Destroy-Israel Conference Comes to Illinois

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


On November 22-25, activists with links to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas will come together at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort in Illinois for American Muslims for Palestine’s (AMP) Conference for Palestine in the U.S.: A Movement United. The event also highlights the Islamists’ success in forging interfaith partnerships with Reverend Donald Wagner of Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding as one of the speakers.

American Muslims for Palestine isn’t just about Palestinian statehood. It’s about the elimination of Israel. Michael Rubin points out that “Its home page depicts the conference logo—a map of Palestine made from birds showing the Palestinian state encompassing all of Israel. So much for the two-state solution.”

AMP conferences promote Islamist thought. In 2004, its chairman, Hatem Bazian, praised the “uprising in Iraq” (which was against U.S. soldiers) and the “intifada in Palestine” and said an American intifada is needed to “change fundamentally the political dynamics here.” He boasted, “They’re gonna say some Palestinian [is] being too radical – well, you haven’t seen radicalism yet.”

In June, Bazian described the U.S. as a racist country that tries to get “darker people [to] fight our war.” He teaches that the “military-industrial complex” is promoting “Islamophobia” and is persecuting Muslim leadership in the U.S. in order to build support for wars against Muslims overseas.

AMP board member Osama Abu Irshaid, another speaker at the conference, describes the firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas as a form of “legitimate resistance.” He used to be the editor of an Arabic publication made by the now-defunct Islamic Association for Palestine, which the American Muslim Brotherhood’s internal documents identify as having been one of its fronts set up to support Hamas.

Another board member is Salah Sarsour. His brother was arrested by Israel in 1998 and informed his interrogators that Salah was financing Hamas through the Islamic Association for Palestine and the Holy Land Foundation. The latter was shut down by the U.S. government and five of its officials were convicting of funding terrorism. He even said that Sarsour transferred funds to a Hamas military commander.

The conference, which has Turkish Airlines as a sponsor, features some of the top Brotherhood-linked speakers.

Nihad Awad is the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The federal government named CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land trial, listing it among “individuals/entities who are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee.” Awad declared his support for Hamas in 1994. In 2004, he refused to condemn Hamas and Hezbollah, instead choosing to call them “liberation movements.”

Safaa Zarzour is the Secretary-General of the Islamic Society of North America. Like CAIR, it was designated an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land trial and was listed by the government as a Muslim Brotherhood entity. FBI investigators identified ISNA as a Brotherhood front as far back as 1987. A 1991 American Muslim Brotherhood document also lists it as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.”

Jamal Badawi is listed in an American Muslim Brotherhood directory from 1992 and is a listed unindicted co-conspirator for his fundraising on behalf of the Holy Land Foundation. He is a founder of the Muslim American Society, a Brotherhood front. In 1999, he justified suicide bombings, saying, “So when an act of heroism like that is required to save others, it is self-sacrifice, you cannot really call it suicide.” In February 2009, he criticized the West for describing “martyrs” from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip as terrorists.  In March 2010, he said Islam justifies the “combative jihad” of Palestinians.

Jamal Said is the imam of the Mosque Foundation. He was also designated an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land trial and is listed as a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee. In 2000, he asked attendees at an Islamic Association for Palestine event to “pay for the family of a martyr.” In 2009, he said, “We need to raise our children to know the martyrs of Gaza.”

Amin al-Ali is the imam of the Islamic Community Center of Illinois. Its website promotes books by Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood; Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, a powerful pro-Hamas Brotherhood cleric; and Abul Ala Maududi, the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami. Tellingly, these books are listed under the section of suggested texts about “Islamic movement and training.”

Othman Atta is the executive director of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. He criticizes the labeling of Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups and an FBI memo from November 2001 states that some members of his mosque were fundraising for the Holy Land Foundation. He condemns Palestinian attacks on “innocent civilians” but says “it’s within the right of an occupied people to resist their occupiers.”

Shaker Elsayed is the imam of Dar al-Hijrah, a mosque with a long history of extremism. In 2004, he said that the teachings of Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Brotherhood, are the “closest reflection of how Islam should be in this life.” In 2002, he said that suicide bombers are “unfairly named” and that jihad requires Muslims to fight “with every tool that they can get in their hand.” A 2002 Customs and Border Patrol document said the mosque is “operating as a front for Hamas operatives in the U.S.”

Muslims aren’t the only ones that AMP seeks to influence. Reverend Donald Wagner of Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding will be speaking. On October 13, AMP took part in an event called “Jews in Solidarity with Palestinians.” The 2010 conference featured Archbishop Atallah Hanna of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, who blasted the “racist Occupation” and praised Palestinians held in Israeli prisons “because they resisted, because they struggled, because they waged jihad…”

On November 22-25, the Prairie State will be home to an event designed to serve the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas agenda. And it will be done with the help of an evangelical activist and sponsors like Turkish Airlines contributing as much as $15,000.

