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Beware the Wolves Among Us
New York Daily News ^ | September 28, 2001 | Zev Chafets

Posted on 09/28/2001 2:24:53 AM PDT by sarcasm

Remember the kid who murdered his parents and then pleaded for leniency because he was an orphan? He used to be the very definition of chutzpah, but he has lost his spot in the dictionary to an even more audacious victim: The Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The Washington-based CAIR is perhaps the most important and vocal Islamic group in the country. Twice in the past two weeks, its representatives have met with President Bush. This is part of the ongoing White House effort to assure the public that the vast majority of Arabs and Muslims in the country do not support terrorism and are on the American side in the fight against it.

But as the President once famously observed, a man can be judged by the company he keeps. And CAIR is bad company.

There is no need to present a litany of CAIR's odd takes on what constitutes justice. One example will do. According to Jake Tapper of the online magazine Salon, CAIR has labeled the conviction of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman (for conspiring to blow up New York City landmarks, including the Lincoln and Holland tunnels in 1995) as a "hate crime" against Muslims.

Not the Easter Bunny

CAIR is also in bed with at least two philanthropic groups suspected of being fronts for one of the Middle East's most lethally anti-American, anti-Jewish jihadists: Palestinian Hamas.

Ibrahim Hooper, the spokesman for the CAIR, has nothing bad to say about Hamas, but he denies a connection. "We do not support Hamas," he says. "We don't support the Easter Bunny, either."

Neither the Easter Bunny nor Hamas is mentioned on the CAIR Web site, which features a statement that is a study in evasion. It regrets the "massive loss of life resulting from the tragic events of Sept. 11" and says that "American Muslims unequivocally condemn these vicious and cowardly acts."

But nowhere will you find the name Osama Bin Laden or any acknowledgment that the "vicious and cowardly acts" were carried out in the name of Islamic holy war and applauded by Hamas and other Palestinian and Iraqi outfits.

On the other hand, the CAIR is very specific about how the public should respond to the attacks on America: Send money. It recommends contributing to three organizations — the Red Cross, the Holy Land Foundation and the Global Relief Foundation.

Loss of Status

The Holy Land Foundation, located in Richardson, Tex., claims to be a charitable group, but there is some doubt about its real activities. In June 2000, the U.S. government registered it as a private agency eligible to receive federal aid for its humanitarian efforts. Less than three months later, Washington rescinded that status for reasons of "national defense."

The Global Relief Foundation, located in Bridge View, Ill., has been accused by Israel and American security experts of funneling money and support to Hamas. Like the Holy Land Foundation, it is currently under intense federal scrutiny.

CAIR is untroubled by these investigations. In fact, it regards these two organizations as victims of persecution. "There's been a campaign to shut them down for years," Hooper says. "You tell me if they are legal American organizations."

They are. For now.

Bush is right to insist that not every Islamic and Arab group supports holy warriors such as Hamas. But, as his staff ought to know by now, some have, and still do.

It will be deeply embarrassing to the President — and devastating to his pleas for tolerance — if it emerges that he has been the unwitting host of longtime apologists and fund-raisers for the same terrorists he is fighting.

E-mail: zchafets@aol.com


Original Publication Date: 9/28/01


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 09/28/2001 2:24:53 AM PDT by sarcasm
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To: dennisw
ping
2 posted on 09/28/2001 2:26:12 AM PDT by sarcasm
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To: sarcasm

"the unwitting host of longtime apologists and fund-raisers for the same terrorists he is fighting."

Which is exactly the charge made against media, and government by one leading Islamic organization as far back as 1999 - posted right here on FR.

The same man made the charge then that 80 percent of the leadership in their places of worship were Wahhabis... but that those who worship in those places are not followers of Wahhabism... that fanaticism that is the declared enemy of our country. Interestingly the State Department ignored their own findings back then, and we know what that led to.

3 posted on 09/28/2001 2:38:50 AM PDT by Ron C.
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To: sarcasm
bttttttttttttttttt THE TRUTH.
4 posted on 09/28/2001 3:46:35 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: sarcasm
Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum said basically the same thing last night when he was interviewed on Fox news by Brit Hume. CAIR and the other organizations the President was seen with at the Washington mosque all have a shady side to them.
5 posted on 09/28/2001 4:22:12 AM PDT by wjeanw
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To: Simcha7
FYI.. Did you get to see the Fox News interview?
6 posted on 09/28/2001 4:26:21 AM PDT by Jackie222
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To: sarcasm
Beware the Wolves Among Us

I think I resent that

7 posted on 09/28/2001 4:39:51 AM PDT by WolfsView
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To: sarcasm
"Bush is right to insist that not every Islamic and Arab group supports holy warriors such as Hamas. But, as his staff ought to know by now, some have, and still do."

