The Obama Administration has appointed a pro-terrorist, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Salam Al-Marayati, to speak in behalf of the United States abroad on freedom of religion and speech. But he works against the U.S., rather than in its behalf.
“MPAC was established initially in 1986 as the Political Action Committee of the Islamic Center of Southern California whose key leaders are believed to have had their origins in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood,” which inspired leading terrorists, including some in al-Qaida .
“MPAC has developed extensive relationships with the U.S. government which have included numerous meetings with the Department of Justice and the FBI.” [This reflects the naivete of the Justice Dept. and FBI, which is supposed to protect us, not coddle our enemies.] Nevertheless, “MPAC has opposed virtually every counter-terrorist initiative undertaken or proposed by the U.S. government, claiming often that U.S. counter-terror efforts were aimed at the U.S. Muslim community.” [None of our methods of self-defense are proper and effective? To claim that the methods were against Muslim people is exaggeration to the point of paranoia.]
Salaam Al-Marayati’s record (verbatim, but some sentences omitted and some comments added in ellipses, and my conclusion at the bottom):
• Calls for Israel’s destruction: “the establishment by force, violence and terrorism of a Jewish state in Palestine in 1948” was “unjust” and “a crime” and vowed to “work to overturn the injustice” (MPAC co-signed public statement, Sep. 17, 1993). [Arabs committed terrorism extensively to thwart and overturn that state.]
• Condemns pre-9/11 American military strikes upon Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Sudan: Said these strikes, following the al-Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were “illegal, immoral and illogical” (MPAC press release, August 24, 1998).
• Israel might be perpetrator of 9/11: “If we’re going to look at suspects, we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kind of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list, because I think this [the 9/11 attacks] diverts attention from what’s happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies” (David Firestone, ‘A NATION CHALLENGED: RELIGION; For Some Jewish Leaders, Partnership With Muslims Is a Casualty of Sept. 11 Attacks,’ New York Times, October 22, 2001). [Claiming that Israel risked its relationship with the U.S. to attack it, to divert attention, is defamatory and typical paranoid Radical Muslim conspiracy theory. It is truer that the Arabs condemn Israel to divert attention from Arab aggression and apartheid, which are factual and not fanciful.]
• Calls Israel’s supporters Nazis: comparing Israel’s supporters to Hitler; MPAC displayed a campus exhibit stating that “Zionism is Nazism” (Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, June 1994; L.A. Jewish Journal, November 2, 2001). [To the contrary, the Palestinian Arab governments adopted Nazi racist theory against Jews and impose totalitarian rule upon their people. Various Arab governments also run dictatorships and facilitate terrorism, as does Sudan, and that is not related to the Arab-Israel conflict but to jihad.]
• Defends French Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy: Described France’s fining of Garaudy for Holocaust denial as “persecution of his right to express an opinion” (The Minaret, Vol.20, No.3, 1998). [I disapprove of European laws against Holocaust denial, but would suggest that Holocaust deniers are non-scholarly extremists and in evaluating them for tenure, that should be taken into account.]
• Gives anticipatory justification of Islamist terrorist assaults on America: “Where Israel goes, our government follows … What is important is whether the American people are aware of and ready for the consequences” (MPAC article, ‘What Do We Expect?,’ Apr. 5 1997). [Did you notice the threat, though, as usual, worded subtly?]
• Blames Palestinian terrorism on Israel: Jews murdered by Palestinians are “the expected bitter result of [Israel’s] reckless policy” (Jewish Exponent [Philadelphia], October 18, 2001). [Deliberately killing innocent civilians because they are of a certain ethnic group and for political reasons never is justified.]
• Calls for extradition of Israelis who killed a rampaging Muslim terrorist in Jerusalem: When in February 1996 a Palestinian, Muhammad Hamida shouted the war cry, ‘Allahu Akbar’ (Allah is Great), drove his car intentionally into a crowded bus stop in Jerusalem, killing one Israeli and injuring 23 others and was shot dead, Marayati said not a word about Hamida’s murderous attack while calling his killing “a provocative act,” and demanded the extradition of his executors to America “to be tried in a U.S. court on terrorism charges.” [The Arab vehicular terrorists do not stop on demand, so they must be shot.]
So extreme is Al-Marayati’s record that some of these statements caused Marayati’s 1999 appointment to a U.S. congressional committee on terrorism to be rescinded.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “Such an ill-conceived decision calls into question the Obama Administration’s commitment to combating Islamist extremists. Indeed, in the Administration’s refusal to even refer to Islamist extremists and its tendency to refer to terrorist acts perpetrated by Islamists as ‘man-made disasters,’ we see a deeply concerning blindness to the threat. In the invitation to Al-Marayati to speak overseas, we see further lack of seriousness about dealing with the problem.” (2/4 press release from ZOA, based in New York City and of which I am a member.)
A few days ago, another source, Winston Mideast Analysis & Commentary, stated that the Pentagon report on the Ft. Hood massacre by a Radical Muslim whose behavior had shown him on that path, failed to consider or even mention Radical Islam and jihad. Apparently the U.S. military, that is supposed to protect the American people, ignored Major Hassan’s record as he telegraphed his mind-set, has been overtaken by political correctness.
I think that everything Obama does about Radical Islam, except for the anti-Taliban efforts, aids Radical Islam. He acts as if he were out to impose a radical leftist and pro-Islamist ideology on our country, liable to ruin its economy, override democracy, and undermine defensibility. We have had poor Presidents before, but he is the most anti-American.
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