This is what the Brotherhood was talking about when its documents called for “sabotaging” the West by “their hands and the hands of the believers.”

This article was sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    These lying snakes proved years ago to be implacable enemies of all non-Muslims (as well as most Muslims, but that's another subject). Why is this even under discussion? Get rid of them now!

  • oldtimer

    Who is the "evangelical" activist?????

    • Constitution Gal

      Wagner

  • Schlomotion

    I think Mr. Mauro should attend this event and even film document it. Maybe ask a few questions.

    • Zionista

      he may run into you – you'll be in the front row bowing and groveling and sucking up shmomuslim

      • Schlomotion

        Not likely. I have never attended a Muslim event before, least especially Muslim PR events 1,100 miles from my house.

        • Kufar Dawg

          I guess you don't count your 5 time a day buttocks lifting exercises as muslime events eh Ahmed?

    • HoR_Emperor

      I think you should kill yourself and improve the human race.

  • Marty

    For at least a century the arab/islamic leadership has retained a genocidal perspective on the Jewish people and Israel. This conference is no different than a nazi rally that condemns Jews as sub-humans who must be slaughtered. Given that 60 percent of the koran prescribes violence against Jews as well as others, this travesty should not be a surprise. Apparently, hamas, hizbollah, and the muslim brotherhood now see the United States as an opportune recruiting ground for new martyrs. Their optimism is probably based on the relentless hostility toward Israel in daily evidence from the mainstream media and the mainline churches.

    • dbrittain

      and that is the conclusion of the matter. It is written in the HOLY bible, I will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you, Isreal will be defended by Almighty God himself. YHWH, the Father of the Savior of all mankind Jesus Christ, period end of discussion.

      • Kai

        It is also clear that the covenant is annulled.There is a new covenant with the CHurch and the Church is Israel. The Jews rejected Christ. They hate Christ. Look into the secret book of the Jews called the Talmud. You will see how satanic they are.

    • Kai

      The Jews have had nothing short of a genocidal policy as well! They believe the Gentiles, the GOyim are nothing but subhumans who must be slaughtered. THe Jews have been killing Palestinian women and children in terror attacks since before the formation of the state of Israel. The Palestinians have every right to consider themselves at war with the Jews.

  • Bert

    The American Jewish establishment is so rotten to the core that no one even notices that they are again missing in action. It is a few grass roots organizations like the American Congress for Truth (ACT), Stand With Us., David Horowitz of Front Page Magazine and Pam Geller's Atlas Shrugged that are on the front lines against Islamic terrorists. At the rate we are going I would expect American Muslims to step up their attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions in the U.S. just as is already happening in France. The U.S. Jews will again cringe in fear like the coward they are. In summer 1991 there was a three-day pogrom in Crown Heights Brooklyn in a city with a million Jews. The Jews hid out like mice while black mobs rampaged for three days screaming "kill the Jews". This time I would expect far worse with the participation of Muslim youth in American cities.

    • Zalukas

      Hey Bert , you win post of the day!

      Judenrat is alive and well in US.

    • Asher

      Some of the Jewish establishment are very disloyal to their own fellow brothers…(.the Orthodox or Messianic Jews)…it is a real tragedy…they are allowing the destruction of America and their own Homeland, Israel!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Hopefully web reports will make the difference this time and there is a lot more awareness about what's happening. We might get a grassroots response from American patriots who are armed and ready.

      As bad as it has been, Obama has provoked a lot of thought about patriotism and the seriousness of how far communist ideals have eroded our values, and how Islamic supremacists have exploited that erosion to create serious 5th column threats.

      At some point, patriots will react with appropriate measures, both legal and with force.

  • What Else Is New?

    Illinois is Obama's home sweet home away from home.
    As a longtime catamite to his Black Muslim mentor Jeremiah Wright, he still wallows in all his Black Liberation Theology bigotry and Jew-hatred, and pines every night for his beloved Chicago's intimate encounters of the third kind steam bath seraglios.
    Small wonder a Destroy Israel Conference comes to Illinois. They feel right at home.

    • dbrittain

      Imagine that LOL, you know if you play the tape backwards where he did his little rap on tv, it says "worship satan" over 20x loud and clear….. Rapture is almost here, hang on saints of God, hang on!

  • home sweet home

    Illinois is Obama's home away from home. A destroy Israel conference is right at home there, too.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Would that be before, after or concomitant w/Indonesia and Kenya?

  • gary fouse

    Bazian is the arrogant indoctrinator posing as educator at UC Berkeley. He is a 2-trick pony-anti-Israel and Islamophobia. That is what he brings to a classroom.

    Badawi is one of 100 leading Muslims who received Nonie Darwish's Freedom letter in 2009 asking them to sign a pledge that US apostates not be harmed. Needless to say, he hasn't signed.