I think Bush and his team are well aware of CAIR's connections and political biases. By going right into their lair Bush has effectively neutralized their ability to mobilize Islamic public opinion in this country against him. The old saying.."keep your enemies close.."

8 posted on 09/28/2001 4:55:31 AM PDT by alieno nomine
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To: sarcasm
Full disclosure on the author of this:

"Zev Chafets was born in Pontiac, Michigan, and moved to Israel in 1967. After active military service in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, he rose to the leadership of the Israeli Government Press Office under Menachim Begin. He is the author of several highly praised works of fiction and nonfiction. Currently a columnist for the Jerusalem Report, he is married to the journalist Lisa Beyer. They live with their children in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem."

10 posted on 09/28/2001 5:29:20 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: sarcasm
This old quote would seem to fit in here.

"A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague."

Cicero to Roman Senate

11 posted on 09/28/2001 5:31:04 AM PDT by Bigun
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To: Jackie222, vrwc54, NorthernRight, DistantVoice, luvzhottea, Samaritan
BTTT. YES I saw the interview on Fox with Brit Hume, on this subject.
12 posted on 09/28/2001 7:28:50 AM PDT by veronica
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To: candyman34
Oh grow up.

This article is about internal problems in America. Can't you put a lid on your animus toward Jews/Israel for one thread....and stick to the subject? Laughable.

13 posted on 09/28/2001 7:30:14 AM PDT by veronica
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To: Leroy S. Mort
So?

How about Andrew Sullivan, Jake Tapper, Brit Hume and Daniel Pipes who also are on this story?

VastrightwingleftwingJewishWaspconspiracy?

14 posted on 09/28/2001 7:32:36 AM PDT by veronica
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To: Leroy S. Mort
"Al-Queda" = "Hamas" = "Hezbollah" = attack on Americans.
15 posted on 09/28/2001 7:36:23 AM PDT by Precisian
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To: WolfsView
Another racist hate crime against us....
16 posted on 09/28/2001 7:38:30 AM PDT by beowolf
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To: veronica
VastrightwingleftwingJewishWaspconspiracy?

No conspiracy, but this guy is an ex-American and can't be thought to have our interests paramount in his mind.

18 posted on 09/28/2001 8:09:02 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: WolfsView
Me too!
20 posted on 09/28/2001 10:44:09 AM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: veronica
and stick to the subject? Laughable.

LOL...what's really laughable,'roni', is yourself lecturing ANYBODY about "sticking to the subject"!!!

Honey, you are the "queen" when it comes to interjecting off topic 'swill' on thread after thread of topics that do not conform to your Zionazi agenda...

21 posted on 09/28/2001 11:02:47 AM PDT by RCW2001
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To: wjeanw
Well, living here in the Washington area, I can tell you we're concerned about continued attacks. However, justice dictates that we wait until there's solid proof against people and organizations before we arrest anyone or shut down organizations.
22 posted on 09/28/2001 11:07:47 AM PDT by TKEman
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To: Yehuda
Me:No conspiracy, but this guy is an ex-American and can't be thought to have our interests paramount in his mind.

You: right, ALL RW supporters of Israel, in or out of Israel, are AGAINST the US/Bush- as opposed to the socialist surrenderist Jews (in and out of Israel) who supported Clinton and continue to support Arafat, the mother of all Bin Ladens.

Please dig through your hyperbole and examine what I ACTUALLY said. Should an Israeli citizen not have the interests of his country paramount?

23 posted on 09/28/2001 12:18:58 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: veronica
I remain confused here. We are allowing these 'questionable' 'groups' to stay here knowing that they could cause trouble at any minute and the WH thinks that they should be reassured. I would think that living in America would be the exact opposite of want they would want to do..........unless...........

Why is Bush talking to these folks? You can't tell me that the WH doesn't know something that even I know??

HELP!!

24 posted on 09/28/2001 1:20:33 PM PDT by Jackie222
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Should an Israeli citizen not have the interests of his country paramount?

