MPAC Hosts Terror-Supporting Islamist From Tunisia


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The Muslim Public Affairs Council says it condemns Hamas and “all terrorism, including suicide bombing.” Yet, it is praising the Tunisian Islamist leader, Rachid Ghannouchi, who supports almost everything that MPAC claims to be against. MPAC even arranged two speaking engagements for the Muslim Brotherhood member on November 29, with one taking place inside Capitol Hill’s Canon Office Building.

In its announcement of the events, MPAC complimented Ghannouchi “One of the most important figures in modern Islamic political thought and theory.” As the Investigative Project on Terrorism reports, the director of MPAC’s office in Washington D.C. said he is a “modern intellectual giant on Islam and governance.”

MPAC asserts that Ghannouchi has “long been an advocate of the Islamic principles of pluralism, freedom and democracy,” leaving its supporters completely unaware of the extremism he has long advocated. This includes Sharia-based governance, Hamas, suicide bombings, terrorism, anti-Westernism, the destruction of Israel and even the murdering of Israeli children.

His radical preaching seems to have been forgotten since he modified his message in the wake of the Arab Spring. As a result of his self-proclaimed “moderate” views and careful messaging, his Ennahda Party won over 40% of the vote in Tunisia. MPAC is now party to Ghannouchi’s makeover. While MPAC assures us that his past is admirable, his own quotes raise the question of whether MPAC’s contribution to Ghannouchi’s public relations campaign is out of design or ignorance.

In 2005, John C. Zimmerman wrote an article for the Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies titled, “Roots of Conflict: The Islamist Critique of Western Value.” It included many little-known quotes from Ghannouchi that, when combined with the quotes that are more available, easily dispel the presentation of Ghannouchi as a “moderate.”

In a recent interview with Foreign Policy, Ghannouchi claims, “There is no one in [his party] that believes in extremist views of Islam” or that “violence is a means of change or to keep power” or that “jihad is a way to impose Islam on the world.”

However, Zimmerman brings to light another quote from him: “There are no civilians in Israel. The population—males, females and children—are the army reserve soldiers, and thus can be killed.” He explicitly states that Israeli children are legitimate targets. In 2001, he congratulated mothers who raise their children to be suicide bombers. In 2002, he signed a joint statement with leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood advocating jihad against Israel because the “Zionists” supposedly want to “destroy the entire Islamic ummah.”

When Hamas and Fatah clashed, he chose the side of Hamas because it is “maintaining the resistance” but Fatah has “given up the choice of jihad.” He happily predicts that the Arab Spring will result in the destruction of Israel, citing the prediction of one of Hamas’ top leaders that it will cease to exist by 2027. Ghannouchi gleefully  said he thinks it will happen even sooner. The Ennahda Party recently had a representative of Hamas come speak in Tunisia who said that the “liberation of Tunisia will, Allah willing, bring about the liberation of Jerusalem.”

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  • WilliamJamesWard

    Muslim Public Affairs Council…..wow does that give anyone a clue as to the
    dirt bag level of evil they front. Their guy Ghannouchi, badda-bing, badda-bang,
    badd-boom if you don't like him, wassamatta-U………..the Muslim glow of
    evil is just so in with these bums and they remain purveyors of all that is
    repugnant to a civilized reality……………………………….William

    • Riyadhbooz

      The only bum is you , the Tunisian government just announced that the jewish community enjoy full citizenship . Silvan shalom needs to back the f.. Off , if they want to live in Tunisia
      You guys having a problem fill out the illegal settlements , you started threating Jew elsewear… Unbelievable !

  • StephenD

    “There are no civilians in Israel. The population—males, females and children—are the army reserve soldiers, and thus can be killed.” He explicitly states that Israeli children are legitimate targets.”

    If the US gives this guy one moment of attention on the Diplomatic front it violates everything America stands for. There should be NO recognition of ANY State that would hold such views. Let them suffer the consequences of NOT having us as a friend.
    They can watch as Israel, who shares our values, also shares in the better life.

    No business, no shared technology, no aid, no “Humane” assistance of ANY SORT unless and until these and other such sentiments are no longer legitimized.

  • Riyadhbooz

    Too much love and respect to the Tunisian Jews who refuse a call from Israel to move to new settlements in the west bank, arguing that tunisia is there home land .

    Zionest are destroying the value and the reputation of decent faithful Jews.

    • ziontruth

      "…decent faithful Jews."

      We know who those are in your eyes, Islamic imperialist scum: Those Jews who bow their heads down in subjection as dhimmis to Islam's apartheid rule.

      • Riyadhbooz

        Funny …in your point of view, your applying that to all Jews living abroad even in the USA .. Pathetic !

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The Muslim Public Affairs Council says it condemns Hamas and “all terrorism, including suicide bombing.”

    Of course, it does, as terrorism as opposed to jihad is a Western manifestation only and is therefore un-Islamic and constitutes blasphemy in Islam, which is a capital offense. Hence, with all due disrespect to the writer, terrorism, which can be for any number of political causes and as its name implies is always only violent, and jihad, which is holy fighting in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme and can be both violent and non-violent in stark contrast to terrorism, are two mutually exclusive manifestations and indeed two entirely very different things altogether.

    Yet, it is praising the Tunisian Islamist leader

    The existence of Islamist Muslims, like the existence of moderate Muslims, extremist Muslims, and radical Muslims and also the existence of radical Islam and extremist Islam are all products of false PC multicultural myths with respect to Islam. The reality is none of those things actually exist, except for in the minds of those that have been rendered totally blind by PC multiculturalism like the writer of this ludicrous article.

    MPAC asserts that Ghannouchi has “long been an advocate of the Islamic principles of pluralism, freedom and democracy,” leaving its supporters completely unaware of the extremism he has long advocated

    Again, with all due disrespect, what Ghannouchi has always preached in Islam couldn't be any more mainstream and orthodox. Thus, in the Islamic world Ghannouchi's advocacy is not considered to be extreme. Now, it may seem to be extreme to the incompetent writer of this lame ass article, but that's his problem.

    Moreover, the notion that Ghannouchi's supporters are completely unaware of the extremism he has long advocated is flat out retarded. The truth is what Ghannouchi has long advocated in the Islamic world couldn't be any more mainstream and orthodox. This writer of this garbage couldn't be any more delusional and incompetent at the same time.

    His radical preaching seems to have been forgotten since he modified his message in the wake of the Arab Spring.

    Ghannouchi's preaching being considered radical in the Islamic world is again a false PC multicultural myth. The truth is his writing couldn't have been any more mainstream and orthodox in the Islamic world.

    Apparently, this writer is making the stupid idiotic mistake of viewing the Islamic world through his own Western PC multicultural tainted lenses as usual.

    Furthermore, any mainstream orthodox Muslim that tempers his views to seem moderate with respect to Western audiences is obviously engaging in non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad.

    In addition, the incompetent writer of this lame garbage obviously believes in the Bush doctrine that proclaims Islam to be a Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists. Hence, it is not a mystery why he is so utterly incompetent when it comes to reporting on issues related to Islam. Indeed, it's like his whole mission in life is to keep the American people as dumbed down on issues of Islam as possible. Hmm…I wonder if he is on the Saudis' payroll or if he is just a gullible useful idiot. If I had to guess, I would guess the latter – that he is just a gullible useful idiot.

    –continued below

  • ObamaYoMoma

    As a result of his self-proclaimed “moderate” views and careful messaging, his Ennahda Party won over 40% of the vote in Tunisia.

    Sounds like this utterly incompetent writer believes in the false PC multicultural myth whereby it is thought that most Muslims are so-called moderates, per the dictates of the aforementioned Bush doctrine. I hate to rain on his PC multicultural parade again, but the existence of moderate Muslims, just like existence of radical Muslims, extremist Muslims, and Islamist Muslims, is a false PC multicultural myth.

    The truth is all Muslims are MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS and ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS are jihadists. A few of them are violent jihadists, while the vast overwhelming majority of them are non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists, and the few that are not jihadists are not Muslims at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam must be executed.

    With respect to violent jihadists and non-violent jihadists, there are astronomically far more non-violent jihadists than violent jihadists in the world today, as non-violent jihadists believe that violent jihad is exceedingly counterproductive because it attracts unwanted scrutiny, attention, and focus on Islam. Thus, non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists will also to a certain extent often cooperate with Western authorities against violent jihadists.

    However, just because non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists often cooperate with the West against violent jihadists, it doesn't mean that non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists are moderates, as they share the same exact goal to make Islam supreme as the violent jihadists, but they nevertheless violently disagree on the strategy employed to achieve that goal. Non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists believe in a slow and deliberate process of gradually subsuming the West via stealth demographic conquest, while violent jihadists, on the other hand, believe primarily in employing violent means of jihad such as the 9/11 jihad attacks.

    Indeed, AQ has been waging a violent jihad against the Saudis for many years, as the Saudis are the biggest proponents of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, while AQ, on the other hand, is the biggest advocate of violent jihad.

    Finally, this is all I can take as the stupidity of this writer is too much for me to take.