Ahmed Bedier, once again, has shown his true hateful nature. Once again, he has put himself on the side that wishes to destroy the Jewish homeland, the refuge for so many following the horrors of the Holocaust. Once again, he has uttered the inflammatory term which so many use to curse the existence of the state of Israel. Once again, he has spoken the word “Nakba.”
Ahmed Bedier has made a name for himself by working for groups and individuals connected to Palestinian terrorism. From February 2003 through May 2008, he held leadership positions within CAIR, including Communications Director for CAIR-Florida and Executive Director of CAIR-Tampa.
CAIR or the Council on American-Islamic Relations has been outed as being a front for Hamas. It was founded in June 1994 by three operatives from the American propaganda wing of Hamas, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP). It was created as being a part of Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook’s American Palestine Committee. And recently it was named as a co-conspirator by the U.S. Justice Department for a Hamas fundraising trial, where all of the parties were found guilty of all charges.
All throughout his association with CAIR, Bedier was the unofficial spokesman for Sami Al-Arian, the convicted co-founder of and North American leader for Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). Bedier held press conferences for Al-Arian; he spoke at rallies for Al-Arian; he organized the showing of a puff film belittling the government’s case against Al-Arian; and he allowed the radio show he co-hosts to be used as a forum for Al-Arian’s PIJ colleagues to speak and spew their hatred for Israel and the United States.
While Bedier attempts to come off as a jovial and good spirited friend to all, there are numerous occasions when his true self is revealed, not just with his radical associations but by statements he makes which fall way beyond the pale of decency. Bedier has questioned the immorality of PIJ; he has stated that Westerners oversimplify terrorist groups, such as Hezbollah and Hamas; and he has told a United States Representative that Catholic priests who seduce young boys are more of a terrorist threat than the 9/11 hijackers.
In May 2008, on his radio show, Bedier took aim at the creation of the state of Israel. He said, “At the end of the program, we want to dedicate some time to what they're calling the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Israel’s Independence. I really don't know what they gained independence from. We call it the Nakba, a disaster occupation for 60 years.”
While Jews and others around the world pay tribute to the day Israel ousted its many attackers and gained its freedom, Israel’s enemies refer to the day as the Nakba or Catastrophe. For them, Israel is an illegitimate entity having no business being in existence.
On May 8, 2009, just one day short of the previous year’s infraction, Bedier once again mouthed the derogatory term. Trying to convince his co-hostess to give a speech at an event organized by a group in Gainesville, Florida, he stated: “They’re talking about a very important subject that you care about – the Catastrophe, Al-Nakba. Do you know what the Al-Nakba is?... The expulsion of the indigenous Arab Palestinians from their own land, to make room for the Israeli state. And this is [the] anniversary of it. And there is a group up in Gainesville that invited you to come speak there to commemorate and remember this catastrophic event.”
The expulsion that Bedier speaks of never happened. It is an often told lie, which is contradicted by news reports from the time period. It is made to lessen Israel in the minds of those who know little of the subject.
As Samuel Katz wrote, in his Battleground: Fact & Fantasy in Palestine: “The Arab refugees were not driven from Palestine by anyone. The vast majority left, whether of their own free will or at the orders or exhortations of their leaders, always with the same reassurance – that their departure would help in the war against Israel… Their victory was certain, they claimed, but it would be speeded and made easier if the local Arab population got out of the way. The refugees would come back in the wake of the victorious Arab armies and not only recover their own property but also inherit the houses and farms of the vanquished and annihilated Jews.”
Ahmed Bedier’s obsession with Israel has led him to get involved with dangerous groups and individuals and has led him to make many controversial, offensive and propaganda-driven statements. The ones mentioned above are only a small part of the hateful rhetoric coming from Bedier’s lips. As a radical Muslim, the acts come as second nature to him, but in a country that prides itself on diversity, as America does, his actions cannot and should not be tolerated.