Clueless About CAIR and ISNA

The issue of terrorism is broadcast every day over the airwaves. Yet, so many of our government officials are clueless about it. How else would a leader from the Islamic Society of North America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations – two groups singled out by the Justice Department for their involvement in the financing of Hamas – be invited to a sitting Governor’s State of the State Address? Regardless of the reason for the invitation, it was a dangerous oversight.

[For the purpose of this piece, I would like to state the definition of “unindicted co-conspirator,” per the Federal Courts Law Review (FCLR): “The term ‘unindicted co-conspirator’ refers to any person who allegedly ‘agreed with others to violate the law but who is not being charged with an offense and who, consequently, will not be tried or sentenced for his criminal conduct.’” An “unindicted co-conspirator” is exactly how it reads, a co-conspirator who has not been indicted.]

The Islamic Society of North America or ISNA held its most recent national convention – its 46th annual convention – in Washington, D.C., this past year in July. Participating at the event was the normal crop of Muslim radicals. They included Siraj Wahhaj, an “unindicted co-conspirator” of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; Zulfiqar Ali Shah, the former South Asia Director of KindHearts, a Hamas fundraising group that was shut down by the FBI in February 2006; and Naeem Muhammad, a U.S. staff member of Islamic Relief, a “charity” that the Israeli government has claimed is a front for Hamas. The latter two participated as “Moderators.”

Another “Moderator” at the event was an individual by the name of Safaa Zarzour. At the time, he sat on the Board of Directors of ISNA as the Chairman of ISNA’s Council of Islamic Schools of North America (CISNA) and served as the Program Chair of the ISNA Education Forum. Today, he holds the lofty position of ISNA National Secretary General, as he was named as such last month. This is certainly no ‘badge of honor.’

ISNA is a function of the extremist Muslim Brotherhood overseas. Amongst ISNA’s founders is convicted terrorist Sami al-Arian, who established the group with alumni from the Muslim Students Association (MSA).

From May 2007 through November 2008, ISNA was named by the United States Justice Department as an “unindicted co-conspirator” for two federal trials dealing with the transfer of millions of dollars to Hamas. The defendants consisted of leaders of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), the now defunct American financing wing of Hamas created by then-global head of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. In the end, all of the defendants were found guilty of all charges.

ISNA is not the only co-conspirator from the HLF trial that Zarzour has associations with. He has also been involved with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); he was the founding Chairman of CAIR’s Chicago, Illinois office. CAIR-Chicago was established in November 2002, and Zarzour served the group as Chairman (President) through January 2009.

During the trial, the Justice Department showed proof that CAIR was one of four organizations that made up the American Palestine Committee, a Hamas umbrella organization set up and led by Marzook. The goal of the committee was to raise money for Hamas from American shores.

Through CAIR, Zarzour had come in contact with another of the HLF “unindicted co-conspirators,” the Imam and Director of the Mosque Foundation, Jamal Said. Located in Bridgeview, Illinois, the Mosque Foundation is the former spiritual center of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), CAIR’s parent organization that was shut down in 2005 after it was found liable for the May 1996 murder of American teen, David Boim, by Hamas.

It is because of CAIR’s connection to Hamas that the FBI recently made the decision to cut ties with the group – ties with CAIR’s national headquarters and all of its local chapters. According to reports, prior to the HLF trial, the FBI had “formal contact” with the group via “liaisons.”

However, regarding CAIR, it seems other government entities aren’t as concerned as the FBI. Indeed, just this past November, Zarzour received a community service award for “Outstanding Contributions to Chicago’s Arab Community” from the Mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley.

And it was only last month that Zarzour was invited to attend Indiana Governor Mitch Daniel’s State of the State Address. A smiling picture of Zarzour with the Indiana State Assembly in the background is currently being propagated on ISNA’s national website.

Groups and individuals tied to terrorism have no place in the American governmental process – locally, statewide or nationally. Unfortunately, some government officials have given them a place. This, despite the myriad of evidence that is readily available to the public, let alone these officials themselves.

If CAIR is shunned by the FBI, isn’t it common sense that all government agencies and entities would follow suit? And if a leader of CAIR is now the head of ISNA, shouldn’t ISNA be shunned as well?

Joe Kaufman is the Chairman of Americans Against Hate, the founder of CAIR Watch, and the spokesman for Young Zionists.

Beila Rabinowitz, the Director of Militant Islam Monitor, assisted with this report.

  • USMCSniper

    Perhaps there should be a covert operations against CAIR instead of this cozing up multiculturalist crap.

  • Cheikh

    The above article.. give me one conclusion this American For Hate ..
    Because the only thing I can feel in it is hate and hate and more hate…
    America biggest problem is not Islam is not Jew its "Zionism" such people like Joe Kaufman whom try to play with your minds and tell what to hate and what to love…
    visit the below web site and see yourself when honest American journalist get out of the box and went to the middle east and find out what's really going on the ground she was shocked weak up…. American you are brain washed by Zionist.

    • davarino

      Cheikh, I am trying to weak up from your boring website that has twisted statistics. All this tells me is that palestine/hamas/PLO/whatever, are more willing to throw their women and children in harms way to make it look like isreal is the evil one. Instead of fighting like men, they fight like the cowards they are by conning children to strap on bombs and blow themselves up. Isreal has to defend itself from attacks, so if they put the women and children in harms way then there is not much they can do. Nice try pin head.

    • kafirandproud

      Cheikh, From what I've gathered and learned from muslims is that muslim worship a made-up moon god invented by an epilepitc, terroristic pedophile (mad mo) that muslims wish to be like, and that cair is a terrorist supporting organization that want to replace the US COnstitution with the terror guide, the koran, that was shat from the bowels of that epileptic terrorist pedophile mo. Have I got it right?
      Allluuuuuu snackbar!!

      • Ray KAY

        wow i've never read a more IDIOTIC thing in my life. I don't gallivant around with misleading facts about your way of life. Your statement about makes you qualify for one poistion-IGNORAMUS.

  • Keithrage

    Islam the religion of hate, of intolerance , of sexual repression , of the murder of innocents, how could a just God approve of all this, wake up you muzzies you have been brainwashed by mohammed the pedophile

    • Ray Kay

      INTOLERANCE? Islam means peace.
      MAYBE SOME MUSLIMS propagate this BAD form of ISLAM but please don't let that stand for us all.
      Just today I was walking by a mosque and this lady said, "I can't believe they're here too." Why does this seem as the common American sentiment.
      If your facts have no basis please don't spread them out there. The prophet Muhammad, married women for a sense of protection something women in Arabia didn't have. You pull out the AUTHENTIC history books and sources that show he wronged women in any way, shape or form. Although Islam may seem repressive to women-why the double standard-don't Nuns in Catholicism cover the same parts of their head? The burka is totally a cultural thing and no where in the Qu'ran does it say women have to cover themselves with tents. I don't condone Shariah law but atleast women in Islamic countries aren't suffering from widespread diseases like AIDS and HIV and there is a sense of order. There are no rapes because there are harsh punishments. A just god approved ISLAM in a true form-not the type we see in the media. Look into the facts with basis and truth. The killing of any innocent person is condemned by Islam and is a major sin.

  • Ray Kay

    A bunch of bigots, that's what you are!
    Where's tolerance-moreover acceptance?
    The facts in this article are simply words with no basis I have yet to see concrete proof to back these facts up.
    Maybe some forms of Islam have been propagated in the fundamentalist form; but what about the MILLIONS of mainstream MUSLIMS that you don't hear about it prejudice based articles like these?
    We all need to learn to respect and understand one ANOTHER FULLY.
    This is America a land found on immigrants regardless of religion we are all AMERICANS and groups like ISNA and CAIR stand for the American Muslim maybe with some tweaks in them, but overall they try to fix the issues that everyday Muslims face.

  • joelbuytolet

    It sounds like chasing a dream, but I do wish we could all work together to erase conflict and to become a greater united power for health and related factors.

  • kafirandproud

    Make NO MISTAKE!!!!!! The FBI is NOT on the side that you would hope they are on.

  • Ray Kay

    We're we any better a century ago? We're almost sixty years from segregation which still LARGELY exists in this country. These are stil developing countries give them some time to learn and grow with the help of the International community.

  • Ray Kay

    So American Muslims shouldn't have groups that stand up for their rights? Is that what you're trying to say? They're people too. This statement by CAIR is fabricated obviously, no Muslim spells Qu'ran-KORAN.