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A few more facts about Al-Marayati, courtesy of the Investigative Project on Terrorism. He’s described terrorist attacks by Hizballah as “legitimate resistance” and has told Muslims not to cooperate with FBI agents investigating their fellow believers. Under his leadership, the MPAC has called for the U.S. to remove Hizballah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad from its list of terrorist organizations. In 1996, when a Palestinian shouting “Allahu Akbar” drove his car into a Jerusalem crowd, killing one and injuring 23, Al-Marayati issued a condemnation – not of the terrorist but of the hero who shot him to death on the spot before he could wreak further damage. In 2006, Al-Marayati predicted a “storm…coming” for American Muslims that would be “worse than Japanese internment.” Where did he make this prediction? At “a fundraising dinner for Palestinian Islamic Jihad member Sami Al-Arian.”
Apparently the ludicrous equation of Islamic values with those articulated in the Declaration of Independence is standard practice for Al-Marayati. On more than one occasion he has suggested that Patrick Henry, when he said “Give me liberty or give me death,” was perfectly articulating the spirit of jihad. (This is not a joke.)
It should be clear to any sensate creature what we are dealing with here. And yet, as it turns out, Al—Marayati has not only been invited to peddle his slippery wares in places like the Times and Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post but has also, among much else, been welcomed as a panelist on Bill Maher’s Politically Correct and interviewed at length, in 2006, on PBS’s Frontline (in which, far from being asked a single remotely challenging question, he was spoon-fed inquiries plainly designed to allow him to serve up his usual spin). He was even a guest at the Clinton White House on multiple occasions, and has, in his capacity as head of MPAC, played host to White House staffers, as well as State and Defense department officials, at an iftar (Ramadan fast-breaking).
In short, Al-Marayati is yet another example of the dangerous determination of high-level figures in the mainstream media and government, and in sundry institutions ranging from the police to the military, to distort out of all recognition the harsh realities of jihad and sharia and to reimagine Islam as a benign faith that teach a love of peace and freedom – and, of course, to collaborate in this effort with Muslims whose own shady histories testify to the blatant dishonesty of the whole shebang.
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