Charlie Crist’s Ally Hosted Hamas Fundraiser

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A key Muslim ally of Florida Governor and US Senate candidate Charlie Crist, Imam Muhammad Musri, hosted a fundraiser in Orlando for the terrorist group Hamas in June 2009, and a camera crew from ACT for America infiltrated the event held at Masjid Al-Rahman, Musri’s mosque, to record the proceedings. Imam Musri, head of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, serves on Crist’s Faith-Based and Community Advisory Council and was appointed by Crist to his 2010 Sunshine Census Committee.

The Orlando Hamas fundraiser featured as its keynote speakers former UK parliamentarian George Galloway and Mahdi Bray of the Muslim American Society-Freedom, and was intended to raise money for Galloway’s Viva Palestina organization.

That Galloway and Viva Palestina have provided material support for Hamas through the funds they have raised across the U.S. and elsewhere is hardly a secret. In March 2009, Galloway was videotaped by Al-Jazeera giving a duffel bag full of cash to Hamas social minister Ahmad Kurd, who called Galloway “a hero.” Kurd was designated a global terrorist by the U.S. government in August 2007.

In presenting Kurd with the cash, Galloway flaunted his violations of US and UK sanctions:

We are giving you now 100 vehicles and all of the contents, and we make no apology for what I am about to say: We are giving them to the elected government of Palestine. Just in case the British government or the European Union want to face me in any court, let me tell them live on television: I personally am about to break the sanctions on the elected government of Palestine… But I, now, here, on behalf of myself, my sister Yvonne Ridley, and the two Respect councilors – Muhammad Ishtiaq and Naim Khan – are giving three cars and 25,000 pounds in cash to Prime Minister Ismail Haniya. Here is the money. This is not charity. This is politics.

As a result of Galloway’s open funding of the terrorist group, he was banned from entering Canada later that month. So Galloway turned to his Florida friend Muhammad Musri to help take up the fundraising slack.

As the video taken by ACT for America shows, Galloway and Bray raised $55,000 at Musri’s fundraiser. During the event, Bray promised that the cash and materials collected from the Orlando event would be sent straight to Gaza:

Well we’ve got the equipment. We’re going to send it Insha’Allah. We’re going to go with your movement Viva Palestina… We’ll ship it here from Florida to New York, and from New York to Egypt, and from Egypt we will put it into Gaza.

According to a July 26, 2009 article posted on the Muslim American Society website authored by Aishah Schwartz (now since scrubbed from their site), documents how Bray was true to his word, with the supplies shipped by container from Orlando.

According to press accounts, more than $1 million in aid for Hamas, including the cash and supplies raised in Orlando at Musri’s mosque, along with funds raised in Kansas, New York and Illinois, was provided on Galloway’s July 2009. There to greet them and take possession of the cash was Hamas economic minister Ziad al-Zaza and Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, another designated global terrorist.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/al-kidya al-Kidya

    Taqbir, Allahu Akbar! Taqbir..Allahu Akbar! Takbir…Allahu Akbar!

    This is marvelous. When I first downloaded the video earlier last evening I couldn't believe my eyes.
    I didn't realize it was a video shot by people from Act4America, however. I watched it over at "Big Peace".
    It really is a blow especially to the "SlumLord Bridge Builder" and "Daisy". The timing couldn't be better.

  • darkmorrow

    Please let this be the final nail in Chuckie's bid for Senate. As a Floridian there is no way I'd be able to tolerate that nanny-state, big gov't ex-RINO now back-stabbing Independent. Between the "I would have voted for healthcare before I voted against it" flip-flop that was done in record time, 2 hours. And the Bloomberd-esque "I'm taxing it cause it's bad for you" he still had a healthy percentage. Stunning yes, but now maybe this little tidbit will stick.

  • tanstaafl

    What a wicked path you weave, when first you practice to deceive.
    – William Shakespeare

  • Beverley

    Galloway must hate the Jews and Israel. "I will bless those who bless you, and I will CURSE him who curses you." Gen.12v3

  • Patrick

    Clearly they need a cultural center in NY to help coordinate these activities.

  • Vinny

    Darkmorrow, Charlie is so glad that he lost your support. You and your kind are a liability to any Politician more than Musri can ever be.

    Islam is not the property of any Muslim. Whether he or she is a moderate or an extremist. You fight Islam and you will surely fail like many others before you did. You fight extremism and you have a good shot at defeating it in all or some of its manifestations. Despite all the smear campaigns and the concerted efforts by ACT for America and its minion organizations Islam is on the rise. Winning more hearts on a daily basis here in the USA and around the world. Hateful and bloody ideologies do not prosper. They may temporarily fool people until their ugly face is exposed. Learn from Nazism, fascism and other hate based ideologies. ISLAM is based on Love of God and Love of humanity. No matter how much some of its practitioners who do not fully comprehend it, inadvertently misrepresent it or how much its enemies who invest $$$ and effort to scare people from it try they will never succeed in quelling its radiant light.

    You hate Islam and you will be consumed with your own hatred. You despise Extremists and your hatred may have a channel to a positive outcome.

    ACT For America, learn from history. Ca$hing and ba$hing Islam is not for the long term strategy. Your hypocrisy and hateful ways will engulf you in a long lasting misery. Americans may be naive and misinformed but they are not stupid.

    • Bruce

      And your muslim ways will destroy you. You muslims have no idea who you are dealing with. We're Americans, not some goat herder you can easily intimidate. You want to push???….well buddy….you're about to get pushed back. Keep your muslim rantings to yourself……you're about to feel the wrath of America.

    • Maury

      I will support your religion andits claim for for peace and love on one condition. You must agree to the following sentance. Not all Muslims are terrorists but nearly all terrorists are Muslims.

      Go on you can do it if you are honest……

      Maury

  • Kafir911

    So, why hasn’t Rick Scott’s campaign staff used this in an ad against Crist?