Yes, and so should we........yet, we are honoring Arafat as if he was not a terrorist. Why does this adm pretend that Arafat is a decent person? He is a liar and he has stated that he will wage war against Israel forever and encourage it.

Yet, we 'talk to him' as if he would change his mind.

I smell oil.....is that the 'interest' of our country that is paramount? We need to do the right thing and as Bush said, "If you harbor terrorists you will get the same. We will treat you as the enemy". Arafat is the enemy........let's treat him that way. We will not win this war without resolve. At the moment I fear that the window of opportunity to do the right thing has shut. . or closing fast.

25 posted on 09/28/2001 1:28:12 PM PDT by Jackie222
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To: RCW2001
How unfortunate that your seeming frustration leads you to make a personal attack on me. And the fact that you now sink to calling Jews 'zionazis', is just sad, for you. Maybe there is something that a good doc could prescribe for your obviously hepped up and angry mood.
26 posted on 09/28/2001 2:26:55 PM PDT by veronica
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To: Leroy S. Mort, Samaritan
'Extreme' CAIR?

It's all coming out now.....

27 posted on 09/28/2001 2:34:05 PM PDT by veronica
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Old info. Not "full disclosure."

Chafets lives in NY and writes for the NY Daily News now.

Disinformation will not change the facts.

28 posted on 09/28/2001 2:54:53 PM PDT by veronica
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To: RCW2001 , veronica
RCW2001 writes: that do not conform to your Zionazi agenda...

RCW2001 have you been reading anti-Semitic websites like Zundelsite? That's a word that Jew haters on the web love to use.

29 posted on 09/28/2001 3:02:54 PM PDT by vrwc54
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To: veronica
Chafets lives in NY and writes for the NY Daily News now.

Is he an American citizen, or is that not known?

30 posted on 09/28/2001 3:46:27 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: TKEman
Isn't WTC '93, bombing of embassy,USS Cole, as well as PUBLIC STATEMENTS that more was coming enough proof for ya?
31 posted on 09/28/2001 3:49:38 PM PDT by RasterMaster
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To: Jackie222
I don't like Arafat any more than I like Gerry Adams and his Irish goon squads but I'm not in favor of seeing the US take out Dublin for harboring him and his ilk all these years. At some point we have to decide to let those who are affected clean their own nests.....Now if you can link Adams or Arafat to the WTC, I'd have a different opinion.
32 posted on 09/28/2001 4:01:11 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: candyman34
That is the root of the problem, and the new King of Jordan said so today to our President. Just imagine if the Christians now being slain in Africa and Indonesia were to have the chutzpah to request or underhandedly ask, as Jews did of Britain, that the U.N. to give them a Christian state in, say, N.Y., how would New Yawkers react. Just as Palestinians do, who have lived in Palestine far longer than New Yorkers in N.Y. BTW, Daniel Pipes clearly sides with Israel, (wouldn't doubt he is Jewish by his affiliations at the least) and Brit Hume clearly knows that. He asked Pipes to give an example of the American Muslim Council being pro-terrorists. Objecting to their people being held on secret charges was one of his examples, as our country has done in the past under despicable authorities. Can you imagine anyone not holding their position?
33 posted on 09/28/2001 6:14:09 PM PDT by boltfromblue
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To: sarcasm, Zadokite
Make the connection, corporations, computers, and a web of lies, All their websites are based on the same server, and they are all administered by the same man, founder of Holy Land, an alleged Hamas front.
34 posted on 09/29/2001 8:17:18 AM PDT by Prodigal Daughter
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To: Yehuda
You get a bonus for that or what?

No. Just the satisfaction of seeing you get your skivvies in a twist. If the source can't claim to be totally objective, it bears noting. Sorry you find that disturbing.

36 posted on 09/30/2001 6:14:23 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Jackie222
Read post #8. I couldn't agree more with the writer. Bush isn't stupid so we need to give him the benefit of the doubt until we see the game plan. (If we're ever allowed inside the inner circle ;-)
38 posted on 09/30/2001 10:40:25 PM PDT by Humidston
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To: candyman34
LOL
39 posted on 09/30/2001 10:42:58 PM PDT by Mark17
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To: sarcasm
bump
40 posted on 12/27/2001 2:27:41 PM PST by rwfromkansas
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