for Hipsters By: Joe Kaufman
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Today, in what can only be seen as a sinister farce, Ahmed Rehab, the Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago, will be addressing the student body of Minnesota State University Moorhead as its fall keynote speaker for 2006.  According to CAIR-Chicago’s website, the speech will include a discussion about 9/11, an event which CAIR is currently being sued over.

When viewing the CAIR-Chicago site, one comes away with the impression that the group is nothing more than a hip, modern youth movement.  The colorful animated pages, the fancy three-piece suits, the corporate images, the happy smiling faces – all of this lends to this false image.  But the reality is something entirely different.


CAIR or the Council on American-Islamic Relations was created by three leaders of a front for Hamas called the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP).  One of those leaders, CAIR’s current National Executive Director Nihad Awad, has, in the past, publicly stated his support for Hamas.  As well, CAIR has solicited money for two Hamas-related charities that were shut down by the U.S. government in December of 2001, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) and the Global Relief Foundation (GRF).  Both groups had leaders that were also CAIR officials.  One of those leaders, Ghassan Elashi, earlier this month, was sentenced to seven years in prison.


In addition to this, CAIR is currently the defendant in a class action lawsuit put forward by the family of the former Chief of the FBI’s Counter-Terrorism Section, John P. O’Neill, naming CAIR as a party to the 9/11 conspiracy to attack America.  As stated in Estate of John P. O'Neill, Sr. et al. vs. Al Baraka Investment and Development Corporation,CAIR and CAIR-Canada have, since their inception, been part of the criminal conspiracy of radical Islamic terrorism.  These organizations play a unique role in the terrorist network.  They emanate from the notorious HAMAS terrorist organization, and like so many of the terrorism facilitating charities named and indicted by the United States government, they are engaged in fund raising under the guise of assisting humanitarian causes; they are, in reality, a key player in international terrorism.”


Ahmed Rehab has his own “reality.”  Born in Cairo, Egypt, Rehab has been inspired greatly by the violent Muslim Brotherhood organization that was established in his birthplace in 1928.  He stated as much, when he described – on his now-defunct personal website – the founder of the Brotherhood, Hassan Al Banna, as a “Contemporary Muslim Individual who influenced me” and when he labeled Brotherhood author and philosopher, Sayyid Qutb, his “Favorite Modern Personality.”  This was, of course, the same Muslim Brotherhood that spawned Hamas 60 years later, in 1987.


In keeping with the anti-Semitic attitudes of the Brotherhood and its offspring, Rehab has attacked Jews with standard Jewish hate libels.  Concerning such subjects as the Holocaust, he has written that he believes there is a “Jewish control over the media” and that “the history of the Jewish film producers in particular have shown that they predate on weak minorities by default.”


CAIR-Chicago’s website states that Rehab was an “activist in the field of interfaith collaboration” and that he “is a firm believer in the need to reach out and build bridges.”  Rehab pulled his website from the internet this year.  Are we to believe that Mr. Rehab has changed his views so dramatically over the course of the last few months?


Ahmed Rehab was also the one to break the story – through this author – that CAIR’s parent organization, the IAP, was no longer in existence.  The group had been found liable for the murder of an American boy, David Boim, during a Hamas terror operation is Israel.  The group was also based in Chicago, Rehab’s hometown.  Furthermore, Rehab interviewed IAP President (and co-founder of CAIR) Rafiq Jaber, shortly before the IAP’s dissolution.  Question:  How close was Rehab to the IAP – one of three American organizations to be founded by the number two leader in Hamas today, Mousa Abu Marzook – that he knew of the group’s closure before anyone else?


All of the above are reasons why students and faculty at Minnesota State University Moorhead should have major concerns about allowing this individual to speak at its institution.  Given CAIR’s terrorist ties, this event should never have been conceived in the first place.  No matter what the CAIR-Chicago website looks like or what Rehab says – no matter how they dress up their words and imagery – Hamas masquerading in trendy garb is still Hamas.


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Joe Kaufman is the Chairman of Americans Against Hate and the founder of CAIR Watch.

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