Muslim hate group testifies on … hate crimes

By Pamela Geller

No, this is not the Onion. The New York chapter of the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations is submitting testimony on “hate crimes.” The hate group announced in a press release last week: “On Friday, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) submitted written testimony for a public hearing on that state’s hate crimes law hosted by ranking member of the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, State Sen. Brad Hoylman.”

Hamas-CAIR is submitting testimony on hate crimes? This is Shariah in action. Why aren’t the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) or Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) testifying? Why aren’t Former Muslims United (FMU) or any other victims of jihadists testifying? I have a file three inches thick of “hate” that has been directed at me: vile abuse and death threats. Does Sen. Brad Hoylman intend to criminalize thought?

What could Hamas-CAIR possibly have told Hoylman about hate crimes? CAIR-NY is especially bad about telling Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement, and protesting against the New York Police Department’s counter-terror programs. Former Hamas-CAIR-NY operative Cyrus McGoldrick has even several times written on Twitter and Facebook that “snitches get stitches.” Referring to an “NYPD informant” whose identity was revealed, he wrote: “Don’t worry, we’ll blast him later.”

The 2011 FBI hate crime statistics show that among hate crimes directed against people of a particular religion, by far the most are not against Muslims, but against Jews. And as a classification of crime, religiously motivated hate crimes are actually very rare in this country, and against Muslims they’re almost non-existent. So why are we allowing a Hamas-tied group to manufacture a victim narrative about Muslims?

And when the 9/11 bombers, Fort Hood jihadist or the Boston Marathon jihad bombers engage in what amounts to thousands of hate crimes in an instant by Muslims in the name of Islam against infidels, how – if at all – are these categorized?

“Anti-Muslim hate crime” is at a record low. Anti-Jewish hate crime is at a record high – due in large part to Islamic Jew-hatred. How is Sen. Hoylman addressing that? Does Hoylman even know who Hamas-CAIR is?

It is dangerous for Hoylman to give this terror-tied group the imprimatur of legitimacy without knowing who and what they are. I have spent years studying the evidence demonstrating that CAIR operates as a front group for Hamas and its affiliated organizations. I’ve consulted with FBI agents, CIA agents, local law enforcement officers and attorneys who specialize in national security law. All confirm that CAIR was begun as a Hamas front group to carry out the Muslim Brotherhood’s anti-American agenda.

In 2008, the U.S. government filed a memorandum in opposition to the request from two of the groups linked to the HLF, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), that the “unindicted co-conspirator” designation they received during the HLF trial be removed (it wasn’t). The memorandum is a useful and illuminating summary of what some of the most prominent Islamic groups in the U.S. have been involved with.

It noted that some of HLF’s top officials, including Shukri Abu Baker, its secretary and chief executive officer, Mohammed El-Mezain, its director of endowments, and Ghassan Elashi, its chairman of the board, were charged with “providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization,” as well as with “engaging in prohibited financial transactions with a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, money laundering, filing false tax returns, and several conspiracy charges, including: conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization … conspiracy to provide funds, goods and services to Specially Designated Global Terrorist … and conspiracy to commit money laundering.”

And the HLF officials “were not acting alone.” Rather, they were “operating in concert with a host of individuals and organizations dedicated to sustaining and furthering the Hamas movement. … The object of the conspiracy was to support Hamas. The support will be shown to have taken several forms, including raising money, propaganda, proselytizing, recruiting, as well as many other types of actions intended to continue to promote and move forward Hamas’ agenda of the destruction of the State of Israel and establishment of an Islamic state in its place.”

During the trial, the government introduced evidence “expressly linking ISNA and NAIT to the HLF and its principals; the Islamic Association for Palestine and its principals; the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States and its Palestine Committee, headed by Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzook; and the greater Hamas-affiliated conspiracy described in the Government’s case-in-chief.” The Islamic Association for Palestine, since shut down as a Hamas front, is CAIR’s parent organization.

The evidence introduced at the trial “established that ISNA and NAIT were among those organizations created by the U.S.-Muslim Brotherhood.” They were listed as among those organizations dedicated to the Muslim Brotherhood’s stated goal, according to a captured internal document made public during the HLF trial, of “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 other religions.”

The government memorandum explains that ISNA and NAIT “shared more with HLF than just a parent organization. They were intimately connected with the HLF and its assigned task of providing financial support to Hamas. Shortly after Hamas was founded in 1987, as an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood, Govt. Exh. 21-61, the International Muslim Brotherhood ordered the Muslim Brotherhood chapters throughout the world to create Palestine Committees, whose job it was to support Hamas with ‘media, money and men.'” To accomplish this, the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. created the U.S. Palestine Committee, which CAIR later joined. “The mandate of these organizations, per the International Muslim Brotherhood, was to support Hamas, and the HLF’s particular role was to raise money to support Hamas’ organizations inside the Palestinian territories.”

This is who State Sen. Brad Hoylman is going to for information on hate crimes. Shameful.

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