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Georgetown Professors to boycott Israeli academic institutions

For decades, the  Muslim Brotherhood has found American academia to be fertile ground to push it’s agenda with the Israeli/Palestinian issue frequently in the forefront.

In 2005, the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel movement (known commonly as BDS) was started as a campaign for “the Palestinian struggle for justice“.  Critics have labled it antisemitic and linked to the terror group Hamas.   The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is considered a key part of  the BDS movement.

On December 30, 2013, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia had issued a statement denouncing the boycott.

A January 2014  Washington Post article noted that, “Many university leaders in the Washington region and elsewhere are denouncing a movement to boycott academic institutions in Israel” adding that,  “… presidents of several major universities in Maryland, Virginia and the District in the past two weeks have issued, co-signed or endorsed statements of opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.” 

13 Georgetown professors apparently do to not share the views of DeGioia and other DC area university heads.  On September 16, 2014,  Georgetown University’s student newspaper The Hoya  reported:

13 Professors Boycott Israeli Universities

After receiving 13 professors’ signatures, Georgetown has become the most-represented university involved in the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli academic institutions since the petition’s creation last month.

Georgetown professors who signed the boycott petition include Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Director Osama Abi-Mershed, Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding John Esposito, Yvonne Haddad and Judith Tucker, among other signatories.

The boycott is a part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, which aims to aid Palestinian civil society by increasing economic and political pressure on Israel. The academic petition came as a response to recent turmoil regarding the Israeli military occupation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

It was  noted that Tucker, Haddad and Esposito said that their involvement in the boycott will in no way affect their roles as professors at the university, yet  the Hoya article included:

The petition’s signatories pledge that they will not publish in Israeli academic journals, teach at Israeli institutions, attend conferences at Israeli universities or work on any projects with Israeli academic institutions.

Esposito said he believed the boycott could help prevent violations of Palestinian rights:

[I hope] to put pressure on and to boycott institutions that violate international law and as a result violate the rights of Palestinians,” Esposito wrote in an email. “There can be no excuse for the cycle of violence that has taken so many lives in Palestine/Israel over the years, and terrorized both Palestinians and Israelis, and most recently in Gaza, the slaughter of so many innocent civilians, especially women and children must be stopped.

The signed letter and Esposito’s involvement was highlighted by the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch in a September 8, 2014 report  noting:

Dr. Esposito has at least a dozen past or present affiliations with global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas organizations including having served on the advisory board of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought in the UK headed by Azzam Tamimi, a leader in the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood and often described as a Hamas spokesman. Dr. Esposito has also served with global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi on the Steering Committee of the Circle of Tradition and Progress and enjoyed a close relationship with the United Association For Studies and Research (USAR), part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and part of the Hamas support infrastructure.

The  Cardinal Newman Society has also reported on the boycott, pointing out:

Committed to increasing American understanding of the Muslim world, Esposito is no stranger to controversy and has been accused by pro-Israel groups of working too closely and in sympathy with leaders in the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2001, Stanley Kurtz of the Hudson Institute charged Esposito with believing that “the political program of Islamic fundamentalism is in fact democratic” and that it is America’s “narrow Western definition of democracy” that causes misunderstanding.

The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, which Esposito directs, was founded in 1993. In 2005, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal donated $20 million to the Center, which was renamed in his honor. Although Alwaleed reportedly fired a television chief for his public Muslim Brotherhood ties last year, the Prince has also been connected to the Muslim Brotherhood in the past.  In 2002, he gave $500,000 to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has links to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, according to The Clarion Project.

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:     For decades, the  Muslim Brotherhood has found American academia to be fertile ground to push it’s agenda with the Israeli/Palestinian issue frequently in the forefront.   We recently mentioned Dr. Esposito in, New University of Florida Islamic Center launch to feature Muslim Brotherhood supporter .

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CAIR 20th Anniversary Banquet – Where was Al Sharpton?

Last night, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held it’s 20th Anniversary Banquet.  According to promotional material, the keynote speaker was MSNBC host Al Sharpton.

We’re just not sure if he showed up.

The CAIR National twitter feed is showing photos of the other guests, Congressmen  Keith Ellison and Jim Moran.  No mention of Rev. Sharpton.   On the flip side, Rev. Sharpton’s twitter feed makes no mention of his attending the CAIR event.

Sharpton had previously spoke at CAIR’s 18th annual banquet back in September 2012 . At that event he said he was “honored” to be asked to speak for “one of the most important civil rights organizations in the United States today and that is CAIR.”

We’re making a guess that this time he stood up CAIR in favor of the Congressional Black Caucus Phoenix Awards Dinner

Big news here?  Hardly- we were just wondering what happened the “Rev. Al”

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch profile on CAIR:

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group and as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group.” CAIR was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the U.S. Hamas infrastructure at that time.  Documents discovered in the course of the the terrorism trial of the Holy Land Foundation confirmed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood and that CAIR itself is part of the US. Muslim Brotherhood. In 2008, the then Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood acknowledged a relationship between the Egyptian Brotherhood and CAIR.  In 2009, a US federal judge ruled “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.” CAIR and its leaders have had a long history of defending individuals accused of terrorism by the US. government, often labeling such prosecutions a “war on Islam”, and have also been associated with Islamic fundamentalism and antisemitism. The organization is led by Nihad Awad, its longstanding Executive Director and one of the three original founders.

 

 

CAIR Anniversary video features IPT’s Steven Emerson

On Saturday,  September 27,2014, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held it’s 20th Anniversary banquet in Arlington Virginia.  This promotional video titled, CAIR 20th Anniversary: Islamophobia and the Civil Rights Movement, was featured:

The video starts with an attempt to link CAIR’s efforts to  past racial struggles in America, a theme we reported on in CAIR embracing the race card: New focus or Exploitation?.  As for “Islamaphobia”, we discussed this in The Islamaphobe label – trumping common sense.

At  around the 38 second mark of the video is a comment by Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism.    This was from an April 19, 1995  CBS interview pertaining to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.  Emerson says,

Oklahoma City is probably considered one of the largest centers of Islamic radical activity outside the Middle East

Emerson’s appearance in the video is preceded by the words “MISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN”.  

With the current focus on the recent beheading murder by Alton Alexander Nolen (aka: Jah’Keem Yisrael) a few miles outside Oklahoma City, CAIR may have regretted using this clip to promote their agenda.

Beheading in OK – media fails the “facts”?

The Moore, OK beheading by Alton Alexander Nolen (aka: Jah’Keem Yisrael) has generated considerable media coverage – a stark contrast to reporting of the Ali Muhammad Brown  jihad murders.  At the time of this writing there are still a number questions to be asked, but Nolen’s Facebook page and reported witness comments leaves little doubt that his actions were linked to his embrace of Islam.

Unfortunately, some media outlets have taken the story to a disturbing level with unverified information – going “viral” on a number of websites.

The issue we bring to question: a reported “link” of Nolen to Boston Iman Suhaib Webb, the Boston Bombing, and in turn to al Qaeda.

This connection is based on the premise that  Iman Webb was associated with the same mosque that Nolen had attended – the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City.   The reports appear to be based on a single article published by Breibart.    We did some quick research into dates to determine a proper timeline.  The result disclosed some problems with the claim  Nolen is “linked” with Iman Webb:

  • Iman Webb had been hired in the late 1990s as Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC).  The alleged “ties to al Qaeda” come from a speech Webb made in 2001 with radical American cleric Anwar al Awlaki. Webb’s involvement with ISGOC started in the 1990s after he converted to Islam in 1992.
  • From 2004-2010, Iman Webb left the U.S. with his family and studied Islam at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
  • From 2010 to 2011, Webb moved to the Bay Area, California, where he worked with the Muslim American Society.
  • From December 2011 to March 2014 Imam Suhaib Webb served as the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center’s Imam

Multiple reports confirm that Nolen converted to Islam sometime in 2011, apparently while in jail.  Iman Webb’s association with the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City had ended over ten years prior to that.  When Webb left ISGOC in 2001, Nolen was 17 years old and still residing in Idabel, OK, over 3 1/2 hours/242 miles  from Oklahoma City and ISGOC.

The chance that Boston Iman Webb had any direct contact or influence with Alton Alexander Nolen is extremely remote.

In our opinion, the loose reporting highlighted above only serves to spread rumors.   Ironically, it also provides ammunition to Islamists and bolsters claims of hysterical “islamaphobia” made by CAIR, MPAC and others …

 

The Khorosan Group: Fighting a “made up” enemy?

It’s a fictitious name the Obama administration invented to deceive us.

From: National Review Online
By
Andrew C. McCarthy, September 27, 2014

We’re being had. Again.

For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton “violent extremists” who purport to act in its name.

Now, the president has been compelled to act against a jihad that has neither ended nor been “decimated.” The jihad, in fact, has inevitably intensified under his counterfactual worldview, which holds that empowering Islamic supremacists is the path to security and stability. Yet even as war intensifies in Iraq and Syria — even as jihadists continue advancing, continue killing and capturing hapless opposition forces on the ground despite Obama’s futile air raids — the president won’t let go of the charade.

Hence, Obama gives us the Khorosan Group. 

The who?

Full Article: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/388990/khorosan-group-does-not-exist-andrew-c-mccarthy

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  We had the same reaction … who?  Never heard of them.  Some talk show “experts” /talking heads/administration sources are even claiming that they’ve been monitoring the group for a long time.  Doubtful.  Some quick checks:

  •   A Wikipedia check showed entries and sources no older than September 2014
  •  The group is not listed by the Dept of State as a designated terrorist organization
  •  The group’s reported leader, Muhsin al-Fadhli is listed on the National Counter-terrorism website as part of  al-Qaeda but no mention of  a Khorosan/Khurasan Group.

Rita Katz of of the SITE Intelligence Group wrote recently on her blog:

In the last two days, Washington, along with various media outlets, have been reporting on the “Khurasan Group,” a shadowy terrorist cell in Syria in its later stages of an attack plot against an unspecified Western target(s). It seemed to come out of nowhere; America, in launching what has been specifically branded as a war on the Islamic State (IS), claims a victorious aerial attack against a group no one has ever heard of.

The truth, however, is that virtually everyone around the world has heard about this group, more likely by its other name: al-Qaeda (AQ).

The bottom line is that the Obama administration claimed to have decimated al-Qaeda – but it didn’t.  Instead of admitting they were wrong, they came up with a new name.  Unfortunately facts do not support the narrative – a common trend with this administration.   One can only wonder what the cost will be for this attempt to save face.

UPDATE 1: Beheading in OK – possible Islamic link

Nolen Yisrael OklahomaTruthrevolt.org has reported that the identified suspect, Alton Alexander Nolen has been confirmed as a convert to Islam, using the name Jah’Keem Yisrael.   The report cites information from a local newspaper, the  McCurtain Gazette and advises that Nolen converted to Islam while in prison in 2011.

The Gazette does not appear to maintain an online web presence.

Truthrevolt.org advises:

The Islamic Council of Oklahoma has stated that Nolen is “not known to any of the leadership in Oklahoma mosques,” however the Facebook page reviewed and confirmed by the Gazette as his shows several photos of him interacting at “the Islamic Mosque in Oklahoma City.”

The full truthrevolt.org article can be viewed HERE.

RELATED: Beheading in OK – possible Islamic link

BREAKING: Beheading in OK – possible Islamic link

A news report (Sep 26, 2014 9:05 AM CST) states that a woman was beheaded during a dispute at a food distribution center in  MOORE, Oklahoma. 

According to News9.com:

MOORE, Oklahoma – News 9 confirmed that a woman killed after a workplace dispute in Moore was beheaded by the suspect Thursday afternoon.

Sources confirmed with News 9 that the suspect, 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolen, beheaded a woman at Vaughan Foods in Moore. The woman, later identified as 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, died at the scene.

The report indicated that Nolen was shot by an off duty officer and is expected to live. 

From a report by ABC/CNN:

Moore [police] said at a news conference that suspect Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was terminated from his job at Vaughn Foods on Thursday just before the rampage occurred.

Nolen also recently had been trying to convert co-workers to Islam, [Moore police Sgt. Jeremy] Lewis said, citing investigators’ interviews with people. Moore police have asked the FBI to help them investigate the man’s background, Lewis said.

The incident happened at the Vaughn Foods processing plant in Moore, about 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.

There were no immediate indications of a link to terrorism, officials said.

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COMMENT:  The U.K. has seen several similar killings within the last year, but the media has been quick to downplay or not even mention the attacker’s ties to Islam.  With this incident, it took over 12 hours before it hit the “news cycle” – happening on Thursday (9/25) afternoon  and significant coverage not until Friday morning (9/26).  We will followup with additional information as it becomes available. 

 UPDATE 1: Beheading in OK – possible Islamic link

 

Study: 2.5 million Muslim Immigrants in US

While the report makes no mention of refugee programs, the overall increase in Middle East/Muslim  immigrants correlates with refugee resettlement numbers and time periods.

In “Resettlement: an Islamist path to the west? ” we highlighted the fact that since 2008 there has been a marked increase of refugee admissions coming from predominately Muslim countries.   This week Matthew Boyle of Breitbart reports:

Approximately 2.5 million immigrants from “predominantly Muslim countries” reside inside the U.S. right now, a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies found.

The four-page report, which details which countries and world regions from which immigrants in the U.S.—both legal and illegal—came to this country, found that since 2000 nearly a million more immigrants from such Muslim countries came to the U.S.

In 2000, there were 1,518,755 immigrants from Muslim countries in the U.S. In 2010, That number stood at 2,184,664, and in 2013 it stands at 2,480,407.

Between 2010 and 2013, there was actually a greater increase in the number of immigrants from the Middle East than from Central America. During that timeframe, 207,758 more immigrants moved to the U.S. from the Middle East, whereas only 113,744 immigrants came from Central America.

Full article: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/24/Report-Nearly-2-5-Million-Immigrants-From-Predominantly-Muslim-Countries-Reside-Inside-U-S-Right-Now

The Breibart report focuses on overall  immigration.  While the report makes no mention of refugee programs, the overall increase in Middle East/Muslim  immigrants correlates with refugee resettlement numbers and time periods.  As we noted in our earlier report: According to U.S.Department of State refugee statistics, in 2007 Muslim countries accounted for about 20% of U.S. refugee admissions.  In 2008 there was a marked increase with well over 50% (35,000+) of refugee admissions coming from predominately Muslim countries.  This repeated in 2009-2013 and the  2014 allocations authorize the increased level.  For 2015, 12,000-15,000 Syrians alone, are projected for admission.

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COMMENT: The cited report link provided by Breibart appears to be missing some of the original content. (i.e. page 2 starts in the middle of a bullet paragraph that does not match the ending paragraph from page 1.)  The complete report can be viewed HERE.

Australia: Islamic terror plot foiled – Muslims protest

Some members of Australia’s Muslim community reacted to the arrests with a protest calling the raids, “unjust policing” …

Australian authorities have arrested at least one person on terrorism offenses and detained another 14 as police conducted more than two dozen searches in Sydney, From a report by CNN:

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said authorities obtained intelligence about a “demonstration killing” — a killing, Australian media reported, in which alleged assailants planned to kidnap a member of the public, behead the victim and then drape him or her in an ISIS flag.

The foiled plot comes just days after the country raised its terror alert to high and in the midst of Australia committing to helping the United States and a broad international coalition to beat back the Islamic State, or ISIS.

According to a report from news.com.au:

While the claims remain unconfirmed, it’s understood the plot involved abducting a random Australian, execute them by beheading in a public place, possibly Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD, and film the act and post on social media.

Some members of Australia’s Muslim community reacted to the arrests with a protest calling the raids, “unjust policing” and linking them to anti-terror bills about to be introduced to the Australian Parliament.

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  It’s very likely the initial intelligence about the terror plot weighed heavily on the decision to raise the country’s threat level several days ago.  The BBC noted that the raids were the largest anti-terror operation in Australian history.  Islamist attempts to play the victimhood card is not surprising and has become a routine tactic in response to western countries that combat Islamic terror activities.

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DOJ announces new counter-Violent Extremism programs – cue MPAC

It’s probably not a coincidence that the DOJ announcement comes within a week of MPAC’s new campaign push for Safe Spaces and the American Muslims United Against Violent Extremism: Press Conference

Attorney General Eric Holder (AP File Photo)

In a video message posted on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) website, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the DOJ is joining with the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center to ” launch a new series of pilot programs in cities across the nation to help counter violent extremism.”   According to Holder, ” These programs will bring together community representatives, public safety officials, religious leaders, and United States Attorneys to improve local engagement; to counter violent extremism; and — ultimately — to build a broad network of community partnerships to keep our nation safe.”

A complete text of the message can be read HERE

Susan Jones of CNSNews.com reported:

Holder said the administration “will work closely with community representatives to develop comprehensive local strategies, to raise awareness about important issues, to share information on best practices, and to expand and improve training in every area of the country.”

He noted that since 2012, U.S. attorneys have held or attended more than 1,700 “engagement-related events or meetings to enhance trust and facilitate communication in their neighborhoods and districts.” The new pilot programs will build on that work, he said.

Holder also announced that the White House plans to host a “Countering Violent Extremism” summit in October.

Holder did not mention Islam or Muslims, and he used the phrase “violent extremism” to describe the “urgent” threat that the nation faces.

Josh Gerstein wrote on Politico.com:

The U.S. Government’s current efforts to stem terrorist recruitment and so-called “lone wolf” attacks by people receptive to extremist rhetoric have been criticized for being unfocused and underfunded. In addition, many experts have questioned whether U.S. Attorneys—the top federal prosecutors in various communities—are best-suited to lead the government’s anti-extremism campaign.

Many leaders in the Muslim community are reluctant to work with prosecutors because of deep concern over Federal Bureau of Investigation sting operations used to target potential terrorists. However, efforts in the U.S. to use means other than traditional law enforcement to intervene with individuals susceptible to extremist messages have been few, due to concerns about civil liberties as well as fears about what could happen if that kind of intervention failed in a specific case.

Holder’s statement Monday seemed to acknowledge some of those concerns. While the outreach efforts are expected to focus primarily on communities with large Muslim populations, his video message made no reference to the religion aside from his use of the acronym for the terrorist group which has grabbed attention for its brutal tactics assembling territory across Syria and Iraq.

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  Expect to see many of the names we mentioned in MPAC’s Safe Spaces: the Trojan Horse Continues to be involved with these new programs.  It’s probably not a coincidence that the DOJ announcement comes within a week of  MPAC’s renewed campaign push for Safe Spaces and the ADAMS sponsored American Muslims United Against Violent Extremism: Press Conference.   MPAC and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) have been tied to elements of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

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