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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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