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The Holy Land Foundation case did more than bring down the primary fundraising entity for Hamas in the United States; it also exposed the unwillingness of Muslims in America to make a clean break with their sympathies for Islamic terrorism.
So it is not surprising that Wajahat Ali, one of the authors of Fear Inc, the Center for American Progress’s recent report on “Islamophobia,” was also a passionate defender of the Holy Land Foundation, denouncing the prosecution of the “once highly-respected HLF” as a pro-Israel policy initiative and a notch on the Bush Administration’s “get a terrorist’ club”.
A portion of the article was devoted to a defense of Sami Al-Arian, the head of Islamic Jihad in the United States. On his blog, Wajahat Ali ran a third-party piece which described Al-Arian as “one of the earliest victims of the ‘war on terror’” and listed a site to help donate to his legal campaign.
The “Fear Inc.” report boasted of exposing a network of Islamophobes stirring up prejudice against Muslims; but that made it all the more curious that some of those targeted in the report were Muslims.
Zudhi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, was condemned because he “dangerously and incorrectly labels mainstream Muslim-American organizations as subversive.”
The Holy Land Foundation represented one such difference of opinion between Ali and Jasser of what constitutes a “mainstream Muslim-American organization”.
While Jasser’s American Islamic Forum for Democracy hailed the guilty verdict for its willingness “to hold Islamists accountable for their countenance of front charities and organizations which support terrorism either directly or indirectly”; Ali instead chose to side with the Holy Land Foundation and against the United States.
The “Fear Inc.” report continues the battle by attacking some of the Muslim and Jewish figures who have taken a stand against Islamic terrorism and their front groups in the United States. Rather than directly defending groups like the Holy Land Foundation, it instead tries to silence their critics.
Not only do Ali and his co-authors attack Zuhdi Jasser and Tawfik Hamid, a former radical and current reformer, but Ali also slurred Irshad Manji, a lesbian feminist and reformer as an “info-tainment prostitute” and one of the “paid henchmen” of the “Islam-haters” for questioning the divinity of the Koran.
Does questioning the divinity of the Koran make one a tool of the “Islam-haters”, if so the standards for what qualifies as Islamophobia are defined down to questioning Islamic theology in any significant way.
What would lead Wajahat Ali to defend Hamas’ bagmen, bitterly denounce Mubarak long before Tahrir Square, attack Israel over Gaza and finally smear moderate Muslims who criticize Brotherhood front groups or dissent from conservative interpretations of Islamic theology? The common denominator in all of these is the Brotherhood, the theologically reactionary mothership organization of Hamas in Gaza, with ambitions to rule Egypt.
During his college days, Wajahat Ali was on the board of the Muslim Students Association. The MSA is the original Brotherhood front group, which the NYPD called an “incubator for radicalism” and former FBI Special Agent John Guandolo described as “a recruitment tool to bring Muslims into the Brotherhood.”
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