  • marios

    Horror of what is going on with our country Islamization, with deliberate destraction of this great country from within is fact that upper level Jews support Barak Hussein Obama and protect all Islamists numerated in the article. Tthough it is tiny minority of traitor Jews who act so, result will be the same as it was in history: pogroms. But it is not only Jewish people will be victims as it is Islamic Jihad against all infidels/non Muslims. We need Romney's victory this Nov. All of us have to bring at least 10 more people to precinct to vote for him. 4 more years this country will not bear.

  • DeShawn

    The world is SICK and TIRED of the way that you jews treat the Palestinians in their own land. People are waking up to jewisxh trechery and genocide and they won't stand for it. I hope Israel is destroyed and Palestinians reclaim ALL their land. Jews can go to Antartica for all I care (wish apologies to the penguins). To read more about the zionist/jewish supremacist threat, I urge all yall Christian shabbas goys that come here to go to http://www.davidduke.com

    • UCSPanther

      If you are whining about getting no respect from us: You just have to look in a mirror. We don't give respect to those who wish harm upon us. The only thing you will get is contempt and mockery.

      And David Duke is a narcissist con artist who has history of milking inbred retards like you for your money so he can blow it all on gambling, women and plastic surgery.

    • Galveston

      I guess they let you use computers in that insane asylum you live in

    • Asher

      The Palestinians, and Abbas, are the peace destroyers, they have signed one contract after another to keep the peace, but continue to provoke riots and send missiles into Israel's homeland…..Too many people here know the honest truth!

    • Drakken

      Let me be perfectly clear, FK! the fakestinians! The bloody savages have for too long gotten away with mayhem,murder and jihad. Time to give the bloody savages a taste of Carthage. I hope your there when it happens!

    • Omar

      Nobody likes your racist and bigoted agenda, De Shawn. Why don't you get lost, since you like to export hateful propaganda.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The world is SICK and TIRED of the way that you jews treat the Palestinians in their own land"

      There is no such thing as "Palestinian land" but there obviously could be if a legitimate sovereign emerged. The West spoiled them and now they just want more and more. We know what they really want and if you don't, you're a sucker.

      Their own land. What a joke. The lies are endless, and the suckers who believe them just keep coming along and agitating. Why not join civilization based on truth and justice? Western justice, not twisted so-called "Islamic justice."

      PS, I very much doubt anyone authorized you to speak for "the world." You speak for bigots, liars and dupes.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "To read more about the zionist/jewish supremacist threat, I urge all yall Christian shabbas goys that come here to go to http://www.davidduke.com"

      F'ing racist scum. Wait till the Islamic supremacists get power over you with no more value out of deceiving you.

    • thinkforyourself

      There IS no palestinian land. They HAVE no right to it.
      Sorry you're mis-informed. Obviously you are a lemming.

    • PAthena

      Is DeShawn writing a satire of the Arab enemies of the Jews? Israel is, of course, the ancient land of the Jews. The name "Palestine" was given to it by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 135 A.D. after he had defeated the last ot the Jewish uprisings under Bar Kochba. (Hadrian also outlawed Judaism and renamed Jerusalem "Aelia Capitolina," "Aelius" being his gens name.) From that time on, "Palestine" was synonymous with "land of the Jews," and "Palestinian" with Jew." That is why after World War I, Great Britain was awarded the "Palestine" mandate as "homeland of the Jews."
      Calling Arabs "Palestinians" is a consequence of the invention of the "Palestine Liberation Organization" (P.L.O.) by Gamal Nasser, ruler of Egypt, and the Soviet Union, haters of Jews, in Cairo in 1964. When the P.L.O. became famous for the massacre of the Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972, these Arabs became known as "Palestinians." The history rewrite and lies about these Arabs come as a consequence. They are indeed "Fakeinstians."

    • dbrittain

      Its not your land, do your history lesson. It was called Palestne, and it was given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and Isreals capitol is Jerusalem. Get over it!

  • Ghostwriter

    Telling people to go to David Duke's website tells us all we need to know about you,DeShawn. You're a despicable bigot,in the same vile league as Schlomotion. Please go back to Stormfront and take your brain dead pal,Schlomoron with you.

    • Omar

      Schlomotion, Nakba1948 and De Shawn are all part of the hate campaign to destroy democracy and replace it with totalitarianism.

  • pierce

    And guess what, this is Obama country, and he is probably underwriting it. And if I sound like a cynic, I probably am. Obama has given himself passing grades for every thing he has tried, and nothing has worked.
    He does not have a clue as to what he is doing, because he has never had a real job. So let the conference go to Illinois, the adopted home of Barack Obama. The real home is Indonesia.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    They should be arrested and deported, a prison in some awful place for a 1000 years………..William

    • jax

      William you're absolutely right. If those muslim sobs can have a conference I think that the Aryan Brotherhood and the KKK should be entitled to do so, too.

    • dbrittain

      hahaha i think thats the plan isnt it?

  • Asher

    These activists are Pond Scum and are the true cancer growing and destroying freedom…Not the Israelis! We should all be there to protest and have them ousted!

  • george

    we have "clueless idiots " running this country and clueless idiot's voting them in! , this is what you get when a nation which was founded on "GOD" and "HIS" commandments turns its back on "HIM" !!! , when this war comes to our shores ( and it is coming !!! ) we will have earned every bit of the ass kicking that is headed this nations way !!!

    • dbrittain

      speak for yourself heretic, as for me and my household we will serve the Lord, and be raptured, so you can stay here with your nasty comments and live through the tribulation! It is written; call no man Racha (itiot) so obviously your not exactly mr. obedient are you? Take the tree out of your own eye, then you will be able to take the splinter out of your brothers!

  • Drakken

    Those savages attending this abomination of an event are muslim terrorists and sympathizers period! They should be treated as a national security problem and dealt with accordingly.

    • Singerdude

      Amen to that Drakken! Most Americans are blinded and brainwashed by the Liberal Media pundits and the Powers that be in Congress and especially the White House, where we have the most anti-Isreal/American President ever to occupy that office. Combine these with the Emergent Evangelical Movement proponents in our churches that teach that Isreal has been "replaced" by the Church of Christ and therefore no longer has any valid/legitimate claim to the Land of Isreal and you have these kinds of evil people that will try to take every advantage they can to destroy the Jewish Nation and the American one as well by holding such "Conferences". What amazes me the most is how many people in the U.S. are buying into the false propaganda and pure fabricated lies that there is, or ever was a land called Palestine!!

    • dbrittain

      AMEN!

  • Omar

    The leftist/Islamist hate campaign is part of the Fourth Reich campaign to destroy Israel and democracy.

  • Sunbeam

    There is always danger to have an alliance with them. Palestinians are by far the most rebellious people on earth we could ever find. I speak thru experience with these people who are wild and scheming as ever, even as a child. They can be very extremely deceptive, with their lying tongues they go about their subversive work and they turned it around and accused it all on you. That is their character. They cannot be trusted without question, even how nice or trusting they can be like. It is a decided NO to have anything to do with them, unless you wanna be booby trap by them, then I can't say anything. Hope Israel had learn their lesson well from these people. Do not let your wings be derided.

  • riverboatbill

    Wait till the terrorists at Gitmo come to Illinois at the Thompson prison.

  • Mr.

    Here is an opportunity for the US to collect all who go to this conference and put them on a plane and send them back to the countries they came from. These organizations with all their Hate will come back to bite the U.S when the middle east erupts into war, which it will in the very near future. Answer me this, you people came to the US for what reason?? To get away from the oppresion? To find work? To better your family?? You can see in america that most people get along, that no matter what your religion is, how you live, what your likes and dislikes are, we can live as neighbors. WHY can't anyone in the middle east live with other people that believe in different things or have other opinions, why is everyone so violent, and spread hate to there fellow man? Why are you bringing your hate here? My opening comment sounds very racist, but the world is sick and tired of all the killing in the name of Islam, you say it's a peaceful religion, PROVE IT!!!!!

    • dbrittain

      so much easier to just send a drone dont you think?

  • Sonia

    Through History, Muslim world have proved to be not peaceful in any way. They just look to destroy the jews , christians and whoever does not think like them. But they will never be able to destroy Israel, not even their hatred will do that.

    • dbrittain

      thats right!

  • Rick

    Too bad this "conference" doesn't realize that all of Israel's enemies will be destroyed by God Himself

  • Jason

    Israel will never be destroyed……but I do know of some people that will be and it's in Psalm 83. When it does happen, I'll be the first person to shove it in the American Muslims for Palestine’s face. You deserve what you get and I hope Israel show's its enemies no mercy

  • Lisa

    Gods wrath will come to those countries that come up against Israel and whosover think differently think as a fool. America you better make a righteous judgement about who you put as your head to do your thinking and making choices for you. .

  • JMu

    This article is completely filled with misplaced quotes and wrong information. How many of you actually know who Mawdudi is? Not just what you've heard/red or bigoted sites like this but actually read any of his books? probably NONE because if you did you would know what he was not an extremist. Maybe instead of filling your brains with what's on this page, you'd take the time to learn about AMP, ISNA, MAS and their respective conferences. Go to the AMP conference next week if you think it's so horrible and learn for yourself. Or the ICNA conference in Chicago this December. The goal of AMP is to free the Palestinian people from the suffering that has been imposed upon them by the Israelis such as what is going on now with Operation Pillar of Defense.