I recently had the opportunity to be part of a panel hosted by the Manatee Tiger Bay Club. The topic was “Syrian Refugees: Open the Gate or Lock the Door?”
The Bradenton Herald did an article on the event. Kate Irby was the reporter at the event and posted a column titled “Syrian refugees prompt controversial discussion at Manatee Tiger Bay meeting.”
The article is in large part about Laila Abdelaziz, the legislative and government affairs director for the Council for American Islamic Relations – Florida (CAIR-FL) and her boss Hassan Shibly, Director of CAIR-FL. The article correctly points out that Shibly is a Muslim migrant from Syria but fails to point out Abdelaziz is a Muslim migrant from Ramallah, a Palestinian city in the central West Bank of Israel.
After the panel discussion Irby interviewed Shibly and Abdelaziz, but not the author. I thought this strange at the time, but now understand why after reading her article. The video clip included with the article are comments by Abdelaziz only. No other panelist’s comments are posted, nor is the full video of the event.
What Irby, her editor and the publisher of the Bradenton-Herald failed to do is research he backgrounds of CAIR-FL, Hassan Shibly and Laila Abdelaziz.
CAIR remains, according to the FBI, an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial. CAIR has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates. Neither of these facts are reported on by Irby.
According to Discover the Networks:
CAIR was co-founded in 1994 by Nihad Awad, Omar Ahmad, and Rafeeq Jaber, all of whom had close ties to the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which was established by senior Hamas operative Mousa Abu Marzook and functioned as Hamas’ public relations and recruitment arm in the United States. Awad and Ahmad previously had served, respectively, as IAP’s Public Relations Director and President. Thus it can be said that CAIR was an outgrowth of IAP.
CAIR opened its first office in Washington, DC, with the help of a $5,000 donation from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), a self-described charity founded by Mousa Abu Marzook.
CAIR is a Hamas (Muslim Brotherhood) affiliated organization. The United Kingdom designated the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) a terrorist organization in 2015. Lead by Senator Ted Cruz, legislation has been introduced by the U.S. Congress to also designate the MB a terrorist organization, which would in effect designate CAIR because of its ties to Hamas, a terrorist organization.
On January 9, 2015, on the official website of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a press release was posted discussing the group’s hiring of two individuals to its staff, Laila Abdelaziz and Ali Akin Kurnaz. According to the release, “Laila Abdelaziz joined the CAIR Florida team as the Legislative and Government Affairs Director, and Ali Kurnaz joined [the] CAIR team as its Communications Coordinator.”
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In January 2010, during a town hall meeting for Barack Obama, Ramallah-born Laila Abdelaziz denounced Israel in a question she posed to the President. “[W]hy have we not condemned Israel and Egypt’s human rights violations against the occupied Palestinian people, and yet we continue supporting them financially with billions of dollars from our tax dollars?” she belligerently asked.
In November 2012, when Israel invaded Gaza, in order to stop Hamas from continuing to target her citizens with rockets – over 2000 rockets in less than one year – Abdelaziz tweeted, “Don’t worry ya Gaza, we’re working hard for you in Florida.”
This year, the extremism of Abdelaziz has continued unabated. In January, she retweeted threatening quotes made against Israel by the Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah.
As well, she described an interfaith initiative between Jews and Muslims as “flawed” and “comical,” and just one week ago, she labeled an article written by a Muslim girl about the girl’s recent trip to Israel, which was sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), as “ridiculous.” The girl, Aliya Manjee, describes herself as “pro-Palestine,” but to Abdelaziz merely visiting Israel is a crime.
Hassan Shibly according to Kaufman in his column “Muslim Leader Who Said Israel is ‘Enemy of God’ invited to White House” states:
Shibly is an admirer of controversial Islamic lecturer Khalid Yasin who, during a 2005 interview, stated the following about non-Muslims and homosexuals: “There’s no such thing as a Muslim having a non-Muslim friend. If you prefer the clothing of the kafirs over the clothing of the Muslims, most of those names that’s on most of those clothings is faggots, homosexuals and lesbians.”
Fox News host Megyn Kelly recently pointed out on her show that, for at least four years, Shibly has referred to himself as a “fan” of Yasin and/or labeled Yasin an “interest” on his personal Facebook page. This, after Shibly had been warned years before about Yasin.
In December 2004, Shibly was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, while crossing over the Canadian border, following a conference he had attended in Toronto. The conference was ‘Reviving the Islamic Spirit,’ and according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, it featured a number of extremist speakers including notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and neo-Nazi William Baker.
It is interesting that Irby, her editor and the publisher of the Bradenton-Herald appear to be taking sides on the issue of Syrian migrants, the side of CAIR-FL, Hassan Shibly and Laila Abdelaziz.
Near the end of her article Irby writes, “Shibly said the things Swier said about Muslims were disturbing and hurtful.”
Perhaps Irby should consider the families of those slaughtered in San Bernardino and see if they are disturbed and hurt by their loved ones murdered by two Islamic State soldiers of Allah?
Can you say Irby and the Bradenton Herald are displaying political correctness? We report, you decide.
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