Islamist Participates in Mayoral Swearing-In Ceremony

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Khader, as well, was a contact for AYA and used, as the contact address, the address for the mosque, which according to the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser is owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). In 2007 and 2008, the U.S. Justice Department named NAIT a party to the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas.

Imam Abdel-Jaleel, besides having ties to this radical children’s school, has shown signs of his own extremism.

As this author writes, Abdel-Jaleel has on his personal Facebook page, under the heading ‘Activities and Interests,’ “Israel is not a country.”

Buckhorn, for his efforts of “inclusivity” at the inauguration, gained the praise of at least one Islamic extremist, Ahmed Bedier. Bedier, a Tampa-area leader of the Hamas-related Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is the former unofficial spokesman for al-Arian.

About Buckhorn, Bedier stated on the radio program he co-hosts, “[K]udos to Bob Buckhorn for doing the right thing in being inclusive, kicking off his administration the right way.”

This is not the first time a Mayor of Tampa has been affiliated with radical Muslims. Previously, Pam Iorio had signed four annual proclamations in the name of CAIR (“CAIR Days”).

However, after Mayor Iorio became educated about the fanatical history of CAIR, she declared that she would never issue another award in the group’s name – and she didn’t.

It is this author’s wish that Mayor Buckhorn will get educated about Abdel-Jaleel and his associates and will follow Iorio’s lead.

Radical Islam must have no place in politics, swearing-in ceremonies or otherwise. Its adherents should be shunned, rather than legitimized by those elected to protect us.

Joe Kaufman is the Chairman of Americans Against Hate and the founder of CAIR Watch. He has been responsible for the closure of at least one terror-related charity and has convinced a number of government officials to shun the Hamas front group, CAIR. In June 2009, he won a lawsuit brought against him by seven Dallas-area radical Muslim organizations.

Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.

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  • geez

    Mr Buckhorn is by his actions the very definition of a fool. So what does that make the people who voted for him? That's right, a fools, fool.

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  • StephenD

    Perhaps this article should be delivered to the new Mayor. Apparently, he needs to be educated. We can give him the benefit of the doubt and accept that he just didn't know…until he does. Then let's see what he does with the info. I would think when he realizes he's been played the fool he'd want to at least distance himself from these groups or better, make life tough for them in any way a Mayor can.

  • zsqpwxxeh

    I am a Tampa area resident and know this group well. AYA is a small organization compared with the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay (ISTABA), the main Sunni mosque in the area. AYA is located next to the University of South Florida, "Jihad U" since the time of Sami al-Arian.

    Why was this guy at the swearing-in and not the ISTABA imam? You can be reasonably certain that the new mayor did not make the decision since these invitations are issued by staff. Well, now everybody knows. Thanks to CAIR Watch.

    By the way, Iorio was a blithering liberal idiot throughout her tenure, sucking up to every standard grievance constituency up to and until it hurt her politically.

  • LindaRivera

    To zsqpwxxeh,

    If the staff are the ones who invited this Islamist, then the staff who invited him ought to be investigated. Islamists seek the destruction of civilization, justice, freedom and human rights.

  • Alfonz Shmedlap

    W., 05/04/11 common era

    I read these readers' comments with concern. They are so engulfed by islamophobia that they can't see that the Religion of Peace is waging global jihad only to make the planet more holy. Allah hates greenhouse gases.

  • Michael

    I'm pretty sure that Tampa Bay is the watery part near the city of Tampa. Sorry, couldn't